Stephen Sims is the practice leader of Skadden’s European Investment Management Group. Mr. Sims has experience in investment management and funds formation, advising fund managers and investors on the structuring, establishment and operation of investment funds, especially private equity and real estate funds.


Mr. Sims' work involves fund formation and capital raising; fund-related M&A at manager/group level and ongoing ‘house’ work; and secondary transactions in fund interests.

His career highlights include advising:

  • LetterOne Retail in its US$3 billion private equity fund-style investment programme;
  • Broadwell Capital in the formation of its US$1 billion Tactical Opportunities Fund, profiled by Private Equity International in “Billion Dollar Babies”;
  • LetterOne Technology in its US$16 billion private equity fund-style investment programme;
  • Colony Capital, Inc. in its acquisition of The Abraaj Group’s Latin America private equity platform;
  • Fortress Investment Group in the formation of its Italian NPL Opportunities Fund;
  • UNIQA Insurance Group AG in the sale of a portfolio of 54 U.S. and European private equity fund interests to a number of secondary and institutional international buyers;
  • BlackRock, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of MGPA, an independently managed private equity real estate investment advisory company in Asia Pacific and Europe. This transaction was named “Global Deal of the Year” for 2013 by PERE Magazine;
  • the founding principals of Trailstone LLC in their departure from Deutsche Bank AG and in the formation and capitalization of a global energy and commodities investment and trading platform;
  • BlackRock Inc. in its acquisition of the European exchange-traded funds business of Credit Suisse AG;
  • Montagu Private Equity in its €2.5 billion fundraising;
  • Haymarket Financial (HayFin), the corporate lender, on its fundraising with the Australian Future Fund;
  • Goldman Sachs in primary and secondary investments;
  • Azini Capital in the formation of Azini 2, backed by Lexington Partners, to acquire from Apax Partners two partnership holding interests in 16 technology companies across Europe and the United States; and
  • Hermes Fund Managers in the disposal of its direct private equity business to Bridgepoint, the merger of its fund of funds business with Gartmore’s to form Hermes GPE and the acquisition of Henderson’s stake in Hermes GPE following Henderson’s own acquisition of Gartmore.

Mr. Sims is recommended as a leading lawyer in Who’s Who Legal and Chambers UK, being described in the latter publication as both “a great one to watch” and “incredibly pragmatic and commercially minded.” He was recommended as one of the top 40 lawyers under 40 in Financial News in 2013 and is listed as a leading individual in Lawdragon Insights: Private Funds. Mr. Sims also is chair of the International Bar Association’s Private Funds Subcommittee, and contributing editor to the International Corporate Legal Guide to Alternative Investment Funds.

Professional Memberships

Chair, IBA Private Investment Funds Subcommittee, IBA Investment Funds Committee

Member of the Organising Committee of the IBA Private Investment Funds conference

Member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners (APP)



  • LL.B. (Hons) Law, London School of Economics


  • Solicitor, England & Wales

Stephen G. Sims