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NEW YORK, NY 10019
United States

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United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation - defense

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Todd Cosenza

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York ‘has for decades tried and litigated complex, high-stakes securities matters and the lawyers are all top-notch, which is why they get many of the headline cases and help companies navigate to successful results‘, remarks a client. Chair of litigation Tariq Mundiya is ‘an awesome attorney who comes up with innovative strategies to obtain the best possible results – he is not just book-smart, but also a master strategic thinker who exercises top-notch judgment‘. He recently acted for Xerox Corporation in a $1bn derivative suit. Practice vice-chairs Todd Cosenza and Antonio Yanez scored a major victory for Lehman Brothers Holding when an $11.4bn claim brought by RMBS trustees was settled for $2.38bn. Yanez is currently handling matters arising from Puerto Rico’s municipal bankruptcy for Bettina Whyte, the appointed agent for the Puerto Rico Sales Tax Financing Corporation. Securities litigation group chair Michael Young and, in Washington DC, senior counsel Richard Bernstein are also recommended.

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is ‘very strong at resolving disputes, whether through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or trial’. It continues to be retained by its longstanding clients in complex litigation and also picked up several new clients including CBS and Xerox. Its expertise spans numerous sectors of the economy, and it is particularly notable in the financial services space. In one example, Todd Cosenza represented the lead underwriters of ADT’s IPO – which included Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley – in five putative class actions alleging misrepresentations and omissions in the offering documents. Tariq Mundiya is the litigation department chair; Mary Eaton heads the business and corporate litigation group; and Washington DC-based litigator Elizabeth Bower is a co-chair of the cybersecurity and privacy practice. Insurance and reinsurance litigation specialists Christopher St. Jeanos and Mitchell Auslander receive strong praise. Partners are located in New York unless otherwise stated.

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

They just get it‘, says a client of the team at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York, adding that ‘they don’t aggrandize or overreact to new developments even with bet-the-company stakes; they are very calm and tempered without minimizing the critical nature of the work‘. The firm climbs the ranking this year and practice head Tariq Mundiya is described as ‘exceptional – never surprised and always fully engaged – and he has a deep bench supporting him‘. He is currently acting for Xerox Corporation in cases in state and federal courts arising from the termination of its deal with Fujifilm Holdings, which the latter alleged was wrongful and resulted in damages in excess of $1bn. He also led the successful defense of Hudson’s Bay Company in litigation relating to its merger between with Saks Fifth Avenue. Also recommended are vice-chair of securities litigation group Todd Cosenza and partner Sameer Advani, who is ‘a particularly good litigator who picks up complex and nuanced issues fast‘.