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Daniel Slifkin

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

New York, NY, USA

Daniel Slifkin is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department.  Over his 24 years at Cravath, Mr. Slifkin has tried numerous cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States, as well as domestic and international arbitrations.  He has extensive experience representing some of the world’s leading financial institutions, and other companies, in securities claims (both as issuer and underwriter); shareholder derivative claims; claims arising out of financial advisory work; claims relating to private equity portfolio companies; and general contract disputes, among others.  He is among the few litigators to have ever taken a securities case through trial, having handled two such jury trials in recent years. 

On the issuer side, Mr. Slifkin has represented Vivendi for over a decade in some of the most significant and complex securities actions in recent history, including in a long-running class action that culminated in a four-month long, “f-cubed” securities fraud jury trial, and in a four-week jury trial over securities and contract claims brought by Liberty Media.  He has also represented JPMorgan Chase and related entities (including Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual) in numerous residential mortgage-backed securities actions across the country, including the first two major RMBS securities actions to proceed through conclusion of discovery and summary judgment.  Other issuer clients have included Alcoa, IBM, Lucent and priceline.com.  On the underwriter side, Mr. Slifkin has represented DLJ, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley.  He won the dismissal of a shareholder derivative action concerning executive compensation for Morgan Stanley, its inside directors and certain of its executives that was affirmed on appeal.  He currently represents Morgan Stanley in several federal antitrust class actions alleging a conspiracy to restrain competition in the market for credit default swaps.  In the private equity area, Mr. Slifkin represented Lindsay Goldberg & Bessemer in several lawsuits arising out of the public offering of its portfolio company EnergySolutions, Inc.  He recently represented Lindsay Goldberg executives in purported class action lawsuits over the $2.1 billion sale of PetroLogistics LP to Koch Industries LLC; plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed all suits. 

Mr. Slifkin has been recognized as one of the country’s leading commercial and securities litigators by numerous legal ranking publications, including Lawdragon, Chambers USA, The Legal 500 United States and Benchmark Litigation.  He was twice recognized as “Litigator of the Week” in The Am Law Litigation Daily:  first, for his representation of Morgan Stanley in Morgan Stanley v. Discover Financial Services, a breach of contract action in which he obtained a judgment of over $800 million against Discover Financial Services and, second, for his representation of JPMorgan in Dexia SA/NV, et al. v. Bear, Stearns & Co., et al., in which he obtained a summary judgment victory that eliminated from litigation securities with a face value of $1.5 billion.

Mr. Slifkin was born in London, England.  He received a B.A., with first class honors, from Oxford University in 1987; a B.C.L., with first class honors, from Oxford University in 1988; and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1991, where he was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review and a Sears Prize winner.  Mr. Slifkin is a member of the Second Circuit Courts Committee of the Federal Bar Council, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the International Bar Association and serves as a member of the Northeast Subcommittee on the ICC National Arbitration Committee for the U.S. Council for International Business.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Americans for Oxford and as its General Counsel.  He joined Cravath in 1991 and became a partner in 1998. 


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