Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial
is in alphabetical order
by firm name.
Private Equity - France
THE FIRM Ashurst is well respected for both its mid-cap and large-scale transactional practice, as well as for its strong fund formation team. It advises both lenders and investors, and remains a firm favourite with major domestic and international players, counting Bridgepoint, Charterhouse and Chequers Capital amongst its clients. The team recently advised the mezzanine creditors on Materis's decision to amend and extend its EUR1.8 billion debt.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Paris office managing partner Guy Benda was recently part of the team advising Charterhouse on its sale of Fives to AXA. He is widely respected in this field, and clients highlight his first-rate experience and strong connections in the Paris market.
Nicolas Barberis receives glowing praise from market commentators, who particularly praise his versatility and broad knowledge of private equity matters.
Bertrand Delaunay is another key contact for the firm. He recently advised Five Arrows on its EUR60 million co-investments in the companies Munters and Binding Site. He maintains a position of respect in the market, and is well known for his prowess in leveraged acquisitions.
Yann Gozal is rapidly making a name for himself in the private equity market. He led the team in advising Novasep's bondholders Silver Point on Novasep's restructuring, involving a EUR430 million debt-to-equity exchange.
THE FIRM This highly regarded French player is well respected in the private equity market, particularly for its strength in mid-cap transactions. Thanks to its high proportion of dual-qualified lawyers, the team is well able to handle a variety of domestic and international transactions. It receives glowing praise from clients, who highlight its outstanding abilities to deal with the most complex of cases. It recently advised DNCA Finance on its sale to TA Associates.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Olivier Tordjman receives outstanding praise from clients, with one stating he is "fully dedicated and strongly involved: we build our cases on his leadership." Tordjman has recently been involved in Naxicap's LBO of L Capital's minority stake in Groupe Bertrand.
Bernard Ayache maintains a strong position in the private equity market and is admired throughout the sector for his expertise in dealing with complex mid-cap transactions. He recently advised the De Fursac Group on FCDE's growth capital investment into the group.
David Ayache trained in America and is well known in the Paris market for his excellent private equity practice. Recently, with Bernard Ayache, he assisted DNCA Finance with its sale to TA Associates.
THE FIRM This well-established independent French firm maintains a respected high-end private equity practice. The team is noted for its in-depth expertise, and the practice receives strong support from other practice areas within the firm. It is praised for its excellent transactional capabilities. It recently advised BPCE on its EUR1.017 billion sale of Foncia to a consortium of Bridgepoint and Eurazeo.
Sources say: "The firm has fantastic business sense and a great understanding of the given situation; overall it possesses excellent judgement."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Market commentators describe Benjamin Kanovitch as "the rising star in this market." He is adept in both public M&A and private equity matters. He recently advised Eurazeo on its acquisition of a EUR418 million stake in the Moncler Group. He is a member of the Bar in both New York and Paris.
Olivier Assant is a key contact for the firm, and receives glowing praise for his private equity expertise. One client comments that "he is a deal maker who will highlight all the risks, and will tell you, 'That's an issue, but you can deal with it' – he keeps up the momentum." He has recently advised Sagard on a number of cases.
Sébastien Prat is applauded for his business sensitivity and his deal-making expertise. One client describes him as "fantastic – he is very strong in negotiations, very creative, not purely focused on technicalities but instead always seeking a solution. He is really exceptional."
THE FIRM This boutique French firm can hold its own in the market and is well-respected for its expertise in venture capital deals. It recently advised the FSN (CDC Enterprises) on its EUR1 million investment in Avencall. Denis Marcheteau, who led the deal, worked in-house at CDC Participations (now CDC Enterprises).
KEY INDIVIDUALS Founding member Denis Marcheteau is a key contact for the firm.
THE FIRM This international firm is widely recognised for its high-end private equity practice and expertise in leveraged transactions. It recently advised Bridgepoint and Eurazeo on the acquisition of Foncia from BPCE, involving an investment of some EUR480 million in equity capital.
Sources say: "The advice is always of the highest quality."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jean-Marie Ambrosi is a member of the Bar in both Paris and New York . He is known as a "very trustworthy and excellent transactional lawyer." He recently led the team representing Natixis in a number of deals, including the sale of the Holland Venture fund.
THE FIRM CMS is highly regarded for its tax practice, but it has a growing and lauded private equity team that is complemented by the firm's tax expertise. The firm has a global reach and this is continually employed to the benefit of its clients. It recently advised 21 Centrale Partners on the disposal of Nord Est-Ileos Group's TopCo to Oaktree Capital Management.
Sources say: "CMS is an excellent bargainer during our discussions with the other parties. For me an important strength is that it is able to assist us in different countries."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Philippe Rosenpick is an important asset to the firm. He is well regarded in the market for his long-standing expertise and experience in the field of leveraged transactions. Alongside advising 21 Centrale Partners, he also recently advised the founders of FSI Régions on its joint venture with Alloresto and Just Eat.
Jean-Robert Bousquet is "a man who knows very well what is feasible and what is not," and is praised for his sound advice on private equity matters. He recently advised Isodev on certain fund-raising matters.
THE FIRM This international firm specialises in acting for management on private equity deals and for structuring management packages. Well regarded and widely trusted in this area, it recently advised Prezioso management on Cinven's secondary buyout (SBO) of Prezioso from Indigo Capital. The team also advises on more regular private equity transactions in the small to mid-cap range of the market, and prizes its international capabilities when working on a deal.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Henri Pieyre de Mandiargues is a well-respected lawyer specialising in acting for management on private equity buyouts. He has long-established expertise in this area, having worked first at Scotto & Associés before joining Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, and receives market-wide recognition. He was recently involved in advising Prezioso on its SBO by Cinven from Indigo Capital.
THE FIRM This Paris-born firm is extremely well known for its high-end public M&A capabilities, and also has a very strong private equity practice. The firm acts for buyers and sellers on a broad range of private equity transactions and receives excellent market recognition.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Olivier Diaz is a key contact for the firm.
THE FIRM De Pardieu moves up the rankings this year due to its high level of peer recognition and excellent client feedback. Clients appreciate the comfortable size of the firm and how well connected it is, and praise its mid-market capabilities. The firm provides a full service, with financing and transactional advice. The firm also has a strong practice in private equity-related restructurings. Recent clients include 21 Centrale Partners, BNP Paribas and AXA Private Equity.
Sources say: "De Pardieu is stellar in its private equity financing. It is by far one of the best in its class."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jean-François Pourdieu is highly regarded in the market for his private equity practice. He previously advised 21 Centrale Partners on its acquisition of Vacances Directes in a EUR70 million SBO from Acto Capital.
THE FIRM Salans combined with SNR Denton and FMC in 2013 to become Dentons. This multinational law firm has a strong private equity practice with its activity mainly focusing on the mid-cap market. Respected by peers for its broad range of expertise and excellent pedigree in the sector, it recently assisted Capgemini with the acquisition of Artesys, an IT service company, from investment fund Qualium for EUR40 million. It also assisted LFPI with the sale of its majority stake in PrimaVista.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jean-Luc Bédos is a well-respected private equity lawyer with a strong practice. He is known throughout the market for his long-standing experience in the sector. He recently advised Intelcia on its acquisition of a 91.3% stake in French call centre specialist, The Marketingroup.
Pierre Jouglard is a key contact for the firm. He is respected throughout the market for his powerful private equity practice, specialising in small to mid-cap transactions. He has recently been involved in a number of high-profile transactions.
THE FIRM DLA Piper recently merged with French boutique Frieh Bouhenic, bringing the global firm a significant and celebrated private equity practice. The private equity team garners admiration throughout the market for its small to mid-cap capabilities.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michel Frieh is described by peers as "one of the best contenders in the market" and is one of the most high-profile names in private equity. He is known for his entrepreneurial spirit, having left Linklaters in 2007 to found Frieh & Associés, later Frieh Bouhenic. He receives unanimous praise throughout the market for his excellent work on private equity-related matters.
THE FIRM Despite Fabrice Cohen's move to Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Freshfields remains a player in the private equity market. It specialises in high-end transactions, and is known for having a broad practice, covering LBOs, SBOs and private equity financing. It recently advised EQT on its multi-jurisdictional EUR1.8 billion acquisition of BSN Medical from Montagu. The team also advised Permira on the sale of Provimi to Cargill for EUR1.5 billion.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jean-Claude Cotoni is a key contact for the firm.
THE FIRM This French-born international legal giant is highly regarded in the market for its expertise in venture capital deals, managing all aspects of them. It recently advised Siparex on the launch and EUR90 million first closing of Siparex MidMarket III, its venture capital fund. The team also has significant capabilities for mid-cap to high-end transactional work.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Pierre Karpik is very well regarded in the market for his extensive expertise in venture capital matters. He advised Alven Capital on its investment in Entropysoft.
THE FIRM Jones Day has a particular aptitude for venture capital and mid-cap transactions, and has recently been joined by the team from DFI Avocats, who bring with them expertise in fund formation. Clients appreciate the firm's friendly yet business-oriented approach, as well as its flexible billing arrangements. It has an international reputation, and in mid-cap transactions uses this to advantage. Recent clients have included France Telecom, Seventure and Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement.
Sources say: “Usually it is difficult to get high-level service for venture capital: it is rare to have law firms who are prepared to take those sort of risks on smaller companies, but Jones Day delivers.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Renaud Bonnet is widely considered an exceptional lawyer in the venture capital field. He is known for his business-minded and pragmatic approach. He excels at negotiations, and clients say: “He brings every issue to the forefront of the discussion, and ultimately helps things proceed smoothly."
Charles Gavoty is a well-respected lawyer in his field. Clients say: “It's all about reactivity: I don't have to tell him the full story every time because he already knows what I'm aiming at. He knows the balance between the investor and the company; he can be on both sides.”
A very experienced lawyer, yet new to the Jones Day team, Daniel Schmidt is revered as one of the few specialists in fund formation working in France, with extensive knowledge of the specifics of French firm structure.
THE FIRM This international giant has an incredibly strong and broad private equity practice. It moves up the rankings for both its high-end capabilities and venture capital expertise due to a high level of client satisfaction and increased market visibility. It also maintains its top position for mid-cap and fund formation work. Recent highlights saw the group advise Lion Capital on its acquisition of Alain Afflelou, and assisting Astorg Partners with its EUR640 million acquisition of FCI Microconnections. It also notably advised Publicis Groupe and Orange which, with Iris Capital Management, created an approximately EUR300-500 million group of investment funds, illustrating the firm's capacities in venture capital and fund formation matters.
Sources say: "The lawyers do a fantastic job. They are very integrated: they are able to pool resources between London and Paris to make the deal work."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Maxence Bloch enters the rankings thanks to his high-end capabilities. He also maintains an impressive position in the mid-cap market, where he is widely respected. He advised Lion Capital on its acquisition of Alain Afflelou.
Christophe Digoy is renowned throughout the market for his impressive work in large mid-cap private equity matters. He maintains an impressive roster of clients and recently led the team advising Astorg Partners on its EUR640 million acquisition of FCI Microconnections.
Pierre-Louis Périn has an exceptionally strong venture capital practice. Clients laud his expertise in this area and especially praise his ability to be "very calm: he's not the flamboyant corporate lawyer type, instead he's always very firm on all his points – he is extremely rigorous." He recently advised CDC Enterprises on its investment in Plastifrance.
Arnaud David is revered throughout the market for his excellent skills in fund formation. Clients appreciate his solution-oriented approach and commercial mindset. One client comments that "he provides the full analysis of the matter and tries to find things we might not have thought of. If you need something to be done by the end of the day he'll do it." He recently acted for L Capital Management on the EUR400 million formation of LBO fund L Capital 3.
Nathalie Duguay is applauded throughout the market, with clients commenting: "She knows everything about the issue of how to raise funds and how funds work. She has a full view of the business, the investors and the management." She recently acted for Apax Partners on the creation of the EUR705 million Apax France VIII fund.
Thomas Maitrejean is seen as a rising star on the mid-cap market. He is lauded by his peers as a fantastic lawyer who is definitely one to look out for in the future. He recently led the team acting for ING Capital and the other sellers on the sale of Unither Pharmaceuticals.
THE FIRM This boutique firm enjoys a noted position in the market due to its private equity know-how. Peers admire the expertise the team brings to small to mid-cap deals. It recently advised Naxicap on its acquisition of a minority stake in Homair Vacances, an outdoor accommodation company.
Sources say: "These lawyers are the kings of small to mid-cap."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Olivier Renault is widely recognised in the market for his excellent mid-cap practice. He assisted a consortium of investors consisting of Amundi, Demeter Partners, Soridec and CM-CIC with the acquisition of Delta Recyclage, a French recycling firm.
THE FIRM The firm is universally seen as a safe bet for private equity matters, and clients go out of their way to praise the dedication of its team. Due to its size, the firm can cater for a variety of needs across the private equity field, calling upon an extensive range of expertise when needed. Recent clients have included Bridgepoint, Cinven and Bain Capital.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Forschbach is widely recognised as a titan in his field. With extensive knowledge of both the laws involved and the industry itself, combined with a strong commercial bent, he is respected and revered throughout the market as "one of the big players."
Nathalie Alibert moves up in the tables this year due to excellent client recognition. Described as "very much on the ball for her customers, she takes care of everything; there are never any issues." She recently co-led the team advising Cinven on the EUR247 million acquisition of Prezioso Technilor from Indigo Capital.
Olivier du Mottay is well regarded in the market and clients "strongly recommend him on big deals." He is known for his substantial high-end private equity practice and recently advised Bridgepoint on its stake in the EUR800 million sale of Alain Afflelou to Lion Capital.
Described as "very commercial and dynamic," Gaëtan Gianasso is well respected in the market for his excellent high-end practice. He recently led the team assisting TA Associates with its EUR380 million acquisition of a minority stake in luxury clothing company Zadig & Voltaire.
Denis Criton is praised by clients as "showing fantastic commercial judgement, and also having a great sense of humour."
THE FIRM This magic circle firm is well known in the French market for its high-end private equity capabilities. It provides a broad service to its clients, covering finance, restructuring and transactional expertise in the private equity domain. Clients emphasise the ease and satisfaction of its one-stop shop approach and multi-jurisdictional ability. It recently advised Wendel on the EUR1.55 billion sale of its majority stake in Deutsch Group, a manufacturer of fibre-optic and electrical connectors, to TE Connectivity.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Fabrice de La Morandière is a highly respected private equity specialist who is known throughout the market. Head of the corporate department in Paris, he has been a partner for 12 years. He has recently advised on some of the market's largest transactions.
Vincent Ponsonnaille is admired across the market for his high-end private equity practice. One client comments that "he is always very smooth and constructive in the way he approaches a deal. He's really a fantastic guy to work with – I thoroughly recommend him." Ponsonnaille recently advised Montagu Private Equity on its EUR430 million acquisition of St Hubert from Dairy Crest.
David Swinburne is admired throughout the market for his experience and expertise in high-end private equity matters. Clients report a high level of satisfaction with his service. He recently advised Wendel on the sale of its majority stake in Deutsch Group to TE Connectivity.
THE FIRM This international giant has a broad-ranging private equity practice in France. As much at home in high-end deals as mid-cap, Mayer Brown is praised in the market for its ability to provide excellent tax advice to complement its private equity practice. Clients admire the firm's commitment, as well as its pragmatic and imaginative solutions.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Xavier Jaspar is extremely highly regarded in the market for his mid-cap private equity transactional expertise.
Guillaume Kuperfils receives exceptional feedback from clients and is known throughout the market for his excellent private equity practice. He recently assisted Activa Capital with its acquisition from CM-CIC LBO Partners of a majority stake in telemarketing and call centre company Armatis.
THE FIRM This team specialises in venture capital. It receives praise from the market for its long-standing expertise in the sector and its ability to adjust its approach to suit the context, a vital ability in the venture capital market. It recently advised Idinvest Partners on its USD15 million investment in IFeelGoods.
Sources say: "It is probably one of the best experiences I've ever had; the firm went far beyond my expectations."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Olivier Edwards is a giant in the venture capital market. He commands respect throughout the sector for his long-standing capabilities in this field. He recently co-led the team advising Idinvest Partners on its USD15 million investment in IFeelGoods.
Anne Tolila is an excellent venture capital lawyer. Her clients say: "She understands how to bring the parts together to get the deal done, and makes sure nothing is left out of an agreement." She recently co-led the team advising Idinvest.
Karen Noël is known by her peers as a "deal maker." She is noted for her venture capital practice and recently advised Vestiaire de Copines on Ventech's and Balderton Capital's investment of EUR7.5 million.
Ann Baker has a strong fund formation practice and is known in the market for her expertise in advising US clients. One client describes her as "technically brilliant on the fund formation side, and able to see the overall picture."
Since publication, Ann G Baker has joined Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI
Since publication, Olivier Edwards has joined Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI
Since publication, Karen Noël has joined Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI
Since publication, Anne Tolila has joined Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI
THE FIRM This firm has a strong presence in the venture capital market. It is known for its expertise both in venture capital and in growth capital. It also advises on private equity transactions.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Samira Friggeri is known in the market for her mid-cap expertise. She was recently involved in the minority stake taken by Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners in the MBO of Groupe DEFI. She assisted CDC Enterprises, which provided the mezzanine debt.
Frédéric Lerner is well respected in the market for his excellent venture capital practice.
THE FIRM This multinational firm is well respected in the market for its mid-cap private equity practice. Clients praise the team's deep knowledge of the sector and its international mindset. It is known for having a broad practice with strengths in all the key areas relating to private equity transactions, including tax and restructurings. It recently assisted Omnes Capital with its LBO of Groupe SVP. Other recent clients include AXA, Naxicap and Edmond de Rothschild Capital Partners.
Sources say: "It is a very strong team: young, dynamic and entrepreneurial." "An excellent firm with high-quality, client-oriented lawyers."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Alexis Terray moves up in the rankings thanks to the praise he receives in the private equity market. Clients admire his calmness in tough situations and his high level of experience in the sector: "He knows the things we can or cannot do: he'll be very aware of the risks involved." He recently advised Edmond de Rothschild Capital Partners on the LBO of Euro Techno Com. He also recently advised Astorg Partners.
Olivier Deren retains his excellent position in the private equity sector. He commands respect throughout the market for his long-standing expertise in private equity transactions, and is also chair of the Paris office. He recently assisted Equistone Partners Europe with the LBO of Unither Pharmaceuticals Group.
Pascal de Moidrey remains a very well-respected lawyer in the French private equity market. Clients commend his commitment to "keeping a very good level of confidence between lawyers and customers" and his exceptional resources in the sector. He recently advised AXA and CDC Enterprises on their acquisition of an equity stake in Sibille Industrie (now Groupe Novarc).
THE FIRM This boutique firm is well regarded by the market for its excellent venture capital practice. It was recently involved in software company Eptica's fourth round of funding, with Auriga Partners and Omnes Capital investing.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Francis Pinot de Villechenon is head of the practice and a key contact for the firm.
THE FIRM This American law firm maintains its strong footing in the private equity market with its specialised fund formation team. Clients praise the practice, particularly highlighting its competitive rates. It recently advised CDC on the set-up of the FCPR FCDE fund. It also advises on more general private equity transactions.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Christophe Baert is a rising star in the fund formation market. Clients praise him for being "very proactive and concerned with what his clients are doing." He recently advised Women Equity and Bryan, Garnier & Co. on the formation of the WEFG FCPR.
Caroline Chabrerie is head of the practice and is a well-respected fund formation lawyer. She is praised by clients for her ability to clarify tricky legal situations and to provide and apply expert advice. One client comments that in negotiations "if needed she pushes to the limits to obtain the maximum for her clients." Chabrerie advised Initiative & Finance on the formation of its Initiative & Finance 2010 FCPR fund.
THE FIRM This boutique firm specialises in acting for management. It is seen as a market leader in this area and garners respect throughout the sector for its depth of expertise. It recently advised the management of electrical engineering company Converteam on its EUR2.5 billion sale to GE.
Sources say: "For people in the same situation I would always recommend Scotto."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Lionel Scotto Le Massese has pioneered acting for management in France. He enjoys market respect for his high level of expertise in negotiations, as evidenced by his work for the TDF management team on the implementation of a new management package. He also led the team advising Converteam.
Clients praise Nicolas Menard-Durand for "really getting into the nitty-gritty of the matter in hand." Recently he advised the management of Alain Afflelou on Bridgepoint's EUR800 million sale of Alain Afflelou to Lion Capital.
THE FIRM This US firm enjoys a strong position in the French high-end market. It is renowned throughout the sector for its ability to deal with the most complex of deals on a major scale. It has a broad practice and is fully capable of handling all facets of the deal in hand. It recently advised AXA on the acquisition of Fives from Charterhouse. It also advised Advent International on the EUR1.15 billion acquisition of two divisions of Oberthur Technologies.
KEY INDIVIDUALS David Aknin receives unanimous praise and respect throughout the market. He is renowned for his extraordinary expertise and experience in the high-end market. He recently advised Apax Partners on the EUR670 million sale of Vizada to Astrium. He also advised Sagard on the acquisition of Stokomani from Advent International.
Frédéric Cazals maintains an excellent position in the high-end market. He is admired throughout the sector for his client-friendly approach and depth of expertise. He recently advised AXA on its sale of Sfinc to the Saveur Group and on AXA's subsequent reinvestment in the Saveur Group.
Emmanuelle Henry is a highly respected private equity lawyer working in the high-end market. She has particular expertise in dealing with complex LBOs. She recently advised 3i on the acquisition of Etanco from IK Investment Partners.
Jean Beauchataud is well known in the market for his experience in dealing with high-end private equity matters. He is respected by peers for the size of recent deals he has led on. Beauchataud managed the team advising Advent International on the Oberthur Technologies acquisition.
THE FIRM This international giant retains an excellent position in the French private equity market. Sources praise its one-stop shop approach and its client-friendly service. It advised FCOF on the EUR1.15 billion sale of the card systems and identity divisions of Oberthur Technologies to Advent International. Other recent clients have included Labeyrie Fine Food, IK Investment and The Carlyle Group.
Sources say: "The lawyers help us focus on the key issues in a very efficient way."
KEY INDIVIDUALS François Leloup is well respected in the market for his excellent mid-cap practice. Clients describe him as "one of the good guys, very pragmatic; he is a fantastic negotiator." He advised Pfizer on the USD2.38 billion disposal of its Capsugel division to KKR.
Vincent Morin is known throughout the sector for his mid-cap private equity work. He receives a high level of praise for his expertise in transactional work and advised IK Investment on the sale of its stake in Etanco to 3i.
THE FIRM This international firm maintains its position as one of the foremost players in the high-end market. Sources praise the firm's exceptional expertise in its transactional work as well as its standout client service. It recently advised PAI partners on the EUR2.1 billion sale of SPIE and on the extremely complex EUR1.6 billion sale of a 51% stake in Yoplait to General Mills.
Sources say: "It does excellent work for us and we are always extremely pleased. The lawyers are great people, really easy to work with."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Daniel Payan is a giant in the high-end private equity market. He is respected throughout the sector for his depth and breadth of experience in all private equity matters. He recently co-led the team advising PAI partners on the Yoplait sale.
Christophe Garaud is extremely active in the high-end market and is known and respected throughout the sector. He recently advised CMA CGM on the sale of Compagnie du Ponant to Bridgepoint.
Eduardo Fernández moves up the rankings due to his exceptionally high level of activity in the market. He receives praise from peers for his excellent high-end practice. He recently led the team representing IK Investment Partners in its acquisition of Savena, a food ingredient manufacturer.
Fabrice Cohen recently joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher from Freshfields. He brings with him exceptional knowledge of the market and expertise in dealing with high-end private equity matters. He is praised by his clients for his "thoughtful" attitude.
Cédric Hajage is a private equity lawyer well-regarded in the market. He is known for his excellent capabilities in the high-end sector, especially for his transactional work. Recently he advised Apax Partners on the acquisition of Amplitude from Initiative & Finance and Weinberg Capital Partners.
Annette Péron receives fantastic praise from clients, who celebrate her private equity M&A expertise. She recently advised on a number of high-profile private equity transactions.
Bruno Bertrand of Baker & McKenzie SCP maintains a respected high-end practice, and clients praise his ability to deal with the most complicated of deals.
Since publication, Bruno Bertrand has moved to the firm's London office.
Xavier Comaills joined Clifford Chance Europe LLP in April 2013. He the first port of call for clients active in fund formation. Sources highlight his straight-to-the-point style and excellent negotiation skills.
Gilles Lebreton of Clifford Chance Europe LLP is praised by clients for his "thoughtful" attitude and deep level of expertise in dealing with large, complicated high-end transactions.
Alexis Dargent of Dargent Avocats is an expert in the niche field of acting for management. He joins the rankings this year due to his presence on this highly specialised market. His peers describe him as "an excellent lawyer."
Matthieu Grollemund joined Dechert LLP in June 2013. He is well known in the market for having a strong mid-cap practice.
Mark Richardson of Franklin is highly respected in the market. He is particularly well known for his expertise in public-to-private deals and is praised by clients for his well-rounded, pragmatic advice.
Franck Coudert joined Reed Smith in 2013. Clients praise Coudert's broad knowledge base and attention to detail in the drafting stages.
Lucas d'Orgeval of Reed Smith is well known for his strong mid-cap practice.
Nicolas Bombrun of Shearman & Sterling LLP enters the rankings for private equity this year. He receives an excellent report from clients, one of whom describes him as "a very talented lawyer. I've worked with a lot of lawyers around the world – he is one of the best."