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Drinker Biddle’s Corporate and Securities practice provides a wide range of services to public and private companies, private equity and venture capital funds, financial institutions, and institutional and individual investors.

We represent acquirers and sellers, as well as special committees, financial advisors, private equity firms and other financial sponsors, across a broad range of industries, with particular experience in insurance, manufacturing, industrials, transportation and logistics, communications and media, consumer and retail, health care, life sciences, education, financial services and information technology.

Our attorneys represent clients in transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, debt financings, restructurings and reorganizations, offerings of public and private securities, and venture capital investments.

Corporate and Securities

Mergers and Acquisitions

Drinker Biddle’s national M&A practice pairs experience in handling large, sophisticated and multinational transactions, along with the rate structure and flexibility for smaller transactions. As discussed in the Drinker Biddle M&A Report, over the last three years, we helped clients successfully close more than 220 deals with most of our deals falling in the $20 million to $500 million range. The M&A team represents directors, executive officers and significant shareholders of public and private companies; corporate acquirers and sellers; and private equity firms and other financial sponsors in complex transactions in a wide range of industries. Our M&A attorneys help clients with stock and asset acquisitions, tender offers, mergers, joint ventures, leveraged buyouts, spin-offs, recapitalizations, structured auctions, roll-ups and other types of transactions. For more information, visit drinkerbiddle.com/mergers or drinkerbiddle.com/acquisitions.

Private Equity

The core of our private equity practice serves the middle market throughout the United States, where we are our clients’ problem solvers and strategic partners. We serve funds, investors and portfolio companies throughout the life cycles of private investments—from formation, through minority and control investments, platform and follow-on acquisitions, recapitalizations and restructurings, and ultimately to dispositions and distributions of exit proceeds. For more information, visit drinkerbiddle.com/private-equity.

Capital Markets and Securities

Clients rely on our capital markets and securities lawyers to craft financing tools tailored to their needs, while complying with dynamic regulatory requirements. We represent public and private companies, investment banks, private equity sponsors, shareholders, executive leadership and boards as well as underwriters, initial purchasers and placement agents in the full range of public and private offerings of equity and debt, including: initial public offerings (IPOs), follow-on and secondary offerings; Rule 144A offerings; private placements and venture capital transactions; liability management transactions; acquisition and carve-out financings, going-private transactions, stock splits, rights offerings and exit financings for M&A and private equity deals; and structuring and issuance of convertible, equity-linked, high-yield and investment-grade debt securities. For more information, visit drinkerbiddle.com/securities.

Corporate Finance

Drinker Biddle’s corporate finance lawyers handle all types of commercial lending transactions, such as asset-based transactions, cash-flow financings and leveraged buyouts. In recent years, our client’s needs have focused on syndicated senior bank debt, mezzanine debt, tax-exempt bond debt, institutional private placements, Rule 144A issuances, commercial paper, securitizations and debtor-in-possession financing. We represent lenders and borrowers in complex structures, including those involving multilayered inter-creditor and cross-border issues. Our attorneys work with banks, commercial finance companies, mezzanine lenders and other institutional lenders, as well as with borrowers from many industries including healthcare, media and telecommunications, transportation and logistics, food and beverage, retail, insurance, education and IT services. For more information, visit drinkerbiddle.com/corporate-finance.

Corporate Governance

Drinker Biddle represents directors, executive officers and significant shareholders of public and private companies on corporate governance issues from ongoing state and federal regulatory compliance to complex challenges such as hostile takeovers and proxy contests. For more information, visit drinkerbiddle.com/corporate-governance.

Business Tax

Our business tax attorneys provide ongoing advice to organizations and individuals on federal, state, local and international taxes. The practice has been nationally recognized for its work in: structuring corporate and partnership transactions, including: tax-free and taxable acquisitions and dispositions; counseling insurance companies and registered investment companies; providing tax advice for public and private stock offerings and debt; for partnership, LLC and REIT interests and for restructuring and other workouts; handling tax litigation at the administrative and appellate levels; and structuring and implementing tax-deferred like-kind exchanges of real estate, aircraft and other assets. For more information, visit drinkerbiddle.com/tax.

Insurance Regulatory and Transactional

Our insurance regulatory and transactional team advises U.S. and non-U.S. insurers, reinsurers and intermediaries. We handle all transactional and regulatory matters in all U.S. jurisdictions. As a multidisciplinary team with a global client base, we have a wide range of experience in reinsurance; property and casualty; financial and mortgage guaranty; and life, accident and health insurance. For more information, visit drinkerbiddle.com/IRT.

Corporate Venture and Innovation

Corporate venture programs need to be structured and operated in unique ways to meet the needs of the diverse range of companies, industries, strategies and opportunities in the venture and innovation ecosystem. We guide you through all stages of a corporate venture program—from fund formation, deal sourcing and evaluation, transaction structuring and negotiation, portfolio company management and follow-on financings, to acquisition, sale and other exit events. For more information, visit drinkerbiddle.com/corporate-venture.

Emerging Companies and Venture Capital

Drinker Biddle’s team provides a broad range of legal and advisory services to entrepreneurs, emerging companies, angel investors, venture capital and corporate venture funds, and large institutions engaging in collaboration transactions as a means of fostering innovation. We have represented hundreds of technology-based and high-growth companies across a broad range of industries, including life sciences, information technology, financial services, media, retail and manufacturing. For more information, visit drinkerbiddle.com/venture-capital.

Impact Investing, Sustainability and Benefit Corporations

An increasing number of businesses are dedicated to developing and maintaining business practices and investment strategies that are both economically profitable and environmentally sustainable. Drinker Biddle’s impact investing, sustainability and benefit corporations team helps clients do so by establishing alternative corporate structures such as benefit corporations and making or receiving impact investments. For more information, visit drinkerbiddle.com/b-corp.

“Extremely knowledgeable, dependable, diligent and professional. They feel more like partners in our businesses than outside counsel.”

“The team is very strong and coordinated - there is seamless communication both within the firm and with us as the client.”

“All are hard-working experts in their area, and are timely, responsive and effective.”

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