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The firm's Private Equity group has extensive experience advising both investors and companies worldwide.  Curtis represents domestic and international funds, family offices, investment arms of financial institutions, and unfunded sponsors, as well as companies seeking growth capital or liquidity. We counsel clients on private equity transactions covering multiple international jurisdictions in a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, technology, biotechnology/life sciences, financial services, telecommunications; energy; commodities; food and beverage; tourism development and hotels, and media and entertainment. Our Private Equity attorneys advise on a variety of investments, including minority investments, control investments, leveraged buy-outs of the entire enterprise, mezzanine debt, convertible and preferred securities.

The range of services provided by the group includes:

    • Development of the transaction/capital structure to maximize deal protection and tax efficiency

    • Negotiation and preparation of all deal documents, including acquisition and financing agreements

    • Performance of in-depth due diligence

    • Drafting and negotiating employment, non-compete, stock option and employee benefit agreements, and stock option plans

Curtis also provides legal counsel relating to liquidity events and exits, and has extensive experience relating to auctions, strategic sales, initial public offerings (IPOs), secondary sales, refinancings, recapitalizations, securitizations, fire sales and liquidations. The team works closely with the Investment Management group on fund formation and related issues, the firm's Antitrust practice to address notification requirements under competition rules across the globe, and the Tax group to maximize tax efficiency and after-tax returns.

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