Practice Area

Private Equity

Patterson Belknap’s Private Equity practice group brings together extensive transactional experience and broad interdisciplinary skills. The group focuses on private equity and venture capital transactions, fund formation and related advice. We represent investors and funds, and also emerging growth companies in their full range of financing and other activities. We pride ourselves in understanding our clients' businesses and anticipating their legal needs.

Private Equity

Our private equity practice group represents clients in acquisitions and sales of businesses, in the financing of these acquisitions, and in related tax and regulatory matters. We advise clients in relation to all types of investment instruments, including preferred and common equity, senior, subordinated and convertible debt, bridge loans, options, warrants and exchangeable instruments, in each case to best meet our clients' goals. We have significant experience in management buyouts and in distressed securities, insolvency and bankruptcy situations.

We are at the forefront of constantly evolving industry standards, deal structures, and legal deal terms that the leading investors in the private equity business pursue. We actively monitor and guide our clients in connection with important legal developments in the private equity and M&A areas. We represent target companies in private equity and M&A transactions and advise bankers and special committees in private equity and other sale transactions. Such advice is critical to ensuring transactions successfully proceed to closure, that stockholders' rights are protected, and that the Board and managers are protected through full compliance with their fiduciary duties.

We have extensive experience in the process of exiting investments and realizing value, including through public offerings, recapitalizations, strategic sales and workouts. This advice extends to both fund clients and emerging growth company clients. Our entrepreneurial approach ensures that we understand our clients’ specific needs and goals, and we actively team with our clients to achieve their immediate transactional and long-term objectives. Although we represent all sizes of clients, our experience and efficient staffing makes us particularly suited to represent efficiently clients in medium-sized and smaller deals.


Our private equity clients work closely with the lead partner on a transaction, benefiting from their in-depth understanding of how to complete deals successfully and efficiently. Our staffing model provides for cost effective representation. We generally staff matters with one partner and one associate, except when additional attorneys are required for larger transactions. Our attorneys focusing on tax, intellectual property and other relevant areas are also called in as needed. Our attorneys provide the highest level of client service, including superior responsiveness, in every transaction.