Natalie Shkolnik has extensive experience in securities litigation, including class-action litigation, governmental and regulatory investigations, and arbitrations. Her clients include public and private corporations as well as hedge funds, large institutional banks, and high-profile individuals.

Natalie also provides representation and guidance to high-net-worth individuals residing outside of the U.S. in their business and personal matters. Working closely with lawyers from the firm’s various practice groups, Natalie helps her non-U.S. clients navigate the intricacies of U.S. law. She also functions as liaison counsel on a variety of matters in the U.S. and, in conjunction with the firm’s Geneva office, in Europe, including general corporate matters, real estate transactions, litigation, judgment enforcement, banking and finance, tax, trusts and estates, and dispute resolution.

Natalie has litigated and mediated cases in federal and state courts. In addition to New York courts, she has litigated actions in New Jersey, Washington, New Hampshire, Florida, Georgia, and California. She also represents clients in domestic and international arbitrations before such forums as FINRA and the London Court of International Arbitration. Natalie has represented clients facing investigation by the SEC, the Attorney General of the State of New York, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. She has obtained numerous favorable resolutions for financial and corporate institutions in connection with regulatory and SRO inquires and investigations.

Skilled in the area of complex, large-scale judgment enforcement litigation, with an emphasis on judgments arising from defaults on distressed debt, Natalie has worked on over a dozen judgment enforcement cases throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia, including the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

Extensive experience in e-discovery allows Natalie to successfully manage clients’ records before and after litigation, avoiding financial and administrative penalties due to willful or inadvertent spoliation of evidence. She also manages and implements effective solutions in the face of complex and often demanding discovery requests received in court, governmental, and regulatory proceedings. Natalie frequently works directly with her clients’ technical personnel to coordinate the capture and retention of large and complex stores of electronic and other data requested by the courts and regulatory agencies.

  • On behalf of Royal Bank of Canada, successfully dismissed a special proceeding that alleged the bank acted in contempt of court by failing to comply with a restraining notice concerning the judgment debtor’s bank account. The resulting decision, which holds that the service of the restraining notice on RBC’s Manhattan branch was not sufficient to bind RBC’s Toronto branch to freeze the judgment debtor’s accounts or turnover its assets, confirms the viability of the “separate entity rule” in New York.
  • Successfully argued, before both trial and appellate courts, for dismissal of a nine-count complaint seeking millions of dollars in damages for the alleged breach of a partnership operating agreement. The appellate court affirmed the dismissal of the suit by holding that the plaintiff’s separation agreement barred the claims asserted against the defendant.
  • Represented a South American energy company in an action in New York State court seeking, among other things, a declaration that the bonds issued by the company had expired. Facilitated the company’s successful opposition to the motion to dismiss the action at the trial court level, subsequently affirmed by the appellate court. The successful opposition to the motion to dismiss allowed the company to continue litigating its claim in the trial court.
  • In a landmark case, won an Appellate Division affirmance of an order directing judgment debtors based in Indonesia and the Netherlands to turn over assets wherever such assets were located. The oft-cited Gryphon decision has become a cornerstone of judgment enforcement litigation. Gryphon Domestic VI, LCC v. APP Int’l Finance Co., B.V., 41 A.D.3d 25, 836 N.Y.S.2d 4 (1st Dep’t 2007).
  • Successfully obtained a multi-million-dollar award from the London Court of International Arbitration on behalf of an investment banking client. The arbitration panel found that the issuer was liable to the bank for a breach of a placement agent engagement agreement. Worked with a United Kingdom barrister as local counsel throughout the international arbitration proceedings.
  • Secured a favorable settlement on behalf of a public U.S. biotechnology company in a multi-million-dollar federal action, where more than a dozen hedge fund investors alleged that the company had violated provisions of the securities purchase agreement centering on various anti-dilution and right-of-participation provisions.
  • On behalf of a major financial institution, in its capacity as an indenture trustee, coordinated and instituted a global judgment enforcement strategy seeking to satisfy a judgment exceeding one billion dollars. The global enforcement strategy included instituting numerous proceedings in both the U.S. and Hong Kong.
  • Successfully negotiated, on behalf of a judgment creditor, a complex settlement agreement with judgment debtors, who sought bankruptcy protection as a result of our multifaceted enforcement of a multi-million-dollar judgment entered by a federal court. The agreement included terms, among others, providing for the payment of funds owing to judgment creditor, as well as the dismissal of bankruptcy proceedings, waiver of dischargeability of the debt owed to judgment creditor, and waiver of the automatic stay, as to judgment creditor’s claims, in future bankruptcies.

Overview

Natalie Shkolnik has extensive experience in securities litigation, including class-action litigation, governmental and regulatory investigations, and arbitrations. Her clients include public and private corporations as well as hedge funds, large institutional banks, and high-profile individuals.

Natalie also provides representation and guidance to high-net-worth individuals residing outside of the U.S. in their business and personal matters. Working closely with lawyers from the firm’s various practice groups, Natalie helps her non-U.S. clients navigate the intricacies of U.S. law. She also functions as liaison counsel on a variety of matters in the U.S. and, in conjunction with the firm’s Geneva office, in Europe, including general corporate matters, real estate transactions, litigation, judgment enforcement, banking and finance, tax, trusts and estates, and dispute resolution.

Natalie has litigated and mediated cases in federal and state courts. In addition to New York courts, she has litigated actions in New Jersey, Washington, New Hampshire, Florida, Georgia, and California. She also represents clients in domestic and international arbitrations before such forums as FINRA and the London Court of International Arbitration. Natalie has represented clients facing investigation by the SEC, the Attorney General of the State of New York, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. She has obtained numerous favorable resolutions for financial and corporate institutions in connection with regulatory and SRO inquires and investigations.

Skilled in the area of complex, large-scale judgment enforcement litigation, with an emphasis on judgments arising from defaults on distressed debt, Natalie has worked on over a dozen judgment enforcement cases throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia, including the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

Extensive experience in e-discovery allows Natalie to successfully manage clients’ records before and after litigation, avoiding financial and administrative penalties due to willful or inadvertent spoliation of evidence. She also manages and implements effective solutions in the face of complex and often demanding discovery requests received in court, governmental, and regulatory proceedings. Natalie frequently works directly with her clients’ technical personnel to coordinate the capture and retention of large and complex stores of electronic and other data requested by the courts and regulatory agencies.

Representative Matters

  • On behalf of Royal Bank of Canada, successfully dismissed a special proceeding that alleged the bank acted in contempt of court by failing to comply with a restraining notice concerning the judgment debtor’s bank account. The resulting decision, which holds that the service of the restraining notice on RBC’s Manhattan branch was not sufficient to bind RBC’s Toronto branch to freeze the judgment debtor’s accounts or turnover its assets, confirms the viability of the “separate entity rule” in New York.
  • Successfully argued, before both trial and appellate courts, for dismissal of a nine-count complaint seeking millions of dollars in damages for the alleged breach of a partnership operating agreement. The appellate court affirmed the dismissal of the suit by holding that the plaintiff’s separation agreement barred the claims asserted against the defendant.
  • Represented a South American energy company in an action in New York State court seeking, among other things, a declaration that the bonds issued by the company had expired. Facilitated the company’s successful opposition to the motion to dismiss the action at the trial court level, subsequently affirmed by the appellate court. The successful opposition to the motion to dismiss allowed the company to continue litigating its claim in the trial court.
  • In a landmark case, won an Appellate Division affirmance of an order directing judgment debtors based in Indonesia and the Netherlands to turn over assets wherever such assets were located. The oft-cited Gryphon decision has become a cornerstone of judgment enforcement litigation. Gryphon Domestic VI, LCC v. APP Int’l Finance Co., B.V., 41 A.D.3d 25, 836 N.Y.S.2d 4 (1st Dep’t 2007).
  • Successfully obtained a multi-million-dollar award from the London Court of International Arbitration on behalf of an investment banking client. The arbitration panel found that the issuer was liable to the bank for a breach of a placement agent engagement agreement. Worked with a United Kingdom barrister as local counsel throughout the international arbitration proceedings.
  • Secured a favorable settlement on behalf of a public U.S. biotechnology company in a multi-million-dollar federal action, where more than a dozen hedge fund investors alleged that the company had violated provisions of the securities purchase agreement centering on various anti-dilution and right-of-participation provisions.
  • On behalf of a major financial institution, in its capacity as an indenture trustee, coordinated and instituted a global judgment enforcement strategy seeking to satisfy a judgment exceeding one billion dollars. The global enforcement strategy included instituting numerous proceedings in both the U.S. and Hong Kong.
  • Successfully negotiated, on behalf of a judgment creditor, a complex settlement agreement with judgment debtors, who sought bankruptcy protection as a result of our multifaceted enforcement of a multi-million-dollar judgment entered by a federal court. The agreement included terms, among others, providing for the payment of funds owing to judgment creditor, as well as the dismissal of bankruptcy proceedings, waiver of dischargeability of the debt owed to judgment creditor, and waiver of the automatic stay, as to judgment creditor’s claims, in future bankruptcies.