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Firm profile for USA 2022

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Number of partners: 17

Number of lawyers: 66

Languages: English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Romanian, Russian, Spanish


Firm Overview: Founded by former Southern District of New York Judge Richard Holwell and trial lawyers Michael Shuster, Daniel Goldberg, and Dorit Ungar Black, Holwell Shuster & Goldberg is an elite litigation boutique focused on the representation of clients in high-stakes commercial disputes.


Main Areas of Practice:


Antitrust: The firm’s lawyers have been at the forefront of antitrust litigation since the late 1970s, counseling clients on the most difficult antitrust issues under Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act (involving both civil and criminal liability), Section 7 of the Clayton Act, and the Robinson-Patman Act. The firm’s lawyers have represented clients in antitrust matters before federal district and circuit courts, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, the European Commission, and in other fora.

Key Clients: Visa Inc., MacAndrews & Forbes Inc.


Appellate: The firm brings to the appellate process a unique understanding of how judges approach decision making. Whether in litigating an appeal or framing trial disputes in anticipation of appeal, HSG has the benefit of Judge Holwell’s experience as a district judge and designated circuit judge, Justice James McGuire’s service as a New York trial court and appellate court judge, and the insights offered by former US Supreme Court clerks Vincent Levy, Daniel Sullivan, and Gregory Dubinsky, along with other HSG attorneys who served as law clerks in federal courts of appeals. The firm’s representation of clients in appellate proceedings combines sophisticated legal analysis with a concise, pragmatic presentation of the record on appeal.

Key Clients: Çukurova Holding A.S., HSBC, Heirs to the Herzog Art Collection, Montreux Partners, The Carlyle Group, Caterpillar, Vigilant Insurance Co., Federal Insurance Co., TIG Insurance Co.


Arbitration/Mediation: HSG’s lawyers have represented clients in the US and abroad in arbitrations under the rules of the AAA, ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, FIDIC, and LCIA, as well as under various ad hoc arrangements. They have also represented clients in litigation related to arbitration proceedings (such as petitions to enforce arbitration agreements and proceedings related to the enforcement or vacatur of arbitral awards), as well as numerous high-stakes mediations. Two of the founding partners have civil law and common law degrees.

Key Clients: Alstom S.A., Camulos Capital, ECP MENA Growth Fund, LLC


Bankruptcy Litigation: HSG handles confirmation hearings, adversary proceedings of various types, disclosure statement disputes, inter-creditor disputes, valuation fights, Rule 2004 discovery, and various other bankruptcy litigation matters.

Key Clients: AP Services LLP, Lehman RMBS Trustees, Directors of Liquid Holdings Group, Inc., Former Director of Sears Holdings Corp., Ad Hoc Group of LATAM Bondholders


Complex Commercial Litigation: HSG’s lawyers have the ability and experience to represent or be adverse to large financial institutions, hedge funds, private-equity funds, public and private corporations, and high-net-worth individuals in disputes involving the capital markets, complex financial instruments and arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and officer fiduciary obligations, real-estate financings and leasing arrangements, insurance coverage claims, and complex contracts of every variety. They have broad experience in cross-border discovery, electronic discovery, and issues involving overlapping liability and exposures across multiple jurisdictions and legal systems. In addition, Judge Holwell’s judicial experience affords clients singular insight and judgment into strategies for successfully prosecuting, defending, or resolving complex, sensitive matters. The firm established itself as a pioneer in RMBS ‘putback’ litigation, resolving billions of dollars in losses from the Great Recession, and then the forefront of COVID-19 related litigation.

Key Clients: Visa Inc., Chubb, HSBC, U.S. Bank, Freddie Mac, Bank of New York Mellon, PetSmart, Inc., Alberta Investment Management Corp., TiVo


Debt & Fund Litigation: The firm’s lawyers are active in litigations representing or on behalf of holders of varied debt instruments, as well as related disputes involving hedge funds and private-equity funds. HSG’s lawyers have appeared in federal and state courts throughout the country on these matters, including in bankruptcy and Delaware Chancery Court proceedings. The firm’s understanding of how funds operate allows it to effectively protect and advance clients’ interests, whether in hard-fought litigation or negotiated workouts.

Key Clients: Travelport, Caspian Capital, Camulos Capital, Perry Capital, Montreux Partners, PetSmart, Inc., Melody, Holders of Serta First-Lien Loans


Intellectual Property: HSG represents clients initiating or defending high-stakes litigation involving patents, copyright, trademarks, trade secrets, and other forms of intellectual property.

Key Clients: NXP Semiconductors, Cowen and Company, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Microban, Hilite


Securities Litigation: HSG’s lawyers represent clients in the most complex and challenging securities lawsuits, including one of the few securities class actions to proceed to a defendants’ verdict. Their experience runs the gamut of securities law issues under the 1933 Act, the 1934 Act, the Investment Companies Act, and criminal statutes.

Key Clients: HSBC, US Bank, Freddie Mac, Bank of New York Mellon, Sealed Air, Directors of Liquid Holdings Group, Inc.


Transnational Litigation: The firm’s lawyers have significant experience and expertise litigating transnational disputes in trial and appellate courts in the US. They have represented individuals and corporations in US litigation based on conduct occurring overseas, as well as sovereign states involved in court proceedings in the US. HSG’s lawyers have deep experience with issues of subject matter and personal jurisdiction as well as the reach of US laws, issues related to the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, and discovery proceedings in the US and overseas (under US law and international treaties).

Key Clients: Aenergy, Republic of Uzbekistan, Air India, Alstom S.A., Vivendi


White Collar & Internal Investigations: Judge Holwell brings to bear his judicial experience in high-profile criminal cases to the firm’s extensive, collective experience counseling corporations, financial institutions, or their boards, and advising independent and special committees faced with sensitive matters. Judge Holwell, with the assistance of HSG, recently acted as an independent monitor engaged by a large financial institution pursuant to an agreement between the institution and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Key Clients: Promontory Financial Group, Worrall

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Litigation: General Commercial: Highly Regarded
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Securities: Institutional Plaintiffs: Mainly RMBS Litigation
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New York

Litigation: General Commercial


Blair Kaminsky
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Michael S Shuster
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Securities: Institutional Plaintiffs: Mainly RMBS Litigation


Michael S Shuster
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Michael S ShusterLitigation: General Commercial
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Blair KaminskyLitigation: General Commercial
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Michael S ShusterSecurities: Institutional Plaintiffs: Mainly RMBS Litigation

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