Robert Hotz, a seasoned litigator and former Assistant US Attorney, represents clients in white collar litigation matters and government investigations.

Mr. Hotz counsels individuals and institutions across a wide range of industries and jurisdictions on matters related to: 

  • Alleged securities and commodities fraud/insider trading 
  • Improper accounting and disclosures 
  • Anti-bribery, anti-money laundering, and sanctions violations 

He helps clients navigate complex investigations and enforcement matters by US regulators, including the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and represents clients in related parallel civil litigation. 

Mr. Hotz has a demonstrated ability to use judgment and discretion to resolve thorny problems. He brings a creative, thoughtful, and effective approach to his representations, often advising clients in the financial services industry as well as hedge funds, private equity funds, and their portfolio companies.

He previously served as an Assistant US Attorney and member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He also served as a law clerk for Judge James L. Latchum in the US District Court for the District of Delaware.

Mr. Hotz’s representative experience includes representing:

  • Portfolio companies of PE funds in various government investigations 
  • A fintech platform in an internal investigation by its Audit Committee related to allegations of financial misstatements, workplace irregularities, and related SEC investigation
  • A special committee of a cloud-based technology company in an independent, internal investigation into certain claims raised in the aftermath of an acquisition
  • The audit committee of a payment processing company in an investigation related to a short seller report
  • The former managing director of a broker-dealer firm in an SEC enforcement action in the Southern District of New York* 
  • Hedge funds and employees in numerous insider trading investigations brought by the DOJ and the SEC* 
  • Individuals in multiple cross-border investigations of conduct relating to benchmark rates such as the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and ISDAFIX* 
  • The former chief financial officer of a financial services firm in government investigations and parallel civil litigation*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • New York


  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center
    cum laude
  • BA, Georgetown University
    cum laude