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Ralph C. Ferrara

Ralph C. Ferrara

Proskauer Rose LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Ralph Ferrara's practice includes a wide range of litigation, business regulatory and corporate governance matters. He represents corporations and individuals in complex securities class and shareholder derivative actions, advises corporate clients on Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and disclosure requirements, represents corporations and individuals in government investigations and enforcement proceedings, conducts corporate internal investigations, handles consumer financial services issues and counsels corporate officers and boards on all of these matters. Mr. Ferrara has argued on five occasions before the United States Supreme Court on cases, appeared in each of the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal and represented clients in state and federal courts across the country.

Prior to joining Proskauer, Mr. Ferrara was associated with two internationally ranked law firms where he served as Vice Chairman of one firm and Managing Partner of the Washington, DC office of the other, where he also served on the firm’s Management Committee. Ralph also served as General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1978-1981. In that capacity, he argued several cases before the United States Supreme Court including: Burks. v. Lasker; Transamerica Mortgage Advisors, Inc. v. Lewis; Aaron v. Securities and Exchange Commission; and Steadman v. Securities and Exchange Commission. During his career with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ralph was appointed as Chief of Staff or Special Counsel to three Chairmen.

Mr. Ferrara has authored many books and treatises, as well as numerous articles for academic and professional journals and has lectured before a number of associations and institutes. Included among his publications are: Debt Despair & Deliverance: Commentary and Analysis on The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2011); Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Reporter with Practice Commentary and Analysis, 4 vols. (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2011); Takeovers: A Strategic Guide to Mergers and Acquisitions (Aspen Law & Business, 2011); Ferrara on Insider Trading and the Wall (Law Journal Press, 2d ed., 2001); Managing Marketeers: Supervisory Responsibilities of Broker-Dealers 2nd Investment Advisers (CCH, 2000); Shareholder Derivative Litigation: Besieging the Board (Law Journal Seminars-Press, 2008 and updates); Ferrara on Insider Trading and the Wall (Law Journal Press, 1995 and updates); Takeovers II: A Strategist's Manual for Business Combinations in the 1990s (Butterworths, 2d ed., 1993); Beyond Arbitration: Designing Alternatives to Securities Litigation (Butterworths, 1991); Stockbroker Supervision: Managing Stockbrokers and Surviving Sanctions (Butterworths, 1989); Redeeming Fallen Brokers: Managing the Aftermath of Broker-Dealer Enforcement Proceedings (Butterworths, 1988); Takeovers: Attack & Survival (Butterworths, 1987); Securities Practice: Federal and State Enforcement (Callaghan, 1985 and updates).

Mr. Ferrara received his B.S. and B.A. degrees from Georgetown University, a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and an LL.M., summa cum laude, from George Washington National Law Center.

Ralph C. Ferrara is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Ethical Issues in Transactional Settings - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Monday, November 13, 2017
Hitting Home Runs: The Rainmakers Speak - All Star Business Development for Lawyers 2018, Monday, March 05, 2018
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Ethical Issues in Transactional Settings, Selected Materials - Securities Regulation Institute (49th Annual), Monday, November 13, 2017
Katie M. Lachter, Ethical Issues in Transactional Settings - Securities Regulation Institute (49th Annual), Monday, November 13, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Ethical Issues in Transactional Settings - Ethical Issues in Transactional Settings, Monday, November 13, 2017
Hitting Home Runs: The Rainmakers Speak - Hitting Home Runs: The Rainmakers Speak , Monday, March 05, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Ethical Issues in Transactional Settings - Ethical Issues in Transactional Settings, Monday, November 13, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Ethical Issues in Transactional Settings - Ethical Issues in Transactional Settings, Monday, November 13, 2017
Hitting Home Runs: The Rainmakers Speak - Hitting Home Runs: The Rainmakers Speak , Monday, March 05, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Sunday, December 03, 2017, New York, NY
All Star Business Development for Lawyers 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Rising to BlackRock’s Challenge 2018: Managing Your Major Investors, Tuesday, December 18, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Rising to the BlackRock Challenge 2018: Keeping the Shareholders Happy, Tuesday, December 18, 2018, New York, NY
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