Emma J. James is a senior litigation associate based in London and New York. Emma's practice focuses on litigation and arbitration of securities and financial reporting matters. Her practice includes representation of issuers, officers, directors, and accounting firms in securities class actions, civil proceedings, arbitrations, SEC proceedings, and other litigation and regulatory matters. Her practice also focuses on internal and independent investigations of financial reporting, accounting, and related issues. Emma has experience in securities, financial reporting, arbitration, and other matters in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia and is admitted as an attorney in New York and as a solicitor in England and Wales.
Emma has advised on the following significant matters:
- Agence France presse v. Daniel Morel v. Getty Images, Inc., et al (S.D.N.Y., Nathan, J. 2013): Jury trial. Represented photojournalist Daniel Morel in copyright infringement case that arose out of the misappropriation by major news organizations of photos that were taken in the immediate aftermath of the catastrophic 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Jury awarded the maximum statutory damages that the court allowed for the willful copyright infringement of eight photographs.
- In re The Bear Stearns Companies Inc. Securities, Derivative, and ERISA Litigation, No. 08-CV-2793 (S.D.N.Y.): Representing Bear Stearns senior official in class actions and related matters arising out of writedowns of subprime-related financial instruments and events leading to acquisition by JPMorgan.
- Representing Big 4 accounting firm in arbitration arising from sale of alleged illegal tax shelter.
- In re Duoyuan Global Water, Inc., No.: 1:10-cv-07233 (S.D.N.Y.): Representing the global office of a major accounting network in securities action arising out of alleged accounting improprieties at US-listed Chinese company.
- Representing Big 4 accounting firm in SEC and PCAOB investigation relating to audits of multiple companies.
- Conducting investigation in Asia and the Americas for major multi-national corporation relating to potential accounting and financial reporting improprieties.
- Representing Big 4 accounting firm and others in global accounting-related investigations.
- Representing private equity firm and various portfolio companies in SEC investigation arising out of investor complaint.
The Financial Reporting Handbook (Aspen 2003, updated quarterly) (Editorial Staff)