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Private Equity


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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Best Law­yers 2021
This year, our law­yers re­ceived 133 re­com­mend­a­tions; 3 law­yers are re­cog­nised as "Law­yer of the year" in Ad­min­is­trat­ive Law and in La­bour and Em­ploy­ment Law.
Leg­al 500 EMEA 2020
Our law firms are rank­ing in Leg­al 500 EMEA 2020. Tax law, cap­it­al mar­kets, em­ploy­ment,... See all our 2020 rank­ings!
17 January 2020
Find an over­view of the 2019 per­spect­ives in Private Equity in the 7th edi­tion of the CMS European M&A Out­look study.
01 July 2019
Best Law­yers 2020
More than 102 of our law­yers are re­com­men­ded: our law firm is nom­in­ated Law firm of the year in Con­struc­tion Law and in Tax Law.
The syn­ergy of our com­bined ex­pert­ise
CMS Fran­cis Le­fe­b­vre Avocats is one of the lead­ing in­ter­na­tion­al cor­por­ate law firms.
Status and Trends of the Private Equity Mar­ket in Ger­many
The private equity mar­ket in Ger­many at the be­gin­ning of the year 2018 is very act­ive, con­fi-dence among the private equity houses is strong, and the mar­ket par­ti­cipants ex­pect an­oth­er re­cord year of deal mak­ing.
Private Equity Mar­ket in Ger­many
Dis­cov­er the trends and per­spect­ives of Private Equity in Ger­many, a chan­ging mar­ket. Un­til the end of 2019, the private equity mar­ket re­mained very act­ive.
In­ter­na­tion­al Private Equity Mar­ket (IPEM) 2020
IPEM 2020: come and meet our Private Equity ex­pert law­yers from 28 to 30 Janu­ary 2020 in Cannes.
Over­view of the private equity mar­ket in Europe: France is do­ing well!
In the private equity mar­ket in Europe, the French private equity mar­ket con­tin­ues to be go­ing through a pros­per­ous peri­od.
UK Private Equity Trends – Janu­ary 2019
Private equity : re­cord fun­drais­ing and strong M&A activ­ity point to the in­dustry's re­si­li­ence and con­fid­ence to ad­dress un­cer­tainty caused by geo­pol­it­ic­al factors.
In­nov­a­tion - New Year 2019
Watch the wishes of our law firm for a happy and pros­per­ous New Year 2019 in video be­low
Leg­al 500 EMEA 2018
Our law firm is rank­ing in Leg­al 500 EMEA 2018. Tax law, cap­it­al mar­kets, em­ploy­ment,... See all our 2018 rank­ings!