Two Join Goodwin Private Equity Practice

Saturday, July 1, 2006 - 01:00

Goodwin Procter LLP has announced that partners Thomas C. Meriam and Bruce J. Rader are joining its Private Equity Practice in New York, further enhancing the firm's private equity platform. They join Goodwin Procter from Chadbourne & Parke in New York.

A national leader in the sector for more than 40 years, Goodwin Procter was the sixth most active private equity and venture capital law firm based on deals closed in 2005 (Private Equity Analyst); the firm closed more than 300 private equity and venture capital deals last year.

Goodwin Procter's Private Equity Practice works collaboratively to address clients' needs, offering specialists in debt, tax, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, ERISA, employment and real estate law, and enabling clients to assess opportunities and structure complex, innovative transactions. The practice works closely with entrepreneurs, investors and growth companies in coordination with the firm's Technology Companies Practice, which added close to 100 attorneys from Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault and McDermott, Will & Emery in 2005.

In addition to Mr. Meriam and Mr. Rader joining the firm, Goodwin Procter recently added J. Hovey Kemp, Christopher J. Hagan and James A. Hutchinson, three private equity partners from Hogan & Hartson, in Washington, DC.

Goodwin Procter has announced that Philip H. Ebling has joined the firm as a partner in the Real Estate Investment Management Practice in the San Francisco office. He specializes in complex real estate matters, including acquisitions and dispositions, secured and mezzanine financing, private equity investments, REIT investments, commercial and retail leasing, equity fund formation, hospitality management agreements, and construction and land use matters. Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Ebling served as regional general counsel for Centex Homes.

Goodwin Procter last month received the Washington Lawyers Committee Award. The award recognizes the firm for its successful pro bono representation of a Congolese citizen of Congolese/Rwandan ethnicity and her application for asylum. In fiscal 2005, Goodwin Procter provided more than 47,700 hours of pro bono legal assistance to charitable organizations and individuals.