Garrett Johnston Partner

Garrett focuses his practice on private equity and corporate transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, securities matters and corporate governance.

Garrett regularly advises private equity funds, other institutional investors, independent sponsors, family offices and strategic acquirers in connection with leveraged buyouts, acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, joint ventures and securities transactions, including mezzanine, minority and venture capital investments.

Garrett also assists portfolio companies and other private companies with debt and equity financings, corporate governance and compliance, and employment and equity incentive matters.

Garrett has handled transactions in a wide variety of industries, including energy, healthcare and technology.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Garrett served as counsel at a law firm in Houston and as an associate at a law firm in New York.

Experience

Representation of an investment fund in formation of a new insurance company and acquisition of minority investment in existing insurance company.

Representation of a private equity-backed striping, roadwork and infrastructure company in simultaneous add-acquisitions of road safety companies.

Representation of an independent sponsor in a majority recapitalization of an educational technology company.

Representation of a private equity-backed company in its sale of its electronics manufacturing services division to a UK-based company.

Representation of a private equity-backed industrial services company in add-on acquisition of industrial inspection and testing service company.

Representation of a private equity fund in its majority recapitalization of a vegetation management company.

Representation of a private equity-backed medical imaging company in its sale to a private equity fund.

Representation of a private equity-backed home health services company in its sale to a private equity fund.

Representation of an independent sponsor in acquisition of roofing and siding company.

Representation of a private equity-backed distributor and manufacturer of automotive aftermarket products in its sale to a private equity fund.

Representation of a private equity-backed outsourced records retrieval business in numerous add-on acquisitions and in its sale of a majority stake to a private equity fund.

Representation of a private equity fund in its majority recapitalization of a software solutions business for car dealerships.

Representation of a private equity fund in its majority recapitalization of a healthcare solutions company for ambulatory surgical centers.

Representation of a private equity fund in its majority recapitalization of a transportation management software company.

Representation of a private equity-backed distributor of surface preparation, abrasives and safety products in a joint venture with another private equity-backed company.

Representation of a private equity fund in its majority recapitalization of a mobile fleet washing and facility service company.

Representation of selling shareholders of an engineering and research and development staffing services business in an acquisition by a public company based in France.

Representation of a Saudi Arabian company in its investment in a logging-while-drilling company.

Representation of a family office in its acquisition of a data center company.

Representation of a private equity fund in its majority recapitalization of a comprehensive point-of-sale solutions company for restaurants.

Representation of a private equity-backed cargo handling, stevedoring and termination operations company in its sale to a stevedoring and terminal operator in eastern Canada.

Representation of a private equity-backed distributor of flow control products in its sale to a private equity fund.

Representation of a private equity fund in its acquisition of a construction supply business.

Representation of a private equity-backed compliance and credentialing software business for healthcare organizations in the sale of a majority stake to a private equity fund.

Representation of a private equity-backed specialty tool manufacturer and service provider to the oil and gas industry in its sale to a private equity fund.

Representation of a Scotland-based private equity firm in multiple acquisitions.

Representation of an oil and gas services company in its divestitures of its reciprocating compression division and its centrifugal compression division.

Representation of a Houston-based private equity firm in recapitalizations of multiple oil and gas services business.

  • Boston College Law School, JD, 2009
  • Stanford University, BA, 2004
  • Texas
  • New York
  • Co-author, Dispute Resolution Clauses: What Every Deal Lawyer Needs to Know, Article delivered at 66th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference, February 2015
  • Co-author, Series Limited Liability Companies, Venture Capital: Forms and Analysis, Law Journal Press, 2007
  • Co-author, Board Observer Agreements, Venture Capital: Forms and Analysis, Law Journal Press, 2007
  • Co-author, Using a Limited Liability Company as a Choice of Entity for Venture-Backed Companies and Investment Vehicles, Venture Capital: Forms and Analysis, Law Journal Press, 2007
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