John Van de North

John Van de North

John Van de North
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John Van de North is a partner in Goodwin’s Private Equity group. He is an experienced private equity and venture capital adviser and worked for several years outside of private practice in venture capital and venture-backed companies.


Mr. Van de North’s has advised clients on private equity, growth and venture investments, debt financings and fund formation matters for over 25 years. Recent representative transactions include:

  • Queens Park Equity
    • on its investment in TelcoSwitch, a leading communications software provider to the UK SME market
    • and DCSL in connection with the acquisition and integration of Guidesmiths Limited to form DCSL Guidesmiths
    • on the leveraged acquisition of Sagacity Group, a London-based IT consultancy company
    • in connection with the formation of their debut fund Queens Park Equity Fund I and the associated above the fund equity arrangements*
    • on its acquisition of Learndirect*
  • OpCapita on the refinancing and sale of NKD*
  • DN Capital Partners on dozens of investments in portfolio companies; the sale of Datanomic to Oracle as well as fund formation and executive compensation matters*
  • Emona Capital Partners on the formation of Emona Capital and its engagements with or investments in RDL Realisation and Studio Moderna*
  • RDL Realisation plc, a premium listed investment fund, on its proposals to accelerate the repayment of the Zero Dividend Preference Shares issued by its subsidiary, RDLZ Realisation plc (RDLZ)*
*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Activities

Mr. Van de North served as a partner in and senior counselor to other leading international law firms in London and as the vice president and general counsel of a venture-backed agricultural seed business.




University of Iowa College of Law

(with high distinction)


University of Notre Dame



  • District of Columbia (active)
  • Minnesota (inactive)

Recognition & Awards

Mr. Van de North has been recognized by Best Lawyers in their ‘The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2023’ rankings.