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Our highly-regarded lawyers have handled securities litigation across the country for over 40 years, representing public companies and their officers and directors in class action suits, individual suits by shareholders, derivative actions alleging breaches of fiduciary duty, contests for corporate control, insider trading, and Securities and Exchange Commission investigations as well as in parallel bankruptcy and securities actions where the issuer has become insolvent.

Our lawyers have a broad range of experience in a number of industries. For example, in the insurance industry, we represent issuers, underwriters, auditors and other professionals in misrepresentation and negligence actions relating to securities issuances and transactions. In the corporate arena, our experience also includes claims arising in the context of public offerings, private offerings, tender offers, rights offering, transactions by insiders, financial and regulatory disclosures and filings, and investment advice. Additionally, in light of the recent credit market crisis, we are often called upon to represent banks and other lenders, home builders and mortgage companies, bond insurers and credit rating agencies in numerous private class actions and derivative suits alleging misrepresentation and incomplete disclosures.


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China FCPA Case Shows That A Deferred Prosecution Agreement May Not Cap Reputational Risk And Expensive Legal Fees
Gregory W. Carey,Stephen G. Huggard, November 06, 2013
In January 2011, Maxwell Technologies, Inc., a San Diego-based manufacturer of energy storage and power-delivery products, entered into a deferred prosecution agreement and paid $13.65 million in penalties to the Department of Justice and the Securities & Exchange Commission in connection with...

UK Government Sounds the Horn for Incentivised Whistle-Blowing In the UK for Fraud, Bribery and Corruption
Neil Adams,Antonio Suarez-Martinez, October 18, 2013
The Home Office’s Organised and Serious Crime Strategy document, published on 7 October 2013 to coincide with the launch of the UK’s new National Crime Agency, made reference to the fact that the UK Government would be considering the case for incentivised whistle-blowing in instances...

SEC Proposes CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule
Kenneth Marx,Eugene W. McDermott, October 03, 2013
The SEC issued a proposed rule on September 18, 2013, that would require most public companies to report the ratio between the annual total compensation of its chief executive officer, or CEO, and the median annual total compensation of all of its employees. Under current SEC rules, public...

Funds to Benefit From New Custody Rule Exemption for Private Securities
Meaghan L. Sanders,Heather M. Stone, August 13, 2013
The Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Investment Management, recently issued an IM Guidance Update (the “Guidance Update”) setting forth new interpretative guidance under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the “Advisers Act) to registered investment...

Key Changes to the UK Takeover Code - 30 September 2013
Shawn E. Atkinson,Andrew Overend, August 07, 2013
On 30 September 2013, a number of significant changes to the UK Takeover Code (“Code”) will come into effect. Although these changes are not sweeping reforms like the September 2011 Code changes, they are significant and relate to profit forecasts, statements about potential synergies...

SEC Enforcement Action for Fraud Relating to Misrepresenting Continuing Disclosure Failings
Richard A. Manley,Walter J. St. Onge,Jennifer Frauson Sullivan, August 02, 2013
On July 29, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced settled enforcement orders against an Indiana school district and the district’s underwriter for material false statements in the school district’s official statement relating to the district’s failure to comply...