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Brandon Howald

Partner, Corporate Department
San Francisco
101 California Street
Forty-Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA
United States

Fax: 1(415) 856-7339
Century City
1999 Avenue of the Stars, 27th Floor
Los Angeles, CA
United States

Fax: 1 (310) 620-5829


Brandon Howald is a partner and Vice Chair of the Firm's Global Private Equity Practice. Mr. Howald focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and other corporate and securities law matters. Mr. Howald has represented private equity funds, public companies, and private companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, equity investments and other corporate transactions, and he has represented issuers and underwriters in connection with securities offerings. He has also assisted companies in connection with securities law compliance and reporting and general corporate and business matters. In addition, Mr. Howald has represented companies and executives in connection with employment agreements and equity incentive plans and agreements. He has represented clients in matters in various industries, including, among others, technology, software, data centers, healthcare, fitness, services, food and beverage, apparel and consumer products.

Accolades and Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 U.S., M&A Corporate and Commercial - Private Equity Buyouts

  • Chambers USA, M&A and Private Equity - California 

  • IFLR1000, Notable Practitioner in California for M&A and Private Equity

  • Recognized by BTI Consulting Group as one of only 325 lawyers nation-wide honored as Client Service All-Stars (2018)

  • Recognized as a Southern California "Rising Star" attorney by Law and Politics magazine


  • University of Southern California, M.B.A., 1999

  • University of Southern California Law School, J.D., 1999

  • University of California Berkeley, B.A., 1994


  • Mr. Howald is the Chair of the Technology Committee of KidWorks (a non-profit serving children, youth and their parents)

  • Member of the State Bar Association of California

Recent Representations

  • Representation of various private equity firms, including GI Partners, Compass, Endeavour Capital and Seidler Equity Partners, in connection with acquisitions, investments, sales and/or other transactions

  • GI Partners in connection with its majority investment in American Residential Services

  • Compass Diversified Holdingsin connection with the acquisition of Marucci Sports, LLC

  • Kellermeyer Bergensons Services, LLC and GI Partners in connection with the sale of Kellermeyer Bergensons Services, LLC to an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

  • GI Partners in connection with the acquisition of Single Digits Inc.

  • GI Partners in connection with the simultaneous acquisition of California Cryobank and Cord Blood Registry

  • GI Partners in connection with its acquisition of Consillo and Advanced Discovery

  • L Squared Capital Partners in connection with an acquisition

  • Fitness International, LLC (formerly LA Fitness International, LLC) in multiple acquisitions

  • GI Partners and its portfolio company Peak 10 in connection with Peak 10's acquisition of ViaWest from Shaw Communications for $1.675 billion

  • GI Partners in connection with the sale of the Waypoint portfolio of rental properties to Colony Starwood Homes for approximately $815 million

  • The Compass Group in connection with the acquisition of 5.11 Tactical® for $400 million

  • GI Partners in connection with the acquisition of Netsmart Technologies, Inc.

  • The ERGObaby Carrier, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of New Baby Tula, LLC

  • Plum Healthcare Group in connection with the sale of Plum Healthcare Group to Bay Bridge Capital Partners

  • The Telx Group, Inc. in connection with the sale of The Telx Group, Inc. to ABRY Partners and Berkshire Partners

Practice Areas

Mergers and Acquisitions
Private Equity
Securities and Capital Markets




California Bar


University of Southern California, M.B.A. 1999
USC Gould School of Law, J.D. 1999
University of California, Berkeley, B.A. 1994

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