Management teams

Advising management teams in connection with high value or complex private equity transactions is an important part of our wider private equity practice.

The management teams we advise tell us that our combination of expertise and experience facilitates the delivery of truly valued advice. They say that:

  • we explain complex issues, and jargon, in a simple, commercial manner;
  • we know the points that are negotiable and the points that are non-negotiable, and the acceptable ranges of negotiation; and
  • we make the transaction process efficient to the benefit of all involved.

Clients regard the broad private equity knowledge of our partners as invaluable. We do not have partners who only advise management teams, instead we have a team of partners who focus on advising management whilst maintaining a wider private equity practice.

Our relevant experience includes advising management teams backed by UK, US, European and Chinese houses.

What people are saying


"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

"They always provide a terrific service. They are knowledgeable and attentive."

Chambers UK 2016

"The team is recognised for its representation of management teams."

Chambers UK 2015

"The Macfarlanes team very quickly won my trust and confidence as the right people to guide both myself and my team through the uncertain waters of a private equity buy out - that confidence was not misplaced."

Richard Hodgson, CEO, PizzaExpress plc

"Macfarlanes lived up to their impressive credential meeting. Their combination of experience along with being constantly available with practical / commercial advice enabled us to understand and resolve issues that really mattered for us."

Don Henshall, CEO, Farrow & Ball

"The Macfarlanes team won our confidence and trust right out of the gate. It was clear that they had our interests at the front of mind. Their immense experience meant that pace was maintained throughout, and that potential problem areas were anticipated. We concluded the acquisition in record time and are delighted to maintain a relationship with the Macfarlanes team as we go through the next growth phase. I would wholeheartedly recommend them."

Stephen Callaghan, CEO Northgate Public Services