On Wednesday, February 7, 2024, over 130 institutional shareholders served ING Groep NV (“ING”) and certain former directors of ING with a writ of summons claiming over €600 million in damages caused by ING’s failure to properly inform the market of material information relating to ING Bank N.V.’s (“ING Bank”) alleged corrupt practices and violation of anti-money laundering laws. This lawsuit follows the €775 million fine ING paid to the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service (Openbaar Ministerie) (the “NPPS”) in 2018 for violations of anti-money laundering laws.
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.
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.
As 2019 comes to an end, we are looking forward to the New Year with legal developments in the securities litigation world. As part of our ongoing commitment to be the leaders in covering global developments of interest for our institutional clients, we would like to highlight the new Dutch Act on Collective Damages Claims (Wet Afwikkeling Massaschade in Collectieve Actie; short: WAMCA). The WAMCA will finally enter into force on January 1, 2020 and complement the preexisting act on collective settlements of mass claims (WCAM). The WAMCA will cover collective damages actions for claims resulting from conduct that took place after November 15, 2016, the date that the legislative proposal was submitted to the Dutch Parliament. After various amendments, the WAMCA was finally approved in March 2019.
DRRT successfully hosted the panel regarding Shareholder Protection through Loss Recovery Litigation at the International Corporate Governance Network Miami on October 16, 2019.
DRRT’s Managing Partner, Alexander Reus, was invited to speak at the 17th Brazilian Congress of International Law and at The Center for Arbitration and Mediation of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada for presentations regarding investor protection in Brazil and around the world. He participated, along with Mr. Claudio Finkelstein and others, on a panel named “Shareholder Loss recovery: Arbitration vs. Litigation? Quo vadis?”.