Zachary S. Brez Esq.

Ropes & Gray LLP
Brez, Zach

Zachary S. Brez is Co-Chair of Ropes & Gray LLP's securities and futures enforcement practice. Mr. Brez's works with clients to investigate, mitigate, and advise about their most pressing enforcement, regulatory, and litigation matters. He represents international and domestic public and private corporations, financial services firms, and private equity and hedge funds in a variety of settings, from the boardroom to the courtroom. 

Mr. Brez’s enforcement and regulatory work focuses on two primary areas: (1) securities and futures – before the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Commodity Futures Trading Commission, as well as Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the CME, ICE, the CFE, and others – and (2) international trade, primarily before OFAC, BIS, and CFIUS. Mr. Brez also routinely advises clients on issues concerning the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the anti-money laundering and antiboycott regulations. In the litigation context, Mr. Brez represents our clients in all aspects of state and federal disputes including large commercial cases and securities, ERISA, and antitrust class actions.

Before going into private practice in 2002, Mr. Brez was a staff attorney in the New York Office of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement.

Mr. Brez received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D., cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is the author of Bloomberg BNA Securities Practice Portfolio Series No. 262, Commodities & Futures Enforcement: Practice and Procedure in CFTC and SRO Investigations.