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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 practical legal solutions and creative business strategies designed to maximize their value.

Our leading team of sponsor-side deal-makers 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 is renowned for guiding top-tier private equity firms throughout the lifecycle of their investments.

  • Represented H.I.G. Capital and its portfolio companies in numerous transactions including in the acquisitions of Jackson Paper Manufacturing Company, GLD, LLC, Hart & Cooley LLC, Decisive Analytics Corporation, Taconic Biosciences, Inc., and Medusind Solutions India Private Limited.

  • Represented Francisco Partners and its portfolio companies in numerous transactions including in its equity investment in Veson Nautical, its acquisitions of RugsUSA, Forcepoint, CDK Global, MyFitnessPal, and LogMeIn, its sales of Quest Software Holdings, 2Checkout, and ClickSoftware Technologies, and in the merger of SmartBear Software, Inc. with Bugsnag, Inc.

  • Represented Symphony Technology Group and its portfolio companies in numerous transactions including its acquisitions McAfee Corp.’s Enterprise business, FireEye, Inc., Communication Partners International, LLC, CaseWorthy, Inc. and Nomis Solutions, Inc., and the sales of SPH Anlytics, Connexity, Inc. and Winshuttle.

  • Represented Abry Partners and its portfolio companies in numerous transactions including in its sale of Basefarm AS, its acquisitions of Message Broadcast, LCC and Link Mobility, and its disposal of a majority interest in AddSecure to funds advised by Castik Capital S.à r.l.

  • Represented Cortec Group and its portfolio companies in numerous transactions including in the acquisitions of ComforTrac, LLC, the assets of Concrete Leveling Solutions, LLC & CLS Foundation Repair & Waterproofing, Inc., North Star Fertility Holdings, LLC, the assets of B.Q. Basement Systems, Inc., Lap of Love, Groundworks, LLC, and Rotating Machinery Services Holding Corp., and its sale of CHSL Holdco, Inc.

  • Represented Keensight Capital in numerous transactions, including the leveraged buyouts of Adista Group, Symeres Group, and RAM Infotechnology, and the sales of Link by Net Group. and Asti.


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 and leverage the global strengths of the firm’s sector expertise to truly know our clients’ industries and markets, with particular focus on life sciences and healthcare, technology, manufacturing and industrials, and energy.

What the Market is Saying

  • “They balance great legal expertise with a commercial business pragmatism.”

    Chambers USA, 2021

  • “Excellent customer service, accessibility and responsiveness.”

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

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

    Chambers USA, 2021

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