Daniel J Kramer is a leading trial lawyer and litigator. Called "one of the stars of his generation" by Chambers, and a "quiet giant" by Lawdragon, Dan has handled complex litigations for some of the world's largest companies and has significant experience representing boards of directors in corporate governance issues and special committees in internal investigations.
Dan is co-chair of Paul Weiss' securities litigation and enforcement group. The group is The American Lawyer's reigning Securities Litigation Department of the Year; the guide called the practice "big, powerful and swaggering", noting that "no other firm matched the number and magnitude of headline making securities litigation." Similarly, Chambers ranks the securities litigation department in band 1, stating that the group has "a truly enviable securities litigation practice", a "dazzlingly deep bench" and "some of the most cutting-edge securities cases". Additionally, The Legal 500 gives the group its highest rating, noting that "its excellent, wise counsellors combine deep legal knowledge with a practical and business-like view."
Recent matters include representation of: SAC Capital (now Point72 Asset Management) and Steven A Cohen, in criminal and regulatory proceedings and litigations arising out of claims of insider trading; Bank of America, in litigations by shareholders, the SEC and New York Attorney General arising out of its US$50 billion merger with Merrill Lynch; AIG, in litigation with its former chairman and CEO, Hank Greenberg, and in class action, ERISA and derivative lawsuits concerning allegations of accounting fraud and bid rigging; Merck, in litigation and regulatory investigations relating to Vioxx and Vytorin; UBS, in the Detroit bankruptcy; ADT, in obtaining dismissal of class action and derivative lawsuits challenging its decision to increase its debt and buy back the stock of its largest shareholder; Credit Suisse, in litigation concerning the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas; Citigroup, in obtaining dismissal of class action claims concerning Ikanos Corporation's IPO; Elliott Associates, in corporate control contests for Compuware, Novell Inc and BMC Software; Kohlberg Capital, in obtaining dismissal of class action and derivative claims arising out of the restatement of its portfolio of illiquid securities; Swiss Re, in obtaining dismissal of class action litigation concerning its writedown of credit default swaps; Ericsson, in obtaining dismissal of class action litigation involving its telecom business; Fannie Mae's board of directors' special review committee, in an internal investigation into accounting and governance issues; JP Morgan Chase's Bank One mutual funds, in litigation arising out of allegations of market timing and late trading in the mutual fund industry; and International (now Sun Times Media Group), in the successful prosecution of its former CEO, Conrad Black, for improper self-dealing transactions.
WWL says: Daniel Kramer is a top choice for leading special committees in internal investigations.
This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Investigations which can be purchased from our Shop.