Adjunct Associate Professor of Law
Emma Nakakuki is a derivatives lawyer and has been practicing law on Wall Street for fourteen years. Emma started her law career as a legal intern at the Office of Attorney General of the State of New York in the Investor Protection Bureau where she helped the Chief of Enforcement depose many portfolio and mutual fund managers on their use of derivative products. She was recruited by Bankers Trust (now Deutche Bank) as one of the attorneys to help clean up their derivative documentation as part of their settlement with the Fed (after the Proctor & Gamble law suit). She went on to obtain legal training as an associate at law firms such as Sidley Austin Brown & Wood and King & Spalding where she worked on hundreds of IPOs, private placements, structured finance and leveraged leasing transactions. She obtained extensive credit derivatives experience at Morgan Stanley where she helped to bring newly launched credit derivative products to a straight-through-processing platform. She is currently a Vice President at Bank of America where she serves as a derivatives attorney supporting the structured products business group and the corporate derivatives business group.
She is one of the founders of the Women in Derivatives Group which hosts panel discussions and events related to the derivatives industry. Women in Derivatives Group currently has over 425 members.
Emma received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from University of Colorado and her Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University Law School in 1994. During law school, she served on the Board of Directors of the Washington Foreign Law Society and as the President of The International Law Society.