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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
United States
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Michael A. Paskin is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department.  He serves as the Litigation Hiring Partner and is a member of the Firm’s Diversity Committee.

Over more than two decades at the Firm, his practice has focused on class actions and other complex litigation, primarily in the areas of securities, antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and general commercial disputes.  Mr. Paskin has represented many of the world’s leading financial institutions in matters involving complex financial products such as residential mortgage‑backed securities, credit default swaps, interest rate swaps and other derivatives, as well as interest rate benchmarks.  He also has represented corporate clients in a variety of industries.  In addition, Mr. Paskin represents corporations and boards of directors in connection with internal investigations and inquiries by U.S. and foreign regulators, including the SEC, DOJ, CFTC and European Commission.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation

Praised for its ability to ‘muster impressively cohesive intellectual firepower‘, New York-headquartered Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP provides a seamless service to a wide range of financial services clients, from the initial agency investigation and enforcement action through to the private class actions that frequently follow in their wake. The team continues to handle a significant amount of antitrust-related disputes for financial services clients, including American Express, which renowned trial lawyer Evan Chesler successfully represented before the US Supreme Court (thereby bringing an end to an eight year lawsuit brought by the DOJ and 17 state attorneys general). In another notable market manipulation-related dispute, John Buretta successfully secured the dismissal of a consolidated class action brought against Nomura International as one of the alleged participants in collusion and price fixing among numerous financial institutions of supranational, sub-sovereign and agency bonds. Appreciated by clients for his ‘strong intellect and excellent bedside manner‘, Richard Clary is regularly at the forefront of the most significant financial services litigation handled by the firm, including his defense, along with Lauren Moskowitz and Michael Reynolds, of Credit Suisse in residential-mortgage backed securities (RMBS) litigation brought against it in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis. Daniel Slifkin and Michael Paskin are also regularly involved in financial services-related litigation and have both been pivotal to the firm’s defense of Morgan Stanley in individual and class action lawsuits alleging collusion among banks to restrain competition in the market for certain derivatives.