Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Private Equity Department

France
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What the team is known for Leading private equity team advising on a wide range of high-end matters. Experienced in representing sponsors and corporates in both domestic and cross-border acquisitions and disposals. Acts for clients on LBOs in a broad range of sectors, such as healthcare, pharmaceutical and IT. Boasts further expertise in the infrastructure sector.

Strengths Interviewees note the team for its "great client relationship, great output and commitment to the case," and add: "It is a very agile firm, very client-driven, it is always a pleasure working with the lawyers."

One client says that this is a "very high-quality team" that is "very renowned in the market."

Work highlights Acted for CVC on its EUR2.2 billion sale of Parex to Sika.

Notable practitioners


Alexandre Duguay
assists with a range of private equity deals. He mostly represents private equity firms as well as corporate clients active in the aerospace, TMT and manufacturing sectors.


David Aknin
remains a standout practitioner for private equity transactions. He is highlighted for his long-standing experience handling LBOs. Aknin represents leading French and international private equity houses.


Emmanuelle Henry
mostly assists sponsors with domestic and cross-border LBO transactions. She represents clients active in the technology sector.


Frédéric Cazals
assists private equity firms and corporates with sales and acquisitions. He is active in the infrastructure and healthcare sectors.


Jean Beauchataud
regularly acts on high-profile LBO transactions for sponsors. Clients enthuse: "He is very good, very available, creative and good in negotiations."