Peter frequently conducts investigations at the request of audit and special committees of the boards of directors of public and private companies. Representations include investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and securities sales practice abuses such as insider trading and market manipulation, financial reporting fraud and financial defalcation.
Peter's securities litigation background includes the defense of multidistrict class actions, as well as the defense of financial services and accounting firms in more than 40 federal and state jury trials and in numerous complex securities arbitrations.
A member of Eversheds Sutherland (US)'s Crisis Management and Complex Litigation team, Peter helps clients navigate crises and develop legal response strategies tailored to each specific situation. To learn more about how Eversheds Sutherland (US) defends companies facing challenges on multiple fronts, including civil litigation and parallel criminal investigations, multidistrict litigation proceedings, putative class actions, Congressional investigations and hearings, regulatory investigations, internal investigations, shareholder direct and derivative claims, and corporate disclosure issues, contact Peter or visit www.sutherlandcrisismanagement.com .
Achieved the last favorable FCPA settlement with the SEC, and the DOJ declined to prosecute following the client's self-report.
Defeated the SEC in a trial on behalf of an independent broker-dealer and its president in an enforcement action relating to the supervision of the sale of mutual funds.
Negotiated a favorable eleventh-hour settlement for a broker-dealer and investment adviser on the eve of trial against the SEC involving valuation issues.
Awards and Rankings
Recognized by Chambers USA : Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of litigation: general commercial (2012-2016)
Recipient, Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service , State Bar of Georgia (2013)
Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of bet-the-company litigation, litigation - banking & finance, litigation - regulatory enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), litigation - securities, and securities regulation (2012-2017)
Member, Securities Litigation and Business Law Subcommittees, American Bar Association
Member and Liaison on Variable Annuity Issues, State Regulation of Securities Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
Treasurer and Member, Board of Directors, ServeHAITI
President and past Chairman, The Childhood Autism Foundation in Georgia (CADEF)
Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Autism Resource Center at Emory University
Member, Board of Directors, Midtown Assistance Center, Atlanta GA
Former Chairman of the Board, Paideia School, Atlanta
Member, Board of Trustees, Dickinson College, Carlisle PA