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Private equity


Meet the team

Norton Rose Fulbright's private equity/venture capital team regularly represents both sponsors and investors in connection with the establishment of private equity investment vehicles, including leveraged buy-out funds and venture capital funds, both domestic and off-shore. The team's private equity lawyers also serve as counsel to private fund managers and sponsors.

The firm's private equity/venture capital lawyers bring extensive experience in many relevant areas, including partnership and limited liability company law, tax, ERISA, securities, investment companies, and is knowledgeable of current market conditions and trends.

In addition to their work in establishing private equity funds, members of the private equity/venture capital team are regularly involved in structuring and negotiating the funds' investments. These lawyers work with clients from the beginning to establish clear exit strategies, whether by private sale, initial public offering, merger or acquisition.

Fund formation

Norton Rose Fulbright's private equity lawyers serve as counsel to private fund managers and sponsors in connection with raising US and offshore investment funds with varied investment structures and objectives, including leverage buyout, venture capital, real estate, distressed, co-investment and mezzanine funds, as well as hedge funds, funds-of-funds and Shari'ah compliant funds.

The private equity team has also organized investment funds in a number of specialized industries, such as the energy, technology and life science fields. The team's private equity lawyers provide advice on all aspects of a fund's formation and operations, from structuring the fund to advising clients regarding ongoing administration, management and operational matters, as well as tax and regulatory compliance, throughout the life of a fund.

In addition, the team's lawyers have significant experience representing fund managers and sponsors in structuring and negotiating internal governance and executive compensation arrangements, including establishing carried interest, employee investment and leverage programs.

Lawyers in the team's fund formation group also have extensive experience representing institutional investors considering investments in all types of private equity and hedge funds and negotiating the terms of their investments.

Institutional investor clients include state pension plans, funds-of-funds, multilateral organizations, university endowments and charities. Because of the breadth of the private equity team, its lawyers regularly review all types of private funds, from domestic and international leveraged buyout, venture capital and real estate funds to funds focused on energy, infrastructure, mezzanine, distressed debt and emerging markets. Private equity representations have included not only reviewing and negotiating fund documentation, but we have also advised clients in the creation of special investment programs, including captive funds-of-funds, distressed debt funds, real estate funds and co-investment funds.

The team's private equity experience representing fund sponsors and institutional investors provides its lawyers with current market knowledge of terms and trends and allows them to offer business term alternatives and design practical solutions to complex issues.

Pioneers in venture capital

Norton Rose Fulbright's private equity/venture capital team also represents sponsors of venture capital funds in their capital-raising and investing activities, as well as emerging growth companies seeking venture capital financing.

The firm's private equity/venture capital lawyers have practiced actively in the venture capital area for over 30 years and were one of the early entrants in this field.

We are also one of the foremost authorities in the structuring and closing of venture capital investments. From the structuring of bridge loans through the sophisticated negotiation of later-stage financings, the team's private equity/venture capital lawyers effectively advise clients to ensure transactions close swiftly and efficiently.

Awards and accolades

  • Best Law Firms, national rankings for international trade and finance law and leveraged buyouts and private equity law, US News & World Report and Best Lawyers, 2016