Christopher G. Green
Chris is co-lead of Ropes & Gray’s Global Private Equity and Hedge Fund SEC Enforcement and Litigation Group, and previously served as co-lead of Ropes & Gray’s Securities Enforcement Litigation Group and its Securities and Shareholder Litigation Group. Recognized as one of the leading securities litigators in the country by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and numerous other nationwide and global distinctions, Chris represents clients across the private equity, public company, and hedge fund industries in their highest stakes and highest profile matters.
Chris has a nationwide practice as a lead litigator and close counselor for market-leading asset management and public company clients across the country, routinely counseling and representing Bain Capital, THL Partners, Advent, Berkshire Partners, Madison Dearborn Partners, EnCap Investments, Pfizer, Monomoy Capital, HIG Capital, CCMP Capital, Sarepta Therapeutics, and APG Asset Management, among others on the East Coast and the Midwest, and TPG Capital, Sequoia Capital, Silver Lake Partners, Golden Gate Capital, Vista Equity Partners, Artis Capital, Kleiner Perkins, and Mayfield Fund, among many others on the West Coast. Chris’s substantive practice is uniquely broad, covering every aspect of the securities laws, including securities fraud class actions, transactional shareholder litigation, SEC Enforcement matters, insider trading matters, and complex shareholder and governance disputes.
Chris is currently representing a number of the largest private equity firms in the country in ongoing SEC Enforcement investigations, arising out of the SEC’s highly publicized initiative and focus on the private equity industry concerning potential securities violations, fiduciary duty claims, and pay-to-play violations. In the past year, Chris has also represented several public companies in securities fraud class actions with aggregate exposure over $2 billion, including Sarepta Therapeutics in the highly publicized effort to develop a treatment to fight Duschenne Muscular Dystrophy, successfully securing the dismissal of two securities fraud class actions in federal court in Massachusetts, and securing dismissal of the securities fraud class action pending against Everyware Inc., affirmed by the Sixth Circuit.
Chris also secured victories in shareholder transactional litigation across the country, including the dismissal of multiple suits in California and Delaware against TPG Capital arising from its $400 million acquisition of the California-based Gelson’s grocery chain, the dismissal of a shareholder suit against American Industrial Partners in Washington arising from its $300 million acquisition of Flow Technologies, the dismissal of a shareholder suit against Norcraft Companies arising from its $600 million acquisition of Fortune Brands, and the successful non-monetary settlement of a $400 million suit against HIG Capital in Nevada arising out of its acquisition of American Pacific Corporation.
Finally, this past year Chris has represented clients in several of the highest profile insider trading matters in the country involving alleged civil securities violations. Chris represented Artis Capital and its founder in the largest west coast-based insider trading matter to date, involving a $29 million trade, a case that has garnered extensive press attention and resulted in a five-year prison sentence for Artis analyst, Matt Teeple. Chris secured a negligence-based settlement with the SEC on behalf of Artis and its founder. Chris also represented a top-five hedge fund in the first-ever insider trading investigation involving the use of political consultants – after three years of investigation, the SEC walked away without any charges. Chris also represented a key witness in the widely-publicized SAC Capital trial.
Chris is an experienced trial lawyer, having served as a special assistant district attorney, where he tried over 20 cases to verdict, securing victories in all but one trial, and has since tried four federal cases to verdict.
Chris is a frequent speaker on securities issues, and has guest lectured at Harvard Law School and Stanford Law School. Chris serves on the Board of Directors for the Neighborhood Charter School in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
- Quoted, “5 Daily Habits Of Rainmakers & How They Can Work For You,” Law360 (October 17, 2017)
- Quoted, “EveryWare Beats Shareholder Suit At 6th Circ.,” Law360 (February 21, 2017)
- Quoted, “SEC Examiners to Look at Advisers’ Compliance With Whistleblower Rules,” The Wall Street Journal’s “Risk & Compliance Journal” (October 25, 2016)
- 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)