Goodwin Procter has hired Shearman & Sterling finance partner Winfried (“Winni”) Carli for its private equity practice in its Munich office, which was opened earlier this year.
Carli spent over two decades working at Shearman & Sterling, becoming a partner in 2013, according to his LinkedIn profile.
His practice focuses on domestic and cross‐border finance and restructuring matters, with a particular focus on leveraged finance, representing national and international private equity firms, financial institutions, debt funds and companies on all types of debt transactions, according to Goodwin.
“We are delighted he will be joining our fast-growing Munich office as we continue to disrupt the Germany private equity space,” Jan Schinköth, chair of Goodwin’s Munich office, said in a statement. “Our expanding private equity client base in Germany requires sophisticated counsel to execute leveraged buyouts and Winni is proven to be one of the very best finance lawyers in the market.”
Stephan Kock, chair of Goodwin’s Frankfurt office, added that Carli has advised on the financing of some of the most transformative deals in Germany over the past 20 years.
The move complements a string of hires over the past year, with Goodwin’s Germany operation adding partners Anke Johann (real estate finance), Florian Hirschmann and Jan Schinköth (private equity), Oded Schein (tax), Markus Käpplinger (corporate real estate) and Joachim Kayser and Sebastian Bruchwitz (private investment funds). The firm’s operations in Germany now has almost 50 lawyers, Goodwin said.
Shearman & Sterling did not respond to a request for comment on Carli’s departure.
Although losing Carli, Shearman recently gained another finance partner after taking on White & Case alum Florian Ziegler in Germany, and also bolstered its London offering with M&A partner Maegen Morrison from Hogan Lovells in February of this year.
However, the firm lost senior associate Benjamin Marché, who joined Squire Patton Boggs as a financial services partner earlier this year.