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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Investment Funds

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What the team is known for

Strong private equity fund practice, regularly called upon for large pan-European formations by managers, large secondary transactions for buyers or sellers, and complex alternative capital raises. Additional experience in acting for investors in private funds. Funds targeting assets in emerging markets continue to be a core focus and area of expertise. London is fully integrated with the firm's New York office, and the firm offers sponsors full compliance and tax advice for both the US and EU regulatory landscapes.

Strengths

Clients note: "Debevoise has tremendous experience in the private funds space, they've seen pretty much every issue we encounter and know how to solve it."

Another notes: "They are very responsive and know the market well."

Sources say: "They have a solid reputation and good smart people in all areas of the firm."

Work highlights

Advised LCM Capital on the formation and fund-raising of COPS 4 SLP, its flagship fund.

Notable practitioners

US-qualified Geoffrey Kittredge is able to advise clients on US regulatory and compliance issues, as well as European regulatory matters. He advises sponsors on the formation of international private equity and credit funds.
"He has tremendous experience, he is innovative when needed and he is a savvy negotiator." "He is excellent: practical, accessible and experienced in the field." "He is plugged in to the European network of private equity institutional investors."

John Rife is highlighted for his experience in forming European and emerging market buyout and credit funds. He can also assist on secondary transactions.
"He is pragmatic, thoughtful and always motivated to get the deal done." "He has great technical knowledge and a real commercial mindset."

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Overview

Debevoise's European Funds/Investment Management practice is one of the most active in the market. It is part of an integrated global practice that has advised sponsors of, or investors in, over 2,100 private equity funds worldwide, with committed capital of over $2.6 trillion. This experience means Debevoise’s European lawyers have deep insight into funds pursuing every major investment strategy, including buyouts, venture capital, mezzanine, workouts and distressed debt, secondaries, real estate, infrastructure, media and telecommunications, healthcare, energy and other sector and regional funds, as well as funds of funds.

Such breadth of experience also means Debevoise’s European funds lawyers build solutions based on detailed business and legal data included in its proprietary database covering more than 2,800 private equity funds, as well as an extensive library of flexible model forms, memoranda and precedents.

At a time of increasing regulatory complexity, the practice draws on its significant experience, as well as heavy involvement with the main European and emerging markets private equity trade associations, to ensure clients are well equipped to navigate the latest regulatory developments. For the benefit of clients, the practice has also developed a global survey of the securities and investment management laws relevant to the offer and sale of fund interests in more than 70 jurisdictions.

Members

Gibson, Sally

Kittredge, Geoffrey

Rife, John

Volhard, Patricia

Witney, Simon

Investment Funds

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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65 Gresham Street

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Greater London

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EC2V 7NQ

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Investment Funds: Private Equity


Geoffrey Kittredge
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