Aric H. Wu is a litigation partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Mr. Wu has extensive experience in commercial and business litigation matters, with particular focus on securities litigation and corporate control contests. He has represented clients across a variety of industries in class action lawsuits, mergers and acquisitions battles, shareholder derivative actions, commercial arbitrations and SEC and other regulatory investigations. He has been recognized as a top securities litigator by Law360, U.S. Legal 500, and New York Super Lawyers.
Mr. Wu received his law degree, with distinction as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, from Columbia University School of Law in 1998. He received his undergraduate degree in political economy, magna cum laude, from Princeton University in 1995.
- Currently representing Rio Tinto, the world’s second largest mining company, in an SEC suit concerning the timing of an impairment taken in connection with a $4 billion project in Mozambique.
- Currently representing former CEO of Perrigo Company plc in a putative class action asserting securities fraud claims.
- Exposed litigation fraud by activist investor seeking to force Barnes & Noble Education to recognize a dissident slate of director nominees. Defeated motion for preliminary injunction and obtained summary judgment and award of attorneys’ fees.
- Won a trial verdict for Susquehanna Growth Equity, LLC and SIG Growth Equity Fund I, LLLP on all fraud-based claims relating to the sale of Plimus, an e-commerce company, to Great Hill Equity Partners.
- Obtained dismissal of securities action filed against Royal Bank of Scotland in federal court relating to a $1.2 billion dollar offering of mortgage-backed securities. Obtained dismissal of securities action filed against Royal Bank of Scotland in state court relating to alleged purchases of $337 million in mortgage-backed securities.
- Obtained dismissal of securities action filed against UBS in state court relating to alleged purchases of $434 million in mortgage-backed securities.
- Obtained dismissal of securities claims asserted against F-Squared Investments, Inc. in putative class action filed in the wake of a company settlement with the SEC and the SEC’s filing of civil action against the company’s former CEO.
- Obtained dismissal of multiple actions asserting putative stockholder derivative claims against current and former directors of Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC.
- Obtained dismissal of putative stockholder derivative action filed against current and former directors of Medallion Financial Corp.
- Obtained dismissal of securities claims asserted in putative class action against former CEO of Arysta LifeScience Ltd. and President of Platform Specialty Products Corp.
- Represented Corvex Management and Related Fund Management in a dispute with CommonWealth REIT, a publicly traded real estate investment trust with billions of dollars in assets, and its trustees. Following a two-week trial, a three-member arbitration panel issued a ruling that created a clear path for the removal and replacement of CommonWealth’s entire board of trustees. Major media outlets described the outcome as a “big win” for Corvex and Related.
- Represented eight underwriter defendants in securities class action lawsuits involving more than $50 billion in mortgage-backed securities. Obtained rulings from district court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit holding that the American Pipe tolling doctrine does not apply to the three-year statute of repose for claims under the Securities Act of 1933.
- Represented The First American Corporation and its subsidiary eAppraiseIT LLC in a putative securities class action lawsuit.Defeated class certification.
- Represented Marsh & McLennan Companies in multiple securities actions. Obtained pre-trial dismissal of a number of actions.
- Represented Delcath in consent solicitation commenced by hedge fund to replace the company’s board of directors. Obtained injunctive relief preventing the hedge fund from replacing the board even though it had obtained sufficient shareholder votes to replace the board.
- Defended Parlux against consent solicitation commenced by the head of a multibillion dollar health and beauty products empire. Obtained stay of consent solicitation following application for injunctive relief based on violations of antitrust and securities laws. Parlux resolved battle without giving up control to insurgents.
- Defended the Canadian firm of Deloitte & Touche in multiple securities actions arising out of the demise of an entertainment company. Obtained dismissal of Section 11 claim in shareholder class action and denial of class certification for Section 10(b) claim in noteholder class action.
- Defended the Cayman Islands firm of Deloitte & Touche in multiple actions arising out of the demise of a risk retention group. Obtained dismissals of actions brought by liquidators and members of risk retention group.
- Represented a Chinese accounting firm in connection with a joint investigation by the SEC, U.S. Department of Justice and FBI. No action taken against accounting firm.
- Represented a coalition of over twenty private investment companies appearing as amicus curiae in a case involving issues of first impression relating to derivative markets.
- By special arrangement, served as Assistant to the International Claims Counsel of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu from April 2003 to June 2004.