Justin J. Shigemi

Justin J. Shigemi

Justin J. Shigemi

T: (203) 325-5065 - F: (203) 325-5001

Justin Shigemi's practice focuses on the representation of investment advisers, broker-dealers, private funds, including hedge funds, cryptocurrency funds, private equity funds and offshore funds, and institutional investors, including family offices. Mr. Shigemi advises as to all aspects of the fund structuring and formation process, preparation and review of fund offering documents and marketing materials, SEC and state investment adviser registration, CFTC commodity pool operator and commodity trading advisor registration, FINRA and NFA membership and other licensing matters, preparation and negotiation of marketing/introduction agreements, the development and implementation of compliance programs and procedures and ongoing compliance matters. Mr. Shigemi's practice has also begun to focus on the FinTech industry, including robo-advisers, blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, and ICOs.

Mr. Shigemi is the Chair of the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Mr. Shigemi received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2005, where he was the recipient of the Larry Fleisher Memorial Foundation Prize for extraordinary achievement in the area of Sports and Entertainment Law. He received a B.A., with Honors, from Yale University in 1998. Mr. Shigemi is admitted to practice in the States of Connecticut and New York.

"The U.S. Private Equity Fund Compliance Guide" (Co-Author), vol. 3, PEI, 2015

"The U.S. Private Real Estate Fund Compliance Guide" (Co-Author), PEI, 2012

"The U.S. Private Equity Fund Compliance Companion" (Co-Author), PEI Media Ltd., 2012

"The U.S. Private Equity Fund Compliance Guide" (Co-Author), PEI Media Ltd., 2010

"Criminal and Enforcement Regulation" (Co-Author), Annual Review of Developments in Business Corporate Litigation, American Bar Association 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Panelist, “Cryptocurrencies and Private Funds: Business, Regulatory and Tax Implications,” Peltz International, February 7, 2018, 101 Club, 101 Park Avenue in New York, New York.  The seminar was geared towards managers who are considering whether to integrate cryptocurrencies into existing funds or to start a separate “cryptocurrency” fund (whether through a traditional fund structure or through a “tokenized” fund structure).  Speakers included Justin J. Shigemi and other partners at Finn Dixon & Herling. For more information about Justin’s statements at the seminar, please click on the PDF below.  

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Moderator, “Insight from In-House: How We Got Here, What We Do, What We Like to See,” Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association, May 25, 2017

Moderator, “Rebooting Your Compliance Program, Personnel, Training & Infrastructure,” Regulatory Compliance Association, May 18, 2017

Panelist, “Private Fund Advisers: An Overview of the Regulatory Landscape for the General Practitioner,” National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), Solo/Small Firm Committee, December 8, 2016.

Featured Speaker, “Cyber Security: Why Planning is So Important and How to Implement a Practical Strategy,” Global Alpha Forum, October 7, 2016.

Speaker, “Commodity Pool Operator and Commodity Trading Advisor Registration & Regulation for Investment Fund Managers,” PracticEdge Session, Regulatory Compliance Association, December 11, 2014.


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 2005, Recipient, Larry Fleisher Memorial Foundation Prize, 2005
  • Yale University, B.A., 1998, with Honors

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2008
  • Connecticut, 2009

Associations and Memberships

Connecticut Hedge Fund Association

Managed Funds Association (MFA)

Connecticut Bar Association

Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Board of Directors, Lawyers for Collaborative Diversity

New York City Bar Association, Minorities in the Profession Committee Member

New York State Bar Association

Member, Securities Advisory Council to the Connecticut Department of Banking (June 2017 – Present)

Member, Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, Legal Working Group (May 2018 – Present)

Reporter, Task Force on Revision of Connecticut Regulations Governing Investment Advisers (2013-2015)