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Private Equity and Mezzanine Finance

Across the many industries we service, private equity is often the fuel for growth. Whether launching a start-up, helping a mature company with its capital needs or funding ownership changes, our private equity clients take risks and cause change. For years, we have been part of those efforts.

Our private equity group represents venture capital funds, mezzanine funds, SBICs, hedge funds, corporate and strategic investors, institutional investors, and angel investors. We also represent high technology and emerging growth companies in connection with their venture capital and other private equity offerings, and middle market companies undergoing leveraged buy-outs and recapitalizations.

Attorneys in our private equity, SBIC and mezzanine finance practice assist equity and debt investors of all types in connection with the formation of investment vehicles and subsequent investment activities.

Our representation of investor clients includes:

  • Formation and administration of venture capital and mezzanine funds and SBICs, including fund structuring, assistance with the preparation of offering documents, securities law compliance, ERISA and other regulatory compliance and fund closing
  • Representation of venture capital funds, insurance companies, special purpose investment vehicles, equity funds and other investors in connection with equity investments of all kinds in early, mid and late stage companies in all industry sectors, including convertible preferred stock, common stock and bridge financings
  • Representation of strategic investors and the business development arms of institutional investors in connection with strategic equity and debt investments
  • Representation of insurance companies, mezzanine funds and other investors in connection with debt and equity investments, including acquisition financings, leveraged buy-outs and recapitalizations and junior capital financings
  • Representation of SBICs in connection with equity and debt/equity investments in early, mid and late stage companies, including LMI investments
  • Representation of debt and equity investors in connection with workouts of troubled investments and investment recovery
  • Formation of special purpose investment LLCs and partnerships for targeted investment opportunities
  • Representation of limited partners and members in the review and negotiation of investments in private investment funds
  • Representation of private equity and hedge funds in state and federal litigation as well as private arbitrations and mediations, including international arbitrations; representation of financial services companies in regulatory matters involving FINRA, the SEC, state banking departments and the Department of Justice

Experience

Investment Management
Representation of "Seed" Fund Sponsor in Formation of Multi-Series Fund
Representation of Structured Credit Fund
Representation of Foreign Clean Energy Fund
Representation of Single LP Venture Capital Fund
Private Equity & Mezzanine Finance
Debt and Equity Financing
Portfolio Investments for Family of Private Equity Funds
Private Equity/Hedge Fund Litigation
Arbitration on Breach of Contract Claims
Prosecuted Securities Fraud and RICO Allegations
Other
Closing of Commercial Real Estate Mezzanine Financing Loan Origination
Mezzanine Financing
Mezzanine Fund
Restructuring of Venture Capital Fund
Fund Fiduciary to Investment Fund
Restructuring of Insurance Dedicated Fund
Japanese Equities and Commodities Fund
Leveraged Buy-Out
Venture Capital Fund Representation
$12,000,000 Acquisition of Catalog Marketer of Gifts and Consumer Products
Taxing District Counsel
$45,000,000 Loan Secured by Hedge Fund Investment
Acquisition of Multiple Mezzanine Loans Related to Properties in New Orleans, Indianapolis and Milwaukee
$12,700,000 Acquisitions of a Manufacturer of Metal Containers
Fund's $7,500,000 Purchase of a Water Treatment and Air Purification Producer
Semiconductor Provider's IPO, Offerings, Mergers and Acquisitions
Acquisition Financing of a Provider of Dental Services
$10,500,000 Acquisition of a Truck and Trailer Components Manufacturer
Acquisition Financing of a Welding, Specialized and Robotic Equipment, Machining and Fabrication Provider
$1,250,000 Acquisition of Capacitor Manufacturer
Closing of Secondary Market Commercial Real Estate Mezzanine Loan Acquisition
Acquisition of a $20 Million Mezzanine Loan Indirectly Secured by Properties in the Mid-Atlantic Region
Origination of a $10 Million Mezzanine Loan Related to a Hospitality Property in Virginia
Acquisition of a $4.5 Million Mezzanine Loan
Acquisition of a $20 Million Subordinate Mortgage B Note
Closing of Commercial Real Estate Mezzanine Loan Originations
Acquisition of a $10 Million Mezzanine Loan Indirectly Secured by Properties in the New York Metropolitan Area
Acquisition of a $4.5 Million Subordinate Mortgage B Note and Origination of Related $5 Million Mezzanine Loan
$10 Million Mezzanine Loan Origination Indirectly Secured by a Historic Property Leased by a University in Downtown Chicago
$8,000,000 Acquisition Financing of a Telecommunications Company
Mezzanine and Venture Capital Financings
Angel Investment
Strategic Investments
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