Shawn D’Aguiar is a partner in Goodwin’s Private Investment Funds practice. Mr. D’Aguiar’s 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. Mr. D’Aguiar has also led on GP-led and secondary transactions, strategic investments in fund managers and the establishment and restructuring of manager platforms. Mr. D’Aguiar 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, BNP Paribas, 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, Standard Chartered Private Equity and Wells Fargo Asset Management.

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

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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*
  • BNP Paribas Wealth Management on the formation of feeder funds for its private banking clients*
  • 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.
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Mr. D’Aguiar is also qualified in India and worked in Mumbai for over three years. His work included fund formation and transactions.


  • 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 Mr. D’Aguiar 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. Mr. D’Aguiar has been recognized by Legal 500 since 2012.
  • Recommended for Private Funds by Whose Who Legal (“WWL”) 2020. WWL notes Mr. D’Aguiar 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.

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Master in Business Law, 2007
National Law School of India University
Post Graduate Diploma in Securities Law
Government Law College, Mumbai (Bombay)



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