Gide’s managing partner since January 2012, Stéphane Puel heads the Investment Funds & Asset Management team. He advises French and international financial institutions on all regulatory matters, and in particular on structuring, setting up, documenting and distributing regulated and non-regulated French and foreign law open-end and closed-end investment funds, such as hedge funds, REITs, private equity funds, infrastructure funds and distressed debt funds.
Stéphane is in regular contact with the French Financial Markets Authority (AMF) on all matters relating to licensing management companies, setting up investment funds, and distributing French and foreign investment funds and structured products.
Stéphane also advises these entities on the conduct of business rules applicable to them and assists them with court or disciplinary proceedings linked to their activity. He is a member of the Gide team which assisted the ASPIM since 2004 on the revamping of the regulations applicable to French real estate funds (OPCI).
He regularly publishes articles in professional reviews in France and abroad and frequently speaks at seminars on asset management and UCITS. He is the joint author of the "Investment funds" chapter in the Répertoire Commercial Dalloz and the co-author of a book on asset management in France (to be released). He also writes a column on asset management in the Revue Trimestrielle de droit financier.
Stéphane Puel is a member of the permanent commission on "Asset Management and Institutional investors" at the AMF; the French High Legal Committee for the Paris Finance Marketplace (Haut Comité Juridique de la Place Financière de Paris); the legal committee of the AFIC (French venture capital association); and of the Tax, Legal & Regulatory Committee of the European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (EVCA).
Stéphane Puel is recommended as Leading Individual in Banking & Finance: Regulatory and Financial Services in Legal 500 (since 2014), and in Private / Investment Funds in Who's Who Legal 2017 and Best Lawyers in France 2018.
« Stéphane Puel is ‘an expert in asset management who provides fine analysis’. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2017
« Head of the investment fund and asset management group Stéphane Puel draws high praise from international sources for his exceptional work in the area. He regularly advises clients on the whole gamut of private fund matters from structuring and setting up, to documentation and fund distribution. »
Who's Who Legal Private Funds in France 2017