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Epstein Becker Green's Private Equity & Venture Capital Group has represented numerous private equity firms in acquiring and divesting equity and debt positions in portfolio companies, both domestic and off-shore, across a broad spectrum of industries. We stay on top of the changes in the private equity market, responding promptly with cutting-edge financing and structuring advice for our clients.

We regularly handle transactions involving:

  • Buyouts (leveraged and non-leveraged)
  • Management buy-ins and buyouts
  • Mezzanine investments
  • Private investment in public equity ("PIPE") financings
  • Recapitalizations
  • Restructurings and workouts
  • Exit strategies, such as private sales, initial public offerings ("IPOs"), and mergers or acquisitions

In addition, our Private Equity & Venture Capital Group advises start-up, emerging, and fast-growth companies in such industries as health care and life sciences, financial services, Internet services, manufacturing, retail, and technology on venture capital investments at various stages, as well as on general business matters and exit strategies. We also negotiate and prepare venture capital financing documentation.

Our attorneys provide legal services that span the entire private equity investment transaction—from formation and funding through exit and liquidity events—always trying to minimize our clients' risks while maximizing their returns.

We also draw upon the knowledge and skills of the firm's antitrust, employee benefits, environmental law, executive compensation, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, real estate, and tax groups, which enables us to effectively and efficiently handle all the issues that may arise during a private equity investment transaction.

Representative Matters

  • Structured a growth capital equity investment in a megaplex movie theater chain involving multiple tiers of equity capital with differing priority returns (Muvico Entertainment)
  • Provided representation in a multinational restructuring of a corporate group involving investors Diageo and Guinness (LVMH)
  • Structured a leveraged recapitalization with a 338(h)(10) election to achieve a tax basis step-up while preserving recapitalization accounting treatment (Interior Specialists)
  • Structured a PIPE transaction (a private placement of convertible preferred stock) in a publicly held executive recruiting firm (Korn Ferry)
  • Structured an investment in a company called HealthSense, Inc., which provides technology solutions for the future of aging services; the deal involved a venture capital investment of $4 million (Radius Ventures)