Firm Profile > Goodwin > Paris, France

75008 PARIS

Private equity: Fund formation Tier 1

Goodwin bolstered its presence in Europe in autumn 2019 with the opening of its Luxembourg office as its third key hub in Europe, alongside the strong Paris and London teams. The team of Paris practice-head Arnaud David thus became even better equipped to assist with its cross-border caseload, with an increase in mid-market and large-cap alternative investment funds, real estate, infrastructure and debt funds (both regulated and unregulated), to be expected. The practice consistently attracts the biggest matters in the market, not least because of its proven expertise in a wide range of funds, with private equity funds (including those dedicated to the venture and growth capital sector), along with mezzanine, infrastructure, debt and impact funds, all areas of activity. Secondary transactions and fund restructurings also account for a considerable volume of instructions. With the offices complementary tax, regulatory and finance teams, and -in addition to the European offices- the firm's fund practices in the US and Asia, the practice remains at the very top of the market. With Sarah Michel as the second key practitioner, the team is also one of the rare two-partner departments in Paris.

Practice head(s):

Arnaud David

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Michel


‘Arnaud David is a seasoned, experienced, commercially driven lawyer. He knows the market perfectly, the market conditions and peers, and is of great value when we want to think outside of the box.’

‘Very complete team with specialists in all aspects of fund formation.’

‘Arnaud David knows the market very well, is super smart and precise.’

‘Oana Oprean is extremely hardworking and intelligent.’

‘Goodwin combines reactivity, creativity and high professionalism.’

‘Arnaud David: highly experienced, always aware about recent market practice changes; smart assistance for negotiation.’

‘Sarah Michel: creativity to adapt bylaws to accomodate our constraints and requirements; extrem reactivity highly appreciated by our investors.’

Very high professionalism. Very good knowledge of the sector. They can also rely on a quality international network. Their return was always on time.’

‘The team distinguishes itself from their colleagues by their great availability which makes us believe that we are a unique client, their seriousness, and their efficiency during negotiations with their competitors.’

‘One of the top 2 or 3 names for infrastructure fundraising.’

‘As one of the French market‘s most experimented lawyers in terms of fundraising, Arnaud David is very well known and appreciated by partners. His involvement is immediately seen as a quality certification.’

‘The team is very knowledgable and supportive, not only at the level of the partner in charge, but extending to all members of the team allocated to us. Response time has always been very good and in line with expectations / requirements. Very often in other firms the partner who ‘sells’ the project is strong, but the rest of the team that manages the day-to-day activities and support is not at the same level.’

‘We worked mainly with three individuals during our most recent fundraising and we were fully satisfied with their knowledge, problem solving capability and effective response time.’

‘For me, Sarah Michel is clearly best-in-category. She is extremely efficient and dedicated. I also appreciate the quality of her advice. She is really outstanding and I will keep her as our main advisor for my future fundraising.’

‘In-depth knowledge of the structuring of private equity investment vehicles.’

‘Very available, very constructive, lots of good ideas that allow new structures – very efficient and reactive.’

Key clients

Andera Partners

Antin Infrastructure Partners


EMZ Partners

Jeito Capital

Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 2

Goodwin is a popular choice for financial institutions, banks, and private debt funds. On the borrower side, the practice is retained by private equity firms and their portfolio companies, leading public and private companies and several start-ups. Working closely with the firm's restructuring group, the department is able to offer wider services on transactions, exemplified by its work on Equistone Partners Europe's acquisition of the Sateco group, where, as well as the financing, the practice also advised on the refinancing of the target group's existing indebtedness. Arnaud Fromion is a name to note for leveraged acquisition, corporate and telecoms finance work and Frédéric Guilloux is another key name. Newly promoted partner Adrien Paturaud is highly regarded in the leveraged acquisition space.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Adrien Paturaud; Frédéric Guilloux


The team at Goodwin is made up of experienced lawyers, excellent technicians who demonstrate great creativeness.

‘Arnaud Fromion, Adrien Paruraud and the rest of the team are always heavily involved, being both excellent technical lawyers who always come up with innovative solutions.

High-quality advice, efficiency, pragmatism and track record.

Reactivity, speed of execution, deal-driven and solution-driven.

Key clients


Ares Management


BNP Paribas


Crédit Agricole CIB

Equistone Partners Europe

Five Arrows Management


Monaco Télécom International

NJJ Telecom Europe


Télécom Réunion Mayotte

Private equity: LBO Tier 2

Goodwin stands out as one of the most stable teams in the French market. As a core practice in the firm's global private equity offering, the caseload consists predominantly of mid-cap transactions, often involving cross-border elements for which the Paris-based practitioners can join forces with their international colleagues - notably the firm's US teams. The practice assists with the gamut of private equity matters, from fundraisings to buy-outs, making the group a notable port-of-call for clients seeking a full-service offering. With a track record of advising buyers as well as sellers, managers and investors, flexibility is one of the team's hallmarks, and the firm's finance, tax, real estate and restructuring practices are available to add their expertise as-and-when required. Maxence Bloch directs the practice.

Practice head(s):

Maxence Bloch

Other key lawyers:

Christophe Digoy; Thomas Maitrejean; Jérôme Jouhanneaud; Thomas Dupont-Sentilles


‘Christophe Digoy is a deal maker, great technician and at the same time able to find a solution that suits all parties. Very appreciated by all, in several deals that we have made with him. Really advises and guides his clients.’

‘A very strong involvement on the part of the partner, exceptional technical skills and ability to resolve complicated situations. We always enjoy working with Christophe Digoy and David Diamant. In addition, an ability to deliver on time and very good availability.’

‘Team of great seniority, seasoned both on technical aspects and in more commercial negotiations. Given the long history of relationships, we have strong work habits in place, which makes them very successful.’

‘Thomas Maitrejean is really excellent at problem-solving/finding solutions and who is pragmatic. He became a real partner on my operations and I have complete confidence in him.  He is able to take the right initiatives at the right time (without going beyond his prerogatives).’

Key clients

Alpha Private Equity

Ares Management Europe

B & Capital

BIP Capital Partners

Equistone Partners Europe

Initiative & Finance

IK Investment Partners

Keensight Capital

LFPI Group

Lion Capital

NiXEN Partners

Parquest Capital

Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 2

Goodwin stands out for its particular strength in transactions involving the US and French jurisdictions, along with its experience in assisting investors and target companies. The credentials of Maxence Bloch and his team include advising institutional investors and venture capital funds, as well as experience in fundraising and governance matters. The life sciences and technology constitute the group's key sectors, with fundraisings in both areas -namely, those involving biotech and medtech companies- accounting for a significant number of instructions. Thomas Dupont-Sentilles is also a key contact.  

Practice head(s):

Maxence Bloch

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Dupont-Sentilles; William Robert; Jérôme Jouhanneaud; Benjamin Garçon; Félicien Beardsley


‘Excellent practice of venture capital operations, particularly in medtech and technology companies’.

‘A rising team in this field, the experts at Goodwin are excellent technicians and know this field perfectly.’

‘William Robert and Thomas Dupont-Sentilles are excellent, pragmatic and very good negotiators. It is a real asset to have them on your side.’

‘Law practice specialised in VC/PE with an American mindset in France, characterised by pragmatism, good communication in English, strong project management, pro-activity, thinking in solutions (not problems), delivering on promises, available after business hours.’

‘Thomas Dupont-Sentilles: we choose Goodwin over another firm because of Thomas. In addition to having experience and a track record in the healthcare VC/PE sector in France, he has a number of personal capabilities that we value. Pragmatic, a good communicator in English, a good project manager, proactive, thinking in solutions, very balanced legal advise, delivering on what is agreed within timelines, available after business hours, going the extra mile.’

Felicien Bardsley: Felicien was very efficient in turning around documents, keeping us up to date on progress, answering questions by email. High quality work, right first time. This gave us as an investor a lot of comfort.

Key clients

Biologique Recherche

Bpifrance Participations-Large Venture

DST Global

Experienced Capital Partners

FrenchFood Capital

Gilde Healthcare Partners

Lemon Way


Mirabaud Patrimoine Vivant

Morningside Venture Investments

Perceptive Advisors


Sofinnova Partners



Insolvency Tier 3

At GoodwinCéline Domenget-Morin's team has been instructed in a series of new major restructuring mandates since launching the practice in the summer of 2019, notably in relation to the aviation, automobile and retail industries. The practice, which regularly acts alongside the firm’s corporate and funds teams, is able to assist all types of stakeholders: bondholders, shareholders, banks and also debtors. Recently, the team also assisted clients with the negotiation of Covid-19 related state guaranteed loans (PGE).

Practice head(s):

Céline Domenget-Morin

Key clients

Ace Management


Schelcher Prince Gestion


Mr Bricolage


Groupe Rabot Dutilleul


Tax Tier 3

Goodwin is home to one of France’s most sought after practices for private equity deals and fund structuring work. The team advises leading funds on major mid-market LBO and growth capital investment deals led by the firm, including the structuring and fundraising of large to jumbo-size equity and debt funds, benefiting from the firm’s strong international network. Following new partner hires made by the firm in the property and insolvency and debt restructuring fields, the tax practice recently extended its field of intervention to those new areas. The highly regarded Marie-Laure Bruneel leads the practice. Charles-Henri de Gouvion Saint-Cyr is the other key member.

Practice head(s):

Marie-Laure Bruneel

Other key lawyers:

Charles-Henri de Gouvion Saint-Cyr


‘Marie-Laure Bruneel has solid expertise and was able to deal with all the very specific questions asked.’

‘Marie-Laure Bruneel is very professional and knows our business very well. She also knows how to be available to help us whenever we need her services.’

‘An ability to transform the complex matters into simple things without making dangerous shortcuts. A good didactic approach and the validation of each statement by documentary research is very reassuring.’

‘Responsive team; very good technical level; available.’

‘Marie-Laure Bruneel is very responsive and takes a stand on questions submitted. She is also open to sharing her knowledge.’

Key clients

Ace Management


Ares Management Corporation

Andera Partners


Committed Advisors

EMZ Partners

Equistone Partners Europe


Hayfin Capital Management


Jeito Capital

Keensight Capital

LFPI Gestion

Lion Capital

NiXEN Partners

Parquest Capital

Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4

Practice head(s):


High-level multidisciplinary team, very available and responsive. Significant analytical skills, optimal efficiency, sense of the objective to be achieved and respect for the requested schedule.

In addition to the individual skills necessary for the success of the mission, the search for close collaboration with the internal teams, in a constructive and friendly spirit, constitutes an undeniable advantage.

A very structured team that is close to its customers, with a person in charge of coordinating all the stakeholders – which has made it possible to establish a real climate of trust at all levels of our organization and to streamline complex operations.

Maxence Bloch showed great availability, strong creativity, and determination in order to achieve success.

Key clients


Allegro DVT2

Cisco System


Groupe Go Sport


Junzheng Group






Real estate Tier 4

Practice head(s):

Sarah Fleury


‘High availability and responsiveness.’

‘The partners understand clients’ business issues, are proactive and provide swift answers.’

‘Dynamic and committed.’

Key clients

Caisse des Dépots et des Consignations

Clarion Gramercy (UK) Limited


GreenOak Europe

Groupe Amaury


Meininger Hotel Europe


Oaktree Capital Management

Parquest Capital


RoundShield Partners

Tokoro Capital

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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