Private Equity & Venture Capital
PRIVATE EQUITY — BUYOUTS & VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTMENT
Canada has long been an attractive market for private equity and venture capital investors. A relatively stable economy and an abundance of capital have attracted international companies and financiers to explore investment opportunities and launch businesses in the Canadian market. Tapping into McMillan’s knowledge and experience allows them to maximize opportunities and mitigate risks.
McMillan’s private equity and venture capital industry lawyers have been active in the Canadian markets for many years and bring an unmatched commitment to helping clients execute transactions efficiently. Our private equity group has extensive experience working with private equity funds and financial institutions in acquisitions and dispositions, acting regularly for sponsors in fund formation and working closely with US and international law firms in cross-border private equity transactions.
PRIVATE EQUITY STRUCTURING AND FORMATION
McMillan’s private equity and venture capital industry team has extensive experience serving as counsel to sponsors and managers in the formation and operation of private equity funds. Our lawyers maintain in-depth, current market knowledge of the deal terms and trends that drive the industry. We collaborate with McMillan colleagues in specialty areas such as Capital Markets, Government and Public Policy, and Financial Services to bring a fully informed point of view to every client matter.
McMillan professionals help clients lead by advising on Funds Formation strategies and structures; negotiating and drafting fund documentation including partnership and subscription agreements; providing tax planning counsel; advising on disclosure requirements; advising on applicable securities laws and regulations; and advising on the operation of Funds at different stages in their life-cycle, including fund amendments and terminations.
McMillan has significant experience working with consortia, as well as individual participants. Our lawyers bring a combination of private equity experience and strong negotiation skills, which are vitally important to making club deals succeed. Our focus is on helping consortia members find common ground in order to maximizes the return on their investments.
McMillan professionals represent consortia on bidding, negotiating and closing deals; negotiate consortium agreements to define the legal relationship among members, as well as the fiduciary duties of each; structure consortia including tax planning and financing; advise consortium members on their respective governance rights related to the bid; and define exit strategies and criteria for consortium members, including agreement on competing bids once members have exited.
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