Shaun Barnes represents domestic and international private equity, growth equity, and venture capital fund sponsors. Focusing on middle-market and lower-middle market firms, Shaun advises fund sponsors on all aspects of the fund formation process, including structure, key terms, marketing, and negotiations with investors, as well as advising fund sponsors and institutional investors in connection with primary fund investments and secondary transactions. Shaun also counsels clients regarding the structure and terms of their internal business arrangements, and assists with regulatory and compliance issues, particularly with respect to the Investment Advisers Act. As a result of his time practicing overseas, Shaun brings a unique breadth of experience to his client work.
His clients have included New Energy Capital Partners, Chiratae Ventures, Omega Funds, i-Qu & Co., LFM Capital Partners, and Grove Street Advisors.
Sverica Capital Management Fund VI, a $750 million private equity fund.
Riverside Partners in a $532 million, multi-asset GP-led secondary transaction.
- New Energy Capital Infrastructure Credit Fund II, a $500 million clean energy infrastructure fund.
- LFM Capital Partners II, a $184 million private equity fund focused on the manufacturing and industrial sector.
- Grove Street Advisors on the formation of multiple separately managed accounts for global institutional investors.
- Cherry Ventures Management GmbH on U.S. fundraising and structuring matters.
- BY Capital Management GmbH on U.S. fundraising and structuring matters.
Professional and Community Involvement
- Member of the Boston Bar Association’s International Law Steering Committee and the International Transactions Subcommittee
Education & Credentials
- Duke University School of Law
- JD, 2012, magna cum laude
- Boston University
- MA, 2009
- Boston University
- BA, 2005, summa cum laude
The Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting Requirements (BOIR Rule) under the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) requires companies to identify their beneficial owners, unless the company falls within a list of exemptions. This memorandum describes some key factors of the CTA that funds should consider.
Choate represented Vidia Equity, a Munich-based investor in industrial decarbonization climate solutions, in the formation of its oversubscribed €415M Vidia Climate Fund I.
Four Choate attorneys – Shaun Barnes, John Marshall Chambers, Shaina Wamsley London, and Rick Thide - have been elected to partnership of the firm, effective January 1, 2024.
Choate is proud to have provided US counsel to La Famiglia, a seed-stage venture capital firm based in Berlin, in its combination with General Catalyst, a Cambridge, MA and Silicon Valley based venture capital firm.
On August 23, 2023, the SEC adopted final regulations in a 658-page Adopting Release, significantly increasing the regulatory burden on advisers to private funds and impacting the scope and timing of private fund financial reporting.