Sidley has an extensive Private Equity practice, with more than 140 lawyers in 20 offices around the world principally focused on advising our private equity clients. Our private equity lawyers possess deep experience across the broad spectrum of private equity transactions, from multibillion-dollar leveraged buyouts (LBOs) to growth equity investments in lower-middle markets companies. Our work encompasses:
- Leading complex transactions such as going-private transactions, “club deals,” sponsor to strategic and sponsor to sponsor deals and other LBOs, multinational carve-out acquisitions, portfolio company bolt-on acquisitions and divestitures, dividend recapitalizations, initial public offerings (IPOs), private investment in public equities (PIPEs) and sophisticated joint venture arrangements.
- Representing portfolio companies of private equity sponsors in a variety of matters, including debt and equity financings, compensation arrangements, regulatory and litigation matters and general corporate matters.
- Advising clients worldwide, and in all relevant areas of law, by harnessing the firm’s broad range of legal disciplines, including tax, employment, regulatory, real estate, antitrust, bankruptcy and work-out, intellectual property, litigation and environmental. We draw on the talent of many of the firm’s top-tier industry-focused practice areas, among them, insurance, financial services, life sciences, energy, technology, REITS, agriculture and media, which provides to us a distinguishing factor among other firms in the private equity arena.
Our team works seamlessly with the firm’s top-tier Global Finance practice to cover the financing needs of our private equity clients. Our global finance lawyers have comprehensive experience with all types of financing, including secured and unsecured senior bank debt, high yield, mezzanine facilities, seller financing, project finance and securitizations. Being able to draw on their talent adds tremendous value for our clients. Similarly, our team works closely with Sidley’s top-rated Private Equity Fund Formation practice. We believe it vital to offer clients the full range of those services, as well as to provide assistance in the ongoing regulatory maintenance and compliance of their funds.