Overview

The Honigman Private Equity practice group represents the unique needs of private equity sponsors in the financing, acquisition, operation, and ultimate disposition of their portfolio investments. Our clients include traditional private equity funds, family offices, independent sponsors and their respective portfolio companies.

Our Private Equity practice group is comprised of more than 60 attorneys with vast experience in mergers, acquisitions and senior and subordinated financing, together with deep knowledge of issues regarding tax, executive compensation, employee benefits, real estate, environmental and intellectual property.  We assist our clients in setting goals that align the operational, economic, accounting, tax, and regulatory needs of a particular situation.

While we are based in the Midwest and involved in a significant number of transactions led by Midwest-based sponsors, our Private Equity practice is national in scope. Many of our clients met us across the table in a deal and engaged us for subsequent transactions. Unlike many national law firms, our transaction teams are led by a senior member of our group who is involved in all aspects of the transaction on a day-to-day basis.

Our primary focus is middle-market transactions, typically involving companies with enterprise values up to $500 million. We represent clients in nearly every industry vertical, and we are particularly knowledgeable in the manufacturing, business services, automotive, financial services, construction, healthcare, specialty chemicals, housing/building products, direct-to-consumer marketing, and aerospace sectors.   

Honigman regularly provides ongoing counsel to the portfolio companies of our private equity clients during the term of the investment, including general legal counseling, corporate governance matters, add-on acquisitions, and divestitures. We grew our Private Equity practice based upon a foundation, built over 70 years, of representing many significant privately held companies. This experience, coupled with our Midwestern cost structure, enables us to provide portfolio company counseling in an efficient and cost-effective manner.  

As important as it is to find a good investment, it is equally important to implement an effective exit strategy. Our experience includes the full spectrum of exit transactions, and we assist our private equity clients in recapitalizations, mergers and consolidations, asset sales, stock sales, and initial public offerings.

Since 2009, Honigman has been the sole firm placed in Band 1 in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business - the highest ranking for a Corporate/M&A practice in Michigan. Chambers USA describes Honigman's Corporate/M&A team in the 2020 edition as being known for its "standout bench of corporate attorneys handling high-value sales and acquisitions for a range of prominent domestic companies." Honigman is further recognized as being "'the most active firm in the Michigan M&A market.'"

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  • Counseled a Florida-based direct marketing solutions company with respect to its acquisition of a Florida business and program management solutions company
  • Represented a California private equity firm with respect to its acquisition of a leading franchiser of private-pay, professional in-home care for elderly individuals
  • Represented a Canadian tobacco laboratory company with respect to its disposition to a Canadian private equity fund
  • Advised a Utah private equity firm with respect to its acquisition of a tool manufacturing company
  • Advised an Ohio-based food and beverage supplier with respect to its disposition to a strategic acquirer
  • Advised a Midwest-based private equity firm with respect to its acquisition of a Wisconsin specialty films manufacturer
  • Advised a Midwest private equity firm with respect to its acquisition of a Missouri coffee company
  • Advised a technology and services company for the oil industry with respect to its divestiture to a Massachusetts-based private equity firm
  • Counseled Michigan- and Connecticut-based fund manager in the formation of private equity funds
  • Represented New York private equity fund in the recapitalization of Michigan scrapbook company
  • Represented a Midwest-based private equity firm with respect to its acquisition of a Utah-based lead generation company
  • Advised a Midwest private equity firm with respect to its acquisition of a Canadian rail manufacturer
  • Represented a private equity firm with respect to its acquisition of a Texas home security alarm provider
  • Counseled a Midwest private equity firm with respect to its acquisition of a national business process outsourcing company
  • Represented a private equity firm with respect to its acquisition of a Georgia e-commerce business
  • Advised an oil field drilling company with respect to its divestiture to a New Jersey-based private equity firm
  • Counseled a Midwest private equity firm with respect to its acquisition of a Pennsylvania personal emergency response service provider
  • Represented a restoration services provider in the oil and gas industry with respect to its divestiture to a New Jersey-based private equity firm
  • Counseled a supply chain solution provider with respect to its divestiture to a Wisconsin-based private equity firm
  • Advised Massachusetts private equity fund in the sale of automotive parts retailer to publicly traded automotive parts retailer
  • Counseled a Texas-based oilfield construction company with respect to its divestiture to a Texas private equity firm
  • Represented a Midwest-based private equity firm with respect to its acquisition of an oil and gas services company
  • Counseled a Midwest private equity firm with respect to its acquisition of a regional rehabilitation services company
  • Represented a Utah private equity firm with respect to its acquisition of a Washington in-flight entertainment company
  • Advised Michigan-based fund manager in the formation of minority-owned private equity fund
  • Counseled an Illinois private equity firm with respect to its acquisition of an international automotive supplier
  • Represented a Wisconsin building distribution products company in multiple acquisitions throughout the Midwest and Northeast
  • Counseled a Midwest private equity firm with respect to its acquisition of a Florida digital media company
  • Advised a Midwest private equity firm with respect to its acquisition of a manufacturer in the refrigeration and automotive industries

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Brian Demkowicz
Huron Capital Partners

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