Funds/Investment Management in Europe

In Europe, Debevoise remains a premier private equity firm, with its Funds practice one of the few to have senior English- and U.S.-qualified fund formation practitioners on the ground. Chambers Europe quotes one client as saying the team is “one of the market leaders in what we do,” while Chambers UK lauds the team’s ability to “guide clients through regulatory, tax, investment and fund-raising matters with aplomb.”

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Ranked as a leading firm in Germany for Investment Funds.

The combination of Debevoise's extremely strong practice in Frankfurt and access to a broader network of private equity fund lawyers in London, Hong Kong and New York, makes Debevoise unique. Debevoise is able to deliver commercially oriented advice based on the experience of working for so many other clients.

The Legal 500 Deutschland, 2022


Ranked as a leading law firm in the UK for Private Equity Funds. Also recommended for Investment Funds in Luxembourg.

IFLR1000, 2022


Ranked as a leading law firm in the UK and France for Private Equity.

Excellent work all-around. Skilled, thoughtful, responsive, proactive.

The Debevoise funds team led by Geoff Kittredge was excellent. They are technically very strong and ran the matter efficiently and pro-actively.

IFLR1000, 2020


Ranked as a leading firm in Germany and Luxembourg for Investment Funds by The Legal 500 EMEA (2024). Patricia Volhard ranked in the Hall of Fame for Investment Funds.

The team has always provided excellent service. They are incredibly knowledgeable, give clear and concise advice.

Ranked as a leading law firm in the UK for Investment Funds: Private Equity.

Debevoise & Plimpton offers exceptional quality.

They are a top-quality firm with lawyers who work efficiently and teams that are the right balance of smart and practical.

They’re proactive, commercial and creative.

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

Chambers UK, 2021-2024


Ranked as a leading law firm for Investment Funds: Private Funds in the UK.

The team is commercial, committed, available, responsive and pro-active.

Highly experienced and capable team. Very commercial and astute with their advice.

Exceptionally strong private funds formation team, being able to leverage Debevoise’s New York and Hong Kong teams as well as specialist teams in secondaries, fund finance and regulatory is what sets Debevoise apart from its peers.

The team and practice are leaders in their industry. The team have superior substantive knowledge; are always accessible and responsive; and work efficiently. The quality of the team makes them a pleasure to work with, and their advice is always valuable.

Their wealth of knowledge is crucial in the structuring of funds to reflect the latest trends not only in Europe but also in the US from both the GP and the LP perspective.

Geoffrey Kittredge ranked as a leading individual and included in Hall of Fame. Matthew Dickman and John Rife ranked as Next Generation Partners.

The Legal 500 UK, 2022-2024


Ranked as a leading law firm in the UK and Germany for Investment Funds: Private Equity.

A solid firm in the private funds and secondaries space.

The team … is highly skilled, highly qualified, very smart, and possesses deep experience in funds laws and structuring matters.

The lawyers show very good commercial thinking … they’re top-notch.

Chambers Europe, 2024

Recognised as a leading international law firm for having won 20 PEI Awards across North America, EMEA and Asia (2001-2019).

- Private Equity International Awards – Hall of Fame 2019

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