Private Equity

Kevin Tormey, Lee Feldman, Christian Atwood
Brian Lenihan, T.J. Murphy

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

Aegis Chemical Solutions Receives Credit Facility from PNC Bank

Frontier Capital Closes $700 Million Growth Equity Fund

Swift Prepaid Solutions acquired by Bain Capital Ventures and Silversmith Capital Partners

Locus Robotics Secures $25M in New Funding

Summit Partners Sells Stake in MDVIP

Kimberley Kaplan-Gross on Growth Opportunities for Insurance Companies

Choate Hall & Stewart, On The Private Equity Middle-Market: Competition, Fee Pressure And China

Digital Map Products Acquires Mexico Business Directory

Choate's 2017 DSO Conference

Therapeutic Research Center Acquired by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

Choate Ranked Among Most Active PE and VC Law Firms in 2017

Maniv Mobility Closes First Mobility-Focused Fund in Israel

Digital Map Products Acquires DMTI Spatial in Cross-Border Transaction

Dan Riley Named Emerging Leader by The M&A Advisor

Intervale Capital Invests in Pro Oil & Gas Services

Blackstone Makes Investment in Ascenty, LLC

Rackspace Acquires TriCore Solutions

Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Choate Lawyers and Practices

Bridgepoint Development Capital Acquires the Construction Claims Group of Hill International

Choate Promotes Four to Counsel

Choate Ranks Among Top Counsel for PE Transactions in 2016

Christian Atwood Discusses PE Outlook for 2017

Choate Elevates Rees M. Hawkins to Partner in Private Equity Practice

Choate Strengthens Private Equity Practice with Addition of Kimberley J. Kaplan-Gross

Windjammer Capital Investors Acquires Advanced Instruments LLC

Rainmaker Q&A: Christian Atwood

Silversmith Capital Partners Makes $20 Million Growth Investment in ActiveCampaign

BV Investment Partners Invests in Right Networks

Brian Lenihan Named “M&A Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal

Silversmith Capital Partners Provides Strategic Growth Investment to Digital Map Products, Inc.

Choate, Hall & Stewart Named a Finalist in Six M&A Advisor "Deal of the Year" Categories

Choate Represents BV Investment Partners in Acquisition of CF Stinson

Choate Receives Top Chambers USA Rankings for 10 Practice Areas and 30 Attorneys

Choate Represents Great Hill Partners in Majority Investment in Evolve IP

Private Equity Funds Liable for Withdrawal Liability of Portfolio Company

Choate Represents Tennis Channel in $350M Sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

Christian Atwood Quoted in The Deal

Choate Lands Three Prominent Private Equity Partners


Private Equity

"esteemed practice handling a wide range of midmarket matters for private equity clients and their portfolios, including national and international investments and tax buyouts ... broad experience in the technology sector, particularly as it intersects with the healthcare and financial services industries"

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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