Private Equity & Buyout

Cooley's Private Equity & Buyout practice is focused on representing private equity funds, management groups and lenders in buyouts, minority investments, growth equity investments and similar transactions.  We have handled a variety of fund formation, acquisition, debt financing and tax structures and have substantial experience in many industries, including information technology, life sciences, high-growth businesses, business services, retail and consumer products, manufacturing, financial services, health care and government services and defense.

In addition to our ability to structure and execute transactions, we also advise equity sponsors and management groups in other areas, including fund formation, employment, compensation and benefits, tax and other general corporate matters.  Our practice is enhanced by the Firm's considerable experience in providing tax advice, structuring guidance and analysis.  This expertise is integrated into the transactions handled by our group to ensure that the structures we suggest to our clients receive optimal tax and accounting treatment in both domestic and cross-border venues. 

We utilize an integrated approach to each project by forming a client team, headed by a senior member of the Private Equity & Buyout group.  The client team includes dedicated experts in areas such as debt financing, tax, technology and intellectual property, compensation and benefits and other disciplines relevant to the specific project.  This client team remains in place throughout the pendency of the transaction and the on-going representation of the portfolio company.  We believe that this integrated team approach provides our clients with access to all relevant resources necessary to structure, negotiate and complete buyout transactions. We pride ourselves on our ability to help our clients realize their objectives in these types of transactions.

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