Mark Bettencourt, a partner in Goodwin's Technology and Life Sciences groups, concentrates in general corporate and securities law and has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements of debt and equity securities, securities law compliance, and technology transfer and licensing. Mr. Bettencourt serves as Goodwin’s Managing Partner, and in such capacity chairs the firm’s Management and Allocations Committees, and serves on its Executive Committee.

Recognized for his corporate/M&A and technology law experience by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and Lawdragon 500, Mr. Bettencourt represents private and public companies in the software, Internet, digital media, robotics, communications and networking equipment and information services industries. He works with companies from their initial financing through successful initial public offerings or acquisitions. A significant portion of Mr. Bettencourt's practice involves cross-border acquisitions and financings. He regularly counsels non-U.S. technology companies in connection with their U.S. operations.

Mr. Bettencourt also represents venture capital and private equity firms in connection with portfolio investments in operating companies, and investment banks in connection with underwritten public offerings.





Among others, Mr. Bettencourt has recently represented:

  • Toast, the end-to-end platform built for restaurants, in its $1.0 billion initial public offering on NYSE
  • Toast in its $250 million Series E financing
  • HubSpot, Inc. in its February 2019 $345 million follow-on offering
  • Salsify in its $43 million Series D financing
  • iRobot Corporation in its $141 million acquisition of Robopolis SAS.
  • HubSpot, Inc. in its offering of $400 million of convertible senior notes
  • Toast in its $115 million Series D financing
  • iRobot in the sale of its Defense & Security Business
  • HubSpot in its $125 million IPO on the New York Stock Exchange and its $152 million follow-on offering
  • Underwriting syndicates led by Barclays, Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan in public offerings
  • iRobot Corporation in its $74 million acquisition of Evolution Robotics, Inc.
  • Endeca Technologies, a leading provider of unstructured data management, web commerce and business intelligence solutions, in its sale to Oracle
  • NameMedia, a leader in the acquisition, development and trading of digital real estate through a network of highly targeted websites and a marketplace for premium domain names, in its sale of Afternic
  • Bedford Funding, a leading technology-focused private equity firm, in its preferred stock investment in Voalte
Professional Activities

Mr. Bettencourt formerly served as the co-chair of the Business Law Section of the Boston Bar Association.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2005, Mr. Bettencourt was a partner in the Business Practice Group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault in Boston, where he served as co-chair of the Corporate Finance and Securities Group.


Mr. Bettencourt has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers for his work in Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Technology Law 2022. 

Mr. Bettencourt has been recognized as a leading lawyer by a variety of industry publications, including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Best Lawyers; The Legal 500 – United States; Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers in America and Lawdragon 500 New Stars, New Worlds and Chambers Global. In addition, he has been recognized as a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” and previously as a “Rising Star” by Law & Politics and Boston Magazine.

In the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, Mr. Bettencourt was recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” for Boston Mergers & Acquisitions Law, with clients describing him as an “outstanding lawyer” who “knows the business world.” In the 2014 edition of the annual guide, Mr. Bettencourt was named “Lawyer of the Year” for Boston Technology Law, a distinguished honor based on feedback from legal peers in his community and practice area.

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J.D., 1994
New York University School of Law

(cum laude)

B.A., 1991
University of Notre Dame

(with high honors)



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