Christophe Garaud is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Paris. He specializes in private equity and mergers and acquisitions transactions across multiple industries. He is actively involved in representing private equity funds in their acquisitions, build-ups and dispositions of targets for both public and private companies both in France and internationally. 

Christophe has acted on some of the most significant transactions closed in France.

Christophe Garaud has been recognized by Chambers Global and several other professional guides including Legal 500 as one of the leading individuals practicing in Private Equity (High-End Capability). Chambers Europe 2023 highlights that clients note, "Christophe has a huge amount of experience so he can anticipate problems and is great at planning the course of action" and “Christophe is a very good adviser in the sense that he will really help you negotiate and focus on the wider issues. He understands the client's positioning and it helps you to think out of the box; he also offers nice solutions that accommodate both the seller and the buyer. Finally, he is very calm, very experienced of course, and so confident; he won't let you panic."

Christophe has also been recognized by Best Lawyers 2023 for Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts, Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Law.

He is currently recognized by IFLR1000 2022 as a ‘Highly Regarded’ practitioner in the areas of private equity and M&A.



  • Ekkio Capital on the sale of its majority stake in Groupe Thoiry to Kartesia. 
  • PAI Partners in connection with its $3,3 billion acquisition of Tropicana, Naked and Other Select Juice Brands Across North America and Europe from PepsiCo, the leading US-based global food, snack and beverage corporation. (2022)
  • Latour Capital in connection with the sale of Atlasformen, the European leader in multi-channel sales of men’s outdoor clothing, to Motion Equity Partners. (2022)
  • Latour Capital on the acquisition of Doreau, Charente manufacturer of barrels and large containers for wines and spirits.
  • Ardian on the acquisition of Groupe RG, the specialist leader distributor of personal protective equipment in France. 
  • Ekkio Capital on the sale of Laboratoires Audevard to Lim Group, a French corporation consisting of companies exclusively dedicated to the equine sector.



New York University School of Law, LLM, 1994 Université Paris II - Panthéon-Assas, LLM, 1992 Université Paris II - Panthéon-Assas, J.D., 1990

Bar Admissions

Paris, 1992 New York, 1998