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 Chambers USA research about our corporate practice, clients say: 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); “The firm is one of the best I have worked with in my entire career.” (from Chambers USA 2019); “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.
  • 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.
  • We represented a private equity firm in providing acquisition financing to a franchisee to acquire the operations and related real estate assets of 16 franchise restaurants.

    We represented a private equity firm in providing acquisition financing to a franchisee to acquire the operations and related real...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • We represented New Mountain Capital in the project-level financing of a real estate portfolio, financed by a $25 million CMBS loan, consisting of four properties located in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and New York, each of which are triple net leased to a master tenant.

     

    We represented New Mountain Capital in the project-level financing of a real estate portfolio, financed by a $25 million CMBS...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Southern Ear, Nose, and Throat and Allergy (SENTA) Partners, an ENT and allergy management services organization, in its affiliation with Piedmont Ear, Nose, Throat & Related Allergy, a medical and surgical ear, nose and throat practice based in Atlanta, Georgia

    We represented Southern Ear, Nose, and Throat and Allergy (SENTA) Partners, an ENT and allergy management services organization, in its...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Frankston Packaging Company, a full-service manufacturer of custom and stock packaging solutions, in its Acquisition of Paco Label Systems, a supplier of flexible packaging and pressure-sensitive labels

    We represented Frankston Packaging Company, a full-service manufacturer of custom and stock packaging solutions, in its acquisition of Paco Label...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Gen Cap America, Inc. in the acquisition of Eastern Business Forms, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of diagnostic sample collection devices for governments and private companies around the globe

    We represented Gen Cap America, Inc. in the acquisition of Eastern Business Forms, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of diagnostic...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Gen Cap America, Inc. in its acquisition of TFM Services, a facilities maintenance company specializing in janitorial services and floor maintenance

    We represented Gen Cap America, Inc. in its acquisition of TFM Services, a facilities maintenance company specializing in janitorial services...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • We served as Tennessee regulatory counsel for Caregiver, Inc., a provider of community-based services and support to more than three thousand individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Texas, Tennessee, Indiana, and Ohio, in its recapitalization by WindRose Health Investors, LLC

    We served as Tennessee regulatory counsel for Caregiver, Inc., a provider of community-based services and support to more than three...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Gen Cap America, Inc. in the sale of its portfolio company, Aero Systems Engineering, a provider of design and build test and wind tunnel facility solutions as well as lab testing services for jet engines and airframes

    We represented Gen Cap America, Inc. in the sale of its portfolio company, Aero Systems Engineering, a provider of design...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Forcura, LLC, a healthcare technology that facilitates continuity of care, in its sale to Accel-KKR, a Silicon Valley-based technology-focused private equity firm

    We represented Forcura, LLC, a healthcare technology that facilitates continuity of care, in its sale to Accel-KKR, a Silicon Valley-based...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Representation of Spring Fertility, a premier provider of fertility care in the United States backed by Wildcat Capital, in its acquisition of Genesis Fertility Centre, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based fertility clinic

    We represented Spring Fertility, a premier provider of fertility care in the United States backed by Wildcat Capital, in its...
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    Client Type: Private Company
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