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Brian Richards

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Corporate/ Private Equity


Brian F. Richards is a partner in the Private Equity practice at Paul Hastings and concentrates on the corporate, securities, and tax aspects of complex business transactions, including leveraged buyouts of public and private companies; strategic mergers, acquisitions, investments, and joint ventures; venture capital and growth equity investments; divestitures; executive compensation; and debt and equity restructurings and workouts. He manages transactions in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, and distribution. Brian is also the Chair of the Chicago Corporate Department.


Active in several philanthropic organizations dedicated to improving opportunities for inner-city children Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Holy Trinity High School


University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1992, Order of the Coif University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, B.S., 1989

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

Paul Hastings LLP has developed a strong presence in California and Chicago, with the latter office's practice in large part driven by private equity-related business. The firm has yet to build a prominent private equity team in New York, but has a number of New York-based clients such as Cortec Group. The firm typically operates in the middle to upper-middle market and has an especially strong record in healthcare and life sciences. The buyouts team is supported by the firm's broad expertise and resources, including tax and borrower-oriented debt finance expertise. Other key clients include GI Partners, Francisco Partners, HIG Capital and Vector Capital.  The team advised GI Partners on the acquisitions of Consilio from Shamrock Capital Advisors and Advanced Discovery from Trivest. Chicago-based Brian Richards leads the department, which includes Mike Kennedy, Steve Camahort and Dana Kromm in San Francisco, and Brandon Howald and William Simpson in Orange County.

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