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Carolyn H. Jackson

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Carolyn Jackson is a partner in Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP. She has extensive experience in advising on financial markets and products regulation, including the regulation of over-the-counter and exchange-traded derivatives, as well as commodities, securities and structured transactions. She advises on national and cross-border compliance with G20 regulatory reforms, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR). She has deep experience in derivatives, covering documentation, structuring, compliance, regulatory and legal risk issues. She is a frequent speaker on international and US regulatory reform.

Prior to joining Katten, Carolyn was the European head of Allen & Overy LLP's US Regulatory practice. Before becoming a lawyer, she was the executive director and a board member of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. Carolyn spent the first 13 years of her career as a derivatives trader and was part of the original swaps team at Chase Manhattan Bank, NA. She established the New York derivatives trading desk for Banque Nationale de Paris, and was the first vice president and manager of the Banque Indosuez International Capital Markets Group in New York.

Shown below is a selection of Carolyn’s engagements.


Chambers Global, Banking & Finance, UK – Foreign expert, 2013–2016; Banking & Finance, USA – Expert based abroad, 2013–2018
Legal 500 - UK Individual, 2013, 2015–2019
Chambers UK, 2014
HFM European Hedge Fund Services Award, 2015
December 18, 2017
January 2016
Co-author, Questions and Answers Concerning the Final Prudential Regulator Margin Rules for Non-Cleared Swaps, Derivatives
January 1, 2010
Co-author, Derivatives: US Issues, Investment Management Law and Practice, Oxford University Press
December 3, 2009
Co-author, The Road Toward Mandatory Registration for Fund Advisers and the Closure of Gaps, Complinet
May 16, 2009
Co-author, Hedge Fund Transparency Act: The End of Derivative-Linked Structured Products as We Know Them, Derivatives Week
Co-author, Large Trader Reporting, OTC Derivatives Regulation Under Dodd-Frank: A Guide to Registration, Reporting, Business Conduct, and Clearing, Thomson Reuters, 2014 ed.
Firm News
April 12, 2019
Speaker | Brexit or Bust: The Regulation of Legal and Financial Services under Brexit | 2019 Annual Conference of the ABA Section of International Law | Washington, DC
March 21, 2019
Speaker | Brexit: One week to go… | Global Investor Group Trading Amsterdam | Amsterdam
January 25, 2019
Speaker | Hard Brexit: Three Major Challenges | ABA Derivatives and Futures Law Committee Winter Meeting | Florida
January 10, 2019
Speaker | Blockchain, Bitcoin and Other Cryptoassets | Financial Markets Law Committee High Court Judiciary Education Seminar | London
October 9, 2018
Speaker | MiFID II Nine Months On | FOW Trading CEE 2018 | Warsaw
October 4, 2018
Speaker | Structural Change on the Horizon: Brexit and Benchmarks | PRIME Finance New York Inaugural Conference | New York
June 13, 2018
Speaker | Blockchain, distributed ledger technology, smart contracts and bitcoin | Financial Markets Law Committee High Court Judiciary Education Seminar | London
January 22, 2018
Presenter | Global Financial Regulatory Reform: The End of Trading as We Know It | PRIME Finance Annual Conference | The Hague, Netherlands
January 19, 2018
Presenter | International Regulatory Developments including BREXIT | ABA Derivatives & Futures Law Committee | Naples, Florida
September 6, 2017
Presenter | Position Limits: Preparing for Uncertainty | FOW Regulation 2017 | London
May 18, 2017
Presenter | MiFID II: the main challenges and drivers of change | FOW Trading Scandinavia 2017 | Stockholm
May 15, 2017
Speaker | State of the market: asset management in Scandinavia | FOW Trading Scandinavia Asset Management Forum | Stockholm
January 23, 2017
Presenter | Financial Market Regulation: Ever-Evolving and Ever-Present | PRIME Finance Annual Conference | The Hague, Netherlands
November 8, 2016
Presenter | Brexit – What Does It Mean For The UK and For European Capital Markets? | FOW Derivatives World Central and Eastern Europe | Warsaw, Poland
September 8, 2016
Presenter | Commodity Derivatives: Increased Scope, Increased Requirements | FOW Regulation Conference | London, United Kingdom
June 8, 2016
Presenter | MiFID II: Where Are We Now? | IDX | London, United Kingdom
January 27–28, 2014
Speaker | Increasing Legal Certainty and Reducing Systemic Risk: Legal and Market Views | P.R.I.M.E. Finance Annual Conference | The Hague, The Netherlands
January 17, 2012
Presenter | The Devil Is in the Detail: Interpreting Master Agreements (Valuations, Measuring Loss, Set-Off and Tax Characterisation) | Opening Conference of P.R.I.M.E. Finance: Seminars on Dispute Resolution in the Financial Markets | The Hague, Netherlands
November 2, 2011
Presenter | Keeping Up with the Markets: Which Ones Do You Monitor? Who Decides? | Mondo Vision Surveillance & Compliance Seminar | London, United Kingdom
October 12, 2011
Speaker | After the Storm: Navigating the New World Order in Financial Services Regulation | ABA Section of International Law 2011 Fall Meeting | Dublin, Ireland
March 3, 2011
Presenter | Clearing Commodity Products | ISDA Energy, Commodities and Developing Products Conference | London, United Kingdom
January 26, 2011
Presenter | Clearing Commodity Products | ISDA Symposium, ISDA Commodity Operations | London, United Kingdom
September 21, 2010
Presenter | Harmonizing US Regulation with Foreign Boards | Energy OTC Derivatives Futures & Swaps Summit | Washington, DC
March 25, 2010
Presenter | Documenting Freight Derivatives | ISDA Energy, Commodities and Developing Products Conference | London, United Kingdom
October 15, 2009
Speaker | US Regulatory Reform for OTC Derivatives and Asset Managers | G20 Asian Reform Conference | Hong Kong, China
January 25, 2008
Presenter | Food for Thought: Hedging the Hunger Crisis | 2008 IAFE Annual Conference: Investing Through Volatile Markets | New York, New York
Carolyn H. Jackson


  • JD, Fordham University School of Law, cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • MS, University of Rochester, Simon Graduate School of Business
  • BA, University of Virginia, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • England and Wales
  • New York


Chambers Global
Banking & Finance, UK – Foreign expert, 2013–2016; Banking & Finance, USA – Expert based abroad, 2013–2018
Legal 500 - UK Individual
2013, 2015–2019
Chambers UK
HFM European Hedge Fund Services Award
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