Julie M. Riewe is a litigation partner and 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. Ms. Riewe is recognized as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA (2021), where clients describe her as “very smart and talented” and “incredibly bright, very detail-oriented and very hard-working.” Clients have also commended her “depth of experience and practicality of advice.” Ms. Riewe was recognized as a Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting in 2018.
Ms. Riewe frequently represents private equity and hedge fund firms and public companies in SEC and FINRA enforcement and internal investigations and advises companies on a variety of regulatory and enforcement issues. In addition, she and another Debevoise partner served as the SEC-ordered independent compliance consultants for the review of the valuation policies and procedures of Deer Park Road Management, a fixed income hedge fund adviser.
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. 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. 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. Ms. Riewe joined the SEC in 2005 as a staff attorney in the Enforcement Division 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.