Aric H. Wu

Aric H. Wu is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He is a member of Gibson Dunn’s Litigation Practice Group.

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, Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, and New York Super Lawyers. In 2012, Mr. Wu was named by Crain’s New York Business as one of its “Forty Under Forty: New York’s New Generation of Leaders,” and selected as a recipient of the “2012 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award.”

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.

Representative Matters

Underwriter Defendants: Currently representing a number of underwriters in securities class action lawsuits involving more than $50 billion in mortgage-backed securities.
Verizon: Currently representing Verizon in action brought by the City of New York concerning municipal franchises.
First American: Defended The First American Corporation and its subsidiary eAppraiseIT LLC in a putative securities class action lawsuit. Defeated class certification.
Marsh & McLennan: Represented Marsh & McLennan Companies in multiple securities actions. Obtained pre-trial dismissal of a number of actions.
Textron: Defended Textron and its officers in ERISA and securities class actions. Obtained summary judgment dismissal of ERISA action and favorable settlement in securities action.
Delcath: 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.
Parlux: 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.
Company Confidential: Defended a leading U.S. accounting firm in securities class action arising out of the demise of a software products company. Obtained dismissal of lawsuit.
Deloitte & Touche Canada: 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.
Deloitte Cayman Islands: 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.
Chinese Accounting Firm: 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.
Hedge Funds: 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.
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu: By special arrangement, served as Assistant to the International Claims Counsel of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu from April 2003 to June 2004.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Class Actions, 2) Law Firm Defense, 3) Mergers and Acquisitions and 4) Securities Litigation
Law School Columbia Law School, J.D., 1998
Education Princeton University, A.B., 1995
Bar Member / Association New York State Bar Association
Most recent firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
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