Howard Sobel advises both US and international private equity firms in leveraged acquisitions of privately held and public companies.

A nationally renowned private equity practitioner, Mr. Sobel handles a diverse range of matters, including auctions, going-private transactions, co-investment opportunities, and acquisitions and reorganizations in bankruptcy proceedings. He has represented many of the world’s leading private equity firms, such as Leonard Green & Partners, Odyssey Investment Partners, Cinven Partners, CVC Capital Partners, Centerbridge Partners, Irving Place Capital, and Vestar Capital Partners. Mr. Sobel offers particular experience in transactions involving the healthcare, business services, and retail and consumer sectors.

Mr. Sobel previously served as Global Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Private Equity Practice.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Sobel was a law clerk to Judge Edwin D. Steel, Jr., of the US District Court of Delaware from 1978-1979.


Mr. Sobel has received broad industry recognition for his distinctive transactional work. His honors include being:

  • Ranked Band 1 in Private Equity: Buyouts - New York by Chambers USA 2020 – 2021 and a Senior Statesman in 2022
  • Named a Leading Lawyer in Private Equity Buyouts by The Legal 500 US 2012 – 2022
  • Named to The Legal 500 US 2018 – 2022 Hall of Fame
  • Named among the Top Private Equity Lawyers in North America by MergerLinks 2020
  • Named a Private Equity MVP by Law360 2011

Numerous legal publications have highlighted Mr. Sobel’s unique approach to client service. The Legal 500 US 2018 describes him as “extremely smart as well as very business oriented and practical.” According to Chambers USA 2017, the “incredibly responsive” Mr. Sobel is “thought-provoking” and a “great listener” who “is a great human being as well as a great lawyer.” Chambers USA 2018 added that sources also describe him as “incredibly experienced and knowledgeable,” and commend him for “caring deeply about his clients and their projects.”

Mr. Sobel’s experience includes advising:

  • Leonard Green & Partners in dozens of transactions, including the acquisitions of:
    • WellSky
    • WCG Market Intelligence & Insights
    • CPA Global
    • Life Time Fitness
    • BJ’s Wholesale Club
    • J. Crew Group
    • Tourneau
    • The Container Store
    • US Renal Care
    • RestorixHealth
    • Press Ganey
    • SRS Distribution
    • Veritext
    • Mr. Car Wash
    • A minority interest in Whole Foods Market
  • Odyssey Investment Partners in numerous transactions, including the acquisitions of:
    • Safway Services
    • Ranpak
    • Gulf Tanks Acquisition
    • Big Dumpster Holdings
  • Vestar Capital Partners in the US$2.3 billion sale of Press Ganey to EQT Partners    
  • Cinven in several transactions, including the acquisitions of:
    • Medpace
    • National Seating & Mobility
  • Irving Place Capital in the acquisitions of:
    • Cardinal Logistics Management
    • Greatwide Logistics Services
    • Kenan Advantage Holdings
    • Penn National Gaming
  • Irvine Place Capital in the sale of:
    • Mold-Rite Plastics
    • Alpha Packaging

Bar Qualification

  • New York


  • JD, New York University School of Law, 1978
    Executive Editor, New York University Law Review
  • BA, Brown University, 1975
    magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa