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

London > Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds

Dentons fields strong teams in London and Edinburgh, which advise major asset managers on IPOs and secondary equity raisings, as well as complex regulatory and fund management issues. Of particular note is the firm’s work on fund mergers via Section 110 documentation, and changes in investment management, which often involve multijurisdictional elements. Guy Norfolk in London is an experienced figure within the investment trust space. He co-heads the practice with ‘knowledgable‘ Edinburgh-based partner Claire Armstrong, who has a strong focus on undertaking advisory and transactional work for closed-ended funds. Senior associate Owen McLennan handles a broad range of primary and secondary fund structurings and transactional matters.

Scotland > Finance > Investment funds

Dentons stands out for its combination of listed fund and regulatory experience, and its private funds practice. Regularly acting on a cross-office basis with the London team, the firm handles a high number of cross-border mandates. It routinely acts for service providers to funds, including investment managers, investment advisers, depositaries, custodians and administrators. Claire Armstrong heads up the group and is recommended for fund establishment, structuring and restructuring matters, partnership law issues and asset management regulatory advice. Tim Edward left for MBM Commercial at the start of 2021.