Investment Management

The investment management group provides incisive, practical and comprehensive legal advice to investment management firms, depositaries, custodians, other service providers and investors. Few, if any, firms can match the depth and breadth of our offering with true industry experts, across the spread of different asset classes.

  • Funds, regulatory, tax, employment, finance, derivatives and trading, M&A and commercial expertise are combined in the firm, allowing us to offer comprehensive support to our investment management clients.
  • Our clients range from large institutional and household names to start-up boutiques and successful private equity and hedge fund houses.
  • We advise on all types of investment products, from retail funds, through hedge funds and credit funds to private equity funds and real estate funds, across closed-ended, open-ended and listed fund structures.
  • We act for managers and promoters on a global basis with a particular emphasis on the US and Hong Kong, as well as across the EU.
  • Our services range from the structuring and establishment of investment products through to their continuing operations.
  • Unlike many firms, we also advise on the deployment of fund assets, across all asset classes, liquid to illiquid, from short term synthetic trading to project finance for infrastructure funds.
  • We act for both investors and managers, giving us an unrivalled view across all sectors of the investment management market.
  • We also provide "house advice" on structuring of a client's business, including associated tax and employment advice.


What people are saying


"Macfarlanes have a number of quality partners in their team and so they are well placed to cover all types of investment funds including those with hybrid strategies."

Chambers UK 2023

"I am always impressed by the depth of knowledge of this team, even the junior lawyers. The manner in which advice is relayed is always clear and they are able to draw on a wealth of experience from key partners."

The UK Legal 500 2022

"Commercial, responsive and able to engage with the particular requirements of a fund, rather than simply rolling out the same as the last one. Crystal clarity in their drafting and strong awareness of potential pitfalls and how to avoid them. Supported by a stellar tax team."

The UK Legal 500 2021

"We are always impressed with the advice and service we receive from them."

Chambers UK 2021