Norwest Equity Partners and Norwest Mezzanine Partners hired Charles P. Moorse as in-house general counsel. Moorse was previously partner at Lindquist & Vennum, where he worked for over 30 years and also served as co-chair of the private equity group and chair of the M&A practice group.
Leading investment firms, Norwest Equity Partners (NEP) and Norwest Mezzanine Partners (NMP), have hired Charles P. Moorse to serve as the firms’ in-house General Counsel. In this role, Moorse will have responsibility for providing leadership, expertise and support on a wide range of legal matters.
NEP and NMP have consistently made successful investments and generated exceptional returns through a singular focus on building companies into industry leaders. With $5.5 billion of combined capital under management, NEP and NMP are affiliated investment firms with strategies focused on providing capital to middle market businesses. Both funds possess flexibility and breadth in their investment charters, giving them a unique advantage over similar entities.
“Our firm has worked closely with Chuck over the years as one of our trusted outside legal counsel partners, and we know that he will be a great addition to our firm,” said Tim DeVries, Managing General Partner. “On behalf of our entire team, we are excited for him to help support our growth and provide leadership in this important role.”
“I am very excited to join the Norwest family in this important role,” said Moorse. “Both NEP and NMP have a history of outstanding accomplishments both in their business and in their work within the community. I am honored to have the opportunity to continue that tradition.”
Moorse had previously been with Lindquist & Vennum (“Lindquist”) for over 30 years, starting his career as an intern in 1985 and progressing to Partner in 1992. During his career at Lindquist, Moorse advised hundreds of public and private company clients across various industry groups on matters including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture financing, public offerings, corporate governance, and securities regulation. He also served as outside general counsel to mid-cap publicly and privately held companies, including a number of his private equity clients’ portfolio companies. In this capacity, he advised client companies with respect to corporate governance issues, venture financing, public offerings, securities regulation, joint ventures, product distribution, risk management and licensing.
In addition, Moorse was Co-Chair of Lindquist’s Private Equity Group, on the firm’s Management Committee, and served as the firm’s M&A Practice Group Chair. He has received significant recognition in the broader legal community, including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate M&A; Best Lawyers in America: Minneapolis Corporate Compliance Law “Lawyer of the Year”; Best Lawyers in America; Minnesota Super Lawyers; and Minnesota Lawyer, Attorney of the Year in 2013.
Moorse received his Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law and his Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University. He is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association.
NEP and NMP collectively raised $2.4 billion in capital last year; Norwest Equity Partners X, LP, a $1.6 billion limited partnership formed to build companies into industry leaders, and Norwest Mezzanine Partners IV, LP, an $800 million limited partnership formed to invest flexible junior capital in support of private equity-sponsored transactions. More information on NEP and NMP can be found on their respective websites,www.nep.com and www.nmp.com.