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Stephenson Harwood

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William is a partner and head of the funds and financial services group advising on the launch, reconstruction, takeover and investments of funds and trading companies.

William has many years of experience in all aspects of real estate, private equity, split capital, emerging market, hedge and listed, offshore alternative investment funds as well as advising managers, brokers, nomads and sponsors. He has been rated as a leader in his field by various directories for many years.

Sources also say that “He’s pragmatic, commercial, with a thorough working knowledge of the area,” while remaining “brilliant when the going gets tough.”

Lawyer Rankings

London > Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds

(Hall of Fame)

William SaundersStephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood is most known for its experience in handling investment company IPOs, advising on fundraisings and secondary issuances. REITs constitute an important part of the client roster for the firm, but it has experience across the listed fund space. Regulatory advice is another important strand of work, and lawyers are increasingly instructed on ESG reporting and disclosure matters. William Saunders  is the team leader, with significant experience in fund IPOs, share transactions and placings. Alex Haynes is an expert in fund establishment, fundraisings, and restructurings and reorganisations, advising UK and offshore investment managers; and Carolyn Hall is noted for advising issuers and investment banks on closed-ended investment fund IPOs and secondary issues, as well as reconstructions. Promoted to partner in April 2022, Nick Horton is another name to note.

London > Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds

(Hall of Fame)

William SaundersStephenson Harwood

The investment funds team at Stephenson Harwood is led by the ‘very bright and solutions-focused’ William Saunders , and is predominantly focused on advisory work regarding the formation, establishment, negotiation, tax and regulatory aspects of funds. It is very much at the fore on invoking the increasingly significant sustainability principles, having, notably, recently supported Immobel Capital Partners on the launch of its new Green Office Impact Fund, focused on investing in and creating a new generation of green offices in leading European cities; significantly, it is expected to reach the highest ESG level. The team specialises in REITs, with a clear focus on social accommodation funds, namely Home REIT, which aims to tackle UK homelessness with accommodation assets. Alex Haynes has a strong reputation in raising, reconstructing and reorganising listed investment funds in the UK and offshore.