Scott Joachim is a partner in the firm’s Technology and Private Equity groups and former co-chair of the firm's Fintech practice. Scott’s practice focuses on advising private equity, growth capital and venture capital investors, public and emerging companies and entrepreneurs in complex financial and strategic transactions in the technology sector. His work highlights the convergence of the technology sector with the broader economy, and bridges cultural deal-making approaches within and outside of Silicon Valley.
Scott has advised clients including technology-focused growth capital and buyout sponsors; many of the largest financial services firms in connection with consortium transactions, strategic investments and M&A transactions; emerging Fintech companies; and emerging companies and entrepreneurs in sell-side acquisitions.
Scott is also involved in Goodwin’s PropTech Initiative, which is focused on supporting the intersection of Real Estate and Technology through thoughtful collaboration across the two practice areas. As a participant, Scott stays up to date on relevant market trends impacting the PropTech sector to effectively support clients involved in this space.
Prior to joining Goodwin in 2018, Scott was the founder and chair of the private equity practice and head of the Fintech practice at Fenwick & West LLP.
Representative matters include:
- Represented six financial institutions in a multi-faceted transaction that included an investment in SIMON Markets, a platform to access structured products and provide a comprehensive suite of services related to those products
- Symantec in connection with its $4.65 billion acquisition of Blue Coat Systems and related convertible debt and syndicated bank financing transactions*
- General Motors in connection with its acquisition of Cruise Automation*
- Microsoft in connection with multiple acquisitions*
- Responsys in connection with its $1.5 billion sale to Oracle*
- Twitch Interactive investors in connection with its $1 billion sale to Amazon.com*
- Keynote Systems in connection with its $395 million sale to Thoma Bravo*
- Ray Kurzweil (renowned futurist) in connection with the sale of Patterns to Google*
- Consortium of 35 financial institutions, including HSBC, ING, Natixis, Barclays, UBS and Wells Fargo, in their investment in R3*
- Consortium of 15 banks, led by Goldman Sachs, that invested in Symphony Communications*
- Consortium of three financial services firms, led by J.P. Morgan, that invested in Cloud9 Technologies*
- Accel-KKR in connection with various buyouts and growth equity transactions*
- The Blackstone Group in connection with various financings*
- Goldman Sachs in connection with various M&A and financing transactions*
- CapitalG (fka Google Capital) and Google Ventures in multiple growth capital financings*
- Katerra in multiple M&A transactions*
Scott has also represented startup companies including Symphony Communications, Daqri, Two Bit Circus, InfusionSoft and bkr.*
Scott’s capital markets experience has included representations in connection with the IPOs of Google, Digital Theater Systems (DTS), Kinetic Concepts (KCI) and Rigel Pharmaceuticals, follow-on offerings by Rainmaker Systems, DTS and KCI, 144A offerings by Ciphergen and Mercury Systems and PIPEs for Warburg Pincus and various hedge funds.*
* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.
Scott proudly serves as an Advisory Board member of The Feminist Institute. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where he has taught a course entitled “Mergers & Acquisitions: Law and Practice.” In addition, he has served on the faculty of the Practising Law Institute, where he has regularly spoken on M&A topics.
Scott served on the Board of Directors of the Palo Alto Community Fund, a philanthropic endowment that provides grants to Palo Alto-area nonprofit organizations across every area of philanthropy, including social services, housing, education, healthcare, environment, youth and family support, community development, seniors and the arts.
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Stony Brook University
- District of Columbia
- New York
Recognition & Awards
Scott was a recommended lawyer for FinTech and Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans: Transactional by The Legal 500 in 2021 and 2022. Scott was recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine for three consecutive years (2013-2015).
Scott led the “2018 Middle Market Technology/Telecom Deal of the Year” awarded by The Deal for the representation of e-Builder in its $500 million sale to Trimble Navigation.