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 fifth largest healthcare law firm in the U.S. (Modern Healthcare, 2021), 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.
  • Representation of Tivity Health Inc. (Nasdaq: TVTY), a leading provider of healthy life-changing solutions, in its sale to Stone Point Capital, an investment firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut, with over $40 billion of assets under management. Tivity Health stockholders received $32.50 in cash per share, representing a total transaction value of $2.0 billion. Tivity Health’s common stock ceased trading and will no longer be listed on Nasdaq.

    We represented Tivity Health Inc. (Nasdaq: TVTY), a leading provider of healthy life-changing solutions, in their sale to Stone Point...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of Northlane Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm, in its acquisition of SAI MedPartners, a leading consultancy providing strategic insights and analytics to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    We represented Northlane Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm, in its acquisition of SAI MedPartners, a leading consultancy...
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  • Served as fund formation counsel for the formation, capitalization, closing and operation of Brown Robin Partners’ current fund.

    We served as fund formation counsel for the formation, capitalization, closing and operation of Brown Robin Partners’ current fund.
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  • Served as fund formation counsel for the formation, capitalization, closing and operation of Frist Cressey Ventures’ current fund.

    We served as fund formation counsel for the formation, capitalization, closing and operation of Frist Cressey Ventures’ current fund.
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  • Served as fund formation counsel for the formation, capitalization, closing and operation of Nashville Capital Network’s current fund.

    We served as fund formation counsel for the formation, capitalization, closing and operation of Nashville Capital Network’s current fund.
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  • Served as fund formation counsel for the formation, capitalization, closing and operation of Resolute Capital Partners’ current fund. We also served as SBIC licensing and regulatory counsel for the fund as well.

    We served as fund formation counsel for the formation, capitalization, closing and operation of Resolute Capital Partners’ current fund. We...
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  • Representation of New Harbor Capital’s portfolio company Psych Associates of Maryland, the largest outpatient mental health group in Maryland, in its acquisition of Comprehensive Behavioral Health, a leading multidisciplinary mental health treatment provider. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    We represented New Harbor Capital's portfolio company Psych Associates of Maryland, the largest outpatient mental health group in Maryland, in...
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  • We represented a large private equity owned REIT and certain of its affiliates in connection with a $172,000,000 subscription and...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Representation of Renaissance Electronics, a provider of active radio frequency and millimeter wave frequency components, sub-systems, and higher-order assemblies and a portfolio company of Gen Cap America in its sale-to AEM, a designer and manufacturer of mission-critical electronic circuit protection components which is backed by Industrial Growth Partners. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed

    We represented Renaissance Electronics, a provider of active radio frequency and millimeter wave frequency components, sub-systems, and higher-order assemblies and...
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  • We represented a private equity firm in providing senior secured acquisition and revolving facilities to a sponsor-backed technology solutions and...
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    Client Type: Private Company
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