Shawn D’Aguiar is a partner in Goodwin’s Private Equity group. Mr. D’Aguiar’s practice focuses on fund structuring and formation, and he advises managers and investors in the private equity, private debt, infrastructure and venture capital sectors. He covers a wide range of funds including emerging markets, sharia’a-compliant funds, incentive schemes and co-investment arrangements. Mr. D’Aguiar has also led on fund restructurings, GP led liquidity events, secondary transactions and strategic investments in fund managers.

He previously worked with 3i Group plc, Capital, Ambienta, Arqaam Capital, Circuitus Capital, Crescent Capital, BNP Paribas, Foursan, Hermes GPE, ICG / ICG-Longbow, Investec, Propel Venture Partners, Qatar First Bank, Rothschild Group, 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:

  • 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 south-east Asia.*

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

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 Chambers 2021 UK for his work in Investment Funds: Private Equity: Credit Funds and Investment Funds: Private Equity: 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
  • 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
  • Recommended for investment funds work by the Legal 500 since 2012

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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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