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


"Their detailed drafting and commerciality is excellent,’ a client reports, adding: ‘They're a very trusted pair of hands and a pleasure to work with’."

Chambers UK 2020

"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

"The technical expertise of the lawyers (particularly at the senior end) is a real differentiating feature. The group offers high-quality legal advice and has a tenacious desire to combine legal know-how with the achievement of the client's commercial objectives’."

The UK Legal 500 2019

"The depth and breadth of experience within the wider private equity practice ensures partners have deep market knowledge, and senior team members are prepared to form an opinion and state it (something which is not always the case with other service providers)’."

The UK Legal 500 2019

"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 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