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Pierre M. Gentin is a member of Cahill’s litigation practice group. He represents clients in litigation, investigations, regulatory enforcement and corporate governance matters, with a focus on the financial services sector.
Before joining Cahill, Mr. Gentin served for nearly two decades in senior legal and risk positions at Credit Suisse AG. As Global Head of Litigation and Regulatory Investigations, he advised the board of directors, executive management, and senior business personnel on legal and regulatory issues before and after the financial crisis. He 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 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 described him as “erudite, analytical and knowledgeable beyond the law.”
Mr. Gentin served on both Credit Suisse’s firm-wide Global Leadership Council and on 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 media relations, investor relations, public disclosure and accounting functions on the regular cycle of financial reporting and in the crisis management context. Mr. Gentin also structured and carried out a highly impactful cost-reduction program for external legal expenses. Mr. Gentin additionally held a senior role in Credit Suisse’s Risk Division as 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 and co-chairing the Bond Market Association’s Fixed Income Research Task Force.
Before joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Gentin worked in the U.S. Department of Justice as 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 of the Practising Law Institute and is editor (with the Hon. Layn Phillips, et al.) of the Financial Services Mediation Answer Book (PLI Press; 2017). In 2008, he was named a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum (Davos) and he is currently a member of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council. Mr. Gentin is immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Princeton University Center for Jewish Life and he serves on the External Advisory Council of Princeton’s Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance. Mr. Gentin was a board member 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 teaches ethics in the MBA program at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.