Douglas P. Warner

Biography

Douglas P. Warner

Doug Warner is Co-Head of Weil’s global Private Equity practice and is based in New York. He represents private equity sponsors and hedge funds in connection with acquisitions, dispositions and financings. He also has extensive experience in leveraged buyouts and dispositions of both public and private U.S. and European companies as well as minority investments and infrastructure investments.

Doug’s clients include: American Securities; AMP Capital; Blackstone; Canada Pension Plan Investment Board; Centerbridge; Credit Suisse; CVC; EQT; J.C. Flowers; Lee Equity; Oak Hill Capital; OMERS; the Public Sector Pension Investment Board, Snow Phipps Group and TPG.

Mr. Warner is recognized among an elite list of “Leading Lawyers” for Private Equity Buyouts by Legal 500 US and as a “Market Leader” for Private Equity by IFLR1000. He is also consistently recognized by Chambers USA, where he is described as being sought after by clients for his “tremendous knowledge of the marketplace and straightforward approach.” Mr. Warner was named a 2015 Private Equity “MVP” by Law360. He is also consistently recognized by Chambers Global, Practical Law Company, and Best Lawyers in America. He serves on the Advisory Board of Practical Law Company.

Experience

  • Centerbridge Partners in the A$380 million sale of Billabong International Limited to Boardriders, Inc. (2018)
  • WPEngine, Inc. in the $250 million sale of a majority stake to Silver Lake Partners (2018)
  • American Securities in its acquisition of Matthew Warren, Inc. (d/b/a MW Industries, Inc.) (2017)
  • AMP Capital Investors in its acquisition of ITS Technologies & Logistics, LLC (d/b/a ITS ConGlobal) (2017)
  • Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board in various confidential transactions (2017)
  • CVC Capital Partners in its acquisition and sale of Cunningham Lindsey U.S. Inc. (2012, 2017)
  • Oak Hill Capital Partners in its acquisition of Edgewood Partners Insurance Center, Inc. (EPIC) (2017)
  • Edgewood Partners Insurance Center, Inc. (EPIC) (a portfolio company of Oak Hill Capital Partners) in its acquisition of Frenkel & Company (2017)
  • Public Sector Pension Investment Board in a PIPE investment in Virtu Financial, Inc. to finance in part Virtu's $1.4 billion acquisition of KCG Holdings, Inc. (2017)
  • Public Sector Investment Board in various confidential transactions (2017)
  • Snow Phipps Group in its acquisition of Ideal Tridon Holdings, Inc. (2017)
  • Teasdale Foods, Inc. (a portfolio company of Snow Phipps Group) in its acquisition of Rudy’s Food Products Inc. (2017)
  • Avolon Holdings Limited (a subsidiary of Bohai Financial Investment Holding Co., Ltd. (f/k/a Bohai Leasing Co., Ltd.)) in its $10 billion acquisition of the aircraft leasing business of CIT Group Inc. (2016)
  • EQT Infrastructure in its acquisition of Direct ChassisLink Inc. (2016)
  • J.C. Flowers & Co., as co-leader of an investment group, in that group's acquisition of CitiFinancial Canada Inc. (n/k/a Fairstone Financial Inc.) (2016)
  • J.C. Flowers & Co. in its acquisition of a controlling interest in ELMC Group, LLC (2016)
  • Kendra Scott Design in its sale of a significant minority stake to Berkshire Partners (2016)
  • Lee Equity Partners in its acquisition of K-MAC Investors LLC (n/k/a K-MAC Enterprises, Inc.) (2016)
  • OMERS Private Equity, together with Harvest Partners, in the approximately $1 billion take-private acquisition of Epiq Systems, Inc. and its combination with Document Technologies Inc. (2016)
  • Public Sector Pension Investment Board in a Blackstone-led $6.1 billion take-private of Team Health Holdings, Inc. (2016)
  • Public Sector Pension Investment Board, as part of a global investor group, in the acquisition of ownership stakes in AlixPartners (2016)
  • Public Sector Pension Investment Board in its acquisition with Lightyear Capital of AIG Advisor Group Inc. (2016)
  • Snow Phipps Group in its acquisition of Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing Company (2016)
  • Snow Phipps Group in its acquisition of Electric Guard Dog (2016)
  • Teasdale Foods, Inc. (a portfolio company of Snow Phipps Group) in its acquisition of Mesa Foods, Inc. (2016)
  • TPG, through its affiliate Pace Holdings Corp., in the business combination with Playa Hotels & Resorts B.V., a transaction valued at approximately $1.75 billion (2016)
  • TPG Growth and TPG Special Situations Partners in their acquisition of a minority stake in Spotify Technology S.A. (2016)
  • Avolon Holdings Limited (at the time a portfolio company of Cinven Partners, CVC Capital and Oak Hill Capital) in its $7.6 billion sale to Bohai Leasing Co., Ltd. (n/k/a Bohai Financial Investment Holding Co., Ltd.) (2015)
  • Funds affiliated with Blackstone Tactical Opportunities (an affiliate of The Blackstone Group L.P.) in a strategic investment in The PMI Group, Inc. together with a commitment to provide working capital financing in exchange for warrants and certain other rights (2015)
  • Centerbridge Partners in its $1.2 billion acquisition of Senvion SE (2015)
  • Centerbridge Partners in its acquisition of KIK Custom Products, Inc. (2015)
  • EQT Infrastructure in its sale of Restaurant Technologies, Inc. (2015)
  • EQT Infrastructure in its acquisition of WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems (2015)
  • J.C. Flowers & Co, as lead investor, in a Series C financing for Kreditech Holding SSL GmbH (2015)
  • Lee Equity Partners in its sale of PDR Network, LLC (2015)
  • Public Sector Pension Investment Board in its investments in XPO Logistics (2014, 2015)
  • Capmark Financial Group Inc. (n/k/a Bluestem Group Inc.) (a portfolio company of Centerbridge Partners) in its $565 million acquisition of Bluestem Brands, Inc. (2014)
  • Centerbridge Partners in its $1.2 billion acquisition of IPC Systems, Inc. (2014)
  • CVC Capital Partners in its proposed $1 billion equity financing for the unsolicited offer by Endurance Specialty Holdings, Ltd.for Aspen Insurance Holdings, Ltd. (2014)
  • InterLuxe Holdings LLC, a platform company owned by Lee Equity Partners and certain fashion industry executives for the purpose of acquiring or investing in apparel brands, in its acquisition of JWU LLC (2014)
  • Snow Phipps Group in its acquisition of FeraDyne Outdoors (2014)
  • Centerbridge Partners in its substantial minority investment in syncreon Holdings Limited (2013)
  • Lee Equity Partners in its acquisition of Cross MediaWorks, Inc. (2013)
  • Centerbridge Partners, via Centerbridge Capital Partners II, L.P., in its $1.1 billion take-private of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc. (2012)
  • Lee Equity Partners LLC in its acquisition of Captive Resources, LLC (2012)
  • Snow Phipps Group in its acquisition of the equity interests of HCTec, LLC (2012)
  • Snow Phipps Group in its acquisition and disposition of ArrMaz Chemicals (2008, 2012)
  • CVC Capital Partners in its proposed acquisition of ConvergExGroup (2011)
  • Lee Equity Partners LLC in its investment in Skopos Financial, LLC (2011)
  • Oak Hill Capital Partners in the $4.2 billion sale of RSC Holdings (2011)
  • Public Sector Pension Investment Board in its equity participation in the $6.3 billion take private of Kinetic Concepts (2011)
  • Snow Phipps Group in its acquisition of a significant interest in Velvet, Inc. (2011)
  • ZeroChaos, Inc. (a portfolio company of Snow Phipps Group) in its acquisition of WorkForce Logic (2011)
  • Brewery Restaurants, Inc. (a portfolio company of Centerbridge Capital Partners AIV I, L.P.) in its acquisition via leveraged buyout of approximately 51% of Rock Bottom Restaurants and 100% of Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Group (2010)
  • Lee Equity Partners LLC in its acquisition of Papa Murphy's International, Inc. (2010)
  • Oak Hill Capital Partners in its $570 million acquisition of Dave & Buster’s, Inc. (2010)
  • Public Sector Pension Investment Board in, together with Catterton Partners (n/k/a L Catterton), its $231 million leveraged buyout of Noodles & Company (2010)
  • Snow Phipps Group in its acquisition of ZeroChaos (2010)
  • Oak Hill Capital in its acquisition of Southern Air (2007)
  • Snow Phipps Group in its equity participation in the $3.8 billion take private of Laureate Education (2007)
  • Oak Hill Capital in its investment in Ability Resources (2006)
  • Public Sector Pension Investment Board in the C$3.4 billion acquisition with Loral Space & Communications of BCE Inc.’s Telesat Canada and the related merger of Telesat Canada with Loral Skynet (2006)

Doug was one of the group of partners that founded the Firm’s London office in 1996 and was based in London from 1996 to 2001.

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