Stephen L. Ascher is co-chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice. Banks, hedge funds, accounting firms, real estate companies and others have sought his help with a wide variety of disputes. Institutions and individuals also seek his counsel with respect to SEC and other enforcement work. He regularly tries cases in federal court, state court and arbitration proceedings.
Mr. Ascher’s practice spans the gamut of securities and financial services litigation, from traditional 10b-5 class actions to disputes arising out of M&A transactions to fraud and contract claims by institutional plaintiffs. He frequently represents institutional plaintiffs as well as defendants, including major financial institutions in disputes relating to CDOs, CMBS and other complex investments. He has also represented hedge funds, private equity funds and their portfolio companies in matters relating to insider trading and other regulatory issues, as well as in commercial disputes. In addition to his practice in the financial services industry, Mr. Ascher has represented companies in commercial disputes in the real estate, health care, transportation and telecommunications industries, among others.