Press Release August 21, 2012

Goodwin Procter Expands Technology Companies, M&A Practices With Addition of Lawrence M. Chu in Silicon Valley

MENLO PARK, CALIF., August 21, 2012 — Goodwin Procter, a national Am Law 50 firm, announced today that Lawrence M. Chu has joined the firm’s Business Law Department in its Silicon Valley office as a member of Goodwin’s Technology CompaniesM&A/Corporate Governance and Private Equity Practices. He will focus on mergers and acquisitions, dispositions and corporate finance transactions in the technology, Internet, digital media, financial technology, e-commerce and biotech industries, and will help to lead the growth of the technology M&A practice on the West Coast. Chu joins Goodwin from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in San Francisco where he was a partner.

Chu has extensive experience advising domestic and non-U.S. companies in the technology sector including clients in the Internet, digital media, financial technology, e-commerce and biotech industries as well as other sectors.  He also represents private equity funds in the acquisition of, and investment in, public and private portfolio companies, as well as banking clients in their roles as financial advisors and dealers/managers on M&A transactions.

Chu’s notable representations include advising Isilon Systems in its acquisition by EMC Corporation, ExtendHealth in its sale to Towers Watson and McAfee in its acquisitions of Secure Computing and SafeBoot Holding B.V.  He represented Informatica in more than 10 acquisition transactions as well as Merrill Lynch, Blackstone, J.P.Morgan and Goldman Sachs in their roles as financial advisor on numerous M&A transactions.

“We’re extremely pleased that Larry has chosen to join the firm, as we continue to increase the depth and breadth of our Silicon Valley office, and invest in expanding our talent footprint in California,” said Regina M. Pisa, Chairman of Goodwin Procter.  

“Larry’s work and expertise, particularly in areas related to M&A, significantly increases our bench strength and our ability to serve a growing roster and range of technology clients,” said Anthony McCusker, partner and co-chair of the firm’s Technology Companies Practice. “His addition to the practice group extends our national tech company practice capabilities and further expands our West Coast presence.”  
Chu received his B.A. from University of Western Ontario and his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of California and New York State Bar Association, and serves on the Advisory Council of Fahrenheit 212, an industry- leading innovation consultancy.

He can be reached at 650.752.3223 or lawchu@goodwinlaw.com.

Goodwin Procter’s Silicon Valley office opened in June 2007 and is now home to more than 50 attorneys.  Goodwin attorneys provide a range of services to technology clients in sectors including private equity and venture capital, technology and life sciences, intellectual property litigation, M&A and corporate governance, securities and investment-related issues, SEC investigations and enforcement proceedings, and labor and employment matters.

With more than 160 attorneys, Goodwin’s Technology Companies Practice is one of the largest in the United States. From advising on startup financing and corporate partnering to public offerings and mergers, the firm represents more than 800 technology-based companies, including a third of Fortune 100 companies.

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