The Private Equity Group assists its clients in all phases of the life cycle of a private equity fund—from the structuring and formation of the fund through the acquisition, maintenance and disposition of all of its investments.

Attorneys in the Private Equity Group that focus on private equity fund formation have significant experience in all aspects of fund formation, including the legal and regulatory requirements applicable to the funds themselves and those applicable to their investment advisors. In connection with advising sponsors of private equity funds, the Group is greatly assisted by its deep network and frequent interaction with funds-of-funds, institutional investors, senior personnel at industry service providers and key industry groups. This provides the Group with insightful perspectives on the various legal and business issues of concern to prospective investors in private equity funds and helps the Private Equity Group provide practical, real-time input from a legal and business perspective throughout the process. Moreover, through our Washington, D.C. office and various strategic relationships and organization memberships, the Private Equity Group is able to be proactive with respect to the latest legal and regulatory developments affecting our clients.

Attorneys in the Private Equity Group who focus on business transactions represent our private equity fund clients, as well as institutional investors, hedge funds, hybrid funds and other investors in negotiating, documenting and executing a variety of transactions involving their portfolio companies. In particular, these attorneys have significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, IPOs, PIPE transactions, senior and mezzanine debt and other financing arrangements, “seed capital” arrangements and other corporate matters.

The Private Equity Group also represents private equity funds and other investors in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of their investments in private equity funds. In addition, the Private Equity Group represents institutional investors in establishing investment vehicles dedicated to making co-investments with existing private equity funds.

Clients of the Private Equity Group manage funds that employ a broad range of investment strategies, including private equity, venture capital, buyout, real estate, distressed and mezzanine debt. Some also specialize in certain industries, such as technology, financial services, shipping and other transportation sectors, media, consumer, manufacturing, biotechnology, energy and art.