Private Equity

Private Equity

Uncovering value and growth opportunities is at the heart of private equity. Today’s clients are looking for advisers who can help them align their strategic framework with performance goals.

At Clay & Associates Advocates, we don’t just offer advice – we help clients enhance the value of their assets. Our private equity practice is focused on representing private equity funds, management groups, consortiums, family offices, lenders and portfolio companies on the full spectrum of transactions.

In addition to our ability to structure and execute on transactions, we also have the knowledge and ability to provide sound advice to private equity firms and management groups in other areas, including fund formation, employment, compensation and benefits, tax and other general corporate matters.

Our team remains in place throughout the transaction and the ongoing representation of the portfolio company. This unique and bespoke approach provides our clients with access to all relevant resources necessary to structure, negotiate and complete buyout transactions. We pride ourselves on our ability to help our clients realize their objectives in these types of transactions.

If you would like to find out more about what Private Equity legal services can be offered by our law firm to you or your business, please contact us on +254 20 2100 999 or email us at for a free initial chat about any Private Equity legal issue.

Private Equity

Life-Cycle Representation

We incorporate sophisticated tax experience in helping our clients structure the initial investment, conduct legal and business due diligence, and draft and negotiate definitive investment and financing documents.

We regularly represent clients in leveraged transactions and deploy integrated teams of private equity and finance lawyers to better serve our clients’ needs. We provide ongoing support to our private equity clients in their management and oversight of portfolio investments.

Finally, we assist our clients with various exit strategies, including leveraged recapitalizations, divestitures and IPOs.

Broad Transactional Practice

Our private equity practice group is part of our firm’s broader team of transactional attorneys located in all of our offices who assist a wide array of clients in various industries on matters relating to capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and lending and finance.

Our transactional team complements our private equity group by providing a deep bench of transactional experience across various practice areas that our private equity clients can tap into as necessary.

Fund Formation

We have substantial experience in private fund formation, including the preparation of private offering documents and fund partnership and limited liability company agreements. We have experience in complex structuring issues, including cross-border and onshore/offshore structures to accommodate investors from, or strategies focused on, a particular region of the world or particular investment and exit techniques.

We regularly assist fund sponsor groups in establishing carried interest, employee participation, and other upstream fund structures.

We also have significant experience representing institutional investors considering investments in private funds and negotiating the terms of their investments and their ongoing economic and control rights. Our regular scrutiny of fund documents on behalf of potential investors informs and improves our work for fund sponsors.

Customized Full-Service Approach

We understand that each private equity client is unique. We work closely with our client’s deal team and outside advisers to understand our client’s specific business objectives. We tailor our advice to help each client achieve business and legal solutions that are practical and cost-efficient while maximizing operational flexibility and financial returns.

Our deal teams are leanly staffed with experienced attorneys who are adept at sharing resources across our diverse and geographically dispersed offices and practice groups. We complement our customized deal team approach by making available to our private equity clients a vast array of additional services that only a full-service firm like ours can provide.

Our private equity clients regularly call on our tax, employee benefits, litigation, antitrust, trade, real estate, and environmental lawyers to assist with various matters involving their portfolio company investments.

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We all share the same common goals – to deliver legal advice of the highest quality that is clear and easy-to-understand for our clients and meets their specific needs at competitive rates (including fixed fees wherever possible to deliver value for money and budget certainty).

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Our Private Equity Services

Tax Efficiency

As the regulatory challenges facing private equity firms have intensified in recent years, we are fortunate to have a team of considerable renown in the regulatory space.

As well as the establishment of funds focused on classic private equity strategies we also form funds in related asset classes, such as real estate, credit funds (including mezzanine, direct lending and distressed debt), energy/infrastructure, hedge funds and other alternative strategies.

We also advise on related fund issues, including the formation of co-investment vehicles and alternative investment vehicles, team spin-outs, secondaries transactions, fund financings and the establishment of private equity fund vehicles focused on retail investors, such as business development companies (BDCs).

Maximizing Portfolio Value

Our private equity team at Clay & Associates Advocates knows the market terms for all aspects of a transaction and has expertise required in devising creative solutions for the most complex deal-making challenges.

For fund sponsors, our lawyers handle leveraged buyouts, minority investments, recapitalizations of public and private companies and other transactions. Our goal is to meet their investment objectives, which may require us to:

  • Speed investments
  • Handle risk-allocation provisions
  • Arrange optimal bid packages
  • Conduct due diligence
  • Structure creative insurance solutions
  • Negotiate contracts
  • Get the best terms in auctions
Exits at the Right Time and With the Right Returns

Investors realize the return on their investment through the exit so timing and strategy are crucial. Our lawyers counsel clients on exit options, based on met objectives, market conditions, and other factors, to determine the strategy that optimizes sponsor terms and profits.

Options include sales to private equity and strategic buyers, initial public offerings, dual path strategies, follow-on sales of shares in public companies, and dividend recapitalizations.

Distressed Investments

Clay & Associates Advocates is able to represent both institutional and corporate investors looking to include distressed investments in their portfolios to diversify or obtain deep value.

Our lawyers will guide you on distressed debt, turnaround and special situation opportunities; assist with due diligence; and negotiate terms of investments and buyouts with the troubled company, lenders, bondholders and, if there is likelihood of an insolvenvcy case, the creditors’ committee and other parties.

Our lawyers will help you as a sponsor to form distressed debt funds, and we are further able to represent distressed private equity firms, funds and portfolio companies in out-of-court debt restructurings and refinancings as well as in insolvency proceedings directly in Kenyan courts of law and advice on insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings within East Africa and the greater COMESA region.

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