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Office Co-Chairs: Samantha Lake Coghlan, Paul Lyons
Number of partners: 26
Other fee-earners: 81

THE FIRM Goodwin’s 1,000 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 and follow Goodwin on Twitter (@goodwinlaw), LinkedIn (@goodwinlaw), Facebook (@join_goodwin), and Instagram (@join_goodwin).

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Goodwin focuses on 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 maximising business opportunities while minimising risk. Areas of expertise include antitrust and competition, banking, environmental, ERISA and executive compensation, FDA, FinTech, global trade, investment management, labour and employment, and privacy and cybersecurity.

High-Stakes Litigation: Goodwin litigators provide cost-effective, results oriented representation in high-profile matters. 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, labour and employment, privacy and cybersecurity, products liability and mass torts, securities, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, and white collar defense.

UNITED KINGDOM Goodwin’s 92 London based lawyers have extensive real estate experience and significant expertise in fund formation, private equity and the leisure and hospitality industry, including work on numerous cross-border transactions. This expertise encompasses all aspects of real estate fund structuring and investment, including segregated accounts/investment management mandates; structured acquisitions of real estate; joint ventures; club deals; multi-investor funds; and private mergers and acquisitions, as well as operating company investments, financing and the workout of distressed investments. The firm’s lawyers represent leading global hotel brands in some of their most significant hotel transactions in Asia, the Middle East, Russia, the United States and Europe. The office counsels leisure and hospitality clients on an extensive range of matters, including acquisitions, disposals, development, management, financing, litigation and day-to-day operational matters, in Europe and beyond.

Real Estate: Goodwin’s London real estate lawyers work with clients across the full spectrum of the real estate industry: from structuring real estate funds, products and vehicles, to the acquisition, financing, development and disposal of real estate assets through direct and indirect investments, as well as complex international hospitality and leisure transactions.

Private Equity: Goodwin’s London private equity team is at the forefront of developments and trends in the private equity industry, particularly when it comes to navigating complex deals and fundraisings. The firm’s private equity lawyers are experienced in corporate mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, leveraged finance, mezzanine debt, and a wide variety of fund formation.

Tax, Regulatory & Compliance: The London office also has world-class debt, tax and regulatory, as all as compliance services that help the firm service its clients, which include early through late stage investors and companies, as well as lenders and financial institutions. Goodwin covers the full life cycle of its clients’ investments and financings.

Investment Funds: As part of one of the largest global funds teams in the market, Goodwin’s private investment funds lawyers in London focus on the creation, fundraising and ongoing representation of a broad range of funds across multiple industries. The team represents leading institutions in private equity and venture capital funds, hedge funds, mezzanine debt funds, real estate and infrastructure funds, and international funds.


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