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Loretta Shaw-Lorello

Member / Chair, Investment Funds Group

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Loretta has a multifaceted private equity and investment funds practice that encompasses advising private equity fund sponsors on a broad range of issues with respect to fund formation, operation, and regulatory compliance. She has extensive experience in representing clients in the formation and operation of buyout funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds, distressed funds, and credit opportunity funds. She also counsels fund sponsors on the formation and operation of investment manager and general partner entities, including investment adviser registration and compliance and structuring carried interest plans and employee co-investment arrangements. 

As it pertains to her work with institutional investors, she regularly works with public and private pension plans on reviewing and negotiating their private equity and hedge fund investments and has advised high net worth investors and private banks on the structuring and formation of feeder funds for private equity and real estate fund investments. 

Prior to joining Mintz, Loretta was vice chair of the Private Funds Practice and a partner in the Private Equity Practice in the New York office of a Washington-based global law firm, where she advised private equity fund sponsors around the world on fund organization and operations matters. Earlier, she was a partner and counsel at a Los Angeles-headquartered global law firm. She was also an associate at a private equity and corporate finance boutique law firm and an international law firm, all based in New York City. Just after law school, Loretta had a judicial clerkship with the now-retired Honorable Lawrence W. Pierce, then a Senior Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

While in law school, Loretta served as an associate editor and a member of the Fordham Law Review.


  • Fordham University (JD, cum laude)
  • Yale University (BA)


Representative Matters

  • Handled the formation and marketing of two institutionally-focused commercial real estate funds with combined total commitments of more than $550 million for The Hampshire Companies. The fund structures included investment partnerships and private real estate investment trusts. 
  • Represented a major US fund sponsor on matters related to the formation and marketing of a $1.2 billion venture capital fund. 
  • Advised a major international fund sponsor throughout the formation stage and in the marketing of a credit opportunity fund valued at more than $1 billion.

Recognition & Awards

  • Order of the Coif 
  • Chambers USA: Nationwide - Investment Funds/Private Equity/Fund Formation (2012 – 2015) 
  • Chambers Global Guide: Investment Funds: Private Equity (2014 – 2016) 
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States: Investment Fund Formation and Management - Private Equity Funds (2013 – 2017)


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York

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In an article published in the July/August Issue of Venture Capital Journal, Mintz Member and Chair of the firm’s Investment Funds Group Loretta Shaw-Lorello was quoted extensively on how general and limited partners are traversing fund schedules and capital calls during the current economic downturn brought on by COVID-19.
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