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 consumer, retail, restaurant, food and beverage, manufacturing, technology, media and healthcare and life sciences. In Chambers USA research about our corporate practice, clients say: “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). In a previous edition, Chambers notes 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
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