Private Equity and Venture Capital

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Hanson Bridgett’s private equity and venture capital group advises clients on fund formation and structuring, tax planning and fund investment transactions. Our clients in this area include private equity and venture capital funds, leveraged buy-out funds, hedge funds and real estate funds. We frequently represent fund principals and sponsors, institutional investors and high net worth individual investors.

Full Spectrum of Services

For major institutional investors, we provide counsel on the negotiation of terms and key issues affecting their investments. In this area, we have extensive experience representing pension funds, qualified retirement and governmental plans.

In addition to representing fund clients in connection with the organization and structuring of funds, we represent these clients in connection with their portfolio investments. We regularly counsel our clients on restructuring and recapitalizing portfolio investments that hold significant future potential.

Our experience spans the entire life cycle of fund operations. In addition to fund formation and portfolio investments, we advise our clients on the liquidation, restructuring and winding down of fund operations.

Our Approach

Our extensive experience representing both funds and investors gives us an appreciation for, and a detailed understanding of, the concerns of clients on both sides of the table. This understanding and appreciation enables us to counsel clients on the practical aspects of organizing and operating a fund while accounting for market conditions and the relative bargaining power of the parties involved. We readily share our insights and the contacts derived from constant interaction with industry players. Our approach to achieving clients’ goals is pragmatic and efficient.

To ensure our clients receive the most qualified legal advice, we bring together attorneys within the firm experienced in a variety of areas. These include general corporate law, finance, securities, tax, ERISA, corporate governance, employment, litigation and intellectual property. We work with our clients as a team and our goal is to be their “go to” firm for all of their legal needs.

Primary Contact

Scott C. Smith

Partner

San Francisco
415-995-5892 Direct Phone
415-995-3493 Fax

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