Global law firm Goodwin is to open a new office in Santa Monica, California, which will focus on the technology and private equity industry verticals. It will be the firm’s second in Southern California, the fourth in the state, and the eleventh globally.
The new office will be located in a modern, state-of-the-art space at 520 Broadway in Santa Monica. It will initially take up more than 20,000 square feet over the building’s entire fifth floor. AJ Weidhaas, Co-Chair of the firm’s Private Equity practice, will serve as the Santa Monica Office Chair. The office will be home to approximately 20 technology and private equity lawyers.
“Equal proficiency in the language of both the investors and the innovators is a Goodwin hallmark,” says David Hashmall, Chairman of Goodwin. “In today’s market, as private equity firms increasingly invest in promising technology companies, our clients want to capitalise on our dual strengths in these areas. The opening of the Santa Monica office is the logical next step in bringing our unique offering at the intersection of capital and innovation to the heart of Silicon Beach, where more and more of our technology and private equity clients are doing business.”
“Goodwin’s combined expertise in technology, venture capital, private equity and capital markets is unsurpassed,” says Weidhaas. “In the innovation-driven economy, a deep understanding of all of these sectors is as critical for deal execution and sourcing through the full company lifecycle, as it is vital for advising sophisticated investors looking at technology’s impact on the viability of a potential investment. This nexus between technology and capital is the foundation of Goodwin in Santa Monica.”