Stephen Baldini

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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New York 10036 NY US

With more than 25 years of practice, Stephen M. Baldini works closely with owners, management companies, investors, creditors and portfolio companies. Throughout his career, Steve has seen private equity and hedge fund issues from every angle.

He uses his deep understanding of their operations to marry litigation strategies with business needs. Instead of focusing on litigation wins, Steve emphasizes solutions that allow companies to resolve disputes quickly, avoid reputational damage and move operations forward.

Steve handles matters involving:

  • Partnership and investor disputes
  • Regulatory and compliance issues
  • International arbitration
  • Complex bankruptcy litigation
  • Securities and derivatives fraud litigation
  • Securities and Exchange Commission inquiries and investigations
  • Breach of contract claims
  • Fiduciary duty and investing issues
  • Merger and acquisition disputes
  • Class action litigation
  • Commercial corporate disputes.


  • Emphasizes solutions that allow companies to resolve disputes quickly, avoid reputational damage and move operations forward.
  • Practice focused on resolving high-stakes disputes involving private equity and hedge funds.
  • Global head of litigation practice.
  • Has represented companies, investors and boards of directors in state, federal, and cross-border litigation and arbitrations worth billions of dollars.

Representative Work:

  • Advised buyers in the bankruptcy proceedings of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and, enabling clients to purchase an interest in the debtors.
  • Counseled a private equity fund in a corporate governance dispute related to its investment in a commercial satellite company, resulting in the fund’s successful exit.
  • Represented fund investors in a dispute over board control of a business in the education industry, resulting in a successful buyout.
  • Helped an alternative energy company resolve an international arbitration that served as the formative case in settling securities fraud, derivatives fraud and bankruptcy disputes related to the purchase of projects in Latin America. Finding a quick first- settlement strategy allowed the owners to resolve the other disputes and sell the company for maximum value.
  • Won a two-week international arbitration trial for a commercial logistics provider in a bet-the-company dispute with its largest supplier. The matter involved fraud and breach-of-contract claims.
  • Acted as lead trial lawyer on a victory at trial and on a subsequent appeal that allowed Granite Broadcasting to emerge from bankruptcy.


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1990
  • B.A., Wesleyan University, 1987

Bar Admissions:

  • New Jersey
  • New York


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