Sidley Austin appoints Levin as partner for PE practice

Law firm Sidley Austin LLP has hired Geoffrey Levin as a partner in the firm’s private equity practice. Previously, Levin worked at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.


New York – Sidley Austin LLP is pleased to announce that Geoffrey Levin has joined the firm in New York as a partner in Sidley’s Private Equity practice. He concentrates his practice on representing private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, as well as strategic M&A and governance matters involving corporate clients.

“Geoff is a highly skilled M&A lawyer with extensive experience advising well-known private equity sponsors as they navigate the complexities of a range of transactions,” said Matthew Rizzo, co-leader of Sidley’s Private Equity practice. “We look forward to utilizing his deep industry knowledge and leadership to help strengthen our core capabilities and enhance our client offerings.”

Mr. Levin regularly represents private equity and growth equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in structuring and negotiating complex business transactions. His clients come from a range of industries including life sciences, financial services, communications, retail, healthcare, insurance and energy. Mr. Levin also advises companies on domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, public-to-private transactions, recapitalizations, venture capital financing and growth equity investments. The complex business transactions he oversees are often in the multibillion dollar range and have included representation of a private equity firm in a $4.4 billion acquisition and a consortium of hedge funds in a bid for more than $6 billion in distressed real estate assets.

“Geoff joins our dynamic team of private equity lawyers here in New York and globally,” said Michael Schmidtberger, managing partner of Sidley’s New York office. “He brings a wealth of knowledge gained from years of handling significant private equity transactions, and strategic mergers and acquisitions. His arrival further illustrates our commitment to the continued growth of our private equity group and we are pleased to welcome him to Sidley.”

“I am excited to join the creative and energetic group of lawyers that make up Sidley’s Private Equity practice,” said Mr. Levin. “I look forward to drawing upon the full strength and scope of the firm’s capabilities, particularly in the life sciences and regulatory space, to help clients achieve their strategic and commercial objectives.”

Mr. Levin is listed by IFLR1000 as a leading M&A lawyer. He frequently speaks on developments in the healthcare industry and at investment conferences. Mr. Levin also recently authored a book chapter titled, “New M&A Concerns and Strategies” that appeared in the Inside the Mind series published by Aspatore Books.

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