Justin Hope > Macfarlanes LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Macfarlanes LLP

Work Department

Corporate and M&A


Justin advises on all aspects of domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, including acquisitions, disposals, restructurings and joint ventures, with a particular focus on private acquisitions and private equity.

Justin has advised on a wide range of private equity transactions, acting for sponsors, management teams and portfolio companies at all stages of the investment cycle.  Justin works closely with the firm’s real estate practice on corporate transactions involving real estate assets and businesses that are heavily asset-backed.  A member of the firm’s Africa group, Justin has also advised on a number of transactions across Africa, with a focus on transactions in the midstream and downstream oil and gas sectors.

Having trained and qualified at Macfarlanes, as an associate Justin also spent time on secondment at a leading law firm in New York, an international commodities trader in Geneva and a private equity firm in London specialising in turnaround and growth investments.

Justin is a partner champion of our REACH (race, ethnicity and cultural heritage) staff network, a forum for networking and peer support between minority ethnic staff and allies.


Trained Macfarlanes; partner 2016

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+

Macfarlanes LLP draws considerable praise from clients, who turn to the team for its ‘creativity‘ and  ‘invaluable strategic advice‘ in big-ticket, cross-border transactions. The team has recently advised on a number of multi-billion pound transatlantic deals in the pharmaceutical and tech sectors, driven by the highly regarded international specialist Harry Coghill. Practice chair Howard Corney is a key port of call for various investors, family offices, and business seeking assistance in cross-border M&A – particularly in deals with an African dimension. Justin Hope is reputed for his capabilities in transactions involving asset-backed entities, while Tom Rose is lauded for his far-reaching transatlantic expertise – most recently fielding instructions from multinational tech companies and manufacturers. Associate Emma Bailey also comes highly recommended.

London > Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+)

Offering clients ‘excellent service’ and a ‘partner-led approach’, Macfarlanes LLP has a broad private equity practice encompassing buyouts, portfolio company M&A and advising management teams on exits to private equity and management equity plans. The group, led by Alex Edmondson, draws on its experience in this space to handle complex transactions, such as public-to-private carveouts. Other key figures in the team include Jessica Adam, who often takes the lead representing management teams, Stephen Drewitt, Stephen Pike and Justin Hope. Alex Green is also praised as a ‘trusted adviser’.

London > Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)

In addition to its work on high-value deals, Macfarlanes LLP remains one of the most active names in the mid-market private equity space, where it advises buyout houses across the lifecycle of investments. The group’s work in 2021 included advising on carve-out acquisitions from public companies as well as handling portfolio company M&A and assisting management teams on sales to PE. Alex Edmondson heads up the team and focuses on acting for sponsors in buyouts, while Jessica Adam has recently been engaged on a string of mandates from management teams. Other partners to note include Stephen Drewitt, who has deep experience in this space, Justin Hope and Stephen Pike.