Locke Lord lawyers are active deal-makers. Our impressive volume of funding and financing deals is regularly noted in analyst surveys of closed private equity and venture capital transactions and fund formation engagements. We provide more than legal advice -- we collaborate with clients to facilitate effective, results-oriented private equity transactions. Our substantial experience in PE/VC, fund formation and leveraged buy-outs allows us to provide creative and pragmatic advice regarding deal structures, industry trends and market terms. As a global law firm, we represent private equity and venture capital clients in thriving PE/VC business markets from Boston to Houston, New York to the UK, Central and Eastern Europe to Asia, Chicago to Florida and all points in between.

Our platform allows us to identify industry best-practices and help companies compete on a global scale, while our significant local presence in markets across the country and around the world provides our clients unique insight. By staying on top of the market, industry activity and client matters, we've enjoyed long-term professional engagements.

We've developed our strong track record by:

  • Gaining a deep insight into our clients' businesses and goals translates into a keen understanding of how to best structure and negotiate deals.
  • Building strong interdisciplinary teams to service client employment and labor agreements, we bring incisive decision-making and strategic counsel to our clients.
  • Staying ahead of the curve to advise our client's on market deal terms and alternative approaches to structuring deals.
  • Providing client service marked by hands-on partner involvement, with a premium on responsiveness, collaboration and value-added knowledge.

The spectrum of services offered at Locke Lord is broad, with a deep bench of veteran lawyers working globally. Our private equity team provides guidance on all aspects of buyouts, portfolio company operations and strategic initiatives and exit transactions. Private equity clients include funds, management teams, buyers, sellers and lenders. For funds and venture-backed companies, as well as their founders, Locke Lord offers counsel from formation through financing and exit.

Private equity and venture capital funds are familiar territory. Our experience ranges from the representation of general partners raising first time funds, to reviewing and negotiating dozens of fund partnership agreements on behalf of institutional limited partners. And for emerging businesses, we create a roadmap that provides practical counsel on business and legal issues, including connecting clients with new sources of capital.

Middle-market and long-standing business entities work with our teams to gain critical advantages in connection with their capital raising transactions. We maintain a preeminent domain knowledge in growth industries, including life sciences, energy, financial services, communications (broadcast and media, cable, telecommunications and wireless), information technology and software, health care and medical devices, consumer products, and manufacturing and business services.