ProfessionalsGeoffrey R. Chepiga
A partner in the Litigation Department, Geoffrey Chepiga represents clients in a variety of litigation and regulatory matters, including securities fraud cases, mergers and acquisitions litigation and DOJ and SEC investigations.
Geoff's significant representations include:
- SAC Capital (now Point72 Asset Management) and Steven A. Cohen in criminal and regulatory proceedings, as well as civil litigations, arising out of claims of insider trading;
- A major French company in FCPA investigations in several different countries in South America and Europe;
- A publicly-traded financial institution in emergency arbitration proceedings before the ICC, and obtained relief requiring counterparty to adhere to contract and provide services during pendency of a dispute;
- Several acquirers and targets in M&A and securities litigation, including Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Bioverativ, Pattern Energy Group, Inc., Restaurant Brands International, CSRA, Inc. and UCP, Inc., among others;
- 14 underwriters, led by Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, in the defense of Securities Act claims arising from the initial and secondary offerings of Venator Materials PLC in Texas state court;
- A former executive of a large mining company in an action brought by the SEC in the Southern District of New York alleging misstatements, omissions and accounting violations relating to the value of a project in Africa;
- JPMorgan in the dismissal of a suit brought in the Southern District of New York by an investor who opted out of the $275 million class action settlement stemming from the run on Bear Stearns in 2008; and
- Funds affiliated with a leading private equity firm in defending a shareholder appraisal action in Delaware Chancery Court arising from the acquisition of a portfolio company.
Geoff was recognized in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 US as a Leading Lawyer in the M&A Litigation: Defense category and a Recommended Lawyer in the Securities Litigation: Defense category.
Geoff was named to the French-American Foundation’s 2019 U.S. class of Young Leaders. Created in 1981, the Young Leaders program is a prestigious two-year transatlantic leadership program that brings together a group of 40 French and American rising stars under 40, from an array of sectors to forge bonds and help address global challenges.
Geoff also maintains a significant pro bono practice, a highlight of which is his representation of a class of individuals, including mentally disabled adults, residing in so-called adult homes in New York City. The class sued the state of New York, claiming that these homes violated the “integration mandate” of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). After ten years of litigation, the parties reached a landmark settlement to end the state's decades-long discrimination.
Geoff is the co-author of “Ownership or Use? Civilian Property Interests in International Humanitarian Law,” which appeared in the 49th volume of Harvard International Law Journal in 2008.