Private Equity Funds

Shearman & Sterling’s global, multidisciplinary private equity funds team includes attorneys based in North America, Europe and Asia, and advises fund managers and investors on the full spectrum of private equity fund matters. In 2013, Chambers Global noted that our “firm is well regarded in the private equity...[area], and consistently offers top-quality advice to a diverse range of fund managers and investors.”

We assist our private equity fund clients with:

  • Fund structuring and formation (including tax and ERISA structuring)
  • Transactional matters, including private equity M&A, co-investments, capital markets transactions (including IPOs), recapitalizations and portfolio company financings
  • Ongoing business matters, including secondary sales, transfers, spin-outs, seed investments and management company M&A
  • Internal arrangements, including leverage facilities, management company structures, succession issues, employee incentive plans and other employment matters
  • Troubled portfolio companies, including with respect to restructurings, bankruptcy and litigation and investor defaults

Our private equity M&A team has in-depth experience advising and executing on a wide array of private equity and venture capital investments worldwide. This comprehensive practice advises start-up companies seeking funding as well as private equity and venture capital funds analyzing new investments. We work closely with our Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits team to advise on VCOC matters and with our Tax team on optimal tax structuring for investments. Our attorneys have significant experience in representing private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, venture capital funds and financial advisers across numerous industries, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, retail, security and risk management, construction, information technology, software, media and cleantech.

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