Jessica Adam > Macfarlanes LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Macfarlanes LLP

Work Department

Corporate and M&A


Jessica works for a range of clients from private equity houses and asset managers to large corporate groups.

Jessica is a corporate and M&A lawyer focusing on private equity and private M&A.

As well as acting for private equity sponsors, Jessica heads up the management team advisory practice. Alongside her private equity practice, she advises key corporate clients on a range of matters including private M&A and complex group reorganisations.

Jessica also has considerable experience of acting for clients in the professional services sector, particularly in the context of law firm mergers.

Jessica has featured in recent press articles such as The Lawyer’s “Female Private Equity Stars” and Legal Business’s “Female Deal Stars”.

Jessica is a partner champion of our Balance network, a forum for all staff managing careers and home lives, enabling discussion, support and the exchange of the information and ideas, to achieve a work-life balance.


Qualified 2010; partner 2013

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Partnership

At Macfarlanes LLP Jessica Adam  heads the team with Hayley Robinson  advising on related employment matters. The team advises on various corporate matters and partnership exits or mergers in addition to related commercial issues. Mark Baldwin  advises on tax and reward issues, often assisting clients in the legal and financial services sectors on partner remuneration and disputes with HMRC.

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.