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Andrew J. Levander

Andrew J. Levander

Dechert LLP

New York, NY, USA


Andrew J. Levander is Chair of the firm's Policy Committee and a partner in the white collar and securities litigation group. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York in the Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit, Mr. Levander is consistently recognized for excellence in the practice of law. Since 2004, he has been cited as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, a referral guide to leading lawyers in the U.S. based on the opinions of their peers and clients. Mr. Levander represents parties in securities fraud and commercial litigation and criminal and regulatory investigations. In the maelstrom of investigations and litigation arising out of the world financial crisis, he has been retained to represent such high­ profile clients as Robert Diamond, former CEO of Barclays, Lehman Brothers' outside directors and John Thain, former CEO of Merrill Lynch. Mr. Levander has been integrally involved in the management of headline crises for such diverse clients as Takata Corporation (airbag recalls), Jon S. Corzine (MF Global collapse), Hewlett-Packard's special counsel committee (Hurd termination litigation), SAIC's board (CityTime contract scandal), and Monster Worldwide (options backdating investigation and litigation). In addition, he has taken a leading role in Dechert' s representation of a number of intermediary funds and investment managers in the Bernard Madoff scandal, including his representation of Ezra Merkin. Mr. Levander has  regularly defended many public companies or their officers, directors and affiliates, including Biovail Corp., CHC Group Ltd., NCR Corporation, NFP Corp., Datascope Corporation, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline,  Hewlett-Packard, Hertz, Microsoft, Monster Worldwide, Motorola, OSI Pharmaceuticals, SAIC, Universal American Corp., and Walmart. He has also advised many of the leading financial institutions or their affiliates such as AIG, Bank of NY, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, GLG Man Group, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, the NYSE, RCS Capital Management LLC, and UBS. Mr. Levander has tried more than 50 cases, including several complex arbitrations. Drawing on his experience as a law clerk to the Honorable Wilfred Feinberg in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and as an Assistant to the Solicitor General, he also has an extensive appellate practice in both federal and state courts. He has litigated in courts across the country and has arbitrated before the American Arbitration Association, the New York Stock Exchange, the National Association of Securities Dealers, UNCITRAL and private arbitrators. Mr. Levander also has extensive international litigation experience and has handled numerous investigations arising under the FCPA and similar statutes. In 2012, he led the defense of Deutsche Bank in a billion dollar False Claims  Act case brought by the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of New York and, in 2006, he negotiated a global settlement for BAWAG, Austria's fourth largest bank, with Refco's debtors, creditors, shareholders, bondholders and investors, as well as with the SEC and the DOJ. Mr. Levander has also been involved in successful mediations and arbitrations. Two notable arbitrations include a multi-million dollar settlement in a private arbitration between two well­ known investment banks involving a complex $100 million dispute arising out of the sale of a business, and a complete vindication of SkyLink Aviation, Inc., a Canadian company that provides helicopter and other aviation services around the world, in an international arbitration against the United Nations. Mr. Levander has written extensively on legal issues and co-authored Prevention and Prosecution of High Technology Crime, published by Matthew Bender, and Settlement Agreements  in Commercial Disputes, published by Aspen Law & Business. For many years, he served as an adjunct professor of trial practice at New York University, and he has lectured at Columbia University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Yale Law School, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the ABA White Collar Crime Institute, SIFMA, the Practising Law Institute, and various bar associations and government agencies.

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