Private Equity



With a well-established private equity practice, we regularly provide counsel to our fund clients, independent sponsors and other private equity investors with respect to their buyouts and other portfolio company investments. We have extensive experience in analyzing, designing and selecting the most suitable structure and terms for each particular transaction – on a transaction-by-transaction basis. We value an approach of consistently applying our knowledge and experience to each situation to provide creative, customized alternatives and solutions to help our clients meet the challenges presented in the deal process, ultimately to accomplish desired closings.

We work on the full spectrum of transactions in this practice area, including control buyouts, management buyouts, non-control equity investments, add-on acquisitions for portfolio company platforms, dispositions of portfolio companies and assets, joint ventures and strategic relationships.

Our clients include traditional private equity funds, captive private equity investors, business development companies, small business investment companies, and private equity investors securing deal-by-deal capital.

We structure, design, negotiate and document all aspects of private equity transactions, including acquisition and purchase, management and other employment arrangements, equity incentive compensation plans, management services, corporate structure and organization, and equity and debt capitalizations of the resulting companies.

We have vast experience in handling all layers of capital investment in support of private equity transactions, from senior loans and second lien loans, to secured and unsecured subordinated debt with or without warrants, to preferred and common equity investments. We often work with our clients to design a customized layering of equity and debt capital securities to make up an optimal capitalization of a portfolio company. We regularly employ the use of limited liability companies, which enables a high degree of flexibility in designing and handling companies’ capitalizations.

A key to the success of our private equity practice is our firm's ability to gather a team of lawyers, chaired by one of our experienced private equity lawyers, to provide whatever services are required for a particular transaction. Within our firm, the deal team can readily access extensive knowledge relating to tax structuring and planning, employment and compensation, insolvency, securities, minority rights and corporate law to provide clients with critical knowledge and capabilities in the specialty areas encountered in these transactions.

Upon completion of transactions, we work with our clients to organize the documentation and information resulting from a transaction in a manner permitting easy access and use after closing. We also enjoy providing general legal counsel to many of the portfolio companies of our private equity clients and assisting them to implement selected value-creation strategies in respect of their investments.

Honors & Awards

  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms, national Tier 3 for leveraged buyouts and private equity law, 2013-18; Charlotte Tier 1 for leveraged buyouts and private equity law, 2011-18


News & Events




  • Developments in the Regulation of Fund Managers in North Carolina
    Feb. 1, 2014
    Notes Bearing Interest, the newsletter of the Business Law Section of the NCBA
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