Private Equity

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Private equity investing is one of the core areas of RK&O's Corporate practice. We offer a full range of legal services to our private equity clients through our New York and Washington, D.C. offices. We represent some of the largest and most prominent private investment funds and investment banks in their private equity investing.

In structuring private equity transactions, we are sensitive to our clients’ need to both manage risk and realize returns. We look for opportunities to help our clients minimize or hedge transaction risk and post-closing exposure, while preserving economic upside and providing a market-efficient exit mechanism. For transactions that involve equity and debt components, RK&O's private equity group works closely with our lending colleagues to address debt-related aspects of the transaction. more +

Our representations include not only traditional private equity investments, but also more unconventional investments and transaction structures, such as investing in corporate reorganizations or restructurings, post-reorganization equity, new product developments or launches, new business start-ups, rescue capital, structured investment vehicles and complex joint ventures. We have advised clients on investments in companies operating in a wide range of industries, including automotive, aviation, cosmetics, energy, financial services, gaming, insurance, media, natural resources, online retail, pharmaceuticals, railroad, real estate, shipping, social media and technology. These companies conduct business in the United States and countries around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Italy, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and the United Kingdom.


  • Financing of the spin out and listing of a mining development company.
  • Contribution of a fleet of ships to a public company for shares.
  • Institutional funding of a medical device company.
  • Early stage financing of a surgical software company.
  • Financing for a pharmaceutical development company.
  • Purchase of a controlling stake in a cosmetics company.
  • Acquisition of a commercial finance company that provides asset-based loans and factoring.
  • Acquisition of a U.S.-based consumer marketplace lending platform.
  • Purchase of a control stake in a debt fund manager.
  • Recapitalization of a finance company.
  • Sale of a mixed investment portfolio.
  • Capitalization of a REIT.
  • Strategic investment in a publicly traded health and beauty products company.
  • Investment in a newly formed Latin American resort and hotel venture.
  • Investment in a leading executive services firm.
  • Lead investment in a sidecar reinsurance vehicle formed to assume catastrophic property and casualty insurance risks.
  • Investment in a company operating in the Russian energy sector.
  • Going-private acquisitions of gaming, real estate and industrial companies.
  • Capitalization of a new private equity fund in South America.
  • Lead investment in an Asian broker-dealer that was later taken public.
  • Joint venture in a variety of Asian commercial real estate and infrastructure projects.
  • Restructuring and recapitalization of an Asian mass transit system.
  • Purchase of a control stake in a privately held hedge fund complex.