Private equity & venture capital

Overview

While the industry continues to bounce back following the global financial crisis, private equity and venture capital firms face new challenges in their transactions and fund structuring to ensure portfolio growth and successful exit strategies.

Our Private Equity team has extensive experience assisting Australian and international private equity firms to achieve their investment goals, and includes lawyers with private equity and leveraged finance experience in the UK and US.

[JWS has] extensive experience in handling sponsor investment in the resources industry, [and a] recently expanded practice with an acknowledged client focus.
Chambers Asia Pacific

We assist clients at all stages of the investment cycle. Our expertise covers a wide range of areas including the establishment of private equity funds, development and expansion, capital investments, MBOs and LBOs. We also advise on the privatisation of publicly listed companies and the acquisition of interests in existing private equity fund portfolios.

Our hands-on specialists can assist with:

  • fund establishment
  • structuring of private equity investments
  • foreign investment advice
  • undertaking legal due diligence on behalf of private equity clients
  • documenting and implementing transactions, including acquisition and investment documentation and schemes of arrangement
  • devising and documenting management incentive plans
  • negotiating and preparing shareholder arrangements
  • structuring and executing on all levels of the debt capital structure, including senior and mezzanine/holdco debt structures.

People

Recognition

Clients say [James Rozsa is] easily the best private equity lawyer they have dealt with, especially on cross-border deals; he doesn't miss the fact that deals have to get done and finds the right balance between their commercial and their legal aspects.
Chambers Guide (Asia Pacific), 2016
Very much in the loop when it comes to upcoming opportunities.
Chambers Guide Asia Pacific, 2016
"What I like about this team is its proactive thinking, commercial insight in negotiations and familiarity with the client's way of working - all balanced with a quick turnaround on requests."
Chambers Guide Asia Pacific, 2016
[JWS has] niche expertise in assisting venture capital funds and the financial sponsorship of resources companies
Chambers Guide Asia Pacific, 2015
Always available and fantastic in terms of managing client needs.
Chambers Guide Asia Pacific, 2015
James Rozsa is praised for a wide range of skills, which includes being "available at short notice, focused on objectives and coming up with new ideas, approaches and solutions."
Chambers Guide Asia Pacific, 2015
An accessible and very helpful team.
Chambers Guide Asia Pacific, 2015
[JWS has] extensive experience in handling sponsor investment in the resources industry.
Chambers Guide Asia Pacific, 2014
"Very good at simplifying complex matters."
Chambers Guide Asia Pacific, 2014 (client feedback)
"We like the firm for its boutique aspect, better ratio of partners to other lawyers and greater partner involvement than other firms."
Chambers Guide Asia Pacific, 2014 (client feedback)
James Rozsa attracts high praise from both peers and clients as a valuable addition to this practice. He is described as a "solutions-based lawyer who is very hands-on during a deal," and is also lauded for producing "high-quality work quickly and with strong client interaction."
Chambers Guide Asia Pacific, 2014

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