Alexandra Skellet

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Alexandra Skellet is an associate in the Litigation Department. Alexandra focuses her practice on securities and corporate governance litigation. She has experience in complex litigation matters, including securities class actions and related individual and derivative actions, and she has represented clients in international commercial arbitrations and regulatory investigations. Earlier in her career, Alexandra was a litigation attorney in Sydney, Australia, where she is admitted to practice as a solicitor.

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All eyes were on the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday as it heard arguments in Salman v. United States (No. 15-628) concerning the “personal benefit” required to establish a claim for insider trading. After an hour punctuated by the Justices’ constant questioning of attorneys for both the defendant and the government, it appears unlikely that the Supreme Court will radically depart from its 1983 decision in Dirks v. SEC, which held that insider trading violates the federal securities laws…
We blogged last week about a New York federal court’s decision in Duka v. SEC conditionally sustaining a facial challenge to an administrative enforcement proceeding conducted by Administrative Law Judges (“ALJs”) of the Securities and Exchange Commission. In that case, Judge Richard M. Berman, of the Southern District of New York, held that SEC ALJs are “inferior officers” of the United States for purposes of the U.S. Constitution’s Appointments Clause and that the ALJs at…
A federal District Judge in the Southern District of New York appears to have conditionally sustained a facial challenge to an administrative enforcement proceeding conducted by Administrative Law Judges (“ALJs”) of the Securities and Exchange Commission. In an August 3, 2015 decision in Duka v. SEC, 1:15-cv-00357, Judge Richard M. Berman held that he had subject-matter jurisdiction to entertain the plaintiff’s application to enjoin the administrative proceedings, that SEC ALJs are “inferior officers” of the…
Senator Elizabeth Warren recently released a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White, complaining that her leadership of the SEC over the past two years has been “extremely disappointing.” The Senator opined that the nation’s largest financial institutions are “mounting an aggressive effort to repeal, postpone, and dilute” the laws enacted by Congress following the financial crisis, and called for more rigorous activity by the SEC in a number of key areas. First, Senator Warren…
The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit last week reversed a $2.46 billion judgment in a long-running securities-fraud class action against Household International and granted a new trial on limited issues. The opinion in Glickenhaus & Co. v. Household International, Inc. 2015 WL 2408028 (7th Cir. May 21, 2015), provides a sophisticated analysis of events studies and loss causation and brings further clarity to what it means to “make” a false statement under the federal…
On April 23, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reinstated the action brought by the European Community and its 26 member states against RJR Nabisco and related entities (collectively, “RJR”) for allegedly laundering drug money through the exchange of discounted euros and cigarettes. In the long-running case European Community v. RJR Nabisco, Inc., the Second Circuit applied and clarified the presumption against extraterritoriality of United States laws. The European Community claims…