BCLP advises the key participants at every stage of private equity transactions, including limited partners, general partners, other private equity sponsors and alternative asset managers, management teams, lenders and portfolio companies. 

We advise on all aspects of private equity, from funds formation to buy-outs, add-ons, co-investments, minority investments and management incentives, right through to dispositions and other types of exits.    

BCLP’s geographic footprint allows our global Private Equity M&A team to advise private equity clients all over the world.  Working from 31 offices, our advice has touched countries throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.   

We advise on private equity deals in a number of key sectors, including agribusiness, food and beverage, consumer goods, healthcare and healthcare services, rail services and logistics, energy services, chemical, retail, technology and telecommunications, branded and white label manufacturing, real estate and infrastructure. 

Representing fund sponsors in portfolio acquisitions, investments, add-on investments, co-investments and advising on exit strategies is the core of our Private Equity M&A practice, and we have closed more than 200 deals for private equity clients in the past 5 years.  Our firm ranks among the top 20 most active firms for U.S. M&A deal volume, and we are recognized by Legal 500 as leaders in middle-market transactions.  Approximately one third of our firmwide M&A deals involve private equity, and we regularly leverage our global platform of over 1,400 lawyers to bring value-driven results.   

Our difference:  

  • “One Firm” approach - we offer an integrated, full-service approach globally to address the various legal areas impacting your transaction. 
  • Senior-level attention - middle-market deals tend to veer off in different directions.  When your deal encounters challenges, you need legal professionals at the ready to manage the situation.  At BCLP, we take pride in maintaining senior-level attention throughout the deal to provide constant, real-time problem solving. 
  • Meaningful middle-market connections - whatever your deal needs, we have relationships that can facilitate and often save a transaction. 
  • Value-driven deal making - we’ve honed our ability to make deals happen by structuring transactions with risks and rewards that both align with our client’s goals and create value for negotiations with the other side. 
  • International expertise - the Private Equity M&A attorneys in our global offices have substantial international expertise.

Key Facts & Figures

  • Roughly one third of our M&A deals involve Private Equity 
  • Closed more than 200 deals for private equity clients in the past 5 years.  
  • Our firm ranks among the top 20 most active firms for U.S. M&A deal volume. 
  • Recognized by Chambers and Legal 500 as leaders in middle-market transactions. 
  • ‘Tier 1’ in Chambers and Partners UK and Legal 500 UK in institutional investment funds. 

Awards

  • Thomson Reuters: Top 20 for U.S. deal activity  
  • PitchBook: Most Active in U.S. by PE Deal Location - 18th 
  • Corporate / M&A Practice tops M&A Russia league tables by Deal Count in Russia (Mergermarket and Mergers.ru) and No 2 by deal volume (Mergers.ru) in Q1-Q3 2018 

Representative Experience

  • Represented a Denver-based private equity firm on numerous portfolio investments in the retail, transportation, agribusiness and energy services sectors. 
  • Represented a private equity fund focused on investments in early-stage health and wellness brands, on several investments into food, beverage and candy manufacturers. 
  • Advised a specialist healthcare private equity investor on its acquisition by way of share purchase of the holding company of a UK-based diagnostics, treatment and fitness facility used by Premiership football clubs and other sports teams. 
  • Represented a fundless sponsor on the sale of several platform companies in the consumer products, construction and interiors sectors.  
  • Represented affiliates of a New York-based leading global private equity firm with global locations, focused on growth investing in 11 completed or pending acquisitions since 2016. Seven of these were in the health care services or health care IT space.  
  • Advised a London-based private equity firm on its acquisition of a payments company, operating a network of retail and service-sector payment terminals. 
  • Represent a large Canadian-based family office on the acquisition and disposition of numerous companies in the restaurant industry.  
  • Represented an upscale grocery chain, the platform company of a private equity firm focused on the middle-marketon its sale to one of the largest food retailers in the U.S.  
  • Advised an investment and family office private equity manager active in Russia and other Eurasian markets on the acquisition of a London-based brokerage and asset management firm, and the acquisition of a London-based broker.