Press Release 17 March 2021

Goodwin Continues Private Equity Growth In The United Kingdom With Debt Finance Partner Hugh O’Sullivan

Global law firm Goodwin announced today that Hugh O’Sullivan will join the firm’s Private Equity practice as partner in the London office. 

“Hugh is an ascending talent in the leveraged finance space and we are thrilled he’s joining us at a time of tremendous opportunity at Goodwin,” said Christian Iwasko, partner in Goodwin’s Private Equity practice. “He is joining an existing finance team that is key to our strategy of becoming the destination law firm for complex private equity work in Europe, and to be the firm of choice for investors and innovators around the world.”

“Hugh’s arrival further strengthens our bench to execute leveraged buyouts, an area where we are seeing increasing activity and demand for sophisticated counsel,” said Simon Fulbrook, partner in Goodwin’s Debt Finance practice. “His experience advising on some of the highest profile private equity deals over the last ten years is perfectly aligned to the needs of our expanding financial sponsor client base.”

O’Sullivan specializes in advising sponsors, corporates, funds and financial institutions across a wide range of complex and multi-jurisdictional financing transactions, including leveraged finance, bridge finance and restructurings. He also has extensive experience in the leveraged loan and high yield finance space.

Goodwin’s London Private Equity practice has grown substantially in the last 12 months, with the arrivals of James Grimwood, Erik Dahl, Christian Iwasko, Sava Savov, Michelle Tong, and John Van De North in 2020, and the appointment of Geoff O’Dea last month. With the recent addition of tax partner Dulcie Daly, who has extensive experience advising sponsors, Goodwin now has more than 140 private equity lawyers in Europe across its London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Luxembourg offices.

Goodwin was named by Chambers UK 2021 and Legal 500 2021 as a leading law firm in private equity and was ranked by Refinitiv as the number one legal advisor (by deal count) for global M&A in 2020, representing clients on more than 650 completed transactions.