Dr Simon Witney

Dr Simon Witney

Visiting Professor in Practice

Department of Law

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Dr Simon Witney is a practising lawyer who also teaches on the LLM programme at LSE. His doctoral thesis, completed at LSE in 2017, was on corporate governance in private equity-backed companies. Simon continues to research and write on corporate governance, company law and related topics.

Simon is a Special Counsel based in the London office of law firm Debevoise & Plimpton. He is a member of the Private Equity, Funds/Investment Management and Business Integrity Groups. Simon has served in senior positions within the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) over a number of years. He is currently a member of the BVCA Council, which is responsible for the BVCA's strategic direction and oversight, and previously chaired the BVCA’s Legal and Accounting Committee. He is a past Chair of Invest Europe’s Tax, Legal and Regulatory Committee and a current member of its Financial Services/Regulatory Working Group and Professional Standards Committee.

Journal articles

  • 'The Private Fund Limited Partnership: A New Fund Vehicle for the UK' Journal of Investment Compliance (2017) 18 (3) pp.75-78 (with Geoff Kittredge and Sally Gibson)
  • 'Corporate opportunities law and the non-executive director' Journal of Corporate Law Studies (2016) 16 (1) pp.145-186 
  • 'Duties Owed by Shadow Directors: Closing in on the Puppet Masters?' Journal of Business Law (2016) pp.311-324
  • 'Codes compared' International Financial Law Review (2008) p.24 (with James Bromley) 
  • 'In the Line of Fire?' European Lawyer  (2004)(December 2004/January 2005) pp.31-32 (co-authored with Bernard S. Black, Brian R. Cheffins and Michael Klausner)
  • 'Medical accident compensation: back to basics' Professional Negligence (1993) 3 p.129

Book chapters

  • 'Policy, regulation and private equity: the research agenda' (co-written with Sally Gibson) in Wright, M., Amess, K., Bacon, N. & Siegel, D. (eds) The Routledge companion to management buyouts (London: Routledge, 2017)  [forthcoming]
  • 'The impact of the AIFM Directive in Europe' (co-written with Emidio Cacciapuoti and Valentina Lanfranchi) in Anna Gervasoni (ed.) Private Equity and Venture Capital (2014)
  • 'Private Equity' in Tolleys Company Acquisitions Handbook (8th edition, 2007)


  • LSE Policy Briefing Series: Reform of UK Limited Partnership Law, July 2017
  • Comments on Corporate Mobility and Company Law by Eilis Ferran, 2016, The Modern Law Review, Vol. 79, Issue 5, 813-839.
  • LSE Brexit Blog, Brexit in the Supreme Court – a landmark ruling, or monumental waste of time and money?, February 2017
  • Letter to the Editor, LSE Law Review 2016, What can legal academics add to the debate about private equity? (http://dx.doi.org/10.21953/lse.u6eifh8gf3ht), Winner of the Best Letter Prize
  • Oxford Business Law Blog, Reform of UK Limited Partnership Law, January 2018