Justin Hope > Macfarlanes LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile
Macfarlanes LLP Offices
20 CURSITOR STREET
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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
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.
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’.
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.
- Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) - London > Corporate and commercial
- M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ - London > Corporate and commercial
- Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) - London > Corporate and commercial
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)
- Investment fund formation and management > Retail funds
- Real estate > Commercial property: development
- Real estate > Commercial property: investment
- Dispute resolution > Competition litigation
- Employment > Employee share schemes
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil
- Investment fund formation and management > Fund finance
- Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)
- Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations
- Finance > Acquisition finance
- Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium
- Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- Real estate > Construction: contentious
- Real estate > Construction: non-contentious
- Finance > Derivatives and structured products
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)
- Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+
- Employment > Pensions (non-contentious)
- Investment fund formation and management > Private funds
- Real estate > Property finance
- Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds
- Real estate > Residential property
- Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax
- Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
- Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency
- Employment > Employers
- Real estate > Environment
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap
- Corporate and commercial > Partnership
- Finance > Securitisation
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
- Employment > Immigration
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+)