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Gerard G. Pecht

Gerard G. Pecht

Norton Rose Fulbright

Houston, TX, USA


Gerry Pecht, a partner in Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.'s Houston and Dallas locations, practices in the firm's Litigation Section. He concentrates his practice in the area of complex business and commercial litigation, including securities litigation and enforcement, antitrust, energy litigation, internal corporate investigations and international litigation and arbitration. Gerry regularly represents Fortune 500 companies as well as investment banking firms and their officers and directors.

Gerry is a member of Fulbright's Executive Committee, Chair of the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Group, and Co-Chair of the Corporate Governance Group. 

Litigation Experience: Gerry has extensive experience litigating in federal and state court and before arbitration panels, having tried over 30 matters to judgment. He has also argued appeals before the United States Courts of Appeal of the Fifth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits as well as the appellate courts of Texas.

Gerry's litigation practice includes defending a large number of class actions, as well as shareholder derivative actions and a wide range of claims against corporations, underwriters, officers and directors. He has also represented companies in litigation over corporate control, including hostile tender offers and proxy solicitations.
Gerry also has represented corporations as plaintiffs and has recovered on their behalf millions of dollars in judgments, settlements, mediations and arbitrations.
Enforcement Experience:  Gerry has considerable enforcement experience, which includes representing both companies and individuals in FCPA, disclosure, insider trading, market manipulation and accounting irregularity investigations and cases. He has also represented companies, officers, and directors in inquires and investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE"), The National Association of Securities Dealers ("NASD") and the Texas State Securities Board ("TSSB").

Internal Corporate Investigations:  Drawing on decades of experience representing issuers, officers and directors before the SEC, NASD, NYSE and in securities and derivative litigation, Gerry regularly represents the board, audit committees, special litigation committees and other committees of the board in internal investigations.
Gerry has represented multinational companies in internal corporate investigations that have spanned the globe. He has experience in working with forensic experts, auditors, insurers, company counsel, public relations firms and regulators in connection with these investigations and he has expertise in assessing liability, fashioning disclosures, structuring remedial measures and devising corporate compliance programs. Gerry has handled corporate investigations for companies and board committees in industries such as software, international construction, energy and medical services. In these investigations, Gerry regularly deals with U.S. Attorneys, SEC, DOJ, Department of Commerce and Department of the Treasury.

Mergers, Acquisitions, Going-Private Transactions and Proxy Contests: Gerry represents companies, directors, officers, private equity firms and investment banks in litigation arising out of mergers, acquisitions, going-private transactions and proxy contests.  

Bond and Noteholder Litigation: Gerry represents indenture trustees, bond holders and issuers in litigation arising from the issuance, non-compliance and default on bond and other debt instruments.

Bankruptcy Adversary Proceedings: Gerry has handled some of the largest adversary proceedings in the country involving allegations of fraudulent transfer, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud.


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS
  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • State Bar of Texas - Antitrust and Business Litigation Section
  • Houston Bar Association, Life Fellow

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
1978 - J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law
1975 - B.A., Georgetown University

Prior to joining the firm, Gerry served as a law clerk for the Honorable Carl Rubin, Chief Judge of the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio. He was admitted to the Ohio State Bar in 1978 and the State Bar of Texas in 1980. He has since been admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Eastern District of Texas, the District of Arizona, the District of Colorado and the Southern District of Ohio, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits and the Federal Circuit.


CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

  • Houston Zoological Society, past member of the Board of Directors
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