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


"They are exceptional in terms of client service, costs and being agile across the firm."

Chambers UK 2018

"Sources say: 'They provide fast responses, a commercial and practical approach, and a sound understanding of legal and contractual issues'."

Chambers UK 2018

"Macfarlanes LLP is 'excellent - it combines deep practical experience with an excellent overview of the wider market and trends, with sound technical skills', making it a 'natural choice for both new and existing managers'. 'Unusually for a London funds team, it has a strong balance between real estate, private equity and debt fund work'."

The UK Legal 500 2017

"Macfarlanes LLP's 'very competent and thorough' team advises on real estate funds, with a particular number of funds investing in housing."

The UK Legal 500 2017

"Respected investment management group with a reputation for excellence acting for sponsors and investors."

Chambers UK 2017

"The thing I love about Macfarlanes is they not only understand the regulatory and legal issues, but they know how to impact on the operational aspects of managing a fund. They know what the investors are thinking and can tell us what they expect to see."

Chambers UK 2016