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Securities and Shareholder Litigation 

Litigators for high-stakes securities, M&A, and shareholder litigation matters. 

Our securities and shareholder litigation attorneys are widely recognised as elite practitioners, with a long track record of obtaining dismissals for leading corporations, financial institutions and executives in high-stakes securities class actions, M&A-related litigation, and shareholder derivative matters, as well as advising on related issues and potential disputes before they reach state or federal courts. 

We have unrivalled experience defending businesses across a range of industries, and by leveraging our 600-strong global litigation team we excel in complex cases that span multiple jurisdictions within and outside the United States. Our team includes seven former senior litigators from the Department of Justice and United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, who together have decades of experience taking dozens of federal and state trials to verdict – an invaluable weapon in securing the best outcomes for our clients.

We boast a unique and sophisticated understanding of our clients’ businesses, allowing us to execute proactive, commercial and creative litigation strategies. Our securities and shareholder litigation team works hand-in-hand with our white-collar investigations practice to deliver strategic, efficient counsel in the event of parallel investigation by the Securities and Exchange Committee, the Department of Justice, state attorneys general or other regulators around the world. And our prowess in corporate governance and seamless integration with our securities, capital markets and disclosure lawyers ensures similarly strategic advice in relation to any related securities litigation, shareholder derivative suit and/or shareholder demand for books and records.

We have deep experience defending boards, special committees, acquirors and financial advisors in litigation related to mergers, tender offers and other control transactions valued at billions of dollars, including in proceedings involving expedited or preliminary injunctive relief and damages. We also advise on potential litigation issues from the early stages of M&A transactions.

Securities and shareholder litigation representations

M&A-related litigation representations

Freshfields previously represented the company in a shareholder action for books and records pertaining to the deal; motion to dismiss granted.

Awards & Recognitions 

Recognised for Securities and M&A LitigationChambers USA, Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation

All US Securities and Shareholder Litigation partners recommended by Chambers USA, Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation

2023 Securities Litigation Practice Group of the YearBenchmark Litigation

Ranked Band 1 globally for litigationChambers and Partners  


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