William Royer

Managing Director & Chief Compliance Officer


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Bill Royer joined HarbourVest in 2019 and focuses on all aspects of the Firm’s global regulatory and compliance functions. Bill has nearly 30 years of experience in senior roles focused on compliance and law at both private companies and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), with broad and deep knowledge across asset classes.

Bill joined HarbourVest from Vanguard Global Advisors, where he was a Chief Compliance Officer, leading a team responsible for global compliance of investment activities (equity, fixed income, and derivatives) for all US organized or domiciled funds and accounts. Prior to this, he was an Associate Regional Director for the SEC’s Atlanta Regional Office and an Assistant Director with the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE), where he was responsible for OCIE’s internal compliance program. He has also held senior roles in legal and compliance teams at Arrowstreet Capital, Foreside Financial Services, and Baring Asset Management, as well as ten years as General Counsel for Grantham, Mayo, and Van Otterloo & Co. LLC.  Bill began his legal and financial service career at Ropes & Gray LLP.

Bill received a BS in Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire in 1987 and a JD (with honors) from Boston University School of Law in 1992.