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Michael Hanin

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Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

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Banking and Capital Markets Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Complex Financial Products Litigation; Plaintiffs' Litigation; Securities Litigation


Mike Hanin’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts and in proceedings involving the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. His practice includes advising investment funds on potential litigation and other issues relating to their investments, particularly with respect to complex financial products, securitizations, financing, securities, real estate and accounting. Mike is counsel of record to multiple investment funds – including Waterfall Asset Management, Serengeti Asset Management, One Williams Street Capital, and Deer Park Road Corporation -- in ongoing public litigation relating to commercial and residential mortgage-backed securities, CDOs, CLOs, and other structured products.

Recently, Mike has been recognized on the Benchmark Litigation 2016 Under 40 Hot List. In 2015, Mike was recognized as a "Rising Star" by the New York Law Journal, making him one of only 50 attorneys selected by a panel of 24 esteemed judges. Mike has also been recognized in the 2014-2016 editions of New York Metro Super Lawyers, and was named a 2014 “Rising Star” by Law360 in the banking practice area, making him one of five attorneys (and the only litigator) selected in this area, and one of only 163 attorneys nationwide selected for inclusion in the prestigious listing.


New York; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit


Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2001); Williams College (B.A., cum laude, 1997)

United States: Dispute resolution

Securities litigation - plaintiff

Within: Securities litigation - plaintiff

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP in New York has a team of 'highly efficient, loyal and client-minded' practitioners who have 'a lot of experience with complex transactions'. The firm handles bet-the-company securities cases and has one of the leading direct securities fraud and opt-out practices in the market, representing hedge funds, mutual funds, and pension funds. Marc Kasowitz handled a trial last year for Fairfax Financial Holdings and secured a $31m settlement in the case, which concerned allegations of insider trading, market manipulation and short-selling by a group of hedge funds. With rising star Uri Itkin, he also represented London-based alternative asset manager Astra Asset Management in a CDO-related matter. Leading light Sheron Korpus is 'very bright and quick-thinking, showing attention to detail with a clear view on the big picture; he understands clients' needs and provides legally sound guidance'. Korpus and Michael Hanin, who is recommended as 'a creative, smart, dedicated and very hardworking litigator who can navigate very complicated situations seamlessly', filed a direct securities fraud action against Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Securities fraud specialist Stephen Tountas is also recommended.

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