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Goodwin

12, RUE D'ASTORG, 75008 PARIS, FRANCE
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France

Banking and finance: transactional work
Banking and finance: transactional work - ranked: tier 3

Goodwin

Goodwin impresses with its 'strong involvement on every hierarchical level' and a team that is 'keen to direct the decision-making through highly reliable advice from a legal standpoint, but also regarding market practice and risk considerations'. 'Straight to the point' and with a 'team in which information circulates smoothly', the practice focuses on acquisition and corporate finance, acting for borrowers and lenders alike. The 'always very dedicated' Arnaud Fromion co-directs the practice with Frédéric Guilloux, while counsel Adrien Paturaud provides key support. In addition to advising Averys Group and its shareholder Equistone Partners Europe on the refinancing of the group's existing leveraged buyout debt, the team also acted for several Capzanine funds on the financing of the proposed acquisition of gourmet hamburger franchise Goïko Grill by L-Catterton. Ares Management, Lion Capital and BNP Paribas are also on the client roster.

Leading individuals

Arnaud Fromion - Goodwin

Next Generation Partners

Adrien Paturaud - Goodwin

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Mergers and acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions - ranked: tier 4

Goodwin

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Goodwin

Goodwin's practice grew further in 2018 through the hire of counsel Charles-Henri de Gouvion Saint-Cyr from Clifford Chance. Headed by the very able Marie-Laure Bruneel, the team of three has a strong focus on the tax elements of private equity transactions and fund structuring matters in line with the firm’s leading core focus in this space. Benefiting from a strong international platform, the Paris team also advises on significant, cross-border matters and also has strong real estate tax expertise, while also handling litigation and stand-alone work. The practice recently assisted Lion Capital with the refinancing of its credit facility debt, Cerba with the acquisition of Bio7, and Equistone with the purchase of Karavel-Promovacances and Fram. Other clients include Engie and Green Oak Real Estate.

Next Generation Partners

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France: Private equity

Private equity: Fund formation
Private equity: Fund formation - ranked: tier 1

Goodwin

Goodwin combines 'a pragmatic approach' with 'efficiency' and 'responsiveness', providing clients with 'a high-value service'. Buyout, mezzanine, infrastructure, life sciences and technology funds are areas of particular expertise, but the practice's track record includes a much broader range of funds, including real estate, debt and venture funds. 'Rigorous' and 'extremely experienced' practice head Arnaud David, who clients appreciate for his 'constructive approach', and recently promoted partner Sarah Michel 'always try to optimise and find solutions instead of new problems'. Chequers Capital instructed the team to advise on the fundraising for its Chequers Capital XVII fund with a total commitment of €1.1bn from approximately 40 institutional investors. Other clients include Antin Infrastructure Partners, L Catterton and new client Ring Capital.

Leading individuals

Arnaud David - Goodwin

Next Generation Partners

Sarah Michel - Goodwin

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Private equity: LBO
Private equity: LBO - ranked: tier 2

Goodwin

Goodwin acts for investors, portfolio companies and management teams and has a very active practice in the Paris market. French domestic transactions account for the majority of its recent stand-out highlights, but cross-border mandates involving US and UK components are also part of the team's workload. In evidence of its cross-border strength and its track record in the technology sector, the group advised Exclusive Networks and its management on a substantial new investment from Permira. In a recent highlight from the retail sector, the practice assisted Equistone Partners Europe with its acquisition of Bruneau from Weinberg Capital Partners. Practice head Maxence Bloch led in acting for EMZ Partners on its acquisition of Ginger Group by way of a mix of equity and third-party funding. Jérôme Jouhanneaud and Thomas Maitrejean are other key contacts. Apax Partners, Compagnie Marco Polo and La Financière Patrimoniale d'Investissement are also among its other clients.

Leading individuals

Maxence Bloch - Goodwin

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Private equity: venture/growth capital
Private equity: venture/growth capital - ranked: tier 2

Goodwin

Goodwin's practice focuses on mid-market venture capital and growth equity in the life sciences, technology, retail and hotel and leisure sectors. The team is experienced in advising investors and companies on domestic and cross-border matters, with recent highlights including advising KKR on its Series C preferred stock investment in spend management software player Ivalua. The group also assisted Hong Kong-based private equity firm Morningside Venture Investment with its Series A financing of Alms Therapeutics. Unigrains, Surgivisio and Lemon Way are also clients. Maxence Bloch is the practice head. Jérôme Jouhanneaud and Christophe Digoy are other key contacts.

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