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Clifford Chance has strong experience of advising leading investment funds on the structuring and fundraising of a wide range of funds, including private equity and private debt funds. The practice assisted Montefiore with the creation of a fourth LBO fund and acted for Bpifrance Investissement on the creation of a fund to invest in French funds which focus on distressed investments. Xavier Comaills is a market-leading figure. Counsel Tiana Rambatomanga is a rising star and tax experts Alexandre Lagarrigue and Eric Davoudet are other names to note.

The ‘very good’ team at Dechert LLP is ‘responsive, provides business-driven solutions and shows good knowledge of the French market and international environment’. The practice advises on the formation of a wide range of funds, including private equity, debt and infrastructure funds and also has experience of handling secondary transactions. The firm assisted Idinvest Partners with setting up Idinvest Dette Senior IV. Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity, Elaia Partners and Swen Capital Partners are also clients. The ‘proactive’ Antoine Sarailler gives ‘solution-oriented advice’. The recent arrival of tax expert Sabina Comis from Mayer Brown also adds further strength to the practice, which is headed by Olivier Dumas.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has ‘a very strong team’ which combines ‘speed, experience, access and quality of tremendous value’. The practice advises on fund structuring, regulatory and investment issues. It recently assisted Eiffel Investment with the creation of the first major crowdlending fund in France. Stéphane Puel is ‘an expert in asset management who provides fine analysis’. Ann Baker combines ‘responsiveness, knowledge of the local market and technical skills’.

At Jones Day, ‘clients get excellent service’ and its lawyers show ‘strong and continuous commitment at partner or senior levels’. The team attracted numerous new clients from Asia and elsewhere in 2016. The practice mainly advises on the formation of private equity and venture capital funds, with experience extending to infrastructure, debt and property fund formation. The team recently assisted South Korean company Naver with its investment in K-Fund 1, which is dedicated to helping European IT start-ups, and acted for NextStage Croissance in establishing an alternative investment fund linked to life insurance policies. Bpifrance Investissement and Idinvest Partners are clients. Practice head Florence Moulin is ‘smart, efficient, business-minded and well aware of the latest market practices’. Associates Guillaume Cavalin and the ‘very reliable and helpful’ Caroline Steil are also highly involved.

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