Practice Areas & Industries: Greenberg Traurig, LLP


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Our Private Equity Practice utilizes the collective experience and resources of our firm to help clients achieve their goals.  Our unique geographic platform, our range of capabilities in many practice areas and industries, as well as our long-standing focus on middle-market M&A, are what distinguish Greenberg Traurig from other large firms.


  • Greenberg Traurig’s team of private equity lawyers have decades of experience representing private equity funds and other transaction sponsors, portfolio companies, management teams, co-investors and other participants in all aspects of private equity transactions.
  • Based in key private equity markets in the United States, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, our private equity team regularly represents clients in:
    • structuring and organizing investment funds
    • evaluating, negotiating and consummating acquisition, financing and exit transactions
    • providing transactional and general corporate representation to private equity funds and their portfolio companies

Middle Market and Beyond

  • With an established reputation in middle market transactions, not only does Greenberg Traurig provide sophistication and experience in accomplishing these transactions for clients on a cost effective basis, but we also have the capability and flexibility to work on some of the largest and most novel transactions and structures in recent years.

Fund Formation

  • Our fund formation attorneys have years of experience across multiple asset classes – classic private equity funds, hedge funds, pledge funds, fund of funds, real estate funds, venture capital funds and alternative investment vehicles.
    • Experience with fund sponsors in capital-raising efforts in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia
    • Formation and offerings experience with registered funds
    • Formation and ongoing operation of a range of non-registered funds, including private equity real estate funds, real estate limited partnerships and non-traded REITs
    • Representation of traditional LBO, venture capital and hedge funds, as well as use of partnership, LLC, trust, SPAC and other fund structures
    • Regularly assist clients in analyzing and implementing fund and alternative investment structures that minimize adverse regulatory and tax consequences
    • Assist clients in drafting offering and subscription documentation
    • Advise on investment regulation and compliance matters

M&A Transactions

  • Our M&A team possesses the legal experience, business acumen, and global resources to structure, manage and close sophisticated transactions that enable clients to achieve their strategic goals.  The M&A group has received significant recognition, including being named:
    • M&A Law Firm of the Year for North America (Americas Atlas Awards 2011)
    • Law Firm of the Year, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mexico (Dealmakers M&A Awards, 2012)
    • Law Firm of the Year, Mergers & Acquisitions, Poland (Dealmakers M&A Awards, 2012)
    • Ranked on Top 20 list - Legal Advisors to U.S. M&A: Volume (mergermarket YE 2012 League Tables)
    • Ranked on Top 10 list - Legal Advisors to U.S. (South) M&A: Volume (mergermarket YE 2012 League Tables)
    • Ranked on Top 10 list - Legal Advisors to Central and South American M&A: Value (mergermarket YE 2012 League Tables)
  • We assist our private equity clients with platform acquisitions, add-ons, dispositions, recapitalizations and other exit transactions (including strategic mergers and IPOs), debt financings and management equity and compensation programs, including:
    • Structuring, negotiating and consummating traditional leveraged buyouts, control investments and recapitalizations, “club” transactions involving multiple sponsors and other acquisition transactions
    • Using multi-practice client teams, integrating our tax, employee benefits/executive compensation, intellectual property, real estate, environmental and litigation attorneys
    • Serving as borrower’s counsel in financing private equity acquisitions, capitalizing on our experience in representing lenders in senior, mezzanine, high-yield debt and preferred stock financings
    • Advising private equity and hedge funds with all aspects of reorganizations, bankruptcies, restructurings, workouts and buyouts, including acquisition and financing strategies such as “loan to own” strategies, 363 purchases, and UCC foreclosures

Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:

Iran Nuclear Negotiation Deadline Extended to July 10
Kara M. Bombach,Sandra K. Jorgensen,Renee A. Latour, July 13, 2015
Further to the June 30, 2015 extension of the deadline for a final deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program, on July 7, 2015 the U.N. Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) plus Germany, the European Union and Iran agreed to further extend by an...

U.S. and EU Extend Deadline for Deal in Iran Nuclear Talks
Kara M. Bombach,Sandra K. Jorgensen,Renee A. Latour, July 03, 2015
On June 30, 2015, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) plus Germany, the European Union, and Iran agreed to extend by seven days their self-imposed deadline for finalizing a deal regarding Iran’s nuclear...

CFPB Enforcement Action Against Collection Agency and Its Service Providers
Peter L. Cockrell,Brett M. Kitt,Gil Rudolph,J. Scott Sheehan, April 17, 2015
On April 8, the CFPB announced that it had sued a debt collection agency, its individual owners, and its service providers in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for allegedly violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Consumer Financial...

CFPB Outlines Payday Loan Rule
Peter L. Cockrell,Brett M. Kitt,Gil Rudolph,J. Scott Sheehan, April 17, 2015
The CFPB held a field hearing on payday lending March 26 in Richmond, Va., where it announced the details of the payday loan rule that it is considering proposing. Although the outline of the rule provided by the CFPB is not a formal notice of proposed rulemaking, it is referred to in this Alert as...

Foreign Venture Capital Investments in Sub-Saharan African Technology Startups
Aron J. Ambia, April 07, 2015
A McKinsey report published in February 2014 estimates that mobile phone ownership among adults in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is estimated to be 66 percent. The rapid spread of Internet-enabled mobile phones throughout SSA has created an opportunity for the emergence of tech startups and venture...

U.S. Imposes Additional Targeted Ukraine-related Sanctions
Cyril T. Brennan,Sandra K. Jorgensen,Renee A. Latour, March 19, 2015
On March 11, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed new Ukraine-related targeted sanctions on several Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities in response to Russian violations of the ceasefire brokered in February 2015 between the...

Actis Unveils $1.9 Billion Pan-African Renewable Energy Joint Venture
Jillian C. Kirn, March 13, 2015
On Feb. 17, U.K. private equity firm Actis announced a $1.9 billion joint venture with energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power to build a series of wind and solar projects throughout Africa over the next three years. The joint-venture company, named Lekela Power, plans to produce between 700...

Investment Protection in Africa
Ryan P. Kelley, March 13, 2015
The risks and rewards of investing in an African country understandably have a significant influence over exactly where and when foreign investors choose to invest and over evaluations of ongoing investments. The host countries in which foreign investors do invest must similarly consider the risks...

South Africa Gets to Work on its First ‘Smart City’
Alais L. M. Griffin, March 13, 2015
Work is beginning on a R84 billion “smart city” project in Modderfontein, South Africa, just east of Johannesburg. The developer, Chinese investment firm, Shanghai Zendai, plans on developing 1,600 hectares of land into an international commercial hub that it hopes will one day rival...

SEC Announces 2015 Examination Priorities
Richard M. Cutshall,Arthur Don, March 04, 2015
On Jan. 13, 2015, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations released its annual list of examination priorities for 2015. A copy of the examination priorities letter is available here. The examination priorities are a mixture of OCIE’s examination priorities and risk areas first...

New EU Sanctions Target Crimea and Sevastopol
Sanne Mulder,Erik de Bie, February 16, 2015
The European Union (EU) adopted new sanctions Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, relating to the conflict situation in Ukraine. The sanctions specifically target Crimea and Sevastopol. The new measures confirm, once again that the EU does not recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, which...

U.S. Imposes Sweeping Sanctions on Crimea
Kara M. Bombach,Sandra K. Jorgensen,Julia Sorrentino, February 16, 2015
On Dec. 19, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting most transactions by U.S. persons with respect to the Crimea Region of Ukraine (Crimea) and blocking the property of certain individuals and entities (together, Crimea Sanctions). Additionally, the Office of Foreign Assets...

UC Ventures: How one very large public university system is setting an example. Or is it?
K. Lance Anderson, February 16, 2015
Over the summer, the University of California (UC) System, with President Janet Napolitano at the helm, shifted a fundamental policy common with many university systems. She rescinded the “Guidelines on University-Industry Relations Policy,” in place since 1989, which prohibited the...