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Private Equity

For over 25 years, Vinson & Elkins has counseled some of the world’s most active and sophisticated private equity funds in all aspects of their businesses, including structuring and organizing investment funds; executing acquisitions, financings, and exit transactions; and advising portfolio companies on corporate, securities, financing, and litigation matters. Leveraging the firm’s world-class reputation as a leader in the energy space, our attorneys are particularly well-versed in energy and natural resource private equity transactions.

V&E lawyers serve private equity clients on a variety of innovative strategies, including buyouts and going private transactions; acquisition finance, mezzanine finance, high-yield debt offerings and IPOs; equity line commitments (management and sponsor-side); joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and portfolio company investments. Bolstered by V&E’s nationally-recognized tax, employee benefits, real estate, finance, environmental, regulatory, and capital markets practices, our attorneys offer seamless representation across all of the areas that are important to our private equity clients.

Recent practice highlights:
  • The Carlyle Group in the acquisition of the North American power generation assets of Cogentrix Energy from the Goldman Sachs Group
  • Warburg Pincus in the $1.125 billion joint line of equity commitment to Venari Resources, an early-stage company focused on deep water exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico
  • TPG Capital in the $1 billion line of equity commitment to Maverick American Natural Gas, a company formed to acquire and operate conventional natural gas producing properties in North America
  • Riverstone Holdings in the $400 million acquisition of three coal-fired generating plants located in Maryland from a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

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