One of the firm’s largest practice areas is securities litigation. Unlike most corporate law firms, which traditionally represent only defendants, we frequently represent plaintiffs as well. For decades, the firm has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in many of the highest-profile securities cases in the United States. In the aftermath of the U.S. financial crisis, we achieved verdicts and settlements totaling over $47 billion in the wave of litigation arising from mortgage-backed securities and other offerings. More recently, our global presence has allowed us to advise and represent clients in a broad range of complex securities disputes in major financial markets overseas, including Australia, the U.K., Europe, and Asia.
We have litigated every type of securities case, including the following:
In securities cases, we have represented:
When 300 major companies were asked who they least wanted to face as opposing counsel, Quinn Emanuel was ranked first (BTI Consulting Group, 2020). Our reputation gives us a distinct advantage in the courtroom, and gives our clients an advantage during settlement negotiations, where the credible threat of a trial against us can hasten a favorable settlement. Many securities cases also may involve complex hearings on pleading motions or requests for injunctions and other preliminary relief, where our courtroom skills are often vital to success.
Not all of our securities work involves litigation. Clients often call upon us for general advice, including designing and conducting internal investigations into areas such as options backdating and insider trading. Our experience and skill in interacting and negotiating with prosecutors and regulators, including those at the DOJ, SEC, CFTC, FTC, and CFPB, mean we are well positioned to handle such tasks. Indeed, over two dozen of the firm’s partners are former prosecutors, a group that includes former high-ranking Department of Justice lawyers and numerous alumni of United States Attorney’s Offices.
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