Private Equity



Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Private Equity Practice represents many of the largest and most active financial sponsors, sovereign wealth funds and other investor groups around the world.

We provide a full-service solution to our private equity clients.  We handle deals ranging from venture and growth capital transactions through multibillion-dollar club deals.  In close coordination with lawyers in other Gibson Dunn practice areas, we provide a comprehensive service including:

  • Due diligence and compliance
  • Deal negotiation, documentation and execution
  • Tax structuring
  • Acquisition finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Management equity

Post-acquisition, we work with client portfolio companies on a wide range of matters, including business and financial restructurings, add-on acquisitions and leveraged recaps.  We handle private equity exit transactions, including trade sales and initial public offerings.  Because of our international reach, we are involved in some of the most complex multijurisdictional deals.

We also work closely with the fund formation teams of our Investment Funds Practice Group, providing cutting-edge sophistication in the organization of private investment funds and fund management companies, as well as other fund-related matters.

We distinguish ourselves in global markets:

  • We are an integrated global team, of unparalleled quality and service orientation.
  • We learn our clients’ business and the business of their portfolio companies to provide commercially sensitive advice and to add maximum value.
  • We maintain a low associate/partner ratio, ensuring senior lawyer involvement throughout, and delivering a better product at a price that competes favorably with firms that rely on high leverage to support profitability.
  • Our market-leading U.S. capital markets, finance and regulatory practices (including FCPA) give our European, Asian and emerging markets private equity teams an edge that few firms can offer.


Representations include:

  • Aurora Capital Group in its acquisition of National Technical Systems; in its acquisition of the Insurance Solutions Division of Zywave, Inc., a leading provider of insurance software solutions; and in its sale of NuCO2, a provider of bulk carbon dioxide (CO2) products and services to the U.S. fountain beverage industry.
  • Catterton Partners in its acquisition of, and subsequent equity investment in the IPO of, portfolio company Restoration Hardware; in its investment in French crystal company, Baccarat, via capital raise; and in its acquisition and subsequent equity investment in the IPO of Noodles & Company, a restaurant chain.
  • CVC Capital Partners in its acquisition of majority ownership of AlixPartners LLC, a business advisory firm.
  • First Reserve Corporation in its sale of a 20 percent share in portfolio company KrisEnergy Holdings, an upstream oil and gas company, to investment firm Keppel Corporation.
  • Carlyle’s fund in the Middle East, in its disposal of Global Lighting Company, a leading Saudi manufacturer and distributor of lighting products, to Philips; and in its disposal of Medical Parks, a leading Turkish hospital business, in a secondary buyout.
  • Investcorp in its acquisition of Fishnet Security, an information technology security firm, from Lake Capital; in its acquisition of Hydrasun, a provider of fluid control equipment and solutions for the oil and gas industry; and in its acquisition of GL Education Group, a provider of school assessment solutions for primary and secondary schools, from Veronis Suhler Stevenson.
  • Kuwait Investment Authority in its cornerstone investments in the $1.94 billion IPO of Citic Securities International Company, the $22.1 billion IPO of the Agricultural Bank of China and the $17.8 billion IPO of American International Assurance, the Asian unit of American International Group.
  • Littlejohn & Co. LLC in its acquisition of CTI Foods and its sale to Thomas H. Lee Partners and Broad Street; in its acquisition of SunSource from CHS Capital; in its $890 million sale of portfolio company LJVH Holdings (Van Houtte), a provider of gourmet coffee products, to Green Mountain Coffee Roasters; and in its sale of portfolio company Kenan Advantage to Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.
  • Whitney & Co., LLC in connection with its acquisition of TIDI Products from Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Co.; and its acquisition, with the existing management team, of Autosplice, a provider of custom electronic interconnect solutions.



Gibson Dunn Adds Private Equity Partner Jesse Myers in Houston

-May 9, 2022

Three Who’s Who Legal 2022 Guides Recognize 13 Gibson Dunn Partners

-May 4, 2022

DOJ Antitrust Division Head Promises Litigation to Break Up Director Interlocks

-May 2, 2022

Gibson Dunn Adds Two Private Equity Of Counsels in Houston

-April 12, 2022

Gibson Dunn Adds Two Lawyers in London

-March 30, 2022

Delaware Court of Chancery Addresses the Contours of Sandbagging

-March 21, 2022

Gibson Dunn Deal Wins IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2022 Private Equity Deal of the Year

-March 18, 2022

Webcast: M&A Hot Topics 2022

-January 27, 2022

Private Equity in the UK (England and Wales): Overview

-January 14, 2022

Gibson Dunn Ranked in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022

-January 13, 2022

Gibson Dunn Ranked in 2022 Chambers Greater China Region Guide

-January 12, 2022

Gibson Dunn Grows Corporate Practice in London with Addition of Four Partners

-December 15, 2021

Richard Birns and Theodore Olson Named Sports Law Power Players

-October 29, 2021

Legal Week Names Federico Fruhbeck Among its 2021 Private Equity Rising Stars

-October 20, 2021

Gibson Dunn Adds a Private Equity M&A Team in London

-October 18, 2021

Private Equity Firms and PPP Fraud Liability Under the False Claims Act

-September 23, 2021

10 Gibson Dunn Partners Named Lawyers of the Year

-August 19, 2021

Gibson Dunn Adds Private Equity Partner Marwan Azzi in New York

-August 2, 2021

“Effect of Termination” Provisions in Purchase Agreements: Considerations in an Evolving M&A Market

-July 26, 2021

Ari Lanin Named Among Los Angeles’ 2021 Leaders of Influence in Private Equity

-June 30, 2021

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2022 Recognizes 10 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 3, 2021

Webcast: Private Equity: Government Enforcement Trends – Parts 1 and 2

-May 25, 2021

Gibson Dunn Earns 94 Top-Tier Rankings in Chambers USA 2021

-May 20, 2021

Germany Further Strengthens Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Regime

-May 13, 2021

Seventeen Partners Named Among the 2021 Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers in America

-May 13, 2021

Beau Stark and Robyn Zolman Named Denver’s Top Lawyers 2021

-January 21, 2021

Private Equity Partner Lilit Voskanyan Joins Gibson Dunn in San Francisco

-January 19, 2021

Leading German Legal Publication JUVE Recommends Frankfurt, Munich and Brussels Offices in its Annual Handbook 2020/2021

-November 5, 2020

Finance Partner Laura Rupenian Joins Gibson Dunn in San Francisco

-November 2, 2020

Private equity in the UK (England and Wales): market and regulatory overview

-October 30, 2020

33 Gibson Dunn Partners Recognized in Banking, Finance and Transactional Expert Guide

-October 7, 2020

Stock-for-Stock Mergers During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis – A Potential Strategic Solution

-October 5, 2020

13 Gibson Dunn Partners Named Lawyers of the Year

-August 20, 2020

Gibson Dunn Adds Private Equity Partner Stephen Olson in Houston

-August 3, 2020

Ari Lanin Named Among Los Angeles’ 2020 Leaders of Influence in Private Equity

-July 9, 2020

PIPE Opportunities for Private Equity Firms

-June 16, 2020

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2021 Recognizes 12 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 12, 2020

Ari Lanin and Debra Wong Yang Named Among Los Angeles’ 2020 Most Influential People

-May 26, 2020

Debt Buybacks: Opportunities and Considerations for Private Equity Investors in Asia Pacific

-May 5, 2020

The Future Fund – a Venture into the Unknown for the UK Government

-May 4, 2020

Tax implications of benchmark reform: UK tax authority weighs in

-May 4, 2020

Coronavirus: Private equity investing in a distressed environment

-May 1, 2020

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Legal 500 EMEA 2020

-April 30, 2020

How Investors Can Manage Asia Data Center Acquisitions

-April 28, 2020

Gibson Dunn Earns 84 Top-Tier Rankings in Chambers USA 2020

-April 24, 2020

COVID-19: Update on UK Financial Support Measures

-April 22, 2020

Considerations for PIPE Transactions

-April 9, 2020

Strategies for Private Equity Investing in a Distressed Environment

-April 8, 2020

UK Government Schemes to Support Businesses during COVID-19 Disruption

-April 6, 2020

Gibson Dunn Deal Receives Honorable Mention in Asian-Mena Counsel Magazine

-April 3, 2020

Gibson Dunn Adds Private Equity Partner Stefan dePozsgay in New York

-March 24, 2020

M&A Amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis: A Checklist

-March 18, 2020

Gibson Dunn Earns 155 Rankings from Chambers Global 2020

-March 5, 2020

Coronavirus: Time for Private Equity to Have a Financing Check-up

-March 4, 2020

Gibson Dunn Adds Private Equity Partners Abtin Jalali and Chris Harding in San Francisco

-March 2, 2020

Changes to Marketing Alternative Investment Funds in the EU

-February 24, 2020

Gibson Dunn Ranked in the Legal 500 Deutschland 2020

-February 4, 2020

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

-January 21, 2020

Beau Stark and Robyn Zolman Named Denver’s Top Lawyers

-January 7, 2020

The Deal Named Evan D’Amico a Rising Star

-December 24, 2019

Ari Lanin and Benyamin Ross Named to Variety’s 2019 Dealmakers Impact Report

-December 6, 2019

Gibson Dunn Ranked in 2020 Chambers Asia Pacific

-December 6, 2019

Jerry Farano, Beau Stark and Robyn Zolman Named to Denver Business Journal’s Who’s Who in Energy

-November 22, 2019

Best Lawyers Recognizes Fang Xue as a Best Lawyer in China

-November 20, 2019

Law360 Names Nine Gibson Dunn Partners as 2019 MVPs

-November 12, 2019

German Directory JUVE Recommends Frankfurt, Munich and Brussels Offices for 2019/2020 Edition

-October 31, 2019

Gibson Dunn Ranked in the 2020 UK Legal 500

-October 4, 2019

Proposed CFIUS Regulations: The U.S. Remains Open for Business … but Read the Fine Print

-September 20, 2019

Law360 Names Seven Gibson Dunn Lawyers as 2019 Rising Stars

-September 9, 2019

Gibson Dunn Lawyers Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America® 2020

-August 15, 2019

UK Take Privates

-July 8, 2019

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2020 Recognizes 11 Gibson Dunn Partners

-June 28, 2019

Best Lawyers in Germany 2020 Recognizes 14 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 28, 2019

Best Lawyers in France 2020 Recognizes 16 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-July 1, 2019

Gibson Dunn Transactions Named Private Equity Deal of the Year and Consumer, Retail, Food & Beverage Deal of the Year by The Deal

-June 20, 2019

What May Be Ahead For PE Infrastructure Investment In Asia

-June 6, 2019

UK Nationalisation – Investment Treaties can offer opportunities to reorganise now to protect valuations

-May 9, 2019

Investments in MENA-Based Assets: Please proceed to the Exit in an orderly fashion

-April 29, 2019

Gibson Dunn Earns 79 Top-Tier Rankings in Chambers USA 2019

-April 25, 2019

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Legal 500 EMEA 2019

-April 19, 2019

China Revamps Laws on Foreign Investments

-March 19, 2019

Webcast: The Capital Markets and Private Equity: From Pre-IPO Planning through Public Company Life

-February 6, 2019

M&A Report – A New Twist in the Oxbow Joint Venture Saga: Delaware Supreme Court Rules the Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Cannot Save the Day

-January 22, 2019

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019

-January 18, 2019

Webcast: CFIUS Reform: Implications for Private Equity Investments

-December 19, 2018

Gibson Dunn Ranked in the Legal 500 Deutschland 2019

-December 20, 2018

Getting a Take Private Off the Ground in the UK

-December 18, 2018

The Hollywood Reporter Names Sean Griffiths Among Hollywood’s Top Dealmakers

-November 30, 2018

Gibson Dunn Ranked in 2019 Chambers Asia Pacific

-November 29, 2018

Gibson Dunn Ranked in the 2019 UK Legal 500

-November 21, 2018

Webcast: Spinning Out and Splitting Off – Navigating Complex Challenges in Corporate Separations

-October 30, 2018

IRS Provides Much Needed Guidance on Opportunity Zones through Issuance of Proposed Regulations

-October 22, 2018

SEC Warns Public Companies on Cyber-Fraud Controls

-October 17, 2018

M&A Report – Flood v. Synutra Refines “Ab Initio” Requirement for Business Judgment Review of Controller Transactions

-October 15, 2018

Financing Arrangements and Documentation: Considerations Ahead of Brexit

-October 11, 2018

M&A Report – 2018 Mid-Year Activism Update

-October 3, 2018

M&A Report – Fresenius Marks a Watershed Development in the Analysis of “Material Adverse Effect” Clauses

-October 2, 2018

The Trump Trade Tariffs: A Roadmap for Private Equity Executives

-August 21, 2018

Dodd-Frank 2.0: Potential Reform to the Federal Reserve Board’s “Control Rules” — What Is at Stake and Who May Benefit

-August 20, 2018

The U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Will Permit Special Purpose National Bank Charters for Fintech Firms

-August 6, 2018