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Private Equity and Venture Capital

Overview

Focused on the middle market, Waller’s corporate and commercial finance attorneys operate on a national level and have earned reputations for cutting-edge and cost-effective legal services. We assist clients in the formation of private equity, venture capital, hedge and angel funds, and clients rely on us in investment activities ranging from capital raising activities, complex financings, and platform-company and “bolt-on” acquisitions to dispositions of investments through sales, public offerings and recapitalizations.

M&A and Dispositions

Private equity and venture capital firms value the experience that Waller attorneys bring to investments, acquisitions, financings and exit transactions in healthcare, manufacturing, technology and other industries. Waller structures, negotiates, and executes complex acquisitions, financings, and dispositions on behalf of private equity and venture capital sponsors and other transaction participants. Our experience ranges from high-profile going private/taking private transactions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, acquisitions and dispositions  – including both platform-company and portfolio-company transactions. Our clients are some of the most active private equity and venture capital firms in the United States, and our experience includes both domestic and cross-border transactions. We provide our investment clients with fully integrated and multi-disciplinary teams blending the knowledge of experienced transactional, regulatory and compliance attorneys.

Mezzanine Finance

Mezzanine capital is an increasingly popular means to finance transactions ranging from leveraged buyouts to real estate acquisitions. In connection with investment and lending transactions, Waller represents private mezzanine and subordinate debt investment funds, family offices, institutional investors and other market participants throughout the United States. We assist these clients in mezzanine finance transactions involving start-ups and emerging companies ranging to more well-established privately held and publicly traded companies.

We advise issuers, investors and financial sponsors in both sponsored and unsponsored transactions. Our experience entails complex mezzanine structures including extensive subordination and intercreditor arrangements involving senior and subordinated debt components. Real estate developers are increasingly turning to mezzanine finance and our experience in this growing market segment includes a wide range of commercial projects, including office, industrial, retail, commercial, mixed-use and multi-family residential projects.