Mr Fred Santo > Katten > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

NEW YORK, NY 10022-2585
United States
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Work Department

Financial Services


Fred M. Santo represents sponsors and investment managers of domestic and international hedge funds, commodity pools and other public and private pooled investment vehicle, as well as investment managers, family offices, brokers, investment professionals, financial intermediaries and other financial institutions. He provides counsel on Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulations, the Investment Company Act, the Investment Advisers Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), broker-dealer regulation and taxes. In addition, he has extensive experience with commodity pool operator (CPO) and commodity trading advisor (CTA) registration and compliance requirements and detailed knowledge of financial legislation including the Dodd-Frank Act. Fred is also a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.

Fred has been described as being “as good as they come” (Legal 500). He is a frequent lecturer and author on topics of interest to the financial services industry, including securities and futures regulations affecting domestic and offshore private investment vehicles.

Fred previously served as national co-head of Katten’s Financial Services practice. Prior to joining the firm, he was a senior attorney in the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance and assistant general counsel to the CFTC. He began his career as a law clerk to the chief judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.


Fred is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association. He is also a member of the Committee on Government Relations of the Managed Futures Association.


LLM, Georgetown University Law Center, 1977; JD, American University Washington College of Law, 1972; BA, Binghamton University, State University of New York, 1969

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Investment fund formation and management > Alternative/hedge funds

Fund formation mandates form the backbone of Katten‘s workload, however the team also has a strong reputation in the market for advising on quant funds and manager M&A deals. Lance Zinman and Allison Yacker advise Waterfall Asset Management on regulatory matters, fund formation, structuring and investment deals, while of counsel Fred Santo and Wendy Cohen assist Welton Investment Partners with fund restructuring matters. Other clients include AQR Capital Management and Burford Capital. Zinman leads the practice. Other than Zinman in Chicago, named lawyers are based in New York.