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Sarah de Ste Croix

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

Sarah de Ste Croix Partner

Contact details

Sarah de Ste Croix

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 has over a decade of experience advising both general partners and investors on the establishment and day-to-day operation of private investment funds, managed accounts and co-investment platforms across multiple strategies.

Sarah is also an experienced advisor on fund restructurings, roll-overs, secondaries sales and GP-led liquidity restructurings. 

Sarah recently advised the entire investor base of an active UK headquartered fund on the removal of its general partner and manager.

Sarah spent a significant proportion of her career gaining first-hand experience in-house as fundraising counsel to Actis.

Prior to joining Stephenson Harwood, she worked at EY as legal lead of private funds. 

“Sarah was an integral part of our fundraising capability at Actis. She was an enthusiastic and diligent team player and a trusted advisor on all aspects of the set up and operation of our suite of funds.” 
Neil Brown, Partner, Head of Investor Development Group, Actis LLP

  • Private equity and venture capital

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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