Willkie adds fund formation partner in Paris

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher has appointed Tiana Rambatomanga as a partner in the firm's Asset Management group. She will be based in the Paris office.

Rambatomanga's practice covers all segments of private equity, with a particular focus on infrastructure, debt and real estate. Representative clients include Mirova, Indigo, European Investment Bank, Eurazeo and Peugeot Invest.

She will work alongside Nathalie Duguay, a recognised market leader who is known for her long-standing work with clients such as 21 Central Partners, Abenex, Apax Partners, BlackFin Capital Partners, PAI Partners, Sagard, and Wendel, among others.  Tiana and Nathalie have known each other for nearly two decades, having initially worked together in 2004.

Together, they intend to continue the development of Willkie's asset management platform in Paris.

Rambatomanga holds a postgraduate degree in business law and economics from the University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne and an LLM in international and comparative business law from London Metropolitan University.

She practiced at SJ Berwin/KWM, Ashurst and Clifford Chance before joining Stephenson Harwood in September 2017 to launch its Paris fund formation practice.

Rambatomanga is a member of Level 20, a European association that promotes the presence of women in the private equity industry, and is a member of the legal committee of France Invest.

She regularly lectures on investment funds and GP/LP relationships in France and the UK (Master ESCP Paris, MBA Oxford University) and has been involved in student mentoring programs to promote equal opportunities for many years.

Rambatomanga is recognised as one of the “next generation partners” in the Legal 500 EMEA 2021 Private Equity: Fund Formation ranking, a listing of the “great fund formation lawyers of tomorrow”.

Duguay says: “The term seamless collaboration takes on its full meaning with Tiana. Her arrival will bolster our practice, offering GPs an even higher level of service to help them raise their investment funds from recognised institutional investors”.

Rambatomanga adds: “Nathalie and I have always maintained a common thread. The idea of working together again is not new and I look forward to combining our talents to strengthen and expand Willkie's offering.”

Eduardo Fernandez and Christophe Garaud, co-managing partners of the Paris office, say: “We are delighted to welcome Tiana. Her arrival is the culmination of our ambition to provide our clients in Paris and abroad with one of the best fund structuring platforms in Europe, echoing our US platform, and demonstrates our continued commitment to providing excellent service to our private equity clients. We are one of the very few firms that can serve all types of participants in the private equity industry in any type of transaction.”

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