Archive for February, 2010

Where to go in March

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

In the next few weeks I will be attending the following events: an LSE lecture and Weil Gotshal webcast on the 4th, Barroway Topaz’ annual conference on the 11th and the NYSBA’s litigation roundtable on the 16th.

On 4 March, the London School of Economics and Political Science hosts the fifth and final lunchtime lecture in its Thinking Like a Social Scientist (Lent Term) series: Risk versus responsibility in the regulation of the company. (It follows today’s penultimate lecture, Risk-Based Regulation: Rethinking from a Lawyers’ Perspective.)

‘This lecture will explore the tensions that exist in company law between, on the one hand, holding managers accountable to shareholders and ensuring that they do not use corporate power for their own benefit, and on the other, ensuring that regulation that holds them accountable does not excessively interfere with managerial authority which is central to value creation through the corporate form.’ (details) Podcasts of LSE events are normally available within two working days after the event.

Later on the 4th, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP’s webcast Aligning Compensation with Shareholder Value: Avoiding Bonusgate takes place, the first in its 2010 Litigation Seminar Series. Topics discussed by the panel will include recent and historic court decisions and new “say on pay” proposals. (CLE accredited; details; LinkedIn event)

Former UK Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party Tony Blair is this year’s keynote speaker at the fifth annual Rights & Responsibilities of Institutional Investors conference in Amsterdam, 11 March. Barroway Topaz Kessler Meltz & Check LLP and Institutional Investor co-host. This year’s case studies examine the Bank of America takeover of Merrill Lynch and the German Model Case¬†Act (KapMuG) in general and the Hypo Real Estate Holding AG case in particular. (details; programme)

And on the 16th, London-based Duane Morris LLP partner and New York State Bar Association’s International Section Vice-Chair Jonathan P. Armstrong ‘will look at the litigation climate in the UK with an emphasis on those issues which affect business between the UK and the US [followed by] a roundtable discussion on the state of cross-border litigation.’ (details; LinkedIn event)

One event that will not return is the two-day European Securities Litigation Conference that took place in London in March last year. (previous post) Sad.

Opening Kranenburg, my own law practice

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

It is with great pleasure and pride that I am announcing the opening of my own law practice, Kranenburg.

While in law school in London I came across the US area of law of securities fraud class action litigation, but the subject wasn’t taught in class here. I read about a case settlement in the press, it must’ve been 2004. I was fascinated. Since then I’ve been following the cases and legal developments and gotten to know the players. That led to a summer associateship in 2005 and, since 2006 as long-suffering readers are aware, the writing about securities litigation in the form of this weblog, on Twitter and in publications such as the Financial Times and Legal Week.

On 21 January 2010 I took the oath to become a fully qualified attorney and counselor-at-law licenced and admitted to practice law in all courts of the US State of New York. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise to learn that my practice will focus on representing private and institutional investors in securities class actions, derivative suits and deal litigation. Notably though, like this weblog, from a European’s point of view. The emphasis is on representing European clients in US proceedings from my office in the City, London’s financial district, working with other firms as co-counsel where appropriate.

In addition, I serve as liaison counsel to firms and attorneys in handling the European side of discovery in cases and assisting in any matters that require being handled with locally by US-qualified counsel.

Please update the contact details you have for me and of course I welcome your queries. When in London, make sure you drop by.

Werner R. Kranenburg
Attorney & Counselor-at-Law

No. 1 Poultry
London EC2R 8JR
United Kingdom
+44 20 3174 0365 (telephone)