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Emma L. Rodriguez-Ayala

Emma L. Rodriguez-Ayala

Faegre Baker Daniels

Chicago, IL, USA


Emma is an investment management attorney, with a solutions-oriented and business-focused approach to advising clients. She leverages both in-house and private practice perspectives to assist clients with their legal, regulatory, and compliance needs, both in the U.S. and internationally.  Emma is skilled in complex alternative investment structuring, coordinating offerings for private funds, negotiating investments in private funds, performing legal and compliance due diligence on private funds and investment advisers, and developing compliance programs.

Previously, she was the General Counsel and a Senior Managing Director of Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc., an investment adviser offering multi-manager hedge fund portfolios for institutional investors worldwide. She was a member of Mesirow’s Executive and Operating Committees, and served on the boards of over a dozen of Mesirow's investment funds for U.S. and non-U.S. institutional investors.  Emma began her legal career at Sidley Austin LLP’s Investment Fund, Advisers, and Derivatives practice, where she was a member of the firm’s Associate Advisory Panel and the Sidley Prelaw Scholars Selection Committee. 

Emma speaks nationally on a variety of topics impacting the investment management industry and on issues related to the development, promotion and retention of women and people of color within corporate America, and the investment management and legal industries in particular.  She was named a Top Latino Leader by the National Diversity Council in 2018, and included in the “Who’s Who in Chicago Hispanic Power” list. She was previously selected as Business Leader of Color by Chicago United, which recognizes individuals who currently serve or are ready to serve as board directors for Fortune 1,000 companies. 

Emma is the Chicago Chapter President for the Association of Latino Professional for America, overseeing a team volunteers supporting over 6,500 members across Chicagoland.  She is a member of the Chicago board of directors of iMentor, a nationwide organization that builds mentoring relationships to empower students from low-income communities to graduate high school and succeed in college.  She is a member of the Private Directors Association.

She received a B.S.B.A. summa cum laude from Saint Louis University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.  Emma lives in Chicago’s Loop with her husband (Eric), son (Lincoln), and neurotic mini-dachshund (George).

Emma L. Rodriguez-Ayala is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Private Fund General Counsels' Roundtable - Private Fund Regulatory Developments and Compliance Challenges 2018, Thursday, February 01, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Private Fund General Counsels' Roundtable - Private Fund General Counsels' Roundtable, Thursday, February 01, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Private Fund General Counsels' Roundtable - Private Fund General Counsels' Roundtable, Thursday, February 01, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Private Fund General Counsels' Roundtable - Private Fund General Counsels' Roundtable, Thursday, February 01, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Private Fund Regulatory Developments and Compliance Challenges 2018, Wednesday, February 07, 2018, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Private Fund Regulatory Developments and Compliance Challenges 2019, Thursday, January 31, 2019, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Private Fund Regulatory Developments and Compliance Challenges 2019, Thursday, January 31, 2019, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Private Fund Regulatory Developments and Compliance Challenges 2019, Thursday, January 31, 2019, Indianapolis, IN
Private Fund Regulatory Developments and Compliance Challenges 2019, Thursday, January 31, 2019, Mechanicsburg, PA
Private Fund Regulatory Developments and Compliance Challenges 2019, Thursday, January 31, 2019, Boston, MA
Private Fund Regulatory Developments and Compliance Challenges 2019, Thursday, January 31, 2019, Philadelphia, PA
Private Fund Regulatory Developments and Compliance Challenges 2019, Thursday, January 31, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Private Fund Regulatory Developments and Compliance Challenges 2019, Thursday, January 31, 2019, Nashville, TN
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