Sabina Comis is a Partner in the Mayer Brown’s private investment funds group. She has a wide–ranging 16 years tax experience with a strong emphasis on complex tax structuring of international transactions, restructurings and/or refinancings involving multi-sponsors leverage buy-outs. In addition to her experience in general tax assistance to French and international groups (Molex, Yahoo, Lyondell, Quicksilver, etc), some of her experience includes the Numéricable - Completel acquisition by Cinven and Altice; and the Zodiac acquisition by the Carlyle Group. Financial institutions have also relied on Sabina's tax guidance regarding securitizations and on offers and issues of other types of structured financial instruments (such as collateral debt obligations and repo structures).
As a co-leader of the firm's private investment funds group, she focuses on the creation and structuring of private investment funds (such as French FCPRs / FPCI and SCRs and European platforms such as SICARs, SIFs or UK LP) with a particular emphasis on private equity and mezzanine/preferred equity funds. Her tax experience coupled with her funds experience allows Sabina to advise on tailor-made, often innovative, structures for investments in France but also throughout Europe, such as the setting up of (i) the first French type endowment fund, (ii) the first French regulated and leveraged investment vehicle for the purchase of discounted debt, (iii) the first dedicated provider of mezzanine and preferred equity financing for private equity portfolios. In addition, Sabina has developed a specific know-how in being able to help clients in the modeling of the “cash distribution article / waterfall mechanism” of the funds documentation. Her clients include Cinven Ltd, LBO France / FCT Altercap, The Carlyle Group, Raise Capital, 17 Capital, HSBC France, etc).
Sabina joined Mayer Brown in 2007 after ten years of practice with two "UK Magic Circle" firms (having trained and worked in their London and NY tax teams for four years and in their Paris tax teams for more than five years).
She is fluent in French and English as well as in her native Italian.