Global law firm Goodwin announced today the addition of Joshua Zachariah as partner in the firm’s Mergers + Acquisitions practice. He will primarily reside in the Boston office, splitting time between the firm’s East and West Coast offices to build on his prior experience in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area.
“Goodwin’s unparalleled strength across technology, life sciences, and private equity is a unique advantage for our M&A clients seeking to capitalize on the new wave of opportunities at the intersection of these disruptive industries,” said Stuart Cable, Goodwin’s global chair of M&A. “A deal-maker of the highest caliber, Josh joins us at a time of unprecedented client demand for our platform and for our expertise at the convergence of capital and innovation. We are thrilled to welcome him to Goodwin.”
Zachariah handles all M&A matters for public company and private equity clients, including domestic and cross-border acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, strategic investments, SPAC transactions, and take-privates. He also advises companies and their boards of directors in connection with corporate governance and shareholder activism matters. Zachariah has worked on transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $100 billion, with significant experience in the technology and life sciences sectors. In 2019, he was named one of Daily Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” and recognized as a “California Trailblazer” by The Recorder.
“Goodwin’s laser focus on the industries driving the global economy and experience steering the M&A transactions transforming these industries provide crucial value to our clients,” said Zachariah. “I am thrilled to join a firm that prioritizes collaboration, diversity, equity, and inclusion, while fostering an entrepreneurial culture that ultimately enables us to provide superior counsel to clients.”
Refinitiv ranked Goodwin the number one law firm for global and U.S. M&A (by deal count) for the first three quarters of 2020. Bloomberg ranked Goodwin in the top three law firms for global M&A and top two for U.S. M&A (by deal count) for Q3 2020; Mergermarket’s Deal Drivers Americas HY Report named Goodwin the number one firm (by deal count) for technology, healthcare, and life sciences M&A in North America during H1 2020; and Pitchbook’s Global League Tables named Goodwin the number one firm (by deal count) for M&A deals, venture capital exits, and venture and private equity rounds for Q3 2020.
Goodwin’s recent M&A transactions include Slack’s $27.7 billion sale to Salesforce, MyoKardia Inc.’s $13 billion acquisition by Bristol Myers Squibb, T-Mobile US Inc.'s $26.5 billion merger with Sprint Corporation, Billtrust’s $1.5 billion merger with SPAC South Mountain Merger Corp., and Nautic Partners affiliate Innovative Renal Care’s $863 million take-private acquisition of American Renal Associates Holdings.
Reuters recently reported that Goodwin “has advised on deal after deal in 2020, blowing past perennial top leaders for M&A volume as its key client sectors — life sciences and technology — stood out as engines of the pandemic-era economy.”