Richard J. Paley

Richard J. Paley

Richard J. Paley is a Bates Group Expert and Compliance Consultant. He is an experienced leader of legal, compliance, risk and regulatory programs for Banks, BDCs, ETFs, Hedge Funds, Institutional & Retail Broker-Dealers, Investment Advisers & Companies, Public Companies and REITs. He has a proven track record of providing effective advice, enhancing internal controls and managing regulatory relationships and firm examinations.  He has served as a General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Risk Officer and Executive Director of Regulatory Change and Policies & Procedures.

Prior to joining Bates, Mr. Paley had a successful career in executive roles at U.S. regulators (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Depository Trust and Clearing Corp.) and global financial services firms (JPMorgan Chase, Fidelity Investments, Daiwa Securities and W.P. Carey). He has counseled firms on the regulations of the CFPB, CFTC, FDIC, FINRA, FRB, MSRB, NFA, NYSE, OCC and SEC.

Mr. Paley’s experience in legal, governance and regulatory policy includes being selected to lead key corporate governance initiatives and innovative risk programs, as well as the drafting of Corporate and Regulatory filings, Comment Letters, Sales and Advertisement Reviews, Contracts and Non-Disclosure Agreements. Mr. Paley has served as Corporate Secretary to Boards of Directors of both public and fund companies.

Mr. Paley is a turnaround specialist, building and re-engineering compliance and Enterprise Risk Management programs throughout his career. He has experience as a sole contributor and led large, 15+ member teams in numerous subject matter areas, including the Management of Policies, Written Supervisory Procedures, Regulatory Change, Operations, Codes of Ethics, CRD, Sales, Trading and Training.

Mr. Paley’s risk management and controls experience includes partnering with senior executives to create strategic methodologies to ensure legal, regulatory and operational exposures are managed, monitored, audited and documented. He has designed and conducted ERM Assessments plus Monitoring and Testing programs.


Richard J. Paley

A Consultant and subject matter expert in these services:



J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., New York, NY, Executive Director, Regulatory Compliance, Alts, Banking, Broker-Dealer, Ethics, FI, Hedge Fund, IA/IC, Swaps, 2015 – 2018

The Cadwalader Cabinet, New York, NY, Banking and Securities Law & Compliance, 2014 – 2015

W. P. Carey Inc., New York, NY, Broker Dealer General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, WPC Chief Risk Officer and Associate General Counsel, 2005 – 2014

Daiwa Securities America Inc., New York, NY, Director of Compliance, Associate General Counsel, Senior Vice President

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, New York, NY, Chief Legal & Regulatory Compliance Officer, Associate Counsel               

Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA, Director, Counsel

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, New York, NY, Special Counsel, Enforcement                            


Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, NY, J.D.; Associate Editor, Brooklyn Journal of International Law; Member, Moot Court Honor Society

St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, B.A. with Honors in History

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, International Relations, Junior Year


Member of the New York State Bar

Series 3, 7, 14, 24, 63, 79, 99

NFA Principal

Experienced FINRA Arbitrator and Disciplinary Hearing Panelist


Elected to leadership positions at FINRA (Chair, District 10 Committee) and the Institute for Portfolio Alternatives (Chair, Legal and Regulatory Committee for Alts Funds Industry). 

Appointed by SIFMA to its Compliance and Regulatory Policy Committee and by FINRA to its Membership, Corporate Financing and National Arbitration and Mediation Committees. 


FINRA Comment Letter on reliable NAV valuation processes, at page 163 of 268, 2014. 

SIFMA White Paper: The Evolving Role of Compliance, Contributor, 2013.