Awards and Rankings December 11, 2019

Financial Times Recognizes Goodwin for Excellence in its 2019 North America Innovative Lawyers Report

Financial Times named Goodwin among North America’s 20 most innovative law firms in its 2019 Innovative Lawyers Report. The annual guide uses extensive independent research and market analysis to highlight lawyers and firms consistently furthering the interests of their clients and the profession itself.

Goodwin also received a Highly Commended ranking in the Rule of Law and Access to Justice category for its successful pro bono representation of petitioner Wescley Pereira before the United States Supreme Court. The publication noted that the outcome means “notice to appear documents must include a date and place if they are to stop noncitizens accruing time towards eligibility to stay in the US as permanent residents,” and that the case “could allow thousands of immigrants to apply to remain” in the country.

The firm was awarded a Commended ranking in the Enabling Business Growth and Transformation category for its work devising a unique preferred stock structured with an embedded put right that allowed the US software company Ebix, Inc. to acquire the Indian online travel agency Yatra Online, Inc. The merger, expected to close in 2020, will create “India's largest travel services company.”

The Accessing New Markets and Capital category awarded Goodwin a Commended ranking for helping Slack Technologies “go public through a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange.” The use of a direct public listing helped Slack open trading at $38.50 and set a company valuation of approximately $20 billion.

To see the full Financial Times North America Innovative Lawyers Report, please click here.