Clifford Chance LLP

Private Equity Department

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What the team is known for Sizeable and multidisciplinary team offering a full service to clients. Noted for its strength in high-end private equity transactions and for its leading fund formation team, focusing on fund-raising and the creation of French and pan-European funds. Experienced in representing financial investors in different industry sectors, which includes healthcare, infrastructure and energy. Capable of handling cross-border matters, with particular expertise in jurisdictions such as the USA, the UK and Germany. Routinely collaborates with the firm's highly reputed tax, real estate and finance teams.

Strengths Clients say: "What is remarkable is the lawyers' availability and the way they work together," adding that "their internal co-ordination is outstanding."

One interviewee says that the lawyers are "strong technically and they offer all the expertise," before adding: "They can leverage their global platform; they can bring in experts, not only French ones but also international ones."

Work highlights Acted for Keensight Capital on the structuring of its EUR1 billion fifth generation fund.

Notable practitioners

Gilles Lebreton
represents private equity funds, pension funds and asset managers in acquisitions. He handles both domestic and cross-border transactions.

Xavier Comaills
is widely respected by market sources for his wealth of expertise advising on complex fund formation mandates. He is active across the healthcare, IT and infrastructure sectors.