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Whang, Courtney
Direct Tel: +1 212-849-7375
New York
Tel: +1 212 849 7000 Fax: +1 212 849 7100

Courtney Whang is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s New York office.

Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, specializing in high-stakes trials.  Ms. Whang frequently advises private equity and hedge fund clients in contentious contact disputes and fiduciary duty actions.  She has extensive litigation experience in the financial services and energy sectors.  She has secured numerous victories for her clients on both the plaintiff and defense side, including throughout the nation’s federal courts, and in Delaware Chancery Court.  In 2024, she was awarded “The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch , Commercial Litigation.”

Courtney previously clerked for the Honorable George B. Daniels in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She also previously clerked for the SEC’s Enforcement Division, where she assisted on insider trading investigations and worked closely with the Office of the Whistleblower.

  • Apple Tree Partners
  • First Reserve Corporation
  • Floyd Mayweather Jr. & Mayweather Promotions, LLC
  • G-I Holdings Inc. (GAF Corp.)
  • Golub Capital
  • HPS Investment Partners, LLC
  • Kamehameha Schools
  • KKR & Co., Inc.
  • Mercuria Energy Trading S.A.
  • Sixth Street Partners
  • Snow Phipps Group, LLC / TruArc Partners
  • Steward Health Care System
  • Represents the largest private landowner in Hawaii in litigation arising from the 2023 Maui wildfires.
  • Represents the former shareholders of Syntimmune against Alexion Pharmaceuticals (now AstraZeneca), asserting breaches of a Merger Agreement for hundreds of millions of dollars of unpaid contractual milestones.
  • Represents HPS Investment Partners, LLC in multiple actions arising from the bankruptcy of an oil and gas exploration SPAC, Alta Mesa Resources, Inc.
  • Secured a complete trial victory in a landmark “broken deal” M&A case of the COVID-19 era, on behalf Snow Phipps Group, before Chancellor McCormick in the Delaware Court of Chancery.  Snow Phipps sued and prevailed against buyer, Kohlberg & Co., for specific performance of an agreement to purchase DecoPac, Inc. for $550 million. 
  • Secured a highly favorable plaintiff-side settlement for one of the world’s largest institutional investors in a securities opt-out class action alleging violations of state and federal securities laws, stemming from the demise of one of the largest renewable energy companies. 
  • Obtained complete dismissal for Mercuria Energy Trading of a lawsuit alleging failure to redeem $32 million of a former employee’s carried interest in oil-and-gas assets.
  • Won a two-week trial in Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York for private equity sponsor, First Reserve, defeating multi-billion dollar breach of fiduciary duty and related claims by the Creditors Committee arising from the merger of Sabine Oil & Gas with Forest Oil Corporation and the bankruptcy of the combined entity following the global collapse in oil prices.
  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
    (J.D., 2015)
    • American Jurisprudence Award
    • Prosser Award
  • University of Southern California
    (B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science, 2011)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • The State Bar of New York
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable George B. Daniels:
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2016-2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation, 2024