Private Equity

Sandy Taylor, Kevin Tormey, Christian Atwood
Fred Callori, Lee Feldman
Brian Lenihan, T.J. Murphy, Steve Cohen

Blue Chip Clients

Counsel of choice for numerous private equity funds, including:

Altaris Capital Partners

Blackstone Group

BV Investment Partners

Candescent Partners

Capital Resource Partners

Century Capital

Falcon Investment Advisors

Grove Street Advisors

Intervale Capital

LLM Capital

Mainsail Partners

New England Capital

New Heritage Capital

Polaris Ventures   

Riverside Partners

Spectrum Equity

Summit Partners

Symmetric Capital

Tudor Ventures

Volition Capital

Windjammer Capital

Range of Industries    

Private equity fund clients active in wide range of industries, including:

Business services

Consumer products


Energy Services

Family businesses 

Financial services


Information Technology 


Media (digital and print)   



Publications & Events

Choate Sponsors Premier Canadian Venture Capital Conference

Christian Atwood Named Law360 Private Equity Rising Star

Choate Counsels Windjammer Capital in Major Industrial Acquisitions

PitchBook Recognizes Choate Among the “Most Active Law Firms” Globally for Private Equity in 2013

Choate Sponsors Private Equity Conference at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business

Choate Represents Windjammer Capital Investors' Portfolio Company Maxcess International in Sale to Bertram Capital

Choate's M&A Work for Mobile Payment Innovator Shore up $800 Million Sale to eBay

Choate Wins "Deal of the Year" Award from M&A Advisor

Choate Co-Sponsors Thomson Reuters Northeastern M&A/Private Equity Forum

Brian Goldstein and Tobin Sullivan in Law360 on the Funding Gap for Life Sciences Companies

2014 Best Lawyers in America

Private Equity Funds Can Be Liable for Portfolio Company Pension Plan Obligations

Christian Atwood Named M&A Advisor 2013 “40 Under 40” Award Winner

Choate Ranked Second Among the “Most Active Law Firms” Nationwide for Private Equity by PitchBook

New Fundraising Opportunities for Issuers and Private Funds: SEC Lifts Ban on General Solicitation and General Advertising in Private Offerings

Choate Sponsors Canadian Venture Capital Conference

Michael Gass, Stuart Glass and Kevin Quigley on Libor Litigation in Law360

Choate Sponsors 2013 Private Equity Symposium at MIT

Charles Johnson and Brian Goldstein Speak on Raising Capital for Start-ups

Choate Sponsors iGlobal Forum Annual M&A Investing Summit

Charles Johnson Speaks on Positioning Private Companies for Sale

William Gelnaw and Stephen Cohen Speak on Pre- and Post-Sale Planning

2013 Best Lawyers in America

Michael Gass and Stuart Glass on Future LIBOR Litigation in Corporate Counsel

Choate Names Two New Counsel

SEC Adopts Final Compensation Committee Independence Rules

Choate Hosts Event for IBM's Global Entrepreneur Initiative

Choate’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Receives Top Tier 1 National Ranking from The Legal 500

Choate Sponsors Canadian Venture Capital Event

Choate Sponsors 2012 Private Equity Symposium at MIT

    Christian Atwood Named a "Rising Star" in Private Equity

    Christian Atwood has been selected as one of only seven Private Equity “Rising Stars” nationwide by Law360.  The award honors the most accomplished attorneys in their practice areas under the age of 40.  Read more...

  • Choate recently represented Windjammer Capital in its acquisition of Engineered Controls and the add-on acquisition of Superior Holding.  Read more…

  • Choate represented Maxcess International, a portfolio company of Windjammer Capital Investors, in its sale to Bertram Capital.  Read more…

  • Choate represented Braintree Payment Solutions, LLC in its sale to eBay Inc. for $800 million.  Read more...

  • Choate received The M&A Advisor’s “Financial Services Deal of the Year” award in the over $200 million category.  Read more…

  • PitchBook ranked Choate among the top firms for private equity deals. 
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    Spotlight - Atwood M&A Advisor 40 Under 40

    Christian Atwood has been selected as one of The M&A Advisor’s 40 Under 40 Award Winners in the Legal Advisor category.  Read more...

  • Choate represented Blackstone in connection with its recent investment in Carbon Black.  Read more…

  • Choate represented Altaris Capital Partners in their investment in Intralign Health.  Read more…

    Choate represented Altaris Capital Partners in their investment in Intralign Health. Read More...

  • Choate represented Sherbrooke Capital in connection with its recent growth equity investment in Halfpops Inc.  Read more…

  • Choate represented Bain Capital Ventures in connection with a recently announced growth equity financing of Booker Software, Inc.  Read more...

  • Choate represented Spectrum Equity in a merger of equals involving Spectrum’s portfolio company, Pictometry International, and EagleView Technologies.  Read more...

  • Over 70% of equity partners named Best in America by Best LawyersRead more...

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    Choate represented Windjammer Capital Investors and portfolio company S.T. Specialty Foods in a full-circle success story—from Windjammer's initial acquisition of S.T. Specialty in December '08 through a $195 million sale to TreeHouse Foods just over 18 months later.  Windjammer provided the capital and strategic guidance that allowed S.T. Specialty to expand its operational capabilities and meet increased demand for its private label products driven in part by the economic downturn.  The company's leading market position combined with its ability to deliver growth caught the eye of food manufacturing giant TreeHouse Foods, who made the unsolicited purchase offer.

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    Choate represented iPay Technologies in its $300 million sale to Jack Henry & Associates—the company’s largest acquisition to date.  iPay continued to expand its services after a key recapitalization in 2006, in which Choate represented investors Spectrum Equity and Bain Capital, and this growth caught the attention of iPay’s then-customer Jack Henry.  Jack Henry, a leading provider of computer systems and debit processing services, was impressed by iPay’s broad reach and high-quality offerings and saw the acquisition as an excellent opportunity to gain more prominence in the electronic payments industry.

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    Choate represented Intervale Capital, a private equity client of the firm focused on investments in middle-market oilfield services companies, in connection with its acquisition of Allied Oil & Gas Services.  The acquisition, a transformative event for Allied, will permit it to further expand its operations and solidify its position as a leading provider of cementing and acidizing services to customers in the Mid-Continent and Marcellus Shale regions, and to further develop and expand upon its already impressive customer base of exploration and production companies.

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    Choate represented OneSource in its sale to Sonepar USA, part of Sonepar Group–a global player in electrical equipment distribution.  OneSource, a portfolio company of client Heritage Partners, is the premier electrical products distribution company in Southern California.  This transaction will strengthen Sonepar’s position in the California market and promote the company’s role as a leader in the region.  It will also allow OneSource, which has already experienced rapid growth and expanded to encompass 13 locations, to further accelerate its growth and provide added value to its customer base.

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    Choate represented client Riverside Partners in its acquisition of a majority interest in ITC Global, an international provider of satellite communications services to businesses operating in harsh conditions, including the mining, energy and maritime industries.  This acquisition will facilitate the expansion of ITC Global's role in the satellite industry with additional product offerings and coverage areas and enhanced service.

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    Choate handled the leveraged acquisition by client Tech Valley Communications of segTel, operator of a major Northeast fiber optic network.  Tech Valley Communications, a portfolio company of client Riverside Partners, is a leading provider of voice, data, high speed Internet and collocation services in upstate New York.  This merger will allow the businesses to play a larger role in the market, providing more extensive services that encompass a broader coverage area.

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    Choate represented Spectrum Equity Investors and Trident Capital in the acquisition of the healthcare software business HealthMEDX, the number one US-based provider of software for long term care, home care and rehabilitation.  This acquisition will allow HealthMEDX to further expand in the rapidly growing area of long term care.

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    Choate represented Rotex Global in its $240 million sale to Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE: HI), a diversified holding company with operating subsidiaries in the industrial process equipment and death care industries.  Rotex Global, a portfolio company of client Windjammer Capital Investors, is a global leader in the development of screening equipment and technology for process industries.  This addition of Rotex Global to Hillenbrand’s Process Equipment Group significantly expanded Hillenbrand’s capabilities in industrial equipment and manufacturing and represented a very successful exit for Windjammer. 


Private Equity

"Choate has cemented its position as a highly respected mid-market player; great for mid-market buyouts." 

Chambers USA

Premier Practice

Handled over $30 billion in middle market M&A and investment transactions in the past five years.  Leader in private equity since 1983, when we formed one of the first private equity funds.

Bench Strength   

Over 50 lawyers committed to Choate’s private equity practice.  Dedicated client teams.  Lawyers throughout practice area consistently receive national recognition for excellence in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Legal 500 (a guide to the preeminent law firms in the US), and Best Lawyers in America.

Middle Market Focused   

Focus on middle market transactions ranging from less than $20 million to nearly $1 billion, with most deals in $10 million to $500 million range.

Deal Coverage

In-depth deal coverage including LBOs, growth equity investments and recapitalizations, carveouts, sales and divestitures, and all aspects of fund formation and capital raising.

National Recognition

  • Recognized as one of the leading practices of its kind by Chambers USA
  • Ranked nationally as a leading firm in Private Equity Buyouts and as a Tier 1 firm in Middle-Market M&A by The Legal 500, a guide to the preeminent law firms in the
  • Recently ranked among the top “Most Active Law Firms” worldwide based on number of private equity and venture capital deals and number of private equity and venture capital funds worked on for general and limited partners (Dow Jones’ Private Equity Analyst)
  • Ranked second among the top “Most Active Law Firms” nationwide in private equity for the first half of 2013 (PitchBook League Tables)


Private equity acquisitions and investments in 45 states and 27 countries for more than 40 different sponsors.


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