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Investment funds: Private equity: Secondaries

Investment funds: Private equity: Secondaries

Winner: Funds Team of the Year – The Lawyer Awards 2023

Winner: Funds Team of the Year – The Lawyer Awards 2023

Recently featured in The Lawyer's Hot 100, 2023

Recently featured in The Lawyer's Hot 100, 2023

Sarah de Ste Croix Partner and head of private funds

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Sarah de Ste Croix

Sarah de Ste Croix
Partner and head of private funds

T: +44 20 7809 2561 M: +44 7901 216 154 Email Sarah | vCard Office: London

Sarah is a partner in the private equity team specialising in the establishment and operation of closed-ended investment funds.
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Sarah is head of Private funds and a Partner in the Stephenson Harwood Private Funds and Secondaries team. She is unusual in her experience having worked in a GP-focused fund formation practice, in-house as fundraising counsel for Actis, in industry as funds specialist at EY and now as a partner in Stephenson Harwood’s private equity team. She is one of only three Band 1 ranked secondaries practitioners in Chambers UK.

Sarah brings this experience to bear in her broad practice, advising on all aspects of private fund formation and transactions, including acting for both general partners on the establishment and day-to-day operation of private investment funds and their continuation vehicles and institutional investors and lead buyers in relation to the successful deployment of capital.

Sarah is also an experienced advisor on managed accounts and co-investment platforms as well as fund restructurings, roll-overs, secondaries sales and GP-stake liquidity solutions.

For her role in the first GP led secondary in Ukraine as well as the subsequent fundraise of Horizon Capital Fund IV, Sarah was named as one of The Lawyer’s “Hot 100” in the list of the most groundbreaking lawyers of 2023. The deal went on to win the team Funds Team of the Year in 2023.

An experienced secondary lawyer. Very personable and impressive... An extraordinary lawyer... Sarah’s an awesome lawyer; a secondaries legend.
Chambers UK, 2024

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DPE Deutsche Private Equity (DPE)

Advised DPE Deutsche Private Equity (DPE) on the establishment of a €708 million continuation vehicle, DPE Continuation Fund I (DPE CF I), Germany's largest GP-led secondary.

Verium AG

Advised Verium AG (Verium) on the establishment of its first continuation vehicle with aggregate commitments of CHF120 million to support the development of Toradex Group (Toradex) and Mobil in Time Group (MiT).

EMERAM Capital Partners

Advised EMERAM Capital Partners on the establishment of a continuation vehicle to support the development of ]init[, a highly performing asset from EMERAM's first fund that focuses on the provision of innovative digital services.

Schroders Capital

Advised Schroders Capital in relation to its co-lead investment into G Square's €500 million continuation vehicle, established to acquire three assets from G Square Capital I and G Square Capital II.

Ufenau Capital Partners AG

Advised Ufenau Capital Partners AG (Ufenau) on the establishment of a €563 million continuation vehicle, Ufenau Continuation III (UC III).

Capvis AG

Advised Capvis AG (Capvis), a Swiss mid-market private equity investor, on the establishment of a €230 million continuation vehicle.

UK headquartered mid-market private equity fund

Acted for the entire investor-base of a UK headquartered mid-market private equity fund on an investor-led action to remove the existing general partner and manager. 

This is likely to be the first action of this kind and involved the removal, on a negotiated settlement basis of the GP on a ‘no fault’ basis and the re-establishment of the existing fund.

Large asset manager 

Provided investment advice to a large asset manager on the placement of primary commitments across its investment programme including buy-out, venture, mezzanine and secondaries strategies.

Actis LLP

Acted as fundraising counsel for Actis LLP during the raising of its second vintage of African Real Estate Funds, third vintage of Energy/Infrastructure Funds and fifth vintage of Private Equity Funds. 

Actis is a leading investor in growth markets with a total of AUM $9.2 billion.

Large cap fundraisings

In previous roles acted as GP counsel on many large cap fundraisings across multiple asset classes. Sample clients were 3i, Pramerica, Deusche Bank, First State Media Group and Europa Capital.

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Horizon Capital

Advising Horizon Capital on the fundraising of Horizon Growth Capital Fund IV, with a record raise of $350m against the backdrop of an occupied territory.

Shard Credit Partners

Advised long-standing Shard Credit Partners on the establishment of its first Venture Credit Fund focusing on investing in the north of the UK.

Coniston Capital

Advised Coniston Capital, a first time UK manager on structuring and establishing its fund I investing in small cap companies.

Soho Square

Advising Soho Square on the post-Brexit restructuring, cross fund transfer and closing of Soho Square Fund III.

GMG Venture

Advising GMG Ventures on its second technology fund and re-structure of management platform.

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DPE Deutsche Private Equity

Advised DPE Deutsche Private Equity (DPE) on the establishment of a €708 million continuation vehicle, DPE Continuation Fund I (DPE CF I), Germany's largest GP-led secondary.

Tesco Pension Trustees Limited

Advised Tesco Pension Trustees Limited (trustee of the Tesco PLC Pension Scheme) in connection with its sale of a portfolio of 47 limited partnership interests worth circa $1 billion to six buyer groups.

Ufenau Capital Partners

Advised Ufenau Capital Partners, a leading Swiss private equity fund and repeat client, on their second GP-led secondaries transaction selling three high performing portfolio companies from their fifth and sixth funds to a newly established continuation vehicle. Despite market conditions, the continuation vehicle reached €450 million.

GREENPEAK Management GmbH

Advised GREENPEAK Management GmbH (GREENPEAK), a German impact fund, on its first ever GP-led transaction, backed by HarbourVest and Kline Hill.

ICG

Advising ICG on the acquisition of c.170 partnership interests across multiple jurisdictions from seven fund-of-funds sellers with a value of €380 million.

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DPE Deutsche Private Equity (DPE)

Advised DPE Deutsche Private Equity (DPE) on the establishment of a €708 million continuation vehicle, DPE Continuation Fund I (DPE CF I), Germany's largest GP-led secondary.

Verium AG

Advised Verium AG (Verium) on the establishment of its first continuation vehicle with aggregate commitments of CHF120 million to support the development of Toradex Group (Toradex) and Mobil in Time Group (MiT).

EMERAM Capital Partners

Advised EMERAM Capital Partners on the establishment of a continuation vehicle to support the development of ]init[, a highly performing asset from EMERAM's first fund that focuses on the provision of innovative digital services.

Schroders Capital

Advised Schroders Capital in relation to its co-lead investment into G Square's €500 million continuation vehicle, established to acquire three assets from G Square Capital I and G Square Capital II.

Ufenau Capital Partners AG

Advised Ufenau Capital Partners AG (Ufenau) on the establishment of a €563 million continuation vehicle, Ufenau Continuation III (UC III).

Capvis AG

Advised Capvis AG (Capvis), a Swiss mid-market private equity investor, on the establishment of a €230 million continuation vehicle.

Horizon

Platform counsel to Horizon Capital acting both on its GP-led continuation vehicle (the first of its mind in the region) HCGF II, as well as the fundraise of HCGF IV which achieved a successful first closing in September 2022 notwithstanding the geo-political backdrop.

Ufenau

Advised Ufenau Capital Partners AG (Ufenau) on the establishment of a €563 million continuation vehicle, Ufenau Continuation III.

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Awards

Investment funds: Private equity: Secondaries

Investment funds: Private equity: Secondaries

Winner: Funds Team of the Year – The Lawyer Awards 2023

Winner: Funds Team of the Year – The Lawyer Awards 2023

Recently featured in The Lawyer's Hot 100, 2023

Recently featured in The Lawyer's Hot 100, 2023

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18 Apr 2024

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Stephenson Harwood advises GREENPEAK Management GmbH on GP-led €350 million Impact Fund

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30 Jun 2023

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21 Jun 2023

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23 Jan 2023

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Sarah de Ste Croix named in The Lawyer's Hot 100

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04 Oct 2022

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Stephenson Harwood advises DPE on €708 million GP-led transaction

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29 Sep 2022

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Stephenson Harwood advises Verium AG on dual asset GP-led transaction

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26 Sep 2022
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Stephenson Harwood advises EMERAM Capital Partners on single asset GP-led transaction

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised EMERAM Capital Partners on the establishment of a continuation vehicle to support the development of ]init[, a highly perfo..

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05 May 2022

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Stephenson Harwood advises Schroders Capital as co-lead investor in connection with €500m continuation vehicle organised by G Square

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised Schroders Capital in relation to its co-lead investment into G Square's €500 million continuation vehicle, established to a..

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26 Apr 2022

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Stephenson Harwood advises Ufenau on €563 million deal

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised Ufenau Capital Partners AG (Ufenau) on the establishment of a €563 million continuation vehicle, Ufenau Continuation III (U..

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02 Sep 2021

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Stephenson Harwood advises Capvis on €230 million deal

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised Capvis AG (Capvis), a Swiss mid-market private equity investor, on the establishment of a €230 million continuation vehicle..

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19 Jul 2021

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Sarah de Ste Croix becomes partner at Stephenson Harwood

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its private equity capabilities with the appointment of Sarah de Ste Croix as partner in its London office.

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