Jeremiah Williams

Partner

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  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2006
  • MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management, 1996
  • BA, Yale University, 1994

Qualifications

  • District of Columbia, 2007
  • California, 2006
  • Chartered Financial Analyst
  •  Three-time recipient of the Director’s Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the SEC Division of Enforcement

Jeremiah Williams

Partner

Jeremiah Williams is a partner of Ropes & Gray’s litigation and enforcement practice group with a focus on securities and futures enforcement. In his capacity as a litigator and former government enforcement attorney, Jeremiah has represented and prosecuted individuals and organizations in the financial services industry in both the private and public sectors. His practice focuses on defending entities and individuals in civil and criminal government investigations. Jeremiah also advises asset management clients on regulatory issues and securities-related enforcement. 

Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Jeremiah was Senior Counsel in the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission. While at the SEC, Jeremiah was a member of the Asset Management Unit, a specialized group investigating potential misconduct involving registered investment companies and private funds, with a particular focus on violations of the Investment Advisers Act and Investment Company Act. Jeremiah also previously spent six years in the financial industry, where he marketed equity derivatives to large institutional investors and developed quantitative models used for valuing and hedging complex fixed income securities. Jeremiah holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Experience

  • Representing a CEO in DOJ and SEC investigations regarding alleged accounting fraud and insider trading.
  • Representing a venture capital fund adviser in connection with an SEC pay-to-play investigation.  
  • Representing a mutual fund in connection with an SEC inquiry into the trading and pricing of odd-lot securities. 
  • Representing one of the world’s largest asset managers in connection with an investigation stemming from the SEC’s ongoing review of fee and expenses taken by private equity and real estate funds.
  • Managed complex SEC investigation involving risk disclosures of registered fund heavily invested in credit default swaps.*
  • Obtained $267 million settlement against global wealth management firm in landmark conflicts of interest case.*
  • Investigated major investment banking and financial services advisory firm for deficient policies and procedures regarding principal trading practices.*
  • Led novel auditor independence case involving subsidiary of Big 4 accounting firm that lobbied Congress on behalf of audit clients.*

Matters completed prior to joining Ropes & Gray.*

Publications

Presentations

  • Panelist, “Litigating Securities Fraud Cases Against the SEC and DOJ,” Securities Enforcement Forum (November 1, 2018)
  • Panelist, “Recent Banking and Securities Enforcement Actions and Litigation,” Financial Markets Association Legal and Legislative Issues Conference (October 18, 2018)
  • Presenter, “How to Survive Your Next SEC Audit” (February 27, 2018)
  • Panelist, “New Rules, Same Game - What to Expect from the New SEC” (November 15, 2017)
  • Presenter, “Preparing For and Managing a Stock Drop” (April 10, 2017)
  • Panelist, “Balancing Business Objectives with Risk and Compliance Obligations,” 2017 Hiperos Financial Services Regulatory Knowledge Forum (March 16, 2017)
  • Panelist, “Discussing the SEC Transition: The Departure of Mary Jo White” (November 17, 2016)
  • Panelist, “Financial Firm Spotlight – Asset Management, Private Equity, Hedge Funds and More,” Securities Enforcement Forum (October 13, 2016)
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