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France: Private Funds 2017

This chapter identifies 13 outstanding practitioners who lead the way in the market. From the structuring and investment of private funds in alternative asset classes, to compliance and strategic regulatory issues, these lawyers are well equipped to assist clients in their endeavours.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Stéphane Puel Gide Loyrette Nouel, Paris
2. Ann Baker Gide Loyrette Nouel, Paris
3. Olivier Dumas Dechert, Paris

GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL leads the way in our research this year with an impressive three listings. The firm is known for its strong expertise in this area, advising clients on fund formation and structure, regulatory frameworks and fund acquisitions.  
Head of the investment fund and asset management group Stéphane Puel draws high praise from international sources for his exceptional work in the area. He regularly advises clients on the whole gamut of private fund matters from structuring and setting up, to documentation and fund distribution.
Ann Baker is widely recognised among peers and clients alike for her top-tier practice which focuses on the structuring and formation of complex private equity investment fund.
Nadège Nguyen enjoys a great reputation for her work in the field, and is particularly noted for her excellent work handling complex fund formations.

DECHERT’s Olivier Dumas is one of the leading private funds lawyers in the French market. He is particularly known for his expertise in the regulatory and tax aspects of investment fund formation.

At CLIFFORD CHANCE the “excellent” Xavier Comaills is internationally recognised for his vast knowledge and experience of complex fund formation and management.

Pierre-Yves Denez at ORRICK HERRINGTON & SUTCLIFFE is recognised for his first-rate practice that encompasses funds, financial regulations and investments. 

GOODWIN’s Arnaud David is highlighted for his fantastic work representing and handling the formation of investment funds, including mezzanine, venture, real estate and corporate funds.

Nathalie Duguay at WILLKIE FARR & GALLAGHER wins praise from sources for her tremendous understanding of alternative investment fund formation. 

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