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Joseph Allerhand

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP


Joseph Allerhand is a nationally recognized securities litigator and counselor with over 30 years of experience in major shareholder class and derivative actions, M&A litigations, SEC investigations, arbitrations, corporate governance disputes, and busted deal litigations. Equally comfortable in the boardroom and courtroom, he regularly counsels directors and special committees on transactions and internal investigations. He currently serves as lead counsel for AIG in a shareholder class action arising from the 2007- 08 financial crisis, as well as lead counsel for lululemon in shareholder class and derivative actions.


Columbia University (BA, 1975); Georgetown University Law Center (JD, 1978).

United States: Dispute resolution

M&A litigation: defense

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Joseph Allerhand - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Within: M&A litigation: defense

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York has a practice that is 'smart, hardworking, collaborative and knowledgeable', according to one client. Another describes the firm as 'a repeat player in this market with unparalleled experience, which brings a sophisticated and pragmatic approach to bear on litigation'. Leading lights John Neuwirth and Joseph Allerhand are co-heads of the securities litigation practice, in which clients highlight the talents of partners Joshua Amsel, Jonathan Polkes, Greg Danilow and newly promoted Evert Christensen. Neuwirth's track record of high-profile cases continued last year when he secured the complete dismissal of a class action against Brookfield Asset Management concerning its $2.8bn acquisition of Rouse Properties, Inc. The case raised issues of whether Brookfield was a controlling stockholder and owed fiduciary duties to Rouse’s shareholders. Danilow is representing Straight Path in high-profile litigation relating to its $3bn acquisition by Verizon Communications.

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Securities litigation - defense

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Joseph Allerhand - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Within: Securities litigation - defense

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York is praised by one client for the 'unrivaled success and experience and the creative and sophisticated approach it brings to litigating in this area'. The firm has an impressive client roster of publicly traded corporations, financial institutions and private equity firms. Practice heads Joseph Allerhand and John Neuwirth and key partners Joshua Amsel and Evert Christensen are described by one client as 'best-in-class professionals in this space'. Neuworth and Amsel represented pharmaceutical company Sanofi in connection with federal class and individual securities actions arising from statements regarding the results of Phase 3 clinical trials for multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada. They secured the dismissal of all claims. 'Amazing advocate' Jonathan Polkes and up-and-coming partner Caroline Zalka (who is 'knowledgeable and smart, and always on top of her cases') are highly recommended. Allerhand and Stacy Nettleton acted for Signet Jewelers in a consolidated securities class action that alleged a five-year securities fraud concerning Signet’s in-house credit program.

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