Goodwin Procter Opens Hong Kong Office

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 01:00

This month, Goodwin Procter opens its first office in Asia. Located in Hong Kong, the office will focus on the firm's expertise in private equity, venture capital, technology companies and fund formation. Last fall, the firm registered to practice as a foreign law firm in Hong Kong and this month moves to permanent office space in the Bank of China building. The firm plans to explore additional opportunities for office locations in Asia as part of its long-term global strategy.

Goodwin Procter partners Yash Rana and Brian McDaniel are launching the new office; both represent private equity and venture capital clients that are forming funds and investing in Asian companies, especially in China and India, as well as representing technology and life sciences companies with operations or expansion opportunities in the region.

"An Asian presence is an integral part of our strategic growth," said Regina M. Pisa, chairman and managing partner of Goodwin Procter. "Our strategy is driven by client needs and market demand. Our plan for both national and international expansion is to focus and build upon our strengths in key industries and practices."

"This global team will initially focus on our clients who are investing in India, China and other Asian centers of commerce," added Ms. Pisa. "Goodwin Procter has established a reputation on teaming with our clients on growth equity deals, in the clean technology, life sciences and real estate sectors."

Mr. Rana, a partner in Goodwin Procter's Private Equity Group, has relocated to Hong Kong from New York. He has a broad-based transactional practice, with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and private equity. Mr. Rana leads Goodwin Procter's India Practice and has deep experience in representing clients in cross-border transactions, especially investments into India.

Mr. McDaniel, a partner in Goodwin Procter's Private Investment Funds Practice, has relocated to Hong Kong from Silicon Valley. Mr. McDaniel specializes in the formation and operation of private equity and venture capital funds investing in China, India and other Asian countries. He has extensive experience in international fund structures and represents many clients based in Asia.