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. Throughout each phase, we provide comprehensive legal advice and tailored solutions to meet the investment objectives of sponsors and the business realities of portfolio companies.

  • “Excellent customer service, accessibility and responsiveness.”

    Chambers USA, 2021
  • “It is a great global firm with very high-quality lawyers.”

    Chambers USA, 2021
  • “It is a well-run firm with great depth of lawyers across the board. They are always very well organized and cohesive when it comes to the execution of a transaction.”

    Chambers USA, 2021
  • “They balance great legal expertise with a commercial business pragmatism.”

    Chambers USA, 2021
  • “They strike the right balance of making sure every ‘i’ is dotted and every ‘t’ is crossed while focusing on the issues important to clients.”

    Chambers USA, 2021
  • “Highly responsive with a tremendous work ethic, taking a balanced approach to resolving issues.”

    Chambers USA, 2021

Client Successes

  • Represented Francisco Partners and its portfolio companies in numerous transactions including its acquisitions of Bomgar, Prometheus Group Holdings, LogMeIn, MyFitnessPal, CDK Global and Forcepoint; the sale of ClickSoftware Technologies, Nextech and 2Checkout; and the merger with Bugsnag, Inc.

  • Represented GI Partners and its portfolio companies in numerous transactions including the acquisitions of ViaWest, CBR Acquisition Holdings Corp., California Cryobank Holdings LLC, Netsmart Technologies, Allscripts, Single Digits Inc., and DR Fortress

  • Represented Oakley Capital and its portfolio companies in the acquisitions of Seagull Group, Videotel, Asesor Consumer Services, S.L., Rastreator Comparador Correduria de Seguros S.L., Ekon and Mbrands International; its investment in Alessi S.p.A.; and the disposal of atHome Group

  • Represented Vector Capital and its portfolio companies in numerous transactions including the acquisitions of Lumesse, MoxiWorks, LLC, Imprev, MarkLogic and Mood Media LLC, and its sales of Saba Software and Allegro

  • Represented Symphony Technology Group and its portfolio companies in numerous transactions including its acquisitions of AFS Technologies, Inc., David Corporation, Smashfly Technologies, McAfee Corp.’s Enterprise business and FireEye, Inc., and the sale of SPH Analytics

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 300 PE deals over the past two years, 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

  • Ranked #13 for Private Equity by Deal Count by The Deal Q2 2021 League Tables

  • Ranked #13 for U.S. Private Equity by Volume by MergerMarket Q2 2021 League Table Results

  • Ranked #20 for Global Private Equity by Volume by MergerMarket Q2 League Table Results

  • 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



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