Tom Alabaster

Investment Funds Partner, London / New York

"I maintain a strongly international practice focused on funds, their structuring, marketing and operation. I am committed to clear and commercial advice, delivered efficiently and effectively."


Education and qualifications

Published works


Tom is a partner in the firm’s investment funds group. He is a specialist in the international structuring, marketing and operation of private funds and private fund managers across a broad range of strategies and jurisdictions. He is also highly experienced in the structuring of sponsor-to-sponsor M&A, joint ventures, structured secondaries, separate managed accounts and co-investments. 

Tom joined Linklaters from Latham & Watkins where he was a partner and co-head of the Latham’s London investment management group. Prior to that, he worked in New York for more than six years, first in the investment management group of Debevoise & Plimpton and then as an in-house funds lawyer and Europe and Africa CCO at The Carlyle Group. 

Recognition Highlights and Industry Activities 

Tom is ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers where clients describe him as “absolutely awesome”. He is identified by IFLR as a “rising star” and by PEI’s Private Fund Manager as one of the private fund industry’s top 30 under 40.  

Tom is a member of the advisory board of the University of Bristol’s Enterprise Fund. He serves on the legal and accounting committee of the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA), having previously served on the regulatory committees of the BVCA and Invest Europe. He teaches a module on “Private Equity” for the LLM at King’s College, London and is the editor of the book “Global Investment Funds: A Practical Guide to Structuring, Raising and Managing Funds”.

Representative Clients
Tom advises clients across Europe, Asia and North America. Clients include Aermont, Standard Chartered, Oaktree, LaSalle, Nexus Point, KIA, Limerston Capital, Katara Hospitality and AIMCo.

Education and qualifications

University of Bristol, Politics

Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, LPC

BPP Law School, PgDL

Published works

Editor and Author of the book – Global Investment Funds: A Practical Guide to Structuring, Raising and Managing Funds (2017)

Author of article – Juris News: Investment Management: If it looks like a fund and sounds like a fund… An Analysis of the Definition of an AIF in the Non-Traditional Alternative Investment Space (2015)