Mary Lavelle


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Mary Lavelle regularly advises on international and domestic private equity driven transactions, advising both fund managers and institutional investors on a broad range of investment fund and asset management matters, as well as advising clients on secondary transactions. Mary regularly advises fund managers (both in the UK and elsewhere) on fund formation and ongoing fund issues relating to private equity funds, real estate funds, infrastructure funds, mezzanine funds and other alternative investment funds, both in the UK and offshore, including advice on the applicable regulatory considerations. Mary also has extensive experience advising institutional investors in relation to various aspects of their private equity and other alternative asset investments and the negotiation of fund terms, including development finance institutions, sovereign wealth funds and pension funds. Mary has advised clients on numerous buy-side and sell-side secondary transactions, including transactions for the sale or acquisition of portfolios comprised of fund interests, direct investments, real estate assets and non-performing loans.

In 2011, Mary carried out an eight-month secondment to a major development finance institution in Luxembourg, advising it on its fund investments in a wide range of venture capital and lower mid-market investment funds in various jurisdictions.  In 2015-2016, Mary carried out a seven-month secondment to a private equity secondaries institution, advising on a range of sophisticated secondary transactions.


Corporate & Government Experience

  • Secondment, Coller Capital


  • French


Bar Admissions

  • Solicitor, Supreme Court of England & Wales


  • BPP Law School, Legal Practice Certificate (LPC)
  • University of Oxford, B.A., Modern Languages, French and Philosophy
  • Advising a UK mid-market private equity manager on the raising of a buyout fund 
  • Advising a French/UK-based fund manager on the establishment of a Luxembourg investment fund created to provide debt financing to UK SMEs, supported by financing from the UK Treasury's Business Finance Partnership scheme 
  • Advising a large property fund manager on the merger of one of its long-standing investment funds with a unit trust 
  • Advising a UK fund manager on the establishment of a real estate fund investing in residential property in London 
  • Advising a UK boutique hedge fund manager on the establishment of a hedge fund in the Cayman Islands