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Robert Khuzami

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Corporate and individual representation in litigation, civil enforcement and criminal investigations by state and federal securities, banking, consumer protection and other authorities.


Director of Enforcement, Securities and Exchange Commission (2009-13); General Counsel Americas and Global Head of Litigation and Investigations, Deutsche Bank (2002-09); Assistant U.S. Attorney (1990-2002), Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force (1999-2002), U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.


Clerk, John R. Gibson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; Boston University Law School, J.D.; University of Rochester, B.A.; magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

United States: Antitrust

Civil litigation/class actions

Within: Civil litigation/class actions

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s team, which is led from Chicago by James Mutchnik and Daniel Laytin, features prominently in cases of the utmost complexity and significance, particularly in sectors that attract close regulatory scrutiny, including energy, hi-tech, telecoms and healthcare. ‘Reverse payment settlement’ cases in the pharmaceuticals sector is a notable area of activity and the team is handling multiple matters for Teva Pharmaceuticals’ Barr Laboratories Unit, including litigation arising from an alleged conspiracy to delay market entry of the generic version of antibiotic Cipro. In the financial services arena, a group including Joseph Serino and Eric Leon in New York and Robert Khuzami and Patrick Montgomery in Washington DC is representing Deutsche Bank in various matters, including two putative class actions concerning an alleged conspiracy with other financial institutions to manipulate the Gold Fix and Silver Fix markets, in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Commodity Exchange Act. Matthew Reilly recently joined the firm in Washington DC from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, while other key hires are Katherine Rocco (New York), Yi-Chin Ho (Los Angeles) and Anna Rotman (Houston), who joined from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP and Yetter Coleman LLP respectively.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Within: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Kirkland & Ellis LLP delivers ‘practical and pragmatic advice and a very high level of service’. Chicago-based practice head Mark Filip and Houston-based Brigham Cannon are ‘diligent and knowledgeable’. They were part of the team that advised BASF on an internal review concerning alleged antitrust violations. The firm helped General Motors to negotiate a criminal resolution with the DOJ concerning recalls. Other clients include some of the world’s largest manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies, which the firm advises on major FCPA investigations and FCA cases. Chicago lawyers John Lausch and John Hartmann, New York’s Henry DePippo and the Washington DC-based Robert Khuzami are active in the white-collar space. Michael Garcia left to become Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals in January 2016.

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Financial services: litigation

Within: Financial services: litigation

Drawing on the expertise of lawyers within the firm’s commercial litigation, government investigations and transactional teams, Kirkland & Ellis LLP has significant visibility in the market across a range of disputes involving high-profile financial services entities. Former director of enforcement at the SEC, Washington DC’s Robert Khuzami has ‘immense credibility before the regulators’, and alongside Joseph Serino and Eric Leon, successfully defended Deutsche Bank in a proposed class action accusing it and several other banks of infringing the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) with deals tied to alleged rigging of the forex market. Khuzami and Serino are also acting for Deutsche Bank in two putative class action cases relating to its involvement in the alleged manipulation of the gold and silver fixes.

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Securities litigation: defense

Within: Securities litigation: defense

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has ‘a top-notch team that delivers phenomenal client service’, say clients, who appreciate its ‘ethical and energetic representation’. On behalf of the board of SAIC, Mark Filip, who works from Chicago and Washington DC, obtained the complete dismissal of matters arising from the CityTime fraud committed by two low-level employees. Chicago-based Robert Kopecky and Joshua Rabinovitz are defending General Motors in four derivative actions relating to the company’s recall of ignition switches. Highlights for Andrew Clubok in New York included defending Facebook in a series of securities class actions, derivative suits and government investigations in the wake of its IPO. He secured the dismissal of all derivative suits. Clubok’s team for the class actions included the ‘deal-orientedElizabeth Deeley in San Francisco. Joseph Serino in New York and Susan Davies in Chicago are defending a class action for BASF Metals alleging conspiracy to manipulate platinum and palladium prices. Clients also recommend New York-based former SEC director of enforcement Robert Khuzami. Since publication, Andrew Clubok and Elizabeth Deeley moved to Latham & Watkins LLP.

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