Margaret L. Johnson



Margaret Johnson helps registered investment companies (including open-end funds, closed-end funds, and exchange-traded funds) and their investment advisers with SEC reporting obligations. She also counsels private investment sponsors (including established and emerging hedge, private equity, growth equity, credit, and fund-of-funds sponsors) on all aspects of fund formation and private fund sponsors, buyers, and sellers in secondary transactions. In addition, Margaret assists institutional investors (including endowments, governmental plans, family offices, fund-of-funds, and corporations) with their private capital investment activity.

Margaret’s experience ranges from preparing fund registration statements, shareholder reports, proxy statements, and other filings, to capital raising, marketing, preparing offering documents, drafting organizational documents, and counseling clients on regulatory, compliance, and operational issues both during an active fund raise and during the operational stage (including with respect to sponsor carried interest and management company arrangements).

Margaret is a member of the Transactions Practice Group.

Representative Matters

  • Represented investment companies, including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds and closed-end funds, and investment advisers in compliance and reporting obligations, fund registration, corporate governance, and general business matters.

Presentations and Publications

  • Sleepless over Cybersecurity: Legal Duties and Best Practices for Investment Company Directors, The Investment Lawyer (June 01, 2021)
  • Drafting Form CRS, Milwaukee Compliance Roundtable, March 2020


  • Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, WI (J.D., cum laude, May 2019)
  • Lawrence University, Appleton, WI (B.A., cum laude, June 2016)


  • Wisconsin, 2019

Margaret is admitted to practice only in Wisconsin. Her practice in Colorado is temporarily authorized pending admission under C.R.C.P. 205.6.