Geoffrey C. Cockrell Partner

Geoffrey is the chair of the firm's private equity group, and serves on the firm's Board of Partners. He has a wide scope of experience in mergers & acquisitions and in senior and mezzanine lending.

His mergers and acquisition experience, representing private equity sponsors, strategic purchasers and sellers extends across a diverse number of industries from healthcare and energy to manufacturing and agriculture. His lending experience includes advising both senior and mezzanine lenders on an array of financing transactions ranging from senior asset backed lending to traditional mezzanine structures. Geoff is a national contributor both at conferences and in publications on a wide array of issues unique to the private equity industry. He regularly contributes to Law360’s Healthcare and Private Equity sections, and is an author of The Healthcare Investor, a blog on healthcare finance topics.

Experience

Healthcare and Life Science Experience

Representation of a private equity fund in the multi-million dollar acquisition of an administrative services provider to a multi-site ophthalmology practice in New York.

Representation of LLR Equity Partners, a private equity fund, in several acquisitions and dispositions including its investment in NuMotion (a complex wheelchair distributor) and in Vivere, LLC, a Texas fertility clinic chain.

Representation of Silver Oak Service Partners, a private equity fund, in acquisition of a dental services organization.

Representation of Pharos Capital, a private equity fund, in acquisition of physical therapy management company.

Representation of Golub Capital, a senior debt fund, the financing of numerous sponsor-backed acquisition of healthcare and life science companies.

Representation of HCP & Company, a private equity fund, in acquisition of Trumpet Behavioral Health.

Representation of Shore Capital Partners, a private equity fund, in acquisition of dental services organization.

Representation of Irving Place Capital, a private equity fund, in acquisition of National Surgical Hospitals.

Representation of Madison Capital Funding, a senior debt fund, the financing of numerous sponsor-backed acquisition of healthcare and life science companies.

Representation of HIG, a private equity fund, in acquisition of NovaMed.

Representation of Monroe Capital, a senior debt fund, the financing of numerous sponsor-backed acquisition of healthcare and life science companies.

Representation of Bostwick Laboratories in sale to MetalMark Capital.

Representation of HealthMark Partners in sale of ambulatory surgery center management business to USPI.

Representation of Surgery Center of Joliet in sale to Provena St. Joseph Hospital.

Representation of a Chicago hospital system in multiple acquisitions of physician practice groups.

Representation of I-Cyt Mission Technology, Inc. in sale to Sony Corporation of America.

Representation of a Chicago hospital system in major acquisition of regional hospital.

Representation of an Indiana ambulatory surgery center in restructuring transaction with regional hospital system.

Representation of Rosetta Partners, a life sciences private equity fund, in its investment in a Wisconsin innovator of a revolutionary wound infection-fighting drug.

Agriculture Experience

Representation of a large agricultural cooperative in strategic joint venture with global agriculture company.

Representation of an investor in large investment in Indiana grain origination and merchandising business.

Representation of an Illinois agricultural company in several acquisitions of regional grain businesses.

Representation of a large acquirer of controlling interest of three agricultural cooperatives in Iowa.

Representation of a large agricultural cooperative in acquisition through merger of several Illinois regional agricultural cooperatives.

Representation of an acquirer in acquisition of major grain storage and aggregator in southern Illinois.

Representation of a strategic acquirer of large seed and agronomy business out of bankruptcy with locations all along the east coast.

Representation of an investor in investment and divestiture of Mexican pet food manufacturer.

Energy Experience

Representation of a regional agricultural supply cooperative in sale of interest in Midwest refining facility to CHS.

Representation of Clean Energy Trust, a regional consortium of research institutions facilitating commercialization of clean technology businesses.

Representation of a purchaser of an Iowa-based fuel terminal business.

Representation of a developer of corn oil extraction technology added to the ethanol production process.

Representation of a bidder in acquisition of assets out of bankruptcy from publicly traded ethanol production company.

Representation of multiple energy-related private equity funds in formation and fund investments.

Other M&A Experience

Representation of a Norwegian company in its acquisition of leading provider of software for utilities industry.

Representation of a secure messaging software company in sale to publicly traded software company.

Representation of numerous technology start-up companies in formation and preferred equity round financings.

Representation of Altus Capital in leveraged buyout of Michigan-based manufacturer of zinc die cast parts for gaming, appliance and automotive industries.

Representation of Altus Capital in leveraged buyout of Indiana mineral wool manufacturing company.

Representation of Aqua-Vac Systems, Inc., manufacturer of robotic pool cleaning equipment in the sale of substantially all of its assets.

Representation of an investor in acquisition of Utah-based charter school.

Representation of MK Capital in investment in national landscape services company.

  • University of Notre Dame Law School, JD, magna cum laude, 1997
  • Wheaton College, BA, Business/Economics, cum laude, 1993

Member, American Health Lawyers Association

Member, Illinois Venture Capital Association

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Illinois State Bar Association

  • Illinois

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Private Equity Buyouts, Illinois, Legal 500 US, 2018

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," M&A: Middle Market, Illinois, Legal 500 US, 2017-2018

Listed as a Client Service "All Star," BTI Consulting, 2009, 2015

Named to "Illinois Rising Stars," Mergers & Acquisitions, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2009, 2010

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