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Private Equity

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 20 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:

Fund Formation

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.

Investments

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.

Mezzanine Financing

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.

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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

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Private equity fund

Represented a private equity firm in the sale of one of the largest operators and franchisors of chicken quick service restaurants in the United States to another private equity firm for an undisclosed amount.
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Private equity fund

Represented an equity sponsor in a leveraged buyout of an industry leader in prefabricated, pre-engineered small metal buildings from the company's ESOP. Our work on the transaction included handling the acquisition financing, as well as creating a new private equity fund anchored by a leading global financial services firm that contributed equity for the acquisition.
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Equity sponsor private equity firm and its portfolio company

Represented the equity sponsor private equity firm and its portfolio company, a leading distributor and importer of wines, in an add-on acquisition of a Florida based wine importer and distributor for an undisclosed amount. The firm also handled the financing aspects of the acquisition, including amendments to the company's senior and mezzanine credit facilities.
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Private equity firm

Represented a private equity firm in its acquisition of a 32-unit wing franchisor restaurant chain for an undisclosed amount. The chain operates 11 company-owned and franchises 21 other stores in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
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Equity/mezzanine sponsor

Represented an equity/mezzanine sponsor, in connection with the acquisition of a dental practice and an infusion of capital to fund additional practices.
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Private equity firm

Represented a private equity firm in the formation of a hybrid fund.
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Private equity firm

Represented a private equity firm in the formation of a fund focused on investing in commercial mortgage backed securities.
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Private equity firm

Represented a private equity firm with AUM of $200 million and a focus on mezzanine investments in the formation of an SBIC fund.
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Privately-held investment management firm

Represented a privately-held investment management firm with AUM of $90 million that provides mezzanine debt and equity capital in the formation of a buyout/control fund.
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Private investment firm

Represented a private investment firm with a focus on the lower middle market in the formation of a fund.
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Private investment firm

Representing a private investment firm in the formation of a senior secured debt lending fund specializing in loans to small and micro-cap companies.
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Global Financial Services Firm

Represented private equity fund in the restructure and buy-out of controlling interest in joint venture and negotiation of complex multi-party licensing agreement concerning nationally branded merchandise.
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Saudi Arabian steel producer

Assisting one of the leading companies in Saudi Arabia in its effort to reacquire the assets and business of a steel producing mini mill from the Administrators of the Company.
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Private equity fund

Represented an equity sponsor in a leveraged buyout of an industry leader in prefabricated, pre-engineered small metal buildings from the company's ESOP.
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Technology holding company

Represented a technology holding company included among Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing private companies in the auction sale of its senior care SAAS employee training solutions subsidiary to a private equity fund.
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New York-based investment partnership

Representation of a New York-based investment partnership in the closing of a $108 million credit facility for their portfolio company.
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Leading distributor and importer of wines

Represented the equity sponsor private equity firm and its portfolio company, a leading distributor and importer of wines, in an add-on acquisition of a Florida based wine importer and distributor for an undisclosed amount.
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Venture capital investor

Represented a venture capital investor in connection with a $20 million Series B venture financing in a company that owns and operates a new digital out of home television network for the McDonald's chain.
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Private equity fund

Represented the equity sponsor in the sale of its controlling interest in an independent, national commercial equipment finance and leasing company to another private equity firm.
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Global paper and packaging company

Represented a global paper and packaging company in the $45 million sale of a significant portion of its paper mill assets at a U.S. location to an investment group, as well as in the $80 million repurposing of other portions of the mill.
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Jason P Alter Jason P. Alter
Associate
EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
23rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7940
F: +1 412 667 7962
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Bradley S Austin Bradley S. Austin
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 373 8992
F: +1 704 373 8840
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Samuel C Bernstein Samuel C. Bernstein
Associate
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 849 8222
F: +1 312 698 4571
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Robert E Bittner Robert E. Bittner
Partner
EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
23rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7926
F: +1 412 667 7965
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Daniel F Blanks Daniel F. Blanks
Partner
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 3235
F: +1 904 360 6309
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Kevin Boardman J. Kevin Boardman
Partner
Dallas, TX
T: +1 214 593 7139
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Austin F Breen Austin F. Breen
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 373 8963
F: +1 704 353 6198
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Eric L Burk Eric L. Burk
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 373 8969
F: +1 704 444 8826
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Bryan P Bylica Bryan P. Bylica
Associate
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 750 3617
F: +1 312 698 4533
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Amy Callow Amy M. Callow
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2354
F: +1 704 373 8829
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Anitra T Cassas Anitra T. Cassas
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4727
F: +1 804 698 2000
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Geoffrey C Cockrell Geoffrey C. Cockrell
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 849 8272
F: +1 312 698 4572
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J. D Costa J. D. Costa
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2236
F: +1 704 353 6192
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Simon J Cox Simon J. Cox
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1721
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Robert A Crawford Robert A. Crawford
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2264
F: +1 704 353 6155
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Adam M Damerow Adam M. Damerow
Associate
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 849 3681
F: +1 312 698 4553
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Barbara DeMarigny Barbara S. de Marigny
Partner
JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street
Suite 7500
Houston, TX 77002-2906

T: +1 832 255 6318
F: +1 832 214 9913
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Susan Pyle Dion Susan Pyle Dion
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 373 8951
F: +1 704 353 6162
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Andreea Dobra Andreea Alexandra Dobra
Gov. Relations Mgr., Emerging European Markets McGuireWoods Consulting LLC
America House
West Wing, 7th Floor
4-8 Bd. Nicolae Titulescu
Sector1, Bucharest
Romania

T: +40 21 037 23 51460
F: +40 21 317 14 82
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Ann Terrell Dorsett Ann Terrell Dorsett
Counsel
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2212
F: +1 704 444 8733
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Mehboob R Dossa Mehboob R. Dossa
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1627
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Jon Finger Jon W. Finger
Partner
Dallas, TX
T: +1 214 593 7142
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Taylor Wedge French Taylor Wedge French
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 373 8037
F: +1 704 373 8838
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James Gelman James Gelman
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 7023
F: +1 212 548 2174
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Ryan Giggs Ryan E. Giggs
Associate
JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street
Suite 7500
Houston, TX 77002-2906

T: +1 713 353 6682
F: +1 832 214 9936
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Event

Pain Management, Dental Practice Management, Urgent Care and 7 More Sectors

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Complimentary Webinar
Event

Healthcare Private Equity Update and Overview of 19 Niche Sectors

March 5, 2014
Complimentary Webinar
Event

State Nuances in the Urgent Care Business

February 6, 2014
Complimentary Webinar
Speaking Engagement

Reform and Regulation of Derivative Transactions

American Conference Institute’s 2nd National Advanced Summit

January 14-15, 2014
Washington, DC
Speaking Engagement

Compliance with the UK Bribery Act for Private Equity Firms

December 18, 2012
Video Seminar
Speaking Engagement

Health Care Lending Forum

Issues with Accounts Receivable as Collateral for Health Care

December 10, 2012
Los Angeles, CA
Speaking Engagement

How to Raise an SBIC Fund

November 30, 2012
Reuters/peHUB Private Equity Webinar with U.S. Small Business Chief Investment Officer, Samuel J. Boyd Jr.
Speaking Engagement

Wells Fargo Roundtable for Small Business Investment Companies

Aaack! You're About to do What? Fund Advisors Provide Candid Counsel on How to Avoid Major Missteps

March 6, 2012
Event

9th Annual Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity & Finance Conference

Growing Investments and Executing Transactions During Times of Change

February 22 - 23, 2012
Chicago, IL
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Legal Alert

Swaps End-User Update

Recordkeeping Requirements

April 16, 2014
Legal Alert

Swaps End-User Update

Segregation of Initial Margin

March 26, 2014
Legal Alert

Swaps End-User Update

What End-Users Need to Know About EMIR – Risk Mitigation Techniques

February 18, 2014
Legal Alert

Swaps End-User Update

What End-Users Need to Know About EMIR – Clearing Obligations

February 10, 2014
Legal Alert

Swaps End-User Update

What End-Users Need to Know About EMIR – Reporting Obligations

January 30, 2014
Legal Alert

Swaps End-User Update

What End-Users Need to Know About EMIR – Counterparty Classifications

January 23, 2014
Legal Alert

McGuireWoods Ranked 3rd in U.S. in Number of Syndicated Debt Finance Transactions in 2013

SBIC Fund Group Closes Multiple Equity and Debt Transactions in 4Q 2013

January 22, 2014
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