Victor L. Hou’s practice focuses on litigation, including government enforcement work, white-collar criminal defense, securities litigation, corporate governance, and general commercial litigation.
He has represented numerous financial institutions and multinational corporations in securities, antitrust and other complex litigation, as well as in criminal and regulatory matters involving the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and state attorney general’s offices.
Victor regularly conducts internal investigations involving allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, financial and accounting fraud, and insider trading. He has also advised boards of directors on corporate governance.
Victor joined the firm in 2007 and became a partner in 2010. From June 2001 until July 2007, he worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. As a prosecutor, Victor investigated and prosecuted numerous federal offenses, including racketeering, terrorism, murder, securities fraud, money laundering, mail fraud, wire fraud and international narcotics trafficking.
He worked on several high-profile prosecutions, has tried over a dozen jury trials and has briefed and argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to government service, Victor was a litigation associate at another major law firm.
- National Amusements Inc. (NAI), Shari Redstone, and Sumner Redstone in Delaware Chancery Court litigation against CBS Corporation and certain members of its board of directors concerning CBS’s attempt to dilute NAI’s voting control of CBS, ending in a favorable settlement rescinding dilutive stock dividend and dismissal of all claims.
- In California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) v. ANZ Securities Inc. et al., the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Second Circuit’s IndyMac decision holding that the class action tolling rule does not apply to the statute of repose established by Section 13 of the Securities Act of 1933. This landmark decision affirms the limits of the liability period for securities issuers and underwriters, as well as corporate officers and directors, and extinguishes actions filed after repose periods expire.
- Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, 1999
- New York University School of Law, J.D., 1997
- Georgetown University, A.B., 1992
- New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
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