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Investment funds

We are a tier 1, award-winning investment funds team advising managers and investors across the full spectrum of fund structures and asset classes.
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Our team provides prompt, high-quality advice and solutions to clients across the investment universe, whether they are looking to raise or invest in a new fund, to manage or realise their investments, or to restructure their investments or funds.

We have extensive experience advising our clients throughout the lifecycle of their funds, supporting on:

  • Fund Formations
    We assist with all aspects of the structuring, planning and implementation processes related to the launch of new funds and investment vehicles. We advise managers, funds, sponsers, investment banks and investors in connection with the raising of capital.
  • Investor Representation
    We advise a range of investors (instituitional, family offices, HNWs) on their investments into funds whether as a cornerstone, lead, strategic, or a minority stakeholder.
  • Secondaries
    We are the leading secondaries practice, which acts across the full spectrum of secondaries transactions. We have particular market recognition acting for both buyers and sellers in European GP-led and LP portfolio transactions.
  • Advisory Support
    We support at all stages of the lifecycle of a fund and our specialist teams regularly provide transactional, regulatory, tax, employment and contentious support to our clients. 

We provide our funds services in Europe, the US, and Asia principally through our offices in the international financial centres of London, Paris and Hong Kong.

"Stephenson Harwood is very responsive and works around the clock to meet the fast-paced demands of the market. They can negotiate well against larger firms and represent clients with the highest level of professionalism." - The Legal 500 UK 2024

"Stephenson Harwood has bags of experience to draw on, which they do with aplomb." - Chambers 2023

View more information on our core services offerings:

Listed Funds
Private Funds
Secondaries
Real Estate Funds 

 

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