France: Private Funds 2019

Here we highlight 13 lawyers who stand out for their excellent work handling sophisticated fund formation, regulation and management.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Nathalie Duguay Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Paris
2. Xavier Comaills Clifford Chance Europe LLP, Paris

Gide Loyrette Nouel sees three practitioners listed in this chapter.
Ann Baker is recognised for her top-tier practice that spans a range of matters private equity investment and private funds.  
Stéphane Puel leads the firm’s investment fund team. He stands out for his vast knowledge in asset management and all stages of a fund’s life cycle and is also highlighted for his expertise in regulatory issues. 
Nadège Nguyen is a skilled corporate lawyer who leverages her knowledge of investment funds matters in high-value international transactions.

Nathalie Duguay at Willkie Farr & Gallagher is an experienced practitioner who excels across the private funds space and enjoys a strong reputation when it comes to private equity investments.

At Clifford Chance, Xavier Comaills is recognised by sources as “an active practitioner who is often seen in private funds transactions and operations”.  

Arnaud David from Goodwin is “a highly regarded lawyer” who is considered an expert in investment fund management, acting for clients on a wide array of matters including buyout, mezzanine and special focus funds.

Olivier Dumas of Joffe & Associés has a far-ranging skill set and frequently advises clients on the gamut of funds matters from creation to closure on a domestic and international level. 

Édouard Chapellier at Linklaters specialises in the intersection of tax and private funds matters. He is a go-to practitioner in international taxation pertaining to private equity and cross-border investment.

Benjamin Aller from DLA Piper has extensive experience advising clients across the EMEA region on high-value fund formations and cross-border investments.

Jean-Baptiste Poulle at Spitz & Poulle is a regulatory expert who provides asset managers and private funds in-depth regulatory and enforcement advice. 

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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