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Goodwin Adds Five Partners To London Private Equity Team

Global law firm Goodwin has added Erik Dahl, Christian Iwasko, Sava Savov, Michelle Tong, and John Van De North to its Private Equity practice in London. Dahl served as co-leader of the Sidley Austin’s private equity practice area and Iwasko was co-head of Sidley's European corporate and private equity group. Dahl and Iwasko will start at Goodwin on October 1st, whilst Savov, Tong, and Van De North will join following the completion of their notice periods.

“Every day, more and more clients are choosing Goodwin as their private equity legal advisor,” said Richard Lever, a London-based partner in Goodwin’s Private Equity practice. “Over the past five years, our global practice has grown significantly and established itself as the leader across the most complex, nuanced transactions, to which our unique combination of private equity know-how and deep experience across market-driving industries repeatedly gives our clients a distinct edge. We have worked across from Erik, Christian, Sava, Michelle, and John for many years and closely followed the impressive steps that they have taken in building a premier private equity practice. Their addition to the Goodwin private equity group will continue to build on this special value proposition for our clients in London, across Europe, and around the world.”

“Goodwin’s global reputation as the go-to legal adviser for the private equity industry coupled with the firm’s focus on some of the most innovative and dynamic sectors of the economy made the decision to join an easy one,” commented Dahl. “The momentum created by the firm’s growth and success across Europe and in the private equity sector makes this an extremely exciting proposition for us.”

“We are thrilled to join a firm with such a strong team culture, a dynamic and ambitious management team, and a focused strategic vision built around private equity and other core practice areas,” added Iwasko. 

The hires are the latest addition to Goodwin’s growing London private equity group, following the recent additions of partners Carl Bradshaw and James Grimwood. The firm now has more than 120 private equity lawyers across its London, Frankfurt, and Paris offices and opened a private investment funds-focused office in Luxembourg in 2019.


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