Private equity


Macfarlanes offers a unique proposition. We have been at the forefront of the private equity industry since the 1970s, giving us experience, know-how and insight which is unparalleled.

We have ten partners who focus on this sector, of whom eight are regarded by directories as highly recommended lawyers in the field. This gives us significant depth of resource and a considerable pool of market information on recent trends on which to draw.

Within the firm, we have highly regarded specialist lawyers in all areas that are key to private equity, including funds, financial services regulation, tax structuring, pensions and environment, each of whom is experienced in providing advice in the context of a private equity transaction.

We have a strong acquisition finance team, whose recognised ability and experience will be more important than ever in the current difficult debt environment; both in securing new debt on acceptable terms for new deals, and in negotiating revised debt terms on the restructuring of portfolio companies.

As private equity transactions become increasingly international, our independent status and international legal network ensures that we can offer clients access to the best lawyers at the best independent firms in the world. We choose the lawyers with whom we work, on each occasion, solely for their suitability to our client and the transaction in hand.

We enjoy close working relationships with a large number of private equity houses, including, in particular: 3i, Alchemy, Allianz Capital Partners, August Equity, Blackstone, Caledonia Investments plc, Darwin Private Equity, Englefield Capital, Goldman Sachs, Graphite Capital Partners, Lyceum Capital, Phoenix Private Equity, Royal Bank Equity Finance, Scottish Equity Partners, Silverfleet Capital, Sovereign Capital, TA Associates and Vision Capital.


  • "What they do with considerable skill is harness multiple disciplines within the firm - the pensions, property, environmental and regulatory teams all float in and out of the projects on a seamless basis."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • "Macfarlanes LLP has a standout private equity team."

    Chambers UK 2016

  • "Prominent in the private equity market and highly active on both high-end and mid-market deals."

    Chambers UK 2015