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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Banking and finance > Investment funds Tier 4

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's fund practice is in close contact with its colleagues in Luxembourg, Hong Kong, London, New York and Washington DC, resulting in an integrated approach that also mirrors practice head Patricia Volhard's activity: Volhard acts from the firm's London and Luxembourg offices as well as from Frankfurt, where she focuses on German and Luxembourg fund structures as well as on the whole array of regulatory and ESG issues. With a focus on the private equity, private debt and infrastructure spheres, the group primarily advises fund managers, but also investors.

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‘The combination of Debevoise’s extremely strong practice in Frankfurt and access to a broader network of private equity fund lawyers in London, Hong Kong and New York makes Debevoise unique. Debevoise is able to deliver commercially oriented advice based on the experience of working for so many other clients.

‘Patricia Volhard is one of the pre-eminent private investment fund lawyers in Germany (if not Europe). Patricia knows how to apply the law, contemplate tricky situations and offers commercial, pragmatic advice.’

‘Jin-Hyuk Jang is very user-friendly and always available.

‘Patricia’s practice is one of the few in the private equity market that can address global regulatory issues with a partner-led, solution-oriented approach .’

‘Patricia Volhard and Jin Hyuk-Jang are the key contacts for regulatory advice for private investment funds. They are pragmatic and smart and serve on all industry bodies, keeping them up to date in the private equity sector.

‘As a large international law firm, Debevoise naturally has a great network, but the relationship with the local contact person always feels personal and like in a boutique. That’s very pleasant and not always the case with large law firms.’

‘Patricia Volhard and her team have been among the top teams in financial regulatory issues in Germany and Europe for many years. In my opinion, the combination of technical expertise, the relationships and the sovereign handling of stakeholders (supervision, etc.) and the extremely pleasant, unpretentious human contact are unique.’

Key clients

Adams Street Partners

Apera Capital

The Carlyle Group

Coller Capital

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

Finance in Motion

Hannover Finanz

Morgan Stanley

Novum Capital

Neuberger Berman

SVB Capital

SwanCap Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising Novum Capital Partners on the launch of Novum Fund II, a €150m German private equity fund.
  • Advising Navis Capital Partners on the launch of a Luxembourg PE fund.

Compliance > Internal investigations Tier 5

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP ‘s client portfolio predominantely includes industrial and commercial companies, technology companies and investors as well as private equity funds. The firm’s US offices are frequently involved in collaborations on corruption, compliance violations, data protection and cyber security. International counsel Friedrich Popp heads the group and is active in litigation matters.

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Debevoise’s Frankfurt office has built an enviable reputation in handling high-end domestic and international matters.

Since opening in 2001, the Frankfurt office has developed deep experience in some of Debevoise’s core practice areas, including M&A, private equity, finance, antitrust, corporate governance, investigations and international disputes. Market wise and skilled in German and European law, the Frankfurt office is an integral part of a closely coordinated global practice that includes colleagues in London, Paris, Moscow, the U.S. and Asia.

The Frankfurt team advises leading German and international industrial and commercial companies, private equity funds and portfolio companies, banks and insurance companies. It is led by senior lawyers with long-standing experience in the market and across jurisdictions, including Germany, Austria and other European countries as well as the U.S. Many of Debevoise’s Frankfurt lawyers are also qualified to practice in the U.S.

Debevoise’s Frankfurt office also has a proven track record in handling large, market-shaping matters in litigation. For example, the office was at the forefront of groundbreaking, large internal investigations for Siemens, Ferrostaal and other DAX 30 companies. The Frankfurt corporate defense team established much of the current best practice around simultaneous investigations conducted by different regulatory agencies.

Debevoise’s Frankfurt office is characterized by a team of lawyers passionate about the law and client service. Reflecting the firm’s wider commitment to create the most effective client solutions possible, the Frankfurt office places a premium on hiring and developing lawyers who approach client work with an emphasis on quality.

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