Press Release
May 1, 2020

Goodwin Continues London Private Equity Expansion with Partner James Grimwood

Global law firm Goodwin announced today that James Grimwood has joined the firm’s Private Equity group as partner in the London office.

Grimwood advises on private equity transactions for institutions and management teams both domestically and cross border. He has a wealth of experience in handling corporate transactions, including M&A, joint ventures and reorganizations, having acted on many large and high-profile matters. Grimwood is ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ for Private Equity: Buyouts by Chambers UK.

“In London, our private equity practice has now grown to more than 60 lawyers across deals, funds and debt and we are looking forward to continued momentum,” said Richard Lever, partner in Goodwin’s Private Equity group in the London office. “Adding high-caliber talent like James is another marquee step for Goodwin as we grow our global private equity platform and consolidate our position as the go-to premium mid-market firm at the intersection of capital and innovation in London and Europe. We are thrilled to bring James on board.”

The hire of Grimwood comes during an expansive period for Goodwin in Europe. The firm now has more than 120 private equity lawyers across its London, Frankfurt and Paris offices and has recently opened a private investment funds-focused office in Luxembourg. In addition, Goodwin has made high-profile investments its UK technology and life sciences bench. The firm’s European offices have grown to nearly 200 lawyers, almost all of whom are dedicated to the private equity, technology, life sciences and real estate industries.

Grimwood received his law degree from King’s College London and is admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales. He can be reached on or 44.207.447.4231.

A leader at the intersection of capital, innovation and technology, Goodwin’s full-service Private Equity practice covers the entire life cycle of clients’ investments, from fund formation to investments and exits. The practice is a market leader in the expansive middle-market sector, having earned a reputation for notable buyouts, growth-equity deals and growth-company representations in key sectors such as technology, life sciences, healthcare, financial and business services, consumer and manufacturing.

Goodwin was recently named among the top law firms of 2019 for private equity and venture capital by Forbes and the “M&A Mid-Market Law Firm of the Year” by Mergers and Acquisitionsmagazine.