As the global economy grows ever more interconnected, opportunities for institutional and individual investors are becoming both diverse and international. Members of the private equity industry need legal counsel that understands the complex legal and regulatory challenges they face at home and abroad, while drawing on the extensive institutional experience and focused subject-matter knowledge available only at a full-service law firm with global reach.
The lawyers of McGuireWoods' international private equity practice, in conjunction with leading practitioners from each of the firm's core legal services teams, provide coordinated legal counsel to investment funds in all phases of development, from early-stage venture and growth capital funds, to control buyout funds. We also represent mezzanine funds and senior lenders providing debt financing for private equity deals, as well as institutional investors, family offices, investment advisors, lenders, portfolio companies, fundless sponsors and funds of funds.
Our private equity lawyers are located in key commercial, financial and regulatory capitals across the United States and Europe, including London, Brussels, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Dallas and Richmond. Further broadening our reach, we routinely draw on the skills of experienced lawyers in all of the firm's 21 offices. In the past five years alone, we have represented more than 100 private equity funds in a broad range of investment transactions, including dozens of cross-border deals.
Our depth of experience cuts across legal practice and industry lines. We recognize that each client, business, market and jurisdiction is unique, and regularly assemble teams that can most effectively address the issues and opportunities at hand. Depending on the nature of the transaction, we may draw on the knowledge of our leading tax, technology and intellectual property lawyers or we may assemble a team from our skilled environmental, real estate and labor practices. We also have extensive litigation, corporate, labor and employment, government contracting, finance, and data privacy and security capabilities, among other areas of concentration, all of which we use to help our clients achieve the most favorable results possible. In conjunction with McGuireWoods Consulting, our full-service public affairs subsidiary, we also provide strategic communications and government relations services with national and local governments, both in the US and Europe.
Our private equity practice has developed specific concentrations that align with the investment strategies and timelines of our clients. These areas of focus include the following:
We have a core group of partners who focus on representing general partners and institutional limited partners when forming a variety of types of funds including buyout private equity funds, mezzanine finance funds, and venture capital funds. Our lawyers have also formed industry-focused funds, including healthcare, energy, real estate, life sciences and technology funds, as well as funds of funds.
We are experienced in all types of private equity investing, including leveraged buyouts (LBOs), roll-ups, minority and preferred stock investments, “going private” transactions, mezzanine and convertible debt, and purchases of troubled companies in or out of bankruptcy. We are very active in evolving markets and economies, and can advise our clients on the myriad trends and deal terms — from purchase price multiples and earnouts, to liability and indemnification basket strategies — that may play a role in today's transactions. We also take into consideration potential tax consequences of an investment, reconcile management and investor interests, and help develop exit strategies and prepare for changes in control.
Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs)
McGuireWoods is home to some of the most experienced SBIC lawyers. We have represented numerous SBIC funds on a variety of issues, from filing management assessment questionnaires and handling licensing and transactional work, to assisting with the sale of SBIC funds portfolios. We also counsel SBIC funds on day-to-day regulatory matters.
For clients who need additional capital for acquisitions, expansion or growth, mezzanine financing can offer an attractive option. Such finance can also be useful for investors who have money to lend to companies with good track records in return for aggressive terms and returns. Our clients include banks, institutional non-bank lenders, hedge funds and other investors, as well as private equity portfolio companies and other borrowers. We also advise equity funds making investments alongside mezzanine funds, in financings, creditors’ rights matters and bankruptcies.