A guide to Practical Law's private equity and venture capital materials

A guide to all of Practical Law's resources relating to UK private equity and venture capital transactions, as well as links to Practical Law Cross-border handbooks.

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Overview

Although led by corporate lawyers, a private equity transaction will usually require the input of lawyers across a range of different disciplines. (such as finance, employment, pensions and tax lawyers). This note sets out all of Practical Law UK's materials that are directly relevant to such a transaction and are organised in this note by reference to which of the following aspects of private equity practice they most closely relate.

A large number of Practical Law resources will have relevance to private equity and venture capital transactions. However, where such resources are not specifically authored with private equity in mind, they have been omitted from this list. If you are unable to locate relevant information in this note, please contact the team.

 

Cross-border and US private equity and venture capital

As well as resources on UK private equity and venture capital, Practical Law publishes the Private Equity and Venture Capital Global Guide, which brings together practical information on topical cross-border private equity and venture capital issues, and country-specific Q&As on private equity and venture capital law and practice.

For subscribers interested in US private equity, Practical Law Corporate and M&A offers a comprehensive range of private equity resources from our New York office.

 

Practical Law Resources

Resources listed below which are followed by a date in brackets are articles written as at that date; those materials are not maintained.

Introductory materials

Included under this heading are those materials which might be useful for those new to private equity and venture capital, or to those designing training materials for new joiners. It also includes a number of recent articles on current market practice.

Practice notes, checklists and articles

Managing the transaction

An essential part of ensuring the successful conduct of any private equity or venture capital transaction will be good project management. Investing time to scope the transaction in the early stages and monitoring progress throughout, will help mitigate unforeseen difficulties that may arise.

Practice notes, checklists and articles

Standard documents and clauses

Due diligence

Practice notes, checklists and articles

Equity

This heading covers all elements of the investment structure; that is, all aspects of the transaction other than those relating to the acquisition or the provision of debt.

Practice notes, checklists and articles

Standard documents and clauses

Acquisition

Not all private equity and venture capital transactions will involve an acquisition. Where the transaction does involve the purchase of a company or a business by management through a newco vehicle, the mechanics are much the same as for the purchase of a company or a business by a third party (see Practice notes, Share purchases: overview ( www.practicallaw.com/0-107-3750) and Asset purchases: overview ( www.practicallaw.com/3-107-3536) ). However, there are certain issues which are of most relevance to a buyout and these form the focus of the following practice notes and articles:

For details of UK public to private acquisitions since 1 January 2007, see What's Market: Public to privates ( www.practicallaw.com/7-502-9660) .

For all of Practical Law's resources on private acquisitions, see the topic pages for private acquisitions (shares) ( www.practicallaw.com/1-103-1081) and private acquisitions (assets) ( www.practicallaw.com/5-103-1079) .

Debt

Funding a private equity or venture capital transaction through debt can have a significant effect on the potential upside available to the private equity sponsor of the deal (see Practice note, Internal rate of return (IRR): an introduction ( www.practicallaw.com/6-384-9563) ).

Practice notes, checklists and articles

Standard documents and clauses

Tax

Practice notes, checklists and articles

Standard documents

Fund matters

For a list of all of Practical Law's resources relating to investment funds, see Practice note, A guide to Practical Law's investment fund materials ( www.practicallaw.com/5-504-0381) .

Practice notes, checklists and articles

Exits

The sponsor of a private equity or venture capital transaction will only realise the real value of its investment on a successful exit, whether by a trade or secondary sale, or an initial public offering.

Practice notes, checklists and articles

Standard documents and clauses

 

Archive of articles

Please note that the following articles are not maintained, so may not reflect the current law and/or market practice.

 
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