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Private Equity

Helping Clients Achieve Their Goals in the Most Time- & Cost-Efficient Manner

Winthrop & Weinstine’s Private Equity team offers practical solutions to the legal needs of private equity, venture capital, hedge funds and family-owned investment firms, who make control and minority investments in emerging and middle market companies.

Winthrop lawyers deeply understand the pressures our clients face; in fact, in addition to their law degrees, many of our attorneys have business degrees, as well as experience working at, or running, private businesses. Our lawyers apply their business backgrounds to address our clients’ legal concerns, partnering with them to find a tailored solution.

All clients and businesses are different, and success means something different to each one. At the outset of any engagement with a client, we first endeavor to understand your goals, motivations, challenges and opportunities. Working within your unique environment, our lawyers are able to partner with you to find your path to success. And because of our experience at all levels, you can be assured that your deal team will be the right team for your needs, and as lean as possible.

Our experience covers all aspects of private equity and venture capital matters, including:
  • Controlling and non-controlling investments (e.g., leveraged acquisitions, bolt-on acquisitions, and buyout transactions)
  • Sale and divestiture transactions
  • Fund formation and structuring
  • Counseling clients on financing transactions, (e.g., senior secured debt facilities, securitizations, project finance, subordinated debt and mezzanine capital, and sale/leasebacks)
In addition, our attorneys regularly represent portfolio companies in a variety of matters, including:
  • Recapitalization and restructuring transactions
  • Regulatory concerns
  • Litigation matters
  • Employment counseling
  • General corporate and securities matters
  • Tax strategy and planning

Recent Representative Private Equity Transactions
  • Represented private equity fund in acquisition of engineering products company.
  • Represented private equity investor in acquisition of contract manufacturer of aluminum products.
  • Represented two private equity funds in acquisition of a specialty manufacturer of circuits.
  • Represented private equity investor in connection with a controlling investment in medical device company.
  • Represented private equity fund in acquisition of a company engaged in the business of producing, marketing and selling specialized foam products for firefighting applications. 
  • Represented private equity fund in acquisition of furniture manufacturer. 
  • Represented private equity fund in acquisition of environmental consulting and testing firm.
  • Represented large institutional investor in bank acquisition.
  • Represented large institutional investor in acquisition of commercial kitchen service and repair business.
  • Represented private equity investor in connection with a controlling investment in software company.
  • Represented hedge funds in connection with fund formation and multiple joint venture investments in connection with the acquisition, management, and divestiture of distressed assets.
  • Fund formation and multiple investments for private equity fund focused on the oil and gas industry.
  • Fund formation and multiple investments for several nation-wide partnerships focusing on real estate.

Professionals

Name

Phone

Email

Mark T. Johnson
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6607 
f   (612) 604-6907 
Brian W. Kensicki
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6621 
f   (612) 604-6821 
David E. Moran
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6638 
f   (612) 604-6838 
Ryan J. Schildkraut
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6489 
f   (612) 604-6889 
Evan C. Sheets
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6612 
f   (612) 604-6812 
Dean D. Willer
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6633 
f   (612) 604-6933 
 
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