Private Equity


Transactions are increasingly complex and competition is intense among private equity firms and other investors. Experience, speed and the ability to innovate have become more important than ever.

The amount of time it takes to structure a private equity transaction can make or break a deal. When the stakes are high and time is short, private equity leaders turn to us to develop creative strategies to help them win auctions, mitigate risks and close deals quickly. From groundbreaking, monumental acquisitions to smaller strategic add-on deals, our private equity teams have implemented transactions with precision and care for established institutions, entrepreneurs and emerging visionaries alike.

Adding value to your deal from start to finish

When structuring a transaction, we begin by thoroughly evaluating the investment under consideration and acquisition proposals with value-add in mind. Our lawyers advise you on structuring and presenting bids, negotiating and drafting acquisition agreements and financing documents, offering guidance and insight right through to the end of the transaction. Our team supports clients through all stages of a deal, including:

  • Initial fundraising, formation and building the private equity investment fund
  • Investment decisions
  • Day-to-day management of portfolio companies, including restructurings, existing debt refinancing, add-on acquisitions and management incentive schemes
  • Exit from investments, whether by sales or recapitalizations of portfolio companies or by taking them public

Everything you need from one team

Our clients rely on us to provide them with sound solutions and first-rate representation in every major area of law, industry and global jurisdiction.

Our teams support private equity clients everywhere in the world – in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. We have offices in all major financial centers and virtually every significant emerging market.

We know the private equity world. We are experienced at all levels of the capital structure, and offer clients dedicated “sponsor focused teams”, regardless of where in the capital structure you are investing or exiting. We offer access to all US and European forms of debt financing and will shape our team to meet our clients’ needs.

Dedicated team beyond the deal

We are the original innovators of the dedicated portfolio company team concept. We have a team of private equity lawyers who help support the relationship between sponsor and portfolio company by advising portfolio companies on all aspects affecting their capital structures, management incentive structures, strategic issues and other advisory work. This team, which is staffed with corporate and finance lawyers, is responsible for delivering our full service capability to portfolio companies on a one-stop-shop basis.

A one-stop-shop for private equity 

Our private equity team is a highly integrated, multi-disciplinary group with lawyers who know how to get deals done. We are collaborating from across our network of offices to provide clients with seamless service and deep industry experience, even on the most complex of mandates involving multiple specialties and jurisdictions. Our private equity practice works closely with professionals across the Firm including:

  • Leveraged finance, including traditional acquisition finance and high yield bonds
  • Tax structuring
  • Employment, compensation & benefits
  • Financial restructuring & insolvency
  • Funds
  • Antitrust/Competition
  • Equity capital markets
  • Dispute
  • Real estate
  • Intellectual property
  • Regulatory & compliance