Vincent Sama is co-chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation Department, head of the Securities and Derivative Litigation Practice and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He concentrates his practice in complex commercial and financial litigation, securities and derivative litigation, internal and government investigations, international commercial disputes and arbitration.
Vinny’s litigation experience includes representation of companies, Boards of Directors and Special Committees, directors and senior management in matters involving finance, accounting and securities law issues, derivative litigation, insurance/reinsurance, mergers, acquisitions and other corporate dispositions, intellectual property, sports, entertainment, joint ventures and long-term contractual relationships, real estate development and finance and antitrust. He has handled high-profile cases in the state and federal courts of New York, and federal and state courts in various parts of the country, as well as various arbitrations, including proceedings administered by the International Chamber of Commerce, American Arbitration Association, JAMS, the London Court of International Arbitration, New York Stock Exchange, Inc., FINRA and others. Over the past decade, Vinny also has handled many internal and government investigations representing both companies and individuals, including SEC, DOJ, New York Attorney General and FINRA investigations, inquiries or proceedings.
Vinny and his group have been ranked by Chambers USA annually since 2012. In 2016, Chambers USA mentioned that Vinny is “one of the most recognizable commercial and securities litigators in the market” and is considered a “go-to litigator, particularly for financial services disputes.” Chambers has named him a “Recognised Practitioner” in the nationwide category and ranked him in New York. Clients noted to Chambers that he is ‘“exceptionally clever and innovative, with a deep understanding of the law.”’ Also in 2015 and 2016, the Legal 500 United States ranked Vinny’s Securities Litigation Group, based on both his “formidable reputation” and his clients description of him as “one of the top bet-the-company litigators in the country, who consistently comes up with innovative and thoughtful ideas that result in winning strategies.” In 2014, Chambers cited clients who said Vinny ‘“effectively integrates business knowledge and practical instincts with his mastery of the law and court procedures in solving complex legal problems.”’ In 2013, clients noted to Chambers his “‘extremely intelligent and very practical’ approach, [while commenting] that ‘he has great analytical skills and is a good advocate in the courtroom.’” In 2016 and 2017, his Securities Litigation Group received a top tier ranking in Best Lawyers. Vinny is also recognized for his commercial litigation capabilities in The Best Lawyers in America® (2015, 2016, 2017), Legal 500 United States (2016), and Euromoney’s Expert Guides: Litigation and Product Liability (2016).
Vinny’s cases and court appearances are frequently covered by major media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters and the New York Law Journal.
Representative Securities and Derivative Litigation Experience
- Independent directors in a consolidated class action securities litigation. Guevoura Fund Ltd. V. Robert F.X. Sillerman, et al. (S.D.N.Y) (2016)
- Defendants in a lawsuit relating to the sale of a portion of their interest in the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders. NY ICE, LLC v. Charles Wang, et al., (New York State Supreme Court, New York County) (2014)
- Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. in consolidated shareholder class action litigation in connection with Kenneth Cole's proposal to acquire all outstanding shares of the company. In Re Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. Shareholder Litigation (New York State Supreme Court, New York County) (2013-2016)
- Special Committee of the independent directors of GLG Partners, Inc. in the defense of shareholder class actions arising out of the GLG-Man Group plc merger, which is the largest hedge fund merger in history. In Re GLG Partners, Inc. Shareholders Litigation (Court of Chancery, Delaware; New York State Supreme Court, New York County) (2010–2011)
- Special Committee of the independent directors of Smart Molecular Technologies, Inc. in the defense of shareholder class action arising out of a merger. Robert J. Walpole v. Smart Molecular Technologies, et al. (Superior Court California, Alameda County) (2011)
- Former officer and director of AIG in a civil enforcement action commenced by the SEC. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Maurice R. Greenberg and Howard I. Smith (S.D.N.Y.) (2009)
- Former officers in certain consolidated securities class action cases. In Re Lehman Brothers Securities and ERISA Litigation (S.D.N.Y.) (2009–2012)
- Former officer and director of AIG in consolidated securities class action litigation. In Re American International Group, Inc. Securities Litigation (S.D.N.Y.) (2005–2013)
- Former chairman of company in consolidated derivative litigation concerning employee stock option plans. CA, Inc. Shareholders’ Derivative Litigation Employee Option Action (E.D.N.Y.) (2006–2008)
- Former director in derivative and securities litigation. Natalie Gordon, derivatively on behalf of United Rentals, Inc. v. Wayland R. Hicks, et al. (D. Conn.) (2006–2008)
- Directors in shareholder derivative litigation. The Huff Alternative Fund, L.P., et al. v. Paul C. Kanovos, et al. (New York State Supreme Court, New York County) (2010–2012)
- Former officer and director of AIG in consolidated derivative litigation. In Re American International Group, Inc. Derivative Litigation (S.D.N.Y.) (2005–2011) and American International Group, Inc. Consolidated Derivative Litigation (Court of Chancery, Delaware) (2005–2011)
- Former chairman of company in shareholder derivative litigation. Muriel Kaufman v. Sanjay Kumar, et al. and CA, Inc. (Court of Chancery, Delaware) (2006–2007)
- Former officer and director of AIG in a Martin Act action by the New York State Attorney General. People of the State of New York v. American International Group, Inc., et al. (New York State Supreme Court, New York County) (2005–2016)
- Former chairman of company in consolidated shareholder derivative litigation. Computer Associates International, Inc. Derivative Litigation (E.D.N.Y.) (2004–2011)
- Former officer and director of AIG in an alleged breach of fiduciary duty case. American International Group, Inc. v. Maurice R. Greenberg, et al. (New York State Supreme Court, New York County) (2008–2009)
Representative Commercial Litigation Experience
- Plaintiff in a copyright infringement and unfair competition action. Smile Train, Inc. v. Brian F. Mullaney (S.D.N.Y.) (2012–2013)
- Plaintiff in a defamation action. Maurice R. Greenberg v. Eliot L. Spitzer (New York State Supreme Court, Putnam County) (2013-2014)
- Plaintiff in an action asserting constitutional claims and claims under the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York v. The Incorporated Village of Old Westbury (E.D.N.Y.) (2009–2016)
- Defendants in a shareholder derivative action. Joralemon Associates, LLC v. Frank Defalco, et al. (New York State Supreme Court, New York County) (2011–2014)
In The Market
- US News–Best Lawyers Recognizes 32 Kaye Scholer Practices and 41 Lawyers November 1, 2016 • Recognitions
- GIR 100 Names Kaye Scholer a World Leader in Cross-Border Investigations October 10, 2016 • Recognitions
- Law360 Names Kaye Scholer a Top 50 Litigation Powerhouse July 28, 2016 • Recognitions