Andy Barton is a partner in Goodwin’s ERISA & Executive Compensation practice. He focuses on executive compensation and the related tax and securities law issues that arise in the private equity realm — in acquisitions as well as in the day-to-day operations of portfolio companies. Mr. Barton represents both private equity sponsors and portfolio company management in the negotiation, design and implementation of cash- and equity-based compensation arrangements for management teams. He also advises on general matters arising in diligence and transaction documents, including rollover arrangements and the Section 280G parachute vote process. In addition, Mr. Barton assists public companies with day-to-day executive compensation matters and annual and periodic filing obligations. He has also assisted clients with executive compensation matters arising in bankruptcy.

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2019, Mr. Barton was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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Mr. Barton’s representative experience includes the following:

  • Lovell Minnick Partners in its majority investment in SRS Acquiom*
  • Vista Equity Partners, along with TA Associates and Aptean's executive management team, in its investment in Aptean*
  • Vista Equity Partners in its sale of Marketo, Inc., the leading provider of engagement marketing software and solutions, to Adobe Inc. for $4.75 billion*
  • Travelport Worldwide Limited in its pending $4.4 billion sale to Siris Capital Group, LLC and Evergreen Coast Capital Corp.*
  • Shermco Industries in its sale to Gryphon Investors*
  • Cyanco International, LLC in its acquisition by Cerberus Capital Management L.P.*
  • Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. in the $435 million sale of its Superior, Wisconsin, refinery and related assets to Husky Energy*
  • Warburg Pincus in its investment in Nexera Holding LLC*
  • Equity One in its $15.6 billion merger with Regency Centers Corporation, creating the pre-eminent shopping center REIT in the U.S.*
  • Vista Equity Partners in its $1.79 billion acquisition of Marketo, Inc.*
  • Bain Capital and Vista Equity Partners in their $2.7 billion acquisition of Vertafore*
  • Energy Future Holdings in its $18.7 billion sale of the company and its stake in Oncor Electric Delivery Co. to NextEra Energy*
  • Vista Equity Partners in its $1.6 billion acquisition of Infoblox*
  • Baxalta in connection with Shire plc’s unsolicited acquisition proposal and subsequent $32 billion negotiated sale*
  • Energy Future Holdings Corp. and its affiliates in their Chapter 11 cases in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware*
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb in its $2.07 billion acquisition of Cardioxyl Pharmaceuticals, Inc.*
  • Silver Lake in its acquisition of Cast & Crew Entertainment Services*
  • Websense, a Vista Equity Partners portfolio company, in its $1.9 billion sale to Raytheon*
  • KKR in its acquisition, along with Anchor Equity Partners and Ticket Monster management, of a controlling interest in Ticket Monster from Groupon in a transaction based on a fully diluted valuation of $782 million*
  • Pershing Square Capital Management, working with Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, in its $53 billion unsolicited takeover bid for Allergan, Inc.*
  • CSC ServiceWorks, Inc., and its controlling shareholder Pamplona Capital Management, in their $524 million acquisition of Mac-Gray Corporation*
  • Community Health Systems, Inc. in its $7.6 billion acquisition of Health Management Associates, Inc.*
  • Bain Capital and Golden Gate Capital in their $6.9 billion acquisition of BMC Software, Inc.*
  • Vista Equity Partners in its $644 million acquisition of Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc.*
  • Akorn, Inc. in its $640 million acquisition of Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., Inc.*
  • Vista Equity Partners in its $1.05 billion acquisition of The Active Network, Inc.*
  • NRG Energy Inc. in its spin-off of NRG Yield, Inc.*
  • Clearwire Corporation in Sprint's acquisition of the stake in Clearwire that Sprint did not already own, implying a $14 billion enterprise value for Sprint and the unsolicited competing offer for Clearwire by DISH Networks*
  • Pershing Square Capital Management in its acquisition of a 9.8% stake in Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.*

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin

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J.D., 2009
University of Pennsylvania Law School
B.A., Political Science & Religion, 2003
Syracuse University
(summa cum laude, Newell Rossman Scholar)


U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Honorable Theodore H. Katz



New York


U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
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