Christopher G. Green
Chris co-leads the Securities and Shareholder Litigation practice at Ropes & Gray, and previously co-led the SEC Enforcement practice at Ropes.
Chris’s broad securities and business litigation practice focuses on private equity litigation, public company matters, transactional litigation, hedge fund matters, securities fraud class actions, SEC enforcement matters, corporate governance matters, internal investigations, and other complex commercial disputes. In addition, Chris regularly advises clients on regulatory and compliance matters outside the context of litigation, and works closely on deal teams to assist in structuring transactions and navigating Delaware law. Chris works on a daily basis with the private equity, investment management, and securities practice groups at Ropes & Gray. The clients with whom Chris works are among the largest and most sophisticated private equity and venture capital firms, hedge funds, investment management firms, and public companies across the country and globally. Chris has also served as a prosecutor, as a Special Assistant District Attorney, where he prevailed in over a dozen criminal jury trials.
- Officers of Freddie Mac. Defending executive officers sued in multi-billion dollar securities fraud and derivative class actions across the country for alleged accounting misstatements concerning exposure to subprime and other nontraditional mortgage-related securities.
- Madoff Litigation. Lead Counsel representing multiple Ropes & Gray clients domestically and abroad with multi-billion claims or exposure in connection with the Madoff ponzi scheme and resultant global civil litigation.
- GT Solar International. Defending GT Solar and its venture capital sponsors in a securities class action brought by shareholders alleging disclosure violations of the ’33 Act in GT Solar’s $500 million IPO.
- Global Investment Management Firm. Representing one of the leading global investment management firms in an SEC enforcement action involving alleged insider trading.
- Carter’s, Inc. Defending Carter’s in multiple federal and state derivative and securities fraud class actions related to the Company’s accounting of margin support payments over a several-year period.
- Keurig Green Mountain. Defending the Company in multiple securities fraud and derivative actions against the Company and certain of its officers and directors.
- Bain Capital, Thomas H. Lee Partners, Sequoia Capital, Silver Lake Partners, APG, and Stark Investments, among others. Regularly represents private equity, hedge fund, and investment management clients in internal investigations and enforcement actions, as well as transactional litigation and compliance matters.
- Financial Times “U.S. Innovative Lawyer" (2010)
- Recognized as a "Rising Star" of the Massachusetts Bar by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2007
- 2010 Burton Award for excellence in legal writing
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2013)
- Quoted, “Arden, TPG Dodge Class Action Over $394M Gelson's Buy,” Law360 (January 16, 2015)
- Quoted, “SEC's 2015 Exam Plans Take Broad View Of Saver Risk,” Law360 (January 13, 2015)
- Christopher G. Green and Daniel Ward, “Ropes lawyer takes on dramatic international child abduction case,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (November 2014)
- Christopher G. Green, Jason S. Freedman and Larissa R. Smith, “A New Blueprint for Controlling Shareholder Litigation?,” Insights (April 2014)
- Christopher G. Green, Matthew McGinnis, and John McClain, “What the Cuban Verdict Means for Insider Trading,” Insights (November 2013)
- Christopher G. Green, Peter L. Welsh, and Martin J. Crisp, “’Controlling’ Stockholder Liability,” Insights (October 2013)
- Christopher G. Green and Elizabeth D. Johnston, "Negotiating in Good Faith in Delaware," Insights (July 2013)
- Christopher G. Green, Keith F. Higgins, "Be Careful What You Wish For: New Rules for Settling Transactional Litigation?," Insights (April 2010)
- Christopher G. Green, Peter L. Welsh, "Litigation Risks In Debt Exchanges," Reuters Buyouts (January 2010)
- Christopher G. Green, Heather B. Sanborn, "Increasing Litigation Risks for Bank Loan Market Participants," ABA Securities Litigation Journal, (Fall 2009)
- Randall W. Bodner, Christopher G. Green, and Heather B. Sanborn, "SEC Penalties on Trial," Insights (October 2009)
- Christopher G. Green and Julie H. Jones, "Misappropriation: The Mark Cuban Decision and Its Potential Impact on Insider Trading Law," Insights (August 2009)
- Christopher G. Green and C. Thomas Brown, "Control Person Liability - A Potential Risk to Influential and Activist Shareholders," MCLE, Inc., (May 2009)
- Randall W. Bodner, Christopher G. Green & Peter L. Welsh, “The Delaware Supreme Court Restores Equilibrium: Independent Directors Not Liable in Ryan v. Lyondell Corp.,” Insights (April 2009)
- Christopher G. Green, Peter L. Welsh and Andrew G. Devore, "Managing Parallel Proceedings," National Law Journal (April 2009)
- Randall W. Bodner, Christopher G. Green & C. Thomas Brown, "Delaware Chancery Court Gives Huntsman Merger A Boost," Insights (October 2008)
- "Big Boy Letters in the Spotlight," Insights (June 2007)
- Speaker, “Runaway Management Teams: Practical Responses to Corporate Dysfunction,” Ropes & Gray West Coast Lunchtime Legal Briefing Teleconference (May 28, 2015)
- Speaker, “Insider Trading: Key 2014 Cases & Trends,” Ropes & Gray West Coast Lunchtime Legal Briefing Teleconference (May 2014)
- Speaker, “Piercing the Corporate Veil – Liability for Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Investment Firms,” Rossdale CLE (August 2013)
- Co-Chair, “Shareholder Liability: Piercing the Corporate Veil and Beyond,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, (May 2009)
- Speaker, “Credit Crisis Fallout,” Risk Management Seminar for Investment Advisors and Mutual Funds sponsored by Marsh (February 2009)