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Christopher J. Dunne


Christopher J. Dunne

New York +1-212-558-4000+1-212-558-4000 +1-212-558-3588+1-212-558-3588
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Christopher J. Dunne is a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Group. Mr. Dunne’s practice focuses on the representation of leading global companies and financial institutions in complex securities and commercial litigation, regulatory enforcement and criminal matters and corporate internal investigations. Prior to joining S&C, Mr. Dunne clerked for the Honorable Flemming L. Norcott, Jr. of the Supreme Court of Connecticut (2005-2006), and the Honorable William C. Conner of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (2006-2007).

Selected Representations
Investigations and Criminal Matters

  • Bank Hapoalim in an investigation by the United States Department of Justice and others concerning alleged corruption in connection with international soccer confederations and competitions.
  • Bank Hapoalim in a cross-border investigation by the Department of Justice, Federal Reserve, and New York Department of Financial Services relating to tax evasion by U.S. customers.
  • A major financial institution in connection with an OFAC investigation, resulting in a declination.
  • A major financial institution in connection with numerous investigations by various state and federal authorities concerning its structuring and marketing of various residential mortgage-backed securities and related products.
  • An international financial institution in an investigation by DOJ under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act relating to sales of residential mortgage-backed securities.
  • Goldman Sachs in connection with investigations by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission concerning residential mortgage related products and trading activities in the lead-up to the Financial Crisis.
  • Goldman Sachs in connection with investigations by, and resolutions with, the Federal Reserve and New York State Department of Financial Services concerning certain former employees’ treatment of confidential supervisory information.
  • Goldman Sachs in connection with the SEC’s investigation of the ABACUS 2007-AC1 collateralized debt obligation offering.
Securities Litigation
  • Goldman Sachs in obtaining summary judgement dismissing fraud claims brought by hedge funds that invested in two Goldman Sachs collateralized debt obligation offerings, alleging losses exceeding $2 billion. Dodona I, LLC v. Goldman, Sachs & Co., 132 F. Supp. 3d 505 (S.D.N.Y. 2015).
  • Goldman Sachs in obtaining dismissal of claims for fraud, negligent misrepresentation and unjust enrichment brought by a German bank concerning a collateralized debt obligation offering in which it invested. Landesbank Baden-Württemberg v. Goldman, Sachs & Co., 821 F. Supp. 2d 616 (S.D.N.Y. 2011), aff’d 478 F. App’x 679 (2d Cir. 2012).
  • Goldman Sachs in one of a series of cases filed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency on behalf of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac alleging that Goldman Sachs fraudulently issued or underwrote hundreds of mortgage-backed securities prior to the onset of the Financial Crisis.
  • Goldman Sachs in connection with numerous class and individual actions under federal and state securities laws alleging that Goldman Sachs made material misrepresentations in connection with the offering or sale of various residential mortgage-backed securities and related products.
  • Biovail Corporation in obtaining dismissal of a putative securities fraud class action alleging that Biovail and certain of its officers made misrepresentations concerning the FDA drug approval process. Fort Worth Employers’ Retirement Fund v. Biovail Corp., 615 F. Supp. 2d 218 (S.D.N.Y. 2009).
  • Standard Chartered Bank in obtaining summary judgment dismissing fraud claims brought by investors in an alleged Ponzi scheme.  De Abreu v. Bank of America Corp., et al., 812 F. Supp. 2d 316 (2011).