Julie M. Riewe is a litigation partner based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and is a member of the firm’s White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group. Her practice focuses on securities-related enforcement and compliance issues and internal investigations, and she has significant experience with matters involving private equity funds, hedge funds, mutual funds, business development companies, separately managed accounts and other asset managers.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Riewe was Co-Chief of the Asset Management Unit of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement. In this capacity, Ms. Riewe oversaw a nationwide program of investigations focusing on investment advisers, investment companies, mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity funds and other investment vehicles managed by investment advisers. She co-led a team of nearly 80 attorneys, industry experts and other professionals in all 12 SEC offices, and was responsible for directing the SEC’s asset management-related enforcement efforts.
Ms. Riewe personally supervised nationally prominent matters involving portfolio valuation, conflicts of interest, governance, performance advertising, fee and expense allocation, trading practices, market manipulation, best execution, principal transactions, cross trades, mutual fund distribution, Form ADV and prospectus disclosure, and custody and compliance issues. She also led investigations across all major SEC and FINRA enforcement program areas, including FCPA, broker-dealer regulation, insider trading, fraud, financial reporting and securities registration. Additionally, she worked closely with the SEC’s National Exam Program, the examination staff in the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations across the country, and the Division of Investment Management in setting priorities and devising risk-analytic initiatives and sweeps across the asset management space. In recognition of her leadership and integrity, she received the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2015.
Before her appointment to Co-Chief, Ms. Riewe was Deputy Chief and Assistant Director of the Asset Management Unit in 2012 and 2010, respectively. From 2008 to 2010, she was Branch Chief in the Enforcement Division in Washington, D.C. She began her tenure at the SEC as a staff attorney in the Enforcement Division in 2005. In 2007, she earned the Ellen B. Ross Award for her performance at the SEC.
From 2000 to 2004, Ms. Riewe was a litigation associate with a major international law firm, prior to which she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Diana E. Murphy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 1999 to 2000.
Ms. Riewe earned her J.D. and M.P.P. from Duke University School of Law in 1999, where she was a member of the Duke Law Journal and Editor-in-Chief of the Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy. She received her A.B. from Duke University in 1993.