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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Goodwin

Goodwin’s impressive team ‘always provides outstanding legal representation in every transaction, negotiation and business deal’ and wins plaudits for its ‘responsiveness, professionalism and high level of knowledge’. Key areas of expertise include real estate fund formation, debt and equity transactions and real estate public markets, including REITs; the firm’s investment practice regularly advises funds, along with their sponsors and managers on fund structuring and formation, and the joint ventures team acts for fund sponsors, pension plans and other institutional investors on matters involving the deployment of capital. In the Boston office, Diane McCabe recently advised Forest City Realty Trust on its $3.2bn sale of a stake in ten shopping malls to QIC, an Australian investment manager, and Samuel Richardson represented a subsidiary of Brookfield Financial Properties in the $2.2bn sale of 245 Park Avenue, a 45-story office tower in Midtown Manhattan. Gilbert Menna is also a key individual and recently acted for Monogram Residential Trust on its proposed $3bn acquisition by Greystar Growth and Income Fund, a matter involving the restructuring of the client’s joint venture with PGGM. Other names to note include Andrew Sucoff, who ‘consistently provides an outstanding service and skilled guidance’ and ‘possesses the business acumen and common sense to make sure the client asks the right questions, looks at all options and arrives at the best outcome’.

Leading lawyers

Gilbert Menna - Goodwin

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United States: Antitrust

Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 4

Goodwin

Goodwin’s merger control head Andrea Murino (Washington DC) has ‘brought the practice to the next level and put the firm on the map’. A hallmark of the team is its ‘strong agency experience’, which was evident in 2017 when Murino, Andrew Goodman (New York) and Kirby Lewis (Boston) assisted Concert Pharmaceuticals with the FTC’s second request investigation of the client’s agreement to sell cystic fibrosis drug CTP-656 to Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Todd Hahn (New York) is another recommended individual in the team, whose clients include SGL Carbon, Eventbrite and TA Associates.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 3

Goodwin

Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal) - ranked: tier 3

Goodwin

Goodwin’s ‘tactical and strategically superior’ team provides ‘great client service, high commercial acumen, quality of work and attention’ in cases involving intellectual property, consumer lending and regulatory matters. Co-chair William Jay obtained a victory in the US Supreme Court for respondents in Star Athletica, LLC v Varsity Brands, Inc. On the courts of appeals level, Jay led a team representing Unwired Planet at the Federal Circuit appeal concerning the scope of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s ability to invalidate patents. Meanwhile, co-head Kevin Martin, who is an ‘excellent writer, advocate and strategist’, is representing the Massachusetts High Technology Council in appellate proceedings challenging compliance of the proposed increase of income taxes with constitutional restrictions on ballot initiatives. The group also assisted Alkermes as the intervenor-appellee at the DC Circuit case Otsuka v Burwell, in addition to representing Hewlett-Packard at the Federal Circuit appeal concerning constitutionality of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s inter partes review; the team successfully opposed MCM Portfolio’s subsequent certiorari petition in the latter. Thomas Hefferon and Brian Burgess are also recommended. Greenberg Traurig LLP’s ‘exceptionally knowledgeable’ group ‘swiftly provides pertinent opinions necessary to make real time decisions’. The team is representing Town of Ponce Inlet in an appeal stemming from a dispute with a would-be developer, who claimed unlawful deprivation of development opportunities. Dale Wainwright, who is ‘persuasive and concise in his argumentation’, represented the City of Lubbock in the Texas Supreme Court case stemming from the city’s water development plan conflicting with underground water rights of Coyote Lake Ranch. Elliot Scherker (Miami), Mark Solomons, Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick (New York) and Susan Phillips Read (Albany) head the practice. Barry Richard splits his time between Tallahassee, New York and Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

William Jay - Goodwin

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Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates - ranked: tier 5

Goodwin

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals - ranked: tier 4

Goodwin

Goodwin’s key names in New York are the ‘outstanding strategist and trial lawyer’, Richard Strassberg, the ‘exceptional’, Derek Cohen and the ‘bright, scholarly and practicalWilliam Harrington, who stands out for his ‘terrific rapport with government’. Grant Fondo in San Francisco and Steven Ellis in Los Angeles represented Coinbase, a digital currency exchange, in its opposition to an Internal Revenue Service ‘John Doe’ summons and petition in connection with allegations that buyers and sellers are evading tax. In a major victory, Fondo and Cohen successfully defended former JP Morgan investment banking analyst, Ashish Aggarwal, against a 30-count criminal indictment involving conspiracy, insider trading, tender offer fraud and wire fraud. Fondo and Strassberg are representing the former chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo in litigation and investigations arising from allegations the company secretly opened unauthorized accounts for customers.

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Financial services litigation
Financial services litigation - ranked: tier 3

Goodwin

The ‘knowledgeable and strategic’ team at Goodwin has a ‘very strong reputation’ for consumer finance matters and continues to be active in many of the most significant enforcement actions, investigations and litigation in the sector. As well as his regular work on behalf of Bank of America, ‘excellent strategistThomas Hefferon has been involved in numerous high-profile CFPB-related matters, such as on behalf of Ocwen Financial in the defense of litigation filed by the CFPB (and accompanying actions brought by both the Florida and Massachusetts attorneys general) challenging its loan servicing practices. Notably this matter has garnered particular industry attention as it is one of the most aggressive enforcement actions taken by the regulator against a mortgage loan servicer and as part of Hefferon’s defense the team is arguing an important administrative law issue in its assertion that the CFPB is unconstitutionally structured since it vests too much unfettered power in the hands of the CFPB's director and the bureau itself. David Permut regularly handles mortgage-related litigation and recently successfully secured summary judgment for Bank of America in a putative class action alleging that it had violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) in connection with its captive reinsurance arrangements. Grant Fondo and Richard Strassberg continue to represent the former CEO of Wells Fargo in high-profile class action and derivative litigation regarding the bank’s sales practices. Brian Pastuszenski is praised for his ‘informed and practical advice’.

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Leading trial lawyers
Leading trial lawyers

Richard Strassberg - Goodwin

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M&A litigation: defense
M&A litigation: defense - ranked: tier 3

Goodwin

Stephen Poss in Boston is the leading light in Goodwin’s M&A litigation practice. His recent highlights include the defense of Dell Inc in shareholder litigation brought by EMC shareholders on the announcement of a $67bn merger between the two companies; the plaintiffs appeal was dismissed in 2017. Marshall Fishman and Gabrielle Gould in New York handled a third-party action brought by Menlo Capital against client Citi Venture Capital International following the failed acquisition of two pharmaceutical companies. Michael Jones in Menlo Park is also recommended.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)
Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco) - ranked: tier 1

Goodwin

Goodwin handles class actions, product liability lawsuits, product labeling and recall matters and is particularly active in the food and beverages industry. The team is headed by Joanne Gray, who continues to represent seafood company Bumble Bee Foods in a series of lawsuits across the country, and recently defeated a putative class action alleging deceptive labeling. Together with Glenn Kerner, Gray also acts as national counsel to longstanding client Herbalife in all product liability cases. Litigator Forrest Hainline in San Francisco and Nilda Isidro are other standout figures. All named partners are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Forrest Hainline - Goodwin

Joanne Gray - Goodwin

Next generation lawyers

Nilda Isidro - Goodwin

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense - ranked: tier 3

Goodwin

Headed by Joanne Gray in New York, Goodwin’s product liability and mass torts litigation practice is particularly experienced in trial work and risk mitigation. In one recent highlight, Boston-based Richard Oetheimer obtained a conditional national settlement of several thousand metoclopramide cases filed against longstanding client Teva Pharmaceuticals. In New York, Glenn Kerner continues to represent Teva in a product liability lawsuit, in which the plaintiff claims that her husband suffered catastrophic injury as a result of exposure to the client’s anesthesia Propofol. Sarah Frederick in Boston is another key figure in the department.

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Frederick - Goodwin

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense - ranked: tier 3

Goodwin

Goodwin’s product liability and mass torts practice is headed by Joanne Gray in New York and distinguishes itself through vast experience in asbestos-related cases. Led by Washington DC-based William Hanlon, the team continues to represent Dana Companies in personal injury and wrongful death claims related to asbestos, and recently obtained dismissal of hundreds of cases due to lack of personal jurisdiction. In Boston, Mark Tully continues to defend longstanding client Gulf Oil and Cumberland Farms in MBTE litigation, in which plaintiffs allege that the gasoline additive potentially contaminates drinking water. The firm’s client base also includes CNA, Center For Claims Resolution and Teva. Boston-based Richard Oetheimer and Mark Tully are other key figures in the department.

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 4

Goodwin

Goodwin has a strong bench of securities litigators across the US. New York-based Brian Pastuszenski (who is ‘one of the more knowledgeable litigators in the market - very up-to-speed’) and Anthony Fiotto in Boston lead the practice. Marshall Fishman, who leads the New York commercial and financial litigation group, achieved victory for Citibank in a case alleging fraud and negligence in foreign exchange trades. Other notable partners include Mark Holland in New York and Washington DC-based Michael Isenman, who together defended JPMorgan Investment Management in ’40 Act matters; Lloyd Winawer in Silicon Valley, who is ‘fabulous to deal with, extraordinarily patient and capable of providing succinct advice’; and Deborah Birnbach in Boston.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings
Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

Goodwin

Knowledgeable, experienced and dependable’, Goodwin’s capital markets group is widely lauded for being ‘great to deal with’. In particular the practice, which has a strong emphasis on issuer-side work, attracts praise for being ‘simply the best for REIT-related deals’ - it also shines in technology, life sciences and financial services matters. Boston-based James Barri is a key partner and advised HubSpot on a $400m private offering of convertible senior notes. Boston-based REIT specialist Ettore Santucci chairs the department and together with Barri assisted AMAG Pharmaceuticals with its $300m convertible senior notes offering. Other clients include Cornerstone OnDemand, Radius Health and VEREIT.

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 3

Goodwin

Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to managers - ranked: tier 3

Goodwin

Goodwin garners a high volume of deals within the technology, financial services and life sciences sectors, and it also has a prominent track record in REIT-related work. Although traditionally skewed towards issuer clients, the practice has dramatically increased its profile on the manager side recently, as evidenced by its advice to the Morgan Stanley-led underwriting syndicate on Snap’s headline $3.9bn IPO - Silicon Valley partners Richard Kline and Anthony McCusker led that work. The same team also advised the underwriters on MuleSoft’s $221m IPO and the issuer on Okta’s $187m IPO. In a major REIT headline, Boston-based partners Gilbert Menna and Scott Chase assisted the underwriters with Invitation Homes’ $1.8bn IPO, which was notably the second-largest REIT IPO in history. Boston-based Ettore Santucci heads the group.

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United States: Industry focus

Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Goodwin

Goodwin’s ‘outstanding team has an exemplary reputation for environmental litigation’. The practice served as counsel to Morton International in a water-body Superfund matter. The team was also retained by an industrial products manufacturer to provide defense and counsel in two separate matters, including multiple environmental violations identified in a post-closing audit of an acquired facility in New York State. Boston’s Elise Zoli, who ‘knows how to develop a strategy and make it work’, and Gregory Bibler are key advisers, as are Washington DC-based William Jay, Laurence Kirsch and Michael Giannotto.

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Goodwin

Goodwin’s expertise includes contaminated sediment sites; hard rock mining; Superfund mega-sites; natural resource damage claims; multimedia environmental enforcement proceedings and settlements; vapor intrusion issues; and complex compliance settlements. For over 40 years, the practice has served as regular outside counsel to Newmont Mining and its subsidiaries on environmental, public lands, and energy matters. Washington DC-based Laurence Kirsch chairs the practice; and Michael Giannotto and William Jay are also widely praised. In Boston, Elise Zoliinspires trust in everybody’. Gregory Bibler is another key practitioner.

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 3

Goodwin

The ‘excellent’ Boston-based group at Goodwin has notable transactional capabilities. Co-head Kingsley Taft advised Warp Drive Bio on the company’s strategic collaboration with Roche valued at $387m. Co-head Mitchell Bloom represented Ablynx in various matters arising from the company’s $200m IPO. Scott Lassman has been acting for Boehringer Ingelheim on various issues arising from a citizen petition filed with the FDA. Other names to note are Richard Hoffman, as well as Hatch-Waxman litigation specialists Daryl Wiesen and David Hashmall. The group was strengthened by the arrivals of Roger Cohen in New York from Proskauer Rose LLP and Catherine McCarthy in Boston from Lando & Anastasi. Seo Salimi and William Collins were promoted to partner in the New York and Boston offices, respectively. Named attorneys are based in Boston unless otherwise stated.

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Healthcare: service providers
Next generation lawyers

Roger Cohen - Goodwin

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 3

Goodwin

Goodwin’s practice has ‘deep legal and technical expertise’, provides ‘spot-on advice’ and is led by the ‘exceptionally capable trial and appellate advocateDouglas Kline in Boston, ‘who always possesses a complete command of the technical subject matter’. New York’s Mark Abate, Washington DC’s Jennifer Albert and Boston’s Elaine Blais joined forces to represent Gillette in patent infringement litigation filed against Dorco, Pace Shave and Dollar Shave Club in relation to patents on blade coatings. Other clients include Teva, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Celltrion. Daryl Wiesen in Boston, Brett Schuman in San Francisco, and Elizabeth Holland and Robert Cerwinski in New York are other names to note; in Silicon Valley, Neel Chatterjee joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

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Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 4

Goodwin

The ‘responsive’, ‘consummate professionals’ at Goodwingo the extra mile’ and are experts in the technology and life sciences sectors. The team assists with transactional work, including joint ventures, strategic alliances and collaboration agreements, as well as with research and development agreements, and various commercial contracts. Stephen Charkoudian and Kingsley Taft are the key players in Boston. Sarah Solomon from the San Francisco office is ‘a recognized leader’ with an ‘extraordinary knowledge’. In addition to advising Warp Drive Bio on a strategic collaboration with Roche on antibiotic development, the group represented alternative energy player Plug Power in relation to a licence agreement covering stationary power products. ImmuNext, Delinia and Royalty Pharma are also clients.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Alternative/hedge funds
Alternative/hedge funds - ranked: tier 4

Goodwin

Goodwin handles some fund formation work, but is particularly strong in the regulatory space. Brynn Peltz in New York acts as fund and compliance counsel to Alger Dynamic Return Fund and continues to advise C-III Capital Partners on similar matters. Luciana Aquino-Hagedorn in Boston handles much of the fund formation work and Thomas LaFond in the same office is also a key contact for regulatory work. Counsel David Solander in Washington DC is a new hire from Allen & Overy LLP; he advises Discovery Capital Management on regulatory and compliance matters as well as other managers on new cryptocurrency hedge funds. Other clients include One Stone Capital and Seavest Investment Group.

Next generation lawyers

David Solander - Goodwin

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Mutual/registered/ exchange-traded funds
Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds - ranked: tier 3

Goodwin

Goodwin provides an ‘excellent’ overall level of service to fund sponsors and an impressive roster of independent trustee boards. Marco Adelfio, a ‘very effective communicator with an extremely constructive approach that makes delicate issues easier to resolve through negotiation and compromise’, advised Wells Fargo Funds on structuring several new funds designed to be sold through robo-advisers. Independent trustee representations included Adelfio’s advice to the trustees of Invesco Funds regarding the SEC’s money market funds reform, as well as the recruitment of new trustees; counsel Thomas Early and Paul Delligatti continue to advise the independent trustees of the Federated Funds, while Christopher Palmer is advising the independent trustees of Hartford Funds, including on creating a new fund with a NextShares exchange-traded feeder fund. Delligatti and practice head Philip Newman advise the independent trustees of the Eaton Vance funds. Robert Kurucza in Washington DC handles heavyweight regulatory and litigation matters, including for Columbia Funds. Other than Early in Los Angeles and Newman in Boston, named lawyers are located in Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

Marco Adelfio - Goodwin

Next generation lawyers

Paul Delligatti - Goodwin

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Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Private equity funds (including venture capital) - ranked: tier 3

Goodwin

Goodwin handles a range of work across the space, with real estate and venture capital funds two particular sweet spots. David Watson advised new client Merlone Geier Partners on establishing Merlone Geier Partners XII, a real estate fund which raised $1.14bn in less than three months. Watson is based in Boston, as are Matthew Giles, who also handles real estate fund formation, and Thomas Beaudoin and James Donohue, who are key contacts for venture capital work. In the New York office, John Ferguson advised DivcoWest on forming a $1.6bn real estate fund. Paul Verbesey in Washington DC is a name to note for buyout funds. Counsel David Solander, also in Washington DC, is ‘very responsive and hands on’; he handles a range of regulatory matters, including cryptocurrency issues. Jonathan Axelrad in Menlo Park has expertise in venture and growth capital funds, and Ian O’Donnell, who joined the San Francisco office from Cooley LLP, handles venture capital work involving leading Californian technology companies.

Next generation lawyers

James Donohue - Goodwin

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 3

Goodwin

Goodwin’s ERISA litigation practice is ‘superior to most other choices’, according to one client, who also said the lawyers ‘have all impressed through their depth of knowledge, candor and business acumen’. The ‘outstandingJames Fleckner heads the practice and is ‘the best at what he does’; he is currently defending a Fortune 500 company in a putative class action pertaining to the management of its 401(k) plan. In other highlights, the firm represented clients in excessive fee, damage claim and breach of fiduciary duty cases. Other key names include Alison Douglass (who is overseeing a client’s response to a DoL inquiry into the propriety of its selection of investments for plan participants) and Jack Cleary (who advised a brokerage firm on a class action challenging the compensation it received from recordkeeping services and its retention of an independent financial adviser). All named attorneys are based in Boston.

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design - ranked: tier 4

Goodwin

Goodwin has a strong record in ERISA fiduciary regulatory issues and vast experience in dealing with the DOL. Clients such as State Street regularly engage the firm to intervene in compliance matters, the administration of benefits and welfare plans, and IRS or DOL audits and investigations. In Boston, practice head Scott Webster has particular expertise in advising financial services clients and other fiduciaries on investment options in pension plans and prohibited transaction issues. Other notable contacts include financial industry partner John Cleary and Natascha George, who has substantial experience designing severance agreements and incentive structures.

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional - ranked: tier 4

Goodwin

Goodwin recently advised Monogram Residential Trust on its $3bn acquisition by newly formed fund led by Greystar Real Estate Partners and its capital partners. Natascha George led the advice to Pamplona Capital with regard to the ERISA and regulatory issues arising from its acquisition of BakeMark, while James Mattus oversaw Albany Molecular Research’s sale to Carlyle Group. The practice is led by Scott Webster, and Lynda Galligan in Silicon Valley is also a key name. Sarah Bock was recently promoted to partner. Attorneys mentioned are based in Boston unless otherwise stated.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Commercial deals and contracts
Commercial deals and contracts - ranked: tier 2

Goodwin

Considered by clients to have ‘strong business acumen’ and ‘practical advice’, Goodwin’s ‘very reliable and trustworthy’ team excels in transactions in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors. In New York, Jeffrey Klein advised Elysium Health on negotiations regarding a service agreement with a media company. In Boston, Robert Puopolo acted for Ginkgo Bioworks in a $100m agreement with Bayer regarding the development of a new company. The team is jointly headed by Joseph Johnson and Mark Macenka in Boston.

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Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 3

Goodwin

Goodwin handles shareholder activism matters for existing management. Joseph Johnson in Boston is a key contact - he advised Cognizant Technology Solutions on a co-operation agreement with Elliot Management. Anthony McCusker in Menlo Park handles third-party tender offer defense campaigns.

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M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) - ranked: tier 3

Goodwin

Goodwin advises both buyers and sellers in transactions, including asset deals, stock deals, mergers, joint ventures and bankruptcy deals, and has longstanding experience in the technology, life sciences, business services, real estate, financial services and healthcare sectors. The firm also has a robust private equity practice. It advised EPR Properties on its acquisition of CNL Lifestyle Properties, together with co-buyer Och-Ziff Real Estate; and acted for biotechnology company Delinia in its sale to Celgene Corporation, which planned to expand its inflammation and immunology pipeline with Delinia’s preclinical-stage regulatory T cell therapy. Large deal matters included acting for biopharmaceutical services company PAREXEL International in its sale to Pamplona Capital Management; and assisting Albany Molecular Research with its sale to affiliates of The Carlyle Group and GTCR. Boston-based Mark Bettencourt advises private and public companies in the software, internet, digital media, robotics, communications, and networking equipment and information services industries; and Stuart Cable currently serves as chair of the M&A and corporate finance practices for the firm’s technology and life science business units. Other highly rated Boston practitioners include Joseph Johnson III, John Egan III, John Haggerty and John LeClaire. Silicon Valley-based Lawrence Chu, Joshua Klatzkin in Washington DC, Andrew Weidhaas, who divides his time between Los Angeles and New York, and Los Angeles-based Stephen Lee are also experienced practitioners.

Leading lawyers

Joseph Johnson III - Goodwin

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 4

Goodwin

Goodwin continues to impress in growth equity, with clients recognizing the firm’s ability to span venture financing right through to leveraged buyouts, highlighting the ‘incredible service and responsiveness, cutting-edge legal advice, practical sensibilities and understanding of the need to get the deal done’. The firm is hailed as a ‘solution business’ and private equity clients note that portfolio companies often continue working with the team after private equity investors have exited. It is recognized for its particular strength in Boston and its leadership in real estate and healthcare deals, and recently it advised regular client Great Hill Partners on its respective acquisitions of PartsSource and Quantum Health. Boston-based John LeClaire and Michael Kendall and Los Angeles-based Andrew Weidhaas lead the practice. San Francisco’s Brian McPeake, New York partner Stuart Rosenthal and James Hutchinson in Washington DC are also recommended.

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Venture capital and emerging companies
Venture capital and emerging companies - ranked: tier 2

Goodwin

Goodwin is an established leader in Boston, but has also achieved considerable success in the Bay Area, where Anthony McCusker, Jonathan Axelrad, Richard Kline and Caine Moss are among the leading names. New York, Washington DC and Los Angeles are also key centers of strength for the practice. The firm earns accolades for its work in the life sciences sector and is a growing force in tech. It advised Qualtrics International, the experience management software company, on its $180m financing led by Insight Venture Partners and Accel Partners. It also represented Cybereason in a $100m investment from SoftBank and advised WePay on its sale to JPMorgan Chase. Boston-based Bill Schnoor and John Egan are co-chairs of the technology practice, while Mitchell Bloom and Kingsley Taft are co-chairs of the life sciences team.

Leading lawyers

Bill Schnoor - Goodwin

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) - ranked: tier 2

Goodwin

Data privacy and data protection - ranked: tier 2

Goodwin

Recent highlights for Goodwin include advising Taconic Biosciences on its response to a data breach originating from a phishing email, and assisting Singapore Telecommunications with the privacy due diligence issues relating to a potential acquisition of a digital advertising company. Brenda Sharton led the work and heads the department, which also fields Washington DC-based Karen Neuman, who leads the privacy practice, and healthcare specialist Roger Cohen, who joined the New York office in 2017 from Proskauer Rose LLP. The team also handles regulatory mandates including GDPR preparation, Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) compliance, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act issues and COPPA work. Lynne Barr and San Francisco-based Veronica McGregor are the key names for financial services clients. All attorneys, unless otherwise specified, are based in Boston.

Leading lawyers

Brenda Sharton - Goodwin

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 1

Goodwin

Goodwin has extensive experience structuring domestic and cross-border commercial transactions involving technology and IP assets. The practice’s scope of work includes standalone technology transfer transactions and other strategic technology transactions arising from private equity and venture capital investments, public offerings and private financing, as well as M&A deals, joint ventures and strategic alliances. The team acted for Trooly, a background-check start-up, in its sale to Airbnb; and assisted Sencha, which develops and licenses software frameworks and tools, with its sale to Idera. Equity capital market highlights included advising the underwriting syndicate on the $3.9bn IPO of camera company Snap, the creator of the Snapchat app; and acting for JP Morgan Securities, Goldman, Sachs & Co and Morgan Stanley & Co as lead book-running managers in the IPO of global hotel search platform trivago, which raised approximately $330m. John Egan, William Schnoor, Stuart Cable and Stephen Charkoudian are notable Boston contacts; and in Silicon Valley, Lawrence Chu, who leads the firm’s West Coast technology M&A practice, Michael Russell, Anthony McCusker and William Growney Jr are also highly rated. Andrew Goodman in New York and Jason Breen in Los Angeles are other names to note.

Leading lawyers

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United States: Real estate

Land use/zoning
Land use/zoning - ranked: tier 2

Goodwin

Massachusetts heavyweight Goodwin serves a broad client portfolio that includes Boston Garden Development, Boston Properties, Rockwood Capital and the Massachusetts Port Authority, among others. A cornerstone for the practice is advice to institutional clients; the ‘experienced’ Lawrence Kaplan advises the Wentworth Institute of Technology on the permitting and development of a new multi-purpose academic building on its Boston campus. In another highlight, practice head Martin Healy assists citizenM, a joint venture between Boston Properties and Delaware North, with the leasing of an air rights space on the site of the Boston Garden to build a 10-story hotel tower.

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Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) - ranked: tier 1

Goodwin

A ‘star in the field’, Goodwin’s REIT practice spans the full spread of equity and debt offerings, IPOs, M&A deals and joint venture transactions - it also packs a punch in regulatory matters. Group co-chair Gilbert Menna is ‘a great operator, with unrivaled knowledge of the industry’ and is regarded by many as a pioneer in the REIT arena. Menna recently advised Mid-America Apartment Communities on its acquisition of Post Properties, which created a public multi-family REIT with a combined value of $17bn. He also assisted Monogram Residential Trust with its $3bn acquisition by a new fund led by Greystar Real Estate Partners. Other key contacts include Boston-based group co-head Ettore Santucci and New York partner Yoel Kranz. In 2017, Marc Lazar joined the Boston office from Ropes & Gray LLP.

Leading lawyers

Gilbert Menna - Goodwin

Next generation lawyers

Yoel Kranz - Goodwin

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 6

Goodwin

Goodwin’s tax practice is recommended for its ‘terrific knowledge, responsiveness and great value for money’, as well as its ‘extraordinary REIT expertise’. It is able to handle corporate transactions, recapitalizations, security offerings, private equity and fund matters. Neal Sandford in Boston served as lead tax counsel to American Farmland during its merger with Farmland Partners, which created the largest public farmland REIT in the US, while Daniel Karelitz advised Lysosomal Therapeutics on its stock-purchase acquisition by Allergan US. ‘Smart and commercial’ William Weiss in New York and the ‘talented’ Kelsey LeMaster in San Francisco are noted by clients.

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