Bryan P. Bylica Partner

Bryan focuses on private equity and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and securities and corporate finance. He routinely works with independent sponsors and capital providers, including family offices, in all levels of the capital stack to put together lower middle market deals across a breadth of industries.

He also advises emerging-growth and early-stage companies, particularly in the technology space, as they work to advance their business objectives and goals. Bryan works to provide value beyond just legal services by opening doors for clients through thoughtful introductions and networking opportunities.

He has significant experience representing Small Business Investment Companies (SBIC Funds) and Rural Business Investment Companies (RBIC Funds). He also regularly represents institutional investors, pension plans, and endowments making private equity, venture capital, and hedge fund investments.

Experience

Fund Formation and SBIC and RBIC Licensing Matters
  • Representation of venture capital, mezzanine and buyout private equity funds in their formation, fundraising, administration and investing.
  • Representation of investment funds in the formation, licensing and operation of Small Business Investment Companies (SBIC Funds).
  • Representation of investment funds in the formation, licensing and operation of Rural Business Investment Companies (RBIC Funds).
  • Representation of national banks in connection with lines of credit for private equity funds.
Institutional Investor Matters
  • Representation of community, regional and national banks in connection with their investments in SBIC Funds.
  • Representation of state and private pension funds in connection with their investments in private equity funds.
  • Representation of private college in connection with the transition of its endowment investments to a private fund manager.
Transactional Matters (Buyouts)
  • Representation of Factory Physics, Inc., a management consulting company, in its sale to Strategic Project Solutions, Inc., a project production management solutions company.
  • Representation of Inpro/Seal in its sale of assets to Waukesha Bearings, an operating division of Dover Corporation.
  • Representation of a software consulting company in its sale to publicly traded company.
  • Representation of a British publicly listed company in its acquisition of a minority interest in a machine gun barrel manufacturer.
  • Representation of a health insurance sales company in its acquisition of call centers.
  • Representation of a manufacturing company in its acquisition of an engineering company.
  • Representation of a private equity fund in the sale of its factoring business to a Texas state bank.
  • Representation of a private equity fund in the acquisition of a third party logistics company.
  • Representation of Sponsor in its purchase of nursing home facility.
  • Representation of Sponsor in its purchase of closed door pharmacy.
  • Representation of Akouba, Inc., a provider of cloud-based small business lending and onboarding solutions for community and regional banks, in its sale to Velocity Solutions LLC, a provider of technology enabled revenue-driving solutions for financial institutions.
Transactional Matters (Recapitalizations)
  • Representation of a restaurant and winery in its recapitalization with private equity fund.
  • Representation of a manufacturing portfolio company of private equity fund in its dividend recapitalization.
Transactional Matters (Mezzanine)
  • Representation of a SBIC mezzanine fund in investment in a web hosting company.
  • Representation of a SBIC mezzanine fund in investment in a publishing company.
  • Representation of a SBIC mezzanine fund in investment in a circuit board manufacturer.
  • Representation of a SBIC mezzanine fund in investment in a construction company.
  • Representation of a SBIC mezzanine fund in investment in a chain of urgent care centers.
  • Representation of a SBIC mezzanine fund in investment in a propane distribution company.
  • Representation of a SBIC mezzanine fund in investment in a janitorial services company.
  • Representation of a SBIC mezzanine fund in investment in a construction services company.
  • Representation of a SBIC mezzanine fund in investment in an athletic sock distributor.
  • Representation of a SBIC mezzanine fund in a regional gourmet sausage company.
  • Representation of a SBIC mezzanine fund in an executive search and talent management company.
  • Representation of a SBIC mezzanine fund in a pathology and mortuary equipment manufacturer.
  • Representation of a SBIC mezzanine fund in a high precision powder metal component manufacturer.
  • Representation of a SBIC mezzanine fund in a tin and aluminum pan producer.
  • Representation of a SBIC mezzanine fund in a digital transaction document company.
  • Representation of a SBIC mezzanine fund in a commercial construction repair service provider.
  • Representation of a SBIC mezzanine fund in a wireless tower construction company.
  • Representation of a SBIC mezzanine fund in a digital marketing services company.
  • Representation of a SBIC mezzanine fund in a third party legal and regulatory compliance solutions company.
Venture Capital Matters
  • Representation of an investment capital firm in its $125 million investment in an intermodal chassis leasing company.
  • Representation of a provider of leading-edge medical software solutions in its $1.25 million investment in a medical devices and equipment startup.
  • Representation of digital marketing company in its Series A offering.
  • Representation of fintech company in its seed round offering and ongoing regulatory compliance.
  • Representation of early stage investor consortium in connection with multiple bridge financings.
  • Representation of Invenergy Future Fund LP, a venture capital fund, in its $25 million Series C investment in DroneDeploy, Inc., the largest cloud-based data management platform for drones.
  • Representation of a Colorado-based independent sponsor in its growth equity investment in an image and video hosting website.
  • Loyola University Chicago, MBA, Dean’s Honors, 2009
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 2009
  • University of Notre Dame, BBA, Finance, cum laude, 2006

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Chicago Bar Association

Member, Notre Dame Club of Chicago

  • Illinois

Named to "Illinois Rising Stars," Business/Corporate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2015-2017

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