Former Chief Counsel to SEC Chair Mary Jo White Joins Ropes & Gray

Robert E. Rice, the former chief counsel to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White, has joined Ropes & Gray today as a partner in the firm’s business and securities litigation practice in New York.

In his most recent role as a senior legal and policy advisor to SEC Chair White, Rice provided advice and counsel on a broad range of regulatory matters throughout the SEC’s divisions and offices, focusing on enforcement actions, policy and strategy, examinations of broker-dealers, credit rating agencies, investment advisers, self-regulatory organizations and other SEC registrants, and cross-border coordination with other regulatory agencies.

Before coming to the SEC, Rice worked from 2004 to 2013 at Deutsche Bank AG in New York, where he oversaw all regulatory and criminal enforcement, litigation and governance matters in the Americas, and was the Global Co-Head of the bank’s Governance, Litigation and Regulation Operating Committee.

From 2000 to 2004, Rice was a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery in New York, where he concentrated his practice in white collar regulatory and criminal defense matters on behalf of corporate entities and corporate officers and directors.

Before joining McDermott, Will & Emery, Rice spent almost 10 years in public service in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he investigated and prosecuted numerous securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, money laundering and many other types of criminal offenses.

He also served as a Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney from 1996 to 1998 and as a Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division from 1998 to 2000, overseeing approximately 160 federal prosecutors.

Rice began his legal career in 1987 as an associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett in New York, where he worked on complex business litigation matters.

He received his undergraduate degree from Springfield College, a master’s degree from Montclair State College, and his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.

“Bob is an exceptionally talented attorney, who understands the leading issues in securities enforcement,” said Zachary Brez, co-head of Ropes & Gray’s business & securities litigation practice. “The practical insight he brings from his years with the SEC and in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, not to mention his tenure in-house and in private practice, will be invaluable to our financial services clients in this era of increased enforcement activity.”


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