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Vinson & Elkins LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10103-0040
United States
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Work Department

Commercial & Business Litigation




Cliff’s main area of practice is commercial litigation with a focus on securities litigation and regulatory and internal investigations. He represents issuers, underwriters, and officers and directors in class action lawsuits; securities and private equity firms and senior management in federal and state regulatory proceedings; and Audit and Special Committees in internal investigations and SEC investigations. Cliff also represents corporations in commercial litigation and accounting firms in malpractice actions and bankruptcy court proceedings. Cliff is the Co-Managing Partner of the New York office.

Lawyer Rankings

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

Vinson & Elkins LLP has offices in New York, Texas and California, enabling it to easily handle M&A litigation in state and federal courts across the US. The firm’s fiduciary duty practice deals with pre- and post-closing challenges to mergers and acquisitions, master limited partnership litigation, derivative lawsuits, and other claims made against corporate officers and directors under Delaware law. Over the last ten years, the firm has had 35 lead appearance in Delaware state court. The team is praised as ‘extremely intelligent, gifted writers and excellent communicators who provide creative solutions to litigation matters‘. Michael Holmes in Dallas, who represented Regency Energy in a challenge to its $28bn merger with Energy Transfer Partners, and Michael Charlson in San Francisco lead the practice. Dallas-based John Wander and Clifford Thau in New York are also among the standout practitioners in deal-related matters.

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

Vinson & Elkins LLP represents issuers, underwriters, accounting firms, financial institutions, and directors and officers in securities fraud class actions and other claims associated with stock-price declines, financial restatements, whistle-blower complaints, short-swing and insider trading allegations. It also has a strong track record in SEC, FINRA and DOJ investigations and enforcement actions. Michael Holmes in Dallas and Michael Charlson in San Francisco lead the practice. Holmes and fellow Dallas-based partner Craig Zieminski recently advised Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. on securities and derivative litigation arising from a highly publicized pipeline leak near Refugio State Beach, along the California coast. John Wander in Dallas and Clifford Thau in New York have general commercial litigation practices with a strong focus on securities litigation and regulatory and internal investigations.