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Steven W. Hansen


As of November 24, 2014 practicing with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Steve Hansen is the past co-chair of the Securities Litigation Group. His practice is concentrated in securities and corporate litigation, class action defense, and securities regulatory matters. He was formerly a branch chief in the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission. He has extensive experience in securities litigation, including representation of public companies, directors, officers, broker-dealers, investment advisers and accountants in securities class actions and derivative suits, as well as in individual claims. He regularly represents hedge fund managers, advisers, broker-dealers as well as public companies and their directors and officers in investigations and proceedings by the SEC and self-regulatory organizations. Steve frequently has been retained by companies, boards of directors and audit committees, and by banks, broker-dealers and other financial institutions to conduct internal investigations of potential violations of securities, corporate and related laws. He regularly counsels on securities law and related compliance matters. He is often consulted by hedge fund 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. He has represented banks and other lenders in such litigation. He regularly handles issues arising from discovery of electronically stored information.

Steve also has experience with issues of discovery of electronic data and with federal and state privacy laws.


  • 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, U.S. 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


  • Speaker, Boston Investment Adviser Compliance Roundtable, Bingham McCutchen and ACA Compliance Group Roundtable, Boston (May 2014)
  • Speaker, Equity Trading, Equity Capital Markets, Enforcement Trends, Research Regulation and More, Bingham McCutchen Roundtable, New York (February 2014)
  • Speaker, Dialogue With Area Regulators, NSCP 2013 New England Regional Meeting, Boston (March 2013)
  • Speaker, Regulatory Exams, NSCP New York Regional Meeting, New York (May 2012)
  • Speaker, Dialogue With Area Regulators, NSCP New England Regional Meeting, Boston (April 2012)
  • Speaker, HF/PF Advanced Discussion, NSCP 2011 National Meeting, Baltimore (October 2011)
  • Speaker‚ Is an Investment Adviser SRO Inevitable? Analysis of SEC Study and Recommendations, NRS Spring Compliance Conference, Miami (May 2011)
  • Panelist, Getting It All Done Correctly — Compliance Best Practices and Your Form ADV Part 2, Bingham Seminar, Boston (March 2011)
  • Panelist, Investment Adviser Regulations, National Society of Compliance Professionals, National Membership Meeting, Baltimore (November 2010)
  • Speaker, Fund Manager Business Development: Capital Raise and Compliance Developments, Boston (August 2010)
  • Moderator, State of the Industry: The Future Is Now: The Engines of Regulatory Restructuring and Reform Are Humming: What Are the Implications of Pending Legislation, New Regulations, Heightened SEC Exams, the SRO Possibility and More, NRS Conference, Las Vegas (November 2009)
  • Panelist, Navigating the Changing Regulatory Environment: What Can Private Fund Advisers and Sponsors Expect?, Bingham Navigant Joint Seminar, Boston (October 2009)
  • Panelist, Understanding How the SEC’s Proposed Custody Rule Changes Will Affect Your Firm, IA Watch Webinar (June 2009)
  • Panelist, Dialogue With Area Securities Regulators, National Society of Compliance Professionals, Northeast Regional Meeting (March 2009)
  • Panelist, Securities Fraud 2009: Madoff, Trials and the SEC’s View on Enforcement, Boston Bar Association (February 2009)
  • Moderator, Hedge Funds: Perspectives From the Regulators, National Society of Compliance Professionals, National Meeting (October 2008)
  • Moderator, Securities Litigation Planning and Strategies: Considerations in Conducting Investigations, ALI-ABA Advanced Course of Study (June 2008 and June 2007)



  • Co-chair, Securities Enforcement and Litigation Committee of the Litigation Section of the Boston Bar Association (2007–2009)
  • Chair, Federal Practice and Civil Procedure Committee of the Litigation Section of the Boston Bar Association (1998–2000)
  • Co-chair, Securities Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section (1997–2000)
  • Board of Directors, Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project (1996–2002)
  • Board of Advisers, Private Securities Litigation Reform Act Reporter
  • Task Force on Federal Practice, American Bar Association’s Litigation Section (2000–2001)
  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association

Awards & Honors

  • Super Lawyers, Massachusetts (2004–2010); Securities Litigation (2011)
  • Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, Corporate Litigation (Securities Litigation) (2009)

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