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.

  • 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 the acquisition of McAfee Corp.’s Enterprise business for $4 billion.

  • 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.

  • Francisco Partners in the sale of its portfolio company Plex Systems to Rockwell Automation for $2.2 billion.

  • Aspect Software, a portfolio company of Vector Capital, in a merger with Noble Systems to form AlvariaTM with the total value of the combined transaction being over $1 billion.

  • Industrial Growth Partners and Royal Power Solutions in the $600 million sale of Royal to Eaton.


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.

Recognitions

  • 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

  • 14 partners ranked as leading lawyers in Chambers 2022


What the Market is Saying

  • “The team has been very responsive to our requests and has been able to provide counsel on a wide range of areas of law, both domestically and internationally.”

    Chambers USA, 2022
  • “They always makes themselves available and provide good advice that keeps in mind our business needs and goals.”

    Chambers USA, 2022
  • “The Paul Hastings team stays on top of the market, and are constantly ahead of the curve when providing commercial advice.”

    Chambers USA, 2022
  • “Paul Hastings LLP understood, and helped form, our goals and objectives, and executed them flawlessly.”

    Chambers USA, 2022
  • “They balance great legal expertise with a commercial business pragmatism.”

    Chambers USA, 2021
  • “Excellent customer service, accessibility and responsiveness.”

    Chambers USA, 2021

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