The Business Law Section, with a membership of approximately 3,500, is one of the largest Sections of the New York State Bar Association. Its members consist of attorneys whose practice involves some aspect of commerce or finance. Thus, the practice of the members is quite diverse – ranging from securities to banking, bankruptcy to consumer finance, franchising to insurance, among many others. To accommodate this breadth of practice, the Business Law Section has a range of committees that offer the practitioner with business clients information in similarly diverse areas: Bankruptcy; Banking; Business Organizations; Franchise, Distribution and Licensing, Derivatives and Structured Products; Securities Regulation; and the constantly evolving area of Technology and Venture Law. These Committees meet regularly to review current developments in their areas. Members enjoy the benefit of participating in discussions of developments in the business and financial services world and the opportunity to expand their professional network. Attendance at committee meetings and other scheduled Section meetings often can fulfill MCLE requirements.

The Section publishes the NY Business Law Journal, which provides practice-oriented insight and guidance relevant to the business law practitioner, with special emphasis on lawyers who practice in New York State.

The Business Law Section has been in the forefront of introducing, monitoring and evaluating legal developments in the areas of business and finance on both federal and New York State levels.

Members gain access to an extensive network of business law practitioners through our online Community.


Contact the Business Law Section Liaison

To learn more about this Section, please contact Gina Bartosiewicz
[email protected]
(518) 487-5671

Please do not contact the Section liaison with a request for legal advice or an attorney referral. You can instead visit our ‘Public Resources’ or ‘Lawyer Referral Service’ page for this type of request.

A Rockas

Anastasia T. Rockas

Anastasia Rockas focuses her practice on private investment funds and private investments. Ms. Rockas’ private investment fund practice comprises representing sponsors in forming various types of domestic and offshore funds. She represents significant investors such as family offices, sovereign wealth funds, pension plans and other institutional investors in their investments in private funds. Ms. Rockas’ practice includes representation of invest­ment advisers as well as investors in connection with managed accounts, funds of one and investment advisory agreements. She has extensive experience representing investment advisers as well as private equity investment principals in negotiating and documenting their management company and general partner structures, including their incentive compensation arrangements, employment matters and succession issues. Her practice includes all aspects of structuring of, and investments by, family offices. Ms. Rockas works on a variety of investment transactions involving private funds, including investments in investment advisory businesses and other types of equity investments.

Ms. Rockas assists investment advisers with various regulatory and compliance matters, such as investment adviser registrations with the SEC and ongoing compliance, SEC examinations, regu­latory filings with the SEC and the Treasury Department, as well as CFTC and ERISA issues.

Ms. Rockas is an active member of various bar and professional associations. She is currently the chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Business Law Section. She also is a former chair of the New York State Bar Association’s bar securities regulation committee and is the co-founder, former chair and member of New York State Bar Association’s Private Investment Fund Subcommittee. Ms. Rockas is a former member of the Managed Fund Association’s Outside Counsel Forum. Additionally, she is a member of the American Bar Association’s Hedge Fund and Institutional Investor committees. Ms. Rockas was named Best in Investment Funds at Euromoney’s 2020 Women in Business Law Americas Awards and has been named to The Best Lawyers in America and The Legal 500 U.S.

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NY Business Law Journal

The NY Business Law Journal features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of business law. It is designed to provide practice-oriented insight and guidance relevant to the business law practitioner, with special emphasis on lawyers who practice in the State of New York. Edited by David L. Glass (Editor-in-Chief) and Prof. James D. Redwood (Managing Editor), the NY Business Law Journal is published twice per year by the Business Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

The Journal is published as a benefit for members of the Business Law Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association.

The NY Business Law Journal encourages article submissions on topics of interest to members of the Section. Writing an article for a NYSBA Section publication is a great way to get your name out in the legal community and advertise your knowledge. Our authors are respected state-wide for their legal expertise in all aspects of business law, including banking, bankruptcy, business organizations, employment law, franchise law, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, securities and technology. Recent issues have focused on such timely concerns as cybersecurity, internet law, and the evolving law surrounding marijuana businesses.

Author Guidelines

NYSBA has created comprehensive author guidelines, with information regarding our reprint policy, style guidelines, and obtaining MCLE Author Credits.

Business Law Memos

BLS Memo 4 – S7508A/A9508A, Part LL
AN ACT to amend the Banking Law, in relation to consumer debt collectors

BLS Memo 5-GOV – S8214
AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the regulation of chemicals in upholstered furniture, mattresses and electronic enclosures

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