Neil W. Townsend

Partner

New York
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019-6099
T 212 728 8272
F 212 728 9272
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Neil W. Townsend is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department and Co-Chair of the Private Equity Practice Group. Neil handles the full spectrum of private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies and public and private securities transactions. He represents financial sponsors in the structuring, negotiation, financing, implementation and restructuring of leveraged buyouts. He also advises on the design of tax-efficient equity and equity-based executive compensation plans, and on the negotiation and implementation of private investment and PIPE transactions. He has represented buyers and sellers, investors, lenders, executives and principals in all aspects of these transactions.

Additionally, Neil assists public and private companies in a broad range of strategic, capital raising and restructuring transactions. He also advises boards of directors and investors in distressed companies in restructuring, sale and interested-party transactions.

Neil’s clients include private equity and mezzanine investment funds; public and private corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, particularly in the high-technology, financial services, healthcare, consumer products and energy services industries; and venture capital funds, banks and other financial institutions and other sources of capital.

Neil has been consistently  recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his work in the area of Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law.

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Neil W. Townsend is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department and Co-Chair of the Private Equity Practice Group. Neil handles the full spectrum of private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies and public and private securities transactions. He represents financial sponsors in the structuring, negotiation, financing, implementation and restructuring of leveraged buyouts. He also advises on the design of tax-efficient equity and equity-based executive compensation plans, and on the negotiation and implementation of private investment and PIPE transactions. He has represented buyers and sellers, investors, lenders, executives and principals in all aspects of these transactions.

Selected Significant Matters

  • FFL Partners, through its portfolio group Laurel Solutions, in the cross-border acquisition of Servelec Technologies.

  • Friedman Fleischer & Lowe LLC in its acquisition of Strategic Investment Management, C.H.I. Overhead Doors, Transtar International and Iracore International, and in its subsequent sale of CHI.

  • Calvert Street Capital Partners in its acquisition of International Oilfield Services and Lagniappe Health Services.

  • Dubin Clark Company, Inc. in its acquisition of Sentient Medical Systems, Merex Aircraft and B&M Racing.

  • Speedy Cash and Iracore International in numerous high-yield note offerings.

  • Wave Systems in numerous registered and unregistered equity offerings and acquisitions.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Willkie, Neil was a partner and co-leader of Bingham McCutchen’s Private Equity Practice Group.

Selected Professional and Business Activities

Neil is a member of the American, Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations.