Andrew J. FinnPartner
Mr. Finn’s experience has run the gamut from securities class actions to significant contractual and bankruptcy disputes and competition cases for clients in a wide-range of industries, including finance and banking, transportation, energy, entertainment and health care. He has litigated cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts across the U.S., and has extensive International arbitration experience. He also has advised on corporate monitorship and other large-scale government settlement compliance matters.
Mr. Finn also devotes time to pro bono matters. As an assistant federal defender secondee in the Southern District of New York, Mr. Finn successfully defended criminal defendants in negotiations with the U.S. Attorneys’ Office and at trial. Mr. Finn also has successfully represented, and continues to represent, indigent clients seeking asylum in the United States.
SELECTED REPRESENTATIONSSecurities Litigation
- Venator Materials PLC, a UK-based chemicals company, in ongoing securities class actions in state and federal courts arising from its 2017 IPO spin off from Huntsman Corporation.
- Numerous investment banking firms, including Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Citi, in putative class and individual actions brought under the Securities Act of 1933 in state and federal courts around the country arising from underwriting of initial and secondary public offerings by numerous issuers.
- Anheuser-Busch Companies, in shareholder litigation arising from the company’s 2020 acquisition of Craft Brew Alliance.
- Penn West Petroleum (now Obsidian Energy Ltd.), a Canadian oil and natural gas company, in successfully resolving a securities class action relating to the company’s 2014 restatement of historical accounting practices involving operational expenses in 2012-2014.
- JPMorgan Chase and other leading U.S. securities issuers and institutional investors, in responding to and litigating alleged violations of the short-swing profit rule under Section 16b of the Securities Exchange Act.
- Standard Chartered Bank, in multi-district securities litigation in the Southern District of New York arising from private banking investments. Standard Chartered obtained dismissal of two putative class actions.
- A Brazilian investor, in a multi-jurisdictional dispute with a joint venture partner in an oil drillship venture. Client obtained an interim award in ICC arbitration in New York barring the consummation of the proposed restructuring plan in the adversary’s Brazilian bankruptcy proceeding.
- A major Japanese pharmaceutical company, in an ICC arbitration arising from its acquisition of a Mexican pharmaceutical business.
- A European-headquartered bank, in numerous ICDR arbitrations of claims by Latin American investors arising from private banking investments.
- European-headquartered financial institutions, in landmark Securities Investor Protection Act and Chapter 15 adversary proceedings in the Southern District of New York arising from Bernard Madoff’s failed brokerage firm.
- Volkswagen AG and AUDI AG, in multi-district litigation centered in the Northern District of California arising out of the companies’ diesel vehicle emissions issue. Among other significant victories, VW obtained dismissal of a putative class action brought by VW dealer salespersons for failure to state any claim.
- Microsoft, in a jury trial of antitrust claims brought by software company Novell, Inc. in the District of Utah. Novell had sought about $4 billion in damages from Microsoft for purported anticompetitive conduct in the market for PC operating systems. Ultimately, the district court granted Microsoft’s post-trial motion for judgment as a matter of law, dismissing Novell’s case in its entirety, with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirming the lower court’s decision.
- Saltchuk Resources, Inc., in class and individual antitrust actions brought by direct and indirect purchasers in the District of Puerto Rico and Middle District of Florida arising from alleged price-fixing in the ocean freight shipping.
- Barclays Bank, in private antitrust class actions seeking billions of dollars in damages and investigation by a multistate group of attorneys general arising from alleged manipulation of Euribor and LIBOR.
- A leading Broadway producer and theater operator, in a bench trial of breach of contract and fiduciary duty claims brought by the co-owner of a San Francisco theater business in the Delaware Court of Chancery. The trial court dismissed the principal claims and awarded no damages.
- A former director of a Hollywood film company, in a $110 million lawsuit in New York state court brought by one of the company’s creditors alleging fraud in connection with a lending facility. The New York Appellate Division, First Department, affirmed on appeal the trial court’s dismissal of all claims, with prejudice.
- A major U.S. energy company, in a putative class action challenging a state tax exemption for a multi-billion dollar natural gas project. The trial court dismissed all claims with prejudice.