Global law firm Goodwin today announced that James Moriarty joined the Private Equity practice as partner, resident in the New York and Santa Monica offices.

“As client deal activity continues to accelerate at the intersection of capital and innovation, we are thrilled to further strengthen our private equity platform with the addition of Jim,” said A.J. Weidhaas, co-chair of Goodwin’s Private Equity practice. “Jim is a very talented and well-regarded lawyer who has previously practiced with a number of our partners. His deep experience matches the needs of our clients and complements the skillsets of our existing teams in New York and Santa Monica, and globally.”

Moriarty represents middle-market private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, as well as strategic buyers, in acquisitions and sales, leveraged buyouts, growth equity financings, recapitalizations, joint ventures, and management equity arrangements. His practice spans a wide range of industries, with a particular focus on education technology and financial services. Prior to joining Goodwin, Moriarty served as co-chair of a global law firm’s corporate department. He is recognized as a leading transaction lawyer by Chambers USA and Legal 500 US.

Goodwin’s global Private Equity practice has grown substantially in the last 12 months with the arrival of Edwin Chan in Hong Kong; Jan Schinköth and Oded Schein in Germany; Josh Ratner, Pavel Shaitanoff in New York; and James Grimwood, Erik Dahl, Christian IwaskoMichelle Tong, Geoff O’Dea, Hugh O’Sullivan, and Dulcie Daly in London. Goodwin now has more than 300 private equity lawyers in the U.S., Europe, and Hong Kong. 

Goodwin continues to rank at the top of private equity and M&A league tables around the world. Bloomberg ranked Goodwin the number one law firm by deal volume for global mid-market private equity M&A transactions up to $500 million in the first half of 2021. Reuters and Refinitiv ranked Goodwin the number one law firm by deal count for global M&A transactions in the first half of 2021.