Sullivan & Cromwell's Private Equity Group advises on private equity investments, strategic investments and exits from those investments through mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.
The Firm's experience is the key to its success. Financing is often critical to the success of private equity transactions; S&C's private equity practice includes expertise in high-yield debt offerings, bank lending and structured financings. Clients demand transactions that address the unique concerns of investors and principals, and S&C has extensive experience structuring and organizing private equity funds and representing investors in those funds.
Private equity clients benefit from the Firm's expertise in a wide range of other areas, including the Firm's M&A, executive compensation, environmental law, insurance, intellectual property, litigation, capital markets, bank lending, structured finance and tax practices. Sullivan & Cromwell is also one of the world leaders in real estate private equity transactions.
S&C has local law capabilities in France, Germany, Japan, China and the United Kingdom. This international presence allows the Firm to provide highly integrated advice on cross-border deals. In Asia, S&C's private equity practice works out of Beijing, Hong Kong and Tokyo—a presence that few other firms can match.


Sullivan & Cromwell’s recent private equity experience includes representations of:
  • Advance as the largest shareholder in Discovery Communications, in connection with Discovery’s $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Interactive
  • Altor Equity Partners in Altor Fund III’s divestment of the majority of its holding in Orchid Orthopedic Solutions to Nordic Capital Fund IX
  • ARAMARK Chairman and CEO Joseph Neubauer in the $8.3 billion leveraged buyout of ARAMARK led by Mr. Neubauer and a group of four private equity sponsors, and in subsequent secondary sales following ARAMARK’s IPO
  • Ares Management in multiple transactions including in connection with its managed funds’ $1.45 billion strategic partnership with DuPage Medical Group and as a member of a consortium co-led by Ares and Leonard Green & Partners in the acquisition of Press Ganey
  • Ares Management and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board in their acquisition of CPG International Inc. (d/b/a The AZEK Company) by their affiliated funds, and The AZEK Company in its acquisition of Versatex; its acquisition of UltraLox; its Initial Public Offering; its $350 million Rule 144A/Reg S offering of senior notes; and in ongoing corporate advice
  • California Resources in its $825 million infrastructure joint venture and equity investment with Development Capital Resources
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in multiple transactions including its $1.2 billion acquisition of Parkway; as a minority investor in a portfolio of properties owned by GLP’s U.S. funds in connection with Blackstone’s $18.7 billion acquisition of assets from three of GLP’s U.S. funds; and its joint venture with Boston Properties to develop Platform 16, a 1.1 million square foot Class A urban office campus in downtown San Jose, California
  • CIC Capital, as a member of a consortium led by Brookfield Infrastructure and Brookfield Asset Management, in its $5.2 billion acquisition of a 90% ownership interest in Nova Transportadora do Sudeste from Petróleo Brasileiro
  • Consolidated Aerospace Manufacturing, controlled by Tinicum L.P. and affiliated partnerships managed by Tinicum Incorporated, in its sale to Stanley Black & Decker for up to $1.5 billion
  • CSM Bakery Solutions, a portfolio company of Rhône Capital, in the sale of its BakeMark business to Pamplona Capital Management
  • Eurazeo in the sale of its stake in Moncler by its subsidiary ECIP M in four separate transactions for a combined value of €1.2 billion
  • GGP in its $28 billion acquisition by Brookfield Property Partners
  • Goldman Sachs Group, through its principal investment area GSPIA, in the $1.3 billion purchase of Ontex by Goldman and TPG Capital from Candover Investments
  • Joe Tsai, executive vice chairman and co-founder of Alibaba Group, in his purchase of a 49% interest in the Brooklyn Nets from owner Mikhail Prokhorov and subsequent purchase of the remaining 51% interest; acquisition of full ownership of Barclays Center; and acquisition of the WNBA team known as the New York Liberty
  • KKR & Co. in its acquisition of two commercial office condominium units comprising the top 10 office floors, approximately 343,000 square feet, at 30 Hudson Yards in New York City and related financing arrangements
  • Lion Capital in its affiliate’s stalking horse bid to acquire John Varvatos Enterprises (which filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11) and Lion’s commitment to provide DIP financing and its acquisition of a minority interest in Authentic Brands from certain of Authentic Brand’s shareholders
  • Madrone Capital Partners, as an equity investor, in connection with eBay’s $4.05 billion sale of StubHub to viagogo
  • Consortium comprising OMERS Infrastructure Management, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in its acquisition of Skyway Concession Company
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board in multiple transactions including its equity partnership with IFM Investors and British Columbia Investment Management in GCT Global Container Terminals and its acquisitions of PODS and SeaCube Container
  • Platinum Equity in connection with its acquisition of a controlling equity stake, along with other noteholders, in the reorganization of Key Energy Services
  • Rhône Capital in connection with its affiliated investments funds’ $560 million acquisition of Fogo de Chão; its acquisition of Apax Partners’ remaining shares of the parent company of GardaWorld Security and subsequent $3.96 billion sale of its equity interest in GardaWorld to GardaWorld’s Founder, Chairman & CEO and others; and in its $1.2 billion acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Zodiac Pool Solutions from a fund affiliated with the Carlyle Group and the subsequent combination of Zodiac and Fluidra
  • Rhône Capital and Ranpak Corporation in connection with One Madison Corporation’s acquisition of Ranpak from affiliates of Rhône Capital, valuing Ranpak at approximately $1.09 billion
  • Riverstone Holdings and Pattern Energy Group Holdings 2 LP (Pattern Development) in connection with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Riverstone’s combination of Pattern Energy Group Inc. and Pattern Development under common ownership following CPPIB’s acquisition of Pattern Energy Group
  • SPO Partners in the $900 million sale of its aggregates business, Aggregates USA, to Vulcan Materials and in its investment in shares of Series C Liberty Media common stock in connection with Liberty’s acquisition of Formula 1
  • Temasek in various equity and credit investments, including its investment in Creative Artists Agency
  • Tinicum Capital in multiple transactions including its acquisitions of Astrodyne and outdoor advertising/billboard assets from Clear Channel
  • Verily Life Sciences, an Alphabet company, in its $1 billion investment round, led by Silver Lake and including Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and other global investment management firms and in its sale of a minority interest to Temasek
  • Versa Capital Management in connection with Milliken & Company’s acquisition of Polartec from Versa and on financing matters in connection with AVENUE Stores, LLC’s successful refinancing of its outstanding capital structure
  • York Capital, who led the Ad Hoc Committee of Senior Secured Note (“SSN”) holders, in relation to Bibby Offshore Group’s financial restructuring and recapitalization