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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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James Wareham

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP


Global Chair of Litigation Department. Substantial experience in both civil and criminal matters. Has served as lead counsel on behalf of multinational public companies, boards of directors, and senior executives in the defense of securities class actions, in connection with cross-border government investigations, and proceedings before the United States Congress. Has also led internal investigations around the globe arising out of bribery allegations, securities and accounting irregularities and related matters.


Joined as partner in 2015.


Mr. Wareham received his JD from Northwestern University School of Law in 1986, where he served as a member of the Journal of International Law and Business, and his BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981.

United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Within: Leading individuals: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals

James Wareham - Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Within: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's team (which is 'always professional and personable') displays real aptitude for handling individual representations for clients in a variety of white-collar matters. It is chaired by James Wareham in Washington DC and Steven Witzel in New York. As an example of the group's capabilities, Witzel successfully represented William Tirrell, managing director and former head of regulatory reporting at Bank of America, in a four-year SEC investigation and active litigation relating to alleged securities law violations; Witzel achieved a settled order for the client. He also represents former New York City Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Ponte in connection with investigations by the New York City Department of Investigation and other government entities, concerning the alleged personal use of City vehicles and illegal monitoring of telephone calls between inmates and the Department of Investigation. Other recommended practitioners include New York's Evan Barr (whose 'vast experience and understanding of securities law puts clients at ease'), Lawrence Gerschwer, Stephen Juris and Una Dean.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's arbitration team has expertise in representing multinational corporations, international organizations and sovereign entities in complex arbitration proceedings. The team is headed by James Wareham, and is acting for Total in ICSID proceedings against the Republic of Uganda regarding certain investments in petroleum operations in Uganda, contractual obligations and obligations under the Netherlands-Uganda BIT. Key contacts are Douglas Baruch and David Morris in New York. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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M&A litigation: defense

Within: M&A litigation: defense

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP climbs the ranking this year, having had key roles in high-profile cases, including a challenge to the merger of Xerox and Fujifilm. Key partners James Wareham in Washington DC and Scott Luftglass in New York acted for four Xerox board members in an individual action brought by a stockholder, a consolidated class action and a derivative action, all of which alleged breach of fiduciary duty in approving the merger. The first two matters were successfully settled. Luftglass also handled a case in Delaware Chancery Court between his client Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media Company, following Tribune’s termination of their proposed merger. Both parties allege that the other breached provisions of the merger agreement. Another key matter saw Luftglass act for CVC Capital Partners in defeating a case brought by minority shareholders in Bolt - a subsidiary of target company Actua - who claim a right of first refusal for CVC's $328m acquisition of the parent company.

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Securities litigation - defense

Within: Securities litigation - defense

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has a busy securities litigation practice in New York and Washington DC, and last year it handled litigation matters for some of the firm's largest corporate clients, including UnderArmour, Perrigo and Xerox. For UnderArmour, James Wareham in DC and Samuel Groner in New York secured the dismissal of a consolidated class action in which it was claimed that its officers made material misstatements regarding the company’s performance and future prospects, including allegations that it had failed to report declining consumer demand for its products. For pharmaceuticals company Perrigo, Wareham and DC-based James Anklam defended a 10b5 class action in which plaintiffs allege that the company's stock price fell due to, inter alia, overstatement of organic growth in the company and failure to disclose problems with the integration of Omega Pharma Invest. Other recommended partners in New York include Stephen Juris, Israel David and Scott Luftglass.

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