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Goodwin

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France

Mergers and acquisitions
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 2

Goodwin

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Goodwin

Goodwin hired Marie-Laure Bruneel at the beginning of 2017 from De Pardieu Brocas Maffei. The firm is a leading powerhouse in the French private equity and LBO market and the three-lawyer tax team is a key element within the successful practice. The tax department assists private equity funds as well as some managers and is further developing its involvement in the fund formation and real estate tax areas. The practice recently assisted PAI Partners and the management of Cerba with the sale of Cerba HealthCare, as well as IK investment Partners with the acquisition of a majority stake in Colisée. LFPI, Equistone and Naxicap are other notable clients.

Next generation lawyers

Marie-Laure Bruneel - Goodwin (corporate tax)

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France: Banking and finance

Transactional work
Banking and finance: Transactional work - ranked: tier 3

Goodwin

Goodwin provides ‘great service’ and is noted for the ‘depth of the team’ and its ‘always available partners’. ‘Knowledgeable’ practice head Arnaud Fromion is ‘a great negotiator’. The ‘alert’ and ‘proactive’ Frédéric Guilloux and counsel Adrien Paturaud are other names to note. Core strengths include handling domestic and cross-border acquisition and corporate finance. The team assisted Averys Group with the refinancing of its LBO debt, and advised the pool of senior lenders led by Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and Natixis on a €130m term and revolving credit facility agreement with Axens intended to finance Axen’s takeover bid of Heurtey Petrochem. BNP Paribas, Capzanine and Alcentra are clients.

Leading individuals

Arnaud Fromion - Goodwin

Next generation lawyers

Adrien Paturaud - Goodwin

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France: Private equity

Fund formation
Private equity: fund formation - ranked: tier 2

Goodwin

Goodwin provides ‘top-notch service’, has ‘great industry knowledge’ and fields ‘a very smart, efficient and hard-working’ team and also stands out for its ‘large experience – which is of particular importance for pan-European funds – and its availability’. The group excels in advising on fund formation matters, with experience including infrastructure and mezzanine funds, LBO funds and funds of funds as well as debt funds, but also has strength in secondary transactions and fund restructuring. Since Arnaud David and his team’s arrival from the now closed Paris office of King & Wood Mallesons, the firm has handled an impressive number of domestic and cross-border, mainly UK and US, matters. In addition to assisting Antin Infrastructure Partners with the high-profile fundraising of Antin Infrastructure Partners III, the company’s third fund, with a total raised value of €3.6bn to facilitate investing in infrastructure businesses in Europe, the team also acted for Chequers Capital on the fundraising of Chequers Capital XVII with a total raised value of €1.1.bn. The practice also advised leading investment player Eurazeo on the fundraising of its new co-investment fund Eurazeo Capital II, with a total commitment of €500m. Other clients include Sagard, L Catterton Europe and FrenchFood Capital. Senior associate Sarah Michel provides key support.

Leading individuals

Arnaud David - Goodwin

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Michel - Goodwin

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LBO
Private equity: LBO - ranked: tier 2

Goodwin

Goodwin advises clients from a range of sectors and has expertise across the full life-cycle of private equity investments, acting on the buy and sell sides. Mid- to upper mid-market transactions are core focus areas, though the team also has experience in advising on large-cap deals. Practice head Maxence Bloch and Thomas Maitrejean are key names in a team that also includes Christophe Digoy and Pierre-Louis Sévegrand. Recent examples of its ability to handle high-profile work include advising PAI Partners and the management of Cerba on the sale of Cerba HealthCare to a consortium led by Partners Group and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board. Other highlights include assisting IK Investment Partners with an exclusive agreement with the management team to acquire a majority stake in Pinard Emballages Group and an exclusive agreement with Eurazeo PME and the management team regarding the purchase of a majority stake in elderly care provider Colisée. The group also handled Azulis Capital’s acquisition of Grain d’Or Gel. Equistone Partners Europe, Astorg Partners and Ardian are other clients.

Leading individuals

Maxence Bloch - Goodwin

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Venture and growth capital
Private equity: venture and growth capital - ranked: tier 2

Goodwin

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.

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