Our private equity attorneys have extensive experience in developing strategies for structuring and implementing acquisitions and investments that are both innovative and practical. In addition to our corporate expertise, our practice integrates lawyers that specialize in private equity finance, tax, executive compensation, ERISA, labor, intellectual property, real estate and environmental law, in order to provide our clients with comprehensive advice to address the multitude of issues that arise in today’s corporate transactions.
Our private equity practice is national in scope, consisting of lawyers recognized regularly in the legal industry, including in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers. For the first quarter of 2016, Mergermarket ranked Alston & Bird 10th in the category “Private Equity Advisors, US Exits,” based on deal count.
- The Carlyle Group. We represent the Technology Buyout Group of Carlyle in connection with certain of its private equity investments, including its $3.9 billion acquisition of CommScope, Inc., a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, and the acquisition and subsequent sale of Open Link Financial, a provider of investment and financial management software and related services focused exclusively on the financial services industry, to Hellman & Friedman. Additionally, we represented CommScope Holding Company, Inc. in connection with certain of its capital markets transactions, including its $3.0 billion acquisition of TE Connectivity's Telecom, Enterprise and Wireless businesses and its leveraged dividends in an aggregate amount of $750 million to its stockholders.
- The Gores Group. We represent The Gores Group in connection with certain of its private equity transactions. We recently represented Gores in the acquisition of Therakos, Inc., from Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and in the formation of ELO Touch Solutions in connection with its acquisition of TE Connectivity’s Touch Solutions business for $380 million. Other recent engagements for The Gores Group include the acquisition of Alpheus Communications, L.P., one of the largest fiber network and data center operators in Texas, and in the disposition of the 36 cable systems that we helped its portfolio company, Cobridge Communications, acquire from Charter Communications in 2010.
- Pamlico Capital. We represent Pamlico, formerly known as Wachovia Capital Partners, in connection with its investment activities and portfolio company management, including the formation of Lightower Fiber Networks in connection with its $290 million acquisition of the U.S.-based fiber and tower assets of National Grid and the subsequent sale of Lightower for $1.4 billion to a group led by Berkshire Partners. Other recent engagements for Pamlico include the leveraged acquisitions and recapitalizations of a number of their current portfolio companies, including HEALTHCAREfirst, Physicians Endoscopy, Valued Relationships, Inc., Securadyne Systems , Secure-24, Inc., TekLinks Inc., Hosting.com, World 50, Inc., ATX Networks and CLEARLINK Technologies; the acquisition and subsequent disposition of a substantial minority equity position in Greenway Medical Technologies; and the investment in and subsequent sale of American Renal Associates to Centerbridge Partners for approximately $415 million.
- Ridgemont Equity Partners. We represent Ridgemont, the former Banc of America Capital Investors private equity team spun off from Bank of America in 2010, in connection with certain of its private equity investment activities and portfolio company management. Recent engagements for Ridgemont include the leveraged acquisitions of Abrasive Products and Equipment, a value-added specialty distributor; Simpleview, the leading provider of software and digital marketing services to Destination Marketing Organizations; Unite Private Networks, a provider of high-capacity data communications networks and related services to schools, government, carriers, data centers and enterprise business customers; and AccentHealth, the nation's largest Health Education TV Network that delivers healthy lifestyle TV programming in physicians' offices.