Goodwin > New York, United States > Firm Profile

Goodwin
THE NEW YORK TIMES BUILDING
620 EIGHTH AVENUE
NEW YORK NY 10018
NEW YORK
United States

Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 1

Finance > Fintech

Goodwin fields a considerable workload, notably in NFT, DAO, and government investigation matters, and is also highlighted for its in-depth expertise in intellectual property, SEC regulations, and token fundraising. In Santa Monica, David Ajalat is experienced in advising fintech companies and investors on capital raising, company formation and structuring, and M&A. Working out of San Francisco, Mitzi Chang’s practice encompasses capital markets transactions, SEC reporting, and venture capital financings, while Karen Ubell is proficient in the adoption, launch, and distribution of various digital assets. Silicon Valley-based Grant Fondo is another key team member, while Kimberly Holzel in Boston is knowledgeable of consumer financial services law compliance. Working out of Washington DC, Michael Whalen covers enforcement, regulatory, and transactional matters for fintech clients.

Practice head(s):

David Ajalat; Mitzi Chang; Grant Fondo; Karen Ubell; Michael Whalen; Meghan Spillane

Other key lawyers:

Kimberly Holzel; Sammy Tang

Testimonials

‘Goodwin’s law practice stands out for its unique blend of expertise, innovation, and client-focused approach, making them a distinguished player in the legal field.’

‘One of the key strengths of Goodwin’s team is its deep expertise across various legal domains, enabling them to handle a wide range of complex cases. Potential clients should be aware of the team’s ability to provide tailored, sophisticated legal solutions that align with their specific needs and challenges.’

‘Goodwin keeps their finger on the pulse of FinTech. The team regularly put out updates and aren’t caught off-guard by new developments or regulations in the space.’

‘A knowledgeable group of attorneys who pair legal advocacy with a sensibility and eye toward commercial realities. The team has a very strong attention to detail and they operate with a good level of efficiency.’

‘The practice is particularly noteworthy for the presence of experts like Karen Ubell and Meghan Spillane, who are recognized for their exceptional skills and contributions as law firm partners.’

‘Karen Ubell and Meghan Spillane represent a formidable force in the realm of blockchain law, combining their extensive experience in corporate and litigation sectors. Their combined expertise forms a unique synergy, positioning them as a powerhouse duo in the rapidly evolving blockchain legal landscape.’

‘Karen Ubell’s ability to advise on strategic corporate matters, coupled with a keen understanding of regulatory compliance, makes her an invaluable asset to clients operating in the blockchain space.’

‘Meghan Spillane’s expertise in litigation makes her standout. Her experience in handling high-stakes litigation cases, especially those involving emerging technologies, equips her to effectively manage legal disputes and challenges that are characteristic of this dynamic field.’

Key clients

Affirm

Andreessen Horowitz

Arkham Intelligence

BAM Trading Services Inc

BankProv

Blackbird Labs

Checkout LLC

Circle

DailyPay

Galaxy Digital Ventures

Kickstarter PBC

Matter Labs

Messari

Paradigm Operations LP

Perpay, Inc

Petal Card, Inc

Proof of Play

Protocol Labs

Risc0

Splitit Payments

Step Mobile

Stripe, Inc

Turnkey Global

Upshot Technologies

Universal Navigation

X1

Work highlights

  • Represented Kraken on the matter of United States of America v. Payward Ventures, Inc., 3:23-mc-80029-JCS, ultimately contesting the IRS’s requests for vast amounts of data related to Kraken and its users.
  • Advised X1 on its acquisition by Robinhood.
  • Advised Protocol Labs on its ecosystem development and growth initiatives.

Industry focus > Cannabis Tier 1

The ‘strategic’ team at Goodwin is well-placed to assist clients with corporate transactions, regulatory matters, and litigation alike. The group’s transactional offering includes company and investor-side transactions such as capital raises and M&A. With regard to regulatory work, the team frequently advises companies, banks, investor funds, and real estate developers on state and federal regulations. On the contentious front, intellectual property disputes, securities litigation investigations and class actions constitute core areas of practice. Leadership of the department is shared by three partners: Jennifer Fisher and Brett Schuman, both based in San Francisco, specialize in litigation, cannabis regulatory and compliance issues; and litigating high-profile intellectual property cases, respectively. In Silicon Valley, Bill Growney‘s broad expertise encompasses financings, M&A, corporate governance, licensing and IP matters. Over in New York, Joshua Eisenson supports the founders and executives of emerging and growth companies in the cannabis segment through all stages of the corporate lifecycle.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Fisher; Brett Schuman; Bill Growney

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I love the Goodwin Team, they are strategic counsel, acting almost as business partners.’

Key clients

Ayr Wellness, Inc.

Central Coast Agriculture, Inc.

Combs Enterprises

Cresco Labs

Cronos Group Inc.

Dama Financial

Gotham Green Partners

KIVA Brands, Inc.

Serruya Private Equity

Waitr, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Central Coast Agriculture dba Raw Garden in a federal trademark infringement litigation brought by BBK Tobacco & Foods, LLP in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.
  • Advised Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc., on its acquisition of four licensed dispensaries in Aberdeen, Crofton, Ellicott City, and Laurel.
  • Represented defendant Kiva Brands in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed by Kiva Health Brands.

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 1

Goodwin acts on behalf of clients in various industries, such as technology, life sciences, and financial services, in relation to developing and implementing patent procurement, management, and exploitation policies. In addition, the department also covers patent enforcement and IP litigation, and it is also active in advising on licensing and technology transactions. Catherine McCarty co-leads the team in Boston and specializes in matters concerning the pharma sector, while James Riley co-leads the department from the firm’s Silicon Valley office, representing emerging growth technology companies and venture capital firms. In Boston, Stephen Charkoudian covers technology, data and intellectual property transactions, Kingsley Taft is a key contact for clients in the biotechnology sector, and Bethany Withers chiefly advises tech companies on data, publicity rights, and intellectual property issues. Noelle Dubiansky in Washington DC frequently assists biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and various other life science enterprises with M&A transactions, strategic partnerships, and tech acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Catherine McCarty; James Riley

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Alert Innovation

OncoC4

WHP Global

Jnana Therapeutics

Adare Pharma Solutions

Kelun-Biotech

Wave Life Sciences

Entrada Therapeutics

Teva

Seagen

Orionis Biosciences

Nanobiotix

Bit.bio

Bev

Pioneering Medicines

Synaffix B.V.

Clockworks Analytics

Work highlights

  • Advised Alert Innovation on its $650m definitive agreement to be acquired by Walmart.
  • Advised OncoC4 in its agreement with BioNTech SE pursuant to which BioNTech receives an exclusive worldwide license to co-develop and commercialize OncoC4’s anti-CTLA-4 monoclonal antibody candidate.
  • Advised Sichuan Kelun-Biotech Biopharmaceutical in its exclusive license and collaboration agreement with Merck to develop seven investigational preclinical antibody-drug conjugates for the treatment of cancer.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts: middle-market (Up to $500m) Tier 1

Goodwin fields a large team of private equity specialists across the country who handle a prolific volume of growth investments, take-private acquisitions, and carve-outs for middle-market private equity sponsors, though the team is also capable of guiding blue-chip clients through the full investment lifecycle. The team places a particular focus on venture capital investments and buyouts in the tech space and maintains close relationships with a number of tech-focused sponsor clients, including TA Associates and JMI Equity. Life sciences form another area of emphasis for the practice, which is co-led by Boston-based healthcare transactions expert John LeClaire alongside San Francisco-based tech M&A specialist Brian McPeake and New York lawyer Chris Nugent, who handles transactional and governance matters for a wide range of sponsor clients. Washington DC lawyer Joshua Klatzkin, who advises both funds and target companies on leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, and growth investments, and Santa Monica-based Katherine Baudistel , whose expertise spans public and private M&A as well as VC-backed financings, are further key contacts.

Practice head(s):

John LeClaire; Chris Nugent; Brian McPeake

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Klatzkin; Katherine Baudistel; Andy Lock; Michael Kendall; Stuart Rosenthal; Ilan Nissan; Chris Wilson; James Moriarty; Cammy Contizano; Amy Keller

Testimonials

‘Goodwin’s PE practice is a great partner for us – they know our business well, understand how to think through key risks while also being commercially minded to making sure we get the deals done. They have advised us through a lot of tough situations and I trust the Goodwin team to give us great, thoughtful counsel.’

‘They are commercial and great technical lawyers.’

‘Depth and versatility. No matter what volume and variety of transactions and special projects we are taking on, they are able to help and provide sophisticated legal advice. ’

‘Brian McPeake has reached an unparalleled level of excellence at speaking to business teams. Amy Keller is a great negotiator, adept at running a deal.’

‘A+ lawyers providing A+ client service. Lawyers are super smart, experienced, and thoughtful. They are practical and able to evaluate complex legal issues from a business perspective. They represent the client well during negotiations and are able to navigate and understand relationships without creating unnecessary friction during a deal process. They work hard and are always available to meet tight timelines. ’

Key clients

TA Associates Management, L.P.

Webster Equity Partners

Primus Capital

Bregal Sagemount

Behrman Capital

Ampersand Capital Partners

JMI Equity

Frazier Healthcare

InTandem Capital

Charlesbank

Work highlights

  • Advised TA Associates Management on its acquisition of wildfire science and tech company Technosylva.
  • Advised JMI Equity on its strategic investment in Apptegy, a provider of a software-as-a-service platform and K – 12 services to educational institutions.
  • Advised United Digestive, a portfolio company of Frazier Healthcare Partners, on its sale to Kohlberg & Company.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 1

Goodwin provides a full-service offering to emerging companies and venture capital companies, supporting clients from initial seed financing stages through to exit transactions. The life sciences practice is co-chaired by Mitch Bloom and Kingsley Taft from Boston, and the technology and emerging companies team is jointly led by Kenneth Gordon in Boston and Craig Schmitz in New York. Bill Schnoor, based in Boston, specializes in business and securities law, private equity work, and acquisitions. Danielle Lauzon, who focuses on life sciences and healthcare information technology services clients, and William Collins, who is experienced in formations, capital markets transactions and exit strategies, bolster the Boston team. In Silicon Valley, Caine Moss assists companies in the software, AI, internet, and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mitch Bloom; Kingsley Taft; Kenneth Gordon; Craig Schmitz

Key clients

Rippling

Coalition

Open AI

Tome Biosciences

Upstream Bio

Jobber

Battery Ventures

Myeloid Therapeutics

ReNAgade Therapeutics

ElevateBio

Versanis Bio

Truework

Convergent Therapeutics

A16z

Work highlights

  • Advised ElevateBio on its $401m Series D financing, led by AyurMaya Capital Management Fund, managed by Matrix Capital Management.
  • Represented Rippling in its $500m convertible note financing round.
  • Represented Andreessen Horowitz in the $16m Series A financing of Prepared.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 1

At Goodwin, the technology practice has a strong record of advising emerging and well-established tech companies on seed financings, M&A, and IPOs, in addition to handling transactional work in the tech space. The department is collectively led by Stephen Charkoudian, James Riley, Craig Schmitz, and Kenneth Gordon. Charkoudian is based in the Boston office and focuses on transactions at the intersection of data, IP, and tech, in addition to handling open-source matters. Silicon Valley-based Riley frequently represents venture capital firms in IP strategy concerns, as well as demonstrating skill in AI, machine learning, and cloud computing work. Schmitz divides his time between Los Angeles and Silicon valley and primarily advises tech and life-sciences growth companies on their transactional activities, while Gordon handles a diverse range of corporate and securities matters for tech clients from the Boston office. Also in Boston, Bethany Withers handles publicity rights and IP concerns for start-up firms, while Silicon Valley-stationed Kevin Liu assists clients with computer and mobile gaming matters. In the San Francisco office, Kevin Lam handles an extensive range of commercial and tech concerns.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Charkoudian; James Riley; Craig Schmitz; Kenneth Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

WHP Global

Innovium

Qualtrics

Scopely

Poshmark

MeridianLink

Open AI

Harness

Rippling

FlexLogix Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised Qualtrics on its $12.5bn acquisition by Silver Lake and CPP Investments.
  • Advised Klaviyo on its strategic partnership with Shopify and its $576m IPO.
  • Advised Plug Power on its strategic partnership with Amazon.

Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 1

Goodwin continues to be a leading force in the market representing public and private REITs in a wide range of transactional matters. REIT equity and debt issues, REIT M&A, as well as REIT joint venture investments all serve as key pillars to the practice. The team has actively represented REITs and underwriters in REIT IPOs and is committed to assisting US REITs with their globalization efforts. The practice is co-led by REIT experts Yoel Kranz and Ettore Santucci. New York-based Kranz is the go-to for clients requiring expertise in corporate mergers and acquisitions, he also advises on issues involving derivatives such as derivatives within capital market transactions.  Over in Boston, Santucci specializes in representing publicly traded REITs and real estate companies in matters including IPOs, M&A, executive compensation and corporate governance. Other key Boston team members include Scott Chase who acts on corporate and security-related issues, business law specialist Caitlin Tompkins, and REITs and capital markets expert William Goldberg. Christopher Versfelt is also a part of the Boston practice and is noted for his expertise on REIT M&A.

Practice head(s):

Yoel Kranz; Ettore Santucci

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Our Goodwin team is highly skilled, responsive and pragmatic. I view them as trusted advisors.

Scott Chase has been our external counsel for 14 years. Scott is an expert in REIT and SEC matters, is always available and has pragmatic solutions. I can’t imagine a better partner.’

Key clients

AvalonBay Communities

Boston Properties, Inc.

Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc.

The Macerich Company

Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc.

Medical Properties Trust

Paramount Group, Inc.

Retail Properties of America

Two Harbors Investment Corp.

VEREIT

Work highlights

  • Advised the Regents of the University of California on its long-term strategic venture with Blackstone.
  • Advised Donahue Schriber Realty Group, Inc. on its sale to First Washington Realty, Inc. in an all-cash transaction for an aggregate purchase price of $3.015 billion.
  • Advised Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc. on tripartite agreement with the Oakland Athletics and Bally’s Corporation for the construction of the A’s new $1.5 billion baseball stadium.

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 2

Goodwin has built a strong presence in M&A litigation across the country through its focus on key industry sector, notably technology, life sciences and real estate, and its highly regarded private equity practice also puts the firm in the frame for high-value disputes. It is ‘a commercially savvy firm that looks for cost-effective solutions‘. Deborah Birnbach and Caroline Bullerjahn in Boston, Douglas Flaum and Jordan Weiss in New York (who is ‘insightful and able to quickly deduce strategic paths‘), and Jonathan Shapiro in San Francisco lead the practice. Birnbach, who is a prominent member of the firm’s life sciences disputes group, is currently involved in a high-stakes class action on behalf of Citrix Systems, Inc. concerning its $16.5bn merger with Vista and Elliott, having already resolved eleven disclosure suits relating to the same deal. Flaum’s recent highlights include defeating two motions for preliminary injunction to stop a $1.2bn series of transactions closing for REITs including Cedar Realty Trust, Inc. Emerging partner talent Adam Slutsky also plays a central role in key matters.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Bullerjahn; Deborah Birnbach; Douglas Flaum; Jonathan Shapiro; Jordan Weiss; Adam Slutsky

Testimonials

‘Goodwin is foremost a commercially savvy firm. Their approach is to look for cost-effective solutions that properly balance negotiating hard and standing firm with finding the right point of compromise.’

‘Jordan Weiss (litigation partner) puts a premium on availability and quick response. He is insightful and able to quickly deduce strategic paths, which saves us time and money.’

Key clients

Citrix

Cedar Realty

iRobot

Bioverativ

Qualtrics

Berkshire Grey

Concert Pharmaceuticals

Magenta Therapeutics

Zynerba Pharmaceutrical

Globus Medical

CLEMM Holdings

Global Blood Therapeutics

Jane Gol

Nestle

Casla Partners

Work highlights

  • Defeated two motions for preliminary injunction seeking to stop a $1.2bn series of transactions from closing. Cedar, a publicly traded REIT, announced in March 2022 that it had entered agreements to sell a portion of its real estate portfolio for $840 million and, following that, merge with another publicly traded REIT.
  • Represented Qualtrics in connection with its sale to Silver Lake for $12.5 billion in 2023, and represent Qualtrics directors in a breach of fiduciary duty suit in the Delaware Court of Chancery against those directors and affiliates of SAP, which was Qualtrics’ controlling stockholder prior to the sale.
  • Retained to defend Global Blood Therapeutics against multiple shareholder securities lawsuits challenging its $5.4bn acquisition by Pfizer, Inc., which despite the litigation closed in late 2022.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

Goodwin has a prominent role in high-stakes cases in key industry sectors such as life sciences and biotechnology, though it also handles significant matters involving REITS and large technology companies. The firm is also increasingly involved in representing financial institutions and fintech companies. Boston-based Deborah Birnbach leads the securities litigation and SEC enforcement department within the complex litigation practice along with Daniel Roeser and Douglas Flaum in New York, Caroline Bullerjahn in Boston, and San Francisco-based Jonathan Shapiro. Bullerjahn is currently representing Chardan Capital Markets LLC, which served as underwriter for SPAC Trident Acquisition Corp in matters arising from its de-SPAC transaction with Autolotto. Roeser, whose track record includes high-profile mortgage-backed securities cases and some of the largest securities class actions in history, is currently acting for residential mortgage REIT Two Harbors Investment Corp. in a case seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Clients praise ‘the firm’s commitment to go the extra mile‘.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Birnbach; Caroline Bullerjahn; Jonathan Shapiro; Dan Roeser; Douglas Flaum; Adam Slutsky

Other key lawyers:

Richard Strassberg

Testimonials

‘The team is professional and knowledgeable in all aspects of data privacy law. The team was able to quickly ramp up on our product, understand the technical data flows and draft various documents precisely to the point. What stood out most was the firm’s commitment to go the extra mile to provide all required deliverables in high quality upfront, allowing time to incorporate feedback, in multiple cycles, prior to deadlines. Tasks were completed with remarkable efficiency, saving me time and reducing the stress associated with legal proceedings.’

‘The firm’s reputation for excellence was evident from my first interaction with them. ’

‘We worked with Daniel Roeser from the New York office. Daniel is not only highly skilled in the legal field but also compassionate and understanding of the situation to provide tailored care and support. His deep understanding of the law, and relentless pursuit to research all avenues, was apparent in the strategic advice provided, which was always up-to-date with the latest legal precedents.

‘During the course of my case, Daniel Roeser was exceptionally responsive to my questions and concerns, often going above and beyond to ensure I felt supported. He always kept me informed and made sure that his team maintained open and frequent communication, ensuring that I was never left in the dark about the progress of the case or the options available at every stage of the case. Daniel consistently provided clear and concise advice at each step, making sure I understood all my options. Daniel’s tactical acumen and negotiation skills were particularly impressive. He has strong interpersonal skills and is approachable; and this makes it very easy to work with him without worrying about asking too many questions or clarifications.’

‘Goodwin has engaged practice experts as needed. Each has been completely familiar with our matter and has been immediately effective in advancing our efforts. They have been team and goal oriented and impressive in their focus on our needs. Appropriate practice leaders involved whenever necessary. We openly discuss and employ flexible billing arrangements. Goodwin has devoted all necessary resources is assisting us, but never done so without consultation and agreement.’

‘I have enjoyed a decades long relationship with Goodwin. Their command of securities, banking, tax and general corporate matters is extensive and deep. The litigation effort is headed by Dan Roeser, who has provided brilliant efforts and complete knowledge.’

Key clients

Aldeyra Therapeutics and its officers

BELLUS Health, Inc. and its officers

Caribou Biosciences, Inc.

Cedar Realty Trust, Inc., Cedar Realty Trust Partnership, L.P., Bruce Schanzer, Gregg Gonsalves, Abe Eisenstat, Sabrina Kanner, Darcy Morris, Richard Ross, Sharon Stern, Steven G. Ross (“Cedar”)

Chardan Capital Markets LLC

Citrix Systems, Inc.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation

Fate Therapeutics and its officers and directors

Forge Global Holdings, Inc.

Fulcrum Therapeutics, Inc. and its officers

Goldman Sachs lead syndicates of underwriters in a series of US based securities litigations

MabVax Therapeutics Holdings, Inc.

Prime Trust, LLC

Rocket Companies, Inc. and its officers

Silvergate Capital Corporation

Syndicates of Underwriters of Axogen, Inc. (one led by SVB Securities LLC and including Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. and JMP Securities LLC and the other led by Jefferies LLC and including SVB Securities LLC, William Blair & Company, L.L.C., and JMP Securities LLC)

TuSimple Holdings, Inc.

Yieldstreet Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Citrix in a federal securities class action filed in the Southern District of Florida. The securities fraud class action brings claims against Citrix and certain of its current and former officers under Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 thereunder on behalf of investors who purchased Citrix common stock between January 22, 2020, and October 6, 2021. The lead plaintiff alleges that, during the Class Period, Citrix, a Software as a Service (“SaaS”) company, made misstatements and omissions related to its efforts to transition its business from traditional, on-premise software to subscription-based, cloud software.
  • Representing Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc. and certain of its executives in a class action arising from alleged misstatements and omissions concerning ADX-2191, including the Company’s new drug application submitted to the FDA for ADX-2191 to treat primary vitreoretinal lymphoma.
  • Representing Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation in a putative securities class action and three putative shareholder derivative actions. These suits arise out of Cognizant’s September 2016 announcement that it had self-reported to the federal government potentially improper payments made to officials in India in connection with obtaining permits for certain facilities.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Goodwin‘s broad geographical coverage in the US captures deals from across regions and industries. It remains highly active in biotech and life sciences equity offerings, along with further strength in healthcare, real estate and technology. It also has an extensive client base of investment banks. Although the IPO markets were quiet in 2023, the firm remained active in follow-on offerings, PIPEs, private placements and at-the-market programs. It is best known for mid-cap deals, though does handle bulge-bracket transactions. New York-based Edwin O’Connor is a member of the life sciences group and co-chair of the capital markets practice alongside Silicon Valley's Bradley Weber. Boston-based Joseph Theis and Robert Puopolo are noted for technology, healthcare and life sciences sector deals.

Practice head(s):

Edwin O’Connor; Bradley Weber; James Barri

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

TIP Composites, Inc.

SkyWater Technologies

NAPCO Security Technologies

Nutrabolt

Amylyx Pharmaceuticals

Credit Suisse

Boston Properties

Avadel Pharmaceuticals

Akero Therapeutics

BridgeBio Pharma

Sagimet Biosciences

Argenx SE

Work highlights

  • Advised argenx on the closing of its upsized $1.27bn global offering.
  • Advised Avadel Pharmaceutics in three major transactions including a $125m follow-on equity offering, a $96m exchange of convertible notes and a $75m royalty financing.
  • Advised Woodbolt Holdings in their equity investment with Keurig Dr Pepper, involving a cash investment in Nutrabolt of $863m in exchange for preferred equity with a 5% annual coupon paid in cash or in-kind.

Healthcare > Life sciences Tier 2

With a raft of lawyers ‘whose experience is deeply rooted in the space,’ Goodwin is able to assist life sciences sector clients across the spectrum of related issues, ranging from multi-billion dollar acquisitions, to securing FDA approval for groundbreaking drugs, and obtaining patent protection for their products. 2023 saw extensive hiring at the partner level, with the October 2023 arrivals of licensing specialist David Chen in Santa Monica from Ropes & Gray LLP and capital markets expert Adam Johnson from Latham & Watkins LLP in New York underscoring the arrival in Philadelphia of a 10-strong team from Troutman Pepper in February. Mitchell Bloom leads the team alongside Kingsley Taft, with both assisting clients in securing VC funding and with eventual IPOs, with the latter also handling licensing agreements and the structuring of joint ventures; both are based in Boston.  Also in Boston, Marishka DeToy and Robert Puopolo‘s practices center on capital markets transactions in the sector. The firm’s FDA regulatory experts are Steven Tjoe and Alexander Varond, both based in Washington DC and advising on medical devices and drug development processes.

Practice head(s):

Mitchell Bloom; Kingsley Taft

Testimonials

‘Deep industry experience in drug development, specifically in interfacing with the FDA and relevant regulatory guidance.’

‘We’ve recently moved our work to Goodwin and couldn’t be happier. They have a full suite of knowledge attorneys across practice groups relevant to the life sciences team (e.g., regulatory, healthcare fraud and abuse, reimbursement, clinical, promotional) and capital markets and M&A teams whose experience is deeply rooted in the space.’

Key clients

Alentis Therapeutics

argenx SE

Avadel Pharmaceuticals

Better Therapeutics

Biomea Fusion

Entrada Therapeutics

Fulcrum Therapeutics

Globus Medical

Guggenheim Securities

Inversago Pharma

KBP Biosciences

Nimbus Therapeutics

ReNAgade Therapeutics

Royalty Pharma

Seagen Inc.

TELA Bio, Inc.

Versanis

Work highlights

  • Advised argenx SE on the closing of its upsized $1.27bn global offering.
  • Advised Inversago Pharma, Inc. on its acquisition by Novo Nordisk A/S for up to $1.075bn.
  • Advised Nimbus Therapeutics, LLC on its sale to Takeda of Nimbus Lakshmi, Inc. and its tyrosine kinase 2 (Tyk2) inhibitor program for $4bn up front and up to $2bn in commercial-related milestone payments.

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 2

The national trade secrets practice at Goodwin, noted for its ‘ability to take the lead’ when assisting clients, has a strong reputation for its capabilities handling the gamut of matters. In San Francisco, Koray Bulut is equipped to handle multi-jurisdictional matters, while co-chair of the firm’s IP litigation practice Brett Schuman has experience defending well-known companies and individual clients in complex disputes; counsel Jeremy Lateiner is also noteworthy. Silicon Valley-based Andrew Ong has expertise in related litigious cases. Also in Silicon Valley is standout name Neel Chatterjee who has impressive experience representing clients in high-stakes tech matters, namely protecting companies and products in complex disputes. Bulut and Ong co-lead the practice alongside New York-based Albert Solecki and Boston’s Mark Tully. The team has been bolstered with the arrivals of Sharon Smith to the San Francisco office in January 2023 from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and of John Padro, Stefan Mentzer and Scott Weingaertner to the New York office in March 2023 – all were formerly at White & Case LLP.

Practice head(s):

Koray Bulut; Andrew Ong; Albert Solecki; Mark Tully

Other key lawyers:

Neel Chatterjee; Brett Schuman; Jennifer Fisher; Jeremy Lateiner; Elizabeth Low; Alexandra Valenti; Naomi Birbach; Aaron Thompson; Jenevieve Nutovits; Sharon Smith; John Padro; Stefan Mentzer; Scott Weingaertner

Testimonials

‘Goodwin’s team can definitely manage complex cases for foreign clients. The thing I valued the most was their ability to take the lead.’

‘We worked with partners Alexandra Valenti and Naomi Birbach, in addition to senior associate Aaron Thompson and junior associate Jenevieve Nutovits and they truly work as a team.’

‘Aaron Thompson is a standout lawyer, no different from a partner.’

Key clients

Rivian Automotive, Inc

Anthony Levandowski

Valentino S.p.A. & Valentino U.S.A., Inc.

Alphonso

Keysight Technologies

Smartcar, Inc.

PCI Holdings LLC (and its subsidiary Pal)

HotSpot Therapeutics, Inc.

Halo Technology Limited

EpicentRx

HackerX

Farther Finance

EmergeTech

HOPCo Intermediate Holdings, Inc.

NielsenIQ

Work highlights

  • Representing Rivian Automotive, and several former employees of a competitor that were hired by Rivian, in a matter brought by the competitor alleging the former employees misappropriated trade secrets and breached the confidentiality provisions in their former employment agreements.
  • Representing Valentino S.p.A. and Valentino U.S.A., Inc. in defense of claims brought by one of its former textile suppliers for copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, and other related claims.
  • Representing Alphonso Inc., a global technology company focused on the intersection of television media, machine learning, and big-data analytics, in a trade secrets misappropriation action.

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 2

Boasting a successful track record in trials, Goodwin defends financial services companies against a broad spectrum of alleged ERISA violations. With a well-balanced litigation and advisory offering, the firm brings deep sector expertise and bench experience, attracting new clients in industries such as steel and manufacturing, technology, media and publishing, with significant mandates in 2023 including representing financial services companies, Natixis and Mercer Investments, and advising the US Chamber of Commerce and leading trade associations. The practice is co-led by Boston-stationed James Fleckner, who represents a number of major companies in ERISA litigation, and seasoned litigator Alison Douglass, who also practices from the Boston office. In the Washington office, Jamie Santos focuses on complex civil litigation before federal appellate and trial courts, whilst Michael Isenman’s in-depth knowledge of securities, ERISA, class action makes him the go-to for mutual funds, other registered investment companies, and financial institutions. Dave Rosenberg operates from the Boston office, defending many of the largest financial institutions in ‘excessive fee’ ERISA litigation, whilst Washington DC-based Matthew Riffee advises financial institutions and service providers in DOL investigations and enforcements.

Practice head(s):

James Fleckner; Alison Douglass

Key clients

Boston College

FirstGroup America, Inc.

GWA, LLC

IQVIA

Mercer Investments

MetLife Group, Inc.

Mutual of America Life Insurance Company

Natixis Investment Managers, LLC

New York Life Insurance Company

State Street Bank and Trust Company

Steel Dynamics, Inc.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Work highlights

  • Representing Mercer Investments in a class action ERISA litigation filed in the Northern District of Texas.
  • Representing MetLife Group, Inc., in a class action litigation in the District of New Jersey.
  • Representing Natixis, a leading financial service holding company with over 1tn under management, in a matter in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 2

Displaying broad expertise across the whole spectrum of corporate transactions, including cross-border acquisitions, divestitures, and leveraged buyouts, the Goodwin team is heavily praised for its ‘extremely smart, capable, and well-informed’ approach. The practice frequently provides strategic counsel on various shareholder-related issues, including proxy contests, activism, and shareholder litigation, with Boston-based global chair of M&A Stuart Cable noted as an expert in the life sciences sector. Lisa Haddad routinely represents buyers, sellers, and financial advisors, while Jacqueline Mercier focuses on complex corporate governance issues. Also based out of Boston, John Haggerty and Deborah Birnbach co-chair the public M&A offering. From Silicon Valley, Lawrence Chu brings vast experience in handling joint venture arrangements and recapitalizations, while New York-based Joshua Zachariah is highly knowledgeable in the tech and private equity spheres. Alessandra Love Simons left the firm in November 2023.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Cable; Lisa Haddad; John Haggerty; Deborah Birnbach; Lawrence Chu; Joshua Zachariah

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Teams we work with are extremely smart, capable, and well-informed. Great business sense, direct in advice.’

‘Stuart Cable — eminence grise of the life sciences M&A market.’

 

Key clients

Marlin Equity Partners

Concert Pharmaceuticals

OEG Offshore

InTandem

SurePrep

RoadOne IntermodaLogistics

NextAir Holding

Royalty Pharma

Alert Innovation

Work highlights

  • Advised Concert Pharmaceuticals on its $576m sale to Sun Pharma.
  • Advised InTandem on the sale of its portfolio company, Paradigm, to Pioneer BidCo, LLC, a newly formed company backed by BlackRock.
  • Advised Alert Innovation on its definitive agreement to be acquired by Walmart.

Real estate Tier 2

Praised by one client for their ‘brilliant partners’ and ‘deep bench of talent’, Goodwin is particularly well known for its representation of REITs, global funds, investors, hospitality companies, and developers on complex transactions, lease work, and fund matters, for which they have extensive expertise representing both new and established entities. In addition, the team is also known for its skill advising on complex investment vehicles, joint ventures, and finance work, covering areas such as mortgage and mezzanine financing as well as construction loans. New York partner and co-chair Diana Brummer has experience assisting institutional investors, pension funds and REITs on an array of transactions, joint ventures, and loan work, including workouts. Co-head John Ferguson is also based in New York and has extensive experience in the private investment fund space. Co-chair of the joint ventures and finance and restructuring practice groups, Alex Jacobs is a key name in the firm’s Santa Monica office and has experience spanning residential, retail, office, and hotel asset classes. Freddie Akrouche in Boston and Brian Lerman in Washington DC are other integral team members.

Practice head(s):

Diana Brummer; John Ferguson

Testimonials

‘Brilliant partners with a deep bench of talent; highly responsive with strong follow-up. Commercial and thoughtful.’

‘Beyond being excellent lawyers, excellent people and a pleasure with which to work.’

 

Key clients

AEW Capital Management

AvalonBay Communities

BentallGreenOak

Boston Properties

Brookfield

Hyatt

Mack Real Estate

Medical Properties Trust

Rockwood

Work highlights

  • Advised San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, a federally recognized Indian tribe and certain affiliates of San Manuel, in connection with the purchase of 100% of the membership interests in Dana Point Beach Resort LLC.
  • Advised Rockwood Capital in connection with its joint venture with GFP Real Estate and Metro Loft Management with respect to the acquisition and redevelopment of 25 Water Street, a 22-story, 1.1 million-square-foot office building in New York City’s historic Financial District, and the associated $535.8 million loan.
  • Advised Brookfield in connection with the acquisition of 515 Monmouth Road, Buildings 1 and 2, Jackson Township, New Jersey, two newly built industrial warehouse buildings from Jackson Owner LLC and Jackson Owner II LLC for a purchase price of $252 million.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 3

Offering a strong focus on regulated industries such as life sciences and tech, the team at Goodwin has a particularly strong focus on strategic merger clearances, successfully preempting Second Requests from the DOJ and FTC, and a successful record in contentious merger cases. The firm continues to be active on high-profile mandates, notably  representing iRobot in its proposed $1.7 billion acquisition by Amazon. The practice is jointly led by Andrew Lacy and Arman Oruc. Lacy is an experienced transactional antitrust advisor, while Oruc, who splits his time between DC and Los Angeles, is a key name for merger clearance and antitrust litigation. John Goheen joined the team from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in January 2023, expanding the firm’s reach across the tech, healthcare, pharma, retail and financial services sectors. Attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lacy; Arman Oruc

Other key lawyers:

Paul Jin; John Goheen

Key clients

Concert Pharmaceuticals

Deliverr, Inc.

Entrada Therapeutics

Forma Therapeutics

Inversago Pharma

iRobot Corp.

MiroBio

Nimbus Therapeutics

TCR2 Therapeutics Inc.

Versanis Bio

Work highlights

  • Advising iRobot on all antitrust aspects of its proposed $1.7 billion acquisition by Amazon.
  • Represented Nimbus Therapeutics in its bet-the-company efforts to navigate through antitrust hurdles to first retain its crown jewel asset against a hostile attempt by Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) and subsequently sell it to Takeda for $6 billion in December 2022.
  • Advised Entrada Therapeutics, Inc. on its global collaboration with Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated to focus on discovering and developing intracellular Endosomal Escape Vehicle (EEV™) therapeutics for myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1).

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

The appellate practice at Goodwin finds favor for its ‘ability to synthesize complex and nuanced legal issues’. Historically best known for its record in life sciences and technology-related appeals, where it can lean on the wider firm’s dominant industry offerings, the group additionally handles a steady stream of class actions, financial services and transport-related cases. In Washington DC, high-profile appellate specialist William Jay contributes experience in arguing seventeen cases before SCOTUS; he recently scored a win for Boeing—and co-defendant Southwest Airlines—at the Fifth Circuit in a case concerning Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft. The DC team also draws on Brian Burgess, who co-chairs the FDA litigation practice, and up-and-coming appellate partner Jaime Santos, who has a focus on ERISA litigation, patent litigation, constitutional law and product litigation. Recommended in Boston are experienced department head Kevin Martin; David Zimmer, who specializes in IP, administrative law and consumer financial services; and newly promoted partner Gerard Cedrone.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Martin

Other key lawyers:

William Jay; Brian Burgess; Jaime Santos; David Zimmer; Gerard Cedrone; Andrew Kim; Edwina Clarke; Douglas Kline

Testimonials

‘William Jay, Brian Burgess, Jaime Santos and the rest of the team are extremely smart, strategic and client-centric. In addition to their ability to synthesize complex and nuanced legal issues, they are some of the best brief writers in the profession.’

‘Jaime Santos has a wonderful blend of intellect, thoughtfulness, and pragmatism that suits clients very well. She has an easy, relatable manner at oral argument that serves her and her clients very well.’

‘The most unique aspect of the Goodwin Procter appellate practice is its extensive bench of highly talented and experienced appellate practitioners. Most of the attorneys in the practice have clerked for Supreme Court justices and have appeared more than once or twice in the Supreme Court.’

‘The leaders of the practice, William Jay and Kevin Martin, are ex-Supreme Court clerks who have extensive appellate experience. Junior lawyers, David Zimmer and Gerard Cedrone, are equally as talented.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and effective both in litigating and settling complex insurance coverage disputes.’

‘Brian Burgess is an excellent and effective advocate both in writing and oral argument. I’ve worked with a lot of attorneys in the insurance coverage and appellate realms and he is a cut above.’

‘The appellate team’s great advantage in relation to patent appeals to the Federal Circuit is the depth of technical experience it can marshal from the firm to support it in patent appeals. Also, the appellate lawyers who brief and argue patent appeals in the Federal Circuit have extensive experience in that forum.’

‘The individual lawyers who stand out as exceptionally capable appellate advocates in the Federal Circuit are William Jay, Kevin Martin and Douglas Kline. Each of these lawyers brings a unique skill set to appellate advocacy. Both Kevin and William have extensive appellate experience.’

Key clients

New Balance Athletics

Novartis

Ocwen Financial Corporation

Rocket Mortgage and its affiliate, Amrock LLC

Sandoz

Sophos and Invincea

Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA)

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA

The Boeing Company

United Therapeutics Corporation

Work highlights

  • Won a reversal in the First Circuit on behalf of New Balance Athletics.
  • Secured a victory at the Second Circuit on behalf of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America in a decision that vacated the district court’s certification of a nationwide class of 8,000 retirement plans.
  • Obtained a complete victory at the Fifth Circuit for The Boeing Company, and its co-defendant Southwest Airlines, in a decision reversing the district court’s certification of four national classes in a RICO class action.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Goodwin has a wealth of experience advising companies across a variety of industries on investigation and enforcement matters with a particular expertise in handling cases within the financial services and healthcare sectors. The highly skilled Richard Strassberg leads the team from New York; he is recommended for FCPA investigations and compliance matters. Also based in New York, Annie Railton represents both companies and executives before the federal and state regulators. Prominent members of the team in the Washington DC office include Kirk Ogrosky and Ilene Albala for their experience with handling false claims cases. Located in Silicon Valley, Grant Fondo stands out for his expertise in digital currencies and is recommended for his skill advising financial institutions. Having joined the Boston office in January 2023 from Troutman Pepper, Miranda Hooker is an expert in healthcare fraud cases.

Practice head(s):

Richard Strassberg

Other key lawyers:

Annie Railton; Kirk Ogrosky; Ilene Albala; Grant Fondo; Miranda Hooker; Jennifer Chunias; James Gatta; William Harrington

Testimonials

‘The team is highly experienced. Their advice is seasoned, practical, and effective. They are passionate about winning, but they balance that passion with a realistic approach that helps to ensure sound decision making and positive outcomes.’

‘They are timely with their work. They are highly responsive to critical needs and deadlines. They have a client-first mindset.’

‘Jennifer Chunias is smart, experienced, and confident without being arrogant. She is highly capable and has a strong work ethic. She is committed to excellence. She’s an absolutely terrific partner and a genuinely nice person as well.’

‘They have an excellent team of professionals who excel in both legal advice and internal policy review. Their work product was timely, efficient and well within the proposed billable hours.’

‘The Goodwin team was always available even when accommodating alternate time zone differences. Their work was timely and accurate, especially when dealing with very sensitive information.’

‘They have a strong New York office.’

‘James Gatta and William Harrington are both really thoughtful attorneys with good judgement.’

Key clients

Gjerset & Lorenz LLP

Payward Ventures/Kraken

Work highlights

  • Represented Kraken, a digital currency exchange, in response to a John Doe Summons regarding the IRS’s request for data related to the company and its users.
  • Defended the CEO and co-owner of skilled nursing facilities against allegations of Medicare fraud and successfully obtained a full dismissal of all criminal charges after a 5-week criminal jury trial.
  • Representing the CEO and co-owner of Comprehensive Healthcare Management Services, who has been indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in a fraud claim in excess of $100 million.

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 3

Goodwin acts for clients in a diverse set of industries, including pharmaceuticals, banking, technology, and automotive, with an offering that spans antitrust, class action suits and regulatory disclosures. The Boston-based group is led by Michelle Treadwell Briggs, a seasoned litigator with deep experience in the practice space who advises on e-discovery, commercial and intellectual property aspects. Another key member of the team is senior attorney Danielle Panetta, who assists with internal and government investigations.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Treadwell Briggs

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Michelle Treadwell Briggs and her team are industry leaders in integrating technology into legal practice. She seeks out legal solutions and proactively seeks ways to implement those on each large matter she leads.’

‘Michelle Treadwell Briggs knows her stuff, exclusively focused on e-discovery. She is a national leader with a commensurate reputation.’

‘Michelle Treadwell Briggs is a well-respected thought leader in the eDiscovery community. She frequently speaks at the most prestigious eDiscovery conferences. She has a very practical approach to discovery issues and works well in a team.’

Key clients

HotSpot Therapeutics, Inc.

Rivian Automotive, Inc

Two Harbors Investment Corporation

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

Citrix Systems, Inc.

Keysight Technologies

iRobot Corp.

Weiner Ventures LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised the nation’s largest consumer banks on a CFPB enforcement action concerning the bank’s involvement in and use of the Zelle payment system.
  • Advised a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company with global offices on an ICC arbitration matter.
  • Advised Teva Pharmaceuticals on various matters, including serving as National eDiscovery Counsel.

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 3

Goodwin’s consumer financial services practice is well-regarded for its experience representing financial institutions and fintech companies in class actions and enforcement matters. A particular area of growth for the group has been CFS disputes as a result of increased state and federal focus on ‘junk fees.’ The firm is led by Allison Schoenthal, based in New York, and Matthew Sheldon, based in Washington DC. Schoenthal has a broad range of expertise including enforcement defense, representation in class actions, and advice on compliance and risk. Similarly, Sheldon is well-versed in class actions and defending clients in matters pertaining to fair lending compliance, financial product sales and marketing practices, and ERISA compliance. He particularly ‘stands out for CFPB and other finance enforcement work.’  In Washington DC, Thomas Hefferon is recognized for his extensive work on enforcement matters, class actions, and MDLs, frequently representing financial institutions, market participants, investors, and service providers.

Practice head(s):

Allison Schoenthal; Matthew Sheldon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm has a very strong consumer finance investigation practice, particularly focused on CFPB responses.’

‘I have been impressed with the firm’s capability to manage complex and large discoveries.’

Key clients

CIT Bank

Fannie Mae

Fifth Third Bank

Keybank

Ocwen Financial Corporation

Select Portfolio Servicing

SynergyOne

Work highlights

  • Achieved a victory for Ocwen Financial Corporation defending litigation filed by the CFPB and several state consumer regulatory agencies.
  • Advising Wells Fargo and handles portfolio-wide risk assessments.
  • Defending Select Portfolio Servicing in a series of proposed consumer class actions.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 3

Drawing upon litigators based in Boston, California, New York and Washington DC, Goodwin has a strong track record of representing clients in the tech and life sciences sectors facing product liability and mass tort litigation across the US. New York-based Joanne Gray is particularly effective at representing clients in heavily regulated industries, where her work encompasses litigation, regulatory compliance advice and risk management counseling. She is particularly acclaimed for her work in the food, beverages and dietary supplements arenas, regularly representing clients, including Herbalife, in product liability cases in federal and state courts. Boston-based team head Richard Oetheimer has extensive experience in defending product liability and mass tort claims brought against manufacturers of prescription drugs, medical devices, chemical substances, foods and dietary supplements, cosmetics and consumer products.

Practice head(s):

Richard Oetheimer

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Gray; Amanda Russo; Lauren Farruggia

Key clients

Confluent Medical Technologies

Herbalife International, Inc.

Kolmar Laboratories Inc. n/k/a Port Jervis laboratories and its parent company KDC/One

Work highlights

  • Serving as monitoring counsel for Confluent Medical Technologies in connection with the Cordis IVC Filter Mass Tort Litigation consisting of thousands of personal injury claims in a JCCP in Alameda County, California.
  • Advising Herbalife International, Inc. on developing and executing all product liability and mass tort litigation strategies for the company in the US, and advising on global litigation strategies regarding international product liability lawsuits.
  • Representing Kolmar Laboratories, Inc. in connection with talc mass tort litigation alleging exposure to trace amounts of asbestos through use of various loose powders manufactured by Kolmar with talc.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Goodwin remains best known for its work in the convertible debt segment, frequently advising issuers from the technology, life sciences and REITs sectors. Although a dominant force in issuer-sider convertible debt transactions, it also has a major presence in underwriter engagements. In convertible note offerings, the capital markets team regularly collaborates with derivatives specialists within the firm. James Barri is co-chair of the capital markets group and has an outstanding record in convertible debt, with Ettore Santucci recognised for REIT sector offerings; both are based in Boston. New York partner John Servidio provides further expertise in convertible debt and derivatives-related structures.    

Practice head(s):

James Barri; Ettore Santucci

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I think James Barri is a smart, experienced and pragmatic lawyer when it comes to the convertible debt space.’

‘The team has a deep understanding of the relevant legal issues and addresses them in an efficient manner.’

‘Jim Barri is a standout practitioner in the field. He has an exceptional understanding of the salient issues in debt offerings (both convertible and straight debt) and navigates transactions with ease. John Servidio has a deep understanding of convertible derivative transactions and is very pragmatic in problem solving.’

James (Jim) Barri is an incredibly strong, astute and commercial leader in the convertible debt space. Jim understands not only how to deliver strong market-based advice to his client base, but he is uniquely proficient in many of the finer technical structural nuances that often lead to creative solutions for his clients. Jim is responsive, trustworthy and overall is a pleasure to work with.’

The Goodwin convertible debt team is uniquely positioned as one of the very few strong advocates for both issuer/corporate clients and underwriters/investment banks. This gives the Goodwin team a discernible advantage in client negotiations and has led to their success. Goodwin is definitely a ‘go to’ firm for convertible and other equity-linked work.’

Key clients

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Avadel Pharmaceuticals plc

AvalonBay Communities

Berkshire Grey

Boston Properties

Cerence Inc.

Cerevel Therapeutics Holdings, Inc

Collegium Pharmaceuticals

Digital Realty Trust

Wayfair

Work highlights

  • Advised Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in connection with an offering of $1.03bn aggregate principal amount of its 1.00% convertible senior notes due 2027.
  • Advised Boston Properties on a public offering of $750m aggregate principal amount of 6.750% senior unsecured notes due 2027.
  • Advised Wayfair on an offering of $690m principal amount of its 3.25% senior convertible notes due 2027.

Finance > Commercial lending Tier 3

The debt finance team at Goodwin is widely recognized for its experience representing borrowers in middle market private equity-backed loans and middle market institutional loans. Areas of expertise include matters related to the healthcare, life sciences and technology sectors. Fund finance is also included as one of the team’s key areas of work. Specializing in acquisition finance, syndicated credit facilities and junior capital, Jennifer Bralower leads the practice from the New York office. Also in the New York office, Nick Caro is highlighted his experience handling a range of credit facilities, including asset-based revolving credit facilities and senior secured credit facilities. In California, Kristopher Ring works on a range of private borrower side debt transactions.  

Practice head(s):

Jennifer K. Bralower

 

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Client centric, great customer service and advice provided. Fast and efficient, reliable service’

‘The Goodwin team provides valuable timely advice on complex transactions. They are always amnenable to setting and sticking to budgets. You never feel that a routine call well end up costing you 5 figures. They are a firm you can trust. ’

‘Ana Dodson is a seasoned pro. She understands our needs, our culture and out risk tolerance. She goes above and beyond to get us the fairest deal. ’

Key clients

Accel-KKR

Bregal Sagemount

Charlesbank Capital Partners

JMI Equity

TA Associates

Webster Equity Partners

Thoma Bravo

Work highlights

  • Advised Royalty Pharma in connection with a royalty monetization transaction with Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. whereby Royalty Pharma acquired a royalty interest in Ionis’ royalty in Biogen’s SPINRAZA and Novartis’ pelacarsen for an upfront payment of $500m plus up to an additional $625m in payments based upon reaching certain milestones for a potential total value of up to $1.125bn.
  • Advised iRobot Corporation in connection with a $200m senior secured term loan financing.
  • Advised TripAdvisor in connection with its $500m revolving credit facility arranged by JPMorgan Chase.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 3

Goodwin has an expert intellectual property group that is particularly well-connected with clients in the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors who rely on the team's expertise in patent disputes and in Hatch-Waxman litigation for both innovators and generics. The group is jointly led by Brett Schuman in San Francisco, whose patent practice spans multiple industries, and Elaine Blais in Boston, who specializes in patent litigation primarily in the life sciences sector. The group also includes IP trial lawyer Mark Abate in New York, tech litigator Neel Chatterjee in Silicon Valley, and Boston-based Douglas Kline, who works with a broad portfolio of software and pharma companies. The firm’s International Trade Commission team is led by PJ McCarthy in Washington DC. Scott Weingaertner in New York is praised by clients as a ‘great lawyer in the courtroom‘. The group also includes IP specialists Natasha Daughtrey in Los Angeles and Amadou Diaw in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Blais; Brett Schuman

Testimonials

‘We had a very good experience working with the Goodwin team on a complex patent matter. They came up with sound legal advice and good practical solutions to problems faces along the way.’

‘Our experience with Goodwin has been nothing short of exceptional, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. It is evident that we are in capable hands. The level of professionalism and expertise displayed by Goodwin’s attorneys and staff is truly impressive. We were immediately put at ease, knowing that our patent matters were being handled by a team that not only understands the intricacies of patent law but is also committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for their clients. ’

‘The group has very deep legal knowledge, the ability to implement it in the most pragmatic way for the client, and the flexibility to accommodate the client’s specific needs, which sets this team apart from other firms in that league.’

‘Amadou Diaw is very service-oriented, and provides quick and efficient solutions.’

‘John Padro is very sharp, deep and focused. Rich patent litigation experience. Very client-oriented. Excellent lawyer to work with on deep and complex cases.

‘Stefan Mentzer is absolutely fluent in patent and trademark-related opinion work and litigation.’

‘Scott Weingaertner is a very experienced big picture lawyer, always civil and polite, but is always on the pivotal points of the case, which he plays consequentially. Great lawyer in the courtroom.’

‘Scott Weingaertner’ leadership qualities are truly exceptional and he has successfully cultivated a cohesive and high-performing team under his guidance. His ability to lead by example and maintain the team’s focus during such challenging circumstances has been nothing short of inspiring.’

Key clients

Abiomed Inc.

Accessible

Alphonso Inc.

CommScope

General Electric Company

Savant & Savant Technologies

Insulet Corporation

International Business Machines Corporation

LEDVANCE LLC

Markforged, Inc.

Microchip Technology Inc.

PCI Holdings LLC

Personalized Media Communications

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Sandoz

Shenzhen Absen Optoelectronic

Leyard Optoelectronic

Glux Visual Effects Tech

Shenzhen Liantronics

Unilumin Group

Teva Pharmaceuticals

United Therapeutics Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Teva Pharmaceuticals and co-defendant Gilead Sciences in a six-week trial following years of litigation.
  • Represented Samsung in competitor litigation at the ITC and in the Eastern District of Texas.
  • Represented CommScope in a multi-patent litigation in the District of Delaware that has been pending for nearly ten years.

International trade > CFIUS Tier 3

Goodwin’s Washington DC-based group is praised by clients ‘adept at managing the overlap of CFIUS and export control considerations’. The firm’s premier offerings in the technology and life sciences spheres marks it as a key player in CFIUS reviews concerning those increasingly sensitive industries. The firm’s experience also spans financial services, telecoms and infrastructure, among other areas. Global trade co-chair Richard Matheny, who is ‘not afraid to challenge the government when needed’, maintains a broad national security practice, which spans CFIUS, export controls, economic sanctions, and FCPA-related matters. Elevated to department co-chair in early 2023, Jacob Osborn is noted for his focus on regulatory compliance concerning deals in the electronics, telecoms, software and encryption segments.

Practice head(s):

Richard Matheny; Jacob Osborn

Other key lawyers:

Jacob Osborn; Justin Pierce

Testimonials

‘Goodwin has a very capable CFIUS practice that is adept at managing the overlap of CFIUS and export control considerations.’

‘Goodwin’s team (both partners and associates) are all adept and very collegial. Special recognition to Amy Josselyn and Jacob Osborn who are both practical, solution-oriented, and a joy to work with.’

‘Experienced and capable team, particularly on the intersection of CFIUS and export controls. Richard Matheny is excellent – practical, business-oriented and not afraid to challenge the government when needed.’

‘A highly collaborative and attentive team composed of experts in the field able to offer practical advice based on extensive experience. Lawyers are attentive and detail-oriented. Richard Matheny is exceptional.’

‘Richard Matheny has done a great job building an excellent CFIUS team at Goodwin.’

‘The Goodwin team (Richard Matheny, Justin Pierce, Axel Urie) has great experience with CFIUS processes and how to answer to the requests/questions of the CFIUS administration. They also analyse and clarify our proposed answers before transferring them to the CFIUS administration.’ 

‘A strong team, led by an industry expert. The group stays ahead of changes in law and provides well-thought-out interpretations and advice. Richard Matheny heads the group and is extremely knowledgeable and commercial.’

‘Amy Josselyn is very helpful and easy to work with.’

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 3

Goodwin‘s ‘top notch’ private investment funds team covers the full spectrum of private investment fund types across various asset classes, where the team has a strong track record with real estate funds, where institutional and high net worth individual investors operating on a national and global level comprise their client base. Mandee Gruen chairs the team and a member of the firm’s real estate industry and ESG and impact practices, with these areas being a focus of her private funds work. Gruen is based in New York, as is John Ferguson, who similarly advises on real estate funds, alongside infrastructure, debt and credit, private equity and fund of funds, while Paul Verbesey is a key name in Washington DC and Matthew Giles and up-and-coming partner Lynette Elam are key names in in Boston. James Donohue left the firm in April 2024.

Practice head(s):

Mandee Gruen

Other key lawyers:

Paul Verbesey; John Ferguson; Robert Fore; James Donohue; Thomas Beaudoin; Ian O’Donnell; David Watson; Matthew Giles; Lynette Elam; Eunice Choi

Testimonials

‘The Goodwin team is top notch at advising emerging venture fund managers. They are always proactive and responsive in fund and business-related matters – regulatory, compliance, strategic, fundraising, HR, and tax issues. Practical solutions are proposed where implementation is quick. I would highly recommend Goodwin.’

‘Eunice Choi is a standout partner who has advised us for the last five years. We followed her from her prior firm. She is smart, highly responsive, anticipates our needs, strategic, and provides the best practical advice when considering all facets of the issue. She is the best legal advisor we’ve ever had.’

Key clients

Turner Impact Capital

Charlesbank

LBA Realty

WestView Capital Partners

Beacon Capital Partners

Cabot Properties

TA Associates

Canaan Partners

Credit Suisse Asset Management

Elm Park Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Advised TA Associates on the completion of its fundraising for its latest flagship fund, TA XV, with total limited partner commitments at its hard cap of $16.5 billion.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 3

Goodwin stands out as a favored firm for emerging companies in the life sciences and technology sectors, as well as for private equity and investment funds, offering deep expertise in ERISA fiduciary duties alongside compensation and benefits regulations under the Internal Revenue Code. Patrick Menasco, based in Washington DC, specializes in ERISA and pension plan investments, providing advice to both national and international financial institutions. He leads the group together with James Mattus from Boston, who is skilled in structuring and implementing equity-based and incentive compensation programs for both public and private entities. In Silicon Valley, Lynda Galligan and Grace Wirth provide assistance to emerging growth clients in navigating tax and securities laws for equity-based arrangements and incentive plans. Boston’s Natascha George handles executive employment arrangements, severance obligations, and equity-based compensation arising from IPOs and business restructurings. Sarah Bock, also in Boston, advises employers and executives on change in control provisions and deferred compensation plans.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Menasco; James Mattus

Testimonials

‘Grace Wirth is very responsive and an essential member of our larger compensation and benefits team. Highly recommended.’

Key clients

Advent International

BitSight

Blueprint Medicines

Brookline Bancorp, Inc.

Circle Internet Financial, Inc.

Citrix Systems

Deliverr, Inc.

Innovium, Inc.

Intermediate Capital Group (ICG)

ThredUp Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised TA Associates on holding additional and final closings for its flagship fund TA XV, with total limited partner commitments at its hard cap of $16.5 billion.
  • Served as counsel to Korro Bio in its definitive merger agreement to combine with Frequency Therapeutics.
  • Advised Northmark Bank on its merger with Cambridge Trust Company in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $63 million.

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 3

The Goodwin employment team has strong experience with regards to workplace investigations in sensitive sectors, such as the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and cybersecurity industries. The firm also has a strong disputes practice, which supports on issues arising in the workplace, such as harassment, discrimination, and termination. Robert Hale, practising in Boston, leads the team. Hale has an active consulting practice, covering workplace investigations, layoffs and wage and hour advice, amongst many others. Also in Boston, Bradford Smith advises on a broad range of labor and employment agreements, while Jennifer Fay dedicates her practice to high-level workplace investigations, concerning matters involving fraud, discrimination and harassment. At the San Francisco office, Koray Bulut is an expert in providing counsel on matters involving trade secrets and employee mobility, as well a range of dispute matters.

Practice head(s):

Robert Hale

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Dagobah Labs (d/b/a Futureswap)

Dascena Inc.

EQRx, Inc.

EVPassport

Farther Finance

Murat Bicer

True Ventures

Work highlights

  • Advised EQRx in employment-related aspects of its definitive agreement to be acquired by Revolution Medicines to add more than $1 billion in net cash to Revolution Medicines’ balance sheet.
  • Representing Dascena Inc., a digital health company, in a wrongful termination lawsuit involving Ritankar Das, the company’s former founder and CEO.
  • Representing Farther Finance in a lawsuit brought by The Retirement Group against two of its former investment advisors and their new employer, Farther.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance Tier 3

Clients represented by Goodwin‘s team include boards, committees, executive officers and investors across a diverse range of sectors. Described as ‘very efficient and very tailored to the task at hand’, the team handles the full range of governance issues, from advisory and regulatory work to transactions and litigation. Washington DC-based practice head Jonathan Hecht , described by one client as a ‘savvy SEC practitioner’, excels in advising clients on investigations by the SEC and securities-related private civil actions. San Francisco’s Karen Ubell earns praise for ability to provide ‘clear, succinct advice in an actionable way.’

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hecht

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Hecht is an experienced, knowledgeable, and savvy SEC practitioner.’

Goodwin’s team always is responsive to my issues and will jump right into novel problems. I’ve found them to be very efficient and very tailored to the task at hand.’

‘Karen Ubell is an excellent advisor who fully understands all the different aspects of blockchain, crypto, and corporate governance issues from an SEC perspective. She gives clear, succinct advice in an actionable way. Jonathan Hecht brings tremendous experience from his time at the SEC, and he’s able to distill that knowledge into actionable feedback on novel issues.’

Key clients

Yieldstreet

Moderna Therapeutics

Wayfair

Akamai Technologies

M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism Tier 3

Practitioners at Goodwin‘s Boston office have extensive experience in designing strategies to protect public companies across a plethora of industries and of varying sizes from activist action and hostile takeover bids. Its recent caseload has included defense against some of the largest activists funds. The practice is jointly led by Andrew Goodman, whose corporate governance practice is strong on change in control transactions and shareholder activism, and Joseph Johnson, who has a notable track record in advising public companies. Katherine Hand adds robust support.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Johnson; Andrew Goodman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Any company would be well advised to have Goodwin in their corner.’

‘Joe Johnson and Andrew Goodman are rockstar partners. I would want them in my corner for any potentially adverse shareholder matter – they are cool, calm and battle-tested and fierce protectors of their clients.’

Key clients

Ritchie Bros Auctioneers, Incorporated

WisdomTree Investments, Inc

Anika Theraputics

Mimecast

Rapid Micro Biosystems, Inc

KVH Industries

First Real Estate Investment Trust of New Jersey, Inc

Entravision

Yatra Online

Work highlights

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 3

Goodwin’s data, privacy and cybersecurity team, recommended for its ‘sophistication, depth and breadth of legal expertise’, combines its expertise in emerging technologies and life sciences to support clients including venture funds, private equity firms, and financial institutions. Steve Charkoudian leads the practice group, based in Boston. Also in Boston, Omer Tene advises both public and private entities, including leading social media clients; Judson Welle, New York, brings cybersecurity litigation experience. Tene and Welle serve on the firm’s AI task force. Boris Segalis and Kaylee Cox Bankston departed the team in March 2024.

Practice head(s):

Steve Charkoudian

Other key lawyers:

Omer Tene; Judson Welle; Jacqueline Klosek

Testimonials

‘Worked with us to create a creative and useful tabletop exercise to improve our security posture and readiness, and also to bolster executive team collaboration. Goodwin has been ready and willing to recommend consultants as issues have arisen and worked with us to resolve issues on a cost-effective basis.’

‘The Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity team I work with is comprised of high caliber attorneys that maintain the level of sophistication, depth and breadth of legal expertise that any in-house attorney could hope for. A key strength of the team is their ability to digest and address novel issues quickly with thoughtful and pragmatic advice.’

‘Their responsiveness, quality legal work, sound judgment, and analytical skills on novel issues is what sets them apart from competitors. They also exhibit a level of emotional intelligence with their clients which is hard to get from a law firm.’

Key clients

Meta Platforms, Inc. (“Meta”, formerly Facebook)

National Public Radio

New Balance Athletics, Inc.

Qualtrics International LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Meta Platforms, Inc. on the development of the first EU-wide Code of Conduct for GDPR compliance.
  • Providing advice to NPR regarding privacy compliance in the U.S. and Europe in connection with the organization’s user engagement and sponsorship programs.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

Goodwin’s non-contentious tax practice advises on a broad range of matters, such as taxable and tax-free M&A, recapitalizations, joint ventures, and leveraged buyouts. The team is particularly strong in the life sciences space, regularly representing clients ranging from start-ups to mature public companies, as well as in the real estate sector, offering considerable combined expertise to REITs, private equity funds, developers, pension fund advisors, and domestic and international investors. Boston-based practice head Neal Sandford handles transactions involving S corporations, investments by tax-exempt investors, and restructurings, among other issues. Howard Cubell, also in Boston, specializes in advising private equity sponsors on acquiring, disposing of, and recapitalizing portfolio companies. Janet Andolina, chair of the firm’s New York office, has notable experience in M&A, spin-offs, restructurings, and reorganizations. Boston’s Edward Glazer regularly advises on the structuring of collective investment vehicles, real estate securitizations, REITS, and capital markets investment management. Kelsey LeMaster in San Francisco has several major long-term clients in the real estate sector, while New York’s Romina Weiss is strong in the tech and private equity spaces.

Practice head(s):

Neal Sandford

Other key lawyers:

Howard Cubell; Edward Glazer; Karen Turk; Janet Andolina; Romina Weiss; William Weiss; Kelsey Lemaster; Daniel Karelitz

Testimonials

‘The team brings a great combination of expertise and pragmatism, which is highly needed in a complex field where legal and tax matters can delay important transactions. I also value the curiosity the team shows which makes us feel part of the same team (vs. the classic client advisor relationship).’

‘I find Romina Weiss to be a smart, articulate, and very experienced lawyer showing passion for her job, and always looking for pragmatic answers to questions. It is a pleasure having her as a tax advisor, particularly in the complex early months of a new venture with international reach. She is also a great person to work with, with a unique sense of humor.’

Key clients

83North, EQT and Iconiq Capital

Blueprint Medicines

Boston Properties Limited Partnership

Drawbridge Realty

First Eagle Investments

Level Equity Management, LLC

Lucid

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PTK Acquisition Corp.

Serena Ventures

Work highlights

  • Advised Ouraring Inc in its acquisition of Proxy, Inc.
  • Advised Pareto Health, Inc in a minority recapitalization through the sale of approximately 31% of newly issued Class B common stock to an affiliate of Warburg Pincus.
  • Advised TA Associates in an additional closing on July 1 and the final closing on July 5, 2023 for a total of $765 million for its fifteenth flagship fund, TA XV, with total limited partner commitments at its hard cap of $16.5 billion.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 4

Known for its strong focus on transactional issues, Goodwin routinely acts for emerging tech companies, and healthcare and life sciences investors. David Cappillo and Chris Wilson jointly head up the practice from Boston, while James Gatta leads from New York; Cappillo primarily assists tech and healthcare companies with M&A and growth equity issues, Wilson is a private equity expert, and Gatta focuses on both government and internal investigations. Miranda Hooker, John Jones and Allison DeLaurentis all joined the firm as part of a team from Troutman Pepper in early 2023, contributing their expertise in fraud and abuse and governance matters. Greg Demske frequently assists clients with their responses to government investigations and enforcement actions in Washington DC. Delphine O’Rourke left the practice in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

David Cappillo; James Gatta; Chris Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Expertise and responsiveness.’

‘David Cappillo is one of the most effective professionals I’ve worked with. He is knowledgeable, efficient, and a great strategy counselor.’

‘Up to date practical business and legal knowledge related to telehealth and healthtech. Differentiated by having experience with many telehealth and healthtech startups.’

‘Roger Cohen – solid, practical advice. Efficient and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Commercially oriented and practical. Highly responsive and flexible. Provides high-quality advice while keeping the focus on the business goals.’

‘David Cappillo is an exceptional partner to our business. He has a wealth of experience to draw from, and provides highly practical advice.’

‘Highly industry focused team with good knowledge. Super responsive and able to provide detailed and appropriate advice to clients in the healthcare area.’

‘Deeply connected and specialists in the area.’

Key clients

SunMed LLC

InTandem Capital Partners, LLC

Zus Health, Inc.

Cartwheel Care

Tinicum Incorporated

Cardiac Imaging, Inc.

Nephrology Associates Medical Group

Weekend Health

Medical Properties Trust

Thoma Bravo

Work highlights

  • Advised SunMedLLC on its acquisition of the consumables business operated by Vyaire Holding Company and its direct and indirect US and foreign subsidiaries. This was a global carve-out transaction and was structured as a mixed stock and asset sale.
  • Advised SunMed Group Holdings, LLC d/b/a AirLife on its acquisition of the global respiratory health business of Avanos Medical, Inc., including the BALLARD, MICROCUFF and endOclear product lines, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $110m.
  • Advised affiliated investment funds of the client, InTandem Capital Partners, LLC, on completing its acquisition of Nebraska Orthopedic Hospital, LLC and certain affiliated entities based on an enterprise value of OrthoNebraska of $351m. The transaction was funded in part with a new credit facility and rollover from existing equity holders.

International trade > Customs, export controls and economic sanctions Tier 4

Goodwin’s export controls and sanctions team is prized by clients for its ‘deep understanding of the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector’, while it additionally brings to bear significant expertise in the technology space. The Washington DC-based group is consistently engaged to advise on regulatory compliance with EAR, ITAR, and sanctions administered by OFAC and it also handles international investigations and voluntary disclosure processes. Group co-chair Richard Matheny is recommended for his broad national security focus, which spans export controls and economic sanctions matters. Jacob Osborn is also noted for his niche expertise in encryption-related export controls.

Practice head(s):

Richard Matheny; Jacob Osborn

Other key lawyers:

Charles Li; Carrie Miller

Testimonials

‘The Goodwin team is an experienced and well-rounded team. It is composed of substantive export control experts and is wonderful to work with. Lawyers are professional, smart and personable.’

‘I work the most with Richard Matheny, Jake Osborn and Carrie Miller. They are good listeners, can discuss issues in detail and respectfully. They also are reasonable.’

‘It stands out for its deep understanding of the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector.’

‘Richard Matheny is an expert in his field; his analysis was easy to digest and responsive to our needs. I really appreciated working with him! The associate he had working with him on this was one of the few associates I felt truly added a huge amount of value.’

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 5

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission)

Spearheaded by Section 337 expert PJ McCarthy, the team at Goodwin has extensive experience representing both tech and life sciences companies at the International Trade Commission.

Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)

Goodwin‘s patent prosecution collective has been significantly bolstered with the arrivals of David Chen to Santa Monica in October 2023 from Ropes & Gray LLP and of Pittsburgh-based Alicia Palladino, Philadelphia’s Daniel Scolnick and Timothy Atkins from Troutman Pepper in February of the same year.

The firm: Goodwin’s 1,800 plus lawyers across the United States, Europe, and Asia excel at complex transactions, high-stakes litigation, and world-class advisory services in the financial, life sciences, private equity, real estate, and technology industries. The firm’s unique combination of deep experience serving both the innovators and the investors in a rapidly-changing, technology-driven economy sets Goodwin apart. To learn more, visit www.goodwinlaw.com and follow Goodwin on Twitter (@goodwinlaw), LinkedIn (@goodwinlaw), Facebook (@join_goodwin), and Instagram (@join_goodwin).

Main areas of practice: Complex transactions, high-stakes litigation and world class advisory services in the financial, private equity, real estate, technology and life sciences industries.

Complex transactions: A sophisticated, versatile team of transactional lawyers provides broad market perspective, serves as a business partner on strategic transactions, and advises clients on structuring and developing new and innovative products and services. Areas of expertise include buyouts and acquisitions, capital markets, debt finance, financial restructuring, growth equity, impact and responsible investing, mergers and acquisitions, new company formation, private investment funds, REITs and real estate mergers and acquisitions, search funds, tax, and venture capital.

World-class advisory services: Experienced regulatory lawyers, including many former high-ranking government officials and regulators, guide clients through the complex conundrum of government regulations with insight and ingenuity – always with an eye toward maximizing business opportunities while minimizing risk. Areas of expertise include antitrust and competition, banking, environmental, ERISA and executive compensation, FDA, FinTech, global trade, investment management, labor and employment, and privacy and cybersecurity.

High-stakes litigation: Goodwin litigators provide cost-effective, results-oriented representation in high-profile matters across the United States. The firm employs a holistic, cross-disciplinary approach, helping clients settle disputes, mitigate risk, defend their interests, and, in most cases, avoid trial altogether. Areas of expertise include appellate, business and commercial, government investigations and enforcement, environmental, financial industry, intellectual property, labor and employment, privacy and cybersecurity, products liability and mass torts, securities, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, and white-collar defense.

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Chair Anthony J. McCusker amccusker@goodwinlaw.com +1 650 752 3267
Managing Partner Mark T. Bettencourt mbettencourt@goodwinlaw.com +1 617 570 1091
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