SEC Announces Settlement with State Street and a Suit Against a Big Law Partner for PaytoPlay Scheme
Of CounselSan Francisco
Stephen Knaster is Of Counsel in the San Francisco office, and is a member of the Securities Litigation Group.
Stephen's practice focuses on the defense of issuers, officers, directors, underwriters, accountants, venture capital investors and financial institutions throughout the United States and internationally in all areas of securities litigation, including shareholder class actions, derivative actions, merger & acquisition litigation, and regulatory matters including SEC enforcement proceedings. His clients have included major investment banks and accounting firms, Silicon Valley technology companies and their CEOs, CFOs and board members, prominent venture capital firms, retail corporations and their officers and directors, and a social networking company and members of its board of directors.
Stephen has also provided, on a pro bono basis, legal and strategic advice to clients in matters involving international law including strategies to advance a United States backed peace process, the inclusion of democratic principles and womens' rights in a nation’s constitution, international standards for free, fair and genuine elections, international obligations for the destruction of WMDs, defining terrorism under international law, and principles governing the recognition of governments. His work has helped shape client strategy and influence discussions with Congress, the State Department and the White House.
Before joining Orrick, Stephen was counsel at Clifford Chance, and senior counsel at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison.
Stephen's extensive experience in defending and counseling clients in securities related matters includes the following notable or recent representative engagements.