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By Ana De Liz 12 August 2019

Two months since it lured four partners from Taylor Wessing’s life sciences and technology team, Goodwin’s London office has secured another hire to the group from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Ali Ramadan, who will join the US firm’s office today, has advises on venture capital, cross-border M&A and private equity transactions for technology businesses.

His clients include start-ups, companies and investors operating in the technology, fintech, real estate technology, and digital media industries. He has previously acted for clients such as Just Eat, Farfetch, Bwin and one of Santander’s funds, InnoVentures.

Prior to being at Orrick, Ramadan spent nearly seven and a half years at Bird & Bird, where he made partner in May 2016. He also spent time at London-based firm Richards Kibbe and Orbe.

In June Goodwin targeted a team of four partners from Taylor Wessing. David Mardle joined last month, while Adrian Rainey, Malcolm Bates and Tim Worden are due to start at the US firm before the end of the year.

Background to the deal

Ramadan is the latest Goodwin addition to its life sciences team, having previously targeted Taylor Wessing and Dechert. Goodwin started its life sciences team by hiring three partners from Dechert back in April 2018; London-based corporate partners Graham Defries and Andrew Harrow and counsel Jonathan Schur who joined Goodwin as a partner. In November it also hired partner Sophie McGrath, who moved over after five years at Brown Rudnick.

In January of this year, it brought in Andrew Davis from Taylor Wessing, who became the latest addition to Goodwin’s life sciences and tech practice. This was ahead of Goodwin’s hire of Mardle, Rainey, Bates and Worden in one of the largest partner hires made by US firms in recent years.

The revenue at the US firm’s office increased by more than 58 per cent in 2018, on the back of the team hires from Taylor Wessing previously mentioned, and a funds team of six partners from King & Wood Mallesonsincluding Michael Halford, who is now the head of Goodwin’s Private Investment Funds practice for Europe and Asia, a position he also held at KWM.