Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is a leading international law firm that provides strategic legal representation and counsel to market-leading public and private companies worldwide. Founded in 1888, the firm has over 600 lawyers based in key financial centers: New York, Washington, Paris, London, Milan, Rome, Frankfurt and Brussels. Willkie’s top-tier Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice is particularly renowned for its strength in the area of financial reporting and related proceedings. The firm has handled some of the highest-profile audit committee investigations into fraudulent financial reporting, and most recently is defending numerous SEC, Department of Justice, and congressional proceedings arising out of the financial crisis.
Stone & Magnanini LLP is a litigation boutique, formerly the New Jersey office of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, which spun off in 2009 into a powerhouse of its own. Stone & Magnanini’s practice has taken its attorneys all over the country and the world. Its attorneys are experienced in a wide variety of securities-related litigation, from defending complex class actions to litigating on behalf of individual and institutional shareholders to investigating and prosecuting securities fraud.
The founding partners, David Stone and Robert Magnanini, have participated in some of the most complicated and hard-fought securities cases in recent history, including, for example, securities litigation involving Maurice “Hank” Greenberg and his companies Starr International Company (SICO) and C.V. Starr & Co. in several complex litigations and investigations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Bermuda. On behalf of Qwest Communications International, the firm’s attorneys were part of the team that won dismissal of a $9 billion civil RICO claim brought by foreign bankruptcy trustees over alleged accounting improprieties and settled over 20 opt-out suits for a fraction of the asserted exposure. Stone & Magnanini has also assisted Ponzi victims of Bernie Madoff and Kenneth Starr, in recovery damages from banks and other institutions who invested the funds.