John Fitzgerald has more than thirty years of experience in private equity and law. He co-founded Cheyenne Capital in late 2003.
John has expertise as an investor, director and attorney. He specializes in sourcing, structuring acquisitions, investments and exits – combining tax, business, and financial skills to engage in private equity buyouts, growth transactions, and investments in funds.
Prior to founding Cheyenne Capital, John was an attorney for 22 years. During that time, he primarily worked as a partner at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, where he served as the head of the financial institutions practice. John has extensive expertise in financial industries, including banking, mortgage banking and consumer lending.
In private equity, John has direct experience in a full range of matters, including fund formation, acquisitions, mergers, financings, and divestitures (as well as the regulatory issues implicated by these transactions). Other significant private equity expertise covers consolidations, buyouts for private equity fund consortiums, acquisitions of financial services companies, and structuring transactions to minimize adverse tax consequences and maximize tax and economic benefits.
As an attorney, his private equity clients have included many of the nation's leading firms: Madison Dearborn Partners, Bank of America, CIVC Partners, Bain Capital, Chemical Venture Partners, Chase Capital Partners, PNC Bank and Centre Partners, among others. Projects for these firms have included fund formations, venture capital investments, and private equity buyouts (leveraged and non-leveraged) and divestitures — ranging in size from $20 million to $1.5 billion. John has worked on more than 125 separate corporate and private equity transactions.
John received a B.S. from the State University of New York – Oneonta, and a J.D. from New England School of Law.