Carolyn H. Jackson

London Office

Carolyn Jackson is a partner in Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer. She provides US financial regulatory legal advice to a broad range of market participants, including commercial banks, investment banks, investment managers, broker-dealers, electronic trading platforms, clearinghouses, trade associations and over-the-counter derivatives service providers.

Carolyn guides clients in the structuring and offering of complex securities, commodities and derivatives transactions and in complying with US securities and commodities laws and regulations. She is adept at addressing US registration issues for non-US entities looking to transact business into the US, including clearing organizations and exchanges as well as asset managers and swap dealers. Having practiced outside of the United States for her entire legal career, she is particularly well-versed in the cross-border effects of US regulations including the Dodd-Frank Act. She is a frequent speaker on topics including OTC derivatives regulatory reform and investment management regulation.

Prior to joining Katten, Carolyn was the European head of Allen & Overy LLP’s US Regulatory Practice. Before becoming a lawyer, Carolyn was the executive director and a board member of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA). 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, 2013–2014
Banking & Finance, UK – Foreign expert, USA – Expert based abroad, 2015
Legal 500 - UK Individual, 2013
Chambers UK, 2014
January 1, 2010
"Derivatives: US Issues," Law of Investment Management, Tim Spangler (editor), Oxford University Press (co-authored with Nathaniel W. Lalone)
December 3, 2009
"The Road Toward Mandatory Registration for Fund Advisers and the Closure of Gaps," Complinet (co-authored with Nathaniel W. Lalone)
May 16, 2009
"Hedge Fund Transparency Act: The End of Derivative-Linked Structured Products as We Know Them," Derivatives Week (co-authored with Nathaniel W. Lalone)
March 27, 2015
ESMA Updates Q&A on the AIFMD | Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 12
March 13, 2015
ESMA Issues Report Finding Tense EU Securities Market Conditions | Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 10
February 27, 2015
ESMA and JFSA Conclude a Memorandum of Understanding Regarding CCPs | Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 8
February 6, 2015
ESMA Determines Not to Propose a Clearing Obligation for NDFs | Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 5
January 23, 2015
ESMA and Hong Kong SFC Agree MoU for Covered CCP Supervision | Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 3
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
"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
November 2, 2011
"Keeping Up with the Markets: Which Ones Do You Monitor? Who Decides?" Mondo Visione Surveillance
October 12, 2011
"After the Storm: Navigating the New World Order in Financial Services Regulation," ABA Section of International Law 2011 Fall Meeting, Dublin
March 3, 2011
"Clearing Commodity Products," ISDA Energy, Commodities and Developing Products Conference, London
January 26, 2011
"Clearing Commodity Products," ISDA Symposium, ISDA Commodity Operations, London
September 21, 2010
"Harmonizing US Regulation with Foreign Boards," Energy OTC Derivatives Futures
March 25, 2010
"Documenting Freight Derivatives," ISDA Energy, Commodities and Developing Products Conference, London
October 15, 2009
"US Regulatory Reform for OTC Derivatives and Asset Managers," G20 Asian Reform Conference, Hong Kong
January 25, 2008
"Food for Thought: Hedging the Hunger Crisis," 2008 IAFE Annual Conference: Investing Through Volatile Markets, New York


  • 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

  • New York


Banking & Finance, UK – Foreign expert, USA – Expert based abroad, 2015
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  • American Bar Association, Committee for International Financial Products and Services
  • Panel of Recognised International Market Experts in Finance (P.R.I.M.E), Recognised Industry Expert
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Women in Listed Derivatives, Member and Mentor
  • International Association for Quantitative Finance, Board Member
  • Alternative Investment Management Association, CFTC Working Group
  • Futures Industry Association Futures Law and Compliance Division
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