Overview

Our attorneys understand the nuances involved in complex private equity transactions across a wide range of industries and have substantial experience representing clients across the spectrum of private equity matters, including in acquisitions and investments ranging in the middle market up to multibillion dollar transactions, structuring complex tax-efficient investment vehicles and representing limited partners in their fund investments.

Clients of Stinson's Private Equity practice include:

  • Leveraged buyout (LBO) funds
  • Growth equity funds
  • Mezzanine investment funds
  • Institutional investors
  • Portfolio companies

Attorneys in the Private Equity practice represent these clients in connection with a wide range of matters, including:

ACQUISITION, INVESTMENT AND DIVESTMENT TRANSACTIONS

Attorneys in the Private Equity practice have significant experience representing private equity funds and co-investors in connection with a wide variety of domestic and cross-border acquisition, investment and divestment transactions, including:

  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Control position and minority interest acquisitions
  • Co-investment transactions
  • Consortia arrangements
  • Private investments in public companies
  • Take-private transactions
  • Acquisitions from bankruptcy
  • IPO exits

FINANCING TRANSACTIONS

Our attorneys assist clients in connection with acquisition and investment-related financing transactions, including:

  • Secured and unsecured financings
  • Syndicated and non-syndicated bank financings
  • High-yield debt financings
  • Mezzanine debt financings
  • Bridge debt financings

Fund Formation, Tax Structuring And Compliance

Attorneys in the Private Equity practice represent private equity fund sponsors in connection with various formation and compliance matters, including:

  • Fund structuring and formation
  • Capital formation
  • Negotiation of side letters with institutional investors
  • Compliance with, and exemptions under, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Investment Company Act of 1940
  • Investment adviser registration
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and state securities commission examinations and inspections
  • Anti-money laundering compliance

INSTITUTIONAL LIMITED PARTNER/MEMBER INVESTMENTS

Stinson attorneys represent institutional investors in connection with making investments in private equity funds, including:

  • Fund due diligence
  • Review of fund organizational and governance documents
  • Negotiation and documentation of side letter arrangements
  • Co-investment transactions

PORTFOLIO COMPANY COMPLIANCE AND “ADD ON” ACQUISITIONS 

Attorneys represent portfolio companies of various private equity funds in connection with the following matters:

  • Corporate governance
  • Operational legal compliance
  • "Add on" acquisition transactions
  • Divestments of non-core assets
  • Refinancing and recapitalizations
  • Executive compensation and employee incentive plans


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