Private Equity Investments + Buyouts


Morrison & Foerster’s private equity practice includes leading practitioners across the firm’s global network of 17 offices spanning North America, Asia, and Europe. Our diverse client base includes well-established industry funds, as well as dynamic up-and-coming private equity teams. We assist clients with the full range of private equity matters, ranging in scope from initial fund formation and compliance, to minority and control investments, to leveraged buyouts worth billions of dollars. We create long-lasting relationships with many of our clients, advising on the full lifecycle of each investment and providing ongoing strategic counsel to funds and their portfolio companies.

Our work includes advising on the following:

  • Investments
    • Leveraged buyouts
    • Management buyouts
    • Take-private transactions
    • Growth and development capital
    • Control investments
    • Minority investments
    • Co-investments
  • Secondary Transactions
  • Refinancings
    • Dividend recaps
    • Margin loans
  • Restructurings
  • Regulatory & Compliance
  • Exits
    • Sales
    • IPOs

We offer deep capabilities in a wide range of industries, including technology, life sciences and healthcare, real estate, consumer products and retail, aerospace and defense, business and financial services, infrastructure and energy, financial institutions, and manufacturing.

Together with our private funds group, we provide important market context regarding the strategic objectives of fund investors and their structuring concerns. Our lawyers also work as an integrated team with specialists in key areas such as capital markets, acquisition finance, fund finance, structured products/margin loans, intellectual property, antitrust, litigation, tax, regulatory, compensation and benefits, bankruptcy, and real estate.

Chambers USA 2019
District of Columbia: Corporate/M&A: Private Equity (“Recognized Practitioner”)


Legal 500 US 2019
M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Private Equity Buyouts


Chambers Global 2015
Asia-Pacific: Corporate/M&A: Private Equity


Chambers Asia 2015
Asia-wide: Corporate/M&A: Private Equity
China: Private Equity: Buyouts: International Firms


IFLR1000 2015
United States: Private Equity
China: Private Equity/Venture Capital
Hong Kong: Private Equity

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