Bird & Bird appoints venture capital and private equity expert Félicien Bardsley as partner in Paris

International law firm Bird & Bird boosts its Corporate practice with the appointment of venture capital and private equity expert Félicien Bardsley as a partner in its Paris office.

Félicien has over 12 years of experience advising on private equity (buy-out, venture capital, growth capital transactions) and M&A. He regularly advises emerging growth companies, as well as the private equity and industrial investors that finance them, mainly in the technology and life sciences sectors, on all stages of development, from inception to successive financing rounds until their sale or IPO. Félicien also advises European and US clients on a broad range of corporate law matters, including domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity deals, and management incentive schemes. 

Félicien’s appointment is a key part of Bird & Bird’s strategy to continue to grow its Corporate practice in France through the development of a leading venture capital and private equity team, focusing on technology, life sciences and healthcare industries. 

Alberto Salvadè and Matt Bonass, co-heads of Bird & Bird’s international Corporate practice, comment: “Félicien’s extensive experience advising clients on cross-border M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions, particularly in the technology and life sciences space, will further strengthen our Corporate offering in France, in line with the ambitious growth plans of our international Corporate practice.

Alexandre Vuchot and Emmanuelle Porte, co-heads of Bird & Bird in France, say: “We are delighted to welcome Félicien as a partner at Bird & Bird as we continue to strengthen our Corporate practice in France. His arrival is a key addition to our leading venture capital and private equity offering. With 7 partners and more than 25 lawyers, our Corporate team advise a range of clients in the booming start-up and scale-up industry. Our specific sector focus on Life Sciences and Healthcare, Technology and Communications, Energy & Utilities, as well as Automotive, truly sets us apart from our competition, particularly in relation to the ever-increasing environmental issues.

Félicien himself, adds: “I am thrilled to join the talented team of lawyers at Bird & Bird and have the opportunity to contribute to the ambitious growth plans of the firm’s Corporate group as well as the French venture capital and private equity team through the development of tech and life sciences clients across the firm’s international network.

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