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Allen & Overy adds key hire to European investment funds practice


Allen & Overy has appointed Antoine Sarailler, transactional funds specialist, as a partner in the firm’s investment funds team in Paris. He will be joining with Benjamin Lacourt, senior associate, and Donia Keriche, associate.

Sarailler is primarily focusing on private equity, infrastructure, loans and real estate fund formation as well as primary and secondary transactions on private funds. He advises French and international financial institutions on the structuring, setting-up and marketing of institutional and retail investment funds, as well as on a wide range of regulatory matters.
His experience also includes advising French and international fund managers, investment firms, credit institutions, insurance companies, and other financial entities on all European and French regulatory matters and in connection with restructuring and equity transactions.
Sarailler regularly represents clients before the regulatory authorities on all questions involving financial regulations as well as for the creation of regulated entities.

His team and expertise will complement the existing regulatory and fund activities and complete the establishment of an integrated platform dedicated to investment funds and Financial Institutions. A&O Paris now has a dozen experts, including two partners, in financial regulation and international investment funds.

Sarailler says: “I was attracted by the ambition of the Allen & Overy team, which constantly aims to provide high value-added legal solutions. I am looking forward to setting up this new integrated team to deliver cross-border and tailor-made solutions that our clients expect.”
Brice Henry, ICM Partner in Paris, adds: “The arrival of Antoine and his team now allows us to have a leading platform dedicated to investment funds and financial institutions in Europe. This is consistent with the demands expressed by our clients at a time when the continental European market, particularly in France, is experiencing a strong development in this area.”

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