Press Release
November 21, 2012

Goodwin Procter Continues Expansion of London Office With Addition of Ben Eaton

Goodwin Procter today announced that Ben Eaton has joined the firm as a partner in its London office. Eaton comes to Goodwin from Allen & Overy in London.

As a member of the firm’s Tax Practice, Eaton’s initial focus will be on tax matters involving investment funds and real estate transactions. He has considerable experience advising on the tax aspects of numerous types of funds, including private equity, infrastructure/renewables, debt, hedge and real estate. In addition to his multi-sector expertise in the fund formation area, he has advised clients on all aspects of real estate work, including investment, financing, development and leasing as well as cross-border transactions.

“We are delighted to have Ben join Goodwin as we continue to expand our client offering in London,” said Regina M. Pisa, Chairman of Goodwin Procter. “His experience in handling complex and sophisticated tax matters for clients on a wide range of substantial transactions further extends our ability to offer clients a comprehensive, sector-focused group of specialists in the real estate and private equity industries."

“Ben’s arrival is the latest piece of our London build, supporting our strategic plan and adding to our existing capability in funds, real estate and financial services regulatory work.,” added David Evans, London Office Chair.  “He brings deep sector and cross-border expertise to our practice as we continue to grow our transactional team.”

Eaton has significant experience advising funds, banks and sovereign wealth clients based in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States on investment, financing, development, leasing, fund formation and debt matters.

He is a member of the Stamp Duty Subcommittee of The Law Society and of the Stamp Taxes Practitioners Group, and a former member of the Tax Committee of the Investment Management Association and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Eaton received his LL.M from Selwyn College, Cambridge University; his Law Society Finals from College of Law, Chester; and his BA from Selwyn College, Cambridge University.

Goodwin’s London office currently advises clients on all aspects of fund structuring and investment in the real estate sector, including segregated accounts/investment management mandates, joint ventures, club deals, multi-investor funds and private M&A.