Our attorneys have extensive experience advising sponsors and dealmakers in private equity investment transactions. We bring a deep understanding of the unique issues and complexities in structuring and completing private equity transactions to each client engagement.

We counsel financial sponsors, such as buyout funds, mezzanine funds, venture capital funds, high-net worth investors, portfolio companies, management groups, and lenders on a variety of private equity matters. We represent the portfolio companies of private equity funds in matters ranging from add-on acquisitions, borrowing, refinancing, and recapitalization to executive compensation, employee benefits, real estate, and litigation.

In addition, we represent fund investors, such as endowment funds, foundations, pension plans, and family trusts in matters involving their investments in private equity funds. Finally, we represent hedge funds and other pooled investment vehicles in all aspects of their operations, including regulatory and compliance obligations.

We also maintain a robust mezzanine lending practice, regularly representing banks, subordinated debt funds, and other investors.

Our experience representing funds as both buyers and sellers enables us to see transactions from all sides and create tax-efficient structures that align the risk and reward to the goals of each side. This creative approach helps our clients propose alternatives and respond to issues in a way that differentiates them from competitors in pursuing and closing investments.

Venture Capital

Entrepreneurs with innovative technologies, rapid growth potential, and a sound business model and management team need experienced attorneys who can help turn their ambitions into profitable enterprises.

Our attorneys represent high-tech and life sciences startups and emerging companies through all stages of growth—from entity formation and angel/seed funding through institutional funding, to initial public offerings, and other liquidity events. The firm offers clients comprehensive legal counsel in:

  • Entity selection and formation
  • Capital investment structures
  • Tax advice and planning
  • Seed through startup and late-stage financing
  • Executive compensation
  • Employee benefits and incentive compensation plans
  • Equity and debt offerings
  • Patent prosecution and portfolio counseling
  • Trademarks and copyrights
  • Licensing agreements
  • Confidentiality and non-compete agreements
  • Corporate governance counseling
  • Exit strategies and liquidity events, including IPOs, M&A transactions, and management buyouts

We also represent venture capital funds and other investors seeking opportunities. We understand the venture investment landscape and know what is "market" for deal structures. We help investors evaluate potential investments, assist with due diligence investigations, negotiate financing terms, draft documentation, and structure and close transactions efficiently. We also work with, and provide counsel to, portfolio companies after the venture investment.


Karen C. McConnell
Practice Leader
Tel 602.798.5403

Robert E. Tunheim
Practice Leader
Tel 612.371.3915