Private Equity & Venture Capital

Private equity sector is becoming increasingly competitive, with evolving challenges requiring innovative financial solutions.

As an investor you want to ensure that there is transparency, accountability and the investment yields high returns.

CM Advocates LLP is intentional on being of value add to clients, as we are happy to see you getting high returns on investments and your business growing. In this regard, we focus on offering client centric innovative solutions on simple to complex transactions.

CM Advocates prides itself as a premier law firm with a dedicated professional team that specializes in private equity and venture capital.

Our private equity and venture capital team is highly skilled and equipped to provide easily understandable, actionable innovative financial solutions to clients. Our team advises both domestic and international funds, including venture capital, private equity, mezzanine, real estate opportunity and other private investment funds.

Our Venture Capital and Private Equity Practice covers multiple aspects of the transactional arena involving public and private companies, including the pin-off transactions, shares deals, structuring and execution of majority buyouts and minority investments, acquisitions (including buy-and sell-side deals), debt and other form of financing. Our venture capital and private equity lawyers have the depth of resources and the requisite skill sets to complement our transactional lawyers. For example, a venture capital or private equity transaction can involve a comprehensive due diligence investigation of the target company.

CM Advocates can draw upon experience and full-service capabilities of our multi-disciplinary team of M&A, tax, competition law, corporate governance, labour and employment, regulatory compliance, banking and finance and other specialized areas as appropriate to help the client both assess the target company’s value and properly structure the transaction. Recognizing the unique business objectives and regulatory requirements of each client, our focus is to minimize risk, maximize return on investment and achieve our clients’ business goals.

Our lawyers combine deep legal skills with business acumen to identify problems and solve them innovatively. Regardless to whether we are representing a venture capital fund making an early stage investment or a private equity fund leading in a management buyout of a later-stage company or a seed-stage company contemplating accepting first time private capital, our approach is uniform – we anticipate our client’s needs and respond in a proactive, competent and responsive manner, with a sense of urgency that reflects the value CM Advocates places on client relationships.

The client centric approach enables us to provide our clients with exceptional service that draws on the diverse skills of our merger and acquisition, competition law, banking and finance, corporate governance, tax law, labour and employment, property law and real estate, environmental and intellectual property lawyers.

Our Clients include private equity funds, investment firms, banks, retirement funds, corporates, financial institutions, venture capital funds, pension funds, investors and organizations seeking investments, as well as founders and management teams seeking capital investors.

Our areas of work include; fund formation and structuring, buy-outs, acquisition financing, acquisitions and divestitures, co-investments, debt and equity investing, equity incentive plans, funds of funds, Governance structures, investors’ rights agreements, public listing, joint ventures, liquidity events, management agreements, management compensation, private placements, restructurings and reorganizations, search funds, seed investing, shareholder agreements, shareholder disputes, tax structuring, venture capital, exit strategy (public and private), IPOs and recapitalization.


  • We are acting for a venture capital funds firm in respect of exit from local investments this includes sale and purchase of the share.
  • We successfully acted for a leading food processing company in respect of a restructuring and recapitalization.
  • Acted for a company in drafting various documents including a shareholder’s agreement. We also conducted due diligence.

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Other Practice Areas

Anti-bribery & Anti-corruption

Our team is well versed in providing excellent strategic advice, which often results in cases being discontinued or in not-guilty verdicts at trial.

Aviation Law

CM Advocates is well versed in handling diverse legal and commercial matters related to aviation including litigation, corporate work, employment contracts, real estate contracts, passenger claims, baggage and freight claims and other related matters.

Capital Markets

Our clients include private companies, public listed companies, funds, investors and government institutions. We advise on all aspects of capital markets transactions.

Commercial / Business Law

Commercial law (also known as business law), which is an omnibus phrase for a range of legal services designed to support businesses in making money from their products and services, is indispensable in everyday business activities.

Constructions & Infrastructure Law

CM Advocates LLP walks with you in your construction journey from the construction project conception, design and planning, project procurement, project finance, project implementation and operation and maintenance

Tax Law Advisory

At CM Advocates, we offer timely, independent, innovative and results-driven tax advisory services.

Non-Compete, Non-solicit and Trade Secrets Practice

Our Non-Compete, Non-Solicit, and Trade Secrets Practice is tailored towards protecting your interests on termination of an employer-employee relation or other contractual engagements.

Wealth & Private Clients

Our Family Law specialists are at the vanguard of family law matters and provide service to both local and international clients. We understand that family issues can be difficult for those involved. Therefore, we approach each case with the openness and care due to such trying issues, offering personalized guidance and assistance.

Real Estate, Banking & Finance

We handle conveyancing and all types of property-related transactions and deals including sales and purchases, leases and licenses, estate planning and administration, real estate venture transactions, construction transactions, change of user and extension of leases and banking security documentation for both local and international clients.

Shipping, Logistics & Admiralty Law

Admiralty or maritime law deals with nautical issues and p1ivate maritime disputes. It is composed of both domestic law on maritime activities and private international law gov-erning the relationships between private parties operating or using ocean-going ships. At CM Advocates, we have a vibrant admiralty and transportation law practice focusing on transactional matters, dispute resolution, legal and regulatory compliance and general mari-time and trucking transactions.

Forensics & Investigations, Risk & Compliance

Working together with our associated forensic audit and corporate investigation company, our aim at CM Advocates LLP (hereinafter “CM Advocates”) is to combine our respective skills and provide our clients with a world-class integrated legal, compliance, forensic and investigative service.

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