Deborah A. Monson focuses her practice on commodities law, asset management and private investment funds. Debbie has represented registered and exempt commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors for 30 years and also regularly advises mutual funds, banks, insurance companies, endowments and foundations on commodities law matters.
Debbie represents U.S. and offshore private investment funds, fund sponsors and investment advisers. She has significant experience with registration, regulation and compliance issues, as well with counseling clients on product design, fund formation, securities offerings, marketing, and negotiations and documentation with service providers.
This experience includes working with regulators on behalf of clients, assisting with regulatory audits, and obtaining exemptive and no-action relief. Debbie also provides compliance and ethics training for CFTC registrants.
For institutional investors, Debbie concentrates on reviewing and negotiating the terms of their investments in private equity, hedge, managed futures, real estate and infrastructure products.
- JD, University of Michigan Law School, 1985
- AB, Princeton University, 1980
- Illinois, 1985
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1985
MEMBERSHIP & AFFILIATIONS :
- American Bar Association, Derivatives & Futures Law Committee
- Futures Industry Association, Law & Compliance Division
- 100 Women in Hedge Funds, Chicago Education Committee (past member), Chicago Philanthropy Committee
- Managed Funds Association, CPO/CTA Forum
PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES :
- Pro Bono Legal Representation, Infant Welfare Society of Oak Park and River Forest
- Princeton University Alumni Schools Committee
- Advising clients on the implications of financial reform initiatives and initiatives by the CFTC and NFA, including changes in registration exemptions and harmonization issues; increased reporting; developments with respect to swaps and automated trading; and fund-of-funds issues.
- Advising international asset managers on the launch and expansion of their hedge fund, private equity, and commodities platforms in the U.S.
- Advising global asset managers and financial services firms on speculative position limit and related aggregation issues.
- Advising fund sponsors and investment managers on commodities law issues in connection with publicly-traded investment vehicles.
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