Patricia Volhard

Patricia Volhard is a Partner in the Frankfurt, London and Luxembourg offices of Debevoise & Plimpton and member of the Private Equity Funds/Investment Management practice groups. She specialises in advising funds (including regulatory matters and the structuring of funds for EU insurance companies and pension funds).

Ms Volhard is one of Europe’s leading lawyers in the field of private equity funds and has played a prominent role in the development of this sector, most notably through her involvement in Invest Europe (formerly European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association).

She is the former Chair of the Tax, Legal & Regulatory Committee and current Chair of the Financial Services/Regulatory working group at Invest Europe. She is a member of the BVK’s Legal Advisory Board; the Alternative Credit Technical Group of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and the Regulatory Committee of the Listed Private Equity Association.

Patricia Volhard is recognised as a renowned expert in leading legal directories. Ms Volhard is recommended in the Legal 500 UK and Legal 500 Deutschland rankings (2021) for investment funds. She is described as “extremely solution-oriented” and “efficient” and as having “extensive knowledge of funds and fund investors”. Chambers Europe (2020) lists her in Band 1 and clients describe her as “a major jewel of the crown” and “an impressive regulatory expert”, as well as a “top-notch regulatory expert for funds matters in the EU”, and say she “has a firm grasp of the European regulatory environment and can quickly summarise the relevant issues”. The Legal 500 EMEA (2019) recommends Ms Volhard as a leading lawyer in private equity and investment funds. As in previous editions, clients praise “her extensive knowledge” and her “excellent eye for the needs of her clients”. In its special edition “Deutschlands Beste Anwälte 2019” (Germany’s best lawyers 2019), the Handelsblatt ranked Ms Volhard as “Lawyer of the year” for investment law.

Ms Volhard studied law in Frankfurt am Main, Strasbourg and at LSE (London School of Economics), where she completed her LL.M. in 1999.
Patricia Volhard is registered as a lawyer in Germany and France and speaks fluent German, French and English.

Position: Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton