OpenGate hires general counsel and chief compliance officer

OpenGate Capital has hired Shawn Haghighi as general counsel and chief compliance officer. Previously, Haghighi worked at Platinum Equity where he was senior vice president, assistant general counsel and assistant secretary.


LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OpenGate Capital, a global private equity firm, announced today that it has hired Shawn Haghighi as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Working from the firm’s office in Los Angeles, Haghighi joins OpenGate’s global senior leadership team comprising investment professionals in Los Angeles and Paris, France.

Haghighi is a tenured professional with over 18 years of legal practice and experience with a diverse background gained through his tenure at two global, investment firms and leading, international law firms. Prior to joining OpenGate, Haghighi was Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Platinum Equity. During his four-year tenure at Platinum, Haghighi was instrumental in managing that firm’s compliance and regulatory programs, fund formation and co-investment offerings, and numerous other legal and regulatory matters relating to the firm and its portfolio companies. Prior to Platinum, Haghighi worked at Oaktree Capital Management as a Vice President – Legal where he was responsible for various compliance and regulatory matters and fund formation matters across multiple investment strategies, as well as a wide range of general, in-house counsel matters. He began his legal career in the New York offices of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher.

Andrew Nikou, OpenGate Capital’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are excited to welcome Shawn into the OpenGate family. Shawn’s breadth and depth of experience relating to international private equity funds, co-investments, compliance and regulatory matters will be invaluable to OpenGate’s processes and procedures. We’re so pleased Shawn joins us at a vital time in OpenGate’s growth.”

Haghighi stated, “I am so pleased to be joining OpenGate at this point in the firm’s growth. I look forward to working with the entire organization and supporting OpenGate in its growth.”

OpenGate Capital has a team of 31 people in the firm’s Los Angeles and Paris offices executing on the firm’s integrated value creation strategy of sourcing, execution and operations which is applied throughout an investment’s life cycle.

About OpenGate Capital
OpenGate Capital is a global private equity firm specializing in the acquisition and operation of businesses to create new value through operational improvements, innovation and growth. Established in 2005, OpenGate Capital is headquartered in Los Angeles, California with a European office in Paris, France. OpenGate’s professionals possess the critical skills needed to acquire, transition, operate, build and scale successful businesses. To date, OpenGate Capital, through its legacy and fund investments, has executed more than 30 acquisitions including corporate carve-outs, management buy-outs, special situations and transactions with private sellers across North America and Europe. To learn more about OpenGate, please visit