Brad Vaiana is co-chair of the firm’s private equity practice and a partner in Winston & Strawn’s New York office. He principally represents private investment funds, hedge funds, family offices, lending institutions and other alternative asset managers. Brad provides strategic commercial and legal advice across a broad spectrum of corporate transactions, including structuring, negotiating, documenting, and executing leveraged buyouts, take-private transactions, minority recapitalizations, growth equity investments, distressed and special situations, PIPE transactions, joint ventures, business combinations, and other commercial transactions, as well as the implementation and execution of exit strategies such as divestitures, public offerings, and recapitalizations.
Brad also represents publicly and privately held companies and private equity investors in the management of their portfolio companies in connection with a variety of commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, employment matters, senior secured and subordinated debt offerings and refinancings, mezzanine debt offerings, high-yield note offerings, public equity offerings, workouts, and corporate reorganizations.
In 2013, Brad was selected as a New York Law Journal Rising Star.
Honors and Awards
Mr. Vaiana is a member of the Law360 Private Equity Editorial Advisory Board. He is also on the Board of The Newark Mentorship Movement and the Chairman of the Board of the SI Sandy Relief Fund.
Mr. Vaiana received a B.A., cum laude, in Political Science and English Literature from Binghamton University in 1997 and a J.D., with honors, in 2000 from Emory University School of Law, where he was managing editor of the Emory Law Review.
Speeches and Publications
- “Risks and Challenges of Direct Investing,” Fall Forum for Private Investors, October 2012.
- “Risk Mitigation Strategies for Direct Investments in Private Companies,” Family Office Association Summer Global Summit, July 2012.
- “Protecting Your Firm From Antitrust Suits,” (co-author), Buyouts, February 2007.
- “Denying ‘No Reliance’ Clauses: How to Apply the Delaware Ruling in the ABRY-Providence Equality Partners Case,” (co-author), The Deal, March 2006.
- “Rolling the Dice; Reverse Break-Up Fees and Financing Outs—Will Private Equity Sponsors of Leveraged Public-to-Private Deals Continue to Absorb More of the Closing Risk?” (co-author), New York Journal, November 2005.