Dennis H. Hranitzky is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s New York Office and Head of the Sovereign Litigation practice. He concentrates on multinational litigation, particularly disputes against sovereign states and instrumentalities, as well as contentious cross-border insolvency matters. Mr. Hranitzky also has decades of experience leading multinational creditors’ rights and collection litigation — having run matters spanning more than 15 countries on four continents.
Described by clients as “bright, very sharp, very strategic,” “creative and proactive,” Mr. Hranitzky is one of only five individuals recognized by Legal 500 as “Leading Lawyers” in International Litigation every year since the category’s inception in 2016.
Mr. Hranitzky was co-lead of the legal team “highly commended” by the Financial Times in 2014 for its representation of Argentina’s largest creditor – with claims for over US$3 billion–in multinational litigation and judgment enforcement proceedings. He was also awarded the Grand Prize for Global Dispute of the year (2016) by The American Lawyer for the Argentina debt default litigation and settlement. In a matter marked by “firsts”, the team led by Mr. Hranitzky obtained the first ruling from a U.S. court that a central bank is the alter ego of its parent state, the first attachment of assets at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel Switzerland, the arrest of the Argentine Naval frigate ARA Libertad in Ghana, an injunction prohibiting Argentina from making payments on its restricted bonds without making ratable payments to holders of its defaulted bonds, and an order piercing the corporate veil between the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca (of Panama Papers fame) and its Nevada affiliate.
Mr. Hranitzky was also a leading member of the litigation team recognized by the Financial Times as one of the Top U.S. Innovative Law Firms in 2013 for its “standout” work for creditors in the cross-border insolvency of Vitro S.A.B. de C.V. Often called “the case that saved the emerging markets,” this precedent-setting dispute marked the first time the U.S. courts refused to enforce a foreign plan of reorganization. Mr. Hranitzky led the multinational enforcement litigation, managed the interplay between the proceedings in Mexico and the U.S., and played a leading role in the three U.S. bankruptcy trials held in the Vitro case.
Mr. Hranitzky frequently writes and lectures on sovereign litigation, international litigation and cross-border insolvency, and has been a visiting lecturer on sovereign litigation and insolvency at Stanford Law School and Georgetown University Law School. He is proficient in both Spanish and Portuguese.
- Lead counsel to an ad hoc group of Argentina bondholders.
- Co-lead of the international team representing Argentina’s largest creditor, NML Capital, Ltd., in litigation and judgment enforcement proceedings spanning 11 countries on four continents.
- Lead counsel to Chubb Seguros y Reseguros, S.A. in arbitration, collection and insolvency proceedings in Brazil, Peru and elsewhere against Odebrecht S.A. and various affiliates.
- Co-lead litigation counsel for an ad hoc group of creditors of Mexican glass manufacturer Vitro S.A.B. de C.V. and its global subsidiaries in litigation and related bankruptcy proceedings in the United States, Mexico and elsewhere.
- Lead counsel for a creditor for the Indonesian wood pulp and paper producers PT Lontar and PT Indah Kiat in judgment enforcement, insolvency and scheme of arrangement proceedings in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore and Ontario.
- Lead litigation counsel for creditors of the Berau Group, an Indonesian thermal coal enterprise, in debt collection, insolvency and scheme of arrangement proceedings in the United States and Singapore.
- Lead counsel for creditors of the Democratic Republic of Congo in an US$100 million lawsuit to recover on defaulted sovereign debt.
- Lead counsel for an ad hoc group of creditors of Chilean bus operator Inversiones Alsacia, S.A. in litigation and insolvency proceedings in Chile and the United States.
- Lead counsel to Gater Assets in multinational judgment enforcement proceedings against Moldova and Moldovan instrumentalities AO Moldovagaz and AO Gaznabtranzit.
- Lead counsel for an ad hoc group of creditors of South African retailer EdCon in potential litigation and insolvency proceedings in the United States, the United Kingdom and South Africa.
- Lead counsel for a Latin American state in litigation brought in Washington, D.C. to enjoin a US$500 million investment claim from being arbitrated before ICSID.
- Lead counsel for an affiliate of a New York-based investment fund in litigation to recognize and enforce a US$15 million interest in an arbitral award against the Russian Federation.
- Counsel for a Paris-based private equity fund in a dispute relating to its acquisition of a €250 million European parking operations conglomerate, arbitrated before the German Institution of Arbitration in Munich.
- Counsel for two plaintiffs engaged in the Argentine sustainable forestry business in a US$35 million environmental lawsuit brought in Delaware against an Argentine natural gas production company.
- Harvard Law School
(J.D. cum laude, 1994)
- The University of Texas at Austin
(B.A., English, highest honors, 1991)
- Phi Beta Kappa
- The State Bar of New York
- Supreme Court of the United States
- United States Court of Appeals:
- First Circuit
- Second Circuit
- Ninth Circuit
- Federal Circuit
- United States District Court:
- Southern District of New York
- Eastern District of New York
- Northern District of New York
- District of Columbia
- Northern District of Illinois
- United States Tax Court
- Dechert LLP:
- Partner, 2011-2020
- Counsel 2007-2010
- Debevoise & Plimpton LLP:
- Associate, 1995-2007
- Associate, 1995-2007
- Law Clerk for the Honorable Daniel T. K. Hurley:
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 1994-95
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2023 Edition): for Commercial Litigation, 2023
- Selected as a LawDragon 500 Leading Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyer, 2022
- Ranked as “Leading Lawyer” in International Litigation by Legal 500, 2016-2019.
- Grand Prize, Global Dispute of the Year, American Lawyer, 2016
- “Highly Commended” by FT, 2014
- “Top Innovative U.S. Legal Team,” FT, 2013
- Dechert Distressed Investing Forum — New York Athletic Club, New York, NY (October 18, 2018)
- When Sovereigns Violate the Rule of Law - Can Argentina Survive Cristina? Argentina, Rule of Law, and the Implications of Debt Default — Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. (September 23, 2014)
- Speaker, panel on implications of Argentina's default and whether the country can survive such policy decisions.
- State of State Immunity — 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, Washington, D.C. (April 10, 2014)
- The Double Hat Debate in International Arbitration — Monthly Meeting of the International Arbitration Club of New York, New York, NY (September 20, 2010)
- Regional Oil & Gas Disputes: South America —Dispute Resolution in the International Oil & Gas Business, Houston, TX (April 20, 2010)
- Rule of Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution — U.S. - Mexico Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (June 24, 2009)