Steve Hibbard represents U.S. and foreign financial institutions, companies, and individuals in financial litigation in courts across the nation involving securities class actions, merger litigation, derivative actions, and corporate governance disputes. He also represents boards of directors in internal investigations and regularly advises public companies on fiduciary duty and disclosure issues. Steve has handled dozens of SEC, FINRA, DOJ, FTC, or bank regulatory actions. His 30 years experience with complex litigation also includes corporate finance, accounting, antitrust, defamation, copyright, tax, employment, RICO, and unfair business practices claims — in industries ranging from investment banking to venture capital, biotech to pharmaceuticals, and semiconductors to software.
Described by The Legal 500 as a "hardworking and extremely smart" securities litigator, Steve has led the defense of securities class actions involving the collapse of Enron, the dot.com bust, and the mortgage crisis. He served as lead trial counsel for Countrywide Financial Corporation in defending RMBS claims totaling nearly $10 billion. He also has represented a global private equity fund and a dozen U.S.-listed Chinese companies. Buyers, sellers, and financial advisors rely on him for merger litigation, including Qatalyst Partners LP in several dozen technology company mergers.
A past president of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Northern California, Steve is chairman of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Relations, a director of Lawyers Without Borders, and a South Carolina Honors College Partnership Board member. He has spoken and written on securities and merger litigation, corporate governance, and ethics.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Represented Countrywide Financial Corporation in various securities lawsuits relating to the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities.
Represented Elan plc in securities and derivative litigation arising from Elan's development of new drugs.
Represented Qatalyst Partners, as a financial advisor to the seller in connection with various matters relating to the sale of technology companies, including Acme Packet, Ancestry.com, Aruba Networks, Atmel, Atheros, Autonomy plc, Conexant, Concur Technologies, Data Domain, GSI, HomeAway, Informatica, Isilon Systems, JDA Software, LSI, Magma Design, MediaMind Technology, Motorola Mobility, National Semiconductor, NetLogic, OpenTable, Orbitz, PMC-Sierra, Riverbed Technologies, Standard MicroSystems, Taleo, Xoom, and 3PAR.
Represented more than a dozen U.S.-listed Chinese corporations, officers and directors, or special committees in matters such as securities class actions, SEC or exchange investigations, internal investigations, or in shareholder litigation to challenge mergers or going private transactions, including situations involving Ambow Education, China Agritech, China Education Alliance, China Electric Motor, China Fire & Security, China MediaExpress, China Medical Technology, China TransInfo Technology, Gulf Resources, Longtop Financial Corporation, Leyard Optoelectronic, Lentuo Holdings, Puda Coal, SinoTech Energy Corporation, Trunkbow Holdings, and ZST Digital Networks.
Represented Sybase in merger litigation in Delaware and California relating to its sale to SAP.
Represented Health Grades in merger litigation in Delaware and Colorado relating to its sale to Vestar Partners.
Represented Shiseido in merger litigation relating to its acquisition of Bare Escentuals.
Represented Countrywide Bank's former chief investment officer and chief risk officer in various mortgage industry-related matters.
Represented more than a dozen individual directors or officers in options backdating matters, including certain directors of Brocade.
Represented Viacom International in various matters, including the Google/YouTube copyright litigation.
Represented Olympia Capital Associates in a securities action arising from a hedge fund collapse.
Represented H&R Block Financial Advisors in a securities class action relating to the sale of Enron bonds.
Represented Merrill Lynch in securities litigation relating to the failure of United Commercial Bank and in various M&A matters relating to its role as a financial advisor.
Represented Credit Suisse in numerous securities class actions and merger litigation, including multiple securities and derivative lawsuits relating to IPO allocation issues.
Represented Morgan Stanley in various securities class actions.
Represented Deloitte in a securities class action relating to a bank's financial restatement.
Represented Francisco Partners in connection with merger litigation arising from its acquisitions of EF Johnson, QuadraMed, and Procera.
Represented Technology Crossover Ventures in various litigation and regulatory matters.
Represented the former CFO of SinoTech Energy in securities fraud action filed by the SEC.
Represented Watson Pharmaceuticals in a California antitrust and unfair competition case relating to the sale of authorized generics.
Represented Oracle Corporation in its acquisition of PeopleSoft, Inc.
Represented Huawei Technologies in connection with the proposed LBO of 3Com Corporation.
Represented S.G. Cowen with claims arising from its role as financial advisor for a merger.
Represented Indivos Corporation in merger litigation.
Represented J.P. Morgan Securities in litigation arising from its alleged role in organizing a Korean joint venture.
Represented SEZ AG in trade secret and breach of contract litigation.
Represented Western Digital in merger litigation relating to its acquisition of STEC.
- Yale University (J.D. 1986; Editor, Yale Law Journal); University of South Carolina (Baccalaureus, magna cum laude, 1983)
- California; New York; United States Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, and Ninth Circuits; and U.S. District Courts for the: Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California; Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; and District of Colorado
Singled out in The Legal 500 as a "hardworking and extremely smart" securities litigator
Recognized by Northern California Super Lawyers for securities litigation every year since 2004