The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

White & Case LLP

Christopher Curran

Tel:
Work 1 202 626 3643
Email:
White & Case LLP

Work Department

Commercial Litigation, Antitrust, White Collar, Intellectual Property

Position

Partner

Career

Full lawyer profile available at whitecase.com/ccurran


United States: Antitrust

Cartel

Within: Cartel

White & Case LLP’s antitrust department has been extremely busy in cartel-related work, an area where it enjoys a very good reputation. ‘It is difficult to receive better service’ said one client; the lawyers have ‘extensive trial experience, don’t let balls drop and communicate extremely well’. Following a seven-year, multi-jurisdictional grand jury investigation into the firm’s client, Nexans, a manufacturer of copper and optical fiber cable products, the DOJ’s Antitrust Division finally admitted defeat. Another key client is Toshiba, which the firm represented in multiple cases related to cathode ray tubes (CRT) and lithium-ion batteries. The department, which is headed by Mark Gidley, also acted for clients in investigations into the autoparts, capacitors, chemical and hi-tech industries. Martin Toto in New York has ‘an excellent feel for arguments that will work before a jury’, and Christopher Curran’s ‘cross-examinations are brilliant’.

[back to top]

Civil litigation/class actions

Within: Civil litigation/class actions

White & Case LLP has ‘extensive trial experience’ and is noted for its string of major litigation successes against plaintiffs and US competition authorities. A recent such highlight was defending Toshiba against price-fixing claims brought by Motorola relating to the purchase of LCD panels; Christopher Curran (‘able to impartially assess the strengths and weaknesses of a case as a jury would see them’) and Martin Toto (‘capable of making an experienced opposing expert look ridiculous in cross-examination’) were part of a cross-office team that obtained the dismissal of all of Motorola’s claims following a Supreme Court decision to deny Motorola’s request for certiorari. The practice, headed by Mark Gidley, features prominently in pharmaceutical antitrust disputes and recent clients include Warner Chilcott, Novartis and Pfizer.

[back to top]

United States: Dispute resolution

International litigation

Within: International litigation

White & Case LLP is best known for its expertise in international arbitration, but the firm also has a strong commercial litigation group that caters to corporate clients as well as some states and state-owned entities. Owen Pell, for instance, defended Tyumen Oil Company (TNK-BP) in a case brought by Norex Petroleum alleging misappropriation of its shareholder interest in a Russian oil company that became a TNK-BP subsidiary. The claims were dismissed in August 2015 by the New York Supreme Court. Elsewhere, Washington DC-based Christopher Curran and Nicole Erb were lead counsel for the Sudan in several lawsuits in the US regarding the provision of resources to militants responsible for the bombings of two American embassies in 1998 and the USS Cole in 2000. In another highlight, Pell and Gregory Starner represented Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank in a securities fraud case in the Southern District of New York.

[back to top]

White-collar criminal defense

Within: White-collar criminal defense

Lawyers at the ‘excellentWhite & Case LLP are ‘always responsive and spot-on in the advice they give’, and the firm has particular expertise in handling cross-border disputes. Washington DC lawyers Christopher Curran and Nicole Erb are among those representing the Republic of the Sudan in several lawsuits that relate to allegations of supporting the terrorists responsible for attacks on two US embassies in Africa in 1998 and the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000. In New York, Kenneth Caruso and global commercial litigation chair Glenn Kurtz represented a number of banks in proceedings concerning OFAC sanctions, and secured a ruling in favor of their clients from the Second Circuit. Other key figures at the practice include Scott Hershman and Owen Pell in New York and Aalok Sharma in Los Angeles.

[back to top]


Back to index

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Bulgaria: Opening the gas market for foreign traders!

    Most recently, the Bulgarian Energy Regulator has taken significant steps towards the full liberalisation of the natural gas market: In December 2016, the Bulgarian Energy Regulator adopted legislative amendments to the Rules for Trading of Natural Gas ( Правила за търговия с природен газ , " Trading Rules ") and the Rules for Access to the Gas Transmission and/or Gas Distribution Networks and the Natural Gas Storage Facilities ( Правила за предоставяне на достъп до газопреносните и/или газоразпределителните мрежи и за достъп до съоръженията за съхранение на природен газ , " Access Rules "). Moreover, it adopted new Rules for Balancing of the Natural Gas Market ( Правила за балансиране на пазара за природен газ , " Balancing Rules "). read more...
  • When Arbitration Meets Insolvency in Montenegro - Can They Coexist?

    Even at first blush, it is apparent that arbitration and insolvency make strange bedfellows.
  • Hungary: Registration Fees for Company Establishment Abolished

    In an aim to simplify state administration and support economic growth, the Hungarian Parliament adopted a new law abolishing the registration fee and the publication cost for incorporating limited liability companies (" LLC ") ( korlátolt felelősségű társaság ), limited partnerships ( betéti társaság ), general partnerships ( közkereseti társaság ), and sole entrepreneurships ( egyéni cég ). The new law becomes effective on 16 March 2017. read more...
  • SyCipLaw TMT Bulletin: Philippine Central Bank Issues New FinTech Rules

    The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) (the Philippine Central Bank) has issued two new circulars that will be of interest to companies engaged in remittance services, e-money, digital currency, and other fintech businesses. Both circulars amend portions of the BSP Manual of Regulations for Non-Bank Financial Institutions.
  • IFLR: “Philippines: Foreign equity ownership decision”

    The March issue of the International Financial Law Review ( IFLR ) includes an international briefing article by SyCipLaw partner  Jose Florante M. Pamfilo  entitled “Philippines: Foreign equity ownership decision”. The article discusses the Philippine Supreme Court decision on the case of Roy v. Herbosa (GR no. 207246) to invalidate the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Memorandum Circular no. 8-2013 (MC 8-2013) on the guidelines on compliance with the Filipino-foreign ownership requirements prescribed in the Philippine Constitution and/or existing laws by corporations engaged in nationalized and partly nationalized activities.
  • New regulation on unit-linked life insurance in Hungary

    Policyholders of unit-linked life insurance products pay an agreed sum for the unit-linked insurance to the insurance company, as a regular premium, or in one lump sum. These payments cover the life insurance component as well as the investment, administrative costs, contracting fee and the commissions. The "total cost charged" ("TCC") is an indicator – calculated in line with the rules of Hungarian insurance regulations – showing all costs charged on life insurance policies having a savings element, reflected as a percentage value. The regulation of the TCC in Hungary has been amended effective 1 January 2017. read more...
  • Hungary: Increase of Minimum Sale Price May Affect Retail NPL Transactions?

    On 7 March 2017, the Hungarian parliament adopted a law that increases the minimum sale price of a residential property in the enforcement procedure from the current 70% of its market value to 100% (market value to be understood as the price set by the appraisal of the bailiff), provided that (i) the claim to be enforced stems from a consumer contract; (ii) the real property is the debtor's only real property; and (iii) the debtor resided in that real property for at least six months prior to the initiation of the enforcement procedure.   read more...
  • European Court of Justice rules for the first time on discrimination based on belief

    The Court of Justice confirms a policy of neutrality can justify discrimination based on belief.
  • RECENT COURT ORDER ON GOOGLE RELATED TO PROTECTING INFORMATION RIGHTS

    Korean appeals court orders Google to disclose to Korean users what personal information Google passed to U.S. government.
  • ECJ CASE C-28/26 - RECOVERABILITY OF INPUT VAT OF A HOLDING COMPANY

    Case C-28/26 - Examines the right of a holding company to deduct input VAT on services acquired in the interest of its subsidiaries where those services are offered to its subsidiaries with no consideration.