Private Equity

LEADERS

Overview

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Private Equity Practice represents many of the largest and most active financial sponsors, sovereign wealth funds and other investor groups around the world.

We provide a full-service solution to our private equity clients.  We handle deals ranging from venture and growth capital transactions through multibillion-dollar club deals.  In close coordination with lawyers in other Gibson Dunn practice areas, we provide a comprehensive service including:

  • Due diligence and compliance
  • Deal negotiation, documentation and execution
  • Tax structuring
  • Acquisition finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Management equity

Post-acquisition, we work with client portfolio companies on a wide range of matters, including business and financial restructurings, add-on acquisitions and leveraged recaps.  We handle private equity exit transactions, including trade sales and initial public offerings.  Because of our international reach, we are involved in some of the most complex multijurisdictional deals.

We also work closely with the fund formation teams of our Investment Funds Practice Group, providing cutting-edge sophistication in the organization of private investment funds and fund management companies, as well as other fund-related matters.

We distinguish ourselves in global markets:

  • We are an integrated global team, of unparalleled quality and service orientation.
  • We learn our clients’ business and the business of their portfolio companies to provide commercially sensitive advice and to add maximum value.
  • We maintain a low associate/partner ratio, ensuring senior lawyer involvement throughout, and delivering a better product at a price that competes favorably with firms that rely on high leverage to support profitability.
  • Our market-leading U.S. capital markets, finance and regulatory practices (including FCPA) give our European, Asian and emerging markets private equity teams an edge that few firms can offer.

Experience

Representations include:

  • Aurora Capital Group in its acquisition of National Technical Systems; in its acquisition of the Insurance Solutions Division of Zywave, Inc., a leading provider of insurance software solutions; and in its sale of NuCO2, a provider of bulk carbon dioxide (CO2) products and services to the U.S. fountain beverage industry.
  • Catterton Partners in its acquisition of, and subsequent equity investment in the IPO of, portfolio company Restoration Hardware; in its investment in French crystal company, Baccarat, via capital raise; and in its acquisition and subsequent equity investment in the IPO of Noodles & Company, a restaurant chain.
  • CVC Capital Partners in its acquisition of majority ownership of AlixPartners LLC, a business advisory firm.
  • First Reserve Corporation in its sale of a 20 percent share in portfolio company KrisEnergy Holdings, an upstream oil and gas company, to investment firm Keppel Corporation.
  • Carlyle’s fund in the Middle East, in its disposal of Global Lighting Company, a leading Saudi manufacturer and distributor of lighting products, to Philips; and in its disposal of Medical Parks, a leading Turkish hospital business, in a secondary buyout.
  • Investcorp in its acquisition of Fishnet Security, an information technology security firm, from Lake Capital; in its acquisition of Hydrasun, a provider of fluid control equipment and solutions for the oil and gas industry; and in its acquisition of GL Education Group, a provider of school assessment solutions for primary and secondary schools, from Veronis Suhler Stevenson.
  • Kuwait Investment Authority in its cornerstone investments in the $1.94 billion IPO of Citic Securities International Company, the $22.1 billion IPO of the Agricultural Bank of China and the $17.8 billion IPO of American International Assurance, the Asian unit of American International Group.
  • Littlejohn & Co. LLC in its acquisition of CTI Foods and its sale to Thomas H. Lee Partners and Broad Street; in its acquisition of SunSource from CHS Capital; in its $890 million sale of portfolio company LJVH Holdings (Van Houtte), a provider of gourmet coffee products, to Green Mountain Coffee Roasters; and in its sale of portfolio company Kenan Advantage to Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.
  • Whitney & Co., LLC in connection with its acquisition of TIDI Products from Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Co.; and its acquisition, with the existing management team, of Autosplice, a provider of custom electronic interconnect solutions.

EXPERIENCE & RECENT REPRESENTATIONS

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Legal 500 EMEA 2024

-March 27, 2024

Gibson Dunn Deal Wins IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2024 Private Equity Deal of the Year

-March 21, 2024

Gibson Dunn Named International Arbitration Firm of the Year at Asia Legal Awards

-March 15, 2024

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Chambers Europe 2024

-March 14, 2024

Proposed California Legislation AB 3129 Would Require Attorney General Approval for Private Equity and Hedge Fund Acquisitions of Certain Healthcare Entities

-March 13, 2024

Top Intellectual Property Issues to Think About in M&A Deals

-March 13, 2024

The Legal 500 2024 M&A Powerlist Recognizes Four Gibson Dunn Partners

-March 6, 2024

Delaware Court of Chancery Invalidates Consent Rights and Certain Designation-Related Rights in a Stockholder Agreement

-February 28, 2024

SEC Updates Marketing Rule FAQ

-February 23, 2024

Gibson Dunn Transaction Named Best Private Equity Deal, Asia

-February 21, 2024

An Analysis of IQVIA/Propel Media and Its Potential Effect on Merger Enforcement

-January 23, 2024

Gibson Dunn Ranked in 2024 Chambers Greater China Region Guide

-January 18, 2024

Top Labor and Employee Benefits Issues to Think About in M&A Deals

-January 17, 2024

Termination of Adobe / Figma Merger

-December 27, 2023

U.S. Antitrust Agencies Release Revised 2023 Merger Guidelines Designed to Increase Scrutiny of Deals

-December 21, 2023

Tax Court Determines That Limited Partners Are Not Necessarily Exempt from Self-Employment Tax – The Limits of the Limited Partner Exception, as Such

-December 19, 2023

Gibson Dunn Ranked in 2024 Chambers Asia-Pacific

-December 14, 2023

Tax Court Holds That Non-U.S. Fund Is Engaged in a U.S. Trade or Business

-November 22, 2023

Top Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Issues to Think About in M&A Deals

-November 14, 2023

M&A Report – Delaware Court of Chancery Narrows Enforceability of Con Ed Provision

-November 8, 2023

California’s SB 54 Will Require Many VC and PE Funds to Report Founder Diversity Statistics to the California Civil Rights Department

-November 7, 2023

Analysis of SEC’s 2024 Exam Priorities for Private Fund Advisers

-November 2, 2023

Leading German Legal Publication JUVE Recommends Gibson Dunn Germany in its Annual Handbook 2023/2024

-October 27, 2023

Law.com International Names Isabel Berger Among its 2023 Private Equity Rising Stars

-October 25, 2023

Twenty-eight Partners Named Among the 2024 Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers in America

-October 24, 2023

Fifth Circuit Revives WARN Act Case Against Private Equity Manager of Closed Business

-October 6, 2023

FTC Challenges Roll-Up Strategy as Illegal Monopolization

-September 27, 2023

FT Recognizes Gibson Dunn at the Europe Innovative Lawyer Awards 2023

-September 22, 2023

Gibson Dunn Advises Cinven on the Disposal of its Stake in the Planasa Group to EW Group

-September 14, 2023

A Guide to Understanding the New Private Funds Rules

-August 25, 2023

M&A Report – Annual Activism Update – 2022

-August 21, 2023

Private Equity Firm Relinquishes Board Rights, Dissolves Joint Venture After FTC Raises Antitrust Concerns

-August 18, 2023

11 Gibson Dunn Lawyers Named Lawyers of the Year for 2024

-August 17, 2023

With Biden Executive Order, a U.S. Outbound Investment Control Regime Takes an Important Step Forward – Focused on China, but Significant Steps Remain Before Implementation

-August 14, 2023

The Impact of FinCEN’s Beneficial Ownership Regulation on Investment Funds

-August 10, 2023

CFIUS Annual Report for CY 2022: Top Takeaways

-August 9, 2023

Delaware Chancellor Raises the Standard for Pricing Mootness Fees for Supplemental Disclosures

-August 2, 2023

European Court of Justice Strengthens the European Commission’s Hand in Merger Control

-August 2, 2023

Law360 Names Kristen Poole a 2023 Private Equity Rising Star

-July 26, 2023

U.S. Antitrust Agencies Release Updated Merger Guidelines

-July 20, 2023

Sixteen Gibson Dunn Attorneys named in the 2023 Lawdragon 500 X – The Next Generation Guide

-July 7, 2023

FTC Proposes Dramatic Expansion and Revision of HSR Merger Notification Form

-June 29, 2023

Best Lawyers in France 2024 Recognizes 17 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 28, 2023

Webcast: M&A Insights: Current Trends in Leveraged Acquisition Finance, Lessons from the Mindbody Decision, and Officer Fiduciary Duties in M&A

-June 28, 2023

Law360 Names Five Gibson Dunn Lawyers as 2023 Rising Stars

-June 20, 2023

Best Lawyers in Germany 2024 Recognizes 24 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 16, 2023

M&A Report: Top Technology Sector-Specific Legal Diligence Concerns in Acquisitions

-June 8, 2023

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2024 Recognizes 21 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 8, 2023

Ari Lanin Named Among Los Angeles’ 2023 Leaders of Influence in Private Equity

-June 6, 2023

Ari Lanin and Debra Wong Yang Named Among Los Angeles’ 2023 Most Influential People

-June 6, 2023

M&A Report: Delaware Court of Chancery Declines to Enforce a Covenant Not to Sue Upon Exercise of a Drag-Along Right for Public Policy Reasons

-May 8, 2023

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Legal 500 EMEA 2023

-April 13, 2023

Gibson Dunn Advises Técnicas Reunidas on €150 Million Capital Increase

-April 12, 2023

M&A Report – Takeaways from Mindbody Stockholder Litigation

-April 10, 2023

The American Lawyer Names Richard Birns a 2023 Dealmaker of the Year

-March 31, 2023

Eleven Gibson Dunn Attorneys Named in 2023 Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Energy Lawyers

-March 17, 2023

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Chambers Europe 2023

-March 16, 2023

Law.com International Names Alice Brogi Among 2023 Female Rising Stars

-March 9, 2023

Gibson Dunn Ranked in The Legal 500 Deutschland 2023

-February 16, 2023

Alice Brogi Named to The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2023

-January 23, 2023

Gibson Dunn Ranked in 2023 Chambers Greater China Region Guide

-January 13, 2023

Ari Lanin, Kevin Masuda and Benyamin Ross Named to Variety’s 2022 Dealmakers Impact Report

-December 7, 2022

Gibson Dunn Promotes 37 Lawyers to Partnership

-November 15, 2022

FTC Announces Broader Vision of Its Section 5 Authority to Address Unfair Methods of Competition

-November 14, 2022

Law.com International Names Alice Brogi Among its 2022 Private Equity Rising Stars

-October 25, 2022

Euromoney’s Rising Star Awards 2022 Recognizes 16 Gibson Dunn Partners

-October 12, 2022

Expert Guides Best of the Best United States 2022 Recognizes Ten Gibson Dunn Partners

-October 7, 2022

Gibson Dunn Named Among Top Law Firms in Germany 2022/2023

-October 7, 2022

Thirty-Nine Gibson Dunn Partners Recognized in Banking, Finance and Transactional Expert Guide 2022

-October 6, 2022

Gibson Dunn Ranked in The Legal 500 UK 2023

-September 29, 2022

Annual Activism Update – 2021

-August 9, 2022

Ari Lanin and Debra Wong Yang Named Among Los Angeles’ 2022 Most Influential People

-July 13, 2022

Best Lawyers in Germany 2023 Recognizes 26 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 24, 2022

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2023 Recognizes 18 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 9, 2022

Ari Lanin Named Among Los Angeles’ 2022 Leaders of Influence in Private Equity

-June 6, 2022

Gibson Dunn Adds Private Equity Partner Jesse Myers in Houston

-May 9, 2022

Three Who’s Who Legal 2022 Guides Recognize 13 Gibson Dunn Partners

-May 4, 2022

DOJ Antitrust Division Head Promises Litigation to Break Up Director Interlocks

-May 2, 2022

Gibson Dunn Adds Two Private Equity Of Counsels in Houston

-April 12, 2022

Gibson Dunn Adds Two Lawyers in London

-March 30, 2022

Delaware Court of Chancery Addresses the Contours of Sandbagging

-March 21, 2022

Gibson Dunn Deal Wins IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2022 Private Equity Deal of the Year

-March 18, 2022

Webcast: M&A Hot Topics 2022

-January 27, 2022

Private Equity in the UK (England and Wales): Overview

-January 14, 2022

Gibson Dunn Ranked in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022

-January 13, 2022

Gibson Dunn Ranked in 2022 Chambers Greater China Region Guide

-January 12, 2022

Gibson Dunn Grows Corporate Practice in London with Addition of Four Partners

-December 15, 2021

Richard Birns and Theodore Olson Named Sports Law Power Players

-October 29, 2021

Legal Week Names Federico Fruhbeck Among its 2021 Private Equity Rising Stars

-October 20, 2021

Gibson Dunn Adds a Private Equity M&A Team in London

-October 18, 2021

Private Equity Firms and PPP Fraud Liability Under the False Claims Act

-September 23, 2021

10 Gibson Dunn Partners Named Lawyers of the Year

-August 19, 2021

Gibson Dunn Adds Private Equity Partner Marwan Azzi in New York

-August 2, 2021

“Effect of Termination” Provisions in Purchase Agreements: Considerations in an Evolving M&A Market

-July 26, 2021

Ari Lanin Named Among Los Angeles’ 2021 Leaders of Influence in Private Equity

-June 30, 2021

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2022 Recognizes 10 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 3, 2021

Webcast: Private Equity: Government Enforcement Trends – Parts 1 and 2

-May 25, 2021

Gibson Dunn Earns 94 Top-Tier Rankings in Chambers USA 2021

-May 20, 2021

Seventeen Partners Named Among the 2021 Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers in America

-May 13, 2021

Germany Further Strengthens Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Regime

-May 13, 2021

Beau Stark and Robyn Zolman Named Denver’s Top Lawyers 2021

-January 21, 2021

Private Equity Partner Lilit Voskanyan Joins Gibson Dunn in San Francisco

-January 19, 2021

Leading German Legal Publication JUVE Recommends Frankfurt, Munich and Brussels Offices in its Annual Handbook 2020/2021

-November 5, 2020

Finance Partner Laura Rupenian Joins Gibson Dunn in San Francisco

-November 2, 2020

Private equity in the UK (England and Wales): market and regulatory overview

-October 30, 2020

33 Gibson Dunn Partners Recognized in Banking, Finance and Transactional Expert Guide

-October 7, 2020

Stock-for-Stock Mergers During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis – A Potential Strategic Solution

-October 5, 2020

13 Gibson Dunn Partners Named Lawyers of the Year

-August 20, 2020