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Mauricio A. España focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and white collar and securities litigation matters. He also has significant experience in bankruptcy-related litigation and also advises on internal corporate investigations, as well as regulatory and state attorneys general investigations.

Mr. España has been recognized as one of Law360’s Rising Stars of 2015, a national list of attorneys under the age of 40 whose legal accomplishments belie their age. Mr. España has also been named a Rising Star by the New York Law Journal in 2015, which is awarded to 50 outstanding attorneys under 40 who have made an impression on their colleagues, their clients, and the larger legal community. He was one of only five lawyers recognized for his work in the Securities area. He was also recognized between 2012 through 2016 as a New York “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for Securities Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense and Business Litigation. Mr. Espana has also been named a Rising Star in Euromoney/Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides series in 2015 and 2016. He was also honored by The Legal Aid Society as one of the recipients of the Society’s 2012 Pro Bono Publico Awards that recognizes the outstanding work of volunteer lawyers who provide exceptional legal services to low-income New Yorkers. The Hispanic Executive also highlighted Mr. Espana’s white-collar practice and commitment to pro bono representation in its article titled, "White Collar Lawyer, Blue Collar Advocate."

Significant Representations

  • Represent Takata Corporation in connection with investigations of airbag inflator ruptures by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Congress, the Department of Justice and other entities, and in related civil litigation.
  • Represent several executives in connection with various ongoing FCPA and AML investigations involving activity in Latin America and Asia.
  • Represented The Bank of New York Mellon in all aspects of litigation and SEC and CFTC investigations relating to the bankruptcy of Sentinel Management Group.
  • Represented The Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee of residential mortgage-backed securitization (RMBS) trusts, in a variety of matters, including litigation seeking the approval of an US$8.5 billion proposed settlement with Bank of America Corp. in connection with 530 RMBS trusts (In the matter of the application of The Bank of New York Mellon, Index No. 651786/2011 (Supreme Court, New York County)) and litigations concerning various RMBS related settlements and claims in the bankruptcy of Residential Capital, LLC, and certain of its subsidiaries, including an US$8.7 billion Allowed Claim settlement relating to allegations of breaches of representations and warranties.
  • Represented The Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee of residential mortgage-backed securitization (RMBS) trusts, in litigation concerning various RMBS-related settlements and claims in the bankruptcy of Residential Capital, LLC, and certain of its subsidiaries (In re Residential Capital, LLC et al., Case No. 12-12020 (MG) (S.D.N.Y)).
  • Represented Entretenimiento GM de México S.A. de C.V., at trial in federal court on breach of contract claims by affiliates of AMC Entertainment, Inc. arising out of the purchase of a group of Mexican cinemas (LCE Mexican Holdings et al. v. Entretenimiento GM de México S.A. de C.V., Case No. 10-cv-3610).
  • Represented The Bank of New York Mellon in litigation alleging various claims by Repsol, S.A. arising out of Argentina’s expropriation of Repsol’s ownership in YPF S.A. (Repsol, S.A. v. The Bank of New York Mellon et al., Index No. 652653/2012).
  • Represented RMBS investor in a trust instructional proceeding concerning the reformation of a pooling and servicing agreement.  
  • Represented senior executives of a major pharmaceutical company in investigations by the DOJ and FDA concerning alleged misrepresentations made by the company in connection with its submission of a New Drug Application and potential violations of the False Claims Act as a result of the company’s promotional disclosures and marketing practices.
  • Represented a global manufacturer of electrical meters in an investigation by the DOJ concerning alleged violations of the False Claims Act.
  • Represented a Big Four accounting firm in connection with litigation arising out of its audit of a company accused of orchestrating a $600 million Ponzi scheme.
  • Represented a Latin American media company listed on a U.S. exchange in the first-ever up-the-ladder reporting case under Section 307 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Education

New York University, B.A., 2000, cum laude, Dean’s List, recipient of the Founder’s Award
Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2003, Order of the Coif, Dean’s List, Cooper Editor of the Fordham Urban Law Journal

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States District Court for the Western District of New York
United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Bar Admissions/Qualifications

New York

Memberships

Member, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Board of Directors
Member, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Pro Bono Advisory Council
Certified Member, Hispanic National Bar Association
Member, Fordham Law School Minority Mentorship Program

Languages

Spanish