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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10036
United States
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Work Department

Partner; Global Head; Litigation


Stephen Baldini is the global head of Akin Gump’s litigation practice with more than 25 years of practice. His practice focuses on resolving high-stakes disputes involving private equity and hedge funds and he has represented companies, investors and boards of directors in state, federal, and cross-border litigation and arbitrations worth billions of dollars. Mr. Baldini works closely with owners, management companies, investors, creditors and portfolio companies. Mr. Baldini emphasizes solutions that allow companies to resolve disputes according to their business needs, avoid reputational damage and move operations forward. He handles matters involving partnership and investor disputes, regulatory and compliance issues, international arbitration, complex bankruptcy litigation, securities and derivatives fraud litigation, Securities and Exchange Commission inquiries and investigations, breach of contract claims, fiduciary duty and investing issues, merger and acquisition disputes, class action litigation and commercial corporate disputes.

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B.A., Wesleyan University, 1987; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1990

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is well versed in disputes in connection with investment funds, hedge funds and financial restructuring. Its client portfolio further sees a range of national corporations, which the firm can support from several offices. Team leader Stephen M. Baldini in New York also is a key contact for private equity and hedge funds in their contentious matters, while the Dallas-based M. Scott Barnard takes on business torts, fraud actions, and commercial contract disputes. Los Angeles’ Neal Ross Marder is noted for his consumer class action know-how. Anthony T. Pierce from the Washington DC and Seamus C Duffy in Philadelphia are also highlighted.

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is highly regarded for representing leading financial institutions and public companies, including private investment funds, broker dealers, and public accounting firms, in private litigation arising under the federal securities and commodities laws, as well as related investigations and enforcement proceedings. The firm’s securities litigators regularly collaborate with its market-leading hedge fund and private equity fund advisory practice to handle cutting-edge litigation issues, such as short-swing trading claims for investment funds. Practice head Stephen M. Baldini in New York led the defense of a special committee of Eastman Kodak directors in investigations related to trading and stock options grants in advance of a public news announcement that the company had entered into a letter of interest concerning a loan from the United States Development Finance Corporation (DFC). M. Scott Barnard and Michelle Reed in Dallas also play key roles in the practice. In New York, the team gained emerging partner talent Uri Itkin from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP in May 2022.