Jenner & Block

Private Equity/Investment Funds

We provide strategic advice and legal counsel on the formation, operation and investing activities of a wide range of private funds.  In our fund formation practice, we structure, negotiate and document the formation of private equity, venture capital and hedge funds, including real estate and debt funds on behalf of both sponsor and institutional investor clients.  We also represent private fund clients in variety of portfolio company transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions of portfolio company investments.

Over the last several years, we have represented clients in over 100 fund formation transactions.  Through our representation of fund sponsors and of large pension funds, endowments, funds of funds and other institutional fund investors we have reviewed and negotiated many of the top-tier private equity and venture capital funds organized during that time.  The depth of our experience enables us to provide efficient and effective advice for clients based on our knowledge of the current market and our understanding of their issues.

We also represent private fund clients in implementing their investment strategies by structuring, negotiating and documenting portfolio company transactions.  Our experience includes the acquisition of controlling interests in public and private companies, a variety of debt financing transactions, and recapitalizations and restructurings.  Our clients also regularly seek our advice on structuring co-investment relationships among fund sponsors and their investors in connection with portfolio company investments.  In addition, we have extensive experience in executing portfolio company exit strategies through initial public offerings, M&A transactions and restructurings.

Our lawyers closely follow legal and market developments across the private equity and investment management industries, allowing us to help clients navigate the challenges of the dynamic regulatory and compliance landscape.  We work closely with attorneys in the Firm’s Tax, Intellectual Property, Labor, ERISA, Executive Compensation, Real Estate and Environmental groups to provide comprehensive counsel and subject matter expertise to our clients.

For a listing of recent representative transactions for our Private Equity/Investment Funds Group, please click here.