Geoffrey C. Cockrell

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

Member, American Health Lawyers Association

Member, Illinois Venture Capital Association

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Illinois State Bar Association

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.

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Healthcare and Life Science Experience

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.

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

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

Co-author, "Health Care Deal Predictions From ’17 JP Morgan Conference," Law360, February 21, 2017
Co-author, "Leading Private Equity Firms That Invest in Healthcare (Part IV)," The Healthcare Investor, December 31, 2016
Co-author, "Leading Private Equity Firms That Invest in Healthcare (Part III)," The Healthcare Investor, November 2, 2016
Co-author, "Leading Private Equity Firms That Invest in Healthcare (Part II)," The Healthcare Investor, May 17, 2016
Co-author, "Private Equity In Healthcare – A Review of 15 Niche Investment Areas," Becker's Hospital Review, April 11, 2016
Co-author, "Leading Private Equity Firms That Invest in Healthcare (Part I)," The Healthcare Investor, February 17, 2016
Co-author, "Health Care Deal Trends Emerge From JP Morgan 2016," Law360, February 4, 2016
Co-author, "Specialty Pharmacy Market Ripe For Private Equity Buyers," Law360, October 1, 2015
Co-author, "Investors' Interest In Dermatology Is More Than Skin-Deep," Law360, August 14, 2015
Co-author, "Five Urgent Care Models To Know For 2015," Law360, May 8, 2015
Co-author, "What Investors Can Learn From States' Health Initiatives," Law360, March 26, 2015
Co-author, "Behavioral Health and Other Rumblings from JPMorgan 2015," Law360, February 25, 2015
Co-author, "Concierge Medicine Market Offers Investment Opportunities," Law360, January 28, 2015
Co-author, "The Unique Risks of Investing in Out-Of-Network Providers," Law360, December 3, 2014
Co-author, "Investor Interest In Health IT Firms Continues," Law360, October 9, 2014
Co-author, "Bullish Behavioral Health Market Drives Investment," Law360, July 17, 2014
Co-Author, "Top Physician Specialties for PE Investment," Law360, June 3, 2014
Co-Author, "Reps And Warranties Insurance Rises In Health Care Deals," Law 360, April 23, 2014
Co-author, "Hospitals As Employers: 10 Things Investors Must Know," Law360, March 25, 2014
Co-author, 2019 and Beyond: Perspectives of 15 Urgent Care Leaders, Urgent Care Association of America, March 20, 2014
Co-author, "Hot Health Sectors On PE Radar — Buzz From JPM Conference," Law360, February 24, 2014
Co-author, The Top Areas in Healthcare for Private Equity Investment in 2014, McGuireWoods LLP, February 2014
Co-author, "Dental Practice Management: Current Legal Developments and Trends," Health Care Law Monthly, January 2014
Co-author, "A Primer For Surgery Center Investors And Lenders," Law360, January 3, 2014
Co-author, "In-House Labs Require Health Investor Due Diligence," Law360, November 20, 2013
Co-author, "Spotlight On State Urgent Care Regulation," Law360, October 16, 2013
Co-author, "Post-Acute Sector Deal Activity Increases In 2013," Law360, September 20, 2013
Co-author, "PE Activity Is Increasing In The Urgent Care Space," Law360, August 20, 2013
Co-author, "A Picture Of Health: Medical Tech Private Equity," Law360, July 15, 2013
Co-author, "PE Investors Should Consider Behavioral Health," Law360, May 17, 2013
Co-author, "3 Trapdoors in Surgery Center Investing," Law360, April 15, 2013
Co-author, "Surviving Economic Headwinds," Journal of Corporate Renewal, April 2013
Co-author, "Spotlight On Private Equity Investing In Urgent Care," Law360, March 15, 2013
Co-author, "Dialysis Industry Continues To See Robust PE Activity," Law360, February 22, 2013
Co-author, "Prescriptions for Life Science Investing," Law360, September 19, 2012
Co-author, "Patching Up Group Dental Practices With Private Equity," Law360, August 1, 2012
Co-author, "Understanding Legal and Regulatory Pressure Points in Lab Transactions," Medical Laboratory Observer, May 2012
Co-author, "Closing the Sale of a Healthcare Business," Health Care Law Monthly, April 2012
Co-author, "Prepping Healthcare Portfolio Companies for Market," The Deal Magazine, June 17, 2011
Author, "Fundraising Strategies in a Challenging Economy," Raising Capital for Private Equity Funds, Aspatore Books, 2009
Co-author, "Secondary Private Equity Markets in a Down Economy," Lawdragon, May 18, 2009
Co-author, "10.11.3.a: BDCs Eligible Portfolio Companies Expanded to Include Certain Listed Securities," VC Experts, Inc., March 2, 2009
Speaker, Dental Transactions and Diligence Hot Spots, McGuireWoods LLP Webinar, April 11, 2017
Moderator, "Mergers and Acquisitions in the Health IT and Revenue Cycle Arena 2," Becker's Hospital Review 2nd Annual CIO/HIT + Revenue Cycle Conference, Chicago, IL, July 27, 2016
Moderator, "Practice Management Investments – DPM/PPM Spotlight Panel," 13th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, February 23, 2016
Speaker, Key Issues Facing Urgent Care Providers, McGuireWoods LLP Healthcare Webinar, January 28, 2016
Speaker, Current Trends in Hospital Sales and Partnership Transactions, McGuireWoods LLP Healthcare Webinar, February 19, 2015
Moderator, "Sponsor/Lender Highlight Panel," 12th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, February 18, 2015
Speaker, Dental Practice Transactions: Buying and Selling, Mergers and Affiliations, McGuireWoods LLP Healthcare Webinar, January 8, 2015
Moderator, "Strategies for Post Approval Financing and Partnerships," 6th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference, November 18, 2014
Moderator, "Innovations in Urgent Care and Freestanding ER’s," 9th Annual Healthcare Provider Conference, September 18, 2014
Panelist, "M&A Roundtable: Subsector Convergence as a Driver of 2014 Deals," Private Equity Investment in Provider Healthcare, iGlobal Forum, June 11, 2014
Speaker, Pain Management, Dental Practice Management, Urgent Care and 7 More Sectors, McGuireWoods LLP Complimentary Webinar, May 7, 2014
Moderator, "Investing In and Lending to Urgent Care Businesses," 11th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, McGuireWoods LLP and McGladrey LLP, February 25-26, 2014
Speaker, State Nuances in the Urgent Care Business, McGuireWoods Webinar, February 6, 2014
Speaker, "Evaluating Transaction Structures and Potential Suitors: Assessing For-Profit and Non-Profit Proposals," Community Hospital Transactions and Affiliations, McGuireWoods LLP Complimentary Webinar Series, January 15, 2014
Speaker, "Preparing for a Transaction – Physician Contract Review and Other Pre-Transaction Tasks," Community Hospital Transactions and Affiliations, McGuireWoods LLP Complimentary Webinar Series, November 13, 2013
Co-chair, 10th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, McGuireWoods LLP and McGladrey LLP, February 26-27, 2013
Panel Moderator, "Avoiding Tax Pitfalls in Deal Structuring”; “Anatomy of a Workout”; Panelist, “Trends and Key Issues in Outpatient Services: Dialysis Facilities, Dental and Physician Practice Management," 10th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, McGuireWoods LLP and McGladrey LLP, February 26-27, 2013
Speaker, "Defending the Process and the Focus on the Buyer Joint Venture Model," Selecting a Suitor, McGuireWoods LLP & Juniper Advisory LLC Complimentary Webinar, December 6, 2012
Speaker, "Key Business and Legal Considerations," Investing in Urgent Care, McGuireWoods LLP Webinar, November 14, 2012
Speaker, Hospital Transactions and Affiliations, May 7 - September 13, 2012
Panel Moderator, "Home Health and Hospice, an Investor/Lender Deep Dive," "Dental Practice Management, an Investor/Lender Deep Dive" and "Laboratory Services, an Investor/Lender Deep Dive," 9th Annual Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity & Finance Conference, McGuireWoods LLP and McGladrey LLP, February 22 - 23, 2012
Panel Moderator, "Private Equity’s Role in and View of the ASC Market," 18th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference, October 27-28, 2011
Panelist, "Industry-Specific Trends in Healthcare Private Equity," Maximizing Profit Through Private Company M&A in 2011, Webcast, October 22, 2011
Panelist, "Selling Your Healthcare Business: Maximizing Value," Webinar, September 22, 2011
Presenter, "Due Diligence Issues in Healthcare Services and Life Science Companies," McGuireWoods Webinar, March, April, and May 2011
Co-speaker, Preparing Healthcare Portfolio Companies for Market: Key Deal Structure & Preparation Steps, Healthcare Private Equity Wednesday Webinar Series, March 16, 2011
Conference Co-Chair, Panel Moderator, 8th Annual Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity & Finance Conference: Building Value in Healthcare and Life Sciences Investments, February 21, 2011
Panelist, "Transaction Support Services Training Session," RSM McGladrey, June 21, 2010
Panel Moderator, 2010 McGuireWoods Renewable Energy Conference, April 8, 2010
Panel Moderator, 7th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity & Finance Conference: Healthcare and Life Sciences Investing: The Road to Recovery, February 11, 2010
Panelist, "The Archway Cookies Case: Don't Let the Cookie Monster Gobble Your Portfolio," "Portfolio Company Turnarounds" and "Due Diligence in Private Equity Transactions," Spring 2009 Private Equity Litigation & Bankruptcy Series, McGuireWoods Complimentary Webinar, April 2009
Presenter, 6th Annual Mid-America Healthcare Venture Forum, October 1-2, 2008
Panel Moderator, "Private Equity Fundraising: Current Market Trends," with Mark O’Hare, PREQIN – Private Equity Intelligence, Ltd., 2008 Private Equity Webinar Series (Fundraising Series), September 5, 2008
Panel Moderator, "First Time SBIC Funds: A Guide to the SBIC Licensing Process" and "The State of the SBIC Program," 2008 Private Equity Webinar Series (SBIC Series), with Lee Mercer, President of National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (NASBIC); and Steve Vivian, 2008 Chairman of National Association of Small Business Investment Companies and Partner, Prism Capital, September 4, 2008
Panelist, "Review of Market Conditions & Deal Trends," 2008 Private Equity Webinar Series (M&A Series), August 12, 2008
Presenter, "The Art of the Smaller Deal: How Smaller Middle-Market P.E. Funds Can Outperform the Great Big Ones," Capital Roundtable, March 15, 2007
Leading Private Equity Firms That Invest in Healthcare (Part I), The Healthcare Investor, February 17, 2016