Contract and Fraud Matters
We have advised and represented financial institutions and their executives in connection with claims for breach of contract, fiduciary duty, and fraud involving an array of matters, including fund management, investment contracts, letters of credits, advisory contracts, sales of securities and other equities, loan facilities, and corporate governance.
We have advised and represented financial institutions and senior executives in a broad range of employment disputes, including matters involving alleged discrimination, contract issues, restrictive covenants, proprietary information and trade secrets, U-5s, employee raiding, and vested and unvested compensation. In this connection, we have obtained dismissal of gender and age discrimination claims, successfully enforced non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, obtained dismissal of overly broad restrictive covenants, obtained judicial enforcement of our clients’ compensation claims and enforced trade secret provisions against departing executives.
Investigations and Regulatory Matters
We have advised and represented financial institutions in connection with investigations by federal and state regulators, including the SEC and DOJ, involving alleged violations of the securities laws, tax matters, ratings practices, carried interest treatment, employment discrimination and compliance with federal and state laws. We also have conducted internal investigations of claims of employment discrimination and accounting and other business practices.
We have advised boards and senior executives on a variety of corporate governance matters, including obligations to partners, departing executives and fund management. In addition, we have litigated corporate governance issues and intellectual property rights in federal and state courts, as well as bankruptcy courts.
We have represented issuers of public securities and directors and officers of public companies in connection with regulator and SRO investigations and claims, IPOs, auction rate securities, shareholder class actions and derivative suits. These matters have included claims of stock option back-dating, securities fraud, failures to make required disclosures and other claims. We also have represented mutual fund advisors, board trustees and other registered investment advisors in connection with regulatory and shareholder claims in such diverse areas as market timing, soft-dollar arrangements, and similar issues.
Structured Finance Litigation
We have successfully prosecuted and defended claims by and against sponsors and issuers of RMBS certificates and CDOs, trustees, mortgage originators, servicers and other parties to asset-backed securitizations. These matters have involved alleged breaches of representations and warranties, put-back liability, “sole remedy” provisions, waterfall payments, trustee and certificateholder standing, no-action clauses, and issues arising in Article 78 proceedings.
Breach of Contract Action Involving a $30M Participation Interest in a Loan Facility
Representation of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, a major Japanese bank, in a breach of contract action involving a $30 million participation interest in a loan facility.
Mortgage-Backed Securities Cases in Federal and State Court
Defended various Deutsche Bank entities in a portfolio of mortgage-backed securities cases in federal and state court alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in repurchase liability related to poor quality loan portfolios.