Private Equity UK

Uncovering value and growth opportunities is at the heart of private equity. Today’s clients are looking for advisers who can help them align their strategic framework with performance goals. At Goodwin, we don’t just offer advice – we help clients enhance the value of their assets. With over 60 best-in-class corporate, fund formation, finance, regulatory, tax and tech private equity specialists in London, we are able to provide a fully integrated private equity offering throughout the investment life-cycle. Simply stated, private equity is in Goodwin’s DNA.

We are a dominant mid-market law firm in the U.S. and increasingly in Europe, with more than 300 private equity clients globally. This dominance combined with the volume of deals we do means that we not only know “what’s market,” but we also spot trends ahead of time, and in particular, U.S. trends heading towards Europe. Unlike some of our competitors, we are well-known, highly-regarded and trusted tough negotiators, and at the same time still reasonable, pragmatic, innovative and creative deal-doers. According to The American Lawyer, Goodwin has “one of the most formidable private equity practices in Europe.” We approach each and every opportunity from a strategic business development point of view, no matter the deal size, or type of client, and offer comprehensive expertise to cover the full life-cycle of clients’ investments and financings.

In 2017, we were recognized as one of the top 30 global firms in London by Legal Business’ Global London Survey, and — with a 132% year-over-year headcount increase — as one of the fastest-growing firms in the city’s market. The survey noted that, over the past year, “Goodwin focused on building out its private equity offering, with the arrival of a team including key KWM figures Michael Halford, Ajay Pathak and Ed Hall, as well as a team into its Paris office.”

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In the face of a competitive marketplace, elite private equity firms expect counsel with extensive experience and a stable of blue chip relationships. That’s why private equity firms have been entrusting their deals to Goodwin for decades. Our Private Equity team ranks as one of the top in the United States, and we are on a trajectory of rapid ascent, both in the U.S. and worldwide. The group is a market leader in the expansive middle market sector, having earned a reputation for notable buyouts, growth equity deals and growth company representations in key sectors such as technology, healthcare, financial and business services, consumer and manufacturing. 
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Private Equity Germany

Private equity investors are becoming increasingly international in their focus, and global competition over premium investments is fierce. Goodwin’s accomplished Private Equity team has a broad range of experience in advising PE and venture capital funds, mezzanine providers, debt funds and banks on private equity transactions worldwide. Having worked together for a number of years, our team has now been supplemented by dedicated high profile PE and leveraged finance lawyers in our Frankfurt office, enabling us to provide high quality services across jurisdictions and disciplines to international as well as domestic financial investors and financing parties.

Together, we have extensive experience spanning all areas of private equity and corporate M+A, with an emphasis on middle market private transactions. Our lawyers represent early through to late stage investors and companies, as well as lenders and financial institutions, covering the full life cycle of their investments and financings from acquisition to exit.

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Private Equity Asia

Our team of multilingual lawyers, qualified in the PRC, Hong Kong, and the U.S., offers skilled cross-border legal advice within a broad range of sectors and practice areas. Our comprehensive Hong Kong corporate practice is focused on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, fund formation, joint ventures and strategic transactions. We have been recognized as a leading law firm in India by the India Business Journal since 2008 and we have received numerous “Deals of the Year” awards by the China Business Law Journal. We are also ranked for outstanding corporate/M&A expertise in India and China by Chambers Global.

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Private Equity US East Coast

Our East Coast Private Equity lawyers are located in Boston, New York and Washington, DC.  We have extensive experience in a broad range of sectors including technology, software, healthcare, fintech, financial services and consumer products. Our lawyers represent early through late stage investors and companies, as well as lenders and financial institutions, covering the full life cycle of their investments and financings – including leveraged buyouts, growth equity, add-on acquisitions, re-financings, dividend recaps and exits.  Additionally, our leveraged finance and debt capital market lawyers are dedicated to serving the debt financing needs of private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, with expertise in structuring, negotiating and documenting debt financing transactions in auctions, leveraged buyouts, dividend recaps and restructurings.
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Private Equity US West Coast

Goodwin’s California Private Equity practice combines the depth and breadth of our nationally recognized middle-market buyout and growth equity practices with a full-service local presence and a complete understanding of the business ecosystem of the area. More expert at handling complex, large-scale buyout, growth equity and secondary transactions than venture capital law firms and more adept at working in entrepreneurial growth situations than typical buyout law firms, we offer unique expertise in these deals.

Our deep market knowledge and industry relationships help our clients secure deals and build equity value. The Private Equity practice has a long list of clients in a broad range of sectors including software, technology, consumer, healthcare, financial services and fintech. We stand out from our peers because of our well-rounded local presence. Our Private Equity teams in San Francisco, Menlo Park and Los Angeles effectively handle the most sophisticated private equity transactions, including tax, intellectual property, employee benefits, and executive compensation.
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Search Funds

At Goodwin, we recognize the unique challenges – and vast upside potential – of search funds. Since 2009, entrepreneurs have regularly relied on our experienced team of lawyers dedicated to those active in the search fund space. We have helped 104 entrepreneurs form search funds and close on fundraising rounds, and we have advised on nearly $300 million worth of acquisitions and exits. Our market-leading Search Funds practice brings a practical, team-based approach to search fund M&A.
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In the face of a competitive marketplace, elite private equity firms expect counsel with extensive experience and a stable of blue chip relationships. That’s why private equity firms have been entrusting their deals to Goodwin for decades. Our Private Equity team ranks as one of the top in the United States, and we are on a trajectory of rapid ascent, both in the U.S. and worldwide. The group is a market leader in the expansive middle market sector, having earned a reputation for notable buyouts, growth equity deals and growth company representations in key sectors such as technology, healthcare, financial and business services, consumer and manufacturing. 
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Private Equity Germany

Private equity investors are becoming increasingly international in their focus, and global competition over premium investments is fierce. Goodwin’s accomplished Private Equity team has a broad range of experience in advising PE and venture capital funds, mezzanine providers, debt funds and banks on private equity transactions worldwide. Having worked together for a number of years, our team has now been supplemented by dedicated high profile PE and leveraged finance lawyers in our Frankfurt office, enabling us to provide high quality services across jurisdictions and disciplines to international as well as domestic financial investors and financing parties.

Together, we have extensive experience spanning all areas of private equity and corporate M+A, with an emphasis on middle market private transactions. Our lawyers represent early through to late stage investors and companies, as well as lenders and financial institutions, covering the full life cycle of their investments and financings from acquisition to exit.

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Private Equity Asia

Our team of multilingual lawyers, qualified in the PRC, Hong Kong, and the U.S., offers skilled cross-border legal advice within a broad range of sectors and practice areas. Our comprehensive Hong Kong corporate practice is focused on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, fund formation, joint ventures and strategic transactions. We have been recognized as a leading law firm in India by the India Business Journal since 2008 and we have received numerous “Deals of the Year” awards by the China Business Law Journal. We are also ranked for outstanding corporate/M&A expertise in India and China by Chambers Global.

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Private Equity US East Coast
Our East Coast Private Equity lawyers are located in Boston, New York and Washington, DC.  We have extensive experience in a broad range of sectors including technology, software, healthcare, fintech, financial services and consumer products. Our lawyers represent early through late stage investors and companies, as well as lenders and financial institutions, covering the full life cycle of their investments and financings – including leveraged buyouts, growth equity, add-on acquisitions, re-financings, dividend recaps and exits.  Additionally, our leveraged finance and debt capital market lawyers are dedicated to serving the debt financing needs of private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, with expertise in structuring, negotiating and documenting debt financing transactions in auctions, leveraged buyouts, dividend recaps and restructurings.
Read More
Private Equity US West Coast
Goodwin’s California Private Equity practice combines the depth and breadth of our nationally recognized middle-market buyout and growth equity practices with a full-service local presence and a complete understanding of the business ecosystem of the area. More expert at handling complex, large-scale buyout, growth equity and secondary transactions than venture capital law firms and more adept at working in entrepreneurial growth situations than typical buyout law firms, we offer unique expertise in these deals.

Our deep market knowledge and industry relationships help our clients secure deals and build equity value. The Private Equity practice has a long list of clients in a broad range of sectors including software, technology, consumer, healthcare, financial services and fintech. We stand out from our peers because of our well-rounded local presence. Our Private Equity teams in San Francisco, Menlo Park and Los Angeles effectively handle the most sophisticated private equity transactions, including tax, intellectual property, employee benefits, and executive compensation.
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Search Funds
At Goodwin, we recognize the unique challenges – and vast upside potential – of search funds. Since 2009, entrepreneurs have regularly relied on our experienced team of lawyers dedicated to those active in the search fund space. We have helped 104 entrepreneurs form search funds and close on fundraising rounds, and we have advised on nearly $300 million worth of acquisitions and exits. Our market-leading Search Funds practice brings a practical, team-based approach to search fund M&A.
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