Willa Cohen Bruckner - Alston & Bird LLP

Willa Cohen Bruckner

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2016

Willa Cohen Bruckner is a partner in the Financial Services & Products Group in the firm’s New York office. She concentrates on derivatives, structured products and alternative investments and brings to her practice over 30 years of experience as a financial services attorney. Ms. Bruckner has worked extensively in new product development and in the negotiation and documentation of a wide variety of derivatives products and complex financial transactions, and she advises on derivatives products under the Dodd-Frank Act. Ms. Bruckner works with clients throughout the lifecycle of a trade or investment, up to and including termination and dispute resolution. Her advice is practical and draws on her experience as internal counsel on both the buy-side and the sell-side.

Ms. Bruckner is chairperson for the over-the-counter derivatives subcommittee of the New York City Bar Futures and Derivatives Committee. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law – New York.

Prior to joining Alston & Bird, Ms. Bruckner was general counsel for a family investment office and fund of funds and a capital markets attorney for major financial institutions. She received her J.D. from The University of Pennsylvania Law School, her M.A. in economics from Yale University and her B.S. with High Distinction and with Highest Honors in mathematics from the University of Michigan.


Additional Information

  • Advised a wide variety of financial companies, investment funds, energy companies and corporations on the application of Dodd-Frank and related regulations to existing and future businesses.
  • Advised institutional money managers on structuring trading relationships to minimize counterparty credit risk.
  • Assisted buy-side clients to establish arrangements for third-party segregation of collateral.
  • Advised financial institutions on clearing arrangements for derivatives products.
  • Advised multiple institutional investors, hedge funds and corporations on legal issues regarding the trading of complex and plain vanilla derivatives transactions and on negotiation of documentation for all derivatives products, repurchase transactions and prime brokerage arrangements.
  • Developed transactional and regulatory documentation for a bank's interest rate hedging program.
  • Represented a fund manager in structuring a facility to provide first loss protection, by means of total return swaps, on a dynamic portfolio of assets warehoused for securitization.
  • Advised a dealer on cross-border derivatives transactions collateralized by interests in foreign investment funds.
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  • Represented hedge funds in structuring and negotiating trading platforms for synthetic positions in distressed debt.
  • Advised a leading renewable energy company on structuring and documenting wind derivatives as part of long-term financing transactions.
  • Analyzed the effect of counterparty default across the full range of trading with dealer counterparties for a major global investment bank.Advised leading issuers of structured products on equity-linked and index-linked products.
  • Represented various derivatives counterparties with aggregate exposure in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in excess of $1 billion.
  • Advised a commodities broker in the review and overhaul of documentation for all derivatives trading.
  • Advised a seller of protection in terminating credit default swaps with aggregate notional amounts exceeding $7.5 billion, involving novel legal and valuation issues and cross-border insolvency issues.
  • Represented an investor in a dispute regarding a highly structured, principal protected, hedge fund-linked product.
  • Represented a corporate borrower in a £21 million tax dispute involving a complex derivative embedded in a loan structure.
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Office Location

90 Park Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10016-1387
United States

Practice Areas

Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law