Philip T. Hinkle


Philip T. Hinkle


Washington, D.C. | 1900 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, United States of America 20006-1110
+1 202 261 3460 | +1 202 261 3333


Philip T. Hinkle provides advice to U.S. registered funds (including open-end and closed-end funds) and their investment advisers and boards on a wide range of aspects of the fund business. Mr. Hinkle has significant experience with registered funds’ use of derivatives, leverage, and alternative strategies, registered fund and investment adviser merger transactions, and a broad range of other regulatory and compliance matters and fund governance issues applicable to registered funds. Mr. Hinkle also advises private fund managers on establishing new registered fund businesses.

Mr. Hinkle is actively engaged in the firm’s global derivatives and structured products practice. He regularly works with U.S. and non-U.S. investment managers and other financial institutions in engaging in a range of derivatives and other transactions. Mr. Hinkle represents clients in negotiating derivative, repurchase agreement, cleared repurchase agreement, and other trading documentation. He also advises clients on related regulatory matters, including compliance with requirements under the Investment Company Act of 1940, requirements adopted under the Dodd–Frank Act, and other requirements under the Commodity Exchange Act. Mr. Hinkle also regularly advises clients on requirements on commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors.

The most recent edition of Chambers USA recognized Mr. Hinkle as an “Up and Coming” lawyer for Investment Funds: Regulatory & Compliance. The directory notes that clients comment that he is “very practical, solution-oriented and highly responsive.” Mr. Hinkle was recognized as a Rising Star in the area of investment funds in the IFLR1000’s Financial and Corporate 2017 guide. In 2016, he was named a Rising Star by the Mutual Fund Industry Awards 2016, selected by the editorial staff of Fund Action and Fund Directions. He was also recognized in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 (US) in the area of mutual/registered funds.

Mr. Hinkle serves as Co-Chair of Dechert’s LGBTQ Affinity Group and is also a member of the Firm’s Hiring Committee.

  • The College of William & Mary, B.B.A., 2003
  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 2006, cum laude, Senior Symposia Editor, Administrative Law Review
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Speaking Engagements
  • Derivatives-Related Regulatory Developments and Compliance Challenges — Private Fund Regulatory Developments and Compliance Challenges 2021 presented by the Practising Law Institute, Webcast (January 28, 2021)
  • The New SEC Rule on Funds' Use of Derivatives — The Investment Company Institute, Webinar (January 21, 2021) 
  • Asset Managers’ Use of Derivatives in Stressed Markets — Dechert LLP, COVID-19 Coronavirus Business Impact Webinar (March 27, 2020)
  • Private Fund Regulatory Developments and Compliance Challenges 2020 — Presented by the Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (January 30, 2020)
  • Derivatives Update: Key EU and U.S. Considerations — Dechert LLP, Webinar (July 11, 2019)
  • Derivatives-Related Regulatory Developments and Compliance Challenges — Private Fund Regulatory Developments and Compliance Challenges 2018 presented by the Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (January 31, 2018)
  • CFTC and NFA Ongoing Compliance in a Changing Regulatory Environment Seminar — Dechert LLP, Webinar (September 12, 2017)
  • Hedge Funds Nuts & Bolts: Global Derivatives Market Update — Dechert LLP, Webinar (April 12, 2017)
  • Advanced Topics in CFTC and NFA Ongoing Compliance – Dechert LLP, London, UK (May 10, 2016)
  • SEC Derivatives Rule Proposal: A Panel Discussion with Key SEC and Industry Lawyers — Presented by the D.C. Bar Association, Washington, DC (March 1, 2016)
  • Dechert Coffee Break: What’s New in U.S. Derivatives Regulation for Hedge Fund Managers? — Dechert LLP, Webinar (January 29, 2016)
  • Regulation of Swaps under Dodd-Frank: Implications for French Asset Managers — Presentation to The Association Française de la Gestion Financière, Paris (June 4, 2015)
  • Hot Topics in Derivatives Regulation: Issues for the Buy Side — Investment Advisor Association, Webinar (June 3, 2015)
  • Update zu Aktuellen Aufsichtsrechtlichen Entwicklungen in den USA: Volcker Rule & CFTC-Vorschriften für Swaps nach Dodd-Frank — BVI Seminar, (February 18, 2014)
  • Transaction Reporting under EMIR: Update on the Position of Exchange Traded Derivatives — Dechert LLP, Webinar (January 13, 2014)