Nathan Bear

United States
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
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Areas of Expertise:
  • Shareholder responsibilities
  • Shareholder rights

Nate Bear advises institutional investors on a global basis. He counsels clients on securities fraud and corporate governance, and frequently speaks at conferences worldwide.

Mr. Bear is a partner in the Firm’s San Diego office. He has recovered over $1 billion for investors, including In re Cardinal Health, Inc. Sec. Litig. ($600 million) and Jones v. Pfizer Inc. ($400 million). In addition to initiating securities fraud class actions in the United States, he possesses direct experience in potential group actions in the United Kingdom and Australia, as well as settlements in the European Union under the Wet Collectieve Afwikkeling Massaschade (WCAM), the Dutch Collective Mass Claims Settlement Act. Mr. Bear currently represents investors in group litigations against Volkswagen and Porsche in Germany, utilizing the Kapitalanlegermusterverfahrensgesetz (KapMuG), the Capital Market Investors’ Model Proceeding Act.

In Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank v. Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc., Mr. Bear commenced a lawsuit resulting in the first major ruling upholding fraud allegations against the chief credit rating agencies. That ruling led to the filing of a similar case, King County, Washington v. IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG. These cases, arising from the fraudulent ratings of bonds issued by the Cheyne and Rhinebridge structured investment vehicles, ultimately obtained landmark settlements – on the eve of trial – from the major credit rating agencies and Morgan Stanley. Mr. Bear maintained an active role in litigation at the heart of the worldwide financial crisis, and is currently pursuing banks over their manipulation of LIBOR, FOREX and other benchmark rates.

Mr. Bear earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was the proud recipient of the prestigious Alumni Scholarship. Upon graduation he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant, first advising Fortune 500 companies, then counseling venture-backed software companies as they were acquired by publicly traded corporations. Mr. Bear then earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was the recipient of the Copley Press Scholarship and served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Richard D. Huffman of the California Court of Appeal.