Shawn Daguiar

Shawn D’Aguiar

Shawn D’Aguiar
+44 (0)20 7447 4833

Shawn D’Aguiar is a partner in Goodwin’s Private Investment Funds practice. Shawn practice focuses on fund structuring and formation, and on separately managed accounts, long term funds, and permanent capital vehicles. He advises managers and investors in the private equity, private debt, infrastructure, and venture capital sectors. He covers a wide range of funds including impact and sustainable investing, emerging markets, sharia’a-compliant funds, incentive / carried interest schemes (including phantom carried interest plans) and co-investment arrangements. Shawn has also led on GP-led and secondary transactions, strategic investments in fund managers and the establishment and restructuring of manager platforms. Shawn is also an integral member of the firm’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) & Impact practice, an innovative new practice area that helps investors mindful of environmental, social and governance issues make a positive social and/or environmental impact through their investments without sacrificing returns.

He previously worked with Ambienta, BentallGreenOak, Centum Capital, Charme Capital, Circuitus Capital, Crescent Capital, Denham Capital, Foursan Group, Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) / ICG-Longbow, LGT Capital, Mandarin Capital, Partners Group, Propel Venture Partners, and Standard Chartered Private Equity.

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2017, Shawn was a partner at King & Wood Mallesons (formerly SJ Berwin).


Recent transactions include advising on: 

  • ICG-Longbow on its latest over-subscribed real estate debt fund, with commitments effectively at its hard cap of £1 billion, for investment in UK real estate*
  • A listed leading specialist asset manager on the largest GP led liquidity event in Europe, which included a direct secondary portfolio sale*
  • A leading European private equity firm on a GP led stapled secondary, one of the first of such transactions to close successfully in Europe* 
  • Ambienta on its fund raising of Fund II, closing above its target of €300 million and ahead of schedule, using a differentiated fund structure*
  • On infrastructure funds, both brown- and green-field, investing globally, across Europe and in emerging markets*
  • On various emerging market funds including those investing in Africa, India, the Middle East, Turkey, Brazil, and southeast Asia*
* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Experience

Shawn is also qualified in India and worked in Mumbai for over three years. His work included fund formation and transactions.



Master in Business Law2007

National Law School of India University

Post Graduate Diploma in Securities Law

Government Law College, Mumbai (Bombay)



  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
  • India

Recognition & Awards

  • Recognized by Chambers and Partners UK (2023) in their Spotlight Table for Investment Funds: Private Equity: Credit Funds. Clients note: "Shawn is a brilliant individual and is always there to support us"
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 UK (2023) as a ‘Leading Individual’ for Investment Fund Formation and Management: Private Funds
  • Recognized by in their 2022 Legal Marketplace Analysis for his “expansive experience in private equity fundraisings across multiple jurisdictions and industries”
  • Recognized by Chambers UK 2022 for his work in Investment Funds: Private Equity and Secondaries. Clients note “He is very commercial in his approach” 
  • Recommended for Private Funds by Whose Who Legal (“WWL”) 2021. WWL notes Shawn is an “exceptionally diligent, thoughtful and creative lawyer” who “never breaks under pressure.” He is recognized for his “superb understanding of the technical details across the private equity fund space”
  • Recognized by Chambers 2021 UK for his work in Credit Funds and Secondaries. Clients note “he is very innovative, and good in the way he communicates and delivers”
  • Ranked as a 2021 Next Generation Partner by Legal 500 for Private Funds. Shawn has been recognized by Legal 500 since 2012
  • Recommended for Private Funds by Whose Who Legal (“WWL”) 2020. WWL notes Shawn is a favourite among clients, who comment that he “has excellent knowledge, is quick to think on his feet and finds the most appropriate commercial outcome for the client”
  • Winner of the 2017 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award: ‘Sharia’a-Compliant Funds Lawyer of the Year in England’
  • Named 30 under 40 most influential private equity lawyers by Private Funds Management 2015
  • Winner of the Finance Monthly Deal Maker of the Year Awards 2013


Publications include:

  • Author, “Coming of age,” in Corporate Financier, March 2014
  • Author, “Co-investment: Its crucial role in alignment of interests and incentivisation,” in Private Equity Compensation and Incentives, PEI, 2012
  • Author, “Triple bottom line private equity investments in Africa,” Emerging Markets Africa, June 2010
  • Author, “Private equity investing in India,” The India Showcase (report released at the India Investment and Capital Forum, Frankfurt, 2009

Speaking engagements include:

  • Panelist on “Annual Funds Sector Updates – Private Equity,” Goodwin Webinar Global Summit 2021
  • Panelist on “Credit Funds Series: Private Credit – Emerging Trends in Fundraising’ – Private Equity,” Goodwin Webinar Global Summit 2021
  • Panelist on “Goodwin Fundraising Workshop: What You Need to Know,” Goodwin Webinar Global Summit 2020
  • Panelist on “Making Sense of the Multi-Speed Evolution of the Infrastructure Market,” Infrastructure Investor Global Summit 2019
  • Panelist on “Investment Strategies and Management,” Infrastructure Investor Global Summit 2018
  • Panelist on “Human Capital: Up Close and Personnel,” Infrastructure Investor Global Summit 2017
  • Panelist on “Fund Structures – Fit for purpose?” Infrastructure Investor Global Summit 2016
  • Panelist on “Risk management,” Infrastructure Investor Global Summit 2015
  • Panelist on “Assessing the prospects for emerging markets infrastructure investment,” Infrastructure Investor Global Summit 2014
  • Panelist on “Fund terms and conditions – innovate or die,” Infrastructure Investor Global Summit 2013
  • Led panel on “Fund formation: Investor trends, terms update, capital raising environment,” and spoke on “Improving the GP LP relationship,” Infrastructure Investor Global Summit 2012