Private Equity

Increased transparency and accountability have brought new challenges to the private equity industry. There is greater competition for acquisitions, new investors ready to move cross-border, and increased pressure to secure profitable exits in markets that are unpredictable. Paul Hastings can help.

  • They have truly global capabilities and they're incredibly responsive, which is always a plus. They have pragmatic, very skilled negotiators up and down the team.

    Chambers USA, 2019
  • The team we work with there is very responsive, very practical and commercial.

    Chambers USA 2020
  • Client service is what I would put at the top of their list of strengths. All of the people I deal with at Paul Hastings view us as partners and help us achieve whatever we want to accomplish

    Chambers USA, 2019

Client Successes

  • Represented Francisco Partners in its acquisitions of the MyFitnessPal platform from Under Armour, its acquisition of Forcepoint from Raytheon Technologies, and its acquisition alongside Evergreen Coast Capital of LogMeIn.

  • Represented GI Partners in its acquisition of a majority interest in DR Fortress, LLC, which is Hawaii’s largest data center operator.

  • Represented Oakley Capital on its disposal of the atHome Group to funds advised by Mayfair Equity Partners.

  • Represented Vector Capital in its acquisition of MarkLogic Corporation, a provider of enterprise data integration and data management solutions, and Vector Capital’s portfolio company, Saba Software, with respect to Cornerstone OnDemand Inc.’s agreement to acquire Saba.

Helping Protect and Maximize Private Equity

Our market-leading Private Equity practice has grown significantly to meet the increasing demands of our growing sponsor client base. Our PE specialists advise on transactions of all sizes, and have particular depth and experience in middle-market and cross-border acquisitions and dispositions, as well as transactions that focus on the life sciences and healthcare, technology and software, and manufacturing and industrials sectors.

With more than 150 PE deals in 2018 alone, and more than 60 dedicated sponsor-side transactional lawyers, we have the extensive first-hand experience needed to guide private equity sponsors, investment banks, and investors through all stages of a PE transaction in today’s challenging markets.

Full-Cycle PE Services

  • We work with private equity sponsors, investment banks, family offices, and investors through the full PE lifecycle, from fund formation and fundraising, through investment strategy, growth equity transactions and leveraged buyouts, to exits and dispositions.

  • We bring together a highly-specialized, dedicated team of M&A, tax and borrower-side debt finance experts that works seamlessly to provide an integrated offering for our sophisticated sponsor clients.

  • Not only is our team renowned for providing innovative legal services, we also provides strategic counsel that aligns both the investment objectives of the sponsor and the business realities of the portfolio company.

Recognition for Our Private Equity Practice

  • Our team includes a partner recognized as PE Dealmaker of the Year by The Deal and named one of 10 Innovative Practitioners by the Financial Times

  • Middle-Market Law Firm of the Year for Private Equity — The Deal, 2019

  • Private Equity Team of the Year — Transatlantic Legal Awards, 2019

  • Most Innovative Deal of the Year — The Deal, 2019

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