Carole Degonse focuses her practice on leveraged buyout (LBO) and merger & acquisition (M&A) transactions.

Carole advises management teams in the structuring/restructuring of their management incentives in connection with leveraged management buyout (LMBO) and leveraged management buy-in (LMBI) transactions. She has represented top executives in initial public offerings (IPOs) valued up to €7 billion, as well as private equity funds in numerous acquisitions and build-up transactions. Carole also concentrates on corporate matters and has experience in venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions. She counsels listed and non-listed companies on acquisitions and on the implementation of investment-type incentive schemes comparable to those of a private equity investor.

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  • Served as lead counsel for a management team that acquired a retail group from a leader in accessories in a sponsor-less transaction (carve out and restructuring aspects)
  • Served as lead counsel for the management team of a group focusing on gas industry and civil work in the context of an LBO transaction, the refinancing of the group and a build-up transaction in Europe
  • Served as lead counsel for a private equity fund in the context of the acquisition of Germany-based group focusing on automotive equipment and the sale of one of the portfolio company of said private equity fund

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  • Chambers Europe 2020, Band 2 in Private Equity: Buyouts
  • Chambers Europe 2014 to 2016, Up & Coming in Private Equity (2014 and 2015)
  • The Best Lawyers in France 2021, Private Equity Law and Venture Capital Law


University of Paris XI – Sceaux, PhD, Private Law, 2001
University of Paris XI – Sceaux, LLM, 1996



Carole Degonse

Insights & Events / Media

Option Droit & Affaires/Option Finance (France) / March, 2017

Option Finance Supplement / February 15, 2016