Sam Brooks > Macfarlanes LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Macfarlanes LLP

Work Department

Private Funds


Sam primarily represents sponsors of both closed-ended and open-ended alternative investment funds, with a particular focus on hedge funds and credit funds across the liquidity spectrum, advising on diverse fund issues such as structuring and terms, marketing regulations and documents, investor negotiations and service agreements.

He also advises on upper-tier matters such as management entities and compensation arrangements. Prior to joining Macfarlanes in 2013, Sam was employed as counsel in the investment funds group of a US-based international law firm.


Partner 2018

Lawyer Rankings

London > Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds

(Next Generation Partners)

Sam BrooksMacfarlanes LLP

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.

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.