Securities Class Action Defense and Shareholder Litigation

Between heightened regulations and a volatile economy, today’s businesses must be prepared to face the ever increasing challenges posed by government scrutiny and activist shareholders. The lawyers in Haynes and Boone’s Securities Class Action Defense and Shareholder Litigation practice group are particularly skilled in protecting clients against shareholders’ claims and successfully resolving regulators’ inquiries.

We handle all aspects of corporate and shareholder litigation, with a particular focus on:

  • Securities Class Actions and Parallel ERISA Class Actions
  • Shareholder Disputes and Derivative Actions
  • Proxy Contests and Corporate Control Litigation
  • Merger and Acquisition Litigation

When class action cases and derivative suits are filed, we are skilled at defeating class certification, as well as delivering defense verdicts and other successful outcomes for our clients. Our team has also persuaded the SEC to drop proposed charges and close its inquiries for numerous clients. Clients often call on us to conduct internal investigations, as well as help them develop or revise compliance programs.

Our clients range from corporations, and their individual officers, directors and shareholders, to institutional investors and investment funds, as well as accounting firms, stockbrokers and other financial services firms.

In representing public companies, often along with their senior executives and directors, we handle a variety of matters, including those involving:

  • Investigations into accounting and financial fraud
  • Corporate disclosures
  • Insider trading
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Regulation FD

In defending clients who participate in the securities markets, we our experience includes cases involving:

  • Market manipulation
  • Trading desk improprieties
  • Fraud in mortgage and credit market matters
  • Short selling violations
  • Auction rate securities misconduct
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Inflated asset valuations

When needed, our team is able to tap the vast resources and experience of other Haynes and Boone practices, including white collar criminal defense, corporate and securities work, insurance coverage litigation and ERISA litigation, among other areas.

Year in Review

2014 YEAR IN REVIEW – CLASS ACTION LITIGATION

The inaugural Class Action Litigation Year in Review focuses on key federal court decisions issued this year on class action issues. It does not attempt to catalogue every case, but rather, the focus is on a big picture overview of key cases and trends on issues that cut across all types of class actions.

Year in Review

Year in Review

Our annual Year in Review comments on significant securities-related decisions by the Supreme Court, federal appellate courts and district courts, notes key developments in SEC enforcement, and summarizes significant rulings in state law fiduciary litigation against directors and officers of public companies.

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