V. James Mann
has several decades of experience handling complex and high profile litigation and other contentious disputes in the financial services industry, both domestically and internationally.
He retired from Merrill Lynch in 2010 as Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel where he spent 25 years representing both the broker-dealer and the institutional and investment banking businesses.
Beginning in 1996, he assumed direct responsibility for all litigation relating to Merrill Lynch’s investment banking and institutional businesses in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.
In 2003, he took on a comparable responsibility for international litigation involving the firm’s International Wealth Management business. Simultaneously, he held the position of Merrill Lynch’s Director of Product and Class Action Litigation relating to the firm’s domestic wealth management business.
Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Mann was Counsel and head of the legal department in the New York office of the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., where his responsibilities included counseling the examination and enforcement staffs, and prosecution of all disciplinary proceedings commenced by the office against member firms and associated persons. Prior to that, Mr. Mann was associated with the firm Marshall Bratter, Greene, Allison & Tucker where he specialized in commercial and securities litigation.
- Has tried over 50 arbitrations to judgment, as well as commodities reparations proceedings before the Commodities Futures Trading Commission
- Developed a protocol for adjudication of over 400 customer disputes relating to limited partnership investments
- Represented Merrill Lynch and its employees in connection with the SEC investigation relating to the Orange County, California bankruptcy, and represented the firm in litigation commenced by municipal and pension plan investors in the Orange County Investment Pool. That litigation was ultimately resolved through JAMS mediation.
- Represented Merrill Lynch in numerous high profile litigations commenced by Enron investors in the aftermath of the Enron bankruptcy
- Had overall responsibility for managing Merrill Lynch and Bank of America’s exposure to investors in auction rate securities and other debt instruments impacted by the credit crisis of 2007-2008. He established and chaired a committee of senior legal and business leaders to resolve selected investor auction rate securities claims by Merrill Lynch customers prior to the commencement of litigation or a regulatory settlement whereby auction rate securities owned by retail and certain not-for-profit and other small business clients were repurchased by the firm.
- Directly negotiated the resolution of a dispute with a major Middle Eastern investment company relating to a multi-currency lending facility created to facilitate securities, options, and futures trading and losses resulting from that strategy
- Led the legal team in resolution of a dispute with a European central government in connection with a transaction intended to hedge the nation’s currency risk. In connection with this dispute, Mr. Mann strategically managed complex regulatory issues involving multiple international jurisdictions.
- Has had overall responsibility for class action litigation and numerous individual claims relating to limited partnerships, market timing, initial and secondary public offerings of securities, the equity market dislocations of 2001-2002, the credit market collapse of 2007-2008, various merger and acquisition disputes and other financial markets litigation
- Has participated as a party in over 25 successful mediations of securities disputes under the auspices of JAMS, FINRA, the New York state courts and private mediation
- Has participated, either as a hearing officer or as a prosecutor or defense lawyer, in over 100 disciplinary proceedings at the American Stock Exchange or the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (nka FINRA)