Christopher Bateman is an Associate at Cohen Milstein, and a member of the firm’s Antitrust practice group. In this role, Mr. Bateman represents a broad range of individuals and businesses in civil litigation, with a focus on multi-district class actions and antitrust litigation.
Mr. Bateman is currently working on the following high-profile matters:
- In re Interest Rate Swaps Litigation: Cohen Milstein serves as co-lead counsel and represents the Public School Teachers’ Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago and other proposed buy-side investor class members in this ground breaking putative antitrust class action against numerous Wall Street investment banks. Plaintiffs allege that the defendants conspired to prevent class members from trading IRS on modern electronic trading platforms and from trading with each other, all to protect the banks’ trading profits from inflated bid/ask spreads.
- Stock Lending Litigation: Cohen Milstein and co-counsel filed a putative class action on August 17, 2017 in the Southern District of New York on behalf of Iowa Public Employees Retirement System and other investors, alleging collusion among six of the world’s largest investment banks to prevent modernization of the $1.7 trillion stock loan market. Plaintiffs allege that Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, and UBS conspired to overcharge investors and maintain the power they hold over the stock loan market, obstructing multiple efforts to create competitive electronic exchanges and enhance price transparency that would benefit both stock lenders and borrowers.
Before joining Cohen Milstein, Mr. Bateman was a law clerk for the Honorable Naomi Reice Buchwald, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Before that, he was a litigation attorney at a distinguished global law firm, where he worked with clients in the financial services and energy sectors.
Mr. Bateman received his B.A., cum laude, High Honors, from Dartmouth College, where he was a Rufus Choate Scholar. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he received Dean’s Scholar awards in Civil Procedure and in Federal Courts and the Federal System. While in law school, Mr. Bateman was an Article Selection Editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. He is the co-author of “Toward Greener FERC Regulation of the Power Industry,” 38 Harvard Environmental Law Review 275 (2014).
While attending law school, Mr. Bateman was a legal intern at the Environmental Defense Fund.
Before law school, Mr. Bateman was an editorial associate at Vanity Fair for several years, where he wrote about politics, civil rights, culture, and environmental issues, and edited feature articles.