Nick Benson

  • Partner
  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom
  • T +44.20.7710.1054


Nick Benson is a renowned legal advisor in the field of investment funds. He has extensive experience of structuring and negotiating private capital investment vehicles on behalf of leading international sponsors and investors, with a particular focus on Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Mr. Benson’s practice serves clients across the alternative assets spectrum, including private equity, infrastructure, real estate, and hedge funds. His expertise includes:

  • Fund formation
  • Bespoke investment mandates
  • Co-Investments
  • Secondaries
  • Management team spin-outs and startups
  • Investment advisor structuring and operations


Mr. Benson has led numerous fundraisings and related transactions. The following is a representative selection of the clients for whom Mr. Benson has acted at Latham & Watkins and/or his prior law firms:

Fund Formation (GP representation)
  • 3i (Europe buyout, India infrastructure)
  • Actis (emerging markets growth, infrastructure, and real estate)
  • Arcus Capital Partners (infrastructure)
  • Ardian (growth capital)
  • Affinity (Asia buyout)
  • Atlas (hedge)
  • BC Partners (Europe buyout)
  • Capital Dynamics (fund of funds)
  • Charterhouse (Europe buyout)
  • Elbrus Capital (Russia/CIS growth)
  • Harwood Private Equity (UK buyout)
  • IDFC (India infrastructure)
  • Multiples Private Equity (India growth)
  • NADG (US real estate)
  • Nykredit (hedge)
  • Primary Capital (Europe buyout)
  • Quadriga Capital (Europe buyout)
  • RBS (special opportunities)
  • Rockspring (UK real estate)
  • Tata Capital (India growth, opportunities)
  • Waterland (Europe buyout)
Fund Formation (LP representation)
  • Assicurazioni Generali
  • China Life
  • Cornerstone Private Equity
  • European Investment Bank
  • GIC
  • Partners Group
  • The Public Investment Fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Investment Advisor Transactions
  • A Priori Capital Partners (spin-out from Credit Suisse)
  • Affinity (internal restructuring)
  • Argan Capital (spin-out from Bank of America)
  • Capital Dynamics (acquisition of Glenalta)
  • Elbrus Capital (spin-out from Renaissance Bank)
  • Electra Partners (internal restructuring)
  • GNRI (spin-out from Barclays)
  • Primary Capital (internal restructuring)
  • Standard Life (spin out of SL Capital Partners)

Thought Leadership

  • Fund-to-Fund Transfers on the Rise as Deal Flow Slows -  December 09, 2019
  • Three Fund Issues That Can Unexpectedly Impact Portfolio Company Investments -  July 20, 2017
  • The Singapore-India Joint Venture: Truly Symbiotic -  June 30, 2017
  • FCA Seeks to Reform UK Asset Management Sector -  June 29, 2017
  • Fees: Increasing Requirements for Disclosure Continue -  October 07, 2015
Clients describe Nick Benson as “outstanding” and “absolutely top quality.”Chambers UK 2019
Bar Qualification
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • Law Society Finals, College of Law, Chester, 1993
  • LLB, University of Birmingham, 1992
  • Financial Institutions
  • Investment Funds
  • Private Equity
  • India Practice