Practice/Industry Group Overview
For investors and emerging businesses, the private equities and venture capital markets present both great opportunities and significant challenges. Duane Morris attorneys understand the advantages - and the potential pitfalls - for both investors and entrepreneurs in the private equities and venture capital markets.
The core of our approach is to thoroughly understand our clients' business and provide the legal services and solutions to help our clients achieve their vision. With a wealth of legal experience across a variety of industries, Duane Morris provides a full-range of corporate, finance and business advisory services to our private equity clients.
The Duane Morris Corporate Practice Group focuses on private equity funds and investment companies, venture capital firms, their portfolio companies and start-ups or mid-sized companies raising funds in the private equities market.
Private Equity Funds
Duane Morris attorneys assist private equities funds, investment banks, financial institutions and individual investors with structuring and consummating private equity, debt or hybrid investments. Our practice is both transactional and compliance-related. Duane Morris has extensive experience in creating and documenting a variety of private investments, including private placements, mezzanine financings, PIPEs, and others. We represent private investors of all sizes, from large institutional funds and corporate investors to angel investors, and are experienced with the varied issues arising in early stage, later stage and mezzanine financing for offering types ranging from traditional private offerings to offshore private placements and Rule 144A high yield debt offerings. Our group advises clients regularly regarding the formation and capitalization of fund of funds, venture funds, and private equity funds.
We also assist private equity fund clients and management boards initiate, structure and complete leveraged buyout offers to take companies private. Our Corporate Practice Group readily draws upon resources from our Tax, Finance, Employment and Securities Law practices when a particular transaction or matter requires a multidisciplinary approach.
In this era of heightened scrutiny, private equity funds and private companies must comply with a myriad of increasingly complex state and federal regulations. From fund formation to structuring and documenting complex deals, Duane Morris attorneys counsel our clients on the many rules and requirements governing every step of the transaction.
Duane Morris has served as counsel to numerous venture capital funds, with a particular emphasis in the biotechnology industry, and has considerable experience in structuring venture capital and other equity and mezzanine investments in early stage companies. We represent both venture capital firms and their portfolio companies in all aspects of corporate transactions and compliance, negotiating and structuring venture capital investments, and related services for emerging businesses.
Private Equity and Venture Capital Seekers
For entrepreneurs, early stage companies and developing mid-sized companies, Duane Morris attorneys provide a wealth of guidance and counsel to help them balance the need to raise capital with preserving their long term business goals and independence. Duane Morris understands the private equity market affords emerging growth companies key advantages over the demands of the public market. We know the difference between helping our clients simply raise capital and helping our clients find the right investors, with the right relationships, to partner with to grow the business.
Our attorneys are well-versed in the private equity world, having represented both investors and their portfolio companies in a number of growth industries. Additionally, our attorneys are actively involved in many private equity, venture capital and technology associations through which invaluable relationships and connections - the driving force of the industry - are made.
As our attorneys are fluent in a range of related finance and securities law disciplines, Duane Morris can take our clients from the initial business planning to initial and follow-on funding rounds, advising on compliance with Regulation D, Regulation S, other exemptions and other securities laws, to strategically growing the business after capitalization. We also advise our clients on a number of exit strategies, including initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions, to help our clients derive maximum value for the business they have nurtured and grown.
For Additional Information
For additional information, please contact John F. Horstmann or any of the practice members referenced in the Attorney Listing.