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Corkhill, Andrew S.

Andrew S. Corkhill

Direct Tel: +61 2 9146 3999
Tel: +61 2 9146 3500 Fax: +61 2 9146 3600

Andrew is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s Sydney office. Prior to joining the Sydney office in early 2020, Andrew was a partner in the firm’s New York office for six years.

Andrew has extensive experience handling complex commercial disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants, and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by both Law360 and Super Lawyers. His practice focuses upon litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters involving complex financial transactions and instruments. Andrew has represented numerous domestic and foreign clients in the financial services sector, including banks, hedge funds and private equity firms. He specialises in advising corporate clients on litigation strategies related to structured financial products and other types of securitizations. Recently, Andrew has represented multiple clients in high profile disputes concerning manipulative conduct in the credit default swap market.

In addition to financial services matters, Andrew has also handled numerous matters in the health care and insurance sectors, where he has represented clients in multi-billion dollar commercial disputes and class actions, as well as sensitive, high profile government investigations.


  • AIG
  • AIG Financial Products
  • Express Scripts
  • Heungkuk Asset Management
  • Lehman Brothers
  • Morgan Stanley
  • National Australia Bank
  • Och-Ziff
  • Omega Advisors
  • Owl Creek
  • Pershing Square
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for Solus Asset Management of claims against GSO related to GSO’s attempt to manufacture a credit event under CDS referencing New Jersey home builder Hovnanian.
  • Obtained dismissal of a multi-billion dollar ERISA class action against pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts related to a pricing dispute with its largest client, Anthem.
  • Obtained very favorable settlements for the Lehman Brothers Estate in derivatives disputes with Citibank and Credit Suisse, the former of which required Citi to return $1.74 billion of the $2 billion in collateral that it held at the time of Lehman’s default.  The Citi settlement was reached after a 6 month trial in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Obtained a $100 million award for National Australia Bank in a FINRA arbitration against Goldman Sachs arising out of fraudulent misrepresentations made by Goldman in connection with the sale of $80 million in CDO securities. This award constituted one of the largest amounts ever awarded by a FINRA panel.
  • Currently representing pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts in a $15 billion contract dispute with its largest client, Anthem.
  • Currently representing Express Scripts in multiple class actions—alleging both RICO and ERISA violations—arising out of increases in the price of epinephrine dispensers.
  • Secured judgment on the pleadings for Zions Bank in a contract dispute with trustee Wells Fargo concerning the interpretation of a CDO indenture.
  • Obtained a $650 million settlement for American International Group in a long-running fraud action against Bank of America and Countrywide arising out of misrepresentations made in conjunction with the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities.
  • Negotiated a successful settlement for American International Group in $1.5 billion dispute with Canadian property consortium Brookfield Asset Management relating to the interpretation and application of an ISDA Master Agreement governing a long-dated interest rate swap.


  • Harvard Law School
    (LL.M., 2009)
  • University of Sydney Law School
    (LL.B., First Class Honors, 2006)
    • Sydney University Law Review:
      • Editor
    • Sybil Morrison Prize
  • University of Sydney
    (B.A., First Class Honors and University Medal, 2004)
    • John Anderson Prize for Best Thesis in Philosophy
  • High Court of Australia
  • Federal Courts of Australia
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • Second Circuit
  • United States District Court:
    • Southern District of New York
  • Clayton Utz (Sydney, Australia):
    • Associate, 2007-2008
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Justice Peter R. Graham:
    • Federal Court of Australia, Sydney, Australia, 2007-2008
  • The Evolution of the Common Law Principle of ‘Issue Waiver’ (2008) 82 Australian Law Journal 338
  • ‘Dangerous’ Substances and Activities in the Context of a Non-delegable Duty of Care (2007) 15(3) Torts Law Journal 233 
  • Merger Regulation Reform: Do We Need a Formal Clearance Process? (2006) 28 Sydney Law Review 535