The Private Equity and Venture Capital Practice at Gould & Ratner is unique among Chicago law firms, with a skilled and experienced team of corporate lawyers who work closely with some of the nation's largest and most prestigious private equity funds and venture capital firms, as well as numerous entrepreneurs, startups, emerging companies and closely held businesses.
Our lawyers have significant experience representing investors across a wide range of industries, both in traditional areas like manufacturing and real estate, as well as in emerging verticals like alternative energy and cryptocurrency. Our team can scale up or down depending on the need of our clients, whether they’re a large venture capital firm acting as lead investor in a $100 million-plus deal or an individual taking a $1 million-plus stake in a start-up.
We often find ourselves at the deal table with lawyers from much larger law firms, yet it’s our clients who remark repeatedly on how much more value we provide with practical, business-focused counsel that’s tailored specifically to meet the needs of our clients. We’ve earned many new clients in subsequent deals who had previously sat across the table, a proud distinction for our practice and reflective of our exceptional level of client service.
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Representing funds, investors in funds, family offices and other dynamic businesses, our team has extensive experience in negotiating and documenting their investment in private companies, including early stage, growth stage, later stage, recapitalizations, workouts and management buyouts.
Our experience includes representing these clients as lead investors, as well as in structuring and executing platform, add-on and other acquisition and sale transactions. We also represent a large number of funds, founders and management teams in connection with venture capital financings.In the past decade, we have represented family offices and other high-net-worth investors in more than 200 investments in private equity, venture capital and other investment funds. Our attorneys have also represented various investors in more than 20 co-investments made alongside financial sponsors in the last few years.