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David Crosland



“David Crosland’s name is rapidly becoming synonymous with private equity fund-formation.”

Legal 500

“Diligent and pragmatic.”

Legal 500

“David is a fantastic lawyer - hugely knowledgeable about his practice area both in terms of expertise and market knowledge. Working with David always makes a fundraising run smoothly.”


“Attentive and client-friendly.”

Legal 500

"David Crosland is very focused on delivering pathways to the result the client wants."

Legal 500



David undertakes a wide range of corporate transactions with a particular experience in the launch of investment funds.

He is regularly instructed by fund managers, UK and international law firms and other financial services firms on the launch, administration, restructuring and listing of both closed and open-ended investment funds. 

As well as private funds, David has advised funds that are listed on the LSE, AIM, Euronext and TISE.


David trained at Clifford Chance in London qualifying as an English solicitor in the Private Funds Group in 2004. While there he specialised in the establishment of institutional closed-ended investment funds particularly private equity, real estate and infrastructure funds.

In 2006, he spent nine months on secondment at ABN AMRO advising on the structuring and launch of institutional fund-linked investment products, before joining Carey Olsen in May 2007. David became a partner in 2013.

Awards and accolades


David is ranked by Legal 500 as a Leading Individual in investment funds and is noted to be "diligent and pragmatic". He is ranked in Band 2 by Chambers and Partners and Highly regarded by the IFLR1000. In 2019, David was named one of three 'global elite thought leaders' for the offshore region in the Who's Who Legal Private Funds Guide.

L500 UK Leading Individual 2024
David Crosland Chambers UK 2024