Gretchen Passe Roin


Roin, Gretchen Passe

Gretchen Passe Roin, a partner at WilmerHale, is the recipient of Law360's "Rising Star" award in asset management. Most recently, she was recognized in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for her work on mutual funds.

Ms. Roin represents both registered and unregistered investment companies and investment advisers. She works with a wide range of registered fund structures, including open- and closed-end mutual funds, ETFs, money market funds, target date funds, variable annuity and life insurance funds. Her representation of unregistered funds focuses on hedge funds and stable value funds, though she also works with venture capital and private equity fund managers to determine eligibility for and compliance with exemptions from registration of their advisory business and/or funds with the SEC.

Ms. Roin has substantial experience helping hedge funds and proprietary trading desks address regulators' evolving concerns with algorithmic and high-frequency trading strategies. Her representation of fund boards and advisers includes addressing a range of questions on the federal securities laws, generally, and specific issues such as liquidity, credit quality, leverage, derivatives, securities lending and fair valuation. She also advises on the development and testing of compliance policies for insider trading, money laundering, market manipulation, pay-to-play arrangements, misuse of expert networks and whistleblower reprisal.

Honors & Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America for her work in mutual funds law
  • Named as a 2017 Law360 Rising Star in the asset management category

Publications & News


September 15, 2017

Pay-to-Play Fears Prompt Some Managers to Ban Political Donations

Gretchen Passe Roin is quoted in a FundFire article about pay-to-play compliance trends in the asset management industry. Firms must exercise care, she notes, on these matters because any disqualifying contribution by an employee, even if promptly terminated, will subject the firm to the two-year disqualification, absent exemptive relief.

August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

August 2, 2017

Gretchen Passe Roin Honored as a Law360 Asset Management Rising Star

Law360's annual Rising Stars contest recognizes talented attorneys under the age of 40 based on career accomplishments in their respective practice areas.

January 3, 2017

WilmerHale Announces 2017 Partner Elevations and Recognizes New Special Counsel

We are pleased to announce the elevation of our new partners, as well as to recognize our new special counsel.

December 21, 2015

SEC Proposes New Framework for Regulating Funds’ Use of Derivatives and Leverage

On December 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission) proposed a rule that, if adopted, would rescind nearly 30 years of Commission and staff guidance that is currently relied upon by most mutual funds, closed-end funds and business development companies or “BDCs” (collectively, funds) when entering into derivatives, short sales or other transactions that create conditional or unconditional future payment obligations on a fund. [Also published by Law360].

February 17, 2012

CFTC Adopts Final Rules on CPO Registration and Compliance

December 9, 2009

WilmerHale Announces 2010 Promotions

WilmerHale is pleased to announce the firm's 2010 elevations, which will become effective on January 1, 2010. A full list of elevated partners and special counsel can be found at the end of this press release.

Speaking Engagements

Professional Activities

Ms. Roin is a member of the Boston chapters of 100 Women in Hedge Funds and 85 Broads, as well as the Boston Bar Association Financial Services section. She serves on the board of the Nepalese Children's Hope Foundation and the Harvard Catholic Chaplaincy and Student Center.


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JD, Harvard Law School, 2006

BA, magna cum laude, Harvard College, 2003, Phi Beta Kappa

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