The former federal prosecutor and veteran general counsel joins Bitwise’s leadership team as the firm enters a new phase of growth.
Bitwise Asset Management, a leading crypto asset manager, announced today that it has hired Katherine Dowling as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.
Dowling brings more than two decades of experience to Bitwise, including 10 years prosecuting complex financial crimes in the United States Attorney’s Office and as an executive leader in both early-stage and well-established private equity and wealth management firms.
“We are delighted to have Katherine join the Bitwise leadership team. Her unique blend of experiences and capabilities connect several of the most important vantage points for understanding and leading the development of the emerging crypto asset class,” said Bitwise CEO Hunter Horsley. “Having Katherine onboard will significantly accelerate our growth as we bring high quality crypto funds to investment professionals within the existing and evolving domestic regulatory landscape.”
A Harvard Law graduate, Dowling served as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Economic Crimes Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California from 2003 to 2014, where she played a key role in prosecuting insider trading, Ponzi schemes, identity theft, and fraud cases, among others.
Dowling went on to leadership roles as Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Luminate Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on the software space, and True Capital Management, a $1+ billion financial advisory firm focused on the sudden-wealth market.
At Bitwise, Dowling will help drive the company’s efforts to provide high quality crypto funds to the professional investment community. Bitwise’s assets under management (AUM) recently crossed over $1 billion, with record inflows across the Bitwise 10 Crypto Index Fund (OTCQX: BITW), the Bitwise DeFi Crypto Index Fund, the Bitwise Bitcoin Fund, and the Bitwise Ethereum Fund. The firm plans to introduce additional funds and strategies in the coming months.
Currently a team of 14, Bitwise is expanding rapidly, with several open roles across portfolio management, engineering, investor relations, sales, and research.
Based in San Francisco, Bitwise is one of the largest and fastest-growing crypto asset managers, offering both index and active strategies across a wide array of investment vehicles. The firm is known for creating the world’s largest crypto index fund (OTCQX: BITW), a suite of crypto-focused equity and futures ETFs, and investment products that span Bitcoin, Ethereum, DeFi, and NFTs. Bitwise focuses on partnering with financial advisors and investment professionals to provide quality education and research. The team at Bitwise combines expertise in technology with decades of experience in traditional asset management and indexing, coming from firms including BlackRock, Blackstone, Meta, and Google, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Bitwise is backed by leading institutional investors and asset management executives, and has been profiled in Institutional Investor, CNBC, Barron’s, Bloomberg, and The Wall Street Journal.
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