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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.  He is an experienced trial lawyer, having served in leading roles in numerous trials and arbitrations while at the firm, including in cases involving multibillion dollar securities claims.  Nick also has an active appellate practice, and has played a principal role in briefing successful appeals in federal and state courts.  While Nick has represented both defendants and plaintiffs in a variety of complex commercial disputes, a particular focus of his practice is defending corporations, private equity and hedge funds, and officers and directors in high-stakes securities, bankruptcy, financial services, and employment matters.

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

  • Access Industries
  • Entergy Corporation
  • First Reserve
  • MHR Fund Management
  • Official Creditors’ Committee of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
  • RAM Capital
  • Sabine Oil & Gas
  • Standard Industries
  • Toys Labuan (Holding) Limited
  • Verisign, Inc.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Obtained dismissal of a $225 million civil RICO action for RAM Capital LLC and certain of its affiliates brought by Hawk Mountain LLC in Delaware District Court, and affirmance of the dismissal in the Third Circuit. 
  • 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:
      • Online Editor (2011-2012)
      • Editor (2010-2011)
  • Stanford University
    (B.A., International Relations, with Honors, 2008)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
  • The State Bar of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • Third Circuit
  • United States District Courts:
    • Southern District of New York
    • Eastern District of New York
    • Northern District of New York
    • District of Colorado