Steven Ward is a partner in the Financial Services Practice and leads the investment funds team in Europe. Steven recently joined the firm from a major New York-based international firm.

    Steven advises on the formation, regulation and ongoing activities of funds of all asset classes, including private equity, real estate, venture capital, private credit and hedge. Steven advises fund managers, fund investors, placement agents, fund service providers, banks and other market participants. Steven has a strong regulatory background, notably in relation to the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, and frequently provides press commentary and advice to trade bodies in relation to such legislation. Steven also advises on co-investments, carry schemes and fund manager structuring. Steven works closely with our corporate, finance, pensions, real estate and regulatory teams.

    Steven has been noted for his expertise in fund formation matters for private equity funds in Chambers and Partners 2021, with clients noting "he is really responsive, puts good pace into a deal, and he is pragmatic,” and also in The Legal 500 2021 for real estate funds.

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    • Advising Octopus Healthcare on its healthcare fund and related projects.
    • Advising Investindustrial on its seventh buyout fund.
    • Advising Cheyne Capital on its second social impact fund.
    • Advising a large institutional financial institution on its debut special situations credit fund.
    • Advising a large institutional financial institution on its debut high net worth hedge fund feeders.
    • Advising a UK manager on their US-UK FinTech VC fund.
    • Advising Pemberton on its senior debt fund.
    • Advising MML on its seventh buyout fund and its second Irish buyout fund.
    • Advising MVM on its fifth life sciences venture capital fund.
    • Advising NorthEdge on its third UK buyout fund.
    • Advising Alcentra on its CLO risk retention fund.
    • Advising Innotech on a number of its LP side investments.
    • Advising a Middle Eastern institutional manager on its debut hedge fund structured in the Abu Dhabi Global Markets.
    • Advising Limerston Capital on its debut UK-focused buyout fund.

    Education

    • BPP Law School, London, Legal Practice Course, 2011
    • BBP Law School, London, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2010
    • University of York, B.A., (First Class Hons), 2009

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2013
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