Stephen L. Ratner is a partner in the Litigation Department and co-head of our Financial Institutions Group. His practice focuses on the representation of banks and other financial services institutions in complex litigations, investigations and enforcement proceedings, arbitrations and mediations, compliance issues, and regulatory controversies involving securities, commodities, and derivative products.
Matters Steve handles include the defense of class actions and other actions involving, for example, high frequency and algorithmic trading, short selling practices, IPO allocations, and data security and privacy issues. He also handles internal investigations and investigations and enforcement proceedings by the SEC, CFTC, Department of Justice, FINRA and other regulators regarding issues such as high frequency and algorithmic trading, market access, securities lending, trade reporting, short selling, electronic communications, and supervision. Steve also represents banks and other financial institutions in fraudulent transfer litigation and other litigation based upon failed LBOs and alleged Ponzi schemes.
Steve has served as a member of Proskauer’s Executive Committee, an adjunct professor of law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a mediator appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Steve is the author of the section entitled “Broker-Dealer Litigation and Arbitration” in the multi-volume treatise, Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts, and is a frequent speaker on matters related to the financial services industry.