Private Equity: Buyouts

Private Equity: Buyouts - Nationwide


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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Palo Alto and New York.

What the team is known for Esteemed adviser to a host of preeminent private equity firms. Adeptly handles some of the largest deals in the market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are the best private equity firm in the market. They stand out in all key areas of M&A, that's what impresses me. That across-the-board strength and experience is what distinguishes them."

"Extremely professional, best-in-class talent." 

"They're just really a wonderful, wonderful firm with a very strong lender practice."

Work highlights Assisted Blackstone in its $5.4 billion acquisition of Gates Corporation.

Represented CVC Capital Partners in its acquisition of a majority interest in Advantage Sales & Marketing.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Capelouto comes highly praised by market observers. He heads the Palo Alto office and has experience working with clients including Silver Lake and Hellman & Friedman.

Gary Horowitz is well known in the market for working with the likes of KKR and CVC. He focuses his transactional practice on private equity clients and their portfolio companies and is "just fantastic."

The "tenacious" Wilson Neely has experience with a range of business combination transactions for private equity clients. One market observer says he's an "absolutely excellent lawyer across all dimensions." 

Brian Stadler is singled out for his "strong analytical mind." He has particular experience with REIT transactions and is "thoughtful in assessing issues."

The "knowledgeable, steady and calm" Andrew Smith joins the rankings this year following enthusiastic praise for his buyouts work, which sees him advising major clients like KKR. One source describes him as"a great lawyer and a gentleman."

Casey Cogut maintains his reputation as a senior statesman in the practice. He has extensive experience handling domestic and multijurisdictional matters for private equity firms.  

Significant clients KKR, Hellman & Friedman, TPG, Silver Lake Partners, Lexington Partners.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Chicago.

What the team is known for Transactional powerhouse assisting a large number of private equity firms in their global strategies. Strong midmarket representation with solid experience in large buyout deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It's a phenomenal firm. They have deep expertise coupled with a very commercial approach to finalizing deals. Always responsive at any hour of the day or night, 365 days per year."

"They're amazing. Very experienced, incredibly dedicated, hard-working and give great guidance. They just have the best people and really make sure we have the best of the best."

"They have great market intelligence and know how best to work with us and how we like to approach things. They're not just lawyers, they're deal guys who happen to be experts in legal matters."

Work highlights Assisted Bain Capital in its $6.9 billion leveraged buyout of BMC Software.

Represented Madison Dearborn Partners in its sale of Nuveen Investments for $6.25 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Douglas Gessner is singled out for his "unbelievable experience and general business sense." He frequently represents Sun Capital in its private equity transactions, most recently in relation to its sale of Frontier Spinning Mills.

Significant clients Apax Partners, Blackstone, KKR, Thoma Bravo, GTCR, Golden Gate.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Strong private equity group representing a diverse client base of international funds and investors. Well equipped to handle international matters and experienced in large leveraged buyouts.

Work highlights Represented The Carlyle Group in its $4.15 billion acquisition of Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics.

Assisted The Gates Corporation in its $5.4 billion sale to The Blackstone Group. 

Notable practitioners  

"Excellent lawyer" Daniel Lennon is well known among market observers for his representation of The Carlyle Group. He represents a number of prominent private equity firms and their portfolio companies in relation to all aspects of their business.

Howard Sobel comes highly praised by market observers, who describe him as a "very strong deal partner." He focuses his practice on representing PE firms in leveraged acquisitions of public and privately held companies.

Raymond Lin is "very systematic and thorough" and "comes up with creative ways to solve problems," according to market sources. He handles both M&A and capital markets matters for PE firms.

Significant clients Apollo, TPG, Riverstone Holdings, Odyssey, Global Infrastructure Partners.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston and New York.

What the team is known for Broad practice representing some of the market's largest funds. Robust midmarket and higher-end capability with experience across a range of industries and geographies.

Work highlights Acted on behalf of TPG in its $2.9 billion sale of Aptalis Holdings to Forest Laboratories.

Assisted Centerbridge Partners in its $1.2 billion sale of Satelites Mexicanos, SA.

Notable practitioners  

The "very strong" David Chapin is "well known and well regarded" by market observers. He has extensive experience representing leading private equity funds on M&A transactions involving public companies. 

Practice group leader Alfred Rose focuses his practice on M&A, leveraged buyouts and going-private transactions. He frequently works with leading sponsors including Silver Lake Partners and is a "terrific lawyer."

The "very talented" Newcomb Stillwell is well known for his work on behalf of Bain Capital. He serves as co-managing partner of the Boston office.

Julie Jones represents private equity firms in M&A transactions, governance issues and securities law compliance. She is recognized by market observers for her work with Thomas H Lee Partners and is "very strong."

Othon Prounis is well regarded for his practice, which focuses on leveraged buyouts and M&A. He recently represented Metalmark Capital in its $910 million sale of Healogics.

Significant clients Bain Capital, Berkshire Partners, Kohlberg, HIG Capital, Welsh Carson.  

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Works seamlessly across its international network and with complementary corporate departments to serve a diverse range of clients. Experience with a number of large leveraged buyouts.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're really excellent: very commercial, very current on issues and able to get to the core of things and not waste time and fees on matters."

"There's a lot of continuity of knowledge and people and that makes life a lot easier. When we have to negotiate something, the starting point is always very nuanced on where we're going to be and that expedites things."

Work highlights Represented Blackstone, Biomet, KKR, TPG and Goldman Sachs in the $13.35 billion sale of Biomet to Zimmer Holdings. 

Assisted Warburg Pincus in its acquisition of Wencor Group.  

Notable practitioners  

Michael Ryan is well known for serving as principal outside counsel to TPG. Sources praise his client service, with one commenting: "He's really morphing into a key consigliere for us, helping us to solve key challenges and business issues."

The "phenomenal" Paul Shim is an "excellent private equity lawyer," according to market observers. Sources add: "He's just an incredibly experienced lawyer who can cut to the chase very quickly and understands the types of positions that one should take."

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Highly regarded global team with strong roots in private equity. Particular experience in the healthcare and insurance sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I've always felt like they prioritize their clients very highly and bend over backwards to help out and do what's required on deals. They've got a deep bench of experts that are at the client's disposal."

"They bring thoughtful, intelligent M&A advice with a really good understanding of the market. They have a good sense of what is market and are so consistently on top of things, which makes our lives a lot easier."

"They've got business brains so they don't stick on legalese, they stick to what's practical."

Work highlights Represented Clayton Dubilier & Rice in several transactions, including its $1.8 billion acquisition of Ashland Water Technologies.

Assisted Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in its $1.8 billion acquisition of Wilton RE.

Notable practitioners  

Margaret Andrews Davenport cochairs the corporate department and has a broad practice representing PE firms on a range of transactions. One client comments: "The distinguishing characteristic for her is her M&A mind. She just has a very strategic brain and one that we really value."

Paul Bird focuses his practice on advising PE firms in connection with a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions. He cochairs the corporate department and is described as an "excellent lawyer."

Kevin Schmidt is singled out for having "a great way of making compelling arguments." Sources continue: "He has a great ability to fundamentally grasp the legal issues around a transaction and a solid business understanding of commercial issues."

The "extremely good" Jeffrey Rosen is "very well known" among market observers. He chairs the corporate department and has a broad experience in M&A, private equity and securities.

The "talented" Franci Blassberg retains her standing as "a person with a significant reputation." She is widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable advisers in the industry and continues to edit several of the firm's private equity reports and handbooks.

Significant clients Blackstone, Carlyle, HarbourVest, Stone Point Capital, Diamond Castle.  

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York

What the team is known for Thriving transactional practice with impressive midmarket capabilities and increasing experience with megafunds. Clientele includes several prominent private equity firms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Paul Weiss has repeatedly demonstrated an ability to provide innovative solutions to resolve the most difficult legal challenges." 

"They have a top-quality team from top to bottom and a culture of excellence and good values. They always seem to direct issues to the best attorney for the job." 

"They are extremely good at what they do. Very responsive and turnaround time is great."

Work highlights Represented Oak Hill in its $1.48 billion sale of its controlling interest in The Hillman Companies.  

Acted on behalf of General Atlantic in acquiring a 50% stake in Santander Asset Management, in a deal worth EUR1.02 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Carl Reisner is hailed as an "excellent and seasoned M&A lawyer." Sources say he demonstrates "significant depth and breadth of experience, creativity and an excellent ability to simplify complex legal matters."

The "very solid" Matthew Abbott is known for having a "very vibrant practice." He is well respected by peers who say he's "such a good competitor."

Significant clients KPS, The Carlyle Group, Kohlberg, Wellspring Capital Management.

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Basic facts about the department 
Key offices include New York and Dallas.

What the team is known for Well equipped to handle a large volume of leveraged buyouts and take-private transactions. Broad client base includes a number of sizable private equity sponsors, sovereign wealth funds and high net worth investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We've got very good leadership from Weil. They're very responsive to our needs and organize our work in a way that's our business style. They make very complex transactions look easy." 

"Weil did an excellent job of marshaling the complementary resources at the firm. They have a lot of sophistication and experience in private equity, are very commercially minded and seek to get a deal done." 

"They have exceptional resources and are very much focused on attempting to get the best resolution for the client in an efficient and timely manner." 

Work highlights Assisted CCMP Capital Advisors in its $1.475 acquisition of a controlling interest in The Hillman Companies.

Represented Centerbridge Partners in its $1.2 billion acquisition of IPC Systems.

Notable practitioners  

Clients "think the world of" Douglas Warner. He heads the US private equity practice and co-heads the global group and receives particular praise for his considerable business acumen.

David Duffell is known for having a "very busy practice," representing a number of large PE funds in their domestic and international transactions. Clients appreciate that he's "very personable and easy to get along with."

Michael Weisser is singled out for his ability to "look at the main issues and find a business-minded and commercial way to solve them." He recently represented Providence Equity Partners in its $1.1 billion sale of Open Solutions.

Glenn West has extensive experience handling leveraged buyouts and dispositions of private and public companies. Sources highlight his "agile legal mind" and say he's "obviously a well known scholar in the world of private equity." 

The "very practical and detail-oriented" David Blittner has experience representing a range of PE sponsors, including Lion Capital and Diamond Castle Partners. Clients describe him as a "very seasoned and talented deal partner" and a "rock-solid adviser."

Significant clients Advent International, CVC Partners, Silver Lake, American Securities, Berkshire Partners.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Adept in handling the full spectrum of private equity transactions, including buyouts. Marquee clients span both independent sponsors and private equity groups within major financial institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"One thing they do particularly well is to have a senior partner who quarterbacks the transaction. So while I need to interact with the tax, employment and financing folks, I can depend on the key partner to make sure that stuff gets coordinated without me having to do it myself." 

"They are a class act. They are very collegial and you can feel that in the way they interact."

"The lockstep nature of the firm means that, even if the deal partner is not available, other partners will substitute. So I have a good rapport with them and a relationship where I'm comfortable working with a number of partners."

Work highlights Represented Crestview Partners in the sale of approximately 67.5% of Key Safety Systems.

Assisted Citigroup with the sale of Citi Venture Capital International.

Notable practitioners

John Amorosi heads the corporate department and is a key contact.  

Significant clients Corsair Capital, Warburg Pincus, Guggenheim Partners, Lightyear Capital, TPG.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Longstanding practice with standout expertise in the upper midmarket. Frequently handles matters in the technology and healthcare industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Fried Frank has exceptional people." 

"It's excellent service. They are up to date on all the legal issues and very conversant and up to speed on the business issues."

Work highlights Assisted Brookfield Property Partners in its $4.3 billion acquisition of Capital Automotive.

Represented AEA Investors in its $865 million acquisition of Siemens's water technologies business unit.

Notable practitioners  

The "well-respected" Robert Schwenkel heads the global private equity group and cochairs the corporate department. He has a broad practice focused on PE transactions and is described as a "terrific lawyer."

Christopher Ewan is regarded by peers as a "good guy to do deals with." He recently represented Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in its acquisition of First American Payment Systems.

"Excellent lawyer" Brian Mangino focuses his practice on private equity transactions. His serves as the main relationship partner to Permira and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking.

Significant clients KKR, FountainVest Partners, Onex Partners, New Mountain Capital, Highbridge Principal Strategies.

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Basic facts about the department 
Key offices include Los Angeles and New York.

What the team is known for Robust transactional group acting on behalf of several prominent private equity firms and their portfolio companies. Strong presence in the midmarket.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Gibson Dunn is a fantastic law firm that has an excellent private equity practice."

"They have a good combination of being pragmatic to get through the negotiations as well as taking an appropriately philosophical view of where we could have misalignments in the future."

"They were very pragmatic and their guidance was very much on target. They educated me a lot in the process and I've been in the business for several years."

Work highlights Assisted Loan Star Funds in its $1.3 billion acquisition of DFC Global, a consumer loan company.

Represented Oak Hill Capital Partners in its $750 million sale of Jacobson Companies, a transport provider, to Norbert Dentressangle.

Notable practitioners  

Department cochair Sean Griffiths comes highly rated by peers, who regard him as a "really terrific lawyer." He represents PE firms and their portfolio companies in a range of transactions and is hailed by clients as "a businessman's lawyer."

The talented Jennifer Bellah Maguire splits her time between fund formation and buyout work. Her recent experience includes assisting Motorsport Aftermarket Group, which was majority owned by Leonard Green & Partners, in its merger with Tucker Rocky and Biker's Choice.

Significant clients CVC, Blackstone, Littlejohn, The Carlyle Group, Leonard Green & Partners.

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Basic facts about the department 
Key offices in New York, Los Angeles and Wilmington.

What the team is known for Capitalizes on expertise in numerous practice areas to handle the full spectrum of private equity transactions. Strong at midmarket representation and deals involving an Asian component.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I have nothing but accolades for them. They are an all-around shop so it doesn't matter what you need, they have it." 

Work highlights Represented Permira Funds in a variety of transactions, including its $3.5 billion sale of portfolio company Arysta LifeScience.  

Acting on behalf of funds affiliated with Apax Partners in its sale of a majority stake in Advantage Sales & Marketing, worth approximately $4 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Eileen Nugent receives wide praise from market observers, who regard her as a "terrific lawyer." She serves as global co-head of the transactions practice and handles a variety of corporate and private equity transactions.

Head of the private equity group Allison Schneirov is described by clients as "very dedicated, measured and impactful." She has handled a number of significant transactions for leading firms such as Blackstone.

Joseph Coco has a diverse practice representing a range of clients across industry sectors. He recently handled several multibillion-dollar transactions on behalf of Brookdale Senior Living, a Fortress portfolio company.

Significant clients Fortress Investment Group, TPG, Stone Point Capital, Veritas Capital, Goldman Sachs.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Versatile private equity group that handles a wide range of work for a strong core of PE clients around the USA. Particularly appreciated by clients for its ability to bring in complementary skills from other practice areas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Top notch in every way. Lots of depth and well staffed with various experts in tax, environment and antitrust. And very good value for money."

"We use them for a wide variety of things and I've been very impressed at the timeliness of their responses. If I have a question in any area, they always have a person on the team that jumps right in who has particular expertise in that area. They provide very responsive and good feedback."

Work highlights Recently represented Harvest Partners in the purchase of Athletico Physical Therapy.

Notable practitioners  

The "unbelievably responsive" John Reiss heads the global M&A practice at White & Case. One impressed client comments: "He has a unique ability to find solutions to complex problems, is excellent at thinking on his feet in the heat of battle and shows real leadership to bring parties together."

Oliver Brahmst is a "terrific lawyer" who heads the private equity group and represents private equity houses in a range of domestic and international transactions.

Significant clients Quad-C Management, Harbinger Capital Partners, BC Partners, CVC Capital Partners.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Broad practice handling transactions for a large stable of private equity clients. Leverages its restructuring expertise to represent clients in distressed investments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their client service is really top notch. They help keep costs down and develop a better understanding of us as a client."

"They are very diverse in what they do so are equally conversant in a real estate finance transaction as they are with doing a buyout or hybrid mezzanine debt piece. So you get one person with all of that experience."

"They're very good at complicated transactions and have good subject matter expertise on various things. We do a lot of structured investments with difficult features and they're very good at navigating that."

Work highlights Assisted Warburg Pincus and iParadigms in the $752 million sale of iParadigms to Insight Venture Partners and GIC.

Represented GFI Software and Insight in the sale of GFI Software's Team Viewer business to an affiliate of funds of Permira Advisers.

Notable practitioners  

Kirk Radke is well known in the market for representing private equity sponsors and executives. He has substantial experience handling a range of corporate and private equity transactions.

Market sources regard Steven Gartner as a "trusted adviser" and "someone you can go to for great judgment." He is described by one clients as "one of the best lawyers around Wall Street."

Gordon Caplan specializes in leveraged buyouts, private equity and M&A. One client comments: "He is just exceptionally good and absolutely value for money." 

Significant clients Riverstone Holdings, Atlas Holdings, Brookfield, Calvert Street Capital Partners, Friedman Fleischer & Love.

Band 5 | Dechert LLP

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Philadelphia.

What the team is known for Midmarket transactional practice handling a large volume of private equity deals. Strong cross-border capabilities to ably assist clients in their worldwide strategies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"What's nice is the longevity of the deal team. There's a tremendous amount of institutional knowledge, they know your deals, know your deal style and who you like to deal with."

"The most distinctive aspect of Dechert is they understand the private equity buyer. Many can do M&A transactions but the Dechert folks have a very good perspective of what private equity owners, as opposed to strategic buyers, are concerned with."

"They have a good sense of how to engage with us, as buyers. They're very thorough, make sure all the issues are covered and have the breadth and horsepower to get things done."

Work highlights Assisted GIC, a Singaporean sovereign wealth fund, in its $350 million minority investment in Kronos.

Acted on behalf of Graham Partners and its affiliates in the acquisition of HemaSource Holdings.

Notable practitioners  

Chief executive officer Daniel O'Donnell is singled out for his "unbelievable memory" and "tremendous ability to look at the big picture." One client comments: "I can't say enough good things about him in terms of his breadth of experience. Having him on a deal is a real treat."

Associate Christian Matarese has made an excellent impression on clients, with one saying: "He can manage a large acquisition process and make sure all aspects of a deal are taken care of. He is very skilled at dealing with the other side."

Significant clients One Equity Partners, Versa Capital Management, Quilvest Private Equity, Centre Partners Management, Bregal Partners.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Boston.

What the team is known for Thriving practice with a number of recent client wins adding to its increasing share of the midmarket. Particular experience in the technology sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are excellent at what they do. They're very much practical and brass tack-type people: they focus on the important issues and help me to focus on the issues that I need to."

"They provide great value for money. They keep us updated and work with us to keep the number where it should be."

"They've done a really nice job. They are very responsive and very commercial."

Work highlights Represented ThomaBravo in its acquisition of SailPoint Technologies.

Assisted Insight Venture Management in its $752 million leveraged acquisition of iParadigms.

Notable practitioners  

Department cochair John LeClaire is a "very well known player in the midmarket." He is noted for being "very well connected within the firm," with one client adding: "When you need a particular adviser, he instantly gets the command of the right specialist in the firm."

Significant clients The Carlyle Group, Behman Capital, Genstar Capital, Goldman Sachs, KKR.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, Chicago and Orange County.

What the team is known for Handles a large volume of midmarket transactions for a host of private equity firms. Global presence makes it well equipped to handle matters involving foreign entities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are excellent. Very responsive and very commercially minded."

"They try to get a fair business outcome and they're much more efficient because you're dealing with knowledgeable people who are leanly staffed."

"They are very responsive, smart, balanced and very, very capable."

Work highlights Represented Astorg Partners in its acquisition of Areva subsidiary Canberra, a cross-border deal involving ten jurisdictions.

Assisted GI Partners in its acquisition of Peak 10, an IT infrastructure and cloud provider.  

Notable practitioners

William Simpson is the global chair of the private equity practice and a key contact.  

Significant clients Apax Partners, Platinum Equity, Cortec Group, Endeavour Capital.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Prosperous group handling a diverse range of midmarket and big-ticket transactions. Loyal client base includes several prominent private equity firms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It's been absolutely excellent. I think the partners and their attention to detail stand out. They are consistent across fund formation and transactions."

"They were very prompt, very thorough and very good at coming up with alternative deal structures."

"Wonderfully talented private equity lawyers."  

Work highlights Represented an investor group, including funds managed by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ares Management, in a $6 billion buyout of Neiman Marcus Group.

Assisted Juggernaut Capital Partners in its acquisition of a majority stake in Advantage Sales & Marketing. This purchase took place alongside Leonard Green & Partners and CVC Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners  

"Tremendous lawyer" Michael Woronoff is well known by market observers who say he "does a really nice job for his clients." He heads the Los Angeles office and co-heads the global M&A and private equity groups.

Significant clients Atlas Holdings, KPS Capital Partners, J.W. Childs, Summit Partners, Grey Mountain Partners.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Robert Kennedy is "a very seasoned lawyer" at Jones Day. He recently represented Ospraie Funds in the sale of its portfolio company, Gavilon, in two transactions totaling $3.7 billion.

The "absolutely outstanding" Alec Dawson cochairs the private equity practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Clients say he "is able to devise solutions quickly" and "has a firm grasp of the market." He recently led for Ares on its sale of food manufacturer Lettieri.

Robert Schwed of WilmerHale comes highly recommended by clients. He has extensive experience working with PE firms and their portfolio companies in M&A and buyout transactions.

Foreign Experts

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Senior Statesman

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