— Corporate Ownership and Governance Litigation
Struggles over the ownership and control of a business entity are frequently urgent and hard-fought. These matters require agile, aggressive action to achieve client priorities, which may or may not involve litigating in court. We always pay careful attention to preserving the value and viability of the entity in question—and to the many forms of legal and practical leverage available to our clients.
Representative matters include:
Achieved a favorable settlement on behalf of StreetEasy in a dispute involving cyber squatting, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, and corporate governance claims against a co-founder; continue to protect and enforce that settlement before, during, and after StreetEasy’s acquisition by Zillow, Inc.
Filed a dissolution action on behalf of a co-founder of market data technology vendor to major New York financial institutions. After the petition was filed, we were able to negotiate an advantageous sale of our client’s interest to a business partner.
Advised a private equity investor and the audit committee of its portfolio company in connection with the investigation and termination of co-founder and CEO for self-dealing and theft of corporate assets.
Counseled the founder of a successful food ingredient importer after she sold a majority stake to new investors, and ultimately sued those investors on her behalf, leading to a hard-fought litigation and settlement.