Private Equity

Our market leading private equity practice has a long-established track record of advising private equity sponsors, management teams and portfolio companies on the full spectrum of private equity matters.

Very few firms can offer our complete and fully-integrated service of dedicated private equity specialists focusing on:

  • Fund formation
  • Private equity house internal governance and management matters
  • Regulatory matters
  • Tax structuring
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Acquisition finance
  • Fund finance
  • Management teams
  • Secondaries
  • Growth and venture investments

The depth and breadth of our practice across the sector allows us to offer clients real market insight and provide our technical legal advice in a commercial context that is tailored to their particular needs.

Having worked with private equity firms since their early days, our long-standing relationships have led to us evolving with our clients. Our level of specialism now within private equity puts us at the forefront of advising clients operating within this market.   

Our experience is both supplemented by and recognised through our involvement in key industry bodies and their committees, including the EVCA’s legal and technical committee, the BVCA’s legal and accounting committee, the BVCA’s tax committee and the BVCA’s regulatory committee.

We view the deep, value-added relationships that we build with our clients as partnerships. We endeavour to develop a complete understanding of our clients’ businesses and what they want to achieve so that we can deliver bespoke solutions which satisfy their aims.

We are consistently ranked as a leading firm by the legal directories, including Chambers and Partners where we are in band 1 for mid-market private equity and one of only two firms also to be ranked in the high-end capability category.

What people are saying


"They're very good and always deliver a good service."

Chambers UK 2022

"A vastly experienced and knowledgeable PE transactional team, ably supported by Macfarlanes’ tax and private funds practices. The team is smart, responsive and sensitive to client needs."

The UK Legal 500 2022

"They're really flexible, cerebral and high quality. It's a broad offering and I enjoy working with them,’ another source says."

Chambers UK 2020

"An interviewee says: ‘They're extremely professional and are good at taking a commercial, not just legalistic view."

Chambers UK 2020

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

Chambers UK 2020