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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10019
United States
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United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has retained its strong position within the private equity market, regularly advising on deals within the upper-middle-market through to the bulge bracket, acting for funds such as Centerbridge Partners and Genstar Capital. The firm has expanded its national team, with additions to its Bay Area and Houston offices, most notably hiring Jay Hughes from McGuireWoods LLP to bolster the Texas-based team. Elsewhere, expansions in key European financial centers have strengthened the team’s global platform and capabilities in cross-border deals. The practice group is jointly led by Jeffrey Poss, who maintains an active middle-market practice, and has notable expertise in the financial services sector; and Neil Townsend, who works with a number of key sponsor clients on buyouts, sales, and investments, and is particularly experienced in complex transactional arrangements such as PIPE deals. Kirk Radke is a senior dealmaker who remains highly active in private equity deals, and Matthew Rizzo is noted for his work on early-stage and growth investments in a number of industries. Also recommended are Morgan Elwyn, who works with funds and portfolio companies on a range of transactions and corporate governance issues, and Houston’s Bruce Herzog, who specializes in work with funds focused on energy, industrials, and telecoms investments. Named lawyers are in New York unless stated otherwise.

United States > Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas

Co-headed from Houston by Bruce Herzog  and the ‘top-of-class‘ Michael De Voe Piazza, and also regularly drawing upon the expertise of corporate, finance and restructuring experts from the firm’s New York and Washington DC offices, in particular, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP‘s oil and gas team is ‘able to efficiently work through all aspects of a transaction’, whether it be in the context of joint venture structuring, M&A or energy finance and capital markets transactions. Since the establishment of the Houston office in 2014, the firm has been particularly successful in nurturing strong relationships with local mid-market oil and gas-focused private equity firms, which are appreciative of its ‘keen eye on the industry and what is market and what is important‘, particularly as it pertains to the upstream and midstream sectors. Cody Carper joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in January 2021.