Andrew A. Ruffino represents financial institutions and other corporate clients in complex litigation involving antitrust claims, securities law, business torts, and corporate governance issues. He has extensive experience defending class actions and other cases arising out of financial instruments and capital markets transactions.
He has handled litigation and investigations focusing on accounting issues, including options backdating, accounting for derivatives, revenue recognition, and purchase accounting.
Mr. Ruffino is also a member of Covington’s Management Committee. Mr. Ruffino has also served as counsel to court-appointed fiduciaries in SEC enforcement proceedings, and he has prosecuted insurance coverage actions on behalf of corporate policy-holders.
He previously served as a vice chair of the firm’s litigation department and co-chair of its e-discovery practice group.
- Harvard Law School, J.D., 1995
- Washington University, B.A., 1992
Judicial Clerkship :
- Hon. Jon O. Newman, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1997 – 1998
- Hon. Michael B. Mukasey, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1995 – 1996
Bar Admissions : New York
Representative Matters :
- Counsel to a global bank in class actions involving antitrust, commodities fraud, and RICO claims relating to alleged manipulation of financial benchmarks, including the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), foreign currency exchange benchmarks, and ISDAFIX®.
- Counsel to a major credit card issuer in numerous class actions involving claims under consumer protection statutes, antitrust law, and the Truth in Lending Act.
- Defended a large financial institution in securities class action and shareholder derivative litigation arising out of $5 billion earnings restatement. Achieved settlement after favorable class certification ruling.
- Represented financial advisors in various shareholder lawsuits challenging proposed acquisitions of publicly held companies.
- Represented a major credit card issuer in antitrust treble damages action alleging a conspiracy among banks and credit card networks to foreclose banks from issuing competing cards.
- Represented special committees of board members at Adelphia Communications Corp. and Tyco International Ltd. in connection with mismanagement allegations.
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