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Private Equity

Mayer Brown has a global reach and client-focused approach that allows us to offer integrated advice on complex matters worldwide.

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Our Integrated Team
Mayer Brown’s Private Equity, Funds & Investment Management practice includes a global Private Equity team spread across four continents, covering the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The Private Equity team at Mayer Brown is recognized as a leading practice in a number of fields and jurisdictions and the firm has been ranked for several years among the very best by Legal 500 and Chambers.

Our Approach
We pride ourselves on forging long-term relationships with private equity sponsors and venture capital firms that begins with fund formation and continues throughout their investment activities and exit strategies. We make the effort to understand our private equity clients’ businesses and investment objectives, and include lawyers with industry-specific experience on our deal teams, so that we can tailor pragmatic and innovative solutions to complex problems. Experienced tax lawyers are a permanent part of our transaction team and ensure that the investment structure chosen meets the specific needs of our clients.

One-stop Shop
Our international Private Equity team offers a one-stop shop covering all relevant aspects of private equity transactions. We have extensive experience in structuring, preparing, managing and executing transactions across the asset class, as well as assisting on any related financing. We also advise on related structural, tax, warranty insurance and ancillary legal issues, as well as fund structuring. Our private equity lawyers leverage our firm’s deep practice groups to serve our private equity clients, including our extensive experience in mergers & acquisitions, finance, ERISA, real estate, IP, securitization, environmental law, bankruptcy/restructuring and other practice areas.

Our Clients
Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm working with various types of different private equity funds and their sponsors, regardless of the geographic or investment focus, including infrastructure funds, pledge funds, venture capital funds, captive funds, funds of funds, secondary funds and debt and mezzanine funds. Our private equity team draws upon our industry experience to assist clients, including infrastructure, automotive, technology, life sciences, health care, food and beverage, chemicals, consumer products, energy, real estate, franchising, communications, insurance, manufacturing, distribution, telecommunications and business and financial services. We also advise lenders and other financial institutions involved in private equity transactions in connection with leveraged acquisitions, as well as management teams.

Our Capabilities
Our advice extends to all stages of the private equity life cycle:

Fundraising

  • Fund formation & structuring
  • Regulatory & tax
  • Fund management
  • Fiscal compliance

Investments

  • Acquisition finance
  • Due diligence
  • M&A: buyouts, minority stakes, LBOs, MBOs, public-to-private, public takeovers
  • Antitrust & compliance
  • Management package

Portfolio

  • Monitoring: tax, employment, corporate/commercial
  • Restructuring & refinancing
  • Shareholder rights
  • Dispute resolution

Exits

  • Auction sales, IPO, or dual track process
  • Preparations for sale
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