Ilan Nissan

Lecturer in Law

Office: Goodwin Procter LLP
The New York Times Building, 620 Eighth Avenue
New York NY 10018
Tel: 212-259-7955

Ilan Nissan is a partner in the Private Equity Group at Goodwin Procter, LLP.  Mr. Nissan has extensive experience representing private equity and hedge funds and alternative asset managers and their portfolio companies in a wide array of transactions, adversarial matters and other strategic matters.

Mr. Nissan's practice and experience encompasses the following areas:

Counseling. Senior counseling of private equity and hedge funds, boards of directors, CEOs and executive management concerning strategic business/legal issues (including advice on acquisitions and liquidity strategies), execution of business plans, regulatory and other strategic matters. Mr. Nissan’s experience covers a broad spectrum of businesses based all over the world, including those in the manufacturing, oil and gas, chemicals, entertainment, Internet, technology, software, consulting, healthcare, retail, apparel and various product distribution businesses. Mr. Nissan also has substantial international experience on cross-border acquisitions, investments and joint ventures.

Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity. Mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, sales and divestitures, growth equity investments, strategic investments and “PIPES.”

Fund Formation. Formation and restructuring of private equity and hedge funds, co-investment vehicles and pledge funds. Counseling on internal carry, compensation and governance arrangements among fund sponsors and investment professionals.

Executive Compensation. Representation of sponsors and management groups in all aspects of compensation arrangements, including executive employment and consulting agreements, stock option plans, restricted stock plans, bonus plans and other management incentive arrangements.

Mr. Nissan is an adjunct professor at Columbia University Law School, where he teaches an upper-level course focusing on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and legal transactional strategies.


Mr. Nissan is regularly quoted in The Wall Street Journal and other financial and popular press and has appeared as a commentator on Bloomberg Cable Television, Bloomberg Radio and other media. He is also a frequent lecturer and panelist at private equity and hedge fund conferences.


Previously, Mr. Nissan was chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at O’Melveny & Myers.


Mr. Nissan is admitted to practice in New York.

Mr. Nissan has been recognized as a leading lawyer for M&A transactions by Legal 500 US, a leading lawyer for private equity by International Financial Law Review and a leading lawyer for leveraged buyouts and private equity law by Best Lawyers.