Firms To Watch: Private equity: Fund formation

Led by newcomer Raphael Bloch, Kirkland & Ellis LLP advises a diverse client-base of major alternative asset managers, financial institutions, independent boutiques, and first-time fund sponsors on a wide range of fund formation matters.
Mayer Brown offers support in fund formation through counsel Stéphanie Alexandrino, who has a dual focus on matters in France and Luxembourg. She advises French and international clients on the set-up, structuring, management and marketing of investment funds, including in particular French and Luxembourgish alternative investment funds.
McDermott Will & Emery AARPI significantly bolstered its offering in the fund structuring area following the arrival of Guillaume Panuel in late 2022 from Dentons.

Private equity: Fund formation in France

Clifford Chance

The private funds team at Clifford Chance expertly advises clients on all aspects of fund structuring and fundraising, with a focus on French, Luxembourgish, and pan-European funds. The practice is led by Xavier Comaills, who has extensive expertise working with a broad range of funds as well as secondary portfolio transactions, while tax specialist Alexandre Lagarrigue advises on LBOs and tax structuring of real estate investment funds. Counsel Marie Preat is also noted for her specialisms in the creation and fundraising of domestic and foreign funds.

Practice head(s):

Xavier Comaills

Other key lawyers:

Alexandre Lagarrigue; Marie Préat; Diane Campion de Poligny

Key clients



Vauban Infrastructure Partners


Andera Partners

Keensight Capital

Montefiore Investment

Bpifrance Investissement

Flexstone Partners

Raise Conseil

Generali Global Infrastructure

Kartesia Management

Lauxera Capital Partners

Cathay Innovation

Cathay Capital Private Equity

Eurazeo Investment Managers

Sofinnova Partners

Kurma Partners


Bex Capital

Supernova Invest

Work highlights

  • Advising Bpifrance Investissement with respect to the creation of FCPR Bpifrance Entreprises 2, a fund dedicated to financing more than 1,500 French startups, SMEs and ETIs indirectly through investments in private equity funds managed by 76 mainly French management companies.
  • Advised Eurazeo on the set up and fundraising of a newly created continuation fund alongside the sale of a portion of Eurazeo’s stake in Planet, a company dedicated to payment services.
  • Advising Keensight Capital with respect to their fund Keensight Nova VI, their sixth-generation growth-LBO Fund.


Goodwin has pre-eminent expertise advising on the full range of private investment funds, and also assists with complex incentive arrangements, long-term capital funds, fund restructurings, and large-scale GP-led liquidity matters. Practice head Arnaud David regularly provides full advisory services to leading French and European investment funds, with a particular focus on dealing with complex secondary transactions. Regulatory expert Sarah Michel advises clients on a wide variety of strategies including buyout, mezzanine, and distressed funds; additionally; she recently represented a number of large LBO managers with respect to the fundraising of their flagship funds. Associate Camille Lemonnier provides additional support.

Practice head(s):

Arnaud David

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Michel; Camille Lemonnier


‘Goodwin is the best law firm in Paris for fund formation and other related matters.’

‘Arnaud David: the best lawyer who has followed us since the beginning. Great flexibility and reliability – deep knowledge of the UKFR industry.’

‘The Goodwin team accompanies us on all our fundraising for one of our lines and benefits from a solid knowledge of the market, as well as a good European network, allowing us to benefit from all the necessary services setting up pan-European funds.’

‘Arnaud David is a very responsive, available and pragmatic lawyer. In his team, Camille Lemonnier stands out for her adapted advice and her outstanding organization, which makes her an asset during complex negotiations.’

Key clients

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Committed Advisors

Initiative & Finance

Jolt Capital

Mérieux Equity Partners

Naxicap Partners

Rothschild & Co Merchant Banking

Simmons & Simmons

The 'dedicated team' at Simmons & Simmons advises a broad client base on traditional fund structures, as well as structures incorporating long-dated, evergreen, multi-currency, and levered/unlevered parallel arrangements. The practice is additionally highly experienced in secondary transactions, as well as questions related to regulation across Europe. Practice head Agnès Rossi has a key focus on private investment funds in France, London, and Luxembourg, and has considerable regulatory experience. Of counsel Marcela Moraru is also recommended for her work in structuring mid-market and large private equity funds, infrastructure funds, and debt funds.

Practice head(s):

Agnès Rossi

Other key lawyers:

Marcela Moraru


‘A dedicated team, experienced, very responsive, in the market, good advice, also offering appreciated contacts.’

‘Very high availability, responsiveness, customer orientation.’

Key clients




Motion Equity Partner

RGreen Invest

Edmond de Rothschild

Kepler Cheuvreux

InfraVia Capital Partner

TiLT Capital Partner



Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP‘s private equity fund formation practice advises clients on the fundraising and formation of a range of general and sector-based funds, secondary transactions, and regulatory issues. Nathalie Duguay has a wealth of experience in the creation of large global funds, setting up regulated portfolio management companies, and fund reorganisations. Tiana Rambatomanga has a keen focus on infrastructure, renewable energy, and debt funds, and regularly acts for LPs in relation to their investments and secondary transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nathalie Duguay; Tiana Rambatomanga


‘One of the leading teams advising private fund managers in France.’

‘Nathalie Duguay is a leading individual in private funds in France. Tiana Rambatomanga is a great recent addition to the team.’

‘Willkie Farr’s fund structuring team has been advising us on all our funds, whether professional funds or retail funds, for many years. They have always shown great professionalism, a very detailed knowledge of their customers and their needs, great responsiveness and total availability. For us, this team is by far the best on the French market.’

‘We have been very close, for many years, to Partners Nathalie Duguay and Tiana Rambatomanga, who are both highly respected in the Paris marketplace.’

‘Having 25 years of experience in private equity I recognize without question that Willkie Farr is the leading team in France in fund formation. It is the most technical team and has the best mastery of (i) the fundamentals of private equity in all its specialities and (ii) the latest technical innovations knowing that the best international practices are incorporated into the French and Luxembourg standards.’

‘Nathalie Duguay is very clearly the figurehead and the undisputed leader of fund training in France with a perfect mastery of French, Luxembourg, and also US-UK funds. Tiana Rambatomanga is an excellent lawyer, intelligent and efficient.’

Key clients

21 Invest France

Abénex Capital

Access Capital Partners

Adagia Partners


Alpha Private Equity



Apax Partners


Astorg Partners

BlackFin Capital Partners

BNPP Agility Capital

Demeter Partners

EDF Invest

Ekkio Capital

EM 8 Private Equity

Five Arrows Managers

Hivest Capital Partners

Indigo Capital


PAI Partners


Peugeot Invest (FPP)

Power Corporation of Canada

Sagard Private Equity

SouthBridge Investments

UTI International Limited


Work highlights

  • Advised BNP Paribas Principal Investments with respect to their BNP Paribas Agility Capital fund, an innovative structure that allows the team to carry out its unique multi asset investment strategy.
  • Represented Apax Partners on the structuring and fundraising of its 10th vehicle, Apax Midmarket X.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP's funds team advises institutional investors across the French, Luxembourgish, and broader global markets on co-investments, as well as assisting management companies with the fundraising and launch of investment funds. Practice co-head Antoine Sarailler specialises in asset management, with experience advising financial entities on the full spectrum of regulatory issues, and fellow co-head Brice Henry regularly leads on complex regulatory matters. Tax specialists Mathieu Vignon and Guillaume Valois, and counsel Benjamin Lacourt are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Sarailler; Brice Henry

Other key lawyers:

Guillaume Valois; Mathieu Vignon; Benjamin Lacourt


‘Antoine Sarailler and Benjamin Lacourt have been over the years our trusted advisors for our French fund investments. They are extremely thorough, technical and commercial to get the work done efficiently and absolutely always in a pleasant manner. We can only highly recommend them and their team for any and all fund-related work.’

‘Very good team with a good knowledge of the fund market. A&O also offers the ability to benefit from its experts in Europe and in particular in Luxembourg, whether on funds or financing.’

‘A team that fully masters its subject, this expertise allows it to be reactive. Very quickly involved other experts in the firm when necessary (tax team, American team). Innovation in terms of invoicing because it committed to a fixed price and kept it.’

Key clients

Amundi Private Equity Funds / Amundi Asset Management

AXA Investment Managers & AXA REIM

Banque Européenne d’Investissement & Fonds européen d’investissement

Scor Investment Partners

Swen Capital Partners


CIC Private Debt


Nextstage AM

BOLD (L’Oréal Group)

Air Liquide / Aliad Venture Capital (Air Liquide Groupe)




Aqua Asset Management



Equitis Gestion



Flandrin Finance

Work highlights

  • Advised Air Liquide, through its subsidiary The Hydrogen Company, and TotalEnergies, within the framework of the setting-up of a fund dedicated to investments in infrastructure and companies active in the hydrogen sector.
  • Advised a consortium led by Siparex, a leading private equity investment group “Territoires de croissance” and endowed with a pocket of over 200 million euros, this consortium is composed of 8 private equity and private debt players.
  • Advised SWEN Capital Partners on the creation and structuring of “SWEN Impact Fund for Transition 2” (“SWIFT 2”), a successor fund to SWIFT 1.

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP's multifaceted practice is integrated in the firm's tax group and handles a variety of matters from secondary transactions to fund reviews and transactions for management companies. The team is co-led by Sabina Comis, who draws on her considerable tax expertise to advise on the creation and structuring of private investment funds, including joint ventures and evergreen vehicles. Cyril Fiat jointly leads the practice, regularly advising alternative investment fund managers on the creation and fundraising of French and pan-European investment vehicles. Associate Antoine Pian is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Sabina Comis; Cyril Fiat

Other key lawyers:

Antoine Pian


‘Great responsiveness, rigorous analysis, great ability to negotiate while maintaining a constructive climate.’

‘Very efficient team in practice. Extensive knowledge of the issues and the business and driving force in the application of new regulations.’

‘The rationales for choosing Dechert are the following: expertise in PE and fund formation, and the capability to support multiple topics (e.g. corporate, tax, labour, fund structuring) in multiple geographies. We worked with Dechert to focus on the relevant path, optimizing time, effort and cost.’

‘Pragmatic and responsive, Dechert’s team stands out from other firms for its in-depth knowledge of both tax and regulatory aspects applicable to the private equity and asset management sector. Able to model their tax advice on excel and offer effective and innovative solutions, and thus position themselves as an essential partner for our development in France and abroad. Undoubtedly one of the best private equity teams on the market.’

‘Sabina Comis is a great technician, and also has in-depth knowledge of the asset management market in France and abroad. She is thus able to anticipate the problems specific to funds with European and American strategies, and to quickly mobilize the appropriate teams to deal with them. Her knowledge, her experience and her qualities as a negotiator make her a real deal-maker. This is the person you want to have by your side when entering a meeting or negotiation.’

‘Cyril Fiat: great technical qualities, depth of analysis, strength of proposal, solid in-depth knowledge of the market and current standards on the various clauses. Antoine Pian: responsiveness, technical qualities developed with regard to seniority.’

‘At ease with numbers, Sabina Comis is a pragmatic lawyer who provides concrete and easily implementable solutions. Endowed with a great situational intelligence, she knows how to defuse a conflict and refocus the debate.’

‘Cyril Fiat is distinguished by his professionalism, his commercial approach to the issues entrusted to him and above all his availability.’

Key clients

17 Capital

Arev Capital

Artémis – Financière Pinault

Blisce / Alexandre Mars / EPIC Foundation

Bpifrance Investissement

Capital Croissance

Cheyne Capital Management


LVMH Investissements (LVMH Luxury Ventures)

M Capital

Rothschild & Co Asset Management Europe / Rothschild Martin Maurel

Sofinnova Partners


Truffle Capital

Téthys Invest

Work highlights

  • Advised Five T Hydrogen on the Hy24 project, a joint venture between Five T Hydrogen and Ardian which received AMF approval as a portfolio management company to manage a hydrogen-related infrastructure fund.
  • Advised Sofinnova Partners in connection with a long-term strategic and financial partnership in life sciences with Apollo who will take a minority equity interest in Sofinnova and commit up to €1 billion of managed capital to Sofinnova’s existing funds and in future strategies.
  • Advised Blisce on the structuring of its second fund, Blisce Fund II.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. advises on the full spectrum of funds matters, including fund formation, structuring, and investor-side representation. Heading up the ‘excellent‘ team is Stéphane Puel, who specialises in financial services and investment management. Regulatory expert Guillaume Goffin advises clients on a range of alternative investment funds, including real estate and debt funds. Benjamin Delaunay is noted for his assistance to asset management companies, lenders, and French and foreign investors.

Practice head(s):

Stéphane Puel

Other key lawyers:

Guillaume Goffin; Benjamin Delaunay


‘An excellent team that perfectly masters the operational challenges of asset management (particularly real estate) with a very strong ability to cover the regulatory and tax structuring and the underlying funds with consistent high-level services.’

‘Stéphane Puel and his partners Guillaume Goffin and Benjamin Delaunay are key players in fund structuring and without hesitation constitute the most efficient team in the market.’

‘Excellent skills, very good knowledge of the sector.’

‘Extensive knowledge of investment funds and distribution channels, efficiency, quality of service provided, competitive fees.’

‘Leading fund structuring team in Paris, which can cover different asset classes and innovative topics thanks to one of the best regulatory practices in Paris.’

‘Stéphane Puel is the leader of the practice, particularly on private debt matters or innovation matters. Benjamin Delaunay is a rising star in the real estate sector.’

‘The Gide team has knowledge of the asset management industry that spans all ranges of assets (debt, real estate and private equity) with knowledge of trends and market practices that enable it to have relevant insight into private asset funds.’

‘Stéphane Puel has knowledge of the legal, regulatory and tax environment which has very little equivalent among its competitors and which makes him one of the best informed lawyers on the market insofar as the clients that he advises regularly allow him to have a vision of this environment with a practical aspect that makes all the quality of his advice.’

Key clients


Eiffel Investment Group




Tikehau Investment Managers

Primonial REIM

Oddo BHF Asset Management


Omnes Capital

Cathay Capital


Russell Investments

Aglae Management

BNP Paribas Asset Management

Raise Reim



Vivalto Partners


Work highlights

  • Assisted 15 major institutional investors in France in the implementation of a EUR2 million programme named “Obligations Relance”.
  • Assisted Mirova, an affiliate of Natixis dedicated to sustainable investment, in setting up a EUR50 million carbon dedicated investment for Orange, a leading French telecoms operator.
  • Assisted LBPAM in the setting up of LBPAM infrastructure September 2030, an infrastructure investment fund which will focus on projects with a social and environmental impact, renewable energy projects, sustainable transport, social infrastructure (e.g. schools) or digital infrastructure (e.g. fibre optics).

Jones Day

Jones Day‘s comprehensive and multidisciplinary practice spans formation and fundraising across a range of funds including venture, growth, and co-investment funds strategies as well as a range of domestic and foreign regulatory issues. The practice is led by the ‘very competentFlorence Moulin, who has expertise advising institutional investors, pension funds, and family offices on their investments in alternative investment funds. Associate Marine L’Hostis provides additional support. Andras Csonka left the firm in January 2023 for Paul Hastings LLP.

Practice head(s):

Florence Moulin

Other key lawyers:

Marine L’Hostis


‘Very high level of technical and practical knowledge of the sector. Solution and customer service oriented. Reactivity and availability.’

‘Partner Florence Moulin: very competent, listening to the client, solution provider, knowledge of the operating mechanisms of the supervisory authority, etc.’

‘Florence Moulin’s team is essential for the structuring of funds and more specifically for vehicles dedicated to capital ventures thanks to a leading technical expertise combined with an excellent knowledge of market practices.’

Key clients

Amboise Partners/Altaroc


Arkéa Capital

Brownfields Gestion

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Capital Croissance


China International Capital Corporation (Hong Kong) Limited


Edmond de Rothschild (France)


Eurazeo Investment Manager – EIM SA (ex Idinvest Partners)

Eutopia Gestion

Financière Arbevel SAS

Five Arrows Managers

Frst Capital

Ixo Private Equity

LBO France Gestion

Neuflize OBC

Partners Group

Raise Conseil

Renault SAS


Singular Capital Partners

Sigefi Private Equity (Siparex group)


Tikehau Ace Capital

Tikehau Investment Management


Xerys Invest

Work highlights

  • Advising Arkéa Capital in relation to the creation and fundraising of We Positive Invest 2 FPCI, an impact fund focused on the energy and climate change transition, the circular economy, the human capital and health & well-being.
  • Advising Starquest in relation to the creation and fundraising of “Starquest Protect Fund”, an impact fund (classified article 9 under SFDR) which had its first closing at €60 million
  • Advised Tikehau Ace Capital on the formation of Ace Aéro Partenaires, a new investment fund dedicated to supporting and strengthening the aerospace industry.

Chammas & Marcheteau

The practice at Chammas & Marcheteau has considerable expertise in a full range of fund formation and regulatory matters, including index funds, hedge funds, and securitisation vehicles. Joint team lead and the firm's co-founder Lola Chammas advises public and private clients on primary and secondary transactions, as well as corporate/M&A deals. Fellow co-head Christophe Sevennec advises clients on the structuring, establishment, and marketing of UCITS and AIFM licences for investment management companies.

Practice head(s):

Lola Chammas; Christophe Sevennec

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Abulius


‘Have the ability to give tailor-made advice and to offer high availability and responsiveness. Excellent calendar management, including during holidays. Very good anticipation of needs, great knowledge of the industry.’ 

Key clients


CNP Assurances

Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity France


Alter Equity

Isai Gestion

Hôtel Investissement Capital

Tertium Management

Iris Capital Management

Supernova Invest

Amundi Transition Energétique



African Development Bank

Orange Ventures

Vintage IP


Andera Partners (infrastructure)


Aquiti Gestion


Epopee Gestion

Capitem Partenaires


Ginkgo advisor

Advent France Biotechnologies


CMS Francis Lefebvre

The diverse team at CMS Francis Lefebvre draws on numerous areas of expertise to provide clients with a comprehensive fund formation service, advising investment funds, asset management companies, as well as institutional and family investors. Jérôme Sutour leads on matters concerning financial services and asset management, and regularly assists asset managers with the establishment and operation of alternative funds. Practice co-head Thomas Hains works with clients across the hospitality, real estate, leisure, and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Hains; Jérôme Sutour

Other key lawyers:

Laurent Hepp; Jean-Charles Benois

Key clients




Eurazeo Invesment Manager

Stanhope Capital SAS

Delubac AM

Quaero Capital

Technology & Strategy / Ardian

Idia Capital Investment

Joffe & Associés

Joffe & Associés offers a broad fund structuring service covering LBO, debt, and infrastructure funds. Practice head Olivier Dumas draws on considerable tax expertise to advise institutional investors and asset managers on all aspects of financial regulation, M&A operations, and their primary and secondary investments. Dumas is supported by associate Justine Blanc-Deleuze who focuses on asset management and financial regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Dumas

Other key lawyers:

Justine Blanc-Deleuze


‘Overall very satisfied with the quality of service and advice provided, as well as the fluidity and responsiveness in the support. Globally transparent billing.’

‘Olivier Dumas -: very relevant in his advice and his approach. Justine Blanc-Deleuze -: very organized, rigorous and available. Both very solution oriented.’

Key clients













Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP advises French and international asset managers on the structuring, formation, fundraising, and investment of mid-market and large funds across a wide range of asset classes. The team has additional expertise in tax, as well as regulatory issues and the integration of ESG criteria in investment strategies. Practice head Gilles Saint Marc co-leads the firm's Paris alternative investment management team, and is supported by senior associate Tristan Bonneau.

Practice head(s):

Gilles Saint Marc

Other key lawyers:

Tristan Bonneau


‘Extremely in-depth knowledge of structuring and drafting legal prospectuses for funds. Ability to reflect by integrating economic, financial, and regulatory data in addition to legal. Availability and speed of execution. Ability to translate complicated concepts into clear and structured wording. Ability to support on new topics.’ 

‘Gilles Saint Marc is both technical and agile in his legal support, managing to synthesize complex subjects to formulate them with clear and structured language.’ 

Key clients


Tikehau IM

Amundi Asset Management

Eiffel Investment Group

Sienna AM France

Groupama AM

Swen Capital Partners

Fonds de Réserve pour les Retraites (FRR)

Allianz Global Investors

Flexam Invest

MCapital Partners

Smart Lenders


Work highlights

  • Advising Sienna AM France on the tax and legal structuring, formation and fundraising of a private equity and private debt master fund investing in equity interests, debt instruments and secured loans.
  • Advising Eurazeo on the tax and legal structuring and formation of a multimillion-euro master/feeder leasing fund.
  • Advising Groupama AM on the tax and legal structuring, formation and fundraising of a private debt fund with a multimillion-euro hard cap investing in SMEs through bond and other debt instruments or direct lending

Stephenson Harwood

With a particular focus on the firm’s core sectors of healthcare, technology, and transport, the team at Stephenson Harwood advises a range of foreign and domestic clients on equity bridge financing activity, including LBO financing frameworks. The corporate private equity practice was further strengthened by the addition of Julien Vandenbussche from DLA Piper; he has considerable expertise advising on the structuring, creation, documentation, and distribution of open and closed end investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Julien Vandenbussche

Other key lawyers:

Ngowari Adikibi


‘Julien Vandenbussche is an experienced French investment funds lawyer leading the team. Ngowari Adikibi (counsel) is a pleasure to work with and is qualified both in the UK and France.’

‘The availability and competence of the team, particularly Ngowari Adikibi (of counsel) and Julien Vandenbussche (partner)’

Key clients


Bpifrance Investissement

Albarest Partners

Access Capital Partners

Mata capital


Andera Partners

Jeito Capital

Founders Future

African Development Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Albarest Partners in connection with a €110 million first time private equity fund, Albacap 1.
  • Advised Bpifrance Investissement on more than 20 investments in non-French private equity funds.
  • Advised Andera Partners in connection with the establishment of a private equity co-investment funds comprising French and Luxembourg parallel funds.

Chabrerie Baert Associés

Boutique firm Chabrerie Baert Associés advises LPs and GPs, with a focus on the creation of funds concerning extra-financial and social impact strategies based upon equality, environmental, and diversity concerns, as well as crypto assets. Founding partner Christophe Baert heads up the practice with extensive expertise in fund formation, as well as domestic and cross-border private equity M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Christophe Baert


‘Specialised in investment funds structuring, knowing both sides (investors and management companies), Chabrerie Baert’s team has a unique capacity to work very efficiently on standard solutions as well as to propose various or innovative solutions.’

‘Christophe Baert is the partner I worked with. He is available even when very busy, takes time to understand clients’ needs and comes out with sharp and smart solutions. He also has a deep knowledge and practice of the fund structuring market, in particular private equity where he is best in class.’

‘Great responsiveness, rigorous analysis, strength of proposal, great ability to negotiate while maintaining a constructive climate.’

Key clients

Citizen Capital Partenaires


Bpifrance Investissement


The fund formation team at Dentons has significant expertise in the creation, financing, and operation of a broad range of closed-ended funds, as well as the registration of management companies. Olivier Genevois is the key contact following the departure of former practice head Guillaume Panuel who joined McDermott Will & Emery AARPI in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Genevois

Key clients


Crédit Agricole / CA Indosuez



Edmond de Rotschild


Five Arrows Managers

Flexstone Partners

ODDO BHF Private Equity

Omnes Capital

RB Capital

Swen Capital Partners

White Star Capital General Partner Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Vivalto Partners on the structuring and the first closing of its fund Vivalto Capital Investors I, which raised €500 million in commitments.
  • Advising White Star Capital General Partner Limited on French regulatory matters and the constitution of its new funds White Star Capital III Europe S.L.P. and WSC Digital Assets I Europe S.L.P.

Lacourte Raquin Tatar

Lacourte Raquin Tatar's financial services and asset management practice advises clients on the full spectrum of funds matters, as well as regulatory issues such as internal governance and compliance matters. Practice head Damien Luqué regularly advises credit institutions, asset management companies, and institutional investors on the structuring of both alternative and mutual funds, as well as other collective investment schemes.

Practice head(s):

Damien Luqué

Other key lawyers:

Martin Jarrige de la Sizeranne


‘High quality and “operationality” of the deliverables . Team mobilized very quickly, listened to the client.’

‘On our latest work with Damien Luqué and Martin Jarrige: a relationship of trust and quality allowed for an appropriate response.’

‘Excellent team, Damien Luqué benefits from great technical expertise, is very responsive and customer oriented.’

Key clients

Abeille Asset Management (previously Aviva Investors France)

Lucky Oldstone

Turenne Capital Partenaires

Russell Investments

LaSalle Investment Management

Sogelym Dixence

Crédit Mutuel Arkéa – Federal Finance Gestion

Tikehau Investment Management


Sienna Investment Management




Edmond de Rothschild REIM France

Work highlights

  • Advised Covéa and AEW in the setting-up of a French specialised financing body (organisme de financement spécialisé) dedicated to the entities of the Covéa group, the purpose of which is to acquire and grant mortgages to unlisted companies in order to finance the acquisition and restructuring of property assets in France.


Clients turn to Racine's team for a wide range of fund formation mandates, including structuring, fund reviews, secondary transitions, and regulatory issues. Practice head Rima Maitrehenry has considerable expertise advising French and international fund managers on transactions involving the sale or acquisition of fund portfolios or direct investments, as well as hybrid transactions involving both fund formation and secondary transactions.

Practice head(s):

Rima Maitrehenry


‘It is a pleasure to work with Rima Maitrehenry, always attentive, pragmatic, responsive and always provides excellent advice.’

‘Very professional and responsive team.’

‘Rima Maitrehenry: very reactive and proactive in making proposals.’

‘A very competent and efficient team for the creation and monitoring of a fund’

‘Rima is a very high quality lawyer with a very good knowledge of market practices and a practical approach to all issues of structuring and setting up funds.’

‘Have the ability to provide advice on a wide range of areas. From establishing a fund to selling a portfolio of GP assets, the firm was able to meet our transactional needs.’

‘Excellent team led by Rima Maîtrehenry, excellent command of regulatory and commercial issues.’

‘Technical knowledge, availability. Well above other competing firms with which we have been able to work.’

Key clients

Omnes Capital

Korelya Capital

Moneta Asset Management

Future Positive Capital

Revaia Capital Partners

360 Capital Partners


Sigefi Private Equity

Amethis Advisory

Partech Partners

Candriam France

Tilt Capital

Siparex Xange Ventures

ARA Europe

Work highlights

  • Advising 360 Capital, a leading player in European Venture Capital, on the set-up of its new €45M fund to back Pre-seed & Seed ventures.
  • Advising ARA Europe on the structuring of a real estate fund vehicle dedicated to building and operating a logistical platform near Amiens (France).
  • Advising Korelya Capital on the structuring of K-Fund II a private equity fund dedicated to growth investments.