Sarah Michel is a partner in Goodwin’s Private Equity group. She represents many of the most prominent and leading French and European investment funds on all aspects of their fund business including fund formation and structuring, carried-interest schemes for management teams, structuring co-investments, reorganizations and restructurings. Ms. Michel also assists French and European clients with respect to their regulatory issues.

Ms. Michel advises private investment funds across a wide variety of strategies: buyout funds, venture/tech funds, real estate funds, infrastructure funds, fund of funds, mezzanine funds, debt funds, and distressed funds. 

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2017, Ms. Michel was an associate at King & Wood Mallesons (formerly SJ Berwin). She was promoted partner in October 2018.

Ms. Michel is fluent in French and English.

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Ms. Michel’s recent experience include advising:

  • Rothschild & Co on the fundraising of Five Arrows Principal Investments III (FAPI III), with a total commitment of €1.25 billion.
  • Chequers Partenaires on the fundraising of Chequers Capital XVII, with a total commitment of €1.1 billion.
  • Sagard on the fundraising of Sagard 3, with a total commitment of 800M€.
  • EMZ Partners on the fundraising of EMZ 8 SLP, with a total commitment of 815M€.
  • Eurazeo on the fundraising of a co-investment fund Eurazeo Capital II, with a total commitment of 500M€.
  • L Catterton Europe on the fundraising of its fourth Europe-focused fund, L Catterton Europe IV.
  • Groupe Artemis on the fundraising of Red River West.
  • Jolt Capital on the fundraising of its third fund, Jolt Capital III, with a total commitment of 83M€.
  • Seventure Partners on the closing of AVF FPCI (AVF), a fund dedicated to Innovative Animal Health and Nutrition.
Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2017, Ms. Michel was a senior associate at King & Wood Mallesons (formerly SJ Berwin).


Ms. Michel has recently been recognized in her field by international preeminent, peer-reviewed publications.

  • Top ranked as Next Generation Lawyer in Private Equity: Fund formation by Legal 500 EMEA 2019.
  • Ranked as Leading in Private Equity – Fund Structuring by Décideurs (Leaders League) 2019.

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Institut d’Études Politiques, Bordeaux
Master in Business and Tax Law
University of Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne
B.A., European Studies and Modern Language
University of Northumbria



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