Sarah de Ste Croix > Stephenson Harwood > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Stephenson Harwood

Work Department

Private equity


Sarah is a partner in the private equity team specialising in the establishment and operation of closed-ended investment funds.

Sarah has over a decade of experience advising both general partners and investors on the establishment and day-to-day operation of private investment funds, managed accounts and co-investment platforms across multiple strategies.

Sarah is also an experienced advisor on fund restructurings, roll-overs, secondaries sales and GP-led liquidity restructurings.

Sarah recently advised the entire investor base of an active UK headquartered fund on the removal of its general partner and manager.

Sarah spent a significant proportion of her career gaining first-hand experience in-house as fundraising counsel to Actis.

Prior to joining Stephenson Harwood, she worked at EY as legal lead of private funds.

“Sarah was an integral part of our fundraising capability at Actis. She was an enthusiastic and diligent team player and a trusted advisor on all aspects of the set up and operation of our suite of funds.” Neil Brown, Partner, Head of Investor Development Group, Actis LLP

Lawyer Rankings

London > Investment fund formation and management > Private funds

Stephenson Harwood has a strong specialism in secondary funds work, including GP-led secondaries, fund restructurings, and recapitalisation. The team also advises on fundraises for a number of funds, particularly infrastructure-focused bodies, and has particular expertise in continuity transactions, involving the sale of fund assets to new funds from the same manager. The team is led by Jonathan Pittal, a private equity specialist, while Gabriel Boghossian is highly active in the secondaries space. Sarah de Ste Croix  has been promoted to partner within the team.