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John S. Lore, Esq. | Founder & Managing Partner  LI-Logo

John Lore

John Lore, founder and managing partner of Capital Fund Law Group, is a strategic advisor to emerging fund managers throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East with regard to the formation and operation of real estate funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, and other alternative funds using varied approaches, including equity, fixed income, distressed debt, and sector funds. He also provides counsel to real estate funds during the soft-commitment, pre-capital raising stage. Mr. Lore, over the last several years, has also developed a deep level of expertise related to digital assets and has authored several white papers related to his knowledge in this capacity.

Throughout his legal career, Mr. Lore has advised hundreds of investment fund managers and real estate fund sponsors on all aspects of their business, from capital raising and fund formation to implementation of their business models. His representation of a broad range of managers allows him to keep abreast of emerging trends, regulations, and key business issues in the capital-raising process.


Mr. Lore is a frequent speaker at investment management events in the U.S. and Europe, and some of the world's leading universities. Mr. Lore is regularly called on to provide insights on emerging hedge fund and private equity legal topics to institutional investors and is quoted in more than 100 media articles in over a dozen countries.

Before founding Capital Fund Law Group over a decade ago, Mr. Lore practiced corporate and securities law at leading law firms, including the private securities department of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in the New York City and Moscow offices. Mr. Lore received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Utah, where he served as a senior member of the Utah Law Review. Mr. Lore received his B.A. from Brigham Young University and is a member of the New York State Bar and the Utah State Bar.

In The News


Recent Presentations

  • Digital-Asset Regulation Symposium co-presenter with panelists from Harneys, Stout, and the University of Luxembourg
    Columbia University | June 2019
  • Co-Lecture with Professor Dirk Zetzsche, University of Luxembourg ADA Chair in Financial Law: Global Center for Investment Fund Studies—Investment Funds Digital Asset Research Issues
    Harvard Law School | February 2019
  • Real Estate Qualified Opportunity Zone co-presenter with panelists from KPMG and JMA Ventures: Capital Fund Law Real Estate Fund Opportunity Zone Workshop
    Columbia University | December 2019
  • Guest Panelist, joined by fellow panelists from Novogradic, Snell & Willmer, and JMA for the Opportunity Zones Webinar: In-Depth Discussion for Investors and Advisors
    Hosted by JMA Ventures | November 2018
  • US Investment Management Law Panelist: Global Institutional Investor Obstacles and Considerations for emerging Digital Asset Investment Issues: 2018 International Trader Forum, Rome, Italy | September 2018
  • Moderator and co-presenter with panelists from Harneys and Cummings Law on digital asset issues and the European Union
    London, UK | May 2018
  • Hedge Fund Moderator and co-presenter with panelists from Akin Gump, Pulteney Street Capital, Anderson Tax, et. al. on open-end investment funds and digital asset issues—Global Center for Investment Fund Studies
    Harvard University | April 2018
  • Real Estate Fund Law Moderator and Co-Presenter with Alpha Wave Investors, Key West Investments, Capital Fund Law Real Estate Fund Workshop: Raising Capital
    Los Angeles, CA | March 2018
  • Moderator and co-presenter with the Managing Editor of the Stanford Journal of Blockchain Law & Policy, with panelists from CEO and Senior Vice Presidents of: Bitgo, Xapo, Kingdom Trust, and Dominion—Capital Fund Law, Cryptocurrency Hedge Funds and Custody Questions
    Columbia University | June 2019
  • Alternative Mutual Funds: Compliance and Risk Management in 2015 Explored
    The Knowledge Group CLE/CPE National Webcast | March 2015

Representative Publications 

 

Christopher Rogers, Esq. | Senior Tax Partner

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Christopher Rogers, a senior partner at Capital Fund Law Group, advises clients in the areas of investment fund formation, securities law, corporate law, and taxation. Mr. Rogers also provides guidance on the structuring, establishment, and compliance of hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, and other alternative investment vehicles, such as digital assets.

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Rogers gained extensive experience counseling operating companies regarding raising debt and equity capital through Regulation D private placement offerings in a variety of industries, which include, but are not limited to, real estate, mining, lending, oil and gas, healthcare, manufacturing and automotive.
He is a sought out legal expert, who has been cited in top-tier industry publications such as U.S. News & World Report and Investment News regarding his knowledge of tax, funds, and real estate.

Mr. Rogers received his J.D. cum laude, from Roger Williams University School of Law, where he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Tax and Business Law Society.

Following law school, Mr. Rogers received an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University. In addition to his law degrees, Mr. Rogers holds an MBA and Master of Professional Accountancy from Weber State University. He is a member of the Rhode Island State Bar, the Massachusetts State Bar, the Utah State Bar, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court.

Representative Transactions

  • Represented a New York-based investment manager in the formation of an open-ended equities hedge fund.
  • Represented a Colorado-based film producer in a private placement offering for development of a motion picture.
  • Represented an issuer in a $60 million equity offering for the manufacturing and distribution of armored vests.
  • Regulation S and Regulation D offering for a real estate company consisting primarily of offshore investors in connection with an EB-5 program.
  • Prepared a multi-million dollar equity private placement offering for a 1940 Act Investment Company.
  • Hedge Fund formation for a state-registered investment fund focused on monthly options.
  • Prepared an equity private placement offering for a major, Washington D.C.-based news reporting corporation.
  • Formed a real estate lending fund for a Utah based commercial real estate lending group.
  • Represented a Utah-based motion picture producer in a Regulation D offering for the development of an independent motion picture private placement offering for a Las Vegas based online mobile application company.
  • Represented a Florida-based medical device manufacturer in a $10 million Regulation D private placement equity offering.
  • Multiple multi-million dollar equity series and debt private placement offerings for a New Jersey based debt investor.
  • Private placement offering for a New York based online mobile application company.

 

Yoshitaka Nishikawa, Esq. | Investment Funds Attorney

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Yoshitaka Nishikawa works closely with the firm’s Senior Investment Funds Partner. In his capacity as an Investment Funds Attorney, Mr. Nishikawa provides support to the firm’s hedge fund and private equity fund clients, which includes managing regulatory matters, preparing fund offerings, fund partnership agreements, and reviewing fund documentation.

Before joining Capital Fund Law Group, Mr. Nishikawa was an Of Counsel at Okazaki Law Offices in Los Angeles, where he primarily helped the firm with Japanese-speaking clients on both litigation and transactional matters. During his tenure with the firm, he was engaged in business development efforts and facilitated the onboarding of a Japanese corporate client. Previously, Mr. Nishikawa worked on an array of legal consulting projects for many firms, including Am Law 50 and Am Law 100 firms between the U.S., Canada, and Japan.

Mr. Nishikawa, a native in Japanese who is also fluent in French, attended the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he graduated in two years. During that time, was a research assistant to a professor who wrote a casebook that was later published as Kunz and Chomsky's Contracts: A Contemporary Approach by West Academic. He received his LL. B and his LL. M in European Law at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He attended Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and completed a program co-hosted by Tulane University Law School, where he was awarded certificates of Advanced Study and Training in Mediation and Dispute Resolution and became eligible to act as a mediator pursuant to many American state statutory and court rule standards. Mr. Nishikawa is admitted to the State Bar of California and is currently working toward qualifying as an English Solicitor through The Law Society of England and Wales.

Joseph R. Stead | Investment Funds Attorney

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Joseph Stead is an Investment Funds Attorney at Capital Fund Law Group, working alongside the firm's partners and support staff, assisting with document preparation and review for the Firm’s hedge fund and private equity fund clients.

Mr. Stead joined Capital Fund Law Group from MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton, LLP, where he was a transactional associate. In that capacity, he regularly conducted SEC regulatory research and document preparation. He previously spent two years as a legal research assistant at Duquesne University School of Law, where he authored a chapter on cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, and regulatory oversight.

Prior to his law career, Mr. Stead worked as an Assistant Vice President at Citigroup, where he worked on risk assessments and regulations. He was also an analyst at M&T Bank in Treasury operations.

Before his corporate career, Mr. Stead honorably spent seven years as an Airman for the United States Air Force. In this capacity, he was integral in military training and monitoring, leading teams, and supervising cargo. For his service, he was awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2012), Non-Article 5 NATO Medal (2012), National Defense Service Medal (2009), and Global War on Terrorism Medal (2009).

Mr. Stead holds his J.D. from the Duquesne University of Law where he focused on Corporate Governance and Transactions. He received the CALI Award for Trade Secret Law in 2020. He received both his Master of Business Administration in 2014 and his Bachelor of Science in 2012 from Niagara University. Mr. Stead is admitted to the State Bar of Nevada. 

Lead Staff

 

Jennifer Hicks | Client Development Director 

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Jennifer Hicks, Director of Client Development at Capital Fund Law Group, joined the firm in the early part of 2018 and has quickly become an integral team member. She liaises with the in-house attorneys, assists prospective and current clients with their fund planning and formation process, and provides guidance to emerging managers on non-legal fund-related matters. Furthermore, Ms. Hicks organizes the firm's investment fund events and oversees much of the business and marketing goals and operations.  

Ms. Hicks, who has been a lifelong student of the legal field, held a career in law enforcement in the state of Utah prior to becoming a part of Capital Fund Law Group. Having been a first responder allowed Ms. Hicks the opportunity to gain valuable skills, which include investigative research, critical thinking, extreme attention to detail, and multitasking – all skills required to make the transition to the corporate side of the law. While her client base is now fund managers and not the public, Ms. Hicks understands the importance of public relations and perception. In fact, she partakes in podcasts and interviews showcasing her transition from one area of the law to another.

Given her time as a civil servant, Ms. Hicks continues to fuel her passion for giving back and serving the community. During her law enforcement career, Ms. Hicks was nominated as Police Association President, a volunteer role, where she organized a police and fire charity event to raise money and awareness for a child in her community. In her personal life, Ms. Hicks actively organizes events and projects, often surrounding military causes and children in her community.

Ms. Hicks holds a degree in Criminal Justice and her Paralegal Certification. She has also earned several advanced certifications in communications and investigations. Awards include the Police Combat Cross medal, received in May 2015, for her response and action taken during an armed assailant situation. 

Whitney Loftus | Investment Funds Senior Paralegal

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Whitney Loftus is the Senior Investment Funds Paralegal at Capital Fund Law Group and has remained a dedicated and integral part of the team since joining the firm in 2017. Ms. Loftus works directly with the firm’s clients throughout the fund formation process, from engagement to fund launch.

Ms. Loftus oversees all regulatory compliance filings and registrations, as well as manages our firm’s ongoing continuing compliance legal services program which many of our clients utilize. Working alongside Capital Fund Law Group’s Senior Tax Partner, Christopher Rogers, Esq. for many years, Ms. Loftus serves as his point of contact for all client-related matters.

Prior to joining Capital Fund Law Group, Ms. Loftus served as an office administrator for a medical facility, where she managed an array of administrative tasks including, appointment schedules, greeting visitors, answering phones, and organizing the file systems for the organization.

Ms. Loftus obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a focus on Legal Studies from Weber State University. During her time at Weber State, she received a nomination for the Senior Thesis of the Year Award in recognition of her exceptional historical research. In her free time, Ms. Loftus enjoys the outdoors with her husband and young daughter and continues to pursue her passion for history and legal studies through reading and continued research.

 

Arianna Rosas | Legal Assistant

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Arianna Rosas is a legal assistant at Capital Fund Law Group. In this role, she supports the firm’s partners and attorneys and is our senior paralegal, Whitney Loftus' main point of contact. Additionally, Ms. Rosas assists in legal research and regulatory updates for the firm. 

A conscientious and dedicated team member, Ms. Rosas is excited to be a part of a team where she can learn first-hand about fund management and securities law. Ms. Rosas is currently attending the University of Utah as a pre-law student, pursuing her bachelor’s degree in criminology and sociology; she is expected to graduate in the spring of 2021. Upon graduation, Ms. Rosas expects to continue her passion with plans to enroll in law school to pursue her Juris Doctor degree.

As an active member of her community, Ms. Rosas serves in various voluntary roles, currently offering her knowledge and skillset at a local domestic violence shelter hotline.  Ms. Rosas is fluent in Spanish.

Camron Boone | Client Services Coordinator 

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Camron Boone is the client services coordinator for Capital Fund Law Group, where he supports the firm’s director of client development. In this capacity, Mr. Boone performs a variety of client-centric services and administrative tasks, including document preparation, research, and building client relationships with prospective managers. Mr. Boone’s outgoing personality and strong work ethic complement the firm’s high standards for quality and integrity.

Prior to joining Capital Fund Law Group, Mr. Boone served in a customer-focused role, assisting in captioning calls for persons with hearing loss, and providing his clients with computer-related issues and maintenance. As a results-oriented individual who enjoys new challenges, Mr. Boone is pleased to be a member of the Capital Fund Law Group team where he can develop an understanding of both corporate law and fund formation. Mr. Boone was formerly an active member of the National Speech and Debate Association and was a national qualifier in 2018. Currently, he is pursuing his post-secondary education in the legal field.

Marissa Bowman I Executive Assistant

Marissa Bowman is the executive assistant for Capital Fund Law Group’s Founder & Managing Partner, John Lore. Prior to joining Capital Fund Law Group, Ms. Bowman worked in customer service, where she fielded customer queries for several high-profile organizations.  She credits retail for teaching her about time management and satisfying customers. Solution-oriented by nature, coupled with a desire to work hard and be innovative from a young age, Ms. Bowman brings her skills for organization, communications, and creativity to Capital Fund Law Group. Her day-to-day role involves scheduling calls on behalf of John Lore, research and development, and nurturing relationships with clients, both existing and new, along with her colleagues. 

Ms. Bowman, who was raised in a law enforcement family and is working toward becoming a Paralegal, and is also currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. She has a passion for the law that she endeavors to make her long-term career. Ms. Bowman graduated from Davis Tech in 2018 with a degree as a Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) and as an EMT in 2021.