Private Equity

With one of the most sophisticated Private Equity practices among premier global law firms, Paul Hastings provides clients with comprehensive legal advice and tailored solutions to meet the investment objectives of sponsors and the business realities of portfolio companies. As a trusted advisor to many of our sponsor clients for decades, we have helped them grow from the ground up with thoughtful legal solutions and creative business strategies in getting deals done.

Our leading team of sponsor-side dealmakers have particular skill and experience in upper-middle market and cross-border acquisitions, dispositions, and carve-outs, and are supported by a deep bench of specialists to help clients carefully evaluate risks and execute transactions effectively and efficiently.

Our Sophisticated and Broad Client Base

As repeat players at the negotiation table, our PE team is deeply familiar with, and renowned for, guiding top-tier private equity firms throughout the lifecycle of their investments.

  • Francisco Partners and TPG Capital in the $6.5 billion take private of New Relic, a US based could based web tracking and analytics company.

  • Madison Industries in the acquisition of Nortek Air, a leader in providing critical air management, thermal and HVAC solutions, in a transaction valued at $3.63 billion.

  • Oak Hill Advisors L.P., a leading alternative investment firm, as leader of a strategic environmental investment alliance in Blue Source Sustainable Forests Company to acquire a 1.7 million-acre timberland portfolio for approximately $1.8 billion.

  • Oakley Capital in the sale of Iberian business software provider, Grupo Primavera, to Cegid and its subsequent reinvestment in the combined business valued at $6.88 billion, alongside Cegid’s investors.

  • Symphony Technology Group in its acquisition of Momentive (Nasdaq: MNTV), the maker of SurveyMonkey, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.5 billion.

Key Specialist Support

Our elite PE team draws on a world-class team of specialists to bring a diverse offering of creative and commercial legal solutions to our clients.

  • We bring together a highly-specialized and dedicated team of borrower-side debt finance experts who work seamlessly to provide an integrated offering to our sponsor clients.

  • Our tax team is renowned for its structuring expertise and their ability to identify and address tax issues affecting our clients PE transactions.

  • We invest the time to truly understand our clients business and leverage the global strengths of the firm’s sector expertise from life sciences and healthcare, to technology, manufacturing and industrials, and energy.


  • Recognized as a leading practice by the IFLR1000, 2023

  • Recognized for Private Equity: Transactions - Mid-Market Deals - Up to £250m by The Legal 500 UK Solicitors, 2022

  • Private Equity Lawyer of the Year, Women in Business Law Awards EMEA, Euromoney, 2022

What the Market is Saying

  • "We do extremely complex deals and Paul Hastings is unparalleled in handling those situations."

    Chambers USA, 2023
  • "It's an excellent team overall in all matters. We are very pleased with the value of their work, and the depth and breadth of their team is exceptional."

    Chambers USA, 2023
  • "Paul Hastings has strong players at all levels. It’s an outstanding team."

    Chambers USA, 2023
  • "Paul Hastings balances the complexity of deals with elegant solutions that get good outcomes for those involved."

    Chambers USA, 2023
  • "The team has a great commercial mindset."

    Chambers USA, 2023

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