Launching and implementing a successful investment strategy requires the support of experienced, innovative and nimble counsel who understand the private equity landscape. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has a deep bench of investment funds specialists and a long track record of leading deals on behalf of private equity firms, private equity funds and their portfolio companies, private equity investors and special committees and management teams, worldwide. We apply a life cycle approach to private equity representations, offering the full suite of services, from formation, tax structuring and regulatory compliance to execution of acquisition, financing and exit transactions. Our clients include some of the world’s largest and most prominent funds, as well as middle-market funds—both institutionally affiliated and stand-alone.
We routinely structure multijurisdictional private equity funds and assist with capital raising, ERISA and management incentivization and complex tax concerns. We help financial sponsors in connection with all of their transactional needs, including evaluating opportunities, structuring financing arrangements and devising exit strategies. We have extensive experience with all manner of business combinations—across industries and time zones—including acquisitions, dispositions, leveraged buyouts, carve-out transactions, and joint ventures and strategic alliances. We leverage our footprint to help clients effectively and efficiently address the regulatory and economic implications of executing a global investment strategy and advise on sophisticated cross-border transactions in developed and emerging markets around the world.
In addition to working with private equity funds, we routinely serve as outside counsel to their portfolio companies. We advise on add-on acquisitions and investments, and strategic joint ventures and alliances. We also advise in connection with public and private offerings of debt and equity securities in U.S. and global markets as well as on day-to-day executive compensation, labor and employment, environmental, tax, intellectual property, policy and litigation matters.
Our private equity team counsels clients with respect to:
- fund formation
- capital raising and marketing activities
- tax structuring
- mergers, acquisitions, dispositions
- cross-border transactions
- joint ventures and strategic partnerships
- leveraged buyouts
- public policy and compliance with political and government ethics laws
- management and employee participation and incentive programs
- public and private offerings of debt and equity, including IPOs
- regulatory and compliance matters pertaining to antitrust, communications and information technology, international trade and antibribery.