Hung G. Ta
Prior to starting the firm, Hung Ta practiced as a litigation attorney for more than eleven years at the law firms of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP and Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. Before that, Mr. Ta clerked with the Honorable Justice Mary Gaudron of the High Court of Australia, Australia’s ultimate appellate court. Mr. Ta’s practice focuses on helping investors recover losses as a result of misconduct such as: securities fraud and other violations of federal and state securities laws; breach of contract; business torts; and breaches of fiduciary duty by corporate directors and officers and other corporate governance violations.
Among other matters, Mr. Ta has litigated and settled many cases on behalf of foreign and U.S. institutional investors who purchased the myriad, complex structured financial products that were created in the lead-up to the global financial crisis, such as mortgage-backed securities (see, e.g., Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP v. Countrywide Financial Corporation and Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP v. Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.); portfolios of whole mortgage loans (Amalgamated Bank v. Countrywide Financial Corporation); CDO securities issued by structured investment vehicles called “SIV-Lites” (Oddo Asset Management v. Barclays Bank PLC); and auction rate securities (litigation against major Wall Street investment bank settled on confidential terms). Mr. Ta has represented hedge fund investors in other contexts, including litigating claims for professional malpractice against a major accounting firm, and litigating claims for securities fraud against an oil and gas exploration company arising from the participation by a hedge fund in a gas drilling program.
Mr. Ta also has wide experience representing shareholders, both institutions and individuals. Mr. Ta has brought shareholder class actions involving stock fraud (e.g. In re Shuffle Master, Inc. Securities Litigation and In re American Dental Partners, Inc. Securities Litigation). In addition, Mr. Ta has litigated some significant cases alleging breaches of fiduciary duty by corporate directors and officers, such as In re Del Monte Foods Company Shareholder Litigation, in which the Delaware Chancery Court issued a landmark opinion upholding the important need for corporate advisors such as investment banks to avoid and/or disclose conflicts of interest, and reminding boards of directors of their role in overseeing their advisors. Mr. Ta has also investigated and brought shareholder derivative actions challenging other important corporate governance issues, such as the approval by company boards of directors of excessive employee compensation, and the failure by boards to adequately disclose executive perquisites.
Ms. Kim is a senior counsel and practices in general commercial litigation, securities litigation and corporate governance.
Ms. Kim previously was a senior litigation associate at Fox Horan & Camerini LLP where she represented international and U.S. clients in cases involving corporate governance under domestic and foreign law, breach of contract disputes, and corporate fraud. Among other matters, Ms. Kim represented: a prominent international sports association in a breach of contract dispute with a major sponsor; a company against claims for civil RICO violations, in which a favorable opinion was obtained from the US Supreme Court; British Virgin Islands companies seeking to establish their interests in a Latin American telecommunications conglomeration; various directors and officers against claims for breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and conversion; companies and individuals in bankruptcy-related adversarial proceedings and clawback actions; and a foreign attorney in successfully defending a legal malpractice action through a bench trial and appeal to the Second Circuit.
Prior to Fox Horan, Ms. Kim was a litigation associate at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy where she focused on securities fraud matters and other complex commercial litigation cases, including the representation of investment advisers, issuer companies, officers and directors, and an insurance company.
Ms. Williams is a Senior Counsel and practices in the areas of general commercial litigation, securities litigation and corporate governance.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Williams was a litigation associate at Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. where she worked on cases involving violations of the securities laws, corporate governance matters, and class action litigation. Ms. Williams was part of the litigation teams on a number of prominent cases including In re Barnes & Noble Stockholders Derivative Litigation, In re Alstom SA Securities Litigation; and In re Global Cash Access Holdings Securities Litigation.
Ms. Williams began her career as an attorney at Legal Services of New York where she was a Senior Attorney in the Family Law division and handled trials in New York Supreme Court and Family Court.
Ms. Williams earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law and following graduation received a Legal Fellowship at the United Nations Development Programme. She received her B.A. from Grinnell College.
Ms. Williams is a member of the Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee of the New York City Bar Association.