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Independent Sponsors

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Overview

Our Clients

Katten's Private Equity attorneys offer highly experienced counsel to independent sponsors, private equity funds, lenders, family offices, portfolio companies and other parties with interests in the growing independent sponsor space. We manage independent sponsor-led buyouts of companies in a wide variety of industry sectors, including retail, business services, industrial and consumer products.

Our Services

Our attorneys have handled a multitude of independent sponsor deals and have a history of representing all constituencies in independent sponsor transactions. Whether our group represents an independent sponsor, a mezzanine fund, a family office or a traditional private equity firm, we have the requisite experience and marketplace knowledge to provide thoughtful and creative advice to meet our clients' needs in the evolving and increasingly important independent sponsor transaction space.

With a multidisciplinary team, we are able to provide comprehensive services for deals involving independent sponsors, including developing tax-efficient structures, negotiating advisory and management fees, navigating governance issues, and assisting with commercial financing. In particular, Katten has significant experience in developing innovative solutions to accommodate complex economic arrangements between independent sponsors and other investors in a transaction, including promote and carried interest arrangements.

In addition, we leverage our wide-ranging experience in middle-market private company mergers and acquisitions to advise independent sponsors and their investors in acquiring and divesting portfolio companies. We provide counsel on issues that arise in nearly every M&A transaction, including general corporate and commercial, employment, benefits and compensation, labor relations, intellectual property, and environmental matters.

Experience
  • Representation of Prairie Capital in the acquisition of Damac Products, a manufacturer of networking infrastructure products for the telecom and datacom markets.
  • Representation of OFS SBIC I, LP in connection with its purchase and financing of Mirage Trailers Holdings.
  • Representation of BASE Equity Partners in its acquisition of all of the assets of Jolyn Clothing Company.
  • Representation of Monroe Capital in the control acquisition of Soft Landing Interventions.
  • Representation of BASE Equity Partners in its acquisition of A.C.T. Lighting, a distributor of lighting control consoles, lighting fixtures and cables for live entertainment events, and the related senior and subordinated debt financings.
  • Representation of a principal investment firm specializing in investing in small- to mid-sized companies in the business services sector in its acquisition of a health care information provider.
  • Representation of North Branch Capital in the acquisition of Circuit Check, a designer and manufacturer of test equipment for electronics and electro-mechanical devices.
  • Representation of Prairie Capital in the investment in the related acquisition of printer/manufacturer Double E.
  • Representation of an affiliate of BASE Equity Partners in the acquisition of a controlling interest in New York Packaging II.
  • Representation of Modjule in the acquisition of Hickory Farms.
  • Representation of Prairie Capital in the acquisition of Captek Softgel, a manufacturer of custom dietary supplement formulations.
  • Representation of a private equity firm in the purchase of 70 percent of the outstanding interests in a management holding company.
  • Representation of a private investment firm in connection with the acquisition of an indoor greenhouse tomato-growing company based in Minnesota.
  • Representation of a private equity firm in the purchase of all the outstanding membership interests of an insurance adjustor.
Independent Sponsors

Recognition

U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Corporate Law (National)
Corporate Law (National), 2011–2016
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (Chicago)
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (Chicago), 2014–2016
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (National)
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (National), 2014–2016
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Private Equity Law (Chicago)
Private Equity Law (Chicago), 2013
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Private Equity Law (National)
Private Equity Law (National), 2013
Chambers USA – Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (Illinois)
Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (Illinois), 2006–2015
U.S. News Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" – Corporate Compliance Law (Chicago)
Corporate Law (Chicago), 2011–2016

Mergermarket Global and Regional M&A

US Buyouts & Exits by Deal Count, Q1 2016
US Buyouts by Deal Count, Q1 2016
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Recognition

Corporate Law (National), 2011–2016
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (Chicago), 2014–2016
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (National), 2014–2016
Private Equity Law (Chicago), 2013
Private Equity Law (National), 2013
Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (Illinois), 2006–2015
Corporate Law (Chicago), 2011–2016

Mergermarket Global and Regional M&A

US Buyouts & Exits by Deal Count, Q1 2016
US Buyouts by Deal Count, Q1 2016
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