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 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

Choate and Windjammer Capital Investors Win 2015 "M&A Sector Deal of the Year" Award from M&A Advisor

2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyers

Choate Receives 32 Tier 1 Rankings in US News & World Report’s 2016 “Best Law Firms” Report

Choate Receives Top National Rankings from The Legal 500 in Seven Practice Areas

SEC Regulation of Private Equity Funds

Howard Rosenblum on His Move to Choate

Howard S. Rosenblum Joins Choate as a Partner in Private Equity Group

Sean Monahan Named a "40 Under 40 Legal Advisor" for 2015 by the M&A Advisor

Choate Receives Top Chambers USA Rankings for 10 Practice Areas and 27 Attorneys

  • Three high profile attorneys have joined Choate's Private Equity Group. Read more...

  • Choate represented Tennis Channel in its $350M sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.  Read more...

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

    Sean Monahan Named to “40 Under 40” List by M&A Advisor

    Sean Monahan has been selected as one of The M&A Advisor’s 40 Under 40 Award Winners in the Legal Advisor category. 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 represented Maxcess International, a portfolio company of Windjammer Capital Investors, in its sale to Bertram Capital.  Read 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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