Stuart L. Berman has opened doors to recovery around the world for victims of U.S. and foreign securities fraud. As head of the firm’s global litigation efforts, he frequently guides institutional investors in filing fraud cases in jurisdictions outside the United States.
In particular, Stu is involved in developing and managing shareholder actions against companies in the Netherlands, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Stu played an important role in representing European investors in the precedent-setting Shell settlement in the Netherlands—the first class settlement under Dutch law.
A well-known authority on global portfolio monitoring, Stu is actively engaged in helping institutional clients use Kessler Topaz’s proprietary Securities Tracker system to protect their investments. When the system identifies a potential claim anywhere in the world, clients trust Stu to accurately assess their fiduciary responsibilities and decide how best to recover assets. His experience and judgment are indispensable in determining when a matter has the right combination of facts, law and potential recovery to warrant a commitment to litigation.
Stu has been instrumental in representing numerous institutional investors through the lead plaintiff, discovery and class certification process in high-profile class actions. He has also represented institutional clients as named plaintiffs in direct (or opt-out) actions against companies such as Merck and Vivendi.
Stu is a frequent speaker and panelist at investor meetings and conferences on topics such as shareholder actions, corporate governance, corporate fraud, shareholder rights, and the importance of monitoring portfolios and analyzing shareholder claims on a global basis.
Stu is a frequent speaker at investor conferences and meetings in the United States and around the world, such as The European Pension Symposium in Florence, The European Investment Roundtable in Barcelona, The Public Funds Symposium in Washington, D.C., The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans in Orlando, The Pennsylvania Public Employees Retirement (PAPERS) Summit in Harrisburg, and The New England Pension Summit in Newport. In addition, Stu regularly speaks at the Firm’s annual conferences for institutional investor clients at the Rights & Responsibilities for Institutional Investors in Amsterdam and Evolving Fiduciary Obligations of Pensions Plans in Washington, D.C.
Stu proudly supports and raises awareness and funds for the National Kidney Foundation.