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100 NORTHERN AVENUE, BOSTON MA 02210, USA
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John Egan

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Goodwin

Position

Partner Co-Chair, Technology & Life Sciences

Career

John Egan, a partner in and co-chair of the firm’s Technology Companies & Life Sciences Group, focuses on corporate securities, venture capital, growth equity and technology enterprises. Mr. Egan's practice involves early and late-stage venture financings, growth equity and leveraged recapitalizations, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic licensing and the general representation of public and private emerging growth companies. Mr. Egan works with clients in industries ranging from enterprise software, networking, security and business services to communications, media and life sciences. He also represents numerous venture capitalists, private equity investors and investment banks and has extensive experience in intellectual property and licensing issues. Mr. Egan is a key contributor to the Goodwin Procter Founders Workbench, an online resource for start-ups, emerging companies and the entrepreneurial community. He rejoined Goodwin Procter in 2005.

Education

J.D., 1984 Boston University School of Law A.B., 1981 Brown University


United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Corporate governance

Within: Corporate governance

The team at Goodwin has particular expertise in acting for special committees. Stuart Cable and Mark Opper advised the independent transaction committee of the board of Sprint on its merger with T-Mobile, and Cable and Lisa Haddad also advised a special committee of the board of Foundation Medicine on the company's merger with Roche. Joseph Johnson and Andrew Goodman and Gilbert Menna in New York acted for Lasalle Hotel Properties, which was sold to Pebblebrook Hotel Trust in a hostile deal following involvement from activist investors. Other key contacts include John Egan and Michael Minahan. Named lawyers are based in Boston unless otherwise noted.

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

Within: M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

Goodwin has extensive experience advising buyers and sellers on high-value and high-profile corporate and M&A transactions, and the practice has sector expertise in technology, life sciences, REITs and financial institutions, as well as private equity buyouts; it also handles hostile M&A deals. Significant clients are AMAG Pharmaceuticals, AppNexus, Fresenius Medical Care North America, Centerview Partners and Brookfield Properties. Stuart Cable, who currently serves as the chair of the M&A and corporate finance practices for the technology and life sciences business units, is 'a truly outstanding expert in navigating complex deals through the various gates and is able to balance sometimes quixotic legal requirements with practical solutions'; and John Egan III acted for AppNexus, a global internet technology company, in its definitive agreement to be acquired by American multinational conglomerate AT&T. Other significant highlights included the team advising the independent transaction committee of the board of directors of Sprint on its merger with wireless network operator T-Mobile US; and acting for sports uniform retailer Varsity Brands Holding on its sale to Bain Capital Private Equity. Lisa Haddad, who is particularly focused on public company M&A, corporate and securities expert John Haggerty and Deborah Birnbach, whose clients include healthcare, life sciences, technology and financial services companies, jointly chair the firm’s public M&A and corporate governance practice. Also highly rated are joint REITs and real estate M&A chair Gil Menna, David Cappillo, Michael Patrone and Jared Fine; Scott Joachim was hired for the Silicon Valley and New York offices from Fenwick & West LLP. Named advisers are in Boston unless otherwise stated.

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Venture capital and emerging companies

Within: Venture capital and emerging companies

With offices in Boston, Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, Goodwin has a wide-ranging, bicoastal practice, which has an excellent reputation for its strength in the life sciences sector; tech is a supplementary area of expertise. The team represented online pharmacy PillPack in its high-profile acquisition by Amazon, and assisted Kensho Technologies with its $550m sale to S&P Global. It also advised Slack Technologies on its $427m Series H financing. Mitchell Bloom and Kingsley Taft, both based in Boston, share leadership of the life sciences team, while John Egan, Anthony McCusker in Silicon Valley, and Kenneth Gordon lead the technology practice. Boston-based Bill Schnoor, who advises robotics company Superpedestrian, is another key contact. Jonathan Axelrad has retired.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology transactions

Within: Technology transactions

Goodwin handles M&A involving complex licensing, patent and software issues, and also has expertise in standalone commercial transactions including software leasing agreements and technology development contracts. Pre-empting a planned public offering, the firm advised software company Qualtrics on its $8bn acquisition by SAP. John J. Egan acted for internet software company AppNexus in the negotiation of an agreement to join AT&T‚Äôs advertising and analytics platform. Further, the firm advised software company Kensho Technologies on its sale to S&P Global for an aggregate purchase price of $550m.¬†Other key figures include joint practice heads¬†Kenneth J. Gordon and Silicon Valley-based¬†Anthony J. McCusker,¬†Stephen G. Charkoudian, and¬†Robert E. Bishop and¬†Robert G. Kester, who are rated for their ability to ‚Äėdrive a deal to a successful close‚Äô. Jon M. Novotny¬†and Joshua Cook joined the San Francisco office from Gunderson Dettmer LLP in October 2018, while Washington DC-based¬†Julie K. Tibbets joined from Alston & Bird LLP in February 2018. Named lawyers are based in Boston unless stated otherwise.

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