Yoanna Stefanova is a partner with NautaDutilh Avocats Luxembourg and a member of the firm's Corporate team. She specialises in private equity and M&A, with a particular focus on private equity real estate funds and cross-border transactions.
Yoanna advises private equity houses and investment banks on transactions relating to corporate structures and assists with the set-up and implementation thereof from the investment through the divestment phase. This includes the due diligence process, drafting and negotiating the acquisition, partnership, private funds, co-investment, joint venture and management incentive documentation as well as the divestment documentation through public or private sale. She also provides ongoing advice through the life of the structures in relation to financing, restructuring, refinancing, corporate governance and pre-insolvency matters.
Prior to joining NautaDutilh Avocats Luxembourg, Yoanna worked for several years at a number of other international law firms in Luxembourg.
Yoanna holds a master's degree in international private law from the Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg (1999) and completed the Cours Complémentaires de Droit Luxembourgeois (CCDL) at the University of Luxembourg (2002).
She regularly publishes various corporate law articles. Lately, she contributed to the Luxembourg chapter of the "Luxembourg Corporate Governance guide" (The Legal 500, 2019). She also wrote an article on the main principles of Luxembourg company law in and coordinated a compendium published on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Luxembourg company law by Wolters Kluwer. Yoanna is a member of the editorial committee of ACE Magazine – Accounting, Tax, Audit, Business Law in Luxembourg.
Yoanna is recommended by The Legal 500, for her "strong private equity focus".
Yoanna was admitted to the Luxembourg Bar in 2002.
She is fluent in French, English and Bulgarian.