David P. Bartels
Partner | Washington, D.C.
David P. Bartels

David P. Bartels is a partner in Dechert’s financial services group. The former deputy chief counsel of the Division of Investment Management at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Mr. Bartels has extensive experience with the regulatory issues faced by asset managers and both registered and unregistered funds, including business development companies and exchange-traded funds. As deputy chief counsel, he also managed guidance IM provided to the Divisions of Enforcement and Examinations and provided technical assistance on proposed legislation.

During his time at the SEC, Mr. Bartels also served in a number of other capacities since joining in 2010, most recently as senior policy adviser to the director. He began in the Investment Adviser Regulation Office of IM, where he worked on rulemaking, and was subsequently branch chief in the Exemptive Applications and Chief Counsel’s Offices from 2011-2016, focusing on exchange-traded funds, business development companies, funds of funds and affiliated transactions. Mr. Bartels also served as a Commissioner’s counsel, advising on a wide range of matters under the federal securities laws.

Prior to joining the SEC, Mr. Bartels was an associate in the corporate practice of another international law firm.


    • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., 2002
    • Yale Law School, J.D., 2005
    • District of Columbia
    • New York