Geoffrey M. Atkins
Geoff is counsel in the business & securities litigation group at Ropes & Gray. Geoff advises clients internationally in connection with securities enforcement matters, internal investigations, related compliance consulting and complex business litigation. He works with private equity and other financial services clients, as well as pharmaceutical, medical device, and other public and private companies involved in civil and criminal government enforcement matters relating to securities issues. He also assists corporate management and directors conducting internal investigations and establishing regulatory compliance programs, particularly related to anti-corruption compliance. Geoff also regularly advises clients in connection with anti-corruption risk assessments and due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions. He has significant experience advising clients in the U.S. and throughout Asia.
- FCPA Enforcement: Represented multiple multinational pharmaceutical, medical device and financial services clients in anti-corruption investigations in the U.S. and Asia, both internally and in connection with SEC and DOJ inquiries.
- FCPA Compliance: Evaluated, designed and implemented FCPA & OFAC compliance programs and related professional training programs for public companies, investment advisers, private equity firms and private companies to address overseas investments and operations; conducted anti-corruption and OFAC diligence and risk assessments for numerous private equity clients investing abroad.
- Financial Reporting and Disclosure: Counseled audit committees for multiple publicly listed companies in connection with SEC and internal investigations into allegations of improprieties relating to financial reporting and disclosure.
- Insider Trading: Counsel for expert network and associated broker-dealer and investment adviser in SEC inquiry into insider trading issues arising from operations of industry-specific expert network.
- Deal and Securities Litigation: Represented Ovascience, Inc. in obtaining a dismissal of a putative securities class action at the district court level. Counsel for hedge fund manager in the Delaware Court of Chancery in connection with litigation related to a debt investment in a pharmaceutical corporation.
- State Street Bank & Trust Co.: Counsel for State Street in multiple federal actions relating to losses in subprime asset-backed securities in mutual funds and unregistered collective trust funds. Cases include Yu v. State Street Corp. (S.D.N.Y. 2011), dismissing securities class action regarding mutual fund disclosures for lack of causation, and a bench trial in the Southern District of New York in ERISA litigation arising from subprime mortgage exposure in State Street fixed income funds. Also served as counsel for State Street in SEC and state regulator investigations of unregistered and registered investment advisers related to the use and disclosure of complex subprime asset backed securities in fixed income funds.
- Co-author, “Smith & Wesson Settlement Raises FCPA Concerns for U.S. Businesses,” Bloomberg BNA Corporate Law & Accountability Report (August 22, 2014)
- Co-author, “The Implications of the ‘‘Big Four’’ Suspension Ruling,” Bloomberg BNA Corporate Law & Accountability Report (March 14, 2014)
- Panelist, “The FCPA Pilot Program and considerations in evaluating voluntary self-disclosure” Ropes & Gray Medical Device Roundtable (May 2017)