Christine A. Montenegro represents a wide range of clients in commercial disputes, constitutional law, defamation, securities fraud, bankruptcy litigation, RICO, fraudulent conveyance, gaming and antitrust litigation. She regularly represents investment funds, multinational corporations and high net worth individuals in federal and state courts and in arbitrations around the country.
Christine has been named on Crain’s New York’s inaugural list of Leading Women Lawyers in New York City, which recognized the top 100 women lawyers in New York and recognized on the 100 Most Influential Latinas and as a Top Latino Lawyer by Latino Leaders Magazine. She was also named as a Women Worth Watching by Diversity Journal and shortlisted as a Rising Star in Litigation for Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards. In addition, she has been recognized on Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List.
- Companies including Marc Fisher Footwear and Triumph Hotels insurance coverage litigation relating to business disruptions due to Covid, cyberattacks and other issues.
- Harbinger Capital Partners, a prominent hedge fund and majority shareholder of LightSquared, in connection with litigations against LightSquared’s largest creditor in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. In one of these adversary proceedings, the bankruptcy court held – after a trial on the merits – that the creditor breached the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing and the creditor’s misconduct warranted equitable subordination of its interest.
- Harbinger Capital Partners II, LP and other funds in obtaining the denial of Apollo Management’s motion to reopen LightSquared’s Chapter 11 cases. Apollo sought a ruling from the Bankruptcy Court concerning Harbinger’s right to assert its pending claims in New York State Supreme Court against Apollo and other defendants alleging a massive fraud, inducing Harbinger to invest approximately $2 billion in LightSquared, which had been compelled to file for Chapter 11.
- MBIA, one of the world’s largest monoline insurers, in the issuance of a consent solicitation.
- MLW Media in prosecuting antitrust claims against World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). MLW’s lawsuit alleges that WWE has undermined competition and monopolized the professional wrestling market in the United States, and interfered with MLW’s contracts and business prospects. As alleged, WWE’s unfair and anticompetitive business practices include poaching talent, misappropriating confidential information, interfering with competitors’ contracts and cutting off competitors’ access to their viewing audiences.
- Anderson News in an antitrust action alleging a conspiracy among the leading magazine publishers and distributors to boycott Anderson forcing it into bankruptcy.
- A Native American tribe in challenging the constitutionality of a state commercial gaming law.
- A Native American tribe in challenging Connecticut’s unconstitutional taking of its land and misappropriation of its funds.
- The indenture trustee for the pre-LBO notes in the Tribune Company bankruptcy and in litigation around the country related to fraudulent conveyance. The firm successfully opposed a motion to dismiss in California state court on sovereign immunity grounds.
- Seven foreign municipalities in a fraud and negligent misrepresentation action against subsidiaries of a national bank, concerning the sale and marketing of derivative products.
- Liquidation Trustee of Le-Nature’s in multi-district litigation against, among others, Wachovia, CIT, and Krones, a German manufacturer, for their participation and substantial assistance in Le-Nature’s massive Ponzi scheme. Together with the Liquidation Trustee, Kasowitz achieved multiple settlements with defendant parties.