Awards & Rankings 07.30.21
Pillsbury Shortlisted as "Firm of the Year” in International Dispute Resolution for the 2021 China Law & Practice Awards
Nominated among six other firms in the international category
Co-leader of Pillsbury’s China practice, partner Geoffrey Sant maintains a practice focused on advising clients on complex litigation with an emphasis on commercial, corporate and financial litigation and transactions.
Known for his extensive experience in representing both Chinese and U.S. financial entities, Geoffrey represents some of the world’s largest banks, investment companies and businesses in both litigation and transactional matters. He has successfully obtained the dismissal of lawsuits against major Chinese banks and businesses, including obtaining the dismissal with prejudice of a litigation seeking over one billion dollars in damages. On the transactional side of his practice, Geoffrey won regulatory approval for a new U.S. branch of a major Chinese bank, and has worked on international acquisitions and regulatory projects.
In 2020, Geoffrey and his team won a $90 million arbitration award, including a fee award of over $2 million for an international client. Also in 2020, Geoffrey and his team won a fraudulent transfer litigation after a four-day trial, with the court finding $42 million in transfers to be fraudulent, and also awarding $6.5 million in fees (and 14% interest) to Geoffrey’s client.
Geoffrey teaches “China in U.S. Litigation” at Columbia University School of Law, and has taught Banking Litigation and fundamental lawyering skills classes at Fordham University School of Law, and at China University of Political Science and Law (in Beijing).
J.D., New York University, 2008
M.A., Chinese and Japanese Literature, Columbia University, 2005
B.A., Romance Languages & Literature; Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, University of Chicago, 1996
The Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York