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Dechert provides ‘an excellent quality of service’, shows ‘high professionalism in handling complex transactions and has a global vision of all matters at stake, including non-legal matters’. The practice advises venture and investment funds, including New York-based management firms, as well as investees. It also handles some LBO work, where it often advises management teams. Recent highlights include assisting Accel Partners and Lead Edge as subscribers in connection with the closing of a large series C convertible preferred round for BlaBlaCar. The ‘very knowledgeable and responsiveMatthieu Grollemund heads the practice and has ‘unique US/French experience’ and ‘a business acumen that is rarely found in lawyers’. The ‘experienced and constructiveFrançois Hellot and recently promoted partner Anne-Charlotte Rivière are also recommended.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.’s ‘professional, available and efficient’ practice is an established leader in the field of venture capital, where it handles a high volume of deals each year on behalf of investors and companies. The practice recently assisted Finsecur with a €25m investment by EDRIP and Bpifrance. The ‘smart and responsivePierre Karpik ranks among the best advisers in the market. Karen Noël is another name to note. Olivier Edwards joined Orrick Rambaud Martel.

Jones Day is a recognised leader in venture and growth capital. The firm advises on the fundraising and financing of the market’s hottest tech and life sciences companies, acting on either side. The practice assisted Condé Nast, Balderton Capital, Ventech and Idinvest Partners as incumbent co-investors with Eurazeo in connection with Vestiaire Collective’s new €33m round of financing. Elaia Partners, XAnge PE and Bpifrance are also clients. The team is led by Charles Gavoty and Renaud Bonnet, who is ‘always excellent, whatever the situation might be’.

Chammas & Marcheteau ranks ‘among the best firms in venture capital’. The ‘competent and responsive’ team advises major investment funds and recently assisted Bpifrance with its €24m investment in Teads. The practice also handles some LBO deals. The team is led by Lola Chammas, Camille-Maya Hurel, Nicolas Lecocq and Denis Marcheteau, who ‘understands issues from an economic perspective before providing legal answers’.

In 2015, McDermott Will & Emery AARPI hired a recognised team from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP to boost its private equity practice. Department co-head Henri Pieyre de Mandiargues, Carole Degonse and Grégoire Andrieux all have extensive experience of advising investment funds, companies and the management in LBO and venture capital transactions. They join practice co-head Emmanuelle Trombe and recently promoted partner Anthony Paronneau, who regularly advise biotech companies on fundraising.

Pinot de Villechenon & Associés’ ‘responsive and available’ team produces ‘an excellent quality of work’ in mid-cap LBOs and is a key player in the venture capital field, advising investment funds and start-ups. Recent highlights include assisting Actility with its €22.5m fundraising. The key figures are ‘deal-makerMorgan Hunault-Berret, who ‘quickly understands matters’, as well as Erwan Tostivint, Isabelle Burel-Blasoni, practice head Gilles Roux – who is ‘especially recommended for complex LBO transactions’ – and Tristan Segonds, who is ‘pleasant, rigorous and responsive’.

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