Directors and Officers Litigation

Our attorneys have experience representing public and private companies (as well as investment banks and accounting firms) and their respective officers, directors, employees, partners, and affiliates in cases filed in federal and state courts. Our clients are major international, national, and regional public and private companies and their individual officers and directors. Our attorneys have handled all types of directors and officers litigation, including recovery actions brought by trustees of bankrupt publicly-traded companies, class actions under the federal securities laws, and claims charging directors, officers, and general partners with breach of fiduciary duty and related misconduct.

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Some of the Directors and Officers Litigation matters handled by our attorneys:

Represented telecommunications company and officer in post-bankruptcy plan litigation relating to preclusive effect of prior releases in securities class actions and bankruptcy reorganization, resulting in favorable settlement.

Defended underwriters, corporations and individual officers and directors in multiple securities claims arising under various sections of the Securities Act of 1933 and 1934.

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Cohen & Gresser announces the expansion of its disputes offering with the appointment of Jumana Rahman as Partner in the firm’s London office. Jumana will lead Cohen & Gresser’s UK commercial litigation practice. She has a particular focus on banking and financial services litigation and funds litigation, as well as judicial review claims. She brings over 20 years of experience acting for a range of clients in banking and financial services, investment and hedge funds, and large corporates, in proceedings in various jurisdictions including Antigua, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the U.S. Jumana also has extensive experience representing Middle Eastern and African clients in complex international matters.

As we have previously noted, exclusive forum bylaws potentially offer protection from the risks of multi-jurisdictional litigation.  Recent developments include the withdrawal of an appeal from a Delaware Court of Chancery decision that found such bylaws facially valid and additional feedback from proxy advisory firms.  This alert provides an overview of questions that remain unresolved and provides guidance to companies and stockholders considering exclusive forum bylaws.