Macfarlanes has advised private equity houses on leveraged buy-outs since the inception of the private equity industry in the UK in the 1970s.

Today, we are one of the pre-eminent law firms in this sector, with eight of the ten partners who focus on private equity transactions being recognised by directories as highly recommended individuals.

Our history, and the depth of our resources, means that our knowledge of "standard" issues and how to resolve them, and of the current issues concerning private equity houses, is almost unparalleled.

What sets us apart from the other pre-eminent firms in this sector is our strength in the specialist areas that are required for private equity transactions. As a firm, year after year, the directories note that, of the City firms, we have the highest percentage of recommended lawyers. We can deliver these high levels of expertise in areas such as funds, financial services regulation, tax structuring, pensions and environment, from individuals who are used to providing advice in the context of private equity transactions.


  • "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

  • "They're very proactive, pragmatic, responsive and commercial."

    Chambers UK 2016

  • "'It's the quality of the service, and they're very flexible as well'."

    Chambers UK 2015

  • "Macfarlanes LLP has built up a client list spanning all areas of the industry, from sponsors, to secondaries houses, mezzanine lenders and LPs."

    The UK Legal 500 2013