Thomas V. Panoff focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation involving financial services and FinTech companies, antitrust matters and other high-stakes commercial cases. He practices before trial and appellate courts around the country as well as handles investigations by federal and state regulators. In addition, Tom regularly counsels clients on corporate governance and advises alternative investment funds on evaluating litigation exposure for assets.
Tom’s wide-ranging financial services practice covers complex litigation and multi-defendant class actions and mass actions involving mortgage securitization, RICO, fraud, conspiracy, Ponzi schemes, corporate veil piercing, anti-money laundering, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS), mergers and acquisitions, qui tam, and numerous consumer statutes (e.g., FCRA, FDCPA, RESPA, TCPA, TILA, etc.). Tom also regularly advises FinTech companies on legislative, compliance, regulatory and litigation matters.
Tom’s antitrust practice, which frequently involves representing financial institutions, includes criminal antitrust investigations before the Department of Justice and foreign competition authorities and civil lawsuits involving alleged price fixing, market allocation, attempted monopolization and tying. Tom also has extensive experience in merger review matters.
Tom joined Mayer Brown after serving as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert P. Young, Jr. of the Michigan Supreme Court (2004-05) and earning an LLM in UK and EU commercial law from the University of Cambridge (2005-06).
- University of Cambridge, LLM, UK & EU commercial law
- Harvard Law School, JD, Supervising Editor, Harvard Journal on Legislation
- Harvard Business School,John F. Kennedy School of Government
- University of Michigan, BBA, high distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma
- District of Columbia
- US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- US District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- US District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
- US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Activities : Board of Directors, Chicago Bar Foundation
- Advised numerous FinTech companies on complex litigation, regulatory compliance and strategic initiatives.
- Represented RMBS participants in various multi-million dollar litigation matters, including repurchase disputes, indemnification demands and challenges to the securitization process.
- Represented leading investment banks, mortgage lenders and securitization trusts in numerous cases around the country challenging the use of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems.
- Represented national mortgage lenders and servicers in class actions and mass actions around the country defending against alleged violations of various consumer statutes and common law causes of action.
- Represented multinational corporations in criminal antitrust and merger review investigations before the Department of Justice and foreign competition authorities.
- Represented numerous multinational corporations in multi-billion dollar civil antitrust cases alleging price fixing, market allocation, attempted monopolization and tying. Industries involved include, financial services, chemicals, computer memory technology and steel.
- Represented commodities exchanges and national brokerages in merger and acquisition litigation.
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