Hidden Treasures and Choppy Waters: Venture Capital Investment in Emerging Markets
Among the leading investment funds he has represented are Acton Capital Partners, ABRY Partners, Accel Partners, Apax Partners, Bain Capital, Balderton Capital, Battery Ventures, Beringea, Bessemer Venture Partners, Coatue Management, Columbia Capital, CommerzVentures, Evolvence, Global Finance, Golden Gate Capital, Greenspring Associates, Headway Capital Partners, Innova Capital, Kinnevik, KPS Capital Partners, Mangrove Capital Partners, M/C Partners, Piton Capital, Rho Ventures, Russia Partners, Salesforce Ventures, Summit Partners, Tectonic, Vostok New Ventures and Vostok Emerging Finance.
A cross-border transactional lawyer by trade, his experience includes UK multi-jurisdictional and complex corporate transactions for both public and private companies, including countless acquisitions and disposals, cross-border mergers, bankruptcy infused asset sales, recapitalisations and reorganisations.
He has a particular depth of experience in technology and IP rich businesses and is a recognised leader in late stage venture transactions and in early stage private equity transactions in Europe and the emerging markets.
Shawn also advises technology companies, from incubation through M&A exits, initial public offerings and other growth opportunities. His participation in the private equity and venture capital sector spans his entire career—with time spent in private practice, in-house and advising investors as well as investor-backed businesses—and affords him a deep knowledge and understanding of the industry and client needs and expectations.
Shawn started his career at Linklaters, and subsequently practiced at Kirkland & Ellis. He has worked extensively throughout North America, Eastern Europe and Asia. In addition to London, Shawn has practiced corporate law in New York, Toronto and across Eastern Europe. Before his law career, Shawn was a musician and record producer, which culminated in a No. 8 chart listing in the Canadian national chart in 1995.
Shawn's recent representations include the following.
Private Equity and Growth Capital
Corporate, Infrastructure and telecom transactions
Central and Eastern Europe / Emerging Markets