Barely two months after opening a 30-lawyer office in Boston, Morrison & Foerster has added two more partners into the fold.
Todd Boudreau joins Morrison & Foerster as co-head of its global private equity investments and buyouts group and as a partner in its private funds group. Matthew Karlyn will come on board as a partner in the technology transactions group.
Both were partners at Foley & Lardner, where Boudreau chaired the firm’s private funds and buyout practice and served as vice chairman of its private equity and venture capital practice.
“Morrison & Foerster immediately established a strong presence in Boston when we opened our doors in February with over 30 lawyers. I’m delighted that we have now added Todd and Matt,” said David Ephraim, managing partner of the firm’s Boston office.
Ephraim said the firm doesn’t have a specific target in mind for expanding in Boston, but that client demand is pointing toward continued growth. The office now has roughly 35 attorneys.
Eric McCrath, co-chairman of MoFo’s corporate department, said Boudreau and Karlyn were a good fit culturally for the firm, stating that each was a “builder” who could help expand their respective practices.
Boudreau’s practice centers on private equity-focused international M&A, institutional investments and fund formation. His arrival follows the addition of another private equity-focused partner, Peter Rooney, in the firm’s New York office last week.
“I’m excited to join Morrison & Foerster and to help build its corporate practice and private equity capabilities in a new office at a global firm,” Boudreau said.
Karlyn’s practice focuses on structuring, drafting, and negotiating commercial technology transactions. McCrath said Karlyn “brings significant experience leading life sciences and technology transactions, licensing, and outsourcing matters.”
Karlyn and Boudreau both said that their move was client-driven. Both were looking for a more global platform to assist their respective clients, and said that Morrison & Foerster provides that.
The attorneys former firm, Foley & Lardner, merged with Dallas-based Gardere Wynne Sewell last spring. Boudreau and Karlyn said the merger was not a factor in their moves. Jill Chanen, spokeswoman for Foley & Lardner, said the firm “wishes them both the best at their new firm.”
Before his close to 13-year stint at Foley & Lardner, Boudreau spent about six years at Greenberg Traurig. Karlyn was at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg for two years before joining Foley & Lardner in 2007.