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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
NEW YORK, NY 10006
United States
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Roger Cooper focuses on complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on shareholder, class action and derivative disputes relating to securities, M&A, antitrust, derivatives and corporate governance issues.  He frequently represents foreign corporations in securities class action litigation in U.S. federal and state courts, including in some of the largest of such matters in recent years. Roger frequently publishes and speaks on securities litigation issues, particularly on cross-border issues affecting foreign defendants in U.S. proceedings.


Roger joined the firm in 2003 and became a partner in 2011. JD, Columbia Law School (2002); Ph.D., Duke University (1999); B.A., University of Wisconsin (1991); Law Clerk, Honorable B. Avant Edenfield, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia (2002-2003).


Mr. Cooper is a member of the Bar of New York and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Federal Circuits. He is currently a member of the Committee on Securities Litigation of the Bar Association of the City of New York.

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United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

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Roger CooperCleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton maintains a strong bench of talented lawyers despite the loss of key partners Meredith Kotler, who moved to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, and Lewis Liman who became a federal court judge. The firm has kept up its track record of significant successes, which includes winning motions to dismiss in all of its cases bar one in last three years, and it has a high volume of new cases on its docket. It has won numerous victories for public company boards of directors and officers, investment banks, domestic and foreign issuers of securities, private equity firms and hedge funds in traditional 10b5 class actions and derivative cases. The ‘smart, polite and client-orientedRoger Cooper leads the group, which includes ten former federal prosecutors with a combined 50 years of experience serving in the US Attorney’s Office. Jared Gerber, who had success in major cases for Petrobras, and experienced trial lawyer Victor Hou play key roles in the practice.

United States > Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power

Drawing on the expertise of lawyers with corporate and finance competence  within the energy sector, New York-headquartered firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton advises a wide range of stakeholders on transactional work traversing the electric power business, including as it relates to power generation, distribution and transmission. Often working alongside colleagues out of Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo, the majority of the team’s work in the power sector has a Latin American focus. Cross-border restructuring expert Roger Cooper is regularly engaged in distressed power-related mandates and alongside finance and M&A partner Chantal Kordula recently advised the government of Puerto Rico in connection with the sale of its electricity generating assets and the concession of its electricity transmission and distribution assets.

United States > Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton frequently handles matters in Delaware Chancery Court, as well as state and federal courts around the US, and it has a team of versatile litigators who handle federal securities litigation, M&A matters and other corporate governance disputes. The practice is based in New York and is led by Roger Cooper following Meredith Kotler‘s move to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Cooper, who handles a range of complex civil litigation including M&A and corporate governance matters, calls on the trial experience of Victor Hou, whose work also encompasses white-collar, government enforcement and general commercial litigation. Hou was recently involved in a high-profile matter for NAI involving an attempt by CBS to dilute its voting control. Up-and coming partner Rahul Mukhi, a former federal prosecutor, is increasingly involved in deal-related litigation. Rising star senior associate Mark McDonald, who was involved in a high-stakes case for Google, is one to watch.

United States > Dispute resolution > International litigation

Led by Carmine Boccuzzi, the New York-based multi-disciplinary team at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton utilizes its ‘brilliant knowledge of domestic litigation rules and practices‘ and ‘deep understanding of international litigation particularities’ in its representation of claimants and defendants. The team acts for large domestic and multinational financial institutions, international organizations, corporations and trade associations in complex general commercial litigation across all level of the US judicial system, ranging between local civil courts up to the US Supreme Court. With more than one third of its US-based lawyers being litigators, the team has formidable litigation expertise, complemented by wider strengths in core areas such as financial services, corporate, regulatory and antitrust. The global group’s unified office approach also ensures that the group can rely upon skilled colleagues from across the firm’s network to help ensuring its clients’ success in cases involving fraud, breaches of contracts and fiduciary duties, unfair competition, and negligence, among others. Among its recent headline highlights, the team represented multiple parties in Madoff-related litigation, and is also acting for Bosch in litigation arising out of the diesel emissions scandal in the automobile manufacturing sector. Lawrence Friedman and Jonathan Blackman scored a win for Crédit Lyonnais and National Westminster Bank in longstanding litigation proceedings involving the US Anti-Terrorism Act. Securities litigation specialist Meredith Kotler departed to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in October 2019, but the group’s offering remains strong, with Jared Gerber a key contact for securities fraud work and Roger Cooper standing out in the securities class actions space.