Simon Ellis


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Simon Ellis advises private equity firms on fund formation and the ongoing operation of their funds. He has experience advising investors in relation to their investments, and has worked with institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds and fund of funds, undertaking due diligence of underlying funds and negotiating the terms of their investments. Simon has also advised on a number of secondary transactions.


  • Solicitor, Supreme Court of England & Wales


  • College of Law, LPC
  • BPP Law School, GDL
  • University of Manchester, B.A., History
  • Advising Helios on the raising of their third flagship pan-African fund, which closed at its US$1.1 billion cap, making it the largest Africa-focused PE fund to date
  • Advising on a GP removal and the associated fund restructuring required for AIFMD purposes
  • Representing Coller Capital on a structured secondary transaction of a portfolio of more than 40 interests 
  • Representing Coller Capital on a structured secondary acquisition of a portfolio of interests invested in more than a hundred underlying funds with a deferred consideration element and a linked sale offer to third party investors
  • Advising DPI on the raising of their second flagship pan-African fund
  • Advising a sovereign wealth fund on its US$700 million investment in a major buy-out fund