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Private Equity

Vinson & Elkins counsels sophisticated private equity funds in their most complex transactions across nearly all industries and sectors. Our broad private equity client base consists of middle market funds to many of the world’s leading private equity and venture capital funds. V&E’s Private Equity team leverages the firm’s global footprint across major financial centers to execute our private equity clients’ most important deals.

Comprehensive Private Equity Capabilities

V&E represents private equity funds and their portfolio companies in a broad range of transactions in every phase of the investment life cycle, including:

  • Fund formation and fundraising
  • Management team placements
  • Growth equity transactions
  • Acquisitions, investments, and dispositions
  • Leveraged buyouts and going private transactions
  • Carve-outs
  • Line of equity commitments
  • Mezzanine finance
  • Distressed investments
  • Joint ventures
  • Exits, including IPOs

The Private Equity team seamlessly integrates with the firm’s leading Capital Markets and Finance practices, helping our clients efficiently access both public and private sources of debt and equity capital. V&E clients also benefit from access to our other internationally recognized specialty practices, such as Tax, Regulatory, and Environmental.

Energy Private Equity Innovator

V&E has a world-class reputation in energy and is a leader in energy private equity, including renewable energy. The firm represents many leading energy-focused private equity sponsors and generalist buyout firms on their energy investments. V&E’s Private Equity lawyers pioneered the line of equity commitment structure in the energy space, and have been involved in some of the most complex, high-value leveraged buyouts in the industry. Over the past five years the firm ranks NUMBER ONE in Mergermarket’s league tables for global energy private equity transactions by volume.

Experience Highlights

  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy Fund of The Carlyle Group in the formation of a joint venture with Alchemy Renewable Energy, LLC (ARE), a renewable energy developer and tax equity arranger, together with the acquisition of certain operating and development-stage solar projects from ARE

  • TPG Growth and The Rise Fund in the acquisition of CLEAResult, the country’s leading provider of efficiency solutions for utility companies, from General Atlantic

  • Apollo Global Management in the acquisition of an approximately $1 billion portfolio from GE Capital’s Energy Financial Services unit

  • EnCap Investments in the $1.4 billion merger between Eclipse Resources Corporation and Blue Ridge Mountain Resources

  • Blackstone Infrastructure Partners in its $3.3 billion acquisition of a controlling interest in Tallgrass Energy and subsequent agreement to purchase all outstanding publicly-held shares

  • Spredfast, a leading provider of social media management software and solutions, in the merger with Lithium Technologies via its private equity sponsor, Vista Equity Partners 

  • Quantum Energy Partners and Post Oak Energy Capital in the $3.6 billion sale of Oryx Midstream to Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners 

  • Clovis Point Capital in its acquisition of Cirruspath, a leading provider of sales enablement software