Private Equity & Venture Capital

While the industry continues to bounce back following the global financial crisis, private equity and venture capital firms face new challenges in their transactions and fund structuring to ensure portfolio growth and successful exit strategies.

Our Private Equity team has extensive experience assisting Australian and international private equity firms to achieve their investment goals, and includes lawyers with private equity and leveraged finance experience in the UK and US.

We assist clients at all stages of the investment cycle. Our expertise covers a wide range of areas including the establishment of private equity funds, development and expansion, capital investments, MBOs and LBOs. We also advise on the privatisation of publicly listed companies and the acquisition of interests in existing private equity fund portfolios.

Our hands-on specialists can assist with:

  • fund establishment
  • structuring of private equity investments
  • foreign investment advice
  • undertaking legal due diligence on behalf of private equity clients
  • documenting and implementing transactions, including acquisition and investment documentation and schemes of arrangement
  • devising and documenting management incentive plans
  • negotiating and preparing shareholder arrangements
  • structuring and executing on all levels of the debt capital structure, including senior and mezzanine/holdco debt structures.
  • James Rozsa is ranked as a leading lawyer in Private Equity – Chambers Asia Pacific, 2014
  • James Rozsa is recognised as a leading lawyer in Private Equity – Best Lawyers Australia, 2014
  • "We like the firm for its boutique aspect, better ratio of partners to other lawyers and greater partner involvement than other firms." – Chambers Asia Pacific, 2014
  • [JWS has] extensive experience in handling sponsor investment in the resources industry, [and a] recently expanded practice with an acknowledged client focus. – Chambers Asia Pacific, 2014
  • "Very good at simplifying complex matters." – Chambers Asia Pacific, 2014
  • James Rozsa attracts high praise from both peers and clients as a valuable addition to this practice. He is described as a "solutions-based lawyer who is very hands-on during a deal," and is also lauded for producing "high-quality work quickly and with strong client interaction." – Chambers Asia Pacific, 2014