Press Release
September 24, 2020

Goodwin’s Global Private Equity Practice Welcomes Partner Team in London

Global law firm Goodwin announced today that a team of three partners will join the firm’s top-ranked Private Equity practice in London. Erik Dahl, most recently practiced together at an international law firm, where Dahl served as co-leader of the firm’s private equity practice area and Iwasko was co-head of the European corporate and private equity group. Dahl and Iwasko will start at Goodwin on October 1st, Tong will join following the completion of her notice period.

“Every day, more and more clients are choosing Goodwin as their private equity legal advisor,” said Richard Lever, London-based partner in Goodwin’s Private Equity practice. “Over the past five years, our global practice has grown significantly and established itself as the leader across the most complex, nuanced transactions, to which our unique combination of private equity know-how and deep experience across market-driving industries repeatedly gives our clients a distinct edge. We have worked across from Erik, Christian, and Michelle for many years and closely followed the impressive steps that they have taken in building a premier private equity practice. Their addition to the Goodwin private equity group will continue to build on this special value proposition for our clients in London, across Europe, and around the world.” 

  • Erik Dahl has spent the past 20 years leading numerous high-profile, cross-border leveraged buyouts and financial restructurings on behalf of private equity clients and has been at the heart of the strategic build-out of a very successful private equity practice. Dahl has consistently been recognized as a leading Corporate/M&A lawyer in Chambers Global.

“Goodwin’s global reputation as the go-to legal adviser for the private equity industry coupled with the firm’s focus on some of the most innovative and dynamic sectors of the economy made the decision to join an easy one,” commented Dahl. “The momentum created by the firm’s growth and success across Europe and in the private equity sector makes this an extremely exciting proposition for us.”

“We are thrilled to join a firm with such a strong team culture, a dynamic and ambitious management team, and a focused strategic vision built around private equity and other core practice areas,” added Iwasko.  

This highly regarded partner team is the latest addition to Goodwin’s growing London private equity group, following the recent hires of partners Carl Bradshaw and James Grimwood. The firm now has more than 120 private equity lawyers across its London, Frankfurt, and Paris offices and opened a private investment funds-focused office in Luxembourg in 2019.

Last month, Reuters reported that Goodwin “has advised on deal after deal in 2020, blowing past perennial top leaders for M&A volume.” Pitchbook named Goodwin the only law firm in second quarter 2020 to finish in the top five (by deal count) for global Venture Capital, M&A, and Private Equity (Healthcare) transactions. Indeed, Goodwin’s Private Equity practice consistently ranks at the very top of the global league tables.