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Leading individuals

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    • Xavier Comaills - Clifford Chance
    • Arnaud David - King & Wood Mallesons
    • Nathalie Duguay - King & Wood Mallesons

Clifford Chance’s high-profile practice covers the structuring and fundraising of a wide variety of funds, including LBO and venture capital, infrastructure, distressed debt and property funds. The firm recently assisted European Capital with the structuring of a pan-European private debt fund. AEW Europe, Amundi and Sofinnova Partners are also clients. Xavier Comaills is a leading name in the field. Tax partners Alexandre Lagarrigue and Eric Davoudet are also involved. The firm hired Véronique de Hemmer Gudme from King & Wood Mallesons.

King & Wood Mallesons has an impressive track record in the formation and fundraising of LBO, infrastructure, mezzanine and real estate funds. The nine-lawyer team advises many leading investment funds, including Antin Infrastructure Partners and Azulis Capital. It recently assisted Five Arrows with the creation of a €700m LBO investment fund. Arnaud David and Nathalie Duguay head the practice.

Dechert produces ‘high-quality and rigorous work’. ‘Proactive and efficient’, the team ‘always has good suggestions and knows how to reconcile its clients’ wishes with legal requirements’. The firm advises many fund managers on the creation of venture capital, SME, LBO, debt, infrastructure and real estate funds, as well as funds of funds. ACE Management, ACG Capital, Amundi PEF, European Investment Fund and Impact Partenaires are clients. Practice head Olivier Dumas is ‘rigorous, nice and defends his clients’ interests’. The ‘committed and dedicated’ Antoine Sarailler is also recommended.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. provides ‘an excellent level of service’. The practice advises a broad range of funds, including private equity and property funds, on structuring, regulatory and fundraising matters. Highlights included assisting the European Investment Bank with its first equity participation in a French fund through a €50m commitment to the Capenergie 3 investment fund. Partech Partners, Amundi and CNP are clients. Ann Baker heads the practice alongside Stéphane Puel, who ‘provides a deep network and support on intricate or policy matters’.

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