Debevoise has extensive experience in all aspects of fund-level financing transactions for different types of investment funds and their managers.
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Recommended as a leading firm in France and Russia for Capital Markets – Debt & Equity, and in Russia for Banking.
Recommended as a leading firm in the UK for Bank Lending – Sponsor Side.
Very strong market knowledge, deep analysis and good advice.
Recognised as Banking and Finance Team of the Year on the back of creating a groundbreaking ESG-linked fund finance facility for client EQT.
–British Legal Awards, 2020
Ranked as a leading firm for Banking & Finance in the United States and Russia by Chambers Global (2019)
They do an incredible job and they really distinguish themselves. Their negotiating skills are top-notch.
—Chambers USA, 2019
Debevoise provides a very high level of service to its clients. Their expertise in assisting with highly leveraged financings is very strong and has produced good results for us. They are highly responsive and creative in arriving at the best solutions for their clients.
—Chambers USA, 2018
Able to leverage its international footprint, the team regularly works on deals with a cross-border complexion.
Ranked as a leading firm for finance work.
—The Legal 500 UK, 2011-2016
Thomas Smith and Felix Paterson examine the trend towards increasingly large and complex fund-financings in an article for Private Equity International. To view a pdf of this article, click here.
The Debevoise team have done a truly outstanding job in facilitating, negotiating and executing the highly complex refinancing and dividend recapitalisation of our secondary fund. The Debevoise team have consistently demonstrated their perseverance and willingness to work hard, whilst retaining a superior level of commercial judgment when negotiating with a multitude of stakeholders. It has been a real pleasure working with them.
DB Private Equity
Thomas Smith, Pierre Maugϋé and the Debevoise team provided excellent advice on a complex fund-level hybrid facility, proactively working through solutions to difficult fund-level structuring issues. The team takes a very commercial, proactive and hands-on approach and closed an important financing for us, showing material dedication and perseverance.
Park Square Capital
The work of the team was thoughtful, with a quick turnaround time; the team provided insightful advice which reflects the wide experience they have in this market.
Tom Smith and team provided a powerful combination of good market knowledge and strong legal skills and the team’s advice demonstrated throughout both sound commercial judgment and a pragmatic approach to getting the deal done.
We would be delighted to recommend the Debevoise Finance team to our peers. Thomas Smith and the team are technically outstanding with great attention to detail. We were particularly impressed with the level of service and the passion to complete the transaction successfully in a short space of time.
Metric Capital Partners
Tom Smith led a remarkably smooth process in arranging our capital call facility. Responsive, pragmatic and focussed on key commercial areas, he was ably supported by the rest of the Debevoise finance team.