On March 23, international law firm DRRT hosted an online webinar called “Whistleblowers and Reporters: Importance of Access to Information.” DRRT mainly focuses on litigation outside of the U.S., where discovery is not possible. The firm stressed the importance that both whistleblowers and journalists have in releasing information critical for investors’ efforts to recover from damages the investors have incurred. The virtual event featured Jonathan Taylor, a whistleblower who exposed corruption and bribery in Dutch company SBM Offshore. The webinar also included Georgina Halford-Hall, chief executive of not-for-profit organization WhistleblowersUK, John Kostyack of the National Whistleblower Center (NWC), Lord Cromwell of the House of Lords in the UK, and Tom Warren, a forensic journalist from BuzzFeed News.
Copenhagen, Denmark: On Monday, September 21, 2020, Danish boutique litigation firm KLAR Advokater filed a fifth and final round of complaints against Danske Bank A/S for damages on behalf of 55 institutional investors clients of DRRT and Grant & Eisenhofer. With this additional round of claims totaling over DKK 1.071 billion (€144 million/$169 million) the total amount of the DRRT/G&E group of claims comes to DKK 6.786 billion (€912 million/$1.071 billion) and the number of claimants to 303. The cases were filed in the Copenhagen City Court.
On Thursday, March 12th, 2020, DRRT along with Brazilian co-counsel, Finkelstein Advogados, requested mandatory arbitration under the auspices of the Market Arbitration Chamber (“MAC”) of the B3, against JBS S.A. and other defendants (“JBS”) on behalf of ninety-five institutional shareholders seeking over BRL 1.4 billion ($280 mio) in compensation for damages caused by JBS’s illegal activities over the past decade. Pursuant to Article 49 of JBS’ bylaws the “Company [and] its shareholders…undertake to resolve through arbitration any dispute or controversy which may arise between them…before the Market Arbitration Chamber, under the terms of its Arbitrations Regulations”, leaving confidential arbitration as the only way to recover damages.
DRRT’s Assistant Managing Partner, Joseph Gulino had the pleasure of speaking at the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute’s 2020 Institute Fund Summit in Austin, TX. The panel, “Corporate Governance and Shareholder Engagement” discussed some of the corporate governance measures that institutional investors have at their disposal as well as the importance of litigation as a means of shareholder engagement.
DRRT successfully hosted the panel regarding Shareholder Protection through Loss Recovery Litigation at the International Corporate Governance Network Miami on October 16, 2019.
As we have just entered 2019, we here at DRRT would like to provide a quick overview of the trends we noticed in our work as a claims filing provider during 2018. This year had major developments, and we are still waiting to see how this will play out in terms of recoveries for many of the cases. However, the increase in Australian actions, the complexities of the antitrust settlements such as FX and LIBOR, and the evolution of new jurisdictions prove that having a robust claims filing provider, with an extensive legal background, can make a major difference in terms of maximizing recoveries and ensuring all opportunities are explored.