Pierre Gentin

Pierre Gentin
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Overview

Pierre M. Gentin is a partner in the law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP. Mr. Gentin is a member of the Securities Litigation and White Collar Defense, Corporate Governance and Investigations, and Commercial Litigation and Crisis Advisory practice groups.

Before joining Cahill in 2015, Mr. Gentin served for nearly two decades in senior legal and risk positions at Credit Suisse AG, one of the world’s largest financial services companies. His roles included Global Head of Litigation, Regulatory Investigations, and Employment Law; Head of Reputational Risk for the Americas; and General Counsel for the Research Division.  Mr. Gentin served on Credit Suisse’s Global Leadership Council and on the General Counsel Division’s management committee which ran the 2000­-person legal and compliance organization. Before joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Gentin served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, representing the United States government in a wide array of civil cases before the U.S. federal trial and appellate courts.

In 2014, LawDragon named Mr. Gentin one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America and in 2015 The Legal 500 named him In­ House Litigation “Individual of the Year” for the United States.  In a 2016 profile, American Lawyer Media described Mr. Gentin as “erudite, analytical and knowledgable beyond the law,” noting that he “helped navigate Credit Suisse through the roiling aftermath of the financial crisis.”

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 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 speaks frequently at law and business schools in the U.S. and abroad.  Mr. Gentin graduated from Princeton University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and from Columbia Law School.

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Past Courses

  • LGST612 - RESPONSIBILITY IN BUS.

    This course introduces students to important ethical and legal challenges they will face as leaders in business. The course materials will be useful to students preparing for managerial positions that are likely to place them in advisory and/or agency roles owing duties to employers, clients, suppliers, and customers. Although coverage will vary depending on instructor, the focus of the course will be on developing skills in ethical and legal analyses that can assist managers as they make both individual-level and firm-level decisions about the responsible courses of action when duties, loyalties, rules, norms, and interests are in conflict. For example, the rules of insider trading may form the basis for lessons in some sections. Group assignments, role-plays, and case studies may, at the instructor's discretion, be used to help illustrate the basic theoretical frameworks. Course materials will highlight industry codes and professional norms, as well as the importance of personal and/or religious values. Format: class participation, quiz, group report, and final paper or exam. Materials: coursepack. Prerequisites: none.

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