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, Washington, D.C., and London 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, energy, financial services, gaming, insurance, Internet, media, natural resources, pharmaceuticals, railroad, real estate, shipping 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.


  • An alternative asset management platform in the purchase of a control stake in a debt fund manager.
  • A finance company in its structured recapitalization.
  • An investment bank in the sale of a mixed investment portfolio.
  • A hedge fund in the capitalization of an equity REIT.
  • Financial investors in the formation and capitalization of a Brazilian ethanol producer.
  • A group of hedge funds as strategic investors in a publicly traded health and beauty products company.
  • A hedge fund in its significant minority investment in a newly formed Latin American resort and hotel venture.
  • The initial financial investor in a leading executive services firm.
  • The lead investor in a sidecar reinsurance vehicle formed to assume catastrophic property and casualty insurance risks.
  • Hedge funds in connection with their investment in a company operating in the Russian energy sector.
  • Co-investors in going-private acquisitions of gaming, real estate and industrial companies.
  • The lead investor in capitalizing a new private equity fund in South America.
  • The lead investor in an Asian broker-dealer that was later taken public.
  • Co-investors in a privately held lithium-ion battery manufacturer.
  • A joint venture partner in a variety of Asian commercial real estate and infrastructure projects.
  • A co-investor in the restructuring and recapitalization of an Asian mass transit system. 
  • The purchaser of a control stake in a privately held hedge fund complex.