Morrison & Foerster’s private equity practice includes leading practitioners in the U.S., the UK, Germany, greater China, and Japan. We are one of the most active law firms for private equity and venture capital deals as well as for GP and LP fund formations. Our private funds 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 particularly deep experience representing buyout funds focused on the power sector, including renewables, traditional energy, and infrastructure. Our clients include First Reserve, UBS Infrastructure & Private Equity, Kruger Energy, Fiera Axium Infrastructure, Barclays Natural Resources, Morgan Stanley Infrastructure, and OMERS Private Equity, among others, as well as hedge funds.
MoFo is also a go-to law firm for sovereign wealth funds and pension plans in connection with their M&A and private equity activities, including on behalf of GIC, the Alaska Permanent Fund, New Mexico Pension Plan, OMERS Private Equity, Public Sector Pension Plan Investment Board (PSP), Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and Ontario Teachers. We also have one of the most active private equity practices representing hedge and hybrid-hedge buyout funds for their M&A and private equity investment work, including Brevan Howard, DW Investment Management, Elliott Associates, Fortress, Crestline LP, Crestline-Kirchner Private Equity, Harbinger Capital Partners, Strategic Value Partners, and Fir Tree, among others.
We also offer deep expertise in a wide range of other industries, including technology, consumer products (food and beverage, household products, apparel, sports and leisure), manufacturing, and transportation.
Legal 500 US 2018 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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