Private Equity: Buyouts

Private Equity: Buyouts - Nationwide


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

What the team is known for The standout practice for megafunds, with unparalleled strength and experience working on the market's largest deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are clearly a leader in the field." 

"The team is full of really smart commercial people who can handle issues really well."

Work highlights Represented Silver Lake Partners in relation to the high-profile acquisition of Dell in a deal worth $24.4 billion.

Advised KKR on its $3.9 billion acquisition of Gardner Denver.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Capelouto recently quarterbacked for Silverlake on the $24.4 billion take-private of Dell. He has an impressive practice and spearheads Simpson's West Coast offering.

Gary Horowitz is described as having "first-rate legal skills," while also being practical and a "great person to bounce ideas off." A "phenomenal lawyer," he has an extraordinary amount of experience working with some of the industry's largest players.

Wilson Neely is considered the "real deal" for his transactional work on behalf of large private equity firms.

Brian Stadler is valued for his deep experience in and knowledge of the private equity sphere, and is duly hailed by clients as "fantastic" and "irreplaceable."

Senior chairman Richard Beattie remains a preeminent attorney, with one client noting that "there is no-one I would rather go to for advice."

Casey Cogut has decades of experience in private equity transactional matters as well as complementary expertise in public M&A.

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

What the team is known for Advises major sponsors and their portfolio companies on transactions across a range of business sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They handle a lot of large transactions and bring high-quality partners to bear, which is indicative of their culture."

"They have a strong reputation for private equity work with international elements." 

Work highlights Represented TPG in its acquisition of Envision Pharmaceuticals and in a number of financing matters relating to the transaction.

Advised Bausch & Lomb, a portfolio company of Warburg Pincus, on its $8.7 billion sale to Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

Notable practitioners 

Sources commend Michael Ryan for being "an incredibly great lawyer." He is a hugely experienced practitioner and is sought out by some of the largest private equity groups.

Paul Shim counts premier firms such as TPG among his client base. Sources commend him for his "tremendous expertise, legal skills and strategic thinking."

One impressed source calls Christopher Austin the "best all-around transactional lawyer we work with" because of "his excellent bedside manner, good negotiating skills and complete unflappability."

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Global private equity group with a wide-ranging practice. The team has noted expertise in advising on investments in insurance companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They coordinate resources well to deliver a great service and have the team to throw at big projects." 

"They consistently provide good representation and really understand the complexities of the business."

Work highlights Represented Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in relation to its $2.5 billion combined purchase of Brand Energy and Harsco. 

Advised the special committee of the board of directors of Dell on the acquisition of Dell by Silver Lake.

Notable practitioners  

Margaret Andrews Davenport is described as a "smart lawyer who provides a consistently strong level of service." She is noted for her creative approach to negotiations and for her experience in selling businesses.

The "outstanding" Paul Bird is praised by clients as a "gentleman and a scholar" and someone "you really want on your team."

Kevin Schmidt "thinks like a business person and manages risk with sound commercial judgment." He is singled out as "an incredible negotiator who, more often than not, wins the argument."

Jeffrey Rosen is a major force in the market. Known for his strength on public M&A, his wider expertise reinforces his strength in the private equity space.

The "remarkable" Franci Blassberg has a well-earned reputation as one of the leading figures in the private equity space.

Significant clients The Carlyle Group, Diamond Castle, HarbourVest Partners, Providence Equity Partners, Stone Point Capital.

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

What the team is known for Leading buyouts practice with a strong bench of lawyers. Focuses on midcap deals and has unrivaled coverage in that market segment. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Incredibly deep with a very broad practice, they remain one of the strongest firms in the space." 

"Leading market share, which means they see many transactions."

Notable practitioners  

Douglas Gessner is based in the firm's Chicago office and has a strong reputation for buyouts work.

Jeffrey Hammes has broad transactional experience and a huge amount of experience working on private equity deals.

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

What the team is known for Diverse practice representing distinguished midmarket private equity firms as well as the industry's largest players.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They excel at identifying issues and then dealing with them diligently and meticulously."

"It is a great private equity firm with a great roster of lawyers." 

Work highlights Advised The Carlyle Group on its purchase of a 31% stake in Beats Electronics and a related buyout of HTC's interest in the business.

Acted on behalf of Chemlogics, a portfolio company of One Equity Partners, in its $1.3 billion sale to Solvay.

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Lennon is praised as a "fantastic lawyer who would walk through walls to look after a client's best interests." He counts The Carlyle Group among his blue-chip clients.

Raymond Lin specializes in advising private equity firms in relation to transactions.

Significant clients SK Capital, Leonard Green & Partners, Odyssey Investment Partners, Genstar Capital.

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

What the team is known for Diverse practice supporting a mix of blue-chip and midmarket private equity clients. Particularly active in healthcare and life science-related deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"With Ropes you get attention from their senior partners, who provide good-quality legal counsel." 

"It is a spectacular practice with really good lawyers. They have real depth and the team is very collaborative." 

Work highlights Advised Madison Dearborn in relation to its go-private purchase of National Financial Partners in a deal worth $1.3 billion.

Worked buy-side on the $2 billion acquisition of Lightower Fiber Networks and Sidera Networks by Berkshire Partners

Notable practitioners  

Alfred Rose is, according to sources, an "extremely strategic thinker" and "always the smartest guy in the room." Clients appreciate his experience, with one saying: "There is nothing that happens in a private equity deal that Al has not seen."

Clients note that David Chapin has "commercial pragmatism in spades." He is praised further because "he does not get bogged down with silly points and raises key and critical issues."

Newcomb Stillwell is recommended as someone who provides sage advice. One source hails him as "fantastic and at the top of the market."

Julie Jones brings a "genuine, constructive and non-arrogant approach" to deals. Sources note her "extreme commercial-mindedness" and "unique combination of deep securities knowledge and transactional strategy."

Othon Prounis focuses on advice relating to leveraged buyouts and other private equity transactions. He recently advised Centerbridge Partners on its $1.4 billion sale of Satélites Mexicanos to Eutelsat.

Bradford Malt is a leading figure in the private equity market and is well known for his transactional expertise.

Significant clients Bain Capital, TPG Capital, Welsh Carson, Altamont Capital, H.I.G. Capital.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Broad practice that services a high volume of midmarket clients as well as a number of major players. Adept at the full range of transactions, including leveraged buyouts and take-privates. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have good bench strength behind the main guys and we really like their collaborative culture." 

"Excellent firm with a premier reputation in the transactional private equity area."

Work highlights Advised Advent International on its purchase of a majority stake in AOT Bedding Super Holdings from a group including Ares Management.

Represented Thomas H. Lee Partners in its purchase of CompuCom Systems in a deal worth $1.1 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Douglas Warner is recommended by sources for being "a very commercial lawyer with creative solutions to sticky situations."

Michael Weisser is noted as an "excellent young lawyer and private equity expert." He is singled out for his ability in negotiations, with one client noting that "he does not give anything away and always gets to the important points."

The "terrific" David Duffell is said to be "super-experienced and commercial, while also being an astute negotiator who handles things in a non-confrontational manner."

Dallas-based Glenn West has a strong reputation in the private equity sphere. Recent work includes advising Kainos Capital and HM Capital on a $600 million secondary transaction.

David Blittner has a wealth of experience on a broad range of private equity transactions. His clients include Avista and CCMP.

Significant clients Providence Equity, Oak Hill Capital, Centerbridge Partners, CVC Capital, Berkshire Partners.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Strong team known for handling a broad range of transactions for major clients. Recent experience in the acquisition of banks by private equity clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a complete picture of the market, which is quite helpful. It means they understand how issues might have a wider impact on the fund." 

"The team is very good across the board and they bring a full-service, solution-oriented approach to transactions."

Work highlights Advised HJ Heinz on its $28 billion leveraged buyout by a consortium including Berkshire Hathaway.

Represented GS Capital Partners on its $375 million purchase of Safe-Guard Products from H.I.G. Capital.

Notable practitioners  

George Bason is the global co-head of Davis Polk's M&A practice.

Significant clients Capital Z Partners, General Atlantic, Morgan Stanley Infrastructure, TPG Capital, Warburg Pincus.

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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 practice known for representing institutional clients in transactional matters. Recent expansion into the technology and energy sectors.

Work highlights Advised Houghton, a portfolio company of AEA Investors, on its approximately $1 billion acquisition by Gulf Oil.

Represented a private equity consortium led by The Carlyle Group in relation to the $3.7 billion purchase of Focus Media.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Schwenkel is acknowledged as an extremely talented private equity lawyer with a flourishing practice. He recently advised Goldman Sachs on the $6.6 billion sale of Suddenlink.

The "extraordinarily practical" Christopher Ewan led the team that advised Houghton International, an AEA portfolio company, on its approximately $1 billion sale to Gulf Oil.

Clients note that Brian Mangino manages to balance a "highly technical approach" with being "commercial and practical." His clients include the likes of Permira, for which he recently acted on the $1.6 billion acquisition of

Significant clients FountainVest Partners, New Mountain Capital, Onex Partners, Yellow Wood Partners.

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

What the team is known for Transactional practice representing both private equity clients and companies in their dealings with private investment funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have been particularly helpful on competitive transactions, which require a lot of flexibility and creativity."

"They have a combination of great individuals and specific expertise, which adds real value to deals."

Work highlights Advised CVC Capital on the $660 million sale of its portfolio company The Colomer Group to Revlon.

Represented Pitney Bowes in its $400 million sale to Apollo affiliated funds.

Notable practitioners  

Sean Griffiths is a "great lawyer with tons of experience who leaves you feeling confident that he will get you to a good place." Sources also note that he is "more business-minded than most and is able to distill things down without spending hours doing it."

Jennifer Bellah Maguire is "extremely bright and very strategic," according to clients. She recently advised Power-One on its $1.03 billion sale to ABB.

Significant clients Aurora Capital Group, Catterton Partners, Lone Star Funds, Platinum Equity Partners, The Gores Group.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Burgeoning transactional practice known for acting for a mix of big-ticket and midmarket private equity firms on mergers, acquisitions and leveraged buyouts.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very client-oriented; they always come up with a tailored approach for the client and the particular transaction they're working on."

"They consistently demonstrate that they keep legal and regulatory developments at the forefront of their thinking and that these changes inform their advice."

Work highlights Worked with Apollo affiliated funds on the $2.4 billion purchase of McGraw-Hill Education.

Advised General Atlantic on the acquisition, along with Warburg Pincus, of a 50%, EUR1.02 billion stake in the asset management arm of Banco Santander.

Notable practitioners  

Carl Reisner is "one of the most efficient negotiators I have encountered," according to a source, who adds that "he does so while remaining utterly commercial."

Significant clients Centerview Capital, KPS Capital Partners, Oak Hill Capital, Oaktree, TowerBrook.

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

What the team is known for Strong M&A team with a substantial private equity practice both in the US and globally.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The strength and depth throughout the firm, in all areas of specialty, is really tough to beat."

Work highlights Advised Permira on the $1.5 billion disposition of its portfolio company Marazzi Group.

Represented TPG on its acquisition of Assisted Living Concepts, a deal worth $450 million.

Notable practitioners  

Eileen Nugent is "very practical and great to work with." Recent highlights include advising on the $315 million sale of Savage Sports by client Norwest Equity Partners.

Allison Schneirov "has extremely good relationships across the private equity landscape and gives practical and useful advice."

Sources note that Joseph Coco "has a wealth of experience and brings it all to the table," which leaves clients "feeling that we have a lot of confidence in what he has to say."

Significant clients Aircastle Limited, SeaCube Container Leasing, Renaissance Learning.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Broad practice with a strong transactional team and standout expertise relating to distressed investments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have the ability to explain complex legal concepts in a way that is easy to understand by leaving out the legal mumbo jumbo." 

What's new? Hired top-tier practitioner Kirk Radke from Kirkland & Ellis.

Work highlights Advised Hudson's Bay Company on its $2.9 billion take-private of Saks Inc. 

Represented Insight Venture Partners as part of an investment group which acquired BMC Software for $6.9 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Kirk Radke is "a fantastic lawyer steeped in private equity." Clients appreciate his creativity and thoughtfulness, as well as his in-depth knowledge of the market and how it might move.

Sources note that Steven Gartner is "instantly accessible" despite being the firm's cochair. He is known as the "voice of reason," and clients particularly appreciate his foresight.

Gordon Caplan is a "great advocate and a great lawyer who knows public equity well." Recent work includes advising Hudson's Bay Company on its $2.9 billion take-private of Saks.

Significant clients Warburg Pincus, Aquiline Capital Partners, Riverstone Holdings, Fortress Investment Group, Colony Capital.

Band 4 | Dechert LLP

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

What the team is known for Strong practice known for its global reach. Particular expertise in helping private equity firms diversify their product range.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are tremendously available and can staff mammoth teams. Their deep resources mean that they can handle the most complicated buyouts." 

Work highlights Advised CompuCom Systems, a portfolio company of Court Square Capital Partners, in relation to its sale to Thomas H. Lee Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Daniel O'Donnell is hailed by one impressed source as a "very levelheaded and pragmatic lawyer with a good bedside manner" and someone who excels "at dealing with counsel on the other side."

Significant clients Bregal Partners, Bruckmann Rosser Sherrill & Co, Center Partners, Graham Partners, Jefferies Capital Partners.

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

What the team is known for Midmarket and growth equity-focused transactional group with a busy practice and successful profile in the area.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They have a very good grasp of all of the issues of building a company, and when it comes to a transaction they're very sophisticated."

Work highlights Represented Packaging Coordinators, a portfolio company of Frazier Healthcare, in its $308 million acquisition of AndersonBrecon.

Advised Webster Capital on the purchase of Best Friends Pet Care from the private equity group Brynwood Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Sources note that John LeClaire helps foster ongoing relationships by not taking an overtly confrontational approach. He is also praised for his ability to explain difficult legal concepts in plain English.

Significant clients Goldman Sachs, Insight Venture Partners, Behrman Capital, TA Associates, JMI Equity.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Midmarket-focused group with a history of handling both US and global private equity deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Commercially minded, they get the key considerations for clients better than most firms." 

Work highlights Acted as US counsel to Madison Capital Partners in relation to its sale of German company KraussMaffei to the Onex private equity firm.

Worked with H.I.G. Capital on its investment in Holland Services.

Notable practitioners  

William Simpson is the chair of Paul Hastings' private equity practice. 

Significant clients Apax Partners, The Compass Group, Endeavor Capital, Platinum Equity, Vance Street Capital.

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

What the team is known for Strong transactional practice with a wide range of work, from lower midmarket deals to deals valued in the multibillions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"One of the great things about using Proskauer is that they are full service and have all the expertise clients need." 

Work highlights Represented a group of investors, including Ares Management, on the $6 billion acquisition of Neiman Marcus.

Worked on the sale of Robbins Holdings by Grey Mountain Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Woronoff comes highly recommended, with one client calling him "not just deal counsel but also a consigliere." He is referred to as a "deal-doer" and counts Ares among his clients.

Significant clients BTG Pactual, Charterhouse Group, Fifth Street Finance, Great Hill Partners, Third Point Capital.

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

What the team is known for Adept in handling the full range of buy and sell transactions, including private equity buyouts. Known for the strength of its cross-border offering.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They are the ever-present of overseas acquisitions because they have offices all over the world."

Work highlights Acted for CVC Capital and its portfolio company Univar on a number of acquisitions, including the purchase of Magnablend and Basic Chemical Solutions.

Worked with Harvest Partners on the acquisition of AxelaCare Health Solutions.

Notable practitioners  

John Reiss is praised for being "diligent and knowledgeable" as well as "a strategic thinker." His clients include Harvest Partners, which he recently advised on the purchase of Garretson Resolutions.

Oliver Brahmst is called a "very high-quality attorney" by one impressed source, while another notes his "tremendous creativity and really good commercial sense."

Significant clients Nordic Capital, The Carlyle Group, One Equity Partners, Pegasus Capital Advisors, Trilantic Capital Partners.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Robert Kennedy of Jones Day is praised for his "good commercial sense and good interpersonal skills." He recently advised Gavilon Holdings on its acquisition by Marubeni.

Alec Dawson of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is praised by clients "for thinking through every issue" and for being "a pleasure to work with." Recent work includes advising Ares on the sale of a portfolio company to Lake Capital.

Robert Schwed of WilmerHale is called a "superb counselor with exceptional judgment." He is noted for his "fund, transactional and entrepreneurial strengths."

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