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  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Venture Capital Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Securities Regulation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law Securities Regulation Corporate Governance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law International Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law Securities Regulation Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Venture Capital Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Securities Regulation Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities Regulation Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Corporate Governance Law Corporate Compliance Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
David Foltyn was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

David Foltyn

Honigman LLP
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Securities Regulation Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Corporate Compliance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Real Estate Law Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    International Trade and Finance Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law Securities Regulation Corporate Governance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Securities Regulation Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Corporate Compliance Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Governance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Wilmington, Delaware
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Towson, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Governance Law Corporate Law Corporate Compliance Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Banking and Finance Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Reston, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Governance Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law International Mergers and Acquisitions Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Governance Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Compliance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Compliance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Securities Regulation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
George H. Vincent was awarded 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" in Foundation.Models.Operations.Elasticsearch.BestLawyers.PracticeArea

George H. Vincent

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Governance Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Commercial Litigation Securities / Capital Markets Law International Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Tysons, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Agriculture Law Corporate Governance Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Project Finance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Real Estate Law Corporate Compliance Law Franchise Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Financial Services Regulation Law Corporate Governance Law
Lawyer
Adam M. Aramati was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Adam M. Aramati

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Boca Raton, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Real Estate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law

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Practice Area Definition

Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Definition

Private equity firms are entities formed by investment professionals who deploy capital on behalf of individual and institutional investors, such as public pension funds, ERISA plans, hedge funds, and high net worth individuals. These types of investors can typically commit large sums of money for significant periods of time. Private equity law involves negotiating, structuring, and documenting a variety of transactions including fund formations, venture capital investments, control acquisitions of public and private companies, and dispositions of previously acquired companies or investments.

In addition to forming investment vehicles, private equity law encompasses a wide range of legal matters for companies owned by private equity firms, known as “portfolio companies.” Private equity firms turn to their counsel to assist their portfolio companies with “bolt-on” acquisitions, capital raising transactions, leveraged recapitalizations (often to fund dividend payments), and dispositions of the portfolio companies.

Private equity law also includes representing investment groups in acquisition transactions funded by debt, which are known as “leveraged buyouts.” These transactions can be highly complex, as, in parallel with the negotiation and documentation of the acquisition transaction itself, the private equity firm concurrently must negotiate and document a complex debt transaction, which can involve multiple lenders and several layers of financing.

The issues presented to private equity and leveraged buyout lawyers are manifold, and typical arise during the course of fast-moving, highly complex transactions involving numerous counterparties, such as debt financing sources, other equity investors, management, and the private equity firm’s own constituents. These transactions can require a working familiarity with corporate law, partnership law, tax, benefits and employment law, environmental, intellectual property and real estate issues in a transactional context, executive compensation and incentive issues, securities law, and complex debt financing issues. Beyond the substantive legal issues that arise, the private equity lawyer must be able to organize, articulate, and harmonize multiple parallel workstreams, communicate among widely disparate transaction participants (principals, legal specialists, lenders, accountants, investment bankers, and transaction counterparties), and keep all of those pieces on track and coordinated for closing.

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Private equity firms are entities formed by investment professionals who deploy capital on behalf of individual and institutional investors, such as public pension funds, ERISA plans, hedge funds, and high net worth individuals. These types of investors can typically commit large sums of money for significant periods of time. Private equity law involves negotiating, structuring, and documenting a variety of transactions including fund formations, venture capital investments, control acquisitions of public and private companies, and dispositions of previously acquired companies or investments.

In addition to forming investment vehicles, private equity law encompasses a wide range of legal matters for companies owned by private equity firms, known as “portfolio companies.” Private equity firms turn to their counsel to assist their portfolio companies with “bolt-on” acquisitions, capital raising transactions, leveraged recapitalizations (often to fund dividend payments), and dispositions of the portfolio companies.

Private equity law also includes representing investment groups in acquisition transactions funded by debt, which are known as “leveraged buyouts.” These transactions can be highly complex, as, in parallel with the negotiation and documentation of the acquisition transaction itself, the private equity firm concurrently must negotiate and document a complex debt transaction, which can involve multiple lenders and several layers of financing.

The issues presented to private equity and leveraged buyout lawyers are manifold, and typical arise during the course of fast-moving, highly complex transactions involving numerous counterparties, such as debt financing sources, other equity investors, management, and the private equity firm’s own constituents. These transactions can require a working familiarity with corporate law, partnership law, tax, benefits and employment law, environmental, intellectual property and real estate issues in a transactional context, executive compensation and incentive issues, securities law, and complex debt financing issues. Beyond the substantive legal issues that arise, the private equity lawyer must be able to organize, articulate, and harmonize multiple parallel workstreams, communicate among widely disparate transaction participants (principals, legal specialists, lenders, accountants, investment bankers, and transaction counterparties), and keep all of those pieces on track and coordinated for closing.