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Gregory Gooding is a corporate partner and member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and other transactions for financial institutions, private equity funds and other domestic and international clients. Mr. Gooding also has extensive experience in securities offerings, restructurings and special committee assignments. He is recognized for M&A by The Legal 500 US (2019). In previous editions of the guide he is lauded by clients for being “extremely responsive, diligent and business savvy.” Mr. Gooding is ranked as a leading M&A lawyer in Latin America by Chambers USA (2018), Chambers Latin America (2018) and Chambers Global (2019), where sources have noted he “stands out for his hands-on approach to a deal.” In previous editions of the guide he is noted for being “very well versed in everything cutting-edge,” “pragmatic, with his eye on the ball in terms of getting the deal done,” and “[h]e really knows what is commercial and what will fly in the market.” Mr. Gooding is also recognized by Latin Lawyer 250 (2017) for his high profile in Latin America.

Mr. Gooding is the author or co-author of numerous articles, including “US And UK Share Purchase Agreements: Comparing Approaches,” Practical Law (2015), “Getting to an Answer in In Re Answers,” Private Funds Management (2014), “How Sell Side Advisors Can Reduce Litigation Risk in Light of Delaware’s Rural/Metro Decision,” Journal of Investment Compliance (2014), “The Liquidity Crunch (This Year's Model): Recent Delaware Cases Involving Controlling Stockholders,” The M&A Lawyer (2012), and “Yes Virginia, You Really Can Waive Fraud Claims,” Private Equity Manager (2012). He is also a contributing author of the Debevoise & Plimpton Financial Institutions Report, the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report and The Private Equity Primer: The Best of the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report.

Mr. Gooding joined Debevoise in 1988 and became a partner in 1996. He was resident in the firm’s Hong Kong office from its opening in 1994 until 1998. Mr. Gooding received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1987, where he was managing editor of the Journal of International Law, and his A.B. from Kenyon College in 1983. Prior to joining the firm, he served as law clerk to the Hon. Robert Hill, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Education

  • Yale Law School, 1987, J.D.
  • Kenyon College, 1983, A.B.

Bar Admissions

  • New York