Private equity

We have been well-known for our market-leading focus in the private equity industry since the 1970s, giving us experience, know-how and insight which is unparalleled. We are ranked as Tier 1 for mid-market private equity by a leading legal directory.

We have a strong track record of acting for sponsors, lenders and management teams across the mid-market.

We have private equity specialist lawyers in all areas required for a successful transaction including:

  • Transactions: We have seen every form of private equity transaction and in a number of cases have created innovative structures, or solutions to issues, that have become market standard.
  • Co-investments: Our funds and corporate practices also work closely together to provide a seamless service on equity co-investments.
  • Tax: Our highly-rated tax lawyers commonly structure as well as execute our transactions, giving the client a fully joined-up service.
  • Acquisition finance: We cover the full breadth of acquisition finance options now available in the market.

The teams that make up our private equity practice have worked together in a private equity context for many years.

What people are saying


"Active in both high-end and mid-market transactions, with excellent credentials throughout the private equity field. Noted for its multidisciplinary approach, which includes substantial regulatory expertise."

Chambers UK 2018

"A source says: 'I'm always impressed with how they translate their technical knowledge into a sensible, commercial solution'."

Chambers UK 2018

"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

"Macfarlanes LLP has a standout private equity team."

Chambers UK 2016

"Prominent in the private equity market and highly active on both high-end and mid-market deals."

Chambers UK 2015