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THE FIRM  

Goodwin’s 1,900 plus lawyers across the United States, Europe, and Asia excel at complex transactions, fund formation, 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).

UNITED KINGDOM  

With the breakneck pace of technology disrupting industries around the world, the firm’s London-based team of 200+ lawyers is embracing change to help clients make a lasting and meaningful impact. As part of what is widely recognised as one of the fastest growing international firms in London, Goodwin’s lawyers are deeply experienced in the life sciences, technology, real estate and private equity sectors and are supported by significant on-the-ground capabilities in debt financing, intellectual property, privacy and cybersecurity, regulatory, restructuring, tax and litigation and dispute resolution. In 2019 the firm also launched its Cambridge office in the heart of the high-technology Silicon Fen, and home to one of the world’s largest and most innovative life sciences clusters, as well as some of the most disruptive technology and life sciences companies. The firm’s on-the-ground presence in Cambridge further expands its lawyers’ ability to support clients in these sectors through its unique capital-meets-innovation platform in Europe, and solidifies Goodwin’s position as the leading firm in the UK and European life sciences and technology markets.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK 

Real Estate:  

Goodwin’s real estate lawyers provide a genuinely integrated offering from structuring funds, products and vehicles, to the acquisition, financing, development, restructuring and disposal of real estate assets through direct and indirect investments, as well as complex international hospitality + leisure transactions.

Private Equity:  

Goodwin’s private equity lawyers counsel on all areas of private equity and mergers and acquisitions, with a special emphasis on middle market private equity and growth investments, alongside our renowned private funds team, which provides counsel at every stage of the fund lifecycle.

Technology and Life Sciences:  

Goodwin’s technology and life sciences lawyers help high growth businesses, public companies, investors and investment banks capitalise on opportunities and minimise risks in rapidly evolving markets. The firm offers clients industry-leading technology, life sciences and healthcare practices recognised for serving clients along the corporate life cycle globally.

Private Investment Funds:  

Goodwin’s London funds team uniquely covers the full range of private investment funds including private equity funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds, infrastructure funds, debt funds, impact and responsible investing funds, emerging market funds, hedge funds and listed funds as well as various large-scale GP led structures.

Tax:  

Goodwin’s tax team has extensive experience of the tax issues affecting the private equity, infrastructure and real estate industries. This sector focus means that its tax team can save you time and money by delivering pragmatic and commercially relevant advice grounded not only in technical expertise and experience but also in a deep understanding of the issues affecting the markets in which you operate. By working as integral parts of its transaction and fund formation teams to ensure that tax advice is robustly implemented, Goodwin’s tax lawyers minimise the risk of challenge by a tax authority and the cost and possible reputational damage that can result from such a challenge.

Restructuring:  

Goodwin’s London financial restructuring lawyers represent every type of major stakeholder in distressed situations. The restructuring and insolvency advice provided by its team complements the other services provided by Goodwin during the full lifecycle of each company and investment to achieve the optimum outcome for stakeholders.

Litigation: 

Goodwin’s London team has over 20 years’ experience advising investment and retail banks, funds, issuers, bondholders and other financial counterparties in the resolution of complex corporate disputes, often with a cross-border element. The team has litigated across many different fields of finance, with a particular focus on investment banking, structured finance and funds litigation.

Regulatory:  

Goodwin’s regulatory team is uniquely positioned to address the cutting-edge issues that can maximise business opportunities as well as better manage and mitigate risk. The firm’s team of specialists represents investment managers on the formation, offering and operation of investment products including real estate, private equity, infrastructure + energy, private debt, hedge, venture funds, fund of funds, and joint ventures. Goodwin has experience advising clients on matters under the EU AIFMD, EU MIFID, UK Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s Rules and is currently helping clients navigate their way through the post-Brexit landscape. Goodwin also advises clients on issues relating to the US Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the US Investment Company Act of 1940 including registration and compliance matters.

Privacy and Cybersecurity: 

Goodwin’s team focuses on technology transactions and the commercialisation of technology, data and intellectual property rights, and counsels on related EU regulatory compliance, including EU data protection (GDPR), privacy and cybersecurity and EU competition “safe harbour” regimes and EU agency laws.

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East Anglia
Intellectual Property
1 Department
3 Ranked Lawyers
Department
Intellectual Property
1
Intellectual Property
1
Band 1
Lawyers
Malcolm Bates
1
Malcolm Bates
1
Band 1
Tim Worden
1
Tim Worden
1
Band 1
Georgia Powell
Georgia Powell
Associates to watch
London (Firms)
Banking & Finance: Mid-Market
1 Ranked Lawyer
Lawyers
Simon Fulbrook
4
Simon Fulbrook
4
Band 4
Banking & Finance: Sponsors
1 Department
Department
Banking & Finance: Sponsors
4
Banking & Finance: Sponsors
4
Band 4
Commercial and Corporate Litigation
2 Ranked Lawyers
Lawyers
Oliver Glynn-Jones
3
Oliver Glynn-Jones
3
Band 3
Sarah McAtominey
5
Sarah McAtominey
5
Band 5
Financial Crime: Corporates
1 Ranked Lawyer
Lawyers
Mark Beardsworth
4
Mark Beardsworth
4
Band 4
Financial Crime: Individuals
1 Ranked Lawyer
Lawyers
Mark Beardsworth
2
Mark Beardsworth
2
Band 2
Real Estate: £50-150 million
1 Department
1 Ranked Lawyer
Department
Real Estate: £50-150 million
2
Real Estate: £50-150 million
2
Band 2
Lawyers
Martin Smith
4
Martin Smith
4
Band 4
Restructuring/Insolvency
1 Department
2 Ranked Lawyers
Department
Restructuring/Insolvency
5
Restructuring/Insolvency
5
Band 5
Lawyers
Simon Thomas
5
Simon Thomas
5
Band 5
Geoff O'Dea
6
Geoff O'Dea
6
Band 6
Tax
1 Department
2 Ranked Lawyers
Department
Tax
5
Tax
5
Band 5
Lawyers
David Irvine
5
David Irvine
5
Band 5
Matthew Birchall
Matthew Birchall
Associates to watch
Tax: Investment Funds
1 Ranked Lawyer
Lawyers
Laura Charkin
1
Laura Charkin
1
Band 1
UK-wide
Hotels & Leisure
1 Department
1 Ranked Lawyer
Department
Hotels & Leisure
3
Hotels & Leisure
3
Band 3
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