Much attorneys work with private equity funds to acquire portfolio and platform companies, consummate add-on acquisitions, handle day-to-day legal work for portfolio companies, and eventually sell these companies. Because we intimately understand the needs of both the private equity firm and the entrepreneurial business owner, we’re well positioned to negotiate and close deals on an efficient and value-added basis.
Much’s Private Equity team helps our clients see around the corner, focusing on top-tier service that incorporates proactivity and responsiveness. Our strengths include:
- Thinking like entrepreneurs: Much attorneys understand the mindsets of both entrepreneurs who may be embarking on the largest business transaction of their lives and private equity investors who have a penchant for acquiring entrepreneurial companies.
- Evaluating risks for investors: Our attorneys work with clients to weigh the risks and rewards of potential investments and to structure agreements that minimize exposure while maximizing potential returns.
- Handling all aspects and stages of financing: In connection with our representation of private equity funds and their portfolio companies, we handle related financing, including acquisition financing and ongoing oversight and management of credit facilities.
- Planning for what’s ahead: We work closely with clients to develop next-phase plans and tailored exit strategies that are suited to both their business and personal goals.
Private equity transactions come in many forms and often touch on many legal disciplines. Much service offerings are packaged to help you manage all the following elements:
- Corporate governance and fiduciary duties
- Due diligence
- Distressed acquisitions
- Equity rights, transfer restrictions, and exit strategies
- Employee Retirement Income Security Act matters
- Intellectual property procurement, preservation, and strategy
- Leveraged buyouts
- Management buyouts
- Permanent financing
- Public offerings
- Recapitalization and leveraged recapitalization transactions
- Stockholder, registration rights, voting, and stockholder redemption agreements
- Subordinated and mezzanine debt and structured finance transactions
- Tax-advantaged investment structures
Trending & Horizon Issues
Despite shifts in the economy, including periodic downturns and, of course, the pandemic effect on business in general, private equity investment has been growing consistently. Our team is ready to help you negotiate and close the right deal in the right way.
- Rising prices in a seller’s market: It’s a seller’s market today, with eager buyers bidding up prices as they chase limited opportunities. This trend calls for innovative sourcing of opportunities, deal structures, and other approaches – and that’s what Much delivers.
- Interest rate hikes: Since interest rates impact a buyer’s ability to borrow, private equity activity generally slows as rates rise. But there are investment opportunities for firms that have invested capital waiting to be deployed. And for private equity companies accessing capital from large institutional investors comfortable with longer-term outlooks, Much can help our clients re-strategize and structure the leverage that works for them.