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Catherine Kevane

Partner, Securities Litigation  

San Francisco 415.875.2392

Overview

Recognized as a top securities litigator and leading woman in tech law, Catherine has a track record that includes wins in complex litigation in both federal and state court. Catherine has extensive experience representing public companies and their officers and directors in actions arising under federal and state securities laws. Most recently, Catherine secured dismissals of two federal securities class actions following the initial motion to dismiss.

Catherine represents technology companies, including Fortune 100 and 500 companies, in regulatory and internal investigations into alleged accounting fraud, bribery and corruption, and whistleblower matters throughout the world. She has secured favorable results for companies in investigations brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and the World Bank.

Catherine is a trusted advisor to public and private companies and their officers and directors on issues regarding fiduciary duties, disclosure matters, litigation strategy and avoidance and compliance matters.

Her clients include leading companies in the tech, life sciences, healthcare, artificial intelligence, retail and fashion tech, games and consumer goods industries.

Catherine serves on the firm’s executive committee and diversity committee. She has been recognized by The Legal 500 for her work in securities litigation defense and was named one of The Recorder’s Women Leaders in Tech Law.

An advocate for the success of her legal colleagues, Catherine is a long-time member of Women in Securities (WISe), a network for women securities defense litigators, and an active mentor to women attorneys. She also volunteers alongside her four daughters at charities dedicated to improving the lives of women.

Representative Matters:

Securities and Derivative Litigation and Shareholder Disputes

  • Internal investigations and related DOJ and SEC investigations on behalf of several multinational corporations, including Fortune 100 companies, into bribery and kick-back allegations in jurisdictions throughout the world, including Brazil, China, India, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia, many of which resulted in no enforcement action
  • Non-public internal investigations for dozens of public and private companies into allegations relating to accounting, self-dealing, kick-backs, embezzlement, and financial improprieties
  • DOJ and SEC investigations into whistle-blower allegations on behalf of technology and pharmaceutical companies
  • Defending World Bank Group enforcement regarding procurement fraud and other matters on behalf of clients under investigation by the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency

Corporate Compliance and Governance

  • Developing post-DOJ and SEC resolution remediation and compliance programs
  • Authoring SEC and DOJ compliance reports for multiple companies following resolution of FCPA-related matters
  • Developing FCPA, UK Bribery Act and general ethics and compliance programs for dozens of public and late-stage private companies
  • Representing late-stage companies in pre-IPO compliance and diligence matters