I am a specialist investment funds lawyer with particular expertise in alternative asset classes including debt, renewables, infrastructure, and venture capital. I am also an expert in Islamic Finance, advising on e.g. commodity Murabaha and Ijara lease transactions.
I joined Fladgate in 2003 bringing my investment funds and Islamic finance capability. I love working with first time fund managers who are absolute experts in their asset class. They need my help with structuring in the best way possible, to achieve a successful fundraise and an attractive IRR for investors. I always want to know about their ambitions first: when they look back in 5 to 7 years what will be an excellent result for them? When I understand that, I can point out, and help them step round, any pitfalls.
Accomplishing the art of the difficult together with my clients is my aim.
Making sure that the next generation has all the benefits of a first class education is extremely important. I sit on the Council of Clifton College in Bristol, I am an active member of two grant giving educational charities and chaired the PACT Educational Trust board for over 10 years.
As a mother of three, (although I like to think that I have nearly reared two of them!), and in more normal times, I have plenty of ready-made activities. I have been known to cheer so loudly at the side of a rugby pitch that I have made my young companions cry. Looking forward to getting back to the cheering.
Ella Leonard of Fladgate LLP heads the firm’s investment funds practice. She brings her corporate background to bear on a host of issues for her fund clientele, particularly when structuring portfolio acquisitions of real estate assets.