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Mr. Peter L. Welsh

Associate, Ropes & Gray

Peter has significant experience in representing mutual funds, private equity funds, hedge funds, corporations and individuals in complex securities and corporate litigation matters, including the representation of the directors and officers of several public companies in securities class actions and breach of fiduciary duty actions. Peter also is experienced in litigating contested merger transactions, including strategic, financial and going private transactions. Peter has been involved in advising committees of directors at several large corporations concerning corporate governance and related issues in the context of mergers and acquisitions and other strategic alternatives, as well as related-party transactions, internal investigations and litigation. Peter currently serves as the Chairman of the Directors and Officers Liability Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association and is a member of the ABA Business Law Section's Task Force on Director and Officer Liability.

Peter also has significant experience, as both a litigator and adviser, in representing directors and officers of public and private corporations, as well as principals of private equity and hedge funds, in connection with their indemnification and director and officer insurance programs. Peter was involved in the successful representation of the outside directors of the Enron Corporation in litigation involving Enron's $450 million director and officer insurance program.

Peter has represented several public companies and investment advisers in connection with investigations conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission and has also represented public companies and an investment advisor in connection with criminal investigations conducted by the Department of Justice.

Peter also represents clients in the health care industry in enforcement and litigation matters. Peter has helped to represent a large health care company in investigations conducted by the federal government, including by the Department of Justice, and by state enforcement authorities.

In 2004, Peter served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County. Peter prosecuted some fifteen jury and bench trials and argued legal and evidentiary motions on a daily basis.

Education
  • 1999, J.D., cum laude, The University of Chicago Law School
  • 1996, M.A., Boston College
  • 1991, A.B., The University of Chicago

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