Morrison & Foerster's private equity practice includes leading practitioners in the U.S., the UK, greater China, and Japan We are ranked as one of the most active law firms by Private Equity Analyst based on the number of private equity and venture capital deals we negotiate and close as well as for GP and LP fund formations. Our private equity fund group provides us with important market context regarding the strategic objectives of fund investors and their structuring concerns.
We advise parties to complex, highly-negotiated leveraged buyouts and management buyouts. Our expertise ranges from buyouts of closely-held and privately-owned companies to "going private" transactions involving publicly-traded corporations. We assist clients with their strategic private investment activities, handling deals that range in scope from strategic buy-side deals to billions of dollars. We work regularly with closely-held corporations and, as a result, understand their needs. With our executive compensation and benefits colleagues, we work to structure equity-rollovers and benefit and compensation plans that are designed to enhance productivity and retention rates following buyouts.
We represent buyout groups, senior lenders, mezzanine debt holders, target companies, and management groups. Representative clients include Capricorn Investment Group, Dubai International Capital, Eagle River Investments, Geolo Capital, GESD Capital, GTCR, Mizuho Capital Partners, Sage Capital Partners, TPG and Warburg Pincus.
We have particular expertise in certain industries, including consumer products (food and beverage, household products, apparel, sports and leisure), cleantech, renewable and alternative energy, manufacturing, transportation, electronics and semiconductors.