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Private Equity

France

As a private equity fund, investor or management team, you face daily pressures of valuations, performance, exit strategies and regulation. The ready availability of debt has strongly impacted the competition for assets and pricing levels. A cohesive private equity strategy will ensure you acquire the right assets and obtain maximum value from your portfolio. We are structured around your business sectors and that of your targets. This means we can advise you on all stages of a fund’s lifecycle, from formation and administration to the making of investments, portfolio monitoring and exiting.

Your deals are executed according to tight deadlines and complex regulatory constraints. Our multidisciplinary specialist teams globally can mobilise quickly, whatever the size and complexity of your transaction. With anti-trust, tax, employment, banking, commercial and disputes expertise, we can also assist in the protection and growth of your funds and investments. Whether your deal is in the upper or mid private equity market, our specialist lawyers can guide you towards the best business outcome in your home markets and across multiple jurisdictions.

Specifically, we have a team of lawyers dedicated to private equity operations who have achieved a first-rate reputation in the following fields: tax structuring with financial and tax modelling; negotiation of purchase and sale contract documents; structuring and issue of complex securities; negotiation of financing and refinancing documentation; control of concentrations; negotiation/renegotiation/restructuring of management packages; structuring of funds and management company (regulatory and tax aspects); support for the management team (structuring of carried interest and joint investments); build-up (in France and abroad); post-operation litigation.

For some years our private equity practice has regularly been listed in the Top 5 of rankings such as Bloomberg, Mergermarket and Thomson Reuters.

Our practice is also listed in the most widely recognised guides, such as Chambers, IFLR and Legal 500. For example, our entry in the 2015 edition of Chambers Europe reads:
"A far-reaching practice in the fields of LBO transactions, risk capital and investment fund structuring. It provides a complete range of services to asset management companies, investment funds and other financial institutions."
Client review: "A full service; the lawyers have business sense and show high commitment towards their clients." - Chambers Europe 2015

Noteworthy clients: 21 Centrale Partners, Chequers Capital, Ardian, Nextstage, Bridgepoint, Windhurst, Vivalto.

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