Claire Armstrong > Dentons > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Corporate and Financial Services


Claire is a partner in the Firm’s Asset Management practice, dividing her time between the Edinburgh and London offices. She joined the Firm in January 2011, having been a partner with an international law firm in its London office.

Claire is a corporate finance and investment funds lawyer advising on UK and global investment funds, corporate and commercial matters including fund establishment and structuring, partnership law, listed funds, co-investments, schemes of arrangement, M&A, capital raisings, direct investments, group reorganizations and commercial contracts work. She frequently coordinates multidisciplinary teams and manages complex commercial projects.

Claire has a range of experience in advising closed-ended listed funds, in both advisory and transactional capacities. She also advises a wide range of alternative investment funds across all asset classes, including private equity, real estate, infrastructure and debt.

Claire is admitted as a Solicitor in Scotland and in England and Wales.


Trained Archibald, Campbell & Harley WS; qualified Scotland 2000; Biggart Baillie 2001-08; qualified England and Wales 2008; associate Fasken Martineau LLP 2008; partner Fasken Martineau LLP 2010; Maclay Murray & Spens 2011; partner 2014.


St Georges School for Girls, Edinburgh; University of Dundee (1997 LLB (Hons); 1998 Dip LP).


Skiing; hill walking; cooking; entertaining.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Finance > Investment funds

Dentons’s practice is home to Claire Armstrong, the firm’s managing partner for Scotland and a specialist in investment funds and corporate finance who possesses an extensive history in closed-ended listed fund representation; her key fields of expertise include fund establishment, partnership law structuring and restructuring, direct and co-investments, regulatory advice and investment management agreements. The department recently bolstered its numbers at partnership-level through the promotion of the ‘first-rateOwen McLennan and has handled a number of investment company consolidations and fundraisings of late.

London > Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds

Based across the firm’s Edinburgh and London offices, the team at Dentons is experienced in a wide variety of listed fund transactions, including in relation to consolidations of investment companies, secondary fundraisings and the spectrum of financial regulatory issues. The group also has expertise in REITs, an area where multiple team members are adept. Jointly taking the lead are London’s Guy Norfolk  and Edinburgh’s Claire Armstrong , who has built a reputation for investment trust and REIT design and launch instructions. In London, Cameron Half contributes US securities-related advice, which he brings to bear in relation to cross-border listed fund transactional work; while in Edinburgh, senior associate Owen McLennan is developing an impressive practice involving ESG and impact investing.