Stephen Drewitt > Macfarlanes LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Macfarlanes LLP

Work Department

Corporate and M&A


Stephen specialises in private equity, acting predominantly for private equity sponsors and other institutional investors.

He is the author of a chapter in both “The Private Equity Review” and “Private Equity Exits”.


Trained Macfarlanes; qualified 1995; partner 2002

Lawyer Rankings

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.