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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
United States

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Kevin J. Orsini is Co-Head of Cravath’s Litigation Department. He regularly plays a central role in major corporate battles that redefine the law. Recognized as Benchmark Litigation’s 2021 “General Commercial Litigator of the Year” and its 2020 “Antitrust Attorney of the Year,” Mr. Orsini has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in all stages of litigation, from pre‑complaint investigation through appeal. Also named Benchmark’s “Trial Lawyer of the Year” in 2021, he has tried seven matters in the past five years, including two suits for American Express and Time Warner in business‑critical litigation against the DOJ. 

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United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation

A force in court‘, New York-based Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP specialises in antitrust cases and pre-trial investigations with particular expertise pertaining to the gaming industry and digital distribution, especially pertaining to interactive home entertainment. Former US District Judge Katherine Forrest  is a renowned litigator who leads the team in the firm’s representation of Epic Games, Inc. against Google LLC and Apple Inc., respectively. Alongside her is co-head J Wesley Earnhardt , a specialist in complementary areas such as contracts, business torts, and financial restructuring. Co-head of the litigation department Kevin Orsini advises the media and entertainment industry in matters of antitrust, securities, and other commercial law. Additionally recommended is Lauren Moskowitz who also represents clients in increasingly IP-related cases.

United States > Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense

(Leading lawyers)

Kevin OrsiniCravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

The sheer brilliance of the team can never be overstated‘, according to clients of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, with the firm offering extensive experience handling high-stakes, complex and non-traditional transaction-related litigation, often involving novel issues of law and requiring strategic coordination of multiple suits. The litigators work closely with the transactional corporate practice in the early stages of a proposed deal, as well as handling trials in Delaware and other fora across the US. The ‘simply stellarGary Bornstein, Robert Baron and and Kevin Orsini are the lead partners and clients note that ‘they come without ego, preconception or agenda‘. Rory Leraris also plays a central role in the practice. Along with Bornstein, he is currently representing Buckeye Partners in a putative class action arising from its $10.3bn merger with IFM Global Infrastructure Fund, in which plaintiffs allege that the company’s board authorized the filing of a materially incomplete and misleading preliminary proxy statement recommending Buckeye unitholders vote in favor of the proposed merger. All lawyers mentioned are in New York.

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

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Kevin OrsiniCravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

The ‘uniformly excellent‘ trial lawyers of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP have a strong track record of representing defendants and plaintiffs in a wide array of commercial disputes. The practice covers alleged breaches of contract and business torts, such as fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with contract, tortious interference with prospective business relations, employee ‘raiding’ claims and unfair competition claims. The offering also includes support in claims under various antitrust, securities or intellectual property laws, RICO and FCPA. Evan Chesler has experience in jury trials and mass tort litigation. David Marriott is considered to be ‘one of the most versatile in-court lawyers,‘ and Kevin Orsini acts as trusted advisor to companies such as Robinhood Markets, The Williams Companies, and PG&E Corporation. Omid Nasab is noted for acting in breach of contract, business torts, bankruptcy, environmental and securities matters. Lauren Moskowitz and Vanessa Lavely  are other key contacts for several high-profile clients. The team is based in New York.

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York has a ‘strong, reliable, experienced team with ‘a very deep knowledge base that is combined with good business judgment‘, frequently handling the largest and most complex actions under federal securities laws. It has achieved numerous landmark decisions in high-profile cases for clients in industries as diverse as financial services, technology, media and entertainment, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and real estate. It continued this tradition by winning the dismissal for Occidental Petroleum Corporation of putative securities class action litigation relating to securities offerings connected with its $57bn acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum, a case led by head of litigation Daniel Slifkin Antony Ryan and Kevin Orsini are advising Robinhood Markets on dozens of lawsuits, centralized in Florida federal court, arising from its decision to halt trading of certain stocks, among them GameStop. Karin DeMasi , who is ‘impressive in the courtroom and has a strong presence before the judge’ and the ‘super-responsive and thorough’ Rachel Skaistis are standout practitioners. Lauren Moskowitz and Lauren Rosenberg are emerging talents. Richard Clary  retired from the firm in 2021.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP‘s combination of transactional and regulatory expertise has made it a compelling choice for some of the country’s largest banking and fintech operators. Corporate partner Scott Bennett has an extremely strong track record representing issuers and underwriters in related public and private securities offerings. The firm’s representation of the online trading platform Robinhood Markets in 2021 is demonstrative of its cross-practice approach to supporting clients. This included the company’s $1.9bn Nasdaq IPO, a $3.4bn private placement of convertible notes and warrants, and the successful dismissal of several lawsuits, led by litigation partner Kevin Orsini, concerning Robinhood’s decision to temporarily restrict trading during the volatile GamesStop short squeeze. The regulatory side of the practice was also boosted following the recruitment of financial services partner David Portilla from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Practice head and IP partner David Kappos is a key asset, working closely with corporate and regulatory partners on related blockchain and fintech issues.

United States > Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense

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Kevin OrsiniCravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

The antitrust practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP handles contentious matters ranging from allegations of price-fixing, monopolization, and coordination in output to industry-wide conspiracy allegations for a vast variety of sectors and clients. Led by Christine Varney, the department is sought after for its experience and success rate in high-stakes civil litigation and class action cases, regularly handling matters at the intersection of antitrust with other areas, such as securities and intellectual property. ‘Standout star’ Kevin Orsini has defended claims on behalf of household names including American Express and Time Warner, while Evan Chesler brings to bear outstanding expertise in bet-the-company cases across a large range of industries. Other names to note are Peter Barbur, whose expertise spans antitrust issues such as securities litigation and other unlawful competition claims, as well as former FTC Assistant Director Daniel Zach who joined the firm at the end of 2021. All mentioned attorneys are located in the firm’s New York office.