Daily News: September 13, 2012

Goodwin Procter Expands Leveraged Finance, PE Practices

Goodwin Procter announced that Laura A. Rupenian has joined the firm’s Business Law Department in its San Francisco office as a member of Goodwin’s Leveraged Finance and Private Equity Practices. She will focus on advising private equity groups as well as public and private companies on a broad spectrum of domestic and cross-border debt financing transactions. Rupenian joins Goodwin from Kirkland & Ellis where she spent 11 years, including five years as a partner in its Debt Finance Group.

Rupenian will advise clients on the structuring, negotiation and documentation of secured and unsecured debt financing arrangements, including senior, mezzanine, and subordinated debt facilities. She also advises leading companies and private equity firms on acquisition-financing transactions, working capital facilities, recapitalizations and loan restructurings.

“The addition of Laura to our national team further strengthens our ability to serve clients seeking innovative financing support for leveraged buyout and recapitalization transactions,” said Mark Bettencourt, chairman of Goodwin’s Business Law Department. “We also expect that she will work closely with our Technology Companies group in Silicon Valley on venture debt and credit arrangements for other technology-driven deals. We’re delighted that she has chosen to join Goodwin as we continue to expand our California presence.”

Rupenian earned her LL.M. from Northwestern University and her J.D. from Universidad de Buenos Aires. She’s licensed to practice in California and Argentina.

Goodwin Procter’s Leveraged Finance Practice represents major domestic and international banks, insurance and finance companies and institutional investors in structuring, documenting and administering credit facilities for borrowers throughout the country.