Robert J. Rhatigan

Robert J. Rhatigan

Washington, D.C.


Prior to joining Practus, Bobby was a partner at Dechert, LLP, where his practice focused on Financial Services and Investment Management, Banking and Financial Institutions, Regulatory Compliance, Broker-Dealers, Securities Trading and Markets and Anti-Money Laundering.

Bobby’s areas of expertise include:

  • Broker-Dealer
  • Anti-Money Laundering
  • Investment Management
  • Asset Management
  • Bank Regulatory and Receivership
  • 40 Act
  • Advisers Act
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Fund Formation and Registration
  • Fund Financing
  • Transfer Agents


  • Launched numerous open-end mutual funds, ETFs (passively and actively managed), listed and unlisted closed-end funds, and private funds.
  • Represented investment company borrowers to negotiate various types of credit facilities ranging from $10 million up to $4.5 billion, including liquidity facilities, leverage facilities, asset-based facilities, and margin loan facilities. Borrowers included single funds and large fund complexes in single borrower and joint lines of credit.
  • Represented online broker-dealers in SEC registration and FINRA membership application.
  • Represented amici curiae in submitting amicus briefs before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court in connection with the FHFA conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Mergers & Acquisitions, including (but not limited to):

  • Buyer representation/regulatory due diligence in the acquisition of four large retail broker-dealer platforms.
  • Equity investor representation/broker-dealer regulatory due diligence in connection with a private equity investment in an institutional trading firm.
  • Buyer representation of financial holding company asset purchase of a municipal securities dealer and advisory business.
  • Seller representation in connection with the sale and change in control of a large broker-dealer.
  • Private equity buyer representation/broker-dealer regulatory due diligence in connection with purchase of mid-sized retail brokerage.
  • Seller representation/managed Continuing Membership Application process with FINRA and state notice filings in connection with sale of investment advisory and broker-dealer entities.

Other Transactions:

  • Represented a bank holding company in establishing a joint venture with a Korean financial services group to engage in private credit lending activities.
  • Seller representation in connection with the sale of certain assets from its transfer agent operations, and related outsourcing agreement.
  • Represented closed-end fund issuer in its organization, registration, and $1.2 billion initial public offering.


  • In the Legal Trenches with Crypto, Blockchain and Fintech – Real Life Examples of How Your Company May Be Affected — Consensus 2023, Austin, TX (April 27, 2023)
  • S. Regulatory Update by Dechert LLP — EFAMA, Webinar (June 14, 2022)
  • Regulatory Landscape for Crypto, Blockchain and Fintech: Real Life Examples of How Your Company May be Affected – Consensus 2022, Austin, TX (June 11, 2022)
  • Private Funds Nuts & Bolts Webinar Series: Recent Volcker Rule Reforms – New Opportunities for Private Fund Managers — Dechert LLP, Webinar (August 12, 2020)
  • Money Market Funds – Managing Stress — Dechert LLP, Webinar (March 24, 2020)
  • AML Risk in Asset Management — FIRMA 2019 National Training Conference, Orlando, FL (May 5-9, 2019)
  • Anti-Money Laundering Update — Annual Joint ACAMS/ACFE/FIRMA Seminar, Philadelphia, PA (March 01, 2019)
  • Law Enforcement and Regulatory Considerations Regarding Virtual Currency and Blockchain — FinTech and Cybersecurity Law Seminar class at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, Arlington, VA (February 19, 2019)
  • Volcker Rule 2.0: Legislative Changes and Regulatory Proposals — Dechert LLP, Webinar (July 18, 2018)
  • Volcker Rule Update — Dechert LLP, Videoconference (December 8, 2014)


At Practus, we handle complex and challenging legal matters. I look forward to talking to you about how we can best meet your goals.

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