Private Funds

We are a market leader in the formation, marketing and on-going operation of all types of private funds.

These include private equity, venture capital funds, secondaries funds, fund of funds, real estate funds and infrastructure funds.

  • We act for a large number of private fund managers; our involvement in so many aspects of the funds market gives us a very clear understanding of the latest market trends and terms.
  • In addition to our fund manager practice, we have an established practice advising institutional investors.
  • We are able to combine the knowledge of our investment management practice with that of our market-leading tax practice. This means that we will not only design the most appropriate structure, but also lead on the implementation.
  • We have experts who assist in the development of European policy-making. We can ensure that the fund and the fund manager satisfy all regulatory requirements and that the fund can pursue its chosen investment strategy.
  • We have an international offering which allows us to act for clients looking to attract international investors. We are also able to advise our clients on the best location for their fund and on the establishment of funds in all well-known fund jurisdictions, including Luxembourg, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Cayman Islands.


What people are saying


"Very active in the mid-market, this busy team continues to impress with a stream of quality instructions. Recognised as a top notch operation with an enviable client list, they seem to have created clear water between them and others who may be chasing to get into that space. We see a lot of funds teams in action, and would rank Macs in the top pack."

The UK Legal 500 2023

"The team has good strength in depth and excellent engagement from partner level down to associate. We lean on Macfarlanes and the private funds team extensively for market insight and to ensure we remain cutting edge on both our fund structures and fund terms."

The UK Legal 500 2023

"Technically extremely able and highly commercial. They are meticulous in keeping on top of all matters on a fund close and making sure nothing is missed. Always a reliable and trusted advisor. Great strength across all key areas of unregulated funds – including tax and regulatory."

The UK Legal 500 2023

"Macfarlanes are a market leader for mid-market funds with a UK focus. They have been successful in carving out a niche for fund formation and structuring work. Technically strong and very active, they have a strong team from partner down the junior associate level."

The UK Legal 500 2022

"The Macfarlanes team were always a pleasure to work with and always made themselves available on short notice. I know they were advising many other clients in addition to ourselves but they still managed to make us feel like they were our in-house team throughout the process. That’s quite a feat."

The UK Legal 500 2022

"They are extremely solid, have a great client focus and are very commercial."

Chambers UK 2022