Quinn Emanuel has the preeminent structured finance litigation practice in the world. The group has more than 150 partners and associates in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and London working on these matters. The firm is at the forefront of litigation relating to the financial crisis, including cases arising from the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities. However, we have experience litigating cases involving many other esoteric financial products such as:
• Collateralized debt obligations
• Credit default swaps
• Structured currency derivatives
• Structured notes
• Equity derivatives
• Barrier options
• Basket options
• Synthetic collateralized debt obligations
• Knock in and knock out options
Litigating cases involving these complex financial products requires an in-depth understanding of transaction documents and market practices. Quinn Emanuel has the expertise and experience to analyze these complex products and go toe-to-toe with the law firms for major financial institutions.
We are one of the few top-tier firms that can be adverse to major financial institutions such as Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, UBS, J.P. Morgan Chase, Credit Suisse, Citigroup, Nomura, Capital One, and Barclays. Because we have no transactional department, we have no deal business to protect. Nor do we have “business conflicts.” As a result, we have been free to pioneer actions against the world’s largest banks, taking on essentially the entire financial industry To date, Quinn Emanuel’s financial litigation practice has secured dozens of settlements from these global financial giants.
We should note we are equally adept at defending cases where these financial instruments are involved.
Our clients include banks, insurers, reinsurers, hedge funds, corporations and other market participants, as well as the federal government.
Below are examples of currently pending cases and recent achievements.
We also represent court-appointed litigation trustees, creditor’s committees, and debtors in complex financial litigation. Representative engagements include:
Quinn Emanuel mourns the loss of one of its name partners, Bill Urquhart. Bill joined the firm 31 years ago when it was just a few lawyers in downtown Los Angeles. Bill was a visionary and helped lead a transformation of the firm from a small litigation boutique to the largest and most successful litigation firm in the world, with over 800 lawyers in 23 offices on four continents.
In his legal practice, Bill was a sage counselor and trusted advisor for both plaintiffs and defendants, and for numerous Fortune 100 companies in their most important disputes — matters that usually involved tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of dollars. Over the years he advised IBM, Hughes, Johnson Controls, CNA, Nokia and Qualcomm, among many many others.
For the many people at the firm who were fortunate to know Bill, he was more than a visionary partner and excellent lawyer, he was also a friend, who lived and loved life. He was loved and will be missed.
He leaves behind his wife Mary and 6 children, and our thoughts are with them in this time of grief.