THE FIRM This international firm is active in almost all areas of private equity, and includes recognised specialists in LBOs, fund formation and venture capital. The team is an established leader in the mid-cap market, and is also regularly involved in large-cap transactions. It benefits from the firm's offices across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and from its strong relationships with two leading US law firms, giving it an advantage in cross-border matters. Recent highlights include advising Barclays Private Equity France on its USD3.2 billion headline sale of Converteam.
Sources say: “Excellent lawyers who negotiate as if they were businessmen.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Transactional co-head Maxence Bloch is praised for his high level of market awareness. He notably took the lead on Barclays Private Equity France's sale of Converteam.
Christophe Digoy co-heads the firm's transactional activities alongside Maxence Bloch and recently advised on the sale of Webhelp, a deal worth EUR300 million.
The highly esteemed George Pinkham leads the firm's fund formation practice and is noted for his exceptional knowledge of tax issues. He recently moved to Hong Kong from Paris.
Arnaud David is “strong, articulate and accommodating,” say sources. He has been highly active on fund formation of late, particularly the creation of infrastructure funds.
Nathalie Duguay recently acted for Astorg on the creation of Astorg V FCPR.
Pierre-Louis Périn heads the firm's venture and growth capital activities, and recently advised Climate Change Capital on its EUR8 million investment in water treatment company Orège.