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Hoy, Nicholas A. S.

Nicholas A. S. Hoy

Direct Tel: +1 212-849-7042
New York
Tel: +1 212 849 7000 Fax: +1 212 849 7100

Nick Hoy is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s New York office. 

While Nick has acted for defendants and plaintiffs in a variety of complex commercial disputes, a particular focus of his practice is representing private equity and other investment firms and their affiliates in significant M&A, corporate governance, bankruptcy, and other deal-related matters.  He was recognized in 2023 and 2024 by Lawdragon 500 for his work in financial litigation.   

Nick is an experienced trial lawyer with a track record of trying and winning his clients’ highest-stake cases.  He has acted as trial counsel in numerous trials and arbitrations on subjects as varied as the valuation of derivative securities, ownership of software source code, and fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims arising out of a leveraged buyout.  He has successfully defended against billions of dollars of claims and obtained multibillion recoveries as counsel for the plaintiff.  Nick routinely litigates in the New York and Delaware courts and has tried cases before many of the leading arbitral tribunals, including AAA, ICC, JAMS, and CPR.  Nick also has an active appellate practice, and has played a principal role in briefing successful appeals in federal and state courts.    

Nick is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

  • Access Industries
  • Advent International Corporation
  • Elliott Management
  • Entergy Corporation
  • Equity Group Investments
  • First Reserve
  • Fortress Investment Group
  • KKR & Co. Inc.
  • MHR Fund Management
  • Oaktree Capital Management
  • Official Creditors’ Committee of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
  • RAM Capital
  • Standard Industries
  • Representing Advent International Corporation in litigation in Massachusetts and Delaware in connection with the sale of Mexican funeral services company Grupo Gayosso S.A. de C.V.    
  • Representing Standard Industries Inc. and certain of its affiliates in litigation pending in Delaware and New Jersey against Ashland LLC arising out of the $3.2 billion sale of chemical company International Specialty Products, Inc. and responsibility for related environmental liabilities. 
  • Representing affiliates of Oaktree Capital Management and Equity Group Investments in litigation in Delaware Chancery Court arising out of the sale of short-line railroad company RailUSA, LLC. 
  • Successfully defended private investment firm MHR Fund Management and the directors of Loral Space & Communications Inc. in expedited litigation in Delaware Chancery Court seeking to enjoin a combination transaction between satellite companies Loral and Telesat.
  • Obtained dismissal of a $225 million civil RICO action for RAM Capital and certain of its affiliates brought by Hawk Mountain LLC in Delaware District Court, affirmance of the dismissal in the Third Circuit, and dismissal of a related $225 million fraud and breach of warranty case involving pharma and biotech interests.
  • Won a CPR arbitration and confirmation of the arbitral award in the Southern District of New York as trial counsel for MHR Fund Management against a former senior member of MHR’s investment team, including a multimillion award of money damages and sanctions in the form of attorneys’ fees.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for the Lehman Brothers Estate following a 42-day trial in federal bankruptcy court in New York against Citibank, N.A. in connection with Citibank’s calculations of close-out amounts arising from the early termination of nearly 30,000 derivative trades.  After trial, and almost five years of fact and expert discovery and multiple summary judgment and other pre-trial motions, the parties reached a settlement to return $1.74 billion to Lehman’s creditors.
  • Acted as trial counsel for Toys Labuan (Holding) Limited in a copyright dispute over software source code in federal bankruptcy court in Virginia in connection with the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Toys “R” Us.  
  • Obtained a complete victory following a two-week trial for private equity sponsor First Reserve after unsecured creditors sought standing to bring multi-billion dollar breach of fiduciary duty and related claims against First Reserve in connection with a portfolio company that filed for bankruptcy. 
  • Represented Access Industries and Len Blavatnik in defending against more than $3 billion in fraudulent conveyance and preference claims arising out of the leveraged buyout of LyondellBasell.  Following a three-week trial, the bankruptcy court rejected virtually all of the litigation trustee's claims, awarding the trustee just $7 million.
  • Represented Sabine Oil & Gas and affiliates in connection with shareholder class action pending in New York Supreme Court arising out of a publicly announced transaction with Forest Oil.
  • Represented Verisign, Inc. in a lawsuit brought by a leading securities class action plaintiffs’ firm alleging violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5. Within months, the firm persuaded plaintiff to voluntarily dismiss its claims with prejudice. 
  • Yale Law School
    (J.D., 2012)
    • Yale Law Journal:
      • Editor (2010-2012)
  • Stanford University
    (B.A., International Relations, with Honors, 2008)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
  • The State Bar of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • Second Circuit 
    • Third Circuit
  • United States District Courts:
    • Southern District of New York
    • Eastern District of New York
    • Northern District of New York
    • District of Colorado
  • Selected as a Lawdragon 500 Leading Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyer for Financial Litigation, 2023 and 2024