Insurance

Our attorneys have worked on matters critical to the core business of the world’s largest insurance companies.

We have represented one of the world’s largest insurance companies in connection to a bank’s improper lending of a billion dollars in securities held by the insurance company in a stock loan program. We have also represented an international insurance company in connection with the settlement of a large California state court case. We have handled ARIAS arbitrations in the United States and Bermuda. We have also successfully negotiated on behalf of clients against insurance companies on many disputes involving computer systems failures, D&0 coverage, and E&0 coverage, employment issues, and business interruption insurance.

Securities

Our attorneys are well-versed in the issues that affect our clients in every sector of the financial services industry and have significant experience in handling high-profile matters.

Pastore attorneys regularly serve as counsel in securities cases, representing broker-dealers, issuers, specialists, market makers, transfer agents, underwriters, hedge funds, investment advisors, venture funds, insurers and investors in state and federal courts as well as in (FINRA) arbitrations. Our attorneys have an active practice advising broker-dealers on a wide range of issues including the issuance of securities, regulatory investigations, customer inquiries, general brokerage and sales practices and corporate transactions (such as formation, purchases, and sales of broker-dealers, hedge funds and investment advisors). Our experience includes representing the nation’s largest specialist firm, the nation’s largest transfer agent, leading brokerage firms, hedge funds and venture funds and the nation’s largest mortgage lender.

Our attorneys have been general counsel of large Wall Street brokerage firms, and our partners are veterans of the New York Stock Exchange, Inc., Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Proskauer Rose LLP, Kelley Drye & Warren, McDermott Will & Emery, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, Mayer Brown LLP, and other highly respected Wall Street law firms and financial services companies. One of our Partners also served for four years on the Board of Directors, Regulatory Oversight Committee (including a term as Chair) and the Nominating & Governance Committee of Direct Edge, a national securities exchange.

Our securities attorneys have extensive knowledge of federal and state securities laws as well as FINRA and NYSE rules. This experience enables us to provide advice on disclosure and regulatory matters, and to assist clients in all aspects of preparation and processing of registration statements and ongoing reporting requirements. Our attorneys have significant experience in representing clients on regulatory matters involving both FINRA and the SEC.

Among a number of notable cases, our attorneys have handled some of the seminal securities industry litigation over the last decade, including one of the most extensive and complex securities arbitrations in the nation as well as claims involving the ownership of securities trading systems, residential mortgage backed securities, structuring and stock loan disputes. Our attorneys have handled regulatory investigations involving some of the most sophisticated new securities offerings, such as SPAC. Pastore offers expertise in high-profile broker-dealer and fund disputes as well as bank conversion litigation, reinsurance litigation and arbitration and bankruptcy litigation.

Real Estate

Our attorneys have commercial and residential real estate experience, representing a range of clients. 

Our commercial real estate experience includes the acquisition and sale of office buildings, apartment buildings, retail properties and shopping centers, warehouse and industrial properties; commercial real estate financing and refinancing; the acquisition and sale of companies with real estate holdings, including restaurants and retailers; commercial real estate leasing involving office, medical, retail and industrial space; landlord-tenant relations, zoning matters, and developer bankruptcy claims.

In addition, our construction law experience that includes drafting and negotiating construction contracts for owners, tenants and contractors for new construction and renovations for both commercial  and residential properties; construction dispute resolution; placement and release of mechanic’s liens; zoning issues resulting from new construction or renovations; and obtaining building permits and certificates of occupancy.

Further, our attorneys have residential real estate experience, which includes the purchase and sale of single-family homes, condominiums and co-ops; closing residential financing arising from the purchase of residential property and mortgage and co-op refinancing.

Our experience representing clients in a variety of real estate litigation matters including contract disputes, foreclosures (representing lenders and mortgagors), commercial and residential evictions, title disputes and construction disputes. We are also record counsel to homeowners and condominium associations.

Entertainment

The attorneys at Pastore have experience representing and servicing content creators.

We have extensive experience in representing and servicing entertainment start-ups in many legal areas—such as those focused on online content, social media channels, and games—to develop successful businesses. These legal areas include corporate formation, corporate governance, intellectual property registration and administration, contract review, drafting and negotiation, as well as facilitating the procurement and closing of all rounds of investments.

Our attorneys have also represented a major rap star as well as other famous entertainers.

Banking

Our attorneys have represented national, regional and local banks in connection with disputes over lending practices and enforcements of rights as secured lenders.

Our attorneys have also handled large claims in bankruptcy for financial institutions.

We regularly represent both large and middle-market companies in DECD loan transactions, and have assisted our clients in obtaining $60 million in such financing in the last two years. We have negotiated a DECD (Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development) loan for a New York-based company moving 500 employees to Connecticut. Our former partner is the Lt. Governor of Connecticut and actively assisted in developing this practice while at the firm.

Pastore attorneys acted as counsel to a large Boston-based bank in connection with an SEC action entitled Securities and Exchange Commission v. Reserve Management Company, et al. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. That action arose out of the demise of the Primary Fund, a money market fund that held $785 million in debt securities issued by Lehman Brothers. As a result of Lehman Brother’s bankruptcy, the Primary Fund experienced a “run on the bank,” and therefore suspended redemptions on September 16, 2008. The Primary Fund came under SEC administration. The SEC administered the distribution of $46.1 billion in Fund assets and at the time of the action, $4.5 billion remained to be distributed. The drop in value and the suspension of redemptions led to multiple lawsuits against the Reserve Fund. The Boston-based bank served as a custodian to the Primary Fund and Pastore attorneys assisted it to make sure that the funds held by the bank as custodian remained under an SEC order to provide for indemnification by the Primary Fund, as required by contract.

Apparel & Fashion

We are national counsel to both domestic apparel retail companies as well as international apparel manufacturers.

Our attorneys’ apparel industry experience is broad, including service to small retailers expanding into national chains, celebrity designers, and entrepreneurs launching apps. We have also served apparel industry clients in matters of stopping counterfeits, calculation of equity and restructuring of employment.

Advanced Technology

The attorneys at Pastore have extensive experience in representing multi-national software and technology companies at the local and federal level.

This experience includes a multitude of actions, including claims of misappropriation of technical and proprietary information, actions predicated upon trade libel and unfair trade practices, as well as common carrier telecommunications disputes.

We regularly represent software companies in protecting their code and programs, negotiating, development agreements, and in disputes over licensing fees and ownership. We recently favorably settled a large Federal Court action in the Southern District of New York involving the ownership of source code brought by our developer client against a Fortune 500 company. Our attorneys have written articles on these issues that have appeared on the front page of the New York Law Journal. In addition, having litigated some of the largest disputes in Federal Court in New England for the last several years, our attorneys have regularly represented CLECs in disputes with ILECs in connection with carrier charges and interconnections.

We have also represented many technology start-ups in connection with friends and family and seed funding, as well as venture capital funding.

Transactional

Our attorneys have represented broker-dealers in their purchase and sale and in other transactional matters.

Our attorneys have regularly represented broker-dealers as placement agents for private placements.  Our attorneys have also assisted in the formation of private equity and hedge funds, and represented three funds in their portfolio investments. They also have worked on numerous private placements, 4 (1) 1/2 transactions and mergers and acquisitions.

We have also been active in the purchase and sale of traditional “brick-and-mortar” businesses ranging from the representation of retailers in the biking and apparel industry, to the purchasers of food businesses.