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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Michael Keats

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Securities and Shareholder Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Securities Enforcement and Regulation, Litigation, Antitrust and Competition


Mr. Keats is a litigation partner who represents broker-dealers, hedge funds, private equity funds, commodities firms, commercial banks and other institutions in civil securities litigation and regulatory proceedings throughout the country. He advises clients on a wide variety of legal disciplines affecting financial institutions including, securities, derivatives, commodities, bankruptcy, antitrust, corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions, administrative procedure, ERISA and employment litigation matters.


Prior to joining Fried Frank in 2018, Mr. Keats was a partner at a prominent international commercial law firm, and previously served as a Managing Director in the Regulatory Proceedings Group at Goldman Sachs. He also served as a law clerk for the Hon. Bruce M. Selya, US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.


Mr. Keats is a Board Member of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and a member of the Board of Trustees for Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York.


Mr. Keats received JD from Boston University School of Law in 1995 (magna cum laude and Editor of the Boston University Law Review). He received his MA in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University in 1992 and his MA from Brandeis University in 1991 (cum laude).

United States: Dispute resolution

Securities litigation: defense

Within: Securities litigation: defense

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP scores ‘A-plus on all fronts’, according to one client. Global litigation chair James Wareham in Washington DC leads on securities matters. His highlights from 2017 included advising pharmaceuticals company Perrigo in a class action - Roofers’ Pension Fund v Joseph Papa, et al - which alleged that the company inflated its share price by, among other things, failing to disclose integration problems following the acquisition of Omega Pharma, by overstating organic growth and via anti-competitive pricing in its generics division. The firm has a strong practice in New York, where William McGuinness and the ‘responsive and extremely knowledgeableStephen Juris (who is ‘adept in his development of strategies and is realistic about possible outcomes’) scored a victory for underwriters of MaxPoint Interactive’s 2015 IPO, when all claims were dismissed. Israel David, ‘superstarScott Luftglass, ‘thoughtful and creative’ and newly made-up partner Samuel Groner and DC-based James Anklam are recommended. In May 2018, Michael Keats joined from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

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