Nicolas Swerdloff is a senior litigation partner and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He focuses on litigation and arbitration of complex business disputes (international and domestic). He especially concentrates on financial, licensing, securities and professional liability disputes. In addition to such business disputes, he focuses on anti-corruption and internal investigations.
Nick successfully represented Ernst & Young Hong Kong in a three-week arbitration hearing in which the panel found that the client had not been negligent and rejected a $500 million malpractice claim. He also led the defense of Alstom, the French conglomerate, in a succession of fraud and breach of warranty actions filed in federal and state courts in Florida, seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages based on alleged deficiencies in the propulsion systems installed on luxury cruise ships operated by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Regent Seven Seas Cruise Lines, all of which ultimately settled on favorable terms. In addition, Nick prosecuted actions on behalf of BNP Paribas in federal court in New York, resulting in judgments in the hundreds of millions of dollars against the Republic of Argentina based on one of the largest sovereign debt defaults in history. He has also served as a leader of the Hughes Hubbard & Reed team representing Lorillard Tobacco Co. as national coordinating counsel in smoking-and-health litigation throughout the country, including in thousands of cases in Florida.
Nick is ranked in Chambers and Partners, which reports that he “is well versed in a range of disputes, including product liability, professional malpractice and securities litigation. He has a wealth of experience in cross-border disputes and comes recommended for his counsel in foreign sovereign litigation.”
He also serves as an arbitrator and is a member of the Panel of Neutrals of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and the American Arbitration Association. He has been with Hughes Hubbard, in New York and Miami, since 1983.
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