Gordon R. Caplan
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10019-6099, U.S.A.
Gordon R. Caplan is a partner in the Corporate and Financial Services Department, Chairman of the Private Equity Practice and member of the Executive Committee of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Mr. Caplan specializes in private equity, leveraged buy-outs, mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, venture capital and technology related corporate matters. He has extensive experience representing equity sponsors as well as public and private companies on a spectrum of corporate matters, including private equity financings, public securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, technology transfer agreements, joint ventures and licensing.
Chambers USA (2013) and Chambers Global (2013) rank Mr. Caplan among the leading individuals practicing in the area of Private Equity (Buyouts) in the United States. Additionally, Chambers USA (2013) ranks him as a leading practitioner in the area of Technology & Outsourcing in New York. Mr. Caplan is also included in the 2007 and 2008 editions of Legal 500.
Selected Professional and Business Activities
Mr. Caplan has been published on the subject of M&A, private equity, corporate governance and high-technology transactions and has lectured on private equity and technology transactions at Columbia University Graduate School of Business, University of Pennsylvania Law School and Fordham Law School. He currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Private Equity Law360.
Mr. Caplan is the Chairman of the Board of Publicolor and is a member of Fordham Law School’s Planning Council.
Selected Significant Matters
Private Equity and M&A
Outsourcing and Technology Transfer Agreements
$1.15 billion sale of Pearl Therapeutics to AstraZeneca Plc
$6.9 billion consortium acquisition of BMC Software
Insight Venture Partners in the formation of Fund VIII totaling $2.56 billion
Sale of FSV Payment Systems to US Bank Corp.
Sale of Folhamatic Group of Brazil to Sage Plc
$2 billion leveraged buyout agreement of Quest Software
Control acquisition of Drilling Info, Inc.
$200 million investment in Airwatch
Cross-border combination of two of the world’s largest private software companies
Counsel to selling shareholder in Google’s acquisition of DailyDeal GmbH
Ticket Monster of Korea in its sale to LivingSocial
Sale of Realm Business Solutions, Inc. to Altus Group Limited of Canada
Insight Venture Partners in the formation of Fund VII totaling $2 billion
Investor group in control investment in U.K. based Jagex Limited
Best Buy’s sale of Speakeasy to Covad Communications
Sale of Optonol, Ltd. of Israel to Alcon Inc. of Switzerland
Lead investor in Equity and Debt financing for Chegg.com, Inc.
Selling shareholders in connection with Initial Public Offering of Solarwinds, Inc.
Insight Venture Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners in connection with the leveraged recapitalization of TeamViewer GmbH
Insight Venture Partners, Goldman Sachs and Bessemer Venture Partners in connection with the leveraged recapitalization of Syncsort
Rockefeller Financial Services, Inc. in connection with equity financing from Societe Generale
Counsel to selling shareholders in the sale of Hitwise, Inc. of Australia to Experian
Warburg Pincus in connection with its investment in Integra Telecom Inc.
Sale of Procuri, Inc. to Ariba, Inc.
Leveraged buyout of Symark International, Inc.
Berkley Capital in connection with the leveraged buyout of Pay-O-Matic, Inc.
Sale of Osteobiologics Inc. to Smith & Nephew, Inc.
Thomas McNerney & Partners in control acquisition of Israel based Galil Medical LTD
Warburg Pincus in connection with the sale of UGS PLM to Siemens
Leveraged buyout of eCommerce Industries, Inc.
Leveraged buyout of Realm Business Solutions, Inc.
Sale of Scriptlogic Software Inc. to Quest Software, Inc.
Thomas McNerney & Partners in connection with the acquisition of Solstice Neurosciences, Inc.
Leveraged buyout of GFI Software Limited
Sale of Imceda Software Inc. to Quest Software Inc.
Warburg Pincus in connection with the leveraged buyout of the UGS PLM engineering software development division of EDS Corporation
Warburg Pincus in connection with the leveraged buyout of Infogenesis
Leveraged recapitalization of eCommerce Industries, Inc.
Leveraged recapitalization of GFI Software Limited
Leveraged recapitalization of Acronis Software, Inc.
Sale of Aelita Software, Inc. to Quest Software, Inc.
Recapitalization of ATX Communications, Inc.
Recapitalization and restructuring of FiberNet Telecom Group Inc.
Best Buy Co., Inc. in the formation of a strategic MVNO relationship between its subsidiary Best Buy Connect, LLC and Clearwire Corporation to offer newly branded 4G mobile broadband service
BPO outsourcing arrangements for Embarq Corporation
CDMA EV-DO broadband wireless technology deployment arrangements between each of Lucent, Nortel, Motorola, Samsung and Sprint
BPO and procurement outsourcing arrangement between Accenture and Deutsche Bank
CDMA License and Development Arrangements between Reliance Infocom Limited of India and Qualcomm, Inc.
Turnkey Nationwide Network Backbone Supply and Buildout Arrangements between Reliance Infocom Limited of India and Nortel Networks
3G Nationwide Network Enhancement Arrangements among Sprint Corporation and Sprint PCS as joint owners and each of Lucent Technologies, Inc., Motorola, Inc. and Nortel Networks Inc.
National Distribution and Joint Marketing Agreement between Sprint PCS and the Radio Shack Division of Tandy Corporation
Fibernet Telecom Group, Inc. in connection with multiple dark and lit fiber multi-year indefeasible rights of use
Venture Capital Fund Clients
(representing multiple venture capital financings)
1991, Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
1988, Cornell University, B.A.
New York, 1992
- United States Supreme Court