14 Jul 2021

Goodwin continues private equity expansion with ex-Kramer Levin corporate co-chair hire

James Moriarty joins as a partner in New York and Santa Monica


Goodwin Procter has hired corporate lawyer James (Jim) Moriarty from Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel to expand its global private equity practice.

Moriarty joins as a partner in the US, working coast-to-coast in the firm’s New York and Santa Monica offices. His practice focuses on advising mid-market private equity firms and strategic corporate buyers on a range of acquisition-related activities including leveraged buyouts, growth equity financings, recaps, joint ventures and exits. His experience spans a variety of industries, with a particular focus on educational tech and financial services.

AJ Weidhaas, co-chair of Goodwin’s private equity practice, said: “As client deal activity continues to accelerate at the intersection of capital and innovation, we are thrilled to further strengthen our private equity platform with the addition of Jim. Jim is a very talented and well-regarded lawyer who has previously practiced with a number of our partners. His deep experience matches the needs of our clients and complements the skillsets of our existing teams in New York and Santa Monica and globally.”

Moriarty spent more than a decade at Kramer Levin, most recently serving as co-chair of its corporate department in New York. Prior to that, Moriarty spent just over eight years at O’Melveny & Myers and seven years at O’Sullivan Graev & Karabell before its merger with O’Melveny in 2002.

The former Kramer Levin partner is the latest in a series of global private equity hires for Goodwin over the past year. Most recently in June the firm hired partner Edwin Chan in Hong Kong from Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison and added tax partner Oded Schein in Munich from Kirkland & Ellis, following the arrival of fellow Munich partner Jan Schinköth in May from Sidley Austin. The new arrivals also include Josh Ratner, Pavel Shaitanoff and Matthew Gruenberg in New York and nine recruits in London, including James Grimwood, Erik Dahl and Dulcie Daly. Goodwin now has more than 300 private equity lawyers spread across the US, Europe and Hong Kong.

The lateral hiring spree has not just been limited to its private equity practice either – last month Goodwin hired seven partners to boost its technology practice in New York, Silicon Valley and Washington DC.

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