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Private Equity

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

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Mayer Brown is a leading international legal adviser to a vast array of private equity funds, portfolio companies and management teams in the areas of private equity acquisition, investment and exit transactions and related financing activities. Our private equity team aims to deliver creative and practical solutions to the often complex issues faced by our clients in today’s business environment.

Our private equity clients span a range of fund structures and geographic or industry focuses, including traditional private equity funds, captive funds, pledge funds, venture capital funds, infrastructure funds, real estate funds, funds of funds, secondary funds and debt and mezzanine funds. In addition, we regularly represent portfolio companies and management teams in a wide range of private equity transactions. We pride ourselves on forging long-term relationships with our private equity clients that begin with fund formation and continue throughout their investment activities and exit strategies.

With world-class private equity lawyers in major financial centers worldwide, our team is capable of serving our private equity clients in transactions centered anywhere in the world. The global reach of our private equity group is among the most extensive in the legal industry. The uniquely expansive geographic reach of our private equity transactions practice provides a significant advantage to our clients in structuring and coordinating the local jurisdictional or cross-border aspects of any transaction.

Our private equity practice covers a wide range of industries and deals of all sizes. Our experience extends from the largest funds and transactions, through the middle market, to small funds and pledge fund deals. Clients engage us to assist private equity funds in a variety of sectors, such as real estate, energy and infrastructure, financial services, healthcare and life sciences, retail, consumer products, restaurants, media, transportation, and technology, as well as on target characteristics, such as distressed investing and turnaround opportunities.

Our private equity lawyers have unsurpassed experience in representing private equity clients in leveraged buyouts, follow-on acquisitions, public-to-private transactions, seed and growth investments, special situations and all forms of exit transactions, including auction sales, recapitalizations and IPOs. In addition, we have a market-leading practice representing management teams engaged in private equity, giving us a broad knowledge of market practice that our private equity clients find especially valuable.

Our private equity lawyers work as collaborative teams that include members of our highly regarded corporate, capital markets, finance, tax, employment and labor, ERISA, antitrust, intellectual property, real estate and environmental practice groups. Drawing upon our unparalleled geographic scope and broad practice area capabilities, we aim to provide our private equity clients with full-spectrum coverage, with a focus on responsiveness and clear and comprehensive representation.

We aim to take a proactive approach in leading private equity transactions, anticipating each deal’s needs and responding to them with the immediacy and sense of urgency that reflect the value that our firm places on client relationships.

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