Private Equity


Michael Best represents private equity fund sponsors and investors in all aspects of fund formation, financing, acquisitions, and exits.

We assist clients with a wide variety of private equity funds and funds of funds, such as hedge funds, leveraged buyout funds, merchant banking funds, mezzanine funds, venture capital funds, REITs and other real estate funds, and hybrid funds.

We also serve as counsel to portfolio companies and have experience in many different industries, including energy, manufacturing, biotechnology, healthcare, information technology, retail, hospitality, real estate, consumer products, agriculture, and telecommunications. Our wide-ranging industry knowledge, combined with our deep understanding of the private equity business and financial markets, is of significant value to all our private equity clients.


Our Private Equity lawyers work with clients through every stage of the investment cycle, and we have extensive experience in matters such as:

  • Strategic structuring of fund sponsors and investment funds
  • Acquisitions of portfolio companies, including take-private transactions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts and buy-ins, and acquisitions from bankruptcy
  • Financing, including venture, rescue, and expansion capital
  • Private investments in public companies
  • Exit strategies, including IPOs, spin-outs, management buy-backs, trade sales, and fund-to-fund sales
  • Compliance with regulatory requirements at every stage
  • Ongoing legal advice to portfolio companies in various matters, including corporate, labor and employment, intellectual property, and litigation

Michael Best’s full-service approach means our clients have access to the diverse skills of more than 200 lawyers firmwide. Our multidisciplinary Private Equity group includes attorneys with experience in capital markets and the full spectrum of financing options, such as:

  • Bank financing
  • Securities offerings
  • Mezzanine financing
  • Tax equity financing
  • Bridge lending
  • High-yield debt and equity offerings (secured and unsecured)
  • Asset-based lending
  • First and second liens
  • Split liens (loans and security)
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