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(NEW YORK) Katten today announced that Ilene Froom has joined the firm’s Financial Markets and Funds (FMF) practice as a partner in New York. Froom’s in-depth knowledge of buy-side and sell-side client needs in derivatives, among a host of other highly sought-after legal skills, broadens Katten’s capabilities in these areas, further elevating longtime leader FMF. award-winning in the financial services industry.
Froom was previously a partner at two other AmLaw 100 firms and before that he was in-house counsel for more than eight years at JPMorgan Chase Bank.
“Ilene is clearly an exceptional lawyer with in-depth knowledge of derivatives and other key aspects of financial services as well as relevant laws and regulations. This substantial experience will greatly benefit our global customer base,” said Lance Zinman, Global President of Katten’s FMF Group. “She is well-versed, well-regarded and a fantastic addition to our team.”
Froom regularly advises a diverse set of clients, including hedge funds, asset managers and major banks on derivatives and other transactions and related structural, regulatory and documentation matters. It covers a wide range of asset classes and arrangements, including equity derivatives, fixed income and foreign exchange products, prime brokerage, securities buyback and forward transactions, initial regulatory margins ( IM) and variation margins (VM) attached credit support (CSA) and account control agreements. Froom also advises clients on the LIBOR transition and the use of SOFR and other alternative rates in loans, derivatives and other products.
Froom has lectured on derivatives and has presented at conferences for the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and the New York City Bar and Practicing Law Institute (PLI), among others. She is a member of various professional organizations and is the current Chair of the New York State Bar Association Derivatives and Structured Products Law Committee.
Froom will work closely with Katten’s futures and derivatives lawyers, who represent a wide range of clients (traders, end users, proprietary traders, brokers, advisers, exchanges and clearing houses) on an equally wide range of commercial transactions (futures, structured products, and cleared and over-the-counter swaps) encompassing many different asset classes (interest rates, credit, commodities, securities and currencies). This breadth of practice gives her valuable perspective on issues and a foundation for creative problem solving.
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