Private Equity

Private equity investments are becoming increasingly important in business. Companies firmly established in the marketplace need capital to grow and turn their ideas into a reality. Private funds provide this capital in exchange for a stake in the company.

We advise the funds on their investments, be it in the form of a management buyout (MBO), management buy-in (MBI) or a minority stake. Of course, we provide support in the sale of a company by financial investors (“exit”).

We also help companies devise optimal finance structures. This work covers both an investment by financial investors and the provision of equity and mezzanine finance by third parties. In the case of MBOs or MBIs, we assist management with drafting and negotiating agreements with financial investors.

Our areas of specialization:

Legal/tax due diligence review of the target company

Drafting and negotiating investment agreements, partnership agreements, bylaws as well as sale and purchase agreements for MBO and MBI structures

Assistance with third-party finance in MBO and MBI structures

Structuring and negotiating of other finance components, including mezzanine finance and loans

Drafting and negotiating employment contracts for management

Restructuring following a participation by financial investors