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California - Litigation Star

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Practice area:

Competition/antitrust
Securities


Jim Kreissman, senior West Coast litigator and Head of the Firm’s Asia Litigation Practice, focuses on securities litigation, government and internal investigations, M&A litigation and antitrust litigation. 


Jim currently represents or has recently represented corporations, financial institutions and their officers and directors in numerous securities litigation and investigatory matters. He recently represented Velocity Financial in the first dismissal of a pandemic-related securities class action related to its January 2020 IPO, Silver Lake Partners and fellow venture capital investor New Enterprise Associates in dismissal of a securities class action relating to Tintri, Inc., and Alibaba in connection with over a dozen federal and California state securities lawsuits concerning disclosures made in connection with Alibaba’s IPO, the largest ever, and an SEC investigation concerning other disclosure issues. Jim’s matters involve well-known and established companies such as Dell and Intel, major financial institutions, private equity firms and growth companies.


Jim has in-depth experience with litigation related to mergers or acquisitions and shareholder derivative claims. He led the successful defense of multijurisdictional litigation challenging Silver Lake’s 2013 leveraged buyout of Dell, Inc. and played a key role in the successful defense of the appraisal litigation brought by Dell shareholders who challenged the purchase price of the buyout. Jim was also involved in litigation challenging Dell’s subsequent 2016 acquisition of EMC and now represents Silver Lake in litigation arising from the redemption of certain Dell securities in connection with Dell’s recent public listing. Jim has extensive experience in derivative litigation as well, recently obtaining a final dismissal of derivative claims against Cyanotech in both Nevada state court and Hawaii federal court. He previously represented the directors of Chevron Corporation in the successful defense of a derivative lawsuit over the 2012 Richmond Refinery fire and Silver Lake in connection with a derivative lawsuit concerning its acquisition of Skype from eBay. Other recent clients in this area include Captaris, CBRE, ClubCorp, Facet Biotech, Hellman & Friedman and KKR.


Jim has represented numerous Special Litigation and Audit Committees, including work for Archer Daniels Midland, BEA Systems, Clorox, LDK Solar, Levi Strauss, Oracle, Verifone and Westar Energy. Jim has also conducted numerous internal investigations for companies relating to accounting, tax and regulatory compliance matters. Jim has also worked on a number of antitrust matters with a particular emphasis on the representation of corporations accused of price-fixing or other anticompetitive behavior in both civil and criminal matters. His representative clients include Hannstar, Chimei-Iinnolux, Elpida Memory Inc., Virgin Atlantic Airlines, Appleton Papers, Inc., Haynes International and Archer Daniels Midland Corporation.


In 2011, Jim created the Firm’s Asia Litigation Practice, which coordinates the efforts of the Firm’s litigators to serve the litigation and investigation needs of Asia-based clients. He continues to chair that practice group. Jim received his A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School, where he was awarded the Order of the Coif. He was a law clerk to the Hon. Albert J. Engel, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


Updated Sep 2021