Private Equity


Representation of private equity firms requires depth of experience, commitment, and responsiveness. Venable applies these qualities to complex transactional, legislative, regulatory, and compliance matters and is dedicated to seamlessly integrating the extensive knowledge and insight of our attorneys across practice areas to meet the needs of our private equity clients.

Our attorneys represent a wide range of private equity firms, funds and portfolio companies operating across varied industries. Private equity firms rely on Venable for fund formation and regulatory counsel, and we routinely advise funds on acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings of their portfolio companies. 

Drawing upon the combined experience of an interdisciplinary team of attorneys from our mergers and acquisitions, finance, tax, intellectual property, regulatory, legislative/government relations, labor and employment, real estate, environmental, litigation, investment management, and bankruptcy practice groups, we provide client-focused, creative and efficient legal solutions to our private equity clients and their portfolio companies.

Regulatory Compliance

As legislative and regulatory changes increasingly affect private equity firms and their portfolio companies, timely analysis of new regulatory initiatives and access to decision-makers is imperative. Headquartered in Washington, DC, Venable's regulatory and legislative practices include a roster of attorneys highly proficient in navigating the federal government. As a result of their years of service as elected officials or senior staff to legislative committees and executive branch agencies, they render us uniquely positioned to assist our clients in conducting businesses in regulated industries and those with compliance issues. 

We also assist our clients in compliance with FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), CFIUS (The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States), CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau), FTC (Federal Trade Commission), FCC (Federal Communications Commission), homeland security law, and other federal regulations. 

Of particular importance to our private equity clients is the adoption of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, which has subjected many private equity firms to new regulation, including the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act). Our investment management group assists clients in dealing with the impact of Dodd-Frank, the implications of registration as an investment adviser, compliance with the Advisers Act, and the development of applicable compliance policies and procedures.

An Industry Leader

Our understanding of the nature and business of private equity companies is derived not only from our legal practice, but also from our deeply rooted participation in the private equity industry. 

Our attorneys contribute to the private equity industry in many ways, including public speaking, writing articles, serving on boards and committees, and offering their time and resources to numerous events and initiatives all centered on the private equity industry.

Venable is deeply committed to the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), the global trade association focused on middle-market growth, private investment, and mergers and acquisitions. As a proud Global Growth Leader of ACG, Chuck Morton is the past chair of the ACG Global Board of Directors. Our lawyers also serve on the boards of ACG local chapters. 

Venable has played an instrumental role in the creation of the newly formed Bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Middle Market Growth, which educates policy makers and leaders on the economic impact of the middle market and how it serves as a powerful engine for job and economic growth. 

Our leadership in the private equity industry enables us to offer broader and more useful counseling that recognizes the practical management, regulatory, and business considerations involved in the issues faced by private equity firms, their funds, and portfolio companies.

Successful Representation of Private Equity Firms

When structuring a transaction, Venable's private equity lawyers assist clients in thoroughly evaluating the prospective investment or acquisition, including the tax and regulatory implications of the deal. Our lawyers also advise on structuring, negotiating, and drafting acquisition and financing agreements. 

Venable is there with you from term sheet to closing and eventual exit. Our private equity clients seek Venable's advice across the spectrum of the fund life cycle, including the following: 

  • Fund Formation: We assist private equity funds in structuring and creating the investment fund
  • Investment: We advise private equity firms in their portfolio investments
  • Fund Management: We help private equity funds in the day-to-day management of their fund and portfolio companies, including restructurings, refinancing of existing debt, add-on acquisitions, management incentive schemes, tax strategies, corporate governance, dispute resolution, regulatory compliance, and LP relations
  • Exit Strategies: We assist private equity funds and other investors in exiting their investments, whether by sales at the portfolio level or at the fund level, including IPOs. We advise funds on how to finish strong when the time comes to wind up

Venable also proactively works with our clients' portfolio companies to protect their innovations. Our attorneys view each client's portfolio company with an eye toward harvesting, protecting, and monetizing its intellectual property assets, as well as avoiding infringement of third-party intellectual property rights.

Practice Focus

  • Mergers and acquisitions 
  • SBIC and regulatory issues 
  • Fund formation and management 
  • Securities compliance 
  • Investor issues 
  • Portfolio company representation 
  • Investment-related commercial litigation 

Industry Focus

  • Healthcare 
  • Pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals 
  • Food and drug 
  • Technology 
  • Energy 
  • Healthcare 
  • Hospitality 
  • Life sciences and bioscience 
  • Automotive and transportation 
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Marketing and advertising 


  • Legal 500
    • M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m) (Tier 1), National, 2014 – 2022
    • Leading Lawyer, M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m), 2012 – 2021
    • Leading Lawyer, Technology: Transactions, 2014 – 2019
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers
    • Best Law Firms, Mergers & Acquisitions Law (Tier 1) National, 2011 – 2020, 2022
    • Best Law Firms, Mergers & Acquisitions Law (Tier 1) Baltimore, 2011 – 2020, 2022
    • Best Law Firms, Mergers & Acquisitions Law (Tier 1) Washington, DC, 2011 – 2020, 2022
    • Best Law Firms, Corporate Law (Tier 1), National, 2011 – 2020
    • Best Law Firms, Corporate Law (Tier 1), Baltimore, 2011 – 2020, 2022
    • Best Law Firms, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (Tier 1), Baltimore, 2011 – 2020, 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, 2015, 2017 – 2020
  • Chambers USA
    • REITS: Maryland Counsel (Band 1), Nationwide, 2010 – 2022
    • Corporate/M&A (Band 1), Maryland, 2011 – 2022
    • Star Individual, REITs: Maryland Counsel, Nationwide, 2014 – 2022