Eric Piasta, a counsel in Goodwin’s Private Equity group, has more than 20 years of experience advising private equity funds, venture funds, companies, and executives on corporate transactions, including private M&A, private equity transactions, leveraged buyouts, carve-out transactions, growth equity investments, venture capital investments, and joint ventures. Mr. Piasta’s legal experience includes representing C-level executives in connection with sales of their companies, as well as startup, growth, and mature companies in connection with their capital raises, executive compensation programs, and commercial negotiations.

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Mr. Piasta’s representative matters include:

Advising Cerberus on its purchase of Chrysler from Daimler;*

Advising Veritas Capital and GS Direct on their acquisition of Global Tel*Link from The Gores Group, advising Global Tel*Link on multiple acquisitions to consolidate the corrections telecom industry, and then advising Veritas Capital and GS Direct on their sale of Global Tel*Link to American Securities;*

Advising Veritas Capital on its acquisition of the Pearson Government Solutions business of Pearson plc (rebranded as Vangent) and the subsequent sale of Vangent to General Dynamics’ IT unit;*

Advising Castle Harlan on its purchase of Horizon Lines (a Jones Act container ship line) from The Carlyle Group, and advising Horizon Lines on multiple debt offerings and its initial public offering and secondary offerings;*

Advising Monster Beverage in connection with its transfer of its non-energy drinks business to The Coca-Cola Company;*

Advised a growth capital fund in connection with its investments in specialty real estate operators and related exits;*

Advising the majority stockholder of publicly traded Alaris Medical Systems in connection with its acquisition, via tender offer, by a Fortune Global 500 health care services company;*

Advising MTS Health Partners as financial advisor to PacifiCare Health Systems Inc. in connection with its acquisition by UnitedHealth Group Inc.;*

Advising a major stockholder in Xcellerex in connection with its sale to the healthcare division of a multinational conglomerate;* and

Advising JPMorgan Partners on the structuring and launch of its global private equity fund with investor commitments in excess of $13 billion.*

*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Piasta was a partner in the private equity group of another international law firm, and before that a vice president in fixed income at Credit Suisse, where he was responsible for executing (in a business role) all of Credit Suisse’s U.S.-based single family, first lien mortgage securitizations.  He also has entrepreneurial experience in the winegrower industry.

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J.D., 1994
Georgetown University Law Center
A.B., History, 1991
Princeton University



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