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Private Equity and Venture Capital

McGuireWoods addresses the unique, intersecting needs of private equity funds and those doing business with them, including institutional investors, family offices, investment advisors, lenders and portfolio companies. We represent funds at all points of the continuum from early-stage venture and growth capital to middle-market and control buyout funds. We also represent mezzanine funds and senior lenders providing debt financing for private equity deals.

In just the last five years, we have represented more than 100 private equity funds, each with nuanced needs. We are equally adept at representing the special needs of fundless sponsors as we are with funds of funds. This volume and diversity of experience has enabled us to develop concentrations that align with the investment strategy of the funds such as control and non-control buyout, SBIC, mezzanine finance, and senior and subordinated debt strategies.

Our clients come to us for depth of experience that cuts across legal practice and industry lines. We weave and leverage our resources to assemble teams that bring what each client needs — strength in regulation (particularly Dodd-Frank Act compliance and SBIC licensing and compliance), transactions (M&A, debt finance, capital markets), governance (securities compliance, entity formation), and specialty niches (energy, healthcare, life sciences, finance, supply chain management, technology and privacy). Our ability to understand industry and sector-specific regulations and trends and to distill this information for our clients translates into actionable, strategic business advice.

Investments

We are experienced in all types of private equity investing, including 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 realize the importance of tax consequences, reconciling management’s interests with the investors’ interests, exit strategy, and control. As a result, we are active in evolving markets and economies, and can advise our clients on current trends in myriad deal terms, from purchase price multiples and earnouts to liability and indemnification basket strategies.

Fund Formation

We have a core group of partners who focus on representing general partners and institutional limited partners in forming buyout private equity funds, mezzanine finance funds, and venture capital funds. Our lawyers also have formed industry-focused funds, including healthcare, energy, real estate, life sciences and technology funds, as well as fund of funds.

SBICs

McGuireWoods is home to some of the nation’s most experienced Small Business Investment Companies lawyers. Our lawyers have represented numerous SBIC funds on a variety of issues — from filing the Management Assessment Questionnaire 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

Mezzanine financing has been an attractive option for many of our clients who need additional capital for acquisitions or expansion and growth, or who have money to lend to companies with good track records for aggressive terms and returns. We represent issuers and investors in the full range of mezzanine financing transactions. Our clients include banks, institutional non-bank lenders, hedge funds and other investors, as well as private equity portfolio companies and other borrowers. The extensive experience and perspective gained from this history are sources of value we offer mezzanine funds, as well as equity funds making investments alongside mezzanine funds, in financings, creditors’ rights matters and bankruptcies.

CONTACTS

Christopher S. Nesbit Partner T: +1 704 343 7202
Robert B. Rakison Partner T: +44 20 7632 1620
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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.

Representative Matter

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.
Representative Matter

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.
Representative Matter

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.
Representative Matter

Private equity firm

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

Private equity firm

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

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.
Representative Matter

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.
Representative Matter

Private equity firm

Representation of a private equity firm with its co-investment in an IT company, which plans to grow through additional add-on acquisitions of similar companies.
Representative Matter

Management shareholders of a software company

McGuireWoods represented the management shareholders of a software company in its $960 million dollar sale to publically traded technology company.
Representative Matter

Solar power solutions provider

Representation of BBOXX Limited, a provider of solar power solutions to off-grid consumers in the developing world, in relation to the Series A funding from Khosla Impact Fund 1, LLC and Synergy Growth Nominee Limited, and related matters.
Representative Matter

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.
Representative Matter

Leading distributor and importer of wines

Representation of 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.
Representative Matter

Leading distributor and importer of wines

Representation of 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.
Representative Matter

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.
Representative Matter

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.
Representative Matter

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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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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Joel Bannister Joel Bannister
Associate
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201

T: +1 214 932 6412
F: +1 214 932 6499
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Kevin Boardman J. Kevin Boardman
Partner
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201

T: +1 214 932 6403
F: +1 214 932 6499
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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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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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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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Adam Edris Adam A. Edris
Associate
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201

T: +1 214 932 6415
F: +1 214 932 6499
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Jon Finger Jon W. Finger
Partner
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201

T: +1 214 932 6404
F: +1 214 932 6499
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Mark E Freedlander Mark E. Freedlander
Partner
EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
23rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7928
F: +1 412 667 7967
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Art Gambill Art Gambill
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5741
F: +1 404 443 5691
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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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Emily M McIntosh Emily M. Gerritz
Associate
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons Corner, VA 22102-4215

T: +1 703 712 5129
F: +1 703 712 5227
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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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Scott L Glickson Scott L. Glickson
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 321 7652
F: +1 312 698 4585
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Richard S Grant Richard S. Grant
Partner
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 315 8234
F: +1 310 956 3134
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Meredith E Green Meredith E. Green
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2082
F: +1 704 444 8816
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Adam J Greene Adam J. Greene
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 373 8996
F: +1 704 444 8894
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Louis Greenstein Louis D. Greenstein
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 2415
F: +1 202 828 3310
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John T Grieb John T. Grieb
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5717
F: +1 404 443 5762
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Mark Griffith W. Mark Griffith
Partner
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601

T: +1 919 755 6616
F: +1 919 755 6587
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David J Hornyak David J. Hornyak
Partner
EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
23rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7925
F: +1 412 402 4192
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John L Hughes Jr. Jay Hughes
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4756
F: +1 804 698 2057
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Speaking Engagement

Key Aspects in Mezzanine Financing

December 4, 2014
Live Webinar
Event

FCPA Transactional Diligence:

Can You Be Commercial and Compliant?

December 3, 2014
New York, NY
Event

6th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference

November 18, 2014
Chicago, IL
Event

Physician Practice Mergers: A Primer for Any Specialty

November 13, 2014
Complimentary Webinar Series
Event

Capital Raising and Deal Making in 2014

September 10, 2014
Dallas, TX
Speaking Engagement

Private Fund Managers

Navigating Recent SEC Guidance on Custody Rule, Qualified Client Status, Knowledgeable Employees, Use of Social Media and CCO Liability

September 9, 2014
Strafford Live CLE Webinar
Speaking Engagement

Acquisitions 101: Webinar Series

Acquisition Target #1: COMPLETED. What's Next?

August 20, 2014
Event

Deal Buzz Series

Navigating Section 280G and Golden Parachute Payments: A discussion on when it applies and how to manage liability

August 14, 2014
Chicago, IL
Speaking Engagement

Acquisitions 101: Webinar Series

Closing Your Acquisition Target While Protecting Your Interests

July 30, 2014
Speaking Engagement

White House Rural Council

July 24, 2014
Washington, D.C.
Speaking Engagement

Acquisitions 101: Webinar Series

My Acquisition Target Is Under Contract. Now What?

July 16, 2014
Event

Deal Buzz Series

Franchise Financing: What financing aspects are unique to restaurant and other franchising deals?

June 26, 2014
Charlotte, NC
Speaking Engagement

Acquisitions 101: Webinar Series

How Do I Find the Right Company to Acquire?

June 25, 2014
Speaking Engagement

Acquisitions 101: Webinar Series

Will your company benefit from a grow through acquisition strategy?

June 11, 2014
Speaking Engagement

Private Equity Investment in Provider Healthcare

iGlobal Forum

June 11, 2014
New York, NY
Event

Deal Buzz Series

Reps and Warranties Insurance: What is it? How much does it cost? How can it help?

April 8, 2014
Charlotte, NC
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Legal Alert

Private Equity 2015

Will LP Bets on the “Upper” and “Lower” Middle Markets Pay Off?

November 25, 2014
Legal Alert

Advertised Private Placements Under Rule 506(c)

Current Status, Public Comment on Proposed Investor Protections

November 12, 2014
Legal Alert

Trends in Middle Market Mezzanine Finance

October 23, 2014
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