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Litigation Star

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Michael A. Hanin’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts and in proceedings involving the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. His practice includes advising investment funds on potential litigation and other issues relating to their investments, particularly with respect to complex financial products, securitizations, financing, securities, real estate and accounting.

Mike is counsel of record to multiple investment funds – including Waterfall Asset Management, Serengeti Asset Management, One William Street Capital, Angelo Gordon, Davidson Kempner Capital Management and Deer Park Road Corporation – in ongoing public litigation relating to commercial and residential mortgage-backed securities, CDOs, CLOs, and other structured products.

Mike has been recognized as a leading litigator by The Legal 500 and Benchmark Litigation. He was named a Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazer by the National Law Journal in 2021. He has also been named an MVP of the Year for Structured Finance by Law360 in 2020, a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation and included in Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in America 2020. Mike has also been recognized in Super Lawyers.

Work Highlights:

  • A group of noteholders in the multi-billion dollar National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts, including Angelo Gordon, Waterfall Asset Management, One William Street Capital Management, and Libremax Capital, in litigations nationwide concerning the management and control of the Trusts, and as interested parties in CFPB enforcement proceedings against the Trusts.
  • Davidson Kempner Capital Management, Cowell & Lee, Autonomy Capital, Hutch Capital, and other holders of $550 million in senior notes issued by China Fishery Group in connection with disputes arising from the bankruptcy of certain entities related to China Fishery Group, one of the world’s largest fishing companies.
  • Multiple investment funds in various trust instruction proceedings, Article 77 proceedings, and interpleader actions across the country brought to resolve disputes relating to structured finance vehicles.
  • Howard Meyers, the Chairman of Eco-Bat Technologies, the world’s largest producer and recycler of lead, in actions for purported breach of contract, fraud, racketeering, and other alleged misconduct brought by a number of investment funds concerning a €600 million payment in kind loan that later was securitized and sold to investors.
  • San Felasco Nurseries (“SFN”), a licensed medical marijuana company now part of international cannabis company Harvest Health and Recreation, in a series of legal battles with its Colorado-based franchisor. After defeating the franchisor’s attempts to obtain emergency injunctions at hearings held before the American Arbitration Association and the District Court of Denver, Colorado, the Colorado court dismissed the franchisor’s underlying action against SFN in its entirety and awarded SFN attorneys’ fees. The Colorado Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed the trial court’s decision in its entirety. 

Updated Sep 2021