Benesch’s Private Equity Group has a successful track record of helping investment firms with the acquisition, financing, operation and ultimate disposition of their assets and the formation and ongoing operation of funds. We add unique value for our private equity clients by:

  • Representing portfolio companies post acquisition on a responsive and affordable basis
  • Offering a CEO-centric program that teams successful CEOs and private equity firms to create industry-focused transactions
  • Committing to staff all projects with teams led by senior attorneys who are actively involved in the process and allowing for a consistent team with each fund portfolio company

Attorneys experienced in corporate finance, lending, recapitalizations, mergers and acquisitions, business reorganization.

Benesch’s Private Equity Group is composed of more than 40 attorneys with specialized knowledge within a wide range of industries and business verticals, including individual specialties in the following areas:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Tax structuring
  • Fund formation
  • Corporate finance
  • Subordinated lending
  • Senior lending
  • Unitranche lending
  • Securities
  • Recapitalizations
  • Restructuring

Our attorneys also have experience taking private equity-backed companies public, publicly traded companies private and in handling the issuance of 144A debt. In addition, we are equally capable of representing companies seeking an investment from or an acquisition by a private equity firm.

As experienced professionals in the private equity marketplace, Benesch attorneys know how to help with tax structuring, ongoing governance, operational and financing issues, and ensure the proper exit procedure. We represent and counsel domestic and offshore private equity clients, including leveraged buyout firms, growth equity firms, hedge funds, mezzanine funds and portfolio companies in matters including:

  • Fund formation and maintenance
  • Solicitation of capital
  • Acquisitions
  • Management of portfolio companies and add-on acquisitions
  • Divestitures
  • PIPEs
  • Distressed investments

While our private equity attorneys have represented clients in transactions in almost every industry, we have extensive experience in packaging, plastics, specialty chemicals, consumer products, transportation and logistics, financial services, graphic arts, health care services, telecommunications, software, media, retail and distribution.

Benesch’s ongoing representation of portfolio companies shows our ability to work with management and private equity owners in a cost-effective and responsive way.

Recognized as a leader in private equity law on a national basis.

Benesch achieved first-tier rankings for corporate law in Cleveland, Ohio, in the 2015 Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News & World Report, which assesses more than 10,000 U.S. law firms in 80 national legal practice areas and 118 metro or state practice areas. The Best Lawyers in America also recognized multiple members of Benesch’s private equity practice in its list of The Best Lawyers in America® 2015, a referral guide of U.S. attorneys that is universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the U.S. A number of our attorneys have also been listed as Ohio Super Lawyers and as Chambers USA Leading Lawyers in corporate law and mergers and acquisitions for multiple years.