William Bielefeld advises registered funds (including open-end funds and closed-end funds) and business development companies, their investment advisers and their boards of directors/trustees on a wide range of matters relating to the development and launch of new funds, fund reorganizations, acquisitions, and mergers, regulatory and compliance matters relating to existing funds, fund governance issues and SEC examinations.

Mr. Bielefeld also represents broker-dealers and has experience with the initial organization and registration of new broker-dealers as well as ongoing registration, compliance, supervision, licensing, sales practice, advertising and suitability matters. Mr. Bielefeld also assists broker-dealers in connection with SEC and FINRA examinations and enforcement actions.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Bielefeld served as an attorney-advisor in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations.

Mr. Bielefeld has been recognized by The Legal 500 (US) in the area of financial services regulation.

    • Kenyon College, B.A.
    • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Research Editor of the Temple Law Review
    • New York
    • District of Columbia
    • Less Traditional Assets: Creative Solutions and Strategies in Portfolio Construction 2021 Permanent & Private Capital Summit, Virtual Conference (June 2-3, 2021)
    • Preserving Fund Liquidity: Practical Guidance for Managing Distributions – Dechert LLP, Webinar (March 30, 2020)
    • Private Funds Nuts & Bolts: Allocation Issues for Private Funds/ '40 Act Registered Funds – Dechert LLP, Webinar (June 12, 2019)
    • Private Credit, BDCs & Everything in Between: Co-Investment Exemptive Relief – Dechert LLP, Webinar (May 15, 2019)
    • Private Credit, BDCs & Everything in Between: Private BDCs – Dechert LLP, Webinar (January 16, 2019)
    • Marketing and Distribution of Interval Funds – Industry Trends –The Rise of Interval Funds: They're Back and Better Than Ever, Dechert LLP, New York, NY (December 4, 2018)
    • Riding the BDC Consolidation Wave – Dechert LLP, Webinar (October 28, 2015)
    • Offering Alternative Strategy Funds to Retail Investors - Dechert LLP, New York, NY (April 29, 2015)