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Dechert LLP is particularly strong in the life sciences, pharmaceutical and technology sectors and guides clients through all the stages of investing, from investment to exit. The team advises investors and French and foreign investment funds, including seed funds, venture funds, growth funds and corporate funds. Anne-Charlotte Rivière and practice head François Hellot, who is active in venture and growth capital instructions, are the key names. Senior associate Xavier Leroux provides key support. The department acted for Ginko Ventures on the €100m Devialet fundraising round and an equity investment in LPWAN player Actility. It also advised Vitruvian partners on the fundraising for Vestiaire Collective and assisted CapDecisif with the sale of GreenPoint to Webhelp. Testament to its expertise in the life sciences sector was its assistance to Alan Healthcare on its seed fundraising and insurance license from the ACPR. Other clients include Accel Partners, Bpifrance Investissement and Eurazeo Croissance. Matthieu Grollemund joined Baker McKenzie.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. handled a large number of venture and growth capital instructions and acts for investors and target companies. The group covers the full range of investment issues, from the drafting and the negotiation of investment agreements to issuing securities and setting up profit-sharing and incentive plans, for executives and shareholders. Private investments in public equity are one of the firm’s key strengths. Pierre Karpik is the key name for venture and growth capital matters and has a core focus on the high-tech sector. Recent highlights include advising the investors on the €100m fundraising for high-tech electronics player Devialet and acting for the investors on the fundraising for Actility, which attracted investors including Bpifrance, KPN Ventures and Inmarsat. Other instructions came from ulule, dataiku and Qapa.

Jones Day has ‘an outstanding knowledge of the industry’ and ‘a great team’. It has a clear focus on the life sciences and technology sectors thanks to the expertise of practice heads Renaud Bonnet, Charles Gavoty and Jean-Gabriel Griboul, who are ‘a pleasure to work with’, ‘very responsive’ and ‘always looking for balanced solutions’. Highlights included advising Devialet on its high-profile €100m financing round and assisting French food-tech start-up Frichti with a €30m financing round. In a cross-border matter involving France and the US, the team advised Ivalua on a $70m minority investment by KKR. Goldman Sachs and BNP Paribas are new clients.

Bird & Bird has particular strength in the life sciences sector. Emmanuelle Porte, who joined from Redlink, jointly heads the team with David Malcoiffe, who is based in the Lyon office. Recent highlights include assisting digital health company Tilak Healthcare with its Series A fundraising with Ibionext Growth Fund and advising Eurolist medtech player Pixium Vision on setting up a venture loan with Kreos. The team also acted for Seb Alliance on its investment in Feeligreen, a company specialising in cosmetic and healthcare innovation. Sodexo, Biophytis and Domain Therapeutics are also clients.

Chammas & Marcheteau advises clients from a diverse range of sectors on the full spectrum of investment-related matters, from non-disclosure agreements to purchase and investment agreements, representation and warranties, financial documentation and the issuing of securities. Lola Chammas, Denis Marcheteau, Camille-Maya Hurel and Nicolas Lecocq jointly head the practice and act for investors and start-ups. The team advised Idinvest, Ecomobility Ventures as investors on the third Boxtal fundraising round, and acted for SNCF Digital Ventures as investor on the first fundraising round for Allocab. Testament to its work for start-ups is its advice to Shapr on its first fundraising round and assisting Babyzen with the addition of a new investor to its capital. Clients are largely drawn from the consumer goods sector, though it also acts for a number of clients from the medtech and technology sectors. Quattrocento, Seventure Partners and Innovation Capital, Inserm Transfert Initiative and Kima Ventures are other clients.

Goodwin, which established a private equity practice in its Paris office in 2016, advises on transactions in areas including software, e-commerce, apparel and consumer goods, fintech, cleantech and medtech. Clients include investors, venture funds, start-ups and more established companies, including Actility, Lead Edge and Antoine & Lili. The team assisted KKR with its $70m Series C preferred stock round into Ivalua, as part of a cross-border matter that also involved the firm’s Boston and San Francisco offices, and advised Unigrains on its purchase of a minority participation stake in the Copagest Group. In another high-profile matter, the group acted for new client Tikehau Capital on acquiring a £80m minority stake in UK-managed hosting group Claranet. Practice head Maxence Bloch, Jérôme Jouhanneaud and Christophe Digoy lead on the majority of matters.

Neptune Avocats primarily handles work from its Paris office, but also has an office in Lyon. David Sitruk, Patrick Douin and Lyon-based Jean-Pierre Chaux handle mostly mid-market operations for start-ups and investors. Recent work includes advising shoe manufacturer Finsbury on a €10m fundraising from Bpifrance and Alliance Entreprendre in exchange for a minority capital share, and assisting Jobteaser with its second fundraising round involving three investors. Other work in the start-up space, includes acting for an investor on the €150m fundraising of Sigfox from a group of 11 investors. Work for investors includes advising Highland Capital Europe Partners on its investment in Content Square, and assisting a group of investors with the Chronocam fundraising process. Evaneos and Archimed are also clients.

The ‘excellent’ and ‘responsiveOrrick Rambaud Martelhas a very strong transatlantic platform’ and ‘a very good knowledge of the industry’. The practice is particularly active in the technology sector, and has recently established a French desk in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, and acts for venture capitalists, angel investors and start-ups. Benjamin Cichostepski, who is ‘extremely good at finding balanced solutions and negotiating in a constructive way’, and Olivier Edwards, who is noted for his ‘watertight global vision’, are the practice heads. Highlights included advising the historical investors and funders of adtech start-up Teads on Teads’ acquisition by Altice and advising Qwant on its high-profile €18.5m fundraising from the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations and publishing house Axel Springer. Other clients include Algolia, Botfuel and Inato. Saam Golshani left the firm.

Villechenon primarily acts for investors, but also assists companies with the fundraising of venture and growth capital. It has a strong focus on the technology sector, in particular biotech, e-commerce and cleantech, but also undertakes work in a range of other sectors. Recent highlights include advising Ekinops on its capital increase with preferential subscription rights in the context of the financing of OneAccess Group; and assisting offshore wind company Ideol on its fourth fundraising round involving three historical investors and one new investor. The team handled French investment fund Isai’s investment in cybersecurity player Advens and assisted Symbio Fcell with a fundraising round that brought in a new investor. Founding partner Francis Pinot de Villechenon, Morgan Hunault-Berret, Erwan Tostivint, Isabelle Burel-Blasoni, Gilles Roux and Tristan Segonds are the key names.

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