Antoine Sarailler


Antoine focuses on asset management. He advises French and international financial institutions on the structuring, setting-up and marketing of institutional and retail investment funds, as well as on a wide range of regulatory matters.

Antoine has extensive experience in fund formation which includes private equity funds (such as French vehicles (FCPR/FPCI, French FPS/SLP), Luxembourg vehicles (SIF, RAIF, SICAR), anglo-saxon limited partnerships…), real estate funds (French OPCI/SCPI), infrastructure funds, debt funds (securitisation vehicles/financing vehicles(OT/OFS), ELTIF, French fonds de prêts à l'économie (FPE)), funds of funds, onshore as well as offshore hedge funds and UCITS. In addition, he assists institutional clients within the framework of primary investments and secondary transactions relating to alternative investment funds.

His experience also includes advising French and international fund managers, investment firms, credit institutions, insurance companies and other financial entities on all European and French regulatory matters and in connection with restructuring and equity transactions.

Finally, he regularly represents clients before the regulatory authorities (AMF/ACPR) on all questions involving financial regulations as well as in disciplinary proceedings or within the framework of creation and monitoring of regulated entities.

Antoine frequently lectures on fund formation and financial regulations issues at training events and conferences.

Published Work

  • A Guide to Private Equity in France (2018) – (November 23, 2018) 
  • Brexit for Derivatives? New Irish and French Law ISDA Master Agreements for the Derivatives Market – (August 10, 2018) 
  • Investment Funds Update - Europe - Issue 7, 2018 – (August 1, 2018) 
  • Investment Funds Update - Europe - Issue 6, 2018 – (July 2, 2018) 

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • French Association of Real Estate Investment Companies (ASPIM)
  • French Asset Management Association (AFG)
  • French Private Equity Association (AFIC)
Antoine Sarailler is well equipped to assist private equity firms and financial institutions with the structuring and formation of funds. "He is creative, a great communicator and delivers beyond our expectations."
Chambers Global/Europe 2023 - France (Private Equity)
Antoine Sarailler and Benjamin Lacourt have been over the years our trusted advisors for our French fund investments. They are extremely thorough, technical and commercial to get the work done efficiently and absolutely always in a pleasant manner. We can only highly recommend them and their team for any and all fund-related work.
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - France (Private Equity: Fund formation)


  • Band 3, Chambers Global/Europe 2023 - France (Private Equity)
  • Leading Individual, Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - France (Private Equity: Fund formation)
  • Recognised by Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers 2020 – France (Banking and Finance Law)
  • Highly regarded, IFLR 1000 2020 - France (Investment Funds, Financial Services Regulatory)



Admitted to the Paris Bar, 2003


Paul Cézanne - Aix-Marseille III University, Master 1 with Cum Laude, 1998
EMLYON Business School, MBA, 2000
Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Master 2 with Honors, 2001 
Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, DEA in Business Law, 2001


French, English
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