Karen Boadu

Senior Associate

Karen advises fund managers on the establishment of funds across a range of asset classes, including real estate, private equity, private credit, infrastructure as well as funds of funds and joint ventures.
She is also part of our tier 1 institutional investor practice advising sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, development finance institutions, insurance companies, family offices and other institutional investors on fund investments, co-investments, funds of one and managed accounts across all asset classes.


Representative matters

A Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund on its USD 100m fund investment into a technology fund.

A development finance institution on its investment into a pan-African private equity fund. 

A Namibian sovereign wealth fund on the establishment of a hydrogen-focused fund.

A Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund on its USD 50m investment into a healthcare fund.

A leading European real estate fund manager on the establishment of its EUR 1bn fund (previous firm experience).

A large US logistics fund manager on the wind-up of one of its joint ventures valued at EUR 1.2bn (previous firm experience).

A large Canadian pension fund on its EUR 250m investment into a European debt fund (previous firm experience).

A leading South African private equity company on the establishment of a fund of funds structure for investment in infrastructure, renewable energy, debt finance and strategically complementary strategies (previous firm experience). 

Pro bono

Assisted Amicus (human rights charity) with the Racial Justice Project, which involved analysing trial transcripts to identify instances of racial injustice in the US.

Providing careers advice as part of the 'Inspiring Minds, Inspiring Careers' programme at St Marks C of E Primary School in South Norwood, including presentations at a school assembly and careers fair.

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest Speaker, “Sovereign Immunities Workshop: Key Takeaways for Sovereign Investors”, Africa Sovereign Investors Forum (Kigali), July 2023



Solicitor, England and Wales, 2017


LLB, Law with French Law, UCL, 2014

Legal Practice Course, University of Law (London), 2015


A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.