Michael J. Rivera


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Leveraging his more than two decades of experience, Michael Rivera represents businesses and individuals in securities enforcement proceedings and internal investigations. Relying on his experience both defending clients and serving as a government enforcement attorney, Michael is able to provide unique perspective and counsel to clients facing government investigations and regulatory inquiries.

Michael represents broker-dealers, investment advisors, investment funds, financial institutions, public companies and individuals in proceedings involving the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Justice (DOJ), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), stock exchanges, and inspectors general offices.

While serving as the Chief Investigative Counsel for the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), Michael oversaw more than 200 complex financial fraud investigations. In his service with SIGTARP, Michael led a premier white-collar investigative unit engaged in conducting criminal and civil investigations of complex bank, securities and mortgage frauds relating to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). He served as SIGTARP’s lead liaison with senior officials of government law enforcement agencies, including the attorney general and his staff, the DOJ fraud section, the SEC, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Obama administration’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (FFETF). He also established SIGTARP’s joint task force with the CFPB, supervising investigations conducted jointly by the two agencies.

Previously, Michael worked as an enforcement attorney for the SEC handling securities investigations.

He handles matters involving federal securities laws, corporate and securities compliance issues, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), TARP, anti-money laundering laws, and other financial regulations.


American Bar Association

Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia