Goodwin focuses on working with clients in the financial, private equity, real estate, technology and life sciences industries. The firm has more than 1,000 corporate and litigation lawyers worldwide. Goodwin’s London office is home to more than 75 real estate and private equity lawyers who provide an integrated legal service offering across offices and geographies.
The star performers
Commercial property; Corporate restructuring and insolvency; Corporate tax; Private equity: transactions; Private funds; Property finance; Real Estate funds
Advised the UK Green Investment Bank on multiple closings by the UK Green Investment Bank Offshore Wind Fund; acted for Tracscare (backed by GSquare) on its bolt-on acquisition of Brookdale Care; led the advice to Amplify Snack Brands on its $392m acquisition of UK-headquartered snacks manufacturer Tyrrells from Investcorp; acted for The Abraaj Group on its $1bn Health Growth Markets Fund; acted for Nordic Real Estate Partners on NREP Nordic Strategies Fund II, which will invest up to €1.7bn in logistics, retail and residential property in the Nordic region; assisted Kumpulan Wang Persaraan with the £270m sale of 88 Wood Street to The Shaw Foundation
Antin Infrastructure Partners; Ares management; Deutsche Asset Management; Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts; GreenOak Real Estate; M7 Real Estate; Macquarie; Meadow Partners; TA Associates; UBS
A day in the life of...
Samantha Lamontagne trainee solicitor, Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP
Departments to date: Private investment funds, corporate real estate, private equity
University:Queen’s University (Canada); The City Law School (London)
Degree:Political Science and Sociology (Double-Major); Graduate-Entry LLB (Honours) 2 year-programme
9-9.30am: I arrive at the office, review any emails that have come in overnight, and make any amendments to my to-do list for the day. I usually pop into the kitchen afterwards to get my first cup of tea of the day.
9.30am: We have been assisting our Paris office with a due diligence report with respect to a UK company in the target’s group structure. I make some amendments to our section of the report after reviewing newly added documents in the data room, and I prepare Q&As ahead of a call with the seller’s management team.
10.30am: I review the original signatures that have arrived through the post in relation to a deal we recently closed, cross-referencing against the documents list to ensure we aren’t missing anything vital (such as the stock transfer forms). I then send various forms to Companies House for filing, and prepare the index for the transaction bible.
12.00pm: I meet with a senior associate in the team for a briefing on a new matter, where we are instructing our client (a minority shareholder) on a proposed offer for its shares by the majority shareholder in the company. I then research the squeezing-out provisions under the Companies Act 2006 to assist with answering our client’s queries following a draft memo we prepared.
1.00pm: I meet with another trainee for a quick lunch break outside, to enjoy the fleeting September sun.
1.30pm: I attend a meeting as a member of the firm’s Pro-bono and Community Service Committee, where we discuss new initiatives and strategy for the upcoming year.
2.15pm: I return to my desk and note I have a new email from our private investment funds team, asking if I’m available to join a call with the client we have been advising in relation to incorporating a new private UK company. The client is based in New York, and the call will be at 6.30pm UK time.
2.30pm: After preparing for the call, I continue drafting some documents to effect a share restack as part of a new joint venture arrangement following completion of a deal we closed recently.
3.30pm: I meet with an associate I worked with in my first seat for a quick coffee break outside.
4.00pm: I receive a call from a colleague asking if I can assist with some due diligence on a new matter in the life sciences group, and I start reviewing the corporate documents in the data room. I prepare a summary email to the associates on the team, flagging any concerns at this stage and requests for further information from the sellers for our review.
6.25pm: The partner from the funds team informs me I will be leading the call with the client (but thankfully our corporate PSL is sat next to me, just in case!). The client and I run through the documents I prepared, and we discuss the PSC register and other matters.
7.00pm: I quickly run through my to-do list, and as nothing else is urgent, I write my narratives for the day, close time and head out to meet friends for drinks at The Ned – conveniently located nearby...
About the firm
Address: 100 Cheapside, London, EC2V 6DY
Telephone: 020 7747 4200
London office co-chairs: Samantha Lake Coghlan, Paul Lyons
Other offices: Boston, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC.
Who we are: Goodwin is a Global 50 law firm. Excelling at complex and sophisticated transactional work and precedent-setting, bet-the company litigation, the firm combines in-depth legal knowledge with practical business experience to help clients maximise opportunities, manage risk and move their business forward. The firm hires talented, motivated people committed to excellence, innovation, collaboration and client service and believes that every lawyer and staff member deserves a supportive, meritocratic environment in which people of all backgrounds are given the opportunity to excel and thrive.
What we do: Private equity, private investment funds, finance, real estate industry, technology and life sciences, tax.
What you'll do: Goodwin offers a variety of training in our core practice areas including tech and life sciences, private equity, private investment funds and real estate. Our size and continued growth allow us to offer our trainees and associates increased responsibility and meaningful client contact from the outset. We work in small teams, which gives our lawyers the opportunity to work directly with, and be mentored by, senior colleagues, and to develop a network that will be an invaluable part of their future career development. Goodwin trainees will complete four six-month seats.
Perks: Private medical insurance, dental insurance, life assurance, group income protection, pension scheme, season ticket loan, Employee Assistance Programme, cycle to work scheme, childcare vouchers.
Sponsorship: Full sponsorship of the GDL and LPC plus a maintenance grant of £7,000 per year of study.
Facts and figures
Total partners: 24
Trainee places available for 2021: 6
Applications received pa: 500
Percentage interviewed: 20%
First year: £46,000
Second year: £50,000
Newly qualified: Competitive
Apply to: Kerry Dawson
What's involved: Partner and HR interviews, assessment day including written and group exercises.
When to apply:
Training contract: By 31 July 2019.
Summer vacation scheme: By 11 January 2019.