Private Equity

40 years of private equity transactions extends our experience beyond technical legal skills.

Meet the team

Locke Lord is a leader in middle-market private equity and growth equity deals, and our substantial experience allows us to provide creative and pragmatic advice regarding deal structures, market terms and industry trends. Our team provides guidance on all aspects of buyouts, portfolio company operations, and strategic initiatives and exit transactions. Middle-market funds work with our teams to gain critical advantages in connection with their platform and add-on transactions.

Our Approach

  • Understand the client’s preferred deal framework and organizational structure from an economic and legal perspective
  • Provide meaningful input on market terms and alternative approaches and solutions
  • Leverage our familiarity with a wide variety of transactions and the ability to call on team members — in finance, tax and employment — who understand the client’s objectives
  • Utilize our knowledge of key industry participants and opposing counsel
  • Represent management teams in their negotiations with private equity firms, from a transactional and tax standpoint, with a unique perspective due to the familiarity with the commercial and strategic terms of these transactions that is garnered from our representation of investors

Exceptional Service

  • Accessibility
    Coverage is structured to ensure that the lead lawyers and all necessary team members are accessible and able to respond quickly at all critical points in the process
  • Effective communication
    There is consistent communication between Locke Lord lawyers and the client concerning deal status, transaction issues and overall legal spend
  • Eliminate surprise
    Every effort is made to anticipate and plan for potential deal hurdles and causes of delay
  • Personnel management
    Partners are involved in every material aspect of a transaction, and teams are staffed based on appropriate seniority levels and skill sets

Industry Experience

  • Business services
  • Communications (broadcast and media, cable, telecommunications and wireless)
  • Consumer products
  • Energy (including renewables)
  • Financial services
  • Health care and medical devices
  • Information technology and software
  • Insurance
  • Life sciences
  • Manufacturing