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

Macfarlanes LLP

Work Department

Private Funds


Stephen advises a wide range of investment managers, fund sponsors and investors on the structuring, establishment and operation of investment funds and related activities. He specialises in structuring private equity, venture capital, infrastructure and credit funds.

Stephen advises across the full range of investment management and fund related activities and advises clients in all aspects of their business including the establishment, raising and ongoing operation of numerous types of private investment funds.  In addition he advises on complex co-investment and carried interest arrangements and has expertise in fund formation across all major fund jurisdictions including Luxembourg, Ireland and the Channel Islands.  He also advises clients on house related matters such as internal governance, spin-outs and client restructurings.

He also advises major institutional investors such as sovereign wealth funds and global asset managers on their investment activity across primary, secondary and co-investment transactions.


Trained Dundas & Wilson; joined Macfarlanes 1995; partner 2001

Lawyer Rankings

London > Investment fund formation and management > Private funds

Macfarlanes LLP wins praise from clients for its ‘technically extremely able and highly commercial’ approach to fund formation, with the team’s ability to provide tax and regulatory advice particularly valued by fund managers. The practice is noted for its strength in credit and special situation funds, where it is engaged on billion-pound fundraisings, and is also regularly engaged by growth and impact fund managers. Practice head Stephen Robinson offers ‘an excellent, client driven service’ alongside Harriet Miller, while Sam Brooks specialises in credit funds and is ‘knowledgeable and incredibly easy to work with’. Christopher Good and Alex Amos are also key partners in the team; Good focuses on PE funds, while Amos’ work predominantly involves credit and real estate.

London > Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds

Macfarlanes LLP is most focused on advising start-up managers, bringing together funds expertise with strong practitioners in the tax department. The group is particularly adept with alternative credit funds, where it advises large European credit managers with fund stables including liquid alternative credit products. The team is noted for its fund formation work, in particular pertaining to hybrid hedge funds. The overall funds team is led by Stephen Robinson , while Sam Brooks heads the hedge funds sub-group. Associate Emma Garnham is increasingly known for advising on structuring and regulation of hedge funds.