Steven W. Hansen’s practice concentrates on securities regulatory matters, including SEC and SRO enforcement defense, and securities and corporate litigation, including class action defense and securities regulatory matters. He was formerly a branch chief in the Enforcement Division of the SEC. He regularly represents hedge fund and private equity managers, investment advisers, broker-dealers, public companies and their directors and officers, and auditing firms.
Steve regularly represents clients in investigations and proceedings by the SEC, state securities regulators, and self-regulatory organizations. He is retained by financial institutions to conduct internal investigations of potential violations of securities, corporate, and related laws and counsels on securities law and related compliance matters. He is often consulted by hedge fund and private equity managers and other advisers on trading, valuation, reporting, anti-money laundering, privacy, and related issues as well as the design of compliance programs.
Steve also handles litigation, including consumer class actions, arising under TILA and other lending-related statutes, and represents banks and other lenders in such litigation. He works on issues arising from discovery of electronically stored information, and has knowledge of issues of discovery of electronic data and with federal and state privacy laws.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Steve was a partner in the financial institutions regulatory, enforcement, and litigation practice at another international law firm, where he was a past co-chair of the securities litigation group.
Representing major broker-dealer in litigation involving auction rate securities in federal and state court
Secured dismissal of purported securities action against New York Stock Exchange-listed issuer
Represented bank in purported class action alleging violations of statutory notice provisions
Represented several hedge fund managers in connection with the SEC “rumor” investigation
Representing major investment adviser in connection with SEC inquiry concerning a private fund
Assisted substantial New York investment manager in review and development of compliance policies and procedures
Acted as counsel to hedge fund manager in development of compliance procedures
Represented large investment manager in SEC investigation of fund service arrangement with third-party service provider
Advised hedge fund manager in connection with SEC investigation of financial record-keeping
Represented hedge fund manager in connection with SEC trading inquiry
Acted as counsel to audit committee of NYSE-listed company
Served as court-appointed expert regarding settlement In Re GTECH Holdings Corp. Securities Litigation, US District Court, District of Rhode Island, Civil Action No. 94-0294 (Pettine, J.)
Served as assistant investigator to Special Committee of the Judicial Council for the First Circuit, In re Investigation No. 202
Swarthmore College, 1973, Bachelor of Arts
Yale Law School, 1976, Juris Doctor
District of Columbia
US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
US District Court for the District of Massachusetts
US Supreme Court
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Securities Regulation, US News/Best Lawyers – Best Law Firms (2019)
Recognized, New England Super Lawyers (2015)
Recognized, Securities Litigation, Super Lawyers (2011)
Recognized, Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2004–2010)