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McGuireWoods LLP

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Geoffrey Cockrell

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McGuireWoods LLP

Career

Geoffrey is the chair of the firm's private equity group, and serves on the firm’s Board of Partners. He has a wide scope of experience in mergers & acquisitions and in senior and mezzanine lending. His mergers and acquisition experience, representing private equity sponsors, independent sponsors, strategic purchasers and sellers extends across a diverse number of industries from healthcare and energy to manufacturing and agriculture. His lending experience includes advising both senior and mezzanine lenders on an array of financing transactions ranging from senior asset backed lending to traditional mezzanine structures. Geoff is a national contributor both at conferences and in publications on a wide array of issues unique to the private equity industry. He regularly contributes to Law360’s  Healthcare and Private Equity sections, and is an author of The Healthcare Investor, a blog on healthcare finance topics.


United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Within: M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

McGuireWoods LLP fields attorneys in the healthcare, solar energy, life sciences and technology sectors as well as in niche areas such as furniture, student housing, and food and beverage. Notable clients are SPX, a North Carolina-based supplier of highly engineered products and technologies, and Compass Group, a foodservice and support services company. Highlights included acting for Compass Group in several transactions, including the acquisitions of France-based Elior Group, a global contracted food and support services business; assisting Scotland-based Clyde Blowers Capital with its $245m sale of industrial gearing manufacturer Cone Drive to The Timken Company; advising SPX on the acquisition of Schonstedt Instrument Company, a manufacturer of magnetic locator products; and assisting private equity firm Falfurrias Capital Partners on several deals, including its investments in E-Technologies Group and Best Impressions Caterers. In large deals, the practice advised Dominion Energy, one of the US' largest energy producers, on its proposed stock-for-stock merger with SCANA Corporation. Michael Woodard in Richmond is the chair of the firm’s M&A department and Chicago-based Geoffrey Cockrell chairs the private equity group. Also highly regarded are Charlotte’s Chris Scheurer, Thomas Zahn in Pittsburgh and Richmond's Joanne Katsantonis.

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Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

McGuireWoods LLP operates in the middle market, most notably in the healthcare, food and beverage, and energy sectors. While having a rich portfolio of classic private equity firm clients, it has a fast-growing practice driven by independent sponsors. It 'has the breadth of resources to serve all needs of a private equity firm'. Chicago, Charlotte and Dallas house the core of the US private equity practice, along with Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles. Anchor clients include Sheridan Capital Partners, Revelstoke Capital Partners and Source Capital. It also advised Charlotte-based Falfurrias Capital Partners on a series of recent transactions, including investments in Best Impressions Caterers, E-Technologies Group, Tax Guard, Plasma Solutions, SixAxis and its divestment from Advanced Control Solutions. Chicago-based Geoffrey Cockrell heads the private equity team alongside David McLean in Dallas. Charlotte partner Christopher Nesbit and Pittsburgh's Thomas Zahn are also key partners. Dallas-based Jon Finger 'is not only a great lawyer, but a superb business person'.

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