Press Release March 16, 2009

Goodwin Procter Honored in Global Private Equity Real Estate Awards

BOSTON, March 16 , 2009 – Goodwin Procter has been named “Law Firm of the Year (Transactions)” and, for the second consecutive year, “Law Firm of the Year (Fund Formation)” by Private Equity Real Estate Magazine (PERE) in its annual Global Private Equity Real Estate Awards.  PERE, a PEI Media publication, is the premier periodical covering the international private equity real estate community and its annual Global Awards are the only industry awards voted on the industry professionals. 

Goodwin Procter is a leader in providing innovative services to the real estate and real estate capital markets industry. The firm participates internationally in all aspects of the industry, with approximately 90 lawyers focused on serving public and private owners, investment managers, investors, developers, operators, municipalities, lenders and other holders of debt interest and investment bankers. Our success has been highlighted by various publications, which have recognized Goodwin Procter as one of the top U.S. law firms serving the real estate and real estate capital markets industry.

The firm acts as transaction counsel to many of the nations leading private equity real estate operating companies, investors and investment managers, and in recent years, has helped its clients deploy more than US$43 billion in the real estate market.  Goodwin Procter's team structures and closes a wide variety of real estate transactions across all asset classes, including single property and portfolio acquisitions; complex debt transactions, including participating, convertible and mezzanine debt; debt acquisitions; equity joint ventures, including preferred equity and forward commitments; and workouts, restructurings and other distressed situations.

The firm’s real estate fund formation team works closely with other attorneys in the firm’s nationally-recognized Real Estate, REITs & Real Estate Capital Markets Group.  This integrated approach enables Goodwin Procter’s fund formation attorneys to stay on top of market developments not only in fund formation, but also in the real estate market generally.  Anticipating issues and market trends relating to both forming funds and acquiring, managing and disposing of real estate assets allows the firm’s team to help clients throughout the life of a fund as they raise capital, invest it and ultimately liquidate the fund.

Goodwin Procter’s real estate fund formation clients include public companies, financial services companies, real estate investment managers, funds-of-funds and institutional investors.  Recent real estate funds formed by the firms Private Investment Funds team include international opportunity funds, value added funds, core funds, debt funds, public real estate securities funds, industry specific funds, such as natural resources and infrastructure funds, and geographically focused funds, such as funds focused on emerging markets.


About Goodwin Procter
Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation’s leading law firms with 900 attorneys in offices in Boston, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C.  The firm’s core areas of practice are corporate, litigation and real estate, with specialized areas of focus that include financial services, private equity, technology, REITs and real estate capital markets, intellectual property, tax and products liability. Information may be found at www.goodwinprocter.com.