Notable Representations, Key Contacts
Our clients benefit from our:
Fully integrated offering
In addition to providing best-in-class transactional advice, we also provide our private equity clients with market leading expertise across a range of disciplines including the ability to:
- Execute across all financing structures through our leading private equity finance team
- Help clients raise funds in time critical situations and efficiently through our market leading fund formation team
- Provide clients best-in-class tax and executive compensation and employee benefits advice
- In addition, we provide a full service to our private equity clients encompassing restructuring, governance, antitrust, employment, litigation, and intellectual property.
Ability to execute private equity transactions for new types of buyers
Strong partnering skills
Deep bench of private equity experts
- Advent International and Bain Capital, together with Clessidra, in their €2.15 billion acquisition of Istituto Centrale delle Banche Popolari Italiane, and subsequently €1.1 billion acquisition of Setefi Services and Intesa Sanpaolo Card
- Avolon Holdings Limited (a portfolio company of Cinven Partners, CVC Capital Partners and Oak Hill Capital Partners) in its $7.6 billion sale to Bohai Leasing Co., Ltd.
- Centerbridge Partners in its $1.2 billion acquisition of IPC Systems, Inc., €1 billion acquisition of Senvion SE and sale of A.T.U. Group
- EQT Infrastructure in its acquisition of Direct ChassisLink Inc.
- inVentiv Health, Inc. (a portfolio company of Thomas H. Lee Partners and Advent International) in its $4.6 billion merger with INC Research Holdings, Inc.
- Lindsay Goldberg and Bluegrass Materials Company, LLC in the $1.625 billion sale of Bluegrass to Marietta Materials, Inc.
- Metaldyne Performance Group Inc. (a portfolio company of American Securities) in its $3.3 billion sale to American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc.
- OMERS Private Equity in its acquisition, with management, of Inmar, Inc. from ABRY Partners
- PAI Partners in its €1.8 billion sale of its majority stake in Cerba HealthCare to Partners Group and Public Sector Pension Investment Board
- Technology Crossover Ventures in its $1 billion sale of Dollar Shave Club, Inc. and sales of Merkle Group Inc. and Sitecore Corporation A/S
- Advent International and Bain Capital in their acquisition of WorldPay, the global merchant services division of Royal Bank of Scotland
- Avolon Holdings Limited in its $10 billion acquisition of the aircraft leasing business of CIT Group Inc.
- Blackstone Group and Lion Capital in their acquisition and subsequent sale of the European soft drinks business of Orangina Schwepps
- Montagu Private Equity in its acquisition and subsequent sale of the Healthcare Devices and Prescription Retail business division of Rexam PLC (n/k/a Centor US)
- Advent International and Bain Capital in a dual track process leading to the IPO of Worldpay on the London Stock Exchange
- Grupo ONO in the dual-track process culminating in the €7.2 billion sale of Spanish telecoms company ONO to Vodafone
- Thomas H. Lee Partners and inVentiv Health, Inc. in THL’s sale of a 50% interest in inVentiv to Advent International, valuing inVentiv at $3.8 billion.
- TPG Capital, L.P. and DLJ Merchant Banking Funds in their €3.06 billion sale of an 87.5% share in Grohe Group S.à r.l. to LIXIL Group Corporation
- Advent International Corporation in its approximately $845 million acquisition of an approximately 14% stake in lululemon athletica, inc.
- Centerbridge Partners in its substantial minority investment in syncreon Holdings Limited
- North Bridge Growth Equity (n/k/a Guidepost Growth Equity) in its minority investment in OutSystems S.A.
- Providence Strategic Growth Partners in its minority investments in Anju Software, GlobalTranz Enterprises, Inc. and LogicMonitor Inc.
- Technology Crossover Ventures in its minority investments in Avalara, Inc., NewVoiceMedia Limited, OneSource Virtual, Inc., Vice Media, Inc. and WorldRemit
- TPG Growth and TPG Special Situations Partners in the acquisition of a minority stake in Spotify Technology S.A.
- Advent International Corporation in its take-private of Brammer plc
- American Securities in its $2.5 billion take-private of Air Methods Corporation
- Baring Private Equity Asia in the take-privates of Noah Education Holdings Ltd. and Giant Interactive Group
- Boyu Capital Management Ltd., as a member of a consortium, in the approximately $3.3 billion take-private of WuXi PharmaTech Inc.
- Caisse des dépôts et consignations (CDC), together with Vinci Airports SAS and Predica Prevoyance Dialogue du Credit Agricole S.A. in the €535 million take-private of a 60% stake in Aéroports de Lyon from Agence des participations de l État
- Centerbridge Partners in its $1.2 billion take-private of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc.
- F.A.B. Partners LP in its $333 million take-private of CIFC LLC
- JAB Holding Company, as leader of an investment group, in that group’s $13.9 billion take-private of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
- OMERS Private Equity, together with Harvest Partners, in the approximately $1 billion take-private of Epiq Systems, Inc. and its combination with Document Technologies Inc.
- Public Sector Pension Investment Board in a Blackstone-led $6.1 billion take-private of Team Health Holdings, Inc.
- Providence Equity Partners, together with WPP Group plc, in the take-private of Chime Communications plc by way of U.K. scheme of arrangement
- Gores Holdings, Inc., a SPAC sponsored by an affiliate of The Gores Group, in its acquisition of Hostess Brands, LLC, a transaction valued at approximately $2.3 billion
- Pace Holdings Corp., a SPAC sponsored by an affiliate of TPG, in its business combination with Playa Hotels & Resorts B.V., a transaction valued at approximately $1.75 billion
- Silver Run Acquisition Corporation, a SPAC sponsored by Riverstone Holdings, in its $1.7 billion acquisition of a controlling stake in Centennial Resource Production, LLC
Band 1 for Private Equity Globally and across Asia and Europe
Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Chambers Europe, Chambers UK
Ranked Tier 1 for Private Equity in the U.S., U.K., France, China and Hong Kong
Named Private Equity “Practice Group of the Year”
Law360 2017, 2016, 2014 & 2012
Ranked Top 5 for Global Private Equity for the last 7 years
Ranked Top 5 for Global Private Equity by Deal Volume
The Deal Full Year 2017 League Tables
Ranked Tier 1 Nationwide for Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”
Band 1 for Private Equity – UK
Chambers UK, Legal 500 UK and IFLR1000 UK
Tier 1 for Private Equity – Hong Kong
Legal 500 Asia Pacific and IFLR1000
Named “Asset and Investment Management Team of the Year”
Financial News’ Legal Services Awards Europe 2017
Named “Pan-European Legal Adviser of the Year”
Real Deals’ Private Equity Awards 2017
Named “Law Firm of the Year” in Asia (Transactions)
Their international offering is very important to us - they have the ability to work in numerous different jurisdictions, and are experienced in handling a variety of different types of transactions.”
They've got very talented individuals who have tremendous market insight and expertise. The firm itself has tremendous resources, which it can bring to bear in any area required.”
They do a great job weighing risks; not just telling us what the risks are, but helping us assess the situation. They're able to help us assess those risks better because they have a much better feel for market.”
Received “commended” ranking in category of Enabling Business Growth for its role advising SoftBank on its $3.3B take-private of Fortress Investment Group — marking the first instance of a diversified alternative asset manager returning to a private company.
Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Report North America 2017
Private Equity “Law Firm of the Year”
Best Lawyers in Germany 2016
Three lawyers named to “Legal Power 30” list of the 30 most influential private equity lawyers in the world today
Private Equity Manager
Private Equity Client Program and Global Private Equity Watch blog named among the most “Innovative” Business of Law Initiatives of the Year
FT North America Innovative Lawyers Report