Helen is a Partner and head of Osborne Clarke’s UK Financial Institutions Group. She specialises in fund formation in the alternative asset space, with experience of multiple asset classes but with a particular focus on private equity and venture capital funds.

She also acts for a variety of investors with regard to their fund investments and segregated mandates.

Helen has over 20 years of experience advising clients in the asset management sector.   She is recognised in Chambers for her expertise in advising private funds in the venture space, where clients praise her commercial approach and personable nature. Helen likes to build a trusted adviser relationship with her clients, advising them on fundraising and related business issues, often from inception/their first fund onwards.

"Osborne Clarke has been a key partner to Illuminate since we launched the first fund eight years ago. On fund three, Helen Parsonage and her team provided us with invaluable service from first to final close dealing with a global investor base that includes some of the most important banks and infrastructure players in financial services and ranges from new relationships through to Illuminate's longest-standing financial institution clients. Our two firms share very similar values and once again Osborne Clarke have proven a responsive and pragmatic partner, bringing their knowledge of the market to the process and enabling us to hit our own objectives." 

Mark Beeston, founder, Illuminate Financial

"OC provided invaluable support on our fundraise, helping us navigate all the legal, regulatory and commercial aspects of raising our first institutional fund. Helen and her team were highly efficient, pragmatic and responsive throughout the process, enabling us to achieve a successful timely fund closing." 

John Mesrie, co-founder, InReach Ventures
Illuminate Financial Management

Advising on the launch of Illuminate's three funds, focusing on early stage investments in fintech, as well as the JV/strategic arrangements with its cornerstone investors and other ongoing/internal advice.

firstminute capital

Advising firstminute (early stage tech investor) from launch to its current, third, fundraising, as well as various SPV LPs and ongoing/internal advice.

Passion Capital

Advising Passion on its recent fundraisings and SPVs as well as ongoing/internal advice.


Advising PiLabs on the launch of its third European proptech fund and on GP investment by corporate backers as well as ongoing/internal advice.

InReach Ventures

Advising InReach on the launch of its first fund, making seed and pre-Series A investments in European technology companies.

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