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Dechert LLP advises major French and US and international investment funds, as well as start-up companies, especially in the healthcare sector. Highlights included assisting Accel Partners with a $30m fundraising by PeopleDoc; acting for Eurazeo and several entrepreneurs in their $110m series F investment in Farfetch.com; and advising Sofinnova Partners and Bpifrance on their investment in Gecko Biomedical. The team is led by Matthieu Grollemund and François Hellot, who combines ‘experience, insight and commitment’. Anne-Charlotte Rivière is another name to note.
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. handles a high volume of transactions for investors and investees. Recent work includes acting for Legrand, Iris Capital and Fonds Ambition Numérique regarding their €30m investment in Netatmo, as well as advising Comuto (BlaBlaCar) on receiving a $200m investment by Insight Venture, Lead Hedge and Vostok New Ventures. Pierre Karpik is the key name in the practice.
Jones Day is praised for its ‘high-quality service, in-depth advice and quick response times’. The team is able to advise on venture and growth capital transactions, as well as capital markets and fund formation work. It advises some of the most promising French hi-tech and biotech companies and is increasingly retained by investors. It assisted NJJ and Idinvest with a €10m investment in Zenly, as well as acting for Alkemics during a €20m financing round. The firm also assisted Orange with a €75m investment in Africa Internet Group. Alven Capital, Bpifrance and Hi Inov are clients. The team is led by Renaud Bonnet, who co-chairs the practice globally, along with the highly recommended Charles Gavoty and recently promoted partner Jean-Gabriel Griboul.
Chammas & Marcheteau has ‘excellent knowledge of private equity matters’ and ‘always produces top-quality work’. The 15-lawyer team is ‘highly committed to its clients, responsive and always in a positive frame of mind’. The firm recently advised Idinvest Partners, Iris Capital, Bpifrance and Omnes Capital during a €40m fundraising round by Scality and acted for existing investors during Netatmo’s €30m fundraising. The practice is led by Lola Chammas, the ‘very good’ Denis Marcheteau, Camille-Maya Hurel and Nicolas Lecocq.
The ‘responsive and available’ team at Villechenon has ‘strong knowledge of the private equity industry’. The firm advises investment funds and start-ups. Recent mandates include assisting Witbe with its IPO on Alternext Paris; acting for Dayuse during a €15m fundraising; and advising In Vivo on a €20m investment in La Languedocienne. The practice is led by Francis Pinot de Villechenon, Morgan Hunault-Berret, Erwan Tostivint, Isabelle Burel-Blasoni, Gilles Roux and Tristan Segonds.