Ms Lisa Haddad > Goodwin > Boston, United States > Lawyer Profile

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Lisa Haddad, a partner in Goodwin’s Business Law Department and a member of its Executive Committee, is co-chair of the firm’s M&A / Corporate Governance practice. She focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities offerings, securities law compliance for public companies, and general corporate matters. Ms. Haddad also co-chairs Goodwin’s Women’s Initiative.


J.D., 1996 Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), B.B.A., 1993 University of Massachusetts Amherst (cum laude)

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United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Commercial deals and contracts

Goodwin has been particularly active in handling mandates from the life sciences space; recent highlights for the team include advising health and wellness company Before Brands on its collaboration with Nestlé Health Science, involving licensing agreements for the client’s products outside the United States. Lisa Haddad, John Haggerty and Deborah Birnbach jointly head the public M&A practice out of the Boston office.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism

Led by Joseph Johnson III in Boston, Goodwin‘s shareholder activism defense practice advises boards on responding to activist campaigns from some of the most prominent activists in the market, such as Elliot Management and Starboard Value. In the past year, the firm was particularly active in representing clients in hostile and unsolicited bids from activist investors, and was praised by one client as a ‘proven strategic advisor’ in ‘bet-the-company‘ matters such as these. A number of the team’s cases were in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, which are growing areas for activism more generally. Other names to note are Lisa HaddadDeborah Birnbach and John Haggerty, who jointly chair the public M&A and corporate governance practice.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance

Goodwin‘s corporate governance team has experience advising public company clients on a full range of governance issues, from compliance, succession planning and compensation issues, to securities litigation and shareholder engagement. Contacts include Joseph Johnson IIIStuart Cable and Lisa Haddad in Boston, and Gilbert Menna in New York.

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

Goodwin’s corporate practice has a strong focus on the life sciences, technology and real estate industries, where it handles a range of public and private M&A, LBOs, spinoffs, divestitures and going-private transactions. The firms-wide corporate group is led by seven partners, all of whom bring unique specializations to provide clients with end-to-end service. Stuart Cable leads the global M&A practice, and counsels boards of directors and management teams on corporate governance, M&A, and disclosure and securities law. The public M&A group is jointly led by Lisa HaddadJohn Haggerty, and securities and M&A litigator Deborah Birnbach. Key figures in the tech-focused M&A group include Kenneth GordonAnthony McCusker in Silicon Valley, and John Egan III. Egan and McCusker specialize in acting for emerging technology companies, while Gordon focuses on M&A and corporate finance for established corporates and venture capital funds. Alessandra Simons in San Francisco is recommended on the more junior end of the partnership. Named attorneys are in Boston unless otherwise stated.