Goodwin Procter LLP just adopted a new logo with a bold orange color. It also dropped "Procter" from its brand name and opened a shiny new office on South Boston's waterfront.
But there's one big change that's not quite as obvious to outsiders: Goodwin, as it prefers to be known now, quietly expanded its European presence during this time of change, opening two new offices there.
Goodwin is one of Boston's largest law firms. But it's been slow to open offices overseas, only moving beyond the United States with new offices in Hong Kong and London in 2008 under previous chairwoman Regina Pisa.
"It's never been our strategy to open in geographies just to say we have offices in various locations," says David Hashmall (right), a New York-based attorney who took over for Pisa as chairman in 2014. "We've been rather conservative in comparison to many of our peers."
Clients had been asking Goodwin's London lawyers for a presence in continental Europe, primarily to handle their business deals in that region. So Goodwin hired away a team of attorneys from Ashurst, a law firm where Goodwin's London chief David Evans previously worked, to open in Frankfurt in late 2015. In July, Goodwin opened an office in Paris by landing a team of private equity lawyers from King & Wood Mallesons. In all, Goodwin now has 80 lawyers among its four overseas offices, out of 935 across the firm.
Hashmall says it's a coincidence that Goodwin opened the two new Europe offices just as the United Kingdom is pulling out of the European Union.
Plans for the Paris office were already well underway by the time of the Brexit vote in June, and the Frankfurt office had been open for months.
"It's too soon to say what the longer range implications from Brexit will be," Hashmall says. "At the moment, we're quite pleased with the continued demand for our services."
— JON CHESTO
Golfing with POTUS
It was one of the last chances to play a vacation round of golf with President Obama on Martha's Vineyard. And Bain Capital co-managing partner Jonathan Lavine was there.
Lavine played 18 holes with the commander in chief at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs last week. Also in the foursome: former UBS executive Robert Wolf and comedian Larry David, whose Bernie Sanders impersonation was a highlight of last season's Saturday Night Live.
It was a first outing with Obama for Lavine, who has risen to the top ranks of the Boston investment firm founded by Republican Mitt Romney. Lavine has appeared on a list of Wall Street's top golfers, with a single-digit handicap. He backed Obama in 2012 and is a Hillary Clinton supporter this election.
— BETH HEALY and MARK SHANAHAN
Watching the Olympics ‘a little bit differently’
When it comes to the Olympics, most of us are content with just watching athletes outdo each other on the track or the court. But Ed Lynch is checking out the lighting and broadcasting technology, too.
After all, that's part of his job. Lynch, a sports marketing veteran based in the Boston area, joined production-equipment rental giant VER last fall. VER chief executive Steve Hankin, who is based in the Los Angeles area, recruited Lynch away from USA Today to be VER's head of sports business development. The two worked together at Sentient Jet, the South Shore-based private jet firm.
"When he took over as CEO of VER, he called me and said, 'Listen, I have plenty of people with a technical engineering base [but] I need someone who knows the sports business," Lynch says.
Lynch often works out of VER's Boston-area office, in Woburn. But his responsibility spans VER's 35-office global network. The company's work at the Olympics, primarily through ESPN's various international channels, was already lined up when Lynch came on board. VER also worked with other production partners in Rio, several of them Olympic sponsors.
"Knowing what goes on behind the scenes from a technology perspective, I get to look at it a little bit differently," Lynch says of watching the Olympics now. "I'm looking at camera angles, gear, and lighting. . . . It's a different kind of enjoyment." — JON CHESTO
Giving back before 22
Best-of lists are a dime a dozen (a sampling, courtesy of Google: Top 10 Iconic Junk Foods, 11 Great Secret Service Code Names, 20 First Worst Pitches), but here's one we'll bite at: 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women.
The annual list, now in its second year, is produced by Her Campus, a Boston-based online magazine targeted at female college students. This year's ranking includes five Massachusetts students, including three from Harvard — perhaps not surprisingly, since Her Campus was founded by three female Harvard students.
Winners were chosen based on criteria including "leadership experience, academic excellence, demonstrated passion for their cause, and ambitious goals for their future."
The Bay State students are:
Pooja Chandrashekar, 19, a Harvard biomedical engineering major who created ProjectCSGIRLS, which encourages middle school girls to embrace technology.
Amanda Farren, 22, a College of the Holy Cross econ major who started the school's women's club ice hockey team.
Kristina Linko, 20, a Harvard chem major who founded VISION, which provides eye care for people who can't afford it.
Nadya Okamoto, 18, a Harvard poli sci/government major who launched Camions of Care, a nonprofit that distributes feminine hygiene products to women in need.
Farita Tasnim, 18, an MIT electrical engineering student dubbed a "STEM goddess" for captaining her high school robotics team and creating her own electronics lab, among other accomplishments.
— SACHA PFEIFFER
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