Europe

France

Private Equity


Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Private Equity - France

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong, integrated team with a multi-disciplinary approach to high-end private equity transactions. Particular skill in leveraged buyouts, dividend recapitalisation, debt refinancings and portfolio sales and acquisitions.

Work highlights Advised Charterhouse on the EUR540 million sale of Nocibé to the shareholders of Douglas.

Advised GDP Vendôme on the sale of its shares in DVD Participations.  

Notable practitioners  

Nicolas Barberis earns significant praise from clients this year. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions with particular strength in leveraged buyout transactions.  

Department head Guy Benda remains a notable figure on the French private equity market. He specialises in LBO transactions and private equity investments and has been active this year on high-end transactions and IPOs.  

Specialising in stock exchange transactions and leveraged buyouts, Bertrand Delaunay is well respected amongst peers. Key mandates this year include transactional advice to GDP Vendôme.

Yann Gozal focuses his practice on stock exchange and public to private transactions. His key matters this year include advice to Charterhouse on the sale of Bureau van Dijk to EQT VI.  

Significant clients Chequers Partenaires, KKR Asset Management, Astorg Partners, Bridgepoint, Cinven.

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Cross-practice team providing expert advice to financial institutions including banks, listed issuers and private equity and mezzanine funds. Strength in LBOs, venture capital and debt restructurings. Noted presence in the retail, consumer and luxury goods, e-commerce and healthcare sectors.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A business-oriented and constructive team. The lawyers will always suggest options and alternatives to a given problem." 

"A very competent team with strong expertise on the French private equity market." 

Notable practitioners  

"Remarkable lawyer" Olivier Tordjman has been highlighted by clients for his technical skill and expert knowledge of the French financial market. He regularly advises financial institutions and has a great deal of experience in LBOs, debt restructurings, turnarounds and share incentive schemes.

Clients describe co-founder of the firm Bernard Ayache as "a dedicated, imaginative practitioner who really protects clients' interests." He specialises in transactional and restructuring work for French groups and state-owned companies. He demonstrates particular skill in venture capital and LBO transactions and is active in the media, energy and retail industries. 

Praised by clients for his reliability and problem solving, David Ayache regularly advises private and listed companies, private equity funds and entrepreneurs on acquisitions, joint ventures, divestments and LBOs. He is active in the financial services, renewable energies and retail sectors. 

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Diverse practice drawing on a range of specialisations to advise private equity funds and investment companies. Significant experience in transactional private equity work, particularly buyouts and public to private transactions.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team did an amazing job; the lawyers really delivered to the expectations created by their reputation."  

Work highlights Advised the shareholders of Euro Media Group on the EUR200 million sale of the company to PAI Partners.

Advised Blackstone on its acquisition of Alliance Automotive Group.  

Notable practitioners  

Noted for his strength in complex transactional matters, Olivier Assant focuses his practice on cross-border public and private M&A, private equity transactions and restructuring. His key mandates this year include advising Tiger Global Management on the acquisition of a 98% stake in AlloCine by Fimalac.

Highly regarded by peers in the market, Benjamin Kanovitch specialises in transactional work involving public and private companies and international joint ventures. He has been particularly active this year in global acquisitions.  

Praised by satisfied clients, Sébastien Prat focuses on mergers and acquisitions, regularly advising domestic and international clients on complex transactions. Key matters this year include advice to KKR on the SMCP shareholders' agreement to acquire a 65% stake in the brands Sandro, Maje and Claudie Pierlot.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected team regularly advising entrepreneurs, investment funds and banks on a range of transactional matters. Significant expertise in venture capital, growth capital, LBOs and fund structuring. Active across the IT, life sciences, energy, media and tourism sectors. 

Work highlights Advised Alstom on its investment in the Fund for the Development of Nuclear Companies.

Advised Bpifrance on its investment in iXO’3. 

Notable practitioners  

Lola Chammas and Denis Marcheteau are co-founders of the firm and jointly head the private equity practice.

Significant clients Iris Capital, Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners, Innovation Capital, Idinvest Partners, Emertec Gestion.

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Compact team providing a strong offering in high-end private equity transactional work to both domestic and international clients, particularly investment funds. Notable prowess in capital reorganisation, joint ventures and high-end mergers and acquisitions. 

Work highlights Advised Qualium Investissement on its EUR170 million acquisition of Poult Group from LBO France.

Advised CDH Investments on the reorganisation of the capital structure of Céva Santé Animale.

Notable practitioners  

Significantly experienced in leveraged transactions, Jean-Marie Ambrosi focuses on high-end transactional work for both public and private companies. Key matters this year include advising Mount Kellett Capital Management on the acquisition of Lehwood Holding France from Starman Hotels.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dedicated team integrating expertise from the corporate, tax and competition practices. Notable high-end transactional capability especially within acquisitions and portfolio sales. Highly active in the energy and industrial sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is made up of experts in every area of law; the lawyers are experienced, efficient and skilled in negotiation."

"A technical, rigorous team; hard working and well able to keep up momentum on a deal." 

Work highlights Advised Clayton Dubilier & Rice on the EUR1.2 billion acquisition of Mauser Group.

Advised Bridgepoint on the USD600 million sale of the Permaswage Group to Precision Castparts Corp.

Notable practitioners  

"A very business-oriented lawyer who knows everything about the French private equity market," Xavier Comaills has been highly praised by clients this year. He is noted for his exceptional ability in working with private equity funds and skills in fund formation. 

Praised by clients for his "strong reputation and focus on strategy and precision of documents," Gilles Lebreton specialises in public to private transactions, LBOs and restructurings. He has particular experience in industrial sectors, most notably aerospace and defence.

Significant clients Wendel, Apax Partners.

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Wide-ranging team skilled across LBO transactions, venture capital and investment fund structuring. Provides a full-service offering to asset management companies, investment funds and other financial institutions.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A full-service team; the lawyers are business minded and demonstrate full dedication to the client."  

Work highlights Advised Dominique Dutscher Group on the disposal of a majority interest to Five Arrows Principal Investments.

Advised Groupe Melkonian on the second LBO with the investment of three private equity funds, and on the purchase of the 49% stake owned by Omnes Capital.

Notable practitioners  

Philippe Rosenpick remains a recognised figure on the French private equity market. His most recent matters include advising the main manager and minority shareholder of Laboratoires Goëmar on its disposal to Arysta LifeScience.  

Significant clients 21 Centrale Partners, Nextstage, Bridgepoint, Windhurst, Vivalto.

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full service practice providing an integrated offering to clients across the corporate, tax and finance aspects of private equity transactions. Regularly advises banks and private equity funds on LBOs, granting of senior debt, capital development and mezzanine financing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A proactive, pragmatic team able to provide clear explanations and with a good grasp of negotiation dynamics."

"The team reacts very quickly and always ensures that we have access to partners that are specialists in the field." 

Work highlights Advised a consortium of investors including the Le Mer family, Bpifrance, Arkea Capital and a pool of investors led by Unexo on the LBO acquisition of the Sermeta group from its former shareholders.

Advised LBO Partners and Keensight Capital on the acquisition of a majority stake of Menix Group through a secondary buyout.  

Notable practitioners  

Clients describe Jean-François Pourdieu as "an extremely experienced lawyer who is capable of finding the right solution to whatever issue may arise, and adapts to our specific needs." He regularly advises clients on management buyouts, LBO transactions and capital transfers.  

Significant clients 21 Centrale Partners, Ardian, Five Arrows Managers, BNP Paribas, Société Générale.

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly advises financial investors across venture capital, buyouts, portfolio investment, restructuring and exit strategies. Significant expertise and experience in the area of fund formation including fund reviews, secondary transactions and compliance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The positives of working with the team would be the quality and precision of its work and its business sense."  

What's new? Sarenza and Winncare are new clients this year.  

Work highlights Advised Impact Partenaires on the formation of a EUR50 million private equity fund dedicated to socially responsible investments (ISR).

Represented Accel Partners and existing investors Alven Capital and Kernel Investments in their USD17.5 million investment in Novapost. 

Notable practitioners  

Olivier Dumas and François Hellot co-head the private equity practice.

Significant clients Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners, Eurazeo, Indivest, Wendel, Montefiore Investment.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Cross-practice department combining tax, real estate and labour expertise to provide a full service for clients in transactional private equity. Regularly advises private equity firms on acquisitions, disposals and buyouts. 

What's new? Credit Cooperatif and Yam Invest are new clients this year.  

Work highlights Advised 21 Centrale Partners on the sale of its shares in Sud Robinetterie Industrie to Naxicap Partners.

Advised Bridgepoint on the acquisition of Dr. Gérard.  

Notable practitioners  

Well recognised by peers on the market, Jean-Luc Bédos co-heads Dentons' Europe-wide private equity group. He regularly advises investment funds and management teams on leveraged acquisitions, reorganisations, management package negotiation and capital transactions.

Significant clients LBO France, Chequers Capital, Halder, Nixen Partners, Capzanine.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong offering to international and domestic clients across a range of private equity transactions. Notable experience in equity investment, incentive schemes, fund structuring, portfolio management and financing.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"An efficient, hard-working team." 

Work highlights Advised Montefiore Investment on the sale of a majority stake in Homair Vacances to the Carlyle Group.

Notable practitioners  

Maintaining his reputation as "a highly regarded practitioner in private equity," Michel Frieh is the co-managing partner of the firm's French office. He has particular expertise advising investment funds on restructuring and growth transactions.  

Significant clients Abenex Capital, Bridgepoint, Cathay Capital, Vespa Capital, EPF Partners.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Adept team combining regulatory, tax and finance expertise to create a cross-discipline approach. Keen focus on advice to private equity houses and portfolio companies concentrated on the mid-cap market. Notable experience in secondary buyouts and US investment in the French market. 

Work highlights Advised Altice on the acquisition of SFR from Vivendi.

Advised Global Gate Capital on investment in the French media sector.

Notable practitioners  

Practice co-head Mark Richardson regularly advises financial institutions and public and private companies on both national and international private equity transactions. Key matters this year include international investment and acquisitions.

Significant clients Apollo Capital Management, Carlyle, Perseus Capital Partners, Bain Capital, STG.  

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners

What the team is known for Advises international and domestic investors on high-end cross-border transactions. Highly active in joint ventures, high-end acquisitions and management buyouts. Sector expertise across transport, telecommunications, energy and healthcare. Benefits from a strong pan-European network of offices.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team was able to find the fine balance between legal problems and practical solutions, and to pinpoint the difference between legal and commercial issues. A strong team of readily available lawyers."

"An experienced team providing a full-service offering." 

Work highlights Advised Ardian and Crédit Agricole Assurances on their negotiations with VINCI relating to the acquisition of VINCI Park.

Advised Alstom on the EUR730 million sale of its steam equipment business to Triton.  

Notable practitioners

Hervé Pisani heads the private equity practice group.

Significant clients Arysta LifeScience, EQT, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management.

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded practice with significant expertise within venture capital and LBO transactions. Advises on the full scope of private equity transactions including financing, incentive plans, profit sharing, shareholders agreements and security issuance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A team we consider to be our first point of contact." 

"A reliable and efficient team." 

Work highlights Advised Amundi on the structure of investment in a joint venture created to acquire a EUR2.7 billion portfolio of 174 shopping centres located across Europe from Klépierre and Carrefour.

Advised Partech on the formation of two funds; institutional venture fund Partech International VI, and side fund Partech Entrepreneur, both aimed at investment in venture and seed transactions.

Notable practitioners  

Olivier Edwards focuses his practice on corporate finance and M&A transactions. He attracts very positive feedback from clients who describe him as "a very senior lawyer with vast experience in the merger and acquisition process." He is an expert in venture capital and regularly advises emerging businesses and venture capital funds.  

Ann Baker remains a well-respected figure on the French private equity market. She has a wealth of experience in investment fund structuring and formation. Highlights from the past year include advising EIF on investment in Acto Mezzanine II.

"An excellent lawyer who is well recognised on the market," Pierre Karpik is highly experienced in the hi-tech sector and has been most active in venture capital and capital investment transactions of late. He regularly advises growth companies and investment funds on fund raisings, restructurings and exit strategies.

Described by sources as a "very talented and recommendable lawyer," Karen Noël advises emerging businesses on venture financings, joint ventures and IPOs. She has particular skill in the digital media, IT and life sciences sectors.  

Significant clients Scor, Morgan Stanley, Siparex, 123Venture, OTC Extend.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Excellent team with market-leading expertise in venture capital and capital development. Represents both technology and life sciences start-ups as well as industrial and financial investors. Additional strength in fund formation including fund raising, investment services and related transactions. Noted skills in private equity transactions from secondary sales to LBOs, MBOs and exit transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A very knowledgeable team; the partners always made themselves available and the support of the international network was important." 

"A good team with strong venture capital expertise." 

What's new? Brownfields Gestion and Siemens are new clients this year.

Work highlights Advised Brownfields Gestion on the formation of Brownfields 2, a EUR78 million fund focused on the rehabilitation of former urban industrial sites.

Advised Elaia Partners on a variety of venture capital investments including Teads, Cook Angels, and 1001 Menus.

Notable practitioners  

An expert in venture capital, Renaud Bonnet leads the private equity practice at the firm. He has significant experience in financings rounds, LBOs, joint ventures and tender offers. He specialises in advice to life sciences and technology companies as well as private equity firms and industrial investors.

Clients highlight Daniel Schmidt's wealth of experience in private equity matters and his long-standing reputation in the field. An expert in the transactional and tax mandates, he is noted for his skill in risk capital transactions, equity financings and LBOs. Recent highlights include advising Bpifrance on the structuring of its investment cluster.

Well-regarded practitioner Charles Gavoty is noted for his work across a range of private equity transactions including venture capital seed to late stage financing, and public and private M&A. He is particularly focused on the biotech, medtech and cleantech industries.

"A very practical and business-oriented lawyer with good negotiation skills," Florence Moulin receives positive feedback from sources this year. She has an in-depth knowledge of structuring investment funds and establishing fund regulations.  

Significant clients Viadeo, Talend, Sofinnova Partners, Five Arrows, Serena Capital.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Exceptional team with a strong track record across the full spectrum of private equity matters. Market leader in fund formation providing clients with a specialist team experienced in high-end, infrastructure and mezzanine funds. Additional strong presence in the mid-cap market. Highly active in LBO fund raising, equity bridge financing and debt fund matters.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"An exceptionally strong team." 

"One of the most pre-eminent teams in the mid-market in Paris." 

Notable practitioners  

Clients praise Maxence Bloch for his ability to "not only provide legal advice but to anticipate things based on previous transactional experience." He specialises in leveraged buyouts and M&A transactions, and regularly advises domestic and international private equity funds.  

A well-recognised name on the market, Christophe Digoy is the managing partner of the firm's Paris office. He is significantly experienced in public to private transactions and LBOs. He has a wealth of experience with private equity houses and venture capital firms.  

Practice co-head Arnaud David advises fund sponsors on the formation and ongoing management of a range of private investment funds including mezzanine, infrastructure and venture capital funds.

"A very strong lawyer," Thomas Maitrejean is highly experienced in M&A transactions and LBOs, with additional strength in the divestment of listed and unlisted companies. He advises both French and international investors and private equity firms.

Pierre-Louis Périn has a strong background in venture capital and the structuring of private equity management firms as well as notable experience within mid-market LBOs, shareholders disputes and joint ventures.  

Practice co-head Nathalie Duguay is described by impressed clients as "incredibly up to date on regulatory matters and very succinct in her advice."  

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 41 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Excellent high-end capability combined with long-standing experience across a range of private equity work. Highly experienced in venture capital, LBOs, fund formation and public to private transactions. Notable expertise in club deals, carve outs and joint ventures. Regularly advises fund sponsors, investors and financial institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A very strong team with well co-ordinated global capabilities." 

"A well-structured team composed of true professionals." 

Work highlights Advised Wendel/Materis on the EUR880 million sale of its subsidiary Parex Group to CVC Capital Partners.

Advised TA Associates on the acquisition of the Cipres Group.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Forschbach receives exceptional commentary from clients who describe him as "an accomplished lawyer and very commercial; someone who is robust and clever in negotiations." Incredibly experienced in private equity transactions, Forschbach's work highlights from the past year include representing the Carlyle Group and PAI Partners in negotiations with Schneider Electric to acquire Custom Sensors & Technologies.   

"A pragmatic, proactive lawyer with an international mindset," Gaëtan Gianasso is highlighted in particular by sources for his skill in negotiations. He has a wealth of experience advising private equity firms on leveraged acquisitions, disposals and transaction financing.  

Denis Criton climbs the rankings this year following excellent commentary from sources. He focuses his practice on leveraged acquisitions, disposals and restructurings, and regularly advises foreign and domestic investors on private equity transactions and establishment of joint ventures.  

Counsel Nathalie Alibert continues to be recognised on the French private equity market. She specialises in corporate transactions and in particular LBOs.

Significant clients Bridgepoint, Bain Capital, Cinven, Eurazeo, Advent International.

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 31 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Strong international practice with an integrated approach combining tax, leveraged finance and restructuring expertise. Regularly advises private equity investment firms on high-end matters including leveraged acquisitions, disposals, investment agreements and spin-offs.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A strong, innovative team able to provide specialised analysis." 

Work highlights Advised Triton on the EUR730 million acquisition of Alstom's components business for thermal power plants.

Advised Apax Partners on the USD305 million acquisition of 100% of the shares in the holding company controlling the INSEEC group.

Notable practitioners  

Vincent Ponsonnaille receives high praise from clients, who appreciate that "he is able to use his business judgement and intuition to give great technical advice." Specialising in M&A transactions and especially public to private and LBOs, key work highlights this year for him include advising the Carlyle Group on the disposal of its shares in Sermeta Group.  

"A very experienced and well-balanced lawyer," Fabrice de La Morandière regularly advises investment funds and other financial entities on a range of transactions including buyouts, restructuring and acquisitions.  

Specialising in M&A matters, David Swinburne focuses his practice on private equity transactions. His most recent mandates include advising Metric Capital on the acquisition of a majority stake in Domia.  

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Standout practice offering a dedicated and expert investment funds service. Combines regulatory, tax and transactional support to provide in-depth advice to established funds on investments, leveraged financing and secondary market transactions. Additional strength in fund formation, including fund establishment and management.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very satisfied with the service provided, especially the availability and experience of the partners."

"A creative team of lawyers who help you to think outside of the box." 

What's new? USAA Realco is a new client this year.  

Work highlights Advised Pragma Capital on the creation of private equity fund Pragma III.  

Notable practitioners  

Described by sources as "a deal maker," Xavier Jaspar is highlighted in particular for his ability to instil confidence in the deal-making process. He focuses his practice on group restructurings, leveraged and management buyouts and advice on the issuance and raising of new investment funds.  

An exceptionally well-recognised figure on the market, Guillaume Kuperfils is highly regarded for his private equity work. He has a wealth of experience in bank financings, LBOs and joint ventures, and in particular advice to private equity sponsors and food and beverage companies. 

"Able to really adapt to clients' needs and to what the client has in mind," Sabina Comis co-leads of the firm's investment funds group and receives positive commentary from sources this year. She is incredibly experienced in the tax structuring of international transactions and in refinancings involving multiple sponsors.  

Significant clients Raise Investissement, HSBC.  

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 2 counsels
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading team in the field of LBO transactions. Advises management teams on the corporate and tax aspects of complex buyouts and investment schemes. Particular strength in the structure of employee incentive schemes and representing corporate sponsors in the mid-cap market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A results-driven team; the most positive aspects of working with these lawyers are their availability and dedication."

What's new? The team joined McDermott Will & Emery from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle in April 2015.

Notable practitioners  

Praised by clients as "an imaginative and innovative lawyer who is well versed in French business law," Henri Pieyre de Mandiargues specialises in advice to executives, management teams and employees on high-end LBO transactions.

Clients appreciate the support given by Carole Degonse, who focuses her practice on LBO transactions. She has been highly active this year in secondary LBOs and sponsorless management buyouts.

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Outstanding practice focused on transactional advice to investors and funds centred on the mid-cap market. Notable expertise in LBOs, growth capital transactions and equity investments. Cross-disciplinary approach combines tax, corporate and finance capabilities to offer a full service across all aspects of private equity deal structuring.  

Work highlights Advised Acto Mezzanine, the mezzanine team of ACG Capital, on the sale of the Vignal Group to Eurazeo.  

Advised TCR Capital on the secondary LBO of the Alkan group.  

Notable practitioners  

Highlighted for his ability as a deal maker and his involvement in the mid-cap market, Olivier Deren regularly advises private equity funds and fund managers on capital development transactions and LBOs, as well as advising companies on reorganisations and growth strategies.  

Well recognised on the market, Alexis Terray specialises in LBOs, corporate restructuring and share acquisitions and disposals. Key work highlights include advice to Astorg Partners on the sale of OGF to funds managed by Pamplona Capital.  

Pascal de Moidrey regularly advises investment funds across the full spectrum of private equity transactions including reorganisations, buyouts and joint ventures. Recent mandates include advice to Ardian on its investment in the CLS Group. 

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Well recognised and long-standing expertise specifically advising management teams across a range of private equity transactions. Combines finance, tax and corporate strengths to provide a full service to managers and executives on transactions, public offering investments, employee share schemes and LBOs.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A very positive experience with a team that had full and total understanding of our deal." 

What's new? Vinci Park and AssurOne Group are new clients this year.  

Work highlights Advised Vinci Park’s management on the EUR2 billion primary LBO transaction led by a consortium composed of Ardian, Predica and Vinci.

Advised DGF’s management on the secondary LBO transaction led by 21 Centrale Partners for the EUR80 million acquisition of DGF from Qualium Investissement.

Notable practitioners  

Firm founder and practice head Lionel Scotto Le Massese is described by clients as "an efficient and talented lawyer," and is highlighted as a top name in the French private equity market. A seasoned practitioner, he has a wealth of experience advising management and executives in private equity matters.    

"An exceptional and commercial lawyer," Nicolas Menard-Durand focuses his practice on advice to management, particularly on primary and secondary LBOs and restructurings. Work highlights this year include advice to Gaz Européen’s management on the primary LBO transaction led by Activa Capital.  

Significant clients Parex Group, Nocibé, Elior, SPIE, Babilou.  

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners

What the team is known for Market-leading team providing expert advice to private equity sponsors, corporate clients and entrepreneurs. Advises clients on a full range of private equity matters including LBOs, public to private transactions, management buyouts, restructuring and private investment.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Absolutely happy with the quality of the team." 

Work highlights Advised CVC Capital Partners on the EUR880 million acquisition of Parex from Materis/Wendel.

Advised Montagu Private Equity on the USD850 million acquisition of Rexam's Healthcare Devices and Prescription retail division.

Notable practitioners  

Department head David Aknin is highly praised by impressed clients as "an outstanding adviser and exceptional negotiator with a reputation for success." A recognised expert in private equity, he frequently advises top management and buyout funds across a full range of transactional matters.   

Highlighted for his technical capabilities and constructive advice, Frédéric Cazals is noted for his skill in acquisition contracts and negotiations. Focusing on LBOs and public to private transactions, his most recent mandates include advice to DV France on the sale of DomusVi to PAI Partners.   

Noted for her technical strength, Emmanuelle Henry advises private equity sponsors on domestic and cross-border LBOs, acquisitions and disposals. Key matters this year include advice to 3i and NiXEN on the sale of their controlling stake in Vedici to CVC.

Jean Beauchataud advises corporate clients on LBOs, joint ventures, financings and restructurings. He also has particular experience in distressed M&A transactions and debt restructurings.

Significant clients Advent International, Carlyle Group, Chequers, Oaktree, Astorg.  

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Handles mid and high-cap transactions for management teams, investment funds and financial institutions. Particular expertise in acquisition finance and tax structuring with additional strength in fund formation and LBOs.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Absolutely happy with the team's work; the lawyers are really available and dedicate time and resources to us." 

Work highlights Advised BC Partners on the EUR940 million sale of Spotless Group to Henkel.  

Advised KKR on the acquisition of Winoa Group from LBO France.

Notable practitioners 

"A pragmatic and commercially minded practitioner," François Leloup leads the firm's corporate EMEA practice. He specialises in M&A transactions, group restructurings and leveraged buyouts. Recent highlights include advising to the management of TCR Capital on the acquisition of SET Environnement.  

Practice head Vincent Morin regularly advises large private equity funds on a range of private equity transactional matters. Sources say: "He is an excellent lawyer - knowledgeable across the board and able to understand all overlapping areas of law."

Significant clients Apax Partners, Boussard & Gavaudan, Chequers, Starwood Capital, BC Partners.  

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Top choice on the high-end market particularly for complex domestic and cross-border LBO transactions. Provides a full-service offering to major private equity houses and asset management companies across transaction structuring and agreements, acquisition financing and deal implementation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A quality team with strong corporate and tax skills." 

Work highlights Advised PAI Partners on the acquisition of DomusVi.

Advised Ekkio Capital on the sale of Locabri to TCR Capital.

Notable practitioners  

A renowned figure in the French private equity market, counsel Daniel Payan regularly advises large-cap and mid-market funds on complex domestic and cross-border joint ventures and private equity transactions.  

"An excellent lawyer with the right balance of commercial sense and technical skill," Christophe Garaud handles acquisitions, build-ups and dispositions. Recent mandates include advising PAI Partners on the acquisition of Labeyrie.

Praised for his private equity expertise and technical capability, Cédric Hajage is extensively experienced in LBOs, build-ups and sales. Work highlights of the past year include advice to Centerbridge Partners and Angelo Gordon on the acquisition of Frans Bonhomme.  

Well recognised by peers on the market, Eduardo Fernández advises public and private companies as well as private equity sponsors on a range of complex domestic and cross-border transactions including LBOs, joint ventures, debt restructuring and capital investment. 

Significant clients IK Investment Partners, Qualium Investissement, Apax Partners.  

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Recognised by his peers in the market, Alexis Dargent, founder of Dargent Avocats, advises a range of clients in primary and secondary LBOs, refinancings, exit strategies and restructurings.  

Nicolas Bombrun of Shearman & Sterling LLP is highly praised by clients this year who describe him as "an excellent negotiator; he is pragmatic, always available and industry focused." He has a wealth of experience advising public and private companies and buyout funds on complex transactions and strategic alliances with a particular specialism in the energy sector.

Foreign Experts

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

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Other Noted Practitioners

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Other Noted Firms

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