Private funds

Stephenson Harwood has one of the largest private capital and funds groups in London, combining a tier 1 funds practice with a market leading private equity team. Our model is to form long-term strategic relationships with clients and to work with them on their fundraisings, investments and divestments.

We handle every stage in the life cycle, and we provide fund managers with the sophisticated level of counsel required for forming, advising and operating private investment funds. Within fund formation, we take a creative approach, starting with not only the specific objectives of a particular fund but also an assessment of how the fund fits within the client’s broader business goals. 

We then help fund managers determine the best structure and terms to achieve those goals. Our clients range from large institutional and household names to start-up boutiques and successful private equity houses. Our services range from the structuring and establishment of investment products through to their continuing operations.

Key experience

Horizon Capital

Advising Horizon Capital on the fundraising of Horizon Growth Capital Fund IV, with a first close achieved in Q4 2022 against the backdrop of an occupied territory.

Immobel Capital 

Advising Immobel Capital on the establishment of its UK real estate operations and target €1 billion Green Office Fund.

Soho Square

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

Coniston Capital 

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

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.

GMG Venture

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

Bowmark Capital

Advising Bowmark Capital in its series of co-investment vehicles alongside Bowmark Capital VI LP and Bowmark Growth Partners LP.

Firethorn Trust 

Advising Firethorn Trust on the establishment of a $100 million UK-focused real estate fund with investment committed by two leading US family offices. 

VGC Partners LLP 

Advising VGC Partners LLP (previously Velos Partners EMEA LLP) on raising of its new venture capital fund, backed by institutional investors and high net worth individuals, to focus on growth companies in the consumer and media sectors in the UK.

Directory quotes

"Gabriel is a great lawyer both in terms of legal capabilities but also in terms of commercial awareness and negotiation skills."
Chambers UK 2023

‘Senior partners are heavily involved in every step of the process.’
The Legal 500 UK 2023

‘They are extremely quick to make commercial decisions and understand the right balance between being commercial whilst extracting the best possible result for their client.’
The Legal 500 UK 2023

‘Our Stephenson Harwood team, led by Gabriel Boghossian and Sarah de Ste Croix, is extremely effective.’
The Legal 500 UK 2023

‘Sarah de Ste Croix is a standout partner bringing to the table deep knowledge in private funds.’
The Legal 500 UK 2023

Emily Davies
Emily Davies Managing associate, private funds T: +44 20 7809 2848 M: +44 7587 051 680
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Rajiv Kakkad
Rajiv Kakkad Managing associate, private funds T: +44 20 7809 2814 M: +44 7587 051 552
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Victoria Silver
Victoria Silver Managing associate, funds T: +44 20 7809 2190
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Alexa Whitehead
Alexa Whitehead Managing associate, funds T: +44 20 7809 2154
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Arooj Khan
Arooj Khan Associate, private funds T: +44 20 7801 2208
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Philip Clarke
Philip Clarke Partner, disputes and investigations T: +971 4407 3907 M: +971 50 707 3750
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Yong Ren
Yong Ren Registered foreign lawyer (New York) partner Stephenson Harwood LLP London T: +852 2533 2760
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