Robert M. McLaughlin

Robert M. McLaughlin

  • Partner
  • Corporate
  • New York
  • T:   +1.212.859.8963
  • F:   +1.212.859.4000
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Robert M. McLaughlin is a corporate partner resident in Fried Frank's New York office, where he is a member of the Asset Management and Financial Services Practices. 

Mr. McLaughlin is head of the Firm's Derivatives practice and a leading practitioner in derivative transactions of all types, including futures, over-the-counter derivatives and cleared swaps, as well as related collateral, guarantee, custody and other credit support arrangements. He also maintains a leading practice in repurchase, securities lending and prime brokerage and other types of trading agreements, as well as structured products, synthetic equity and fund-linked investments, credit extensions, loan trading and derivatives claim trading. His clients include hedge funds, private equity funds, investment management firms, investment and commercial banks, mutual funds, individual investors, corporations and government-sponsored entities. Mr. McLaughlin regularly advises market participants on legislative and regulatory developments concerning futures, derivatives, cleared swaps, bankruptcy and insolvency safe harbors, and market structure and facilities. 

From 2016-2017, Mr. McLaughlin served as Chair of the Futures and Derivatives Committee of New York City Bar Association and recently served as chair of the New York City Bar's “Futures & Derivatives” program. Since 2004, he has served as either Chair or Co-Chair of approximately a dozen New York City Bar futures and derivatives programs, including the Committee's annual conference and other programs on selected issues such as credit derivatives and bankruptcy law developments and hot issues in the regulation of futures and OTC derivatives.
Mr. McLaughlin is the author of Over-the-Counter Derivative Products: A Guide to Business and Legal Risk Management and Documentation (McGraw-Hill, 1999) and the chapter "Risk Management and Fiduciary Duties" in Risk Management: Foundations for a Changing Financial World (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2010). He is a member of the Board of Editors of Futures & Derivatives Law Report. In addition to his frequent derivatives industry presentations, Mr. McLaughlin has been a guest lecturer on derivatives and risk management at Fordham University School of Law.

Honors & Awards

Mr. McLaughlin is recognized by Chambers in Capital Markets: Derivatives and Legal 500 in Structured Finance: Derivatives and structured products.

Professional Associations

Chair, Futures and Derivatives Committee, New York City Bar Association.

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions

New York

Practices & Industries


New York University School of Law, JD – 1983
Dartmouth College, AB – 1979
  • with highest honors
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