Xavier Nassoy advises private equity firms and private companies on private corporate transactions across a broad range of industries.

Mr. Nassoy leverages a keen business acumen to help private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, venture capital firms, and industrial companies navigate complex cross-border transactions with a French nexus, including:

  • Leveraged buyouts (LBOs)
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Venture capital 
  • Joint ventures
  • Majority/minority investments

He draws on a comprehensive understanding of clients’ objectives and his knowledge of French law to guide them across the transactional life cycle.

Mr. Nassoy is involved in Latham’s participation with Club ESSEC Droit, an alumni association focused on ESSEC business school graduates who are lawyers, whether in private practice or in-house. He also maintains an active pro bono practice, including advising Live for Good, a French nonprofit focused on social entrepreneurship and accelerating positive innovation.

Mr. Nassoy’s recent experience includes advising:

Leveraged Buyouts

  • Astorg on acquiring Solina, a leading European manufacturer of ingredient and seasoning blends for the food industry, from Ardian
  • Bridgepoint on acquiring CEP, a leading European protection insurance broker
  • KKR and the founders of Webhelp, one of the world’s leading providers of customer experience and business process outsourcing (BPO) in the €2.4 billion sale of the company to Groupe Bruxelles Lambert and the reinvestment of the founders and the management in the newly created structure alongside Groupe Bruxelles Lambert

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • ZEPLUG, a leading European provider of electric vehicle charging services in multi-occupant and office buildings, on its €240 million fundraising and acquisition of Bornes Solutions
  • Vivalto Santé, the third leading group of private hospitals in France, in its acquisition by Vivalto Partners alongside a consortium of minority shareholders

Venture Capital

  • Lead investor a16z (Andreessen Horowitz) on the €385 million Series A financing round of Mistral AI, a French startup specializing in generative artificial intelligence
  • Tencent on its minority investment in Voodoo, the world leader in hyper-casual games
  • Unicorn investor Dragoneer on the US$355 million fundraising for ManoMano, France’s largest independent e-commerce site
  • Tencent in its minority investment in Alma, completed as part of the company’s €115 million Series C round

Bar Qualification

  • Avocat (Paris)


  • MBA, ESSEC Graduate School of Management, 2014
  • Postgraduate Degree Business and Tax Law, University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), 2010
  • Bachelor of Law, University of Sheffield Hallam, 2009
  • Graduate Degree Business Law, University of Paris XII, 2009

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English