Institutional Investor Representation

Areas of Emphasis

  • Securities Claims Investigation
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Bankruptcy-related Securities/Fiduciary Duty Claims

Practice Overview

Many of the nation’s most respected institutional investors turn to Reed Smith’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Group when issues arise in connection with private placements and complex financings.  Applying their special skills as accountants, former prosecutors and trial lawyers, members of the Group conduct focused investigations into suspected violations of the securities laws and, where appropriate, prosecute claims on behalf of our institutional investor clients individually or as part of an investor group.  Our goal is always to develop and execute a winning litigation strategy without losing sight of our clients’ important business concerns, which often present differently when an institution brings suit as a plaintiff as opposed to responding as a defendant.  The recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars for our institutional clients in just the past couple of years bears witness to our record of success in counseling our sophisticated clients in securities cases across the United States.

We also have assisted institutional investors in avoiding hundreds of millions of dollars in claims arising from failed private financings, such as leveraged or management buy-outs, in cases filed by bankruptcy trustees and others.  In these cases, we employ our highly specialized experience in examining claims resting upon securities fraud and deepening insolvency theories as well as complex fraudulent conveyance assertions.