Goodwin Procter adds talent to PE roster

The international law firm hired private equity lawyer Jeff Legault from rival practice Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.

Goodwin Procter has named private equity lawyer Jeff Legault a partner in its New York office.

Jeff Legault

Legault makes the move from the New York office of international law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft where he had practiced since 2005. Prior to that he was a member of the M&A team at Shearman & Sterling.

Legault’s past advisory work includes the $95 million acquisition of steel distributor Richardson Trident Company by Apollo Global Management last month; and the Bard Capital-led buyout of crane rental company AmQuip for $320 million back in 2007.

The transition was “a no brainer”, said Legault in an interview with Private Equity International, adding Goodwin's “extraordinary platform provides an opportunity to broaden my practice during a time of growing private equity activity in the [US] east coast”.

Goodwin’s private equity team has approximately 100 attorneys spread across the firm’s nine offices.