Private Equity

McGuireWoods addresses the unique, intersecting needs of private equity funds and those doing business with them, including institutional investors, independent sponsors, family offices, investment advisors, lenders and portfolio companies. We represent funds up and down the capital stack 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.

Recognized nationally by Legal 500, we maintain a top-tier practice in middle-market M&A. Our private equity lawyers are located in key commercial, financial and regulatory capitals across the United States and Europe, including Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Francisco, London, Brussels, Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Raleigh, Richmond, and Washington, D.C. Further broadening our reach, we routinely draw on the skills of experienced lawyers in all of the firm's 23 offices.

Over the past five years, we have represented more than 100 private equity funds, each with nuanced needs. We are equally as 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 funds’ investment strategies, 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. We have strength in:

  • regulation (particularly Dodd-Frank Act compliance and SBIC licensing and compliance);
  • transactions (M&A, debt finance and capital markets);
  • governance (securities compliance, entity formation); and
  • specialty niches (energy, environmental, food & beverage, healthcare, life sciences, finance, franchising, 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 offer deep experience in all types of private equity transactions, including leveraged buy-outs, roll-ups, minority and junior capital investments, “going private” transactions, independent sponsor transactions, and purchases of troubled companies in or out of bankruptcy. We realize the importance of tax consequences, aligning management’s interests with the investors’ interests, exit strategy and control dynamics. We leverage our experience and knowledge base to represent our clients efficiently and effectively.

Independent Sponsors

We represent independent sponsors and their capital partners in majority and minority equity investments. We understand how the dynamics of independent sponsor transactions affect issues like tax structure and economic sharing, alignment of sponsor and investor interests, exit strategy and more. We also recognize the unique opportunity independent sponsors have in finding quality investments that interest a range of capital providers, and we add value by sharing relevant opportunities with our network. In addition to hosting a leading national conference, we also lead several independent sponsor networking groups around the country, which facilitates the sharing of best practices, connections, ideas, deal leads and experiences in a trusted environment.

Mezzanine Financing

Mezzanine financing is 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.

SBICs

McGuireWoods lawyers are some of the nation’s most experienced in assisting Small Business Investment Companies. 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 fund portfolios. We also counsel SBIC funds on day-to-day regulatory matters.

Investment Fund Management

McGuireWoods provides clients with sophisticated experience in investment and fund management matters. Our interdisciplinary team of lawyers appreciates the nuances and challenges of large private investments. We routinely represent investors as well as fund managers and have a unique understanding of all sides of these intricate transactions.

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 funds of funds.

Venture Capital Investments

We represent venture capital funds and angel investors, as well as hundreds of growth companies in all phases of their life cycles: formation, business plan preparation, seed and venture capital financing, intellectual property protection, employment matters, strategic relationships, and business combinations. Our experience in venture capital transactions has involved both fund- and company-side representation of starting and emerging companies in virtually every industry. Our venture capital lawyers regularly write client alerts and articles and are quoted on topics relevant to the industry. A full list is available on our publications page.

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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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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 the formation of a hybrid fund.
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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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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.
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LLR Partners Acquires Learn-It Systems

Representation of LLR Partners, a middle market private equity firm, in its acquisition of all of the equity interests of Learn-It Systems, an educational services company.
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Hermitage Equity Partners acquires Medical Device Manufacturer

Representation of Hermitage Equity Partners in their acquisition of Bentec Medical Inc., a manufacturer of medical device and latex free products.
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Online Educational Platform Partners with Private Equity Firm

Representation of a private equity firm in its $77 million acquisition of a leading provider of online and mobile learning solutions.
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Zabel Exits Puritan Products Investment

Representation of Zabel Companies, a private investment firm, in its sale of Puritan Products, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals and custom chemical blends, to Avantor Performance Materials, a portfolio company of New Mountain Capital.
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$32 Million Buyout of Concrete Rehabilitation, Structural Repair and Strengthening Company

Representation of a private equity firm in its $32 million buyout of a target specializing in the repair, restoration, strengthening, protection and maintenance of concrete structures.
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Intermodal Chassis Leasing Company Secures $125 Million Investment

Representation of an investment capital firm in its $125 million investment in an intermodal chassis leasing company.
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Medical Software and Service Company Invests in Medical Device Startup

Representation of a provider of leading-edge medical software solutions in its $1.25 million investment in a medical devices and equipment startup.
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VC Investment in Belgium Biotech Company

Representation of a Belgium-based biotech company focusing on stem cell technology in connection with a €2 million investment by a venture capital firm.
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Summit Park Acquires Certain Assets in the U.S. and Canada from Iron Mountain

Representation of Summit Park, a private investment firm focused on the lower middle market, in its $50 million acquisition of certain assets of Legacy Iron Mountain and Legacy Recall from Iron Mountain Inc., a global leader in storage and information management services.
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Carlyle Group Sells Zodiac to Rhône

Representation of the management group of Zodiac Pool Solutions SAS in its sale by The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset manager with $169 billion of assets under management, to Rhône, a global private equity firm.
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Real Estate Portfolio Manager Invests in Student Housing Community

Representation of a real estate investment company in its preferred equity investment supporting the acquisition of a student housing community in Colorado.
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Tennessee Industrial Electronics Advances Electronic Repair Expertise

Representation of Tennessee Industrial Electronics, a portfolio company of Charlotte-based private equity firm Summit Park, in its acquisition of The Parker Group Companies.
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Falfurrias Capital Partners

Representation of Falfurrias Capital Partners in its purchase of a controlling stake in Green Distribution, a distributor of branded merchandise.
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Heather M Welch Heather Welch Arbogast
Associate
500 East Pratt Street
Suite 1000
Baltimore, MD 21202-3169

T: +1 410 659 4459
F: +1 410 659 4477
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default mcguire woods image Victoria Leigh Archer
Counsel
Tower Two-Sixty
260 Forbes Avenue
Suite 1800
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7902
F: +1 412 667 7966
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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
Tower Two-Sixty
260 Forbes Avenue
Suite 1800
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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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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Timothy Callahan Timothy P. Callahan
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 750 3536
F: +1 312 558 4379
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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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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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Brian Coughlan Brian P. Coughlan
Partner
Two Embarcadero Center
Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111-3821

T: +1 415 490 0852
F: +1 415 844 1936
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Paul Coury Paul R. Coury
Associate
Tower Two-Sixty
260 Forbes Avenue
Suite 1800
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7982
F: +1 412 667 6050
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Eric Cowan Eric W. Cowan
Partner
500 East Pratt Street
Suite 1000
Baltimore, MD 21202-3169

T: +1 410 659 4446
F: +1 410 659 4546
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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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Anne Croteau Anne E. Croteau
Partner
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601

1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 919 755 6695
F: +1 919 755 6594
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Adam M Damerow Adam M. Damerow
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 849 3681
F: +1 312 698 4553
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Dave Dargatis David G. Dargatis
Senior Counsel
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215

T: +1 703 712 5080
F: +1 703 712 5050
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Jeremy Davis Jeremy Davis
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1645
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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default mcguire woods image Susan H. Diamond
Counsel
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201

T: +1 214 932 6415
F: +1 214 273 7476
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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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9th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Conference

November 16, 2017
Chicago, IL
Event

2017 Capital-Raising and Deal-Making

November 6, 2017
Beverly Hills, CA
Event

Food and Beverage M&A and Private Equity Update

November 2, 2017
Dallas, TX
Event

Building for the Future

Today's Top Issues in Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships

October 17, 2017
Chicago, IL
Event

2017 Independent Sponsor Conference

October 5, 2017
Dallas, TX
Speaking Engagement

Kayo Womens Private Equity: 5th Annual Conference

October 2-3, 2017
Washington, DC
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12th Annual Healthcare Provider Conference

Healthcare Finance and Growth

September 12, 2017
Charlotte, NC
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2017 Capital-Raising and Deal-Making

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
New York, NY
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8th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Conference

November 10, 2016
Chicago, IL
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New DIP Financing Product for Community and Regional Banks

November 2, 2016
Complimentary Webinar
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Food and Beverage M&A and Private Equity Update

October 26, 2016
Dallas, TX
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Food and Beverage M&A and Private Equity Update

October 20, 2016
Los Angeles, CA
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11th Annual Healthcare Provider Conference

Healthcare Finance and Growth

October 11, 2016
Charlotte, NC
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Capital Raising and Deal Making in 2016

June 1, 2016
Chicago, IL
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SEC Compliance and Disclosure Update

May 24, 2016
Complimentary Webinar Series
Event

Food and Beverage M&A and Private Equity Update

May 10, 2016
Atlanta, GA
Speaking Engagement

2016 Danish Biotech Conference

April 12-13, 2016
New York, NY
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Legal Alert

SBA Increases Administrative Fees

November 30, 2017
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Cyber Security for Investment Managers

Risk & Compliance
Jul-Sep 2017
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Maximizing the Value of Your R&W Insurance Policy

McGuireWoods Insurance Recovery Blog
May 18, 2017
Legal Alert

The WannaCry Cyberattack: Steps Businesses Must Take Now

Password Protected
May 15, 2017
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What Should Companies Do Now to Prepare?

March 29, 2017
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Insurance Recovery Blog
March 6, 2017
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