Fenwick & West’s Securities Litigation Group is one of the most active practices in the United States. Our partners defend securities class actions all across the country, representing an array of defendants including Fortune 100 companies, individuals, issuers, underwriters, mutual funds and other financial institutions. These cases include traditional 10b-5 class actions, suits brought under the 1933 Act, and actions arising out of mergers and acquisitions. We also have extensive experience in derivative actions, both in defending officers and directors against breach of fiduciary duty claims and in representing board and special litigation committees.
Our diverse, 20+ litigators are among the most well respected in the legal profession. They include former federal prosecutors, authors and frequent lecturers on issues involving securities matters, corporate governance, fiduciary duties, and class action litigation, and sophisticated trial attorneys with decades of experience litigating both criminal and civil matters.
We have handled dozens of SEC and other regulatory investigations involving such matters as financial restatements, alleged accounting irregularities, insider trading issues, executive compensation and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In addition, we have been retained by a number of companies and boards to conduct internal investigations regarding such matters as accounting issues, alleged bribery, executive compensation, insider trading, and option granting practices. Our sophisticated in-house technology and staff—who specialize in the use of computer forensic tools—enable us to mobilize the resources necessary to process large amounts of data quickly, and to handle such investigations efficiently and effectively. We also maintain excellent relationships with directors and officers (D&O) insurance carriers, and are approved Chartis Panel Counsel for securities cases.