Seth Davis

Senior Associate


Seth Davis counsels investment advisers, private investment funds and registered investment companies in investment management and securities matters including compliance with federal securities laws. Mr. Davis’s practice also involves organizing and structuring domestic and offshore hedge funds. Mr. Davis joined the firm in 2015.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Davis served as a judicial fellow for the Honorable Juan Torruella in the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, where he authored draft decisions and bench memoranda on a variety of legal matters. Mr. Davis also served as an officer at State Street Bank and Trust, where he negotiated trade agreements between the bank and institutional investors to ensure compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act, EMIR and various global financial regulations, and advised top investment managers on trades and compliance issues. 

While attending law school, Mr. Davis assisted corporate clients with tax and securities compliance as a law clerk at another Boston law firm, worked as a summer associate at a local ERISA and employment law firm, and served as a student-clerk to Judge Christine Roach of the Massachusetts Superior Court.

Publications & News


February 20, 2018

OCIE Examination Priorities 2018

This Client Alert examines the recently released 2018 examination priorities issued by the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations.

February 24, 2017

Form SHC Deadline Approaching for Investment Advisers and Other Reporters

Investment advisers should take note that they may be required to file Treasury International Capital Benchmark (TIC) Form SHC by Friday, March 3, 2017.

September 23, 2016

Key Differences Between CFTC and SEC Final Business Conduct Standards and Related Cross-Border Requirements

An article by Paul Architzel, Dan Berkovitz, Gail Bernstein and Seth Davis, originally published in the Journal of Investment Compliance in September 2016 and republished in Market Solutions by the Financial Markets Association (FMA), analyzes the differences between the SEC's newly adopted final business conduct rules for security-based swap dealers and major security-based swap participants under Section 15F(h) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the parallel rules promulgated under the Commodity Exchange Act by the CFTC with respect to swap dealers and major swap participants.

September 13, 2016

WilmerHale Advises Thermo Fisher Scientific in €1.6B Eurobond Public Offering

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced the completion of its public offering of €1 billion aggregate principal amount of 0.750% Senior Notes due 2024 and €600 million aggregate principal amount of 1.375% Senior Notes due 2028 at the issue prices of 99.122% of the principal amount and 99.748% of the principal amount, respectively.

July 20, 2016

WilmerHale Advises PerkinElmer in €500M Eurobond Offering

PerkinElmer, Inc., a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment, announced that it has completed a public offering of €500 million aggregate principal amount of 1.875% Senior Notes due 2026 at an issue price of 99.118% of the principal amount.

May 26, 2016

Key Differences Between the CFTC and SEC Final Business Conduct Standards and Related Cross-Border Requirements

In April, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted its final business conduct rules for security-based swap dealers.


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JD, Boston University School of Law, 2013

BS, Business Administration, University of Florida, 2010

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