New York (HedgeCo.Net) – The former Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and prosecutor who supervised the investigation and prosecution of multiple high-profile matters, including the prosecution of billionaire hedge fund manager of the Galleon Group, Raj Rajaratnam, has joined NY law firm Ropes & Gray.
Marc P. Berger, who helped lead the Southern District of New York’s high-profile crackdown on insider trading and numerous other corporate and financial fraud cases including hedge fund SAC Capital, during his time as Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He joined Ropes & Gray’s Government Enforcement practice as a partner earlier this month.
“I am looking forward to working closely with my new colleagues to build on the firm’s success in helping clients navigate a rapidly evolving criminal and regulatory landscape.” Berger said in a press release.
Ropes & Gray partners include several other former federal prosecutors and SEC enforcement attorneys. The law firm counsel on matters related to Securities Enforcement, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and other complex criminal investigations and prosecutions.
A federal prosecutor since 2002, Mr. Berger was appointed Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force in 2012. In that role, he supervised the investigation and prosecution of multiple high-profile matters, including the largest crackdown on hedge fund insider trading in U.S. history and the recent charges against four SAC Capital Management companies, financial fraud charges against the former JPMorgan traders who allegedly tried to conceal losses within the bank’s Chief Investment Office stemming from the 2012 London Whale incident, financial fraud charges against former Credit Suisse executives and traders who hid more than $100 million in losses in a mortgage-backed securities trading book in 2007 and 2008, and FCPA charges in connection with a massive kickback scheme to secure the bond trading business of a state-owned Venezuelan bank.
As an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Berger tried and won convictions in 13 jury trials. He also briefed and argued 21 appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
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