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Goodwin builds out investment funds practice in Germany with new partner appointment

Global law firm Goodwin has appointed fund formation specialist Sebastian Bruchwitz as a partner in the firm’s Private Investment Funds and Secondaries practice in Frankfurt.

“We are very excited that Sebastian will be joining our rapidly expanding German platform to help service our client base at the intersection of capital and innovation,” says Stephan Kock, chair of Goodwin’s Frankfurt office. “Sebastian’s stand-out experience in fund formation, structuring, and investments brings additional depth and quality to our global private investment funds team and enhances our coverage of real estate, private equity and debt funds transactions.”
Bruchwitz advises asset managers, sponsors, fund advisers, financial investors, financial institutions and insurance companies on the structuring, formation and distribution of German and international alternative investment funds. He regularly acts for clients investing in all major alternative asset classes including real estate, private equity and debt, infrastructure and renewable energy.

In addition to Bruchwitz, private investment funds partner Joachim Kayser and associates Michelle Nierhaus and Sebastian Seeger joined Goodwin’s Frankfurt office earlier this year to address the increased demand from German clients investing into US funds and international funds clients investing in Germany. By expanding its private investment funds practice into Germany, Goodwin is one of the few law firms in Europe with on-the-ground funds capabilities in Germany, France, Luxembourg and the UK, complementing its U.S. and Asia teams.

Goodwin’s Private Investment Funds practice supports investment managers raising capital to invest in the private equity, real estate, technology and life sciences sectors. Within the past year, Goodwin was named Fund Formation Practice Group of the Year by Law360, Investment Fund Formation and Management Firm of the Year by the Legal 500 UK Awards, Best Legal Advisor for Fundraising – Infrastructure by IJ Global and Legal Advisor of the Year for Fund Structuring by SuperReturn Awards.

Since opening in 2016, Goodwin’s Frankfurt office has grown to more than 30 lawyers serving a broad array of European investors, lenders, and innovators across the real estate, private equity, technology, and financial services industries.

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