The firm has a long history in advising private equity firms and their investment funds around the world, particularly as they target entry into new markets. It has been one of the most active firms in the market over decades, developing practical experience and a suite of tools unmatched in the market.
In Russia and the CIS, the firm brings the weight of this experience to bear for clients raising the full range of fund types, as well as international clients active in the region. In particular, it has unrivaled knowledge of fund structures typical to the region.
Private equity clients in Russia and the CIS also have access to one of the region’s foremost mergers & acquisitions practices. M&A has been a core practice of the firm’s Moscow office since it was opened. Today, the team leads on the biggest, most innovative and market-shaping M&A work in the region involving private equity sponsors, including private equity portfolio investments and other minority investments characteristic of funds and their portfolio companies.
This combination of on-the-ground knowledge and broad-based experience enables Debevoise to provide one-stop shopping for fund structuring and formation, mergers and acquisitions, buy-side investments, financing, exits (either strategic sale or IPO) and all other investment considerations for private equity clients.
Chambers Europe recognizes the strength of the practice, ranking it among the leading teams in the region, stating that it “advises major international investors and Russian private equity funds on complex inbound and outbound investments. Combines a strong U.S. network and client base with solid local knowledge. Sources highlight the team's impressive skills in fund formation.”