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 Named Finalist for M&A Advisor 7th Annual International M&A Awards

Choate Represents Summit Partners in $40M Equity Investment in Advance Health

Choate Represents Seaborn Networks in $500M Equity Financing to Build Landmark New York-Brazil Subsea Cable

Choate Garners 31 National and Boston “Tier 1” Rankings in US News & World Report’s 2015 “Best Law Firms” Report

2015 Best Lawyers in America

Christian Atwood featured in Law360 Dealmakers Q&A session

Choate Sweeps Manufacturing Sector “Deal of the Year” Category at the ACG New York Champion’s Awards

Choate Sponsors Premier Canadian Venture Capital Conference

Rees Hawkins Named M&A Advisor 2014 “40 Under 40” Award Winner

Timothy Becker Joins Choate

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

  • Choate assisted Seaborn Networks with the equity financing to build a landmark New York-Brazil subsea cable.  Read more...

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    Over one-third of equity partners and majority of practice areas recognized for excellence

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    Choate was ranked among the best law firms in this year's US News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" list, and has been named as an elite "National Tier 1" law firm in 4 practice areas.  Choate also received top "Tier 1" Boston rankings in 27 practice areas.  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 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...


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 US
  • 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 among PitchBook’s “Most Active Law Firms” worldwide for private equity in 2013


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


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