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Lea Haber Kuck

Lea Haber Kuck

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

New York, NY, USA


Lea Haber Kuck concentrates her practice on the resolution of complex disputes arising out of international business transactions. She represents clients in federal and state courts in the United States, as well as in international arbitrations conducted under UNCITRAL, ICC, ICDR and other arbitration rules.
 
Ms. Kuck regularly advises clients on a variety of issues relating to international dispute resolution, including forum selection, jurisdiction, service of process, extraterritorial discovery, enforcement of judgments, and drafting of arbitration and choice-of-court clauses.
 
She has represented or advised, among others:

  • an international investment bank in connection with disputes involving proceedings in New York and London relating to several billion dollars of structured finance products;
  • a shareholder of a major telecommunications company with operations in the former Soviet Union in an UNCITRAL arbitration and related litigation concerning a shareholder dispute with a European telecommunications company;
  • IRB-Brasil Resseguros, S.A., the largest reinsurer in South America, in multiple actions seeking to recover amounts due under certain global notes in which judgments in excess of $100 million were obtained for IRB and affirmed in a case of first impression by New York’s highest court;
  • a helicopter manufacturer in connection with a CPR arbitration relating to certain intellectual property rights;
  • an individual in cross-border litigation arising out of the Icelandic banking crisis, including obtaining dismissal on forum non conveniens grounds of an action filed in New York;
  • an international beverage company in connection with its successful defense against a multibillion-dollar claim in an UNCITRAL arbitration arising out of the terms of an investment agreement with a Mexican company and its stockholders;
  • a Hong Kong shipping company as claimant in an ICDR arbitration in which preliminary relief in aid of arbitration was obtained in a New York court;
  • a computer manufacturer as claimant in an ICC arbitration arising out of a share purchase agreement in which preliminary relief in aid of arbitration was obtained;
  • DaimlerChrysler AG in connection with multiple litigations arising out of the merger of Daimler-Benz AG and Chrysler Corporation, one of which involved successfully defending at trial federal securities and state law fraud claims brought by a prominent Chrysler investor seeking more than $1 billion in damages, a victory The National Law Journal dubbed the “2005 Top Defense Win of the Year”;
  • multiple international issuers in their defense of securities class actions filed in the United States, including several actions where the complaints were dismissed at the pleading stage;
  • a Brazilian energy company in connection with an ICC arbitration against a subsidiary of a large U.S. energy company relating to an investment in an electrical power project in Brazil;
  • Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Goldman Sachs Credit Partners L.P., Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. in connection with their successful trial in bankruptcy court arising out of a $2 billion exit financing facility for Solutia, Inc., a Chapter 11 debtor;
  • a private equity firm in connection with multiple securities class actions and investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice;
  • a pharmaceutical manufacturer in an arbitration filed in the Quebec National and International Commercial Arbitration Centre (now the Canadian Commercial Arbitration Centre) relating to a dispute under a manufacture and supply agreement; and
  • pro bono clients in several cases brought under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction, including acting as lead counsel in the seminal case of Croll v. Croll.

 
Ms. Kuck frequently writes and speaks on international arbitration and cross-border litigation topics. In 2010, she received the Burton Award for Legal Achievement, which recognizes excellence in legal scholarship.
 
Ms. Kuck is the firm’s Global Attorney Development Partner and a former member of Skadden’s Policy Committee, the firm’s governing body. She also serves on the board of trustees of Hamilton College.

Bar Admissions

New York

Education

J.D., New York University School of Law, 1990 (Senior Production Editor, Annual Survey of American Law)

A.B., Hamilton College, 1987 (magna cum laude)

Experience

Law Clerk, Hon. Steven D. Pepe, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (1990-1992)

Associations

New York Commercial Division Advisory Committee
American Bar Association, International Law Section, Vice Chair, International Arbitration Committee
Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Advisory Board
Arbitral Women

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