Private Equity in Europe

Debevoise’s global strength in private equity is reflected in its European team, which works on some of the continent’s most complex deals and fundraisings, and leads on emerging markets work.

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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

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

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

“Incredibly knowledgeable and they operate both in Europe and the US, which is a great advantage.”

“Client-focused and very responsive.”

“They are one of the leaders in the secondary PE space; they have seen all types of transactions and have an ability to think through all the angles and leverage international capabilities.”

Chambers UK, 2020-2021

The team is very strong in terms of commerciality and practical insight.

They try to understand what we are trying to achieve, and obtain the desired outcome.

Chambers Europe

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

IFLR1000, 2021/22


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 the UK for Private Funds and Private Equity Transactions.

“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.”

“Very competent: knowledgeable, provide good advice and are tough negotiators, as well as being nice people to work with.”

“Very strong secondary private equity capabilities, able to give best-in-class advice on structuring all type of complex secondary deals.”

“Debevoise is one of the most experienced firms for debt funds. 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. In addition, their corporate and tax advice is exceptional, which allows them to provide a holistic approach when structuring funds.”

“The investment management group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP … ‘provides a boutique-like experience wrapped up in a US powerhouse offering.’”

Geoffrey Kittredge is ranked as a leading individual and included in the Hall of Fame.

The Legal 500 UK, 2021

Ranked as a leading firm in Germany for Investment Funds.

Patricia Volhard ranked as a leading individual for Investment Funds.

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

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

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