Management teams


Advising management teams in connection with high value or complex private equity transactions is an important part of our wider private equity practice.

We have been at the forefront of every aspect of private equity since its inception in the 1970s and today remain a pre-eminent firm in this sector. This focus gives our partners and solicitors expertise and experience that can be matched by few.

The management teams we advise tell us that this combination of expertise and experience facilitates our delivery of truly valued advice. They say:

  • we explain complex issues, and jargon, in a simple, commercial manner;

  • we know the points that are negotiable and the points that are non-negotiable, and the acceptable ranges of negotiation; and

  • we make the transaction process efficient to the benefit of all involved.

We do not have partners who only advise management teams - clients regard the broad private equity knowledge of our partners as invaluable. Instead we have a team of partners who focus on advising management whilst maintaining a wider private equity practice.

Our relevant experience includes advising management teams backed by UK, US, European and Chinese houses.


  • “The Macfarlanes team very quickly won my trust and confidence as the right people to guide both myself and my team through the uncertain waters of a private equity buy out - that confidence was not misplaced.”


  • “Based on the experience that I have had working with the team at Macfarlanes I would wholeheartedly recommend them. They are commercial, get to the point, and do a terrific job. Don’t go anywhere else.”


  • “Macfarlanes lived up to their impressive credential meeting. Their combination of relevant experience and the respect (we as a management team got) from other advisors combined with being constantly available with practical / commercial advice enabled us to understand and resolve issues that really mattered for us. Great value for the quality of their advice.”


  • "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 always provide a terrific service. They are knowledgeable and attentive."

    Chambers UK 2016

  • "The team is recognised for its representation of management teams."

    Chambers UK 2015