McDermott, Will & Emery announced Friday that Robert Goldstein is joining the firm to head the private equity group in its New York office. Goldstein was previously a partner at Schulte, Roth & Zabel, where he had worked since 1999.
Goldstein, 46, is the latest in a series of recent prominent lateral hires by McDermott.
Earlier this month it announced the addition of Rebecca Martin, who was co-chief of the civil frauds unit and health care fraud coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. Steven Eckhaus, who represents executives in large compensation deals, moved his practice from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft this month. Jeremy Dickens, formerly co-head of the private equity practice at Shearman & Sterling, joined the firm in July.
In London, the firm hired corporate and private equity partners Piero Carbone from Duane Morris and Hamid Yunis, who specializes in cross-border health care ventures, from Taylor Wessing.
In an interview Friday, Goldstein said he was attracted to McDermott’s reach. “A broader international platform was very intriguing to me,” he said. “McDermott has a strong private equity practice.”
The firm has 20 offices, with half of them overseas.
Goldstein specializes in middle market private equity deals. This year, he represented Castle Harlan Partners IV LP in the sale of Baker & Taylor Corp., a distributor of books and entertainment, to Follett Corp. He advised Pouschine Cook Capital Management L.P. in the 2014 sale of Great Lakes Healthcare to Wellspring Capital Partners. He also represented Morton’s Restaurant Group Inc. in its 2011 sale to affiliates of Tilman J. Fertitta.
“Rob Goldstein makes an exceptional addition to the firm,” said Ira Coleman, global head of McDermott’s corporate & transactional practice, in a statement. “He is a great fit for the New York office as we continue expanding our deal practice here.”
Goldstein also advised New York-based private equity firm Castle Harlan in its acquisition of the Perkins restaurant chain and its later merger with Marie Callender’s. (The combined company filed for bankruptcy in 2011.)