Stephen Ross Partner

Stephen Ross is head of the firm's investment management group. He practices private investment fund formation and related corporate, investment management and regulatory work.

Stephen is recognised for his significant experience advising on funds supporting illiquid strategies (including private credit, equity, venture, real assets and food technology). He has led on some of Europe’s largest multi-billion dollar fundraisings.

Prior to joining Macfarlanes, Stephen led private investment funds teams at both US and magic circle firms. He also spent nine years as Group General Counsel at Europe’s largest alternative investment manager, where he also sat on the Executive Board, before returning to private practice. Thanks to this breadth of experience, Stephen has a deep understanding of the legal and business landscape of asset management and private investment funds.

Stephen is recognised in all the leading legal directories, including Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and IFLR1000.

What people are saying


"…incredible, brilliant mind with consistent excellence."

The Legal 500 UK 2022

"Stephen combines the experience of a heavyweight first-class private practice lawyer with a hugely successful prior career in industry. The result is that he offers an innate understanding of clients’ business needs and commercial solutions to complex legal scenarios."

Chambers UK 2023

"...he is a phenomenal funds lawyer and teacher whose client services are unparalleled."

Chambers UK 2023

"One client commented that he has ‘incredible knowledge of the alternative investment management industry…He has been an extremely good sounding board through the growth of our investment management business."

The Legal 500 UK 2022

"He is commercially-minded and is very helpful for our business."

Chambers UK 2022

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