Sarah Burnside > Eversheds Sutherland > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Eversheds Sutherland

Work Department

Sarah is a Principal Associate in the financial institutions group and leads the financial services team in Edinburgh.

Sarah specialises in investment funds and advises clients within the financial services sector including asset managers, depositaries, custodians, institutional investors, funds (investing in various asset classes including equity, real estate, debt as well as fund of funds) and fund administrators on fund launches, capital raisings and restructuring, relationships with service providers, investments and regulatory compliance.

Sarah advises on investment company launches, mergers, reorganisations and liquidations and equity security issues. She also advises on fund formation and investment structuring via various structures including, in particular, structuring through Scottish and English limited partnerships and unit trusts.

In addition to fund formation work, Sarah is experienced in advising institutional investors on their investments into private equity and venture capital funds established in numerous jurisdictions. Sarah also advises on and negotiates commercial contracts such as AIFM, portfolio management, investment advisory, depositary, custody, administration, introducer, co-investment, limited partnership, limited liability partnership and other asset management related contracts.

Sarah regularly provides regulatory advice, with a particular focus on AIFMD, MAR, MiFID II, PRIIPs, the Prospectus Regulation and application of the UK financial promotion regime to financial service clients.


Principal Associate

Lawyer Rankings

London > Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP offers extensive expertise in alternative investment and closed-ended funds matters, advising a wide range of funds continuously on IPOs and secondary raisings, strategy (including ESG considerations) and regulatory issues. Practice head Ronald Paterson has great experience of fund launches across a variety of asset classes, as well as handling secondaries transactions. Principal associate Sarah Burnside is also active in equity raisings and regulatory matters.

London > Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP combines an an active fund formation practice with broad regulatory expertise, advising clients on Brexit considerations and European regulatory changes, as well as specific jurisdictional advice relating to Cayman and Luxembourg-domiciled funds. Notable engagements during 2020 included renewable energy and crypto asset funds. The team advises asset managers, insurers and pension funds, and it has also increased its share of work with institutional investors, particularly banks. Practice head Ben Watford is highly active in handling fund launches for managers in key jurisdictions, and he is also heavily involved in regulatory work and thought leadership within the industry. Ronald Paterson has a strong track record in fund launches. Edinburgh-based principal associate Sarah Burnside specialises in financial services sector advice, including fund mergers and reorganisations, and regulatory issues.