Lieff Cabraser attorney Bruce W. Leppla will be speaking at the Investment Company Institute‘s Annual Mutual Funds Conference on March 17 in Palm Desert, CA. He will be featured on a panel, discussing the topic of “Investment Funds as Plaintiffs: Considering When and How to Act.” The panel will cover the different types of actions that investment companies bring, the fiduciary duties of advisors and boards as relevant to plaintiffs’ litigation, relevant investment management policies, the process of case evaluation, and the reasons both for and against serving as a lead plaintiff or opting out of pending class litigation. The 2015 ICI conference will be sponsored by Brown Brothers Harriman, Bloomberg For Enterprise, Command Financial, Confluence, McGladrey, U.S. Bancorp, and Gunn, Steers & Company.
The conference, which will be held from March 15-18 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs, will highlight topics including: derivatives regulation, tax, pension, and accounting developments, globalization of fund firms, exchange-traded funds, cybersecurity, fixed-income and equity trading compliance, registered fund CPOs, current issues facing fund boards, funds as plaintiffs in litigation, trends in fee litigation, and state issues.
Leppla is a partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP. His recent litigation experience includes representing mutual funds and government retirement systems in actions involving American International Group, Merck, Celera Corp., Broadcom, McKesson, America Online, Qwest and many other cases. He participates in the evaluation and development of securities and antitrust matters, assists in expert witness matters as they relate to accounting and finance issues, and manages with his partners the settlement of cases that involve corporate finance issues.
He is a member of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), and the 2012 ABA/UIA Litigation Section Seminar Chairman on International Corporate Governance Developments. Leppla is also a former commercial bank CEO and President. He holds a master’s degree in quantitative economics from the University of California (Berkeley) and a B.A. in economics (magna cum laude) from Yale University. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Wall Street Lawyer, the author of a number of securities litigation articles and speaks frequently on legal and market-related issues.