Private Equity

Our private equity attorneys have extensive experience in structuring complex private equity acquisitions and financings on behalf of sponsors, lenders, investment banks, financial advisors and portfolio companies. During the last two years alone, we have served as counsel in more than 100 buy side and sell side transactions across a variety of industries. In connection with our M&A work, we structure senior and subordinate credit facilities for private equity fund investments and negotiate credit facilities on behalf of sponsors, including acquisition and capital call facilities. Our private equity practice is especially active in the middle-market, but we have represented management groups, issuers and special committees in high-profile, multi-billion dollar transactions—for example, we represented Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) in what at the time was the largest going private transaction in U.S. history.

The firm’s private equity attorneys represent investors and portfolio companies in a range of industries including healthcare, life sciences, consumer, retail, restaurant, food and beverage, manufacturing, technology and media. In the Chambers USA research about our corporate practice, clients say: “The sophistication of the work is certainly very high, and there is a level of attentiveness that I get from them that I don’t get elsewhere,” reports an interviewee and another client notes that the team provides “really excellent service,” explaining: “They understand the law, but also what our business needs.” (from Chambers USA 2021); and the firm is “very knowledgeable, thorough and very conscious of what we need them to do – and they manage their priorities very well” and the team “provides a New York level of expertise and skill, but at smaller market rates, which is really valuable.” (from Chambers USA 2020); and “The firm is one of the best I have worked with in my entire career.” (from Chambers USA 2019); and “Their commitment is second to none” and “They go toe to toe on expertise with New York firms.” (from Chambers USA 2018); and that the firm “Represents a wealth of private equity firms and their portfolio companies. ‘The firm’s performance was outstanding. I’d put them up there with the big firms globally – some of the finest attorneys I’ve seen.'” (from Chambers USA 2015)

As the fourth largest healthcare law firm in the U.S. (Modern Healthcare, 2018), our experience in healthcare private equity transactions is particularly robust. We provide our healthcare private equity clients with a fully integrated range of services that includes an effective blend of transactional, regulatory and operational counsel.

As a result of the depth and breadth of our private equity experience and the extensive network we have established in the private equity community, we play an active role in introducing prospective portfolio companies and private equity firms.

Representative private equity services and experience:

  • Add on acquisitions.
  • Due diligence and risk analysis.
  • Leveraged buyouts.
  • Going private transactions.
  • Sponsor-sponsor transactions.
  • Independent sponsor transactions.
  • Investment fund formation.
  • Leveraged dividends and recapitalizations.
  • Minority interest transactions.
  • Management team representation and executive compensation matters.
  • Mezzanine and senior financings.
  • Healthcare regulatory and operational counsel.
  • Corporate/general counsel.
  • Initial public offerings and exit transaction services and preparation.
  • Special Purpose Acquisitions Companies (SPACs)/de-SPACs.
  • We represented ALS Education, Inc., an education dropout prevention and recovery program, in the sale of its charter school management...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of LFM Capital’s portfolio company, J&E Precision Tool, in its acquisition of Beranek, LLC, a precision manufacturer of technical components for the aerospace & defense, and space exploration markets

    We represented LFM Capital’s portfolio company, J&E Precision Tool, in its acquisition of Beranek, LLC, a precision manufacturer of technical...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, in its definitive agreement to acquire Whitney, Bradley & Brown, Inc., a leading provider of advisory, engineering and technical services to the US Military and H.I.G. Capital portfolio company, for $295 million.

    We represented Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, in its acquisition of Whitney, Bradley & Brown,...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Lead Capital Partners, a multi-family sponsored private equity firm, in its acquisition of Ladd Dental Group, Inc., a dental service provider with six locations throughout central Indiana

    We represented Lead Capital Partners, a multi-family sponsored private equity firm, in its acquisition of Ladd Dental Group, Inc., a...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Physical Rehabilitation Network (PRN), a privately held physical therapy care provider and comprehensive practice management organization, in its acquisition of three physical therapy clinics in California.

    We represented Physical Rehabilitation Network (PRN), a privately held physical therapy care provider and comprehensive practice management organization, in its...
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  • Representation of Triple Tree Capital Partners and Vestar Capital Partners in the merger of their respective portfolio companies, The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative.

    We represented Triple Tree Capital Partners and Vestar Capital Partners in the merger of their respective portfolio companies, The Emily...
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  • Representation of Physical Rehabilitation Network (PRN), a privately held physical therapy care provider and comprehensive practice management organization, in its acquisition of Total Body Rehab, a sport rehabilitation and outpatient orthopedic treatment provider in Arizona.

    We represented Physical Rehabilitation Network (PRN), a privately held physical therapy care provider and comprehensive practice management organization, in its...
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  • We represented Physical Rehabilitation Network, a privately held physical therapy care provider and comprehensive practice management organization, in its acquisition of Performance Physical Therapy, Inc., a provider of orthopedic and spine physical therapy care, based in Reno, Nevada. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    We represented Physical Rehabilitation Network, a privately held physical therapy care provider and comprehensive practice management organization, in its acquisition...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of LFM Capital’s portfolio company, Fecon, LLC, a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty forestry mulching equipment and related accessories, in its acquisition of Vermeer Forestry Mulching Products, a manufacturer of high-quality tree-care, agricultural, underground construction, surface mining, and environmental equipment.

    We represented LFM Capital’s portfolio company, Fecon, LLC, in its acquisition of Vermeer Forestry Mulching Products, a manufacturer of high-quality...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • We represented Grant Avenue Capital, a healthcare-focused middle-market private equity firm, in its acquisition of Valeo Home Health and Hospice, a provider of in-home rehabilitation and end of life care.

    We represented Grant Avenue Capital, a healthcare-focused middle-market private equity firm, in its acquisition of Valeo Home Health and Hospice,...
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    Client Type: Private Company
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