Webcast: The Rise of International Class and Collective Actions

January 13, 2022

Class actions have gradually taken root outside the US in recent years. We highlight common pitfalls and early advocacy problems that defendants typically face in these new regimes and provide an overview in which direction international class actions will develop in the years to come.

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Eric Bouffard is a French qualified partner in the Paris office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, where he serves as a member of the firm’s International Arbitration, Litigation and Business Restructuring Practice Groups. Mr. Bouffard is particularly active in cross-border litigation, commercial arbitration, commercial law (including insolvency and recovery of debt), industrial risk (latent defects, interruption of production, delay and disruption claims, consequential losses), international trade and insurance before both judicial courts and arbitral tribunals. He is regularly involved in M&A disputes, shareholders and more generally project partners disputes.

Jean-Pierre Farges is a partner in the Paris office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Restructuring & Reorganization Practice Group and member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Farges specializes in complex M&A litigation, arbitration, industrial risk, construction, international trade, insurance, reinsurance, equity capital insolvency dispute matters and public and administrative law disputes and regulatory issues. He has been involved in a number of major disputes before state courts and arbitral tribunals, acting for banks, funds companies and listed industrial companies.

Osma Hudda is an English qualified partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s London office and is a member of the Firm’s Dispute Resolution Group. Ms. Hudda has broad-based dispute resolution experience including litigation, international arbitration and regulatory investigations. Ms. Hudda’s litigation experience has involved representing clients in Employment Tribunals, the High Court and Court of Appeal. In arbitration she has represented clients from a wide variety of industries, particularly oil & gas, before arbitral tribunals including the ICC and LCIA. She has also defended companies involved in regulatory investigations in the UK and internationally as well as assisting clients in large scale internal investigations and related compliance issues.

Markus Rieder is a partner in the Munich office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of the firm’s Class Actions, Transnational Litigation, Securities Litigation and International Arbitration Groups. Mr. Rieder focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, both domestic and cross-border, and national and international arbitration, as well as on compliance and white collar defense. He has substantial experience in the automotive, industrial and manufacturing sectors. Mr. Rieder is regularly recommended by the leading legal publications.

Cassie Aprile is a dual-qualified Associate in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, practising in the firm’s Dispute Resolution Group. Ms. Aprile qualified as a solicitor in Australia in 2010, and as a solicitor in England & Wales in 2018. Ms. Aprile specialises in commercial litigation and has experience advising clients on a broad range of complex disputes across various industry sectors, including mining and energy, property, development, banking and general commercial. Most recently, Ms. Aprile has assisted in the defence of a UK retailer in the largest private sector equal pay claim to be heard in the English courts.

Alexander Horn is an associate in the Munich office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Class Actions, Securities Litigation, Transnational Litigation and International Arbitration Practice Groups. Mr. Horn has experience in a wide variety of complex litigation and international arbitration matters. This includes several contract, post-M&A, and corporate disputes before German Regional Courts as well as representing a financial services company in Germany’s largest arbitration to date. Handelsblatt / The Best Lawyers™ in Germany 2021/2022 have recognized Mr. Horn in the inaugural list “Ones to Watch” for International Arbitration.

Lauren Blas is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher where her practice focuses on class actions, labor and employment litigation, and complex commercial litigation in the trial courts and on appeal.


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