Shareholder Activism

From 2008 to 2017, assets under management for activists hedge funds increased from $32 billion to over $125 billion. Activist investors now pose threats to all public companies, no matter the size or industry. Goodwin’s activist defense team has over 30 years of experience in designing strategies to protect public companies of all types and sizes from activist attacks. In the last several years, Goodwin has defended multiple clients from attacks from the world’s biggest activism funds such as Elliot Management, Starboard Value and Corvex Management. In 2017, Goodwin ran campaigns for four clients which resulted in the activists withdrawing their candidate and deciding NOT to run a proxy contest.

Our fully integrated team of lawyers—experts across all industries from life sciences to technology, to real estate—can augment existing counsel or step in directly to help companies negotiate a settlement quickly, or when necessary, aggressively fight to reach victory for our clients. When time cannot be wasted, we are fully prepared with the knowledge, insight, experience, data sets and contacts you need to reach a resolution quickly. Our defense work against three of the top ten activists in the past year alone speaks to our competence in this area. You can count on Goodwin for an experienced legal team when you need it most.

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Capital Markets

Companies seeking to grow, increase liquidity for their investors or reduce their cost of capital regularly turn to Goodwin. We have one of the most active capital markets and public company practices in the United States, serving as outside counsel to public companies in a range of industries and who are listed on both U.S. and non-U.S. exchanges. We combine deep industry knowledge with broad technical expertise across all equity and debt securities and alternative investment structures. Over the past five years, we have advised clients in nearly 300 public offerings with an aggregate value approaching $30 billion. Our practice and lawyers are consistently recognized by industry publications as one of the most active and innovative advisers for capital markets transactions and public companies.
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Life Sciences

Succeeding in the life sciences industry is as much about strategy and execution as it is about research and development. In this highly competitive business, you need more than the best and brightest ideas – you need a legal and strategic partner that understands the challenges of securing funding, safeguarding intellectual property, establishing partnerships, bringing new products to market, opening up new revenue streams, and protecting existing product lines.

Lawyers in our life sciences practice are deeply experienced in corporate governance, financing and M&A transactions, collaborations and licensing, regulatory matters, and intellectual property law. As part of our interdisciplinary approach, we also collaborate with attorneys in our patent litigation, products liability, employment and tax practices to protect client interests and to advocate on their behalf.

With a full service team of highly experienced lawyers resident in key life sciences hubs, our team helps clients find the strategic paths that foster growth and minimize risk across all phases of the corporate life cycle. Motivated by the knowledge that the work that we do with you is improving people’s lives, we serve as an extension of your team so you can focus on your core business.

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Technology

As a growing technology company, your prospects are exciting and your challenges are unique – from securing funding, protecting IP, and navigating the regulatory environment, to differentiating yourself in the marketplace, managing customer acquisition and scaling your business. We get it. We are proud to bring a comprehensive, coordinated approach that interconnects business, new technologies and the law.

At Goodwin, we share your entrepreneurial spirit. We developed Founders Workbench, a free online legal advisory resource to help entrepreneurs navigate many of the legal and organizational challenges commonly faced by start-ups and emerging companies. We partner with you to grow your business and realize your potential more effectively – with a combination of legal experience and business savvy that can scale with management teams from the earliest stages of development through mature public company. We support clients at all stages of the corporate life cycle with legal advisory related to company formation, IP protection, licensing, commercial agreements and venture financing to IPOs, M&A, corporate governance, board matters and more.

With 180+ lawyers dedicated to the industry, we have one of the largest and most recognized technology practices in the United States. Consistently rated in the top five most active of all law firms for venture capital, IPOs and M&A, we draw on our deep experience and network of clients and investors to provide the most effective and efficient counsel for today’s emerging companies.

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Mergers + Acquisitions

Goodwin lawyers have deep experience guiding clients through both public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions of all types including leveraged buyouts, tender offers, spinoffs, divestitures and go-privates (both in the U.S. and abroad). Our lawyers bring a distinctive combination of regulatory and transactional expertise, characterized by a high degree of tax and financial sophistication, and a commercial negotiating style that is essential for success. We blend technical know-how and specific industry experience to get deals done quickly and efficiently. We draw on a firm-wide network of specialists in tax, intellectual property, real estate and executive compensation to help clients find practical, innovative solutions to their problems. 
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New Company Formation

Protect your company’s potential by starting off on the right foot. Goodwin’s full-service team advises on company formation and growth matters including incorporation, founders agreements, venture financing, intellectual property, licensing, employee contracts, benefits and beyond. We represent over 1,200 emerging companies and 200 venture capital and private equity firms. This extensive company and investor client base allows us to leverage relationships and deep market knowledge on behalf of our clients.
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Public Companies

More than 100 public companies trust Goodwin to serve as their counsel in a variety of corporate and litigation matters. We are primary outside counsel to public companies in many different industries, of all different sizes, and listed on both U.S. and non-U.S. exchanges. We help clients achieve their business strategies; meet high standards of transparency in disclosure, corporate governance and executive compensation; manage effective investor relations programs; and build credibility through disciplined interaction with capital markets participants, security holders, regulators, employees, ratings agencies, the media and the public at large. We integrate with experts from our M&A/Corporate Governance, ERISA & Executive Compensation, Securities Litigation and Tax Practices to provide full service representation for our public company clients.

 
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Venture Capital

The most successful venture capital investors stay ahead of the curve. They make smart investments on solid terms with promising companies. Goodwin has a team of over 180 lawyers nationwide who handle early and growth stage venture deals, providing dedicated representation to over 1,200 emerging companies and entrepreneurs and 200 venture capital and private equity firms. Our extensive company and investor client base allows us to leverage deep knowledge of market terms and relationships on behalf of our clients.
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Related Practices
Capital Markets
Companies seeking to grow, increase liquidity for their investors or reduce their cost of capital regularly turn to Goodwin. We have one of the most active capital markets and public company practices in the United States, serving as outside counsel to public companies in a range of industries and who are listed on both U.S. and non-U.S. exchanges. We combine deep industry knowledge with broad technical expertise across all equity and debt securities and alternative investment structures. Over the past five years, we have advised clients in nearly 300 public offerings with an aggregate value approaching $30 billion. Our practice and lawyers are consistently recognized by industry publications as one of the most active and innovative advisers for capital markets transactions and public companies.
Read More
Life Sciences

Succeeding in the life sciences industry is as much about strategy and execution as it is about research and development. In this highly competitive business, you need more than the best and brightest ideas – you need a legal and strategic partner that understands the challenges of securing funding, safeguarding intellectual property, establishing partnerships, bringing new products to market, opening up new revenue streams, and protecting existing product lines.

Lawyers in our life sciences practice are deeply experienced in corporate governance, financing and M&A transactions, collaborations and licensing, regulatory matters, and intellectual property law. As part of our interdisciplinary approach, we also collaborate with attorneys in our patent litigation, products liability, employment and tax practices to protect client interests and to advocate on their behalf.

With a full service team of highly experienced lawyers resident in key life sciences hubs, our team helps clients find the strategic paths that foster growth and minimize risk across all phases of the corporate life cycle. Motivated by the knowledge that the work that we do with you is improving people’s lives, we serve as an extension of your team so you can focus on your core business.

Read More
Technology

As a growing technology company, your prospects are exciting and your challenges are unique – from securing funding, protecting IP, and navigating the regulatory environment, to differentiating yourself in the marketplace, managing customer acquisition and scaling your business. We get it. We are proud to bring a comprehensive, coordinated approach that interconnects business, new technologies and the law.

At Goodwin, we share your entrepreneurial spirit. We developed Founders Workbench, a free online legal advisory resource to help entrepreneurs navigate many of the legal and organizational challenges commonly faced by start-ups and emerging companies. We partner with you to grow your business and realize your potential more effectively – with a combination of legal experience and business savvy that can scale with management teams from the earliest stages of development through mature public company. We support clients at all stages of the corporate life cycle with legal advisory related to company formation, IP protection, licensing, commercial agreements and venture financing to IPOs, M&A, corporate governance, board matters and more.

With 180+ lawyers dedicated to the industry, we have one of the largest and most recognized technology practices in the United States. Consistently rated in the top five most active of all law firms for venture capital, IPOs and M&A, we draw on our deep experience and network of clients and investors to provide the most effective and efficient counsel for today’s emerging companies.

Read More
Mergers + Acquisitions
Goodwin lawyers have deep experience guiding clients through both public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions of all types including leveraged buyouts, tender offers, spinoffs, divestitures and go-privates (both in the U.S. and abroad). Our lawyers bring a distinctive combination of regulatory and transactional expertise, characterized by a high degree of tax and financial sophistication, and a commercial negotiating style that is essential for success. We blend technical know-how and specific industry experience to get deals done quickly and efficiently. We draw on a firm-wide network of specialists in tax, intellectual property, real estate and executive compensation to help clients find practical, innovative solutions to their problems. 
Read More
New Company Formation
Protect your company’s potential by starting off on the right foot. Goodwin’s full-service team advises on company formation and growth matters including incorporation, founders agreements, venture financing, intellectual property, licensing, employee contracts, benefits and beyond. We represent over 1,200 emerging companies and 200 venture capital and private equity firms. This extensive company and investor client base allows us to leverage relationships and deep market knowledge on behalf of our clients.
Read More
Public Companies

More than 100 public companies trust Goodwin to serve as their counsel in a variety of corporate and litigation matters. We are primary outside counsel to public companies in many different industries, of all different sizes, and listed on both U.S. and non-U.S. exchanges. We help clients achieve their business strategies; meet high standards of transparency in disclosure, corporate governance and executive compensation; manage effective investor relations programs; and build credibility through disciplined interaction with capital markets participants, security holders, regulators, employees, ratings agencies, the media and the public at large. We integrate with experts from our M&A/Corporate Governance, ERISA & Executive Compensation, Securities Litigation and Tax Practices to provide full service representation for our public company clients.

 
Read More
Venture Capital
The most successful venture capital investors stay ahead of the curve. They make smart investments on solid terms with promising companies. Goodwin has a team of over 180 lawyers nationwide who handle early and growth stage venture deals, providing dedicated representation to over 1,200 emerging companies and entrepreneurs and 200 venture capital and private equity firms. Our extensive company and investor client base allows us to leverage deep knowledge of market terms and relationships on behalf of our clients.
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