Ilan Nissan is a senior partner in Goodwin’s internationally recognized Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions business and leads the practice in New York. Mr. Nissan’s clients include the most sophisticated alternative asset managers in the world including top tier private equity funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds and family offices.

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Mr. Nissan's practice and experience encompasses the following areas:

Strategic Advice. Senior counseling concerning strategic business/legal issues (including advice on acquisitions, high stakes litigation, and liquidity strategies), execution of business plans, complex regulatory concerns and other strategic matters. Mr. Nissan also has substantial international experience including cross-border acquisitions, investments and joint ventures with a focus on China, Europe, the Middle East and South America.

Mr. Nissan’s skills include:

  • Analyzing/simplifying complex situations and focusing clients on the key matters
  • Providing advice uniquely tailored to the client’s particular legal and business sensitivities
  • Delivering the best of the firm’s resources to effectively resolve the most difficult matters

Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity. Mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, sales and divestitures, securities offerings, growth equity investments, venture capital and strategic investments.

Fund Formation. Formation and restructuring of private equity, venture capital and hedge funds, co-investment vehicles and pledge funds. Counseling on internal carry, compensation and governance arrangements among fund sponsors and investment professionals.

Executive Compensation. Representation of investors and management groups in all aspects of compensation arrangements, including executive employment and consulting agreements, stock option plans, restricted stock plans, bonus plans and other management incentive arrangements.

Mr. Nissan is also very active in real estate (including "proptech"), infrastructure and project finance.

Professional Activities

Since 2003, Mr. Nissan has been a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University Law School, where he teaches a course focusing on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital and legal transactional strategies. Mr. Nissan is originally from Ramat Gan, Israel and speaks three languages.

Professional Experience

Previously, Mr. Nissan was chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at O’Melveny & Myers. Mr. Nissan also was previously a partner at O’Sullivan Graev & Karabell LLP and began his career with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, each in New York City.


Mr. Nissan is regularly recognized as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 U.S.Super Lawyers, International Financial Law Review and Best Lawyers in America.

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J.D., 1988
Boston University School of Law

(magna cum laude)

B.S., 1985
State University of New York at Albany
(magna cum laude)



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