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Charles I. Poret’s practice is focused on securities, mergers and acquisitions, sovereign debt and bankruptcy litigation. Mr. Poret has tried cases and argued appeals in federal and state courts in numerous jurisdictions, and has advised major publishers on defamation and copyright matters. He was a member of the Dechert litigation team recognized as part of the Financial Times’ 2014 Top 40 North American Innovative Law Firms for their representation of Argentina’s two largest creditors – with combined claims for over US$3.5 billion – in multi-national litigation and judgment enforcement proceedings. The matter concluded in a victory before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Poret’s experience has included defending officers of public companies in securities fraud class actions and derivative actions; defending officers of public companies in going-private transactions; defending the selling shareholders of the largest department store-based beauty salon business in the United States in an action alleging violations of section 12(2) of the Securities Act, breaches of representations and warranties and fraud; defending the sellers of an ABC affiliate station in an action alleging breaches of representations and warranties and fraud; defending three investment funds in a $24 million objection to claim proceedings in bankruptcy court; representation of a distressed debt investment fund in fraud claims against underwriter and market maker of defaulted bonds; and representing noteholders in bankruptcy, Delaware Court of Chancery and Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act proceedings and numerous other cases arising under the securities laws, Bankruptcy Act, Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and Delaware law. Many of these cases have resulted in reported decisions and some have made or extended law.

Mr. Poret is head of the New York Pro Bono Committee and is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

Education

The University of Rhode Island, B.A., 1967
New York University School of Law, J.D., 1970, cum laude, Editor of the Law Review

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States

Bar Admissions/Qualifications

New York