Commercial and securities litigation.
Mark Oakes is the Partner-in-Charge of Norton Rose Fulbright's Austin office. Mark defends companies and their officers and directors in shareholder litigation arising out of mergers and acquisitions, alleged accounting irregularities and financial restatements, missed earnings guidance, internal control weaknesses, and alleged breaches of fiduciary duty in various contexts. Mark also represents companies and individuals in government investigations and performs internal investigations on behalf of audit committees and other board committees that involve a wide range of issues, including accounting irregularities, suspected violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and U.S. trade sanction and embargo laws, and alleged false statements to government agencies such as the SEC and the Department of Justice.
In addition to securities and corporate litigation, Mark represents clients in general commercial disputes. Mark's experience includes contractual lawsuits and arbitrations arising out of completed and failed business acquisitions, defending large fraudulent transfer claims made inside and outside the bankruptcy context, and various joint venture disputes.
JD, magna cum laude, Cornell Law School; BA, high honors, Eckerd College