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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 21 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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Leader in corporate access information

Representation of A2 Access, a leader in corporate access information, in connection with its company sale to Dealogic, an international financial software company.
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Raymond James and Associates

Counsel to Raymond James and Associates as financial advisor to Frisch’s Restaurants, Inc. in its $175 million sale to an affiliate of NRD Partners.
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Private investment firm

Representation of a private investment firm in connection with its acquisition of an electric supply company.
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Falfurrias Capital Partners

Representation of Falfurrias Capital Partners in its sale of Dorsey, Wright & Associates to Nasdaq for $225 million.
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Manufacturer of rolled rings

Served as counsel to a manufacturer of rolled rings in connection with its $40 million sale of membership interests to an Italian based industrial manufacturing company to help build its U.S. platform.
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Publically traded private equity firm and its affiliated fund

Representation of a publically traded private equity firm and its affiliated fund in connection with the sale of a leading designer and supplier of high-speed USB connectivity modules and wireless headphone systems for the global automotive industry to a large multi-national automotive parts manufacturer.
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Raymond James

Counseled Raymond James in its role as financial advisor to (1) March Networks in its $90 million sale to Infinova; (2) iParty in its $35 million litigated sale to Party City; and (3) EMCORE Corporation in its $150 million sale of its Space Photovoltaics business to Veritas Capital.
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Private equity firm

Representation of a private equity firm in connection with providing a mezzanine debt to a event equipment and logistics company. Size of deal: $2,700,000
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Venture fund

Representation of a venture fund in connection with its debt and warrant investment.
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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.
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Private equity fund and portfolio company

Representation of a private equity fund and portfolio company in connection with the sale of portfolio company to a strategic buyer located in China. Size of deal: $210,000,000 (plus $211,000,000 of potential post-closing payments).
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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.
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Private equity firm

Representation of private equity firm in connection with platform purchase of the waterpark assets. We represented client in connection with the acquisition and the acquisition financing. Size of Deal: $2,100,000
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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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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.
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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 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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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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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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Bradley S Austin Bradley S. Austin
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 373 8992
F: +1 704 373 8840
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Evan Bayh Evan Bayh
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 828 2825
F: +1 202 828 3331
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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
Senior Counsel
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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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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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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Anitra T Cassas Anitra T. Cassas
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 4727
F: +1 804 698 2000
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Meadow Clendenin Meadow Clendenin
Associate
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201

T: +1 214 932 6416
F: +1 214 932 6499
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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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Anthony M. Del Rio
Associate
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 849 8166
F: +1 312 558 4380
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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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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
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201

T: +1 214 932 6404
F: +1 214 932 6499
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Hanna Frank Hannah Thompson Frank
Partner
EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
23rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7936
F: +1 412 402 4194
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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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Felicia L Mitchell Felicia M. Gardner
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 373 8995
F: +1 704 353 6193
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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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Event

7th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Chicago, IL
Event

Food and Beverage M&A and Private Equity Update

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Dallas, TX
Event

10th Annual Healthcare Provider Conference

Healthcare Finance and Growth

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Charlotte, NC
Event

Capital Raising and Deal Making in 2015

May 6, 2015
Atlanta, GA
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.
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Article

The SEC Considers Updating the Accredited Investor Definition

Insights: The Corporate & Securities Law Advisor
June 2015
Article

Alternative Lenders: Opportunity or Threat?

IFLR - International Financial Law Review
April 21, 2015
Legal Alert

SBA Issues Call for Early Stage Fund Managers

February 5, 2015
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