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Private Equity & Venture Capital

Ice Miller has been active in the private equity industry for over 35 years, representing both management teams building great companies and the private equity firms and individuals that invest in them.

We have extensive experience with all types of funds (formations and operations); leveraged buyouts, roll-ups, build-ups, and consolidations; portfolio company divestitures and other exits; mezzanine and junior capital financings; and complex litigation on behalf of investors and privately financed companies. We represent private equity funds; professional, institutional and angel investors; family offices; and independent sponsors and others seeking to raise capital in private equity and venture finance transactions.

We have acted as lead counsel in numerous domestic and international transactions. In the past five years, our attorneys have closed over 525 transactions worth in excess of $20 billion.

We are an AM 200 law firm principally based in the Midwest with longstanding relationships with investment professionals throughout the US, including buy-out, broad-based, seed, venture, mezzanine and "cross-over" investment funds, as well as fund of funds, family offices and independent sponsors. Our national practice provided us with insights on emerging trends in deal structures and formations. Our presence in New York allows us to provide further market knowledge and support to our client base. Ice Miller provides efficient, cost-effective, value-added service throughout each stage of the investment lifecycle and complete transparency and predictability with its billing arrangements.

Our Private Equity Group is comprised of more than 40 attorneys with experience in a wide variety of private equity and venture capital matters, including the creation of optimal fund and acquisition/investment structures; the allocation of control and contractual rights between management and investors; the development and implementation of exit strategies; including debt and equity recapitalizations; mergers and acquisitions; sales; and senior and junior debt financing transactions. Our Private Equity Group focuses on middle market transactions and understand the often unique dynamics of this space. 

We also act as outside general counsel for most of the portfolio companies of our fund clients in handling both day-to-day legal issues, add-on acquisitions/divestitures and the eventual sale of the company. Acting as outside counsel gives our attorneys the depth of knowledge and experience needed to help portfolio company boards and their management teams navigate the often complicated legal and business landscape in matters including employee benefits, intellectual property, tax and corporate finance along with other personnel-related and day to day issues.

As a full-service law firm, we assist portfolio companies with a variety of services, including:
  • Patents and trademarks
  • Data privacy and security
  • Federal, state and local regulatory compliance
  • Heathcare
  • Debt and equity financing
  • Restructuring and bankruptcy
  • Labor and employment
  • Litigation
  • Employee benefits
  • Environment
  • Tax
  • Government investigations
  • Real estate
Our professionals have experience working with a variety of industries, including:

Aerospace Life Sciences
Automotive Manufacturing
Biotech Media
Colleges and Universities Medical device
Construction Medical Practice Management
Distribution and logistics Pharmaceuticals
Energy Plastics
Financial Services Retail
Food and Agriculture Software
Gaming Technology
Health Care Telecommunications
Industrials Transportation
Insurance Utilities
At the acquisition/investment stage, we assist our clients in setting goals that align the operational, economic, accounting, tax and regulatory needs of a particular investment strategy. We have extensive experience in all aspects of an acquisition/investment transaction, including tax structuring, financing, and complex acquisition/investment negotiations.

Ice Miller also has vast experience in the area of fund formation having assisted in the formation of approximately 30 funds or fund of funds in the past five years. The specific services we provide in each fund formation are tailored to the needs of each client depending on various factors, such as the investment strategy and size of the fund, special tax, securities, ERISA or other regulatory or investor considerations, the complexity of the fund formation and the formation of the general partner and management company and most importantly, our client objectives. We are also frequently involved in the structuring of relationships between the fund and general partner and management company entities, as well as providing to them the full array of legal services the fund and those related entities require. 

Representative Clients

  • Alcentra Capital Corporation
  • Auven Therapeutics
  • Balance Point Capital Partners
  • Boathouse Capital
  • Canal Holdings
  • Cardinal Equity Partners
  • Centerfield Capital Partners, L.P.
  • CID Capital
  • CrownWheel Partners
  • DFW Capital Partners
  • Lineage Capital
  • MVC Capital
  • OFS Capital Corporation
  • Praesidian Capital
  • Stonehenge Partners
  • White Wolf Capital

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Fitzgerald Angrand Associate 212-824-4962
Samuel W. Beavers Associate 614-462-1134
Edward Braum Partner 614-462-1098
J. C. Brown Of Counsel 312-726-6264
Margaret Isa Butler Partner 212-824-4947
Adam Calisoff Partner 312-726-2505
Kristine M. Camron Partner 317-236-5948
Timothy J. Capen Partner 317-236-2425
Joseph L. Champion Partner 317-236-2273
Joshua L. Christie Partner 317-236-5802
Daniel Drobnick Associate 614-462-1115
Dustin S. DuBois Partner 317-236-2251
Stephen B. Edwards Partner 614-462-1108
Roberto Falconi Associate 317-236-2215
Frank Garrett Associate 317-236-2113
Eric I. Goodman Partner 317-236-5804
Erik Hansen Of Counsel 317-236-2476
Melanie E. Harris Partner 317-236-5996
David H. Hight Partner 630-955-5821
Ryan Hiler Associate 317-236-2265
Steven K. Humke Chief Managing Partner 317-236-2394
Michael S. Jordan Partner 614-462-2283
Josef Keglewitsch Partner 614-462-2279
Thomas Kesoglou Partner 212-824-0012
Moein Khawaja Associate 317-236-2189
Dean J. Leffelman Partner 630-955-6390
Von Lovan Associate 317-236-2496
Todd A. Matras Of Counsel 212-824-4964
Christopher McCleary Associate 630-955-4268
Chris Michael Associate 614-462-1148
Laurie Miller Partner 630-955-6398
Michael E. Millikan Partner 317-236-5965
Benjamin Oster Associate 614-462-1116
Thomas A. Pampush Partner 614-462-5041
Shawn Peterson Senior Counsel 317-236-2185
Megan Ryther Associate 317-236-2305
Evan Sarosi Associate 614-462-2223
Stefanie K. Schneider Associate 614-462-5022
Thomas Schnellenberger Partner 317-236-5886
Audrey J. Schricker Associate 614-462-1079
Alexandra Serre Associate 212-824-4959
Matt Servies Partner 317-236-5849
Brent Showalter Partner 317-236-2469
James Smolik Associate 614-462-2229
Scott Snively Partner 317-236-2375
Chase A. Stuart Partner 212-824-0013
Meghann C.T. Supino Associate 317-236-2107
John R. Thornburgh Partner 317-236-2405
Tiffany Tran Associate 312-726-6242
Mario Alvarez Paralegal 317-236-2378
Lisa Samblanet Paralegal 614-462-1045
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