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Pierre M. Gentin is a member of Cahill’s litigation practice group. Mr. Gentin represents clients in disputes, litigation, investigations, and regulatory enforcement matters, with a focus on the financial services sector.
Before joining Cahill in 2015, Mr. Gentin served for nearly two decades in senior legal and risk positions at Credit Suisse AG. As Managing Director and Global Head of Litigation and Regulatory Investigations, he advised the bank’s board of directors, executive management, and senior business personnel on legal and regulatory matters before and after the financial crisis. Mr. Gentin represented Credit Suisse before government officials, supervisory regulators and enforcement staff worldwide, and he set litigation strategies for and negotiated the resolution of many of the bank’s most significant cases. In 2014, LawDragon named Mr. Gentin one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America for his “masterful job managing Credit Suisse’s civil disputes, investigations and enforcement actions around the world” and in 2015 The Legal 500 named Mr. Gentin In House Litigation “Individual of the Year” for the United States. In a 2016 profile, American Lawyer Media noted that Mr. Gentin “helped navigate Credit Suisse through the roiling aftermath of the financial crisis” including “dealing with regulators” and “perfect[ing] the art of negotiation.”
At Credit Suisse, Mr. Gentin served on the firm-wide Global Leadership Council and he was a member of the General Counsel Division’s management committee which ran the 2000 person legal and compliance organization. He supervised the bank’s litigation, investigations and employment law groups worldwide and worked with the bank's media relations, investor relations, public disclosure and accounting functions on the regular cycle of financial reporting and in the crisis management context. In addition, Mr. Gentin structured and carried out a highly impactful cost reduction program for external legal expenses.
Mr. Gentin also held a senior role in the Risk Division as Credit Suisse’s Head of Reputational Risk for the Americas. He chaired the Americas Reputational Risk Council which evaluated the potential impact of transactions, trades and initiatives. Earlier in his career at Credit Suisse, Mr. Gentin served as General Counsel for the Research Division, advising the bank’s equity, fixed income and high-yield research analysts. He led Credit Suisse’s implementation of the 2003 research settlement among Wall Street firms and U.S. federal and state regulators, and co-chaired the Bond Market Association’s Global Fixed Income Research Task Force.
Before joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Gentin was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He represented the United States government in a wide array of civil cases before the U.S. federal trial courts and argued numerous appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Mr. Gentin serves on the executive committee and board of trustees of the Practising Law Institute and is co-editor of the forthcoming book "The Mediation of Financial Services Disputes." In 2008, he was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and he is a member of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council. He is immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Princeton University Center for Jewish Life and has served as Chair for the Bronx Region of the Princeton University Alumni Schools Committee. Mr. Gentin was previously a member of the executive board of the Anti-Defamation League's Lawyers' Division and in 2014 he was honored with the ADL's Human Relations Award. He has served on the Fordham Corporate Law Center's board of advisors and taught as Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University. He speaks regularly at law and business schools in the United States and abroad, and currently serves as Lecturer in the MBA program at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.