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John LeClaire

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Partner Co-Chair, Private Equity


John LeClaire is co-founder and co-chair of the firm’s nationally ranked Private Equity Group, which was named the 2009 U.S. Buyout Firm of the Year by Buyouts magazine. The Goodwin Procter Private Equity Group serves leading private equity firms and growth companies operating in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Mr. LeClaire’s practice focuses on private equity transactions and relationships with growth companies. He joined Goodwin Procter in 1982 and has been a partner since 1989.


J.D., 1982 Boston University School of Law (magna cum laude) A.B., 1979 Brown University (magna cum laude)

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

Goodwin's impressive national practice has strong teams in Boston, New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Silicon Valley. It covers a range of transactions from growth equity to large leveraged buyouts and high-value exits. The team 'does a terrific job on technology sector transactions', 'brings a winning combination' through 'deep dives into all relevant aspects of a target's business', 'attentiveness to the complexities of the deal itself and super-responsiveness under often difficult circumstances'. In 2018, it enhanced its standing in Silicon Valley through the hire of Scott Joachim and David Johanson from Fenwick & West LLP; the two add particular expertise in fintech. Real estate and healthcare are also strong sectors for the national team. Clients include TA Associates, Pamplona Capital Management, Bain Capital Ventures and JMI Equity. Boston's John LeClaire and Michael Kendall head the practice alongside Andrew Weidhaas in Los Angeles, who is 'deeply knowledgeable and skilled, but also exceptionally user friendly'. New York partner Stuart Rosenthal led the team that advised Primus Capital on its $400m sale of portfolio company Hyperwallet to PayPal. Boston partner Jon Herzog is regularly advises TA Associates, which he assisted with its acquisition of software company Flexera. New York's Chris Nugent has 'an incredible sense of urgency and desire to achieve the best outcome'. San Francisco partner Brian McPeake is also recommended.

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