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Richard A. Rosen


Tel: 212-373-3305
Fax: 212-492-0305  

New York
1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064

A partner in the Litigation Department and co-chair of the Securities Litigation and Enforcement group, Richard A. Rosen has extensive experience in civil litigation in the state and federal courts in the fields of securities, directors’ and officers’ liability, mergers and acquisitions, derivatives, banking, commodity futures and other complex business disputes.


Richard has frequently represented public companies and underwriting syndicates in securities fraud class action litigations, as well as both issuers and investment banking firms in a wide variety of other securities matters. He has also defended many class actions involving open and closed-end funds and limited partnerships. Richard also often appears on behalf of directors and officers in derivative suits alleging breaches of fiduciary duty and as counsel for Special Litigation Committees.

Richard is listed for the eleventh consecutive year in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers. Earlier this year, he was awarded "Lawyer of the Year" for Bet-the-Company Litigation by Best Lawyers and recognized as a "New York and National Litigation Star" in General Commercial and Securities Litigation by Benchmark Litigation, which has recognized him each year since 2007. He is "Highly Recommended" in New York for both Dispute Resolution and Securities Litigation by PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2007-2012 and has been selected by Lawdragon as one of the 500 leading litigators in America. He is listed in the 2007-2014 editions of The Legal 500, the 2006-2013 editions of New York Super Lawyers, the 2006-2014 editions of the New York Area's Best Lawyers and the 2007-2012 editions of Who's Who in American Law. Richard was singled out as the "Litigator of the Week" by The American Lawyer in February 2009 for his "huge victory for corporate directors" in obtaining dismissal by the Delaware Chancery Court of a derivative suit against the directors of Citigroup.

Representative clients for which he has handled significant litigations are: Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, UBS, Thomas H. Lee Partners, Van Kampen Investments, Turquoise Hill, Teco Energy, Warner Chilcott, Ltd., Hotels.com, Continental Grain Company and Carnival Corporation. He has filed amicus curiae briefs in both the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on behalf of the Securities Industry Association in cases raising issues of particular concern to the securities industry.

He has frequently represented major money center banks, as well as other financial institutions and major bank customers, in a wide variety of litigation matters and potential litigation, ranging from borrower bankruptcies and workouts to lender liability actions, age discrimination claims, letter of credit disputes and other commercial controversies. Representative clients for which he has handled significant matters include Citibank, Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A., DEPFA Bank, Mitsubishi Bank, Bank One, Korea First Bank, Bankers Trust Company and Marine Midland Bank.

Richard has also been defense counsel in the two most significant commodity futures manipulation class actions of recent decades: the silver market cases and the copper market cases.

Richard's recent experience includes:

  • Defense of a Canadian mining company and several of its officers arising out of an earnings restatement. The federal district court dismissed the action with prejudice and plaintiffs declined to appeal.
  • Defense of major financial services firm in 10b-5 and 33 Act class actions filed by its shareholders and note holders based on losses in subprime mortgage market.
  • Representation of investment adviser in ERISA litigation claiming that the pension fund assets of the hospital should not have been invested in mortgage-backed securities. District court dismissed with prejudice and Second Circuit affirmed. 
  • Defense of investment advisers and distributors of mutual fund complex in derivative suit alleging breach of duties and violations of Investment Company Act and Investment Advisers Act arising out of alleged market timing and late trading in the funds; motion to dismiss with prejudice granted and plaintiffs did not appeal.
  • Defense of two parallel actions in New York federal court challenging the independence of directors and the magnitude of advisory and 12b-1 fees under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act; the court dismissed both complaints with prejudice and Second Circuit affirmed.
  • Representation of all underwriters of over $20 billion in debt and equity securities of American International Group sold in 2006-2008; action was settled with no payment by our clients.
  • Defense of principals of real estate limited partnerships in action for fraud and breach of duty arising out of purchase of real estate assets that have declined in value; district court dismissed action with prejudice and Second Circuit affirmed.
  • Representation of an investment advisor and its officers in derivative suits and special litigation committee investigations arising out of the decisions by the trustee of two different mutual fund complexes to redeem auction rate preferred securities and issue tender option bonds; both Boards of trustees adopted the Special Litigation Committees recommendation to decline to pursue actions and court rejected challenge to those decisions.
  • Defense of a mutual fund sponsor, adviser and distributor in two Securities Act class actions alleging that trust investment decisions for technology funds were influenced by improper considerations; district court dismissed complaints with prejudice, accepting our argument that there was no duty to disclose the information at issue. Second Circuit unanimously affirmed.
  • Defense of three lead underwriters in a Section 11 class action arising out of an initial public offering by a fast food chain; action was settled with no payment by our clients.
  • Defense of a syndicate of underwriters in a class action arising out of an initial public offering of tracking stock by an international telecommunications company; the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the action against our clients without prejudice.
  • Defense of U.S.-listed mainland China jewelry manufacturer and its officers in SEC investigation and class action under 33 and 34 Acts arising out of restatements.
  • Defense of mortgage insurer, its CEO and CFO, in securities fraud class action arising out of adverse financial performance of the company; court dismissed the complaint with prejudice.
  • Defense of pharmaceuticals company in securities class action arising out of its initial public offering; action was settled, with vast bulk of consideration paid by D&O insurance.
  • Defense of real estate investment firm and its senior management in series of 10b-5 class actions arising out of its decision to sell certain assets and cut its dividend; actions were dismissed for failure to plead scienter or any duty to disclose and Second Circuit affirmed.
  • Defense of private equity firm that conducted LBO of a major derivatives dealer, took it public, and shortly thereafter discovered a major financial fraud at the company. One major class action was dismissed and Second Circuit affirmed; balance of actions settled.
  • Defense of financial services firm in securities fraud class action alleging that public filings concealed risks associated with its banking and securities businesses; district court dismissed complaint with prejudice and Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed.

Richard has frequently published articles on corporate and securities law issues. These include articles on the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act and a series of articles on liability for soft information and projections. He is the general editor of the only comprehensive book on the law of settlement agreements and the settlement process, Settlement Agreements in Commercial Disputes: Negotiating, Drafting and Enforcement, published by Wolters Kluwer.

Richard was identified as one of the members of The 2009 and 2006 BTI Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms, a select group of attorneys that delivers the best client service to Fortune 1000 clients. In 2009, BTI named him one of four lawyers in the country on its "Super All Star Team."

Richard was a speaker at the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008 annual meetings of the Law and Compliance Division of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Richard served as chair of the panel on SEC Enforcement at the 2015 IAA Investment Advisor Compliance Conference. He has been a lecturer for the American Law Institute/American Bar Association, the American Conference Institute, Institutional Investor, the Directors Roundtable, The Canadian Institute, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the American Conference of Investment Counsel on securities and corporate law issues. He has served as a panelist on programs sponsored by the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, the Section on Business Law of the International Bar Association, Institutional Investor, Fordham Law School, the Futures Industry Association, the Chicago/Kent Commodities Law Institute, the ABA, Legal IQ and Infonex, a large Canadian conference organization.

Richard was a visiting Professor of Law in May 2013 at the National University, Odessa Law Academy in Odessa, Ukraine, where he taught a course on civil litigation in the United States. While in the Ukraine, Richard also lectured at the International Humanitarian University.

Financial Institutions
Internal Investigations
M&A Litigation
Securities Litigation
ERISA, Pension & Benefits Litigation


J.D., Harvard Law School, 1978

magna cum laude

B.A., Brown University, 1975

magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Hon. Irving R. Kaufman, U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

Bar Admissions

New York
District of Columbia

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Judge Dismisses Securities Class Action Against Turquoise Hill

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Richard Rosen to Participate in ACE’s Preferred Securities Panel

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Claims Dismissed Against Morgan Stanley Investment Management

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Citigroup Board Wins Dismissal of Derivative Lawsuit

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David Huntington, Daniel Kramer and Richard Rosen Author Article on STOCK Act

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Congress Moves To Enact Legislation Addressing Insider Trading By Its Own Members and Other Government Officials – Some Unintended Consequences
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