Dorothy D. Mehta is a partner and a leader in Cadwalader’s Investment Management Practice, concentrating her practice on fund formation. Her client base includes U.S. and non-U.S. investment advisers, wealth management platforms and family offices. Dorothy has extensive experience in the structuring, formation and operation (domestically and on a cross-border basis) of a variety of alternative investments products, including U.S. and non-U.S. hedge funds, private equity funds, hybrid funds, funds-of-funds, collective investment trusts, and commodity pools (both privately- and publicly-offered), and the establishment of separately managed account arrangements.
Dorothy regularly advises clients on registration and related compliance requirements of the SEC and CFTC, assisting with structuring considerations, compliance program reviews, regulatory and investor audits and no action letter requests. Dorothy also routinely counsels clients on matters pertaining to the Dodd-Frank Act, the Investment Advisers Act, the Investment Company Act, the Commodity Exchange Act and federal and state securities laws generally. With Dodd-Frank amendments to the commodities laws, she has been significantly involved with hedge funds, private equity funds, registered investment companies and structured finance vehicles in their transition to CFTC regulation.
Dorothy served on the Managed Fund Association’s Steering Committee and on the New York City Bar Association’s Private Investment Funds Committee, which shapes law and public policy. She also is an active member of several professional groups on private investment funds matters and is a frequent speaker at business and legal conferences.
Dorothy was named a "Next Generation Partner" in Fund Formation: Alternative/Hedge Funds by Legal 500 US, a “Highly Regarded Lawyer” in Hedge Funds in IFLR 1000, and as a "Rising Star" in Securities and Corporate Finance in New York - Metro by Super Lawyers. Dorothy has been recognized in Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law and was shortlisted for the 2019 Euromoney LMG Americas Women in Business Law Awards for Best in Investment Funds. She is also recognized in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America as one of the nation’s leading lawyers in the area of Private Funds/Hedge Funds. Dorothy was part of the team that was named 2020 Regulatory Team of the Year by IFLR Americas. Dorothy co-authored a chapter, titled “U.S. Tax and Regulatory Considerations,” in Private Trust Companies: A Handbook for Advisers, published in 2020 by Globe Law and Business.
Dorothy received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and B.A. from Cornell University.