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.