Firm Profile > Goodwin > Paris, France

75008 PARIS

Private equity: Fund formation Tier 1

Goodwin combines the capacity to work on large cross-border matters with the ability to advise on the full range of funds. Clients profit from the firm's strong European and US fund formation teams. Private equity, infrastructure, venture capital, tech, real estate, debt and impact funds account for the bulk of the workload, but the group also regularly advises on large secondary transactions. It is best known for its ability to assist with large-cap fundraisings, but is also active across a wide value span with the lowest target values starting around €100m. The team has a particularly deep bench with, practice head Arnaud David and Sarah Michel the key names.

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Strengths: a truly dedicated team, strong technical skills both in the Paris team and in the wider network of the firm to be able to respond to the client’s needs.

Essential quality: high availability that makes clients believe they are unique.

Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 2

Goodwin has seen a notable uptick in work relating to acquisition and equity bridge financing. The firm has a particularly strong domestic practice, but also handles cross-border matters  for lenders, sponsors and borrowers. Its recent work includes innovative financing such as a first loss/second loss structure that was the first of its kind in France. Among its standout clients are BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, Natixis and BlueBay Asset Management. Arnaud Fromion and Frédéric Guilloux handle leveraged acquisition, corporate and telecoms finance and act for banks, debt funds, financial sponsors and corporate borrowers. Counsel Adrien Paturaud is also noted.


The firm is proactive in negotiations, and Arnaud Fromion has an excellent ability to find innovative solutions. Frédéric Guilloux is a good, balanced negotiator.

The team managed by Arnaud Fromion is made up of high-quality specialists. This team is able to demonstrate great responsiveness and inventiveness to manage complex matters. Within this team, it is appropriate to single out Adrien Paturaud, who is an excellent professional.

Arnaud Fromion is a very experienced and creative lawyer. He is a lawyer who can find effective solutions to complex problems. He is perfectly supported by Adrien Paturaud who has many of the same qualities.

The firm has a great, great team – the best in Paris.

Arnaud Fromion and Adrien Paturaud are outstanding.

Key clients


Crédit Agricole CIB

Capzanine / Atalante



NJJ Holding

Partners Group

IK Investment Partners

Les Nouveaux Constructeurs

BlueBay Asset Management

LGT Capital Partners



Equistone Partners Europe


Astorg Partners

Rallye SA

Private equity: LBO Tier 2

Goodwin excels in domestic and cross-border mandates thanks to the strong Paris team and the firm's international network, including particularly strong practices in the UK and the US. Active across all market segments in France, the practice is part of the full-service private equity offering in Paris and counts investors, portfolio companies and management teams among its clients. Key practitioners include practice head Maxence BlochJérôme JouhanneaudThomas MaitrejeanChristophe Digoy and Thomas Dupont-SentillesPierre-Louis Sévegrand joined Chammas & Marcheteau in January 2019.

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The team acts as one squad, shares the same culture and solution-driven mindset.

Christophe Digoy is a wonderful lawyer. Pragmatic, smart, available, bold, focused and efficient.

David Diamant is a clever lawyer. He has an incredible sense of the legal matter. He is well organised and delivers a very good job.

Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 2

Goodwin acts for investors and innovative companies, with a focus on mid-market venture capital and growth equity work. The group has deep knowledge of the technology sector while fielding an overall varied caseload that also includes complex cases from the retail, financial services, manufacturing, aerospace and e-health sector. Maxence Bloch directs the practice. Other key contacts are Jérôme Jouhanneaud and Thomas Dupont-SentillesPierre-Louis Sévegrand joined Chammas & Marcheteau in January 2019.

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Outstanding service level, commitment from the entire team. Very professional.

Goodwin lawyers are experts in fundraising, LBO and other complex deals.

Thomas Dupont-Sentilles is an outstanding professional with remarkable expertise. His wide view and mastery make it very smooth and comfortable to work with.

Jérôme Jouhanneaud is just the best corporate lawyer I know.

Insolvency Tier 4

Goodwin started its practice in 2019 after hiring a four-lawyer team led by the well-regarded Céline Domenget-Morin, formerly of White & Case LLP. The practice advises debtors and creditors. It also deals with related litigation.

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‘The team is dedicated and provides strategic advice.’

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4


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‘Team members are always responsive, professional and extremely relevant.’

‘High level of availability. High level of efficiency. Deep knowledge. All subjects covered.’

‘They have strong capabilities in international mergers and acquisitions, especially in the emerging jurisdictions.’

‘The team is very collegial and homogeneous and offers top-notch services.’

‘Their cohesion is impressive as well as their technical skills and impressive practice.’

‘Maxence Bloch is the senior M&A partner with an outstanding command of law and sense for achieving results.’

Key clients


AMS Industries


Cerba Healthcare

Maisons du Monde

La Martiniquaise- Bardinet


Exclusive Networks


Cisco Systems

Real estate Tier 4


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Key clients

Meininger Hotel Europe


Tax Tier 4

Goodwin’s team has solid expertise in the tax aspects of corporate, finance and property transactions and private equity fund formation, particularly property funds. The team is led by the highly regarded Marie-Laure Bruneele and newly promoted partner Charles-Henri de Gouvion Saint-Cyr.


‘The team is available, discreet, nice, cool-blooded and tenacious’

‘The team demonstrates high-level proficiency and comes forward with practical and qualitative solutions that bring confidence to clients’

‘Charles-Henri de Gouvion Saint-Cyr is always available and very committed, has deep expertise and provides very useful advice’

Key clients

Cerba Healthcare


Parquest Capital


Céréa Partenaires

Baumont Real Estate Capital

LFPI Gestion

Astorg Partners

Equistone Partners Europe

Rallye SA

Firm Overview:
Goodwin’s 1,000 plus lawyers across the United States, Europe, and Asia excel at complex transactions, high-stakes litigation, and world-class advisory services in the financial, life sciences, private equity, real estate, and technology industries. The firm’s unique combination of deep experience serving both the innovators and the investors in a rapidly-changing, technology-driven economy sets Goodwin apart. To learn more, visit and follow Goodwin on Twitter (@goodwinlaw), LinkedIn (@goodwinlaw), Facebook (@join_goodwin), and Instagram (@join_goodwin).

Main Areas of Practice:
Complex transactions, high-stakes litigation and world class advisory services in the financial, private equity, real estate, technology and life sciences industries.

Complex Transactions:
A sophisticated, versatile team of transactional lawyers provides broad market perspective, serves as a business partner on strategic transactions, and advises clients on structuring and developing new and innovative products and services. Areas of expertise include buyouts and acquisitions, capital markets, debt finance, financial restructuring, growth equity, impact and responsible investing, mergers and acquisitions, new company formation, private investment funds, REITs and real estate mergers and acquisitions, search funds, tax, and venture capital.

World-Class Advisory Services:
Experienced regulatory lawyers, including many former high-ranking government officials and regulators, guide clients through the complex conundrum of government regulations with insight and ingenuity – always with an eye toward maximizing business opportunities while minimizing risk. Areas of expertise include antitrust and competition,
banking, environmental, ERISA and executive compensation, FDA, FinTech, global trade, investment management, labor and employment, and privacy and cybersecurity.

High-Stakes Litigation:
Goodwin litigators provide cost-effective, results-oriented representation in high-profile matters across the United States. The firm employs a holistic, cross-disciplinary approach, helping clients settle disputes, mitigate risk, defend their interests, and, in most cases, avoid trial altogether. Areas of expertise include appellate, business and commercial, government investigations and enforcement, environmental, financial industry, intellectual property, labor and employ-ment, privacy and cybersecurity, products liability and mass torts, securities, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, and white collar defense.

Goodwin’s Paris-based lawyers, who have been recognized as one of the leading private equity and mergers and acquisitions teams in France, specialize in leveraged buyouts, private equity and public-to-private transactions for French and foreign private equity funds. Goodwin’s private equity practice is focused primarily in the middle market. The practice’s deep market knowledge and industry relationships help clients secure deals and build equity value across a broad range of sectors, including technology, healthcare, and financial and consumer services.

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Paris Maxence Bloch +33 (0)1 85 65 71 17
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