Ann G. Baker is a partner in the Banking & Finance practice group, and a member of the Investment Funds team. Ann focuses her practice on private equity investment fund structuring and formation. She represents sponsors of and investors in a wide range of international private equity and other private investment funds, including leveraged buyout, venture, real estate and infrastructure funds, as well as funds of funds and secondary funds. She advises global fund sponsors on multi-jurisdictional offerings to a diverse international investor base. She advises funds on matters relating to investment and realisation programmes, and counsels clients on the structuring of carried interest and compensation schemes for fund management teams.
Ann counsels investment managers and other financial institutions on regulatory issues that relate to fund raising and operational matters for alternative fund managers.
Her practice also includes advising secondary funds and other investors in the structuring and purchase of portfolios of fund interests.
Prior to joining Gide, Ann was head of the Private Fund Formation practice in the Paris office of a global firm.
Ann is a frequent speaker at private equity conferences and events. She is also active in the French private equity association (Association Française des Investisseurs pour la Croissance). She is a member of the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association.
Ann is admitted to practise in Paris and in New York.
Ann Baker is regularly ranked as a leading expert in private equity and fund formation by the various international legal directories, such as Chambers (since 2010), Legal 500 and Who's Who Legal - Private Fund.
« Ann Baker is described as 'client-focused and highly responsive' by interviewees. She has long-standing expertise in fund formation and structuring. She represents mostly investors and sponsors in various types of matters including investment and realisation programmes and compensation schemes for fund management teams. »
Chambers Europe 2017
« Ann Baker is widely recognised among peers and clients alike for her top-tier practice which focuses on the structuring and formation of complex private equity investment fund. »
Who's Who Legal - Private Fund 2017
« Gide Loyrette Nouel has ‘a very strong team’ which combines ‘speed, experience, access and quality of tremendous value’. The practice advises on fund structuring, regulatory and investment issues. It recently assisted Eiffel Investment with the creation of the first major crowdlending fund in France. Stéphane Puel is ‘an expert in asset management who provides fine analysis’. Ann Baker combines ‘responsiveness, knowledge of the local market and technical skills’. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2017
« Ann Baker is admired for her knowledge of investment vehicles and growth capital. Her recent work includes structuring venture funds. »
Chambers Europe 2016
« Gide Loyrette Nouel provides ‘an excellent level of service’. The practice advises a broad range of funds, including private equity and property funds, on structuring, regulatory and fundraising matters. Highlights included assisting the European Investment Bank with its first equity participation in a French fund through a €50m commitment to the Capenergie 3 investment fund. Partech Partners, Amundi and CNP are clients. Ann Baker heads the practice alongside Stéphane Puel, who ‘provides a deep network and support on intricate or policy matters’. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2016