Willa Cohen Bruckner is a partner in the Financial Services & Products Group in Alston & Bird’s New York office. She concentrates on derivatives, structured products and alternative investments and brings to her practice more than 30 years of experience as a financial services attorney. Willa 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. Willa works with clients throughout the life cycle 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. Her clients include banks, hedge funds, private equity funds, commodity pools, institutional money managers, corporations, energy companies, not-for-profits, pension plans, endowments and family offices.
From July 2015 through June 2018, Willa was 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, 2017, and 2018 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© for Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law – New York.
Before joining Alston & Bird, Willa 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, 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.