Press Release
Awards and Rankings
May 8, 2009

Goodwin Procter Ranked Among Top Firms For Private Equity and Venture Capital

BOSTON, May 8, 2009 – Private Equity Analyst released its highly anticipated annual guide to the most active private equity and venture capital law firms in the United States.  The survey results show that Goodwin Procter is one of only two firms in the country with robust practices that cover both venture capital as well as buyouts and later-stage private equity.

Private Equity Analyst ranked Goodwin Procter the 4th most active law firm overall for private equity and venture capital transactions, based on volume of deals closed in 2008.  The firm was 3rd for private equity/buyout deals and 5th for venture capital deals. 

The survey results come on the heels of Goodwin Procter’s recent recognition as “Law Firm of the Year” for the leveraged buyouts industry by Buyouts Magazine.  The honor was based on Goodwin Procter’s experience in traditional leveraged buyouts as well as in the expanding growth equity sector, and in reflection of the firm’s robust expansion in the private equity sector over the past year.

Goodwin Procter has a team of over 100 attorneys focused on later-stage buyouts, recapitalizations and portfolio company transactions, along with 160 lawyers who handle early-stage, venture and technology deals.  It is one of the few firms in the country that can cover the full spectrum of the private equity asset class – fund formation, venture financing, junior and senior debt, buyouts, going privates, recapitalizations, exits, venture-backed IPOs and other public securities offerings.  Goodwin Procter is also ranked by Chambers USA as one of the elite private equity and venture capital practices in the United States.  John LeClaire chairs Goodwin Procter’s Private Equity Practice; John Egan and William Schnoor serve as co-chairs of the firm’s Technology Companies practice.

Since 1989, Private Equity Analyst has been the premier source for first notice of what’s driving this dynamic market and where it’s really headed.  The monthly newsletter is published by Dow Jones Financial.

About Goodwin Procter
Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation’s leading law firms with 900 attorneys in offices in Boston, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C. The firm’s core areas of practice are corporate, litigation and real estate, with specialized areas of focus that include financial services, private equity, technology, REITs and real estate capital markets, intellectual property, tax and products liability. Information may be found at