Ms Allison Yacker > Katten > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

NEW YORK, NY 10022-2585
United States

Work Department

Financial Markets and Funds


Allison Yacker is the co-chair of the Investment Management and Funds practice and represents a wide variety of sponsors (both hedge and private equity) and investors in transactional, fund formation, regulatory and corporate matters. Her significant experience representing institutional and emerging asset managers as well as all manner of buy side investors gives her unique insight into market trends as they develop. This enables Allison to provide customized and solution-oriented counsel to her sell-side and buy-side clients in an efficient and timely manner.

Recognized by Best Lawyers in AmericaChambers USA and The Legal 500, clients view Allison as a trusted source for comprehensive and commercial guidance with respect to the broadest panoply of issues relevant to asset management market participants. She represents hedge funds, private equity funds, commodity pools and managed account platforms that engage in a wide variety of strategies, including quantitative trading, private credit, distressed debt, futures and FX, litigation finance, securitized products, affordable housing, renewable energy and carbon credits, to name a few. Allison also regularly advises her clients with regards to seed and early stage investment opportunities, and provides counsel with respect to insurance dedicated funds and PPLI and GACs and the use of similar structures.

Allison spends a significant portion of her time representing institutional investors looking to deploy capital to hedge funds, private equity funds and other ventures. These clients include sovereign wealth funds, foundations, insurance companies, pension plans, family offices and endowments and high-net-worth investors. She also advises these clients on global regulatory issues that arise in connection with investments in funds and managed accounts.

Allison regularly counsels investment management clients with respect to ongoing regulatory matters (including reporting, disclosure and registration issues), corporate, employment and intellectual property matters. She provides counsel on regulatory compliance and advises clients on security token offerings and other cryptocurrency- and ICO-related matters.

Allison is a member of the firm’s board of directors and is on the Steering Committee of Katten’s Women’s Leadership Forum, which supports the strategic retention and advancement of women attorneys at the firm through mentoring and professional development programs. She also has a long-standing relationship with 100 Women in Finance as an Angel Member. Allison was recently recognized as a Working Mother of the Year in Working Mother Magazine.


JD, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; BA, University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading lawyers)

Allison Yacker – Katten

Katten‘s ‘terrific‘ offering is differentiated by its ‘excellent experience‘ advising the world’s leading quantitative and algorithmic trading funds on matters relating to volatility, black box, grey box and other alternative and emerging trading strategies. The team’s expertise in this area extends to regular cross-border work, involving jurisdictions as widespread as the UK, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Hong Kong, India and the United Arab Emirates. Allison Yacker – who is recommended for clients looking to ‘launch a fund in the most expeditious and economic manner‘ – and Wendy Cohen jointly chair the investment management and funds practice, while ‘very smartLance Zinman acts as the global chair of the financial markets and funds departments. Henry Bregstein, another core practitioner at the practice, is singled out by one client as being ‘among the very best commercial and legal minds on Wall Street‘. All named attorneys are based in New York.