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Private Equity

In today’s complex financial market, many private equity funds are looking to the middle-market to find unique investment opportunities to help generate growth and exceptional returns. The important legal issues surrounding private equity fund investments and divestures require skilled, dedicated, and experienced legal counsel.

Kerr Russell has several top practitioners, who have years of experience representing and advising private equity funds in various transactions, including all aspects of acquisitions, divestures and fund formation.

The Kerr Russell Private Equity practice group represents a number of private equity funds in all aspects of their legal needs, including:

  • Fund formation
  • Transactional financing
  • Tax planning
  • Due diligence
  • Effectively drafting documentation including but not limited to, Non-Disclosure Agreements (“NDA”), Letters of Intent (“LOI”), Sale and Purchase Agreements, Debt Commitment letters, Equity Commitment letters
  • Acquisitions, including LBOs, MBOs, stock and asset acquisitions, mergers, and share exchanges
  • Recapitalizations
  • Disposition of assets and exit strategies

Our primary focus is on middle-market transactions ranging in value from $10 million to $500 million. At Kerr Russell, we have vast experience representing a diverse range of clients in automotive, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, financial services, and several other industries. Due to our size, experience and expertise, and due to the significant number of our attorneys who are Certified Public Accountants, or possess Masters in Business Administration or advance law degrees in taxation, Kerr Russell is able to provide attentive and effective counsel to our clients on all aspects of a private equity transaction. At Kerr Russell, we pride ourselves on our ability to work closely with our clients and ensure our services are exceeding their expectations.

+Practicing Attorneys & Staff


Richard C. Buslepp
Richard C. Buslepp


Eric I. Lark
Eric I. Lark


Michael D. Gibson
Michael D. Gibson

Of Counsel

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