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; Centerbridge; CPP Investments; CVC; EQT; J.C. Flowers; Lee Equity; Oak Hill Capital; OMERS; PSP Investments, Snow Phipps Group and TPG.

Mr. Warner is among only seven lawyers ranked Band 1 for Private Equity in the U.S. by Chambers USA, where he is described as “a true expert” who is sought after by clients for his “tremendous knowledge of the marketplace and straightforward approach” and “is one of the best M&A lawyers in the country”. He is also recognized among an elite list of “Leading Lawyers” for Private Equity Buyouts by Legal 500 US and as a “Market Leader” for Private Equity in the U.S. by IFLR1000. 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

  • Oak Hill Capital and its portfolio company EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants in, together with The Carlyle Group (as sponsor of JenCap Holdings LLC), the formation of Galway Insurance Holdings with Oak Hill contributing EPIC and Carlyle contributing JenCap and Galway's acquisition of Quaker Special Risk (2020)
  • CPP Investments in the merger of The Ultimate Software Group, Inc. with Kronos Incorporated in a deal that valued the combined company at a $22 billion enterprise value (2020)
  • CPP Investments in, together with Permira and GIC, the acquisition of a majority stake in Lytx, Inc., in a transaction that valued Lytx at more than $2.5 billion (2020)
  • CPP Investments as, together with Silver Lake and Mubadala Investment Company, lead investors in the $2.25 billion first external investment round for Waymo LLC (2020)
  • PSP Investments, together with Searchlight Capital Partners, WaveDivision Capital, BcIMC, and CPP Investments, in the consortium's $1.4 billion acquisition of the Northwest operations and assets of Frontier Communications Corporation in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana (2020)
  • Snow Phipps Group in, together with PIMCO, the acquisition of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock and warrants to purchase shares of common stock of Velocity Financial, Inc. (2020)
  • TPG Global in the acquisition by TPG Pace Holdings Corp., a SPAC sponsored by TPG Global, of the stock of Accel Entertainment, Inc., with the resulting entity having an initial enterprise value of approximately $884 million (2019)
  • Centerbridge Partners in its sale of P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc. (2019)
  • Centerbridge Partners in its sale of Pei Wei Asian Diner LLC (2019)
  • J.C. Flowers in its acquisition of a majority stake in Vericity, Inc. (2019)
  • CPP Investments in a consortium that also includes Blackstone and GIC, in, together with Thomson Reuters Corporation, the $27 billion sale of Refinitiv (f/k/a Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk business) (2019) 
  • CPP Investments in a consortium that also includes Hellman & Friedman, Blackstone and GIC, in the consortium's $11 billion take-private of The Ultimate Software Group, Inc. (2019)
  • PSP Investments, together with Lightyear Capital, in their sale of Advisor Group to Reverence Capital Partners (2019)
  • PSP Investments, as co-investor, in an Onex-led $1.8 billion investment in Convex Group Ltd. (2019)
  • PSP Investments in its minority investment in Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. (2019)
  • Avolon Holdings Limited and its parent, Bohai Capital Holding Co., in Bohai's sale of a 30% stake in Avolon to ORIX Aviation Systems Limited based on an enterprise value of $23.7 billion (2018)
  • TPG Capital in its minority investment in Rodan + Fields (2018)
  • EQT Partners and its portfolio company Sivantos Pte. Ltd. (n/k/a WS Audiology A/S) in its acquisition of TruHearing, Inc. (2018)
  • J.C. Flowers in its acquisition of Jefferson Capital Systems, LLC from Flexpoint Ford and management (2018)
  • CPP Investments in a consortium that also includes Blackstone and GIC, in the consortium’s acquisition of a 55% stake in Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk business (n/k/a Refinitiv), valued by the transaction at $20 billion (2018)
  • Centerbridge Partners in the A$400 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)
  • Antin Infrastructure Partners in its acquisition of FirstLight Fiber (2018)
  • Oak Hill Capital and its portfolio company, EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, in its acquisition of Integro Holdings Inc. (2018)
  • Aurora Resurgence Management Partners and Equity Group Investments in the sale of SIRVA, Inc. (2018)
  • Centerbridge Partners and its portfolio company, True Food Kitchen, in True Foods' receipt of a minority investment by Ms. Oprah Winfrey (2018)
  • Centerbridge Partners and its portfolio company, CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc., in CraftWorks’ acquisition of Logan’s Roadhouse (2018)
  • American Securities in its acquisition of MW Industries, Inc. (2017)
  • AMP Capital Investors in its acquisition of ITS ConGlobal (2017)
  • CVC Capital Partners in its acquisition and sale of Cunningham Lindsey U.S. Inc. (2012, 2017)
  • Lee Equity Partners, indirectly through InterLuxe Holdings LLC, in the acquisition of certain entities which comprise the Mackage business (2017)
  • Oak Hill Capital Partners in its acquisition of EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants (2017)
  • Oak Hill Capital Partners and its portfolio company EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants in EPIC’s acquisition of Frenkel & Company (2017)
  • PSP Investments in a PIPE investment in Virtu Financial, Inc. to finance in part Virtu's $1.4 billion acquisition of KCG Holdings, Inc. (2017)
  • Snow Phipps Group in its acquisition of Ideal Tridon Holdings, Inc. (2017)
  • Snow Phipps Group and its portfolio company Teasdale Foods, Inc. in Teasdale’s 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)
  • PSP Investments in a Blackstone-led $6.1 billion take-private of Team Health Holdings, Inc. (2016)
  • PSP Investments, as part of a global investor group, in the acquisition of ownership stakes in AlixPartners (2016)
  • PSP Investments 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)
  • Snow Phipps Group and its portfolio company Teasdale Foods, Inc. in Teasdale’s 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)
  • PSP Investments in its investments in XPO Logistics (2014, 2015)
  • Centerbridge Partners and its portfolio company Capmark Financial Group Inc. (n/k/a Bluestem Group Inc.) in Capmark’s $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)
  • PSP Investments 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)
  • Snow Phipps Group and its portfolio company ZeroChaos, Inc. in ZeroChaos’ acquisition of WorkForce Logic (2011)

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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