THE FIRM This team is highly recommended for its work on a range of private equity asset classes, including venture financing, venture-backed IPOs, buyouts, recapitalizations and joint ventures. Recent venture capital highlights include advising Digital Sky Technologies on Twitter, Facebook, Airbnb and ZocDoc transactions raising in excess of $1.4 billion in total proceeds. Highlights on the buyouts side include representing Aprimo in its $525 million acquisition by Teradata.
Sources say: "We have been extremely pleased with all representation we have received from Goodwin. It has given strong support and guidance before, during and after all transactions."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "smart and practical" John Egan is cochair of the firm's technology companies group. His practice focuses on corporate securities, venture capital and growth equity.
John LeClaire is "phenomenal" and does "incredible legal work," according to commentators. He recently represented Gallus BioPharmaceuticals in its acquisition from Centocor Biologics.
William Schnoor focuses on venture capital matters and is praised as an "excellent lawyer who is highly smart and experienced" by sources. His recent work includes representing Gazelle in its $22 million Series D financing led by Craton Equity Partners.
James Curley has "strong negotiation skills and understanding of deal structures," and is "a good technical lawyer with a savvy business sense." He recently acted on Charlesbank's sale of Vision Source to Brazos.
Laura Hodges Taylor recently advised LLM Capital on its acquisition of Hybrid Design Associates. She is "easy to deal with, responsive and technically excellent," say clients.
Mark Macenka enjoys a healthy reputation as a "good strong practitioner" among sources. He recently represented Matrix Partners in its $138 million Series E financing of Gilt Groupe.
Michael Kendall recently advised TA Associates on its minority investment in MedSolutions Holdings. Sources say he is a "responsive and fine professional."
Mark Burnett is "highly technical yet highly practical" and a "hard-working guy," according to interviewees. His recent work includes representing JMI Equity and Arlington Capital in their acquisition of Compusearch Software Systems.