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 law firm in the UK for Investment Funds: Private Equity.

They’re proactive, commercial and creative.

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

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, 2021-2023


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

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, 2022-2023


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

Incredibly responsive and solution oriented … they can explain very complex matters in a simple way.

Lawyers have “a depth of resources, are pragmatic and hands-on, and have good judgement of what is commercially important for the client.”

[A] strong team with extremely capable key figures,” and “very knowledgeable and very good at building trusted relationships.

Chambers Europe, 2019-2022


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 for Investment Funds by The Legal 500 EMEA (2022). Patricia Volhard ranked as a leading individual for Investment Funds.

Ranked as a firm to watch in Luxembourg for Investment Funds.

They offer global solutions from a single source, are creative, solution-oriented and have extensive knowledge of funds and fund investors.

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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