Allison Yacker is co-chair of the New York Financial Services group at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.
She represents domestic and offshore hedge funds (including fund-of-funds), private equity funds, commodity pools, investment managers, managed account platforms, banks and broker-dealers on a broad range of corporate, securities, finance and other regulatory matters.
She also provides structuring, organization and ongoing advice related to hedge funds and private equity funds that employ a broad range of investment strategies.
She regularly counsels investment managers with respect to state and federal registration issues and preparation of compliance policies and procedures manuals.
Additionally, Yacker advises funds and managers in connection with seeding arrangements.
Yacker has experience with prime brokerage agreements, over-the-counter derivatives, futures and options agreements and global netting and cross-product netting arrangements.
Yacker also provides advice with respect to executive employment matters and employment matters for hedge fund professionals.
From 2003 to 2004, Yacker was seconded to a large international financial institution, where she drafted and negotiated various ISDA- and OTC-related documents with a variety of inter-dealer broker and end user counter-parties.
Yacker is a member of the Katten Muchin’s Women’s Leadership Forum.
She is also a member of the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, the New York City Bar Committee on Futures and Derivatives Regulation, 100 Women in Hedge Funds and the New York Hedge Fund Roundtable.
Yacker holds a bachelor of arts degree from University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude. She holds a juris doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is admitted to practice in New York.
John Lothian News Interview, February 2016
In the trading space, much like the rest of the world, some of the best ideas and strategies come from emerging managers, or the “new kids on the block.” The trick is finding the right right win-win partnership to help get them on their way.
Today, it is the large managed funds that control most of the assets. A recent study from hedge fund research firm Preqin shows that big funds – those with over a billion under management, manage more than 90 percent of the assets. And last year, the hedge fund space had $3.2 trillion assets under management, according to Preqin, while the commodity trading advisors held $333.4 billion in Q3 2015, according to Barclayhedge.
That concentration of assets creates a problem for small or new funds, looking to get seed money that will propel the firm forward. According to Allison Yacker, partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman, part of the solution lies in “seeding arrangements,” whereby a larger, established firm provides the working capital and other elements that allow an emerging manager to focus on trading. The challenging trading environment since the 2008 financial crisis, coupled with more regulations and compliance costs, has created a more competitive environment for firms looking to attract capital.
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