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DeNae M. Thomas

Senior Associate
New York

DeNae M. Thomas

DeNae Thomas is a litigator who represents leading financial institutions and Big Four accounting firms in complex commercial litigations, arbitrations, and high-profile government investigations.

DeNae represents her clients in investigations conducted by numerous regulators, including the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the NYC Department of Investigation (DOI), as well as international financial regulators such as the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). She recently represented multiple individuals in connection with the U.S. Attorney Office for the Southern District of New York's investigation of a prominent New York City politician and regularly prepares her clients to appear before regulators in connection with a variety of investigations.

DeNae also represents clients in large class actions and litigations in state and federal court, many of which occur contemporaneously with government investigations. She currently represents a major European bank in a class action litigation in the Southern District of New York relating to the London Gold Fixing process and has experience representing another major financial institution in connection with numerous mortgage-backed securities litigations.

DeNae has significant experience representing Big Four accounting firms in federal and state court as well as in investigations conducted by the PCAOB and SEC. DeNae recently helped procure summary judgment in favor of a major accounting firm in connection with a professional malpractice claim and has represented Big Four accounting firms in numerous other disputes, including an investigation conducted by the PCAOB and SEC regarding audits of a large mortgage company and various Madoff-related disputes.

Practices

Representative experience

Defense of major European bank in class action litigation in the Southern District of New York and follow-on CFTC investigation relating to the London Gold Fixing process.

Defense of Big Four accounting firm in SEC and PCAOB investigation regarding audits of a failed mortgage company.

Defense of Big Four accounting firm in professional malpractice litigation and contemporaneous arbitration related to audits of academic institution.

Representation of multiple individuals in high-profile investigation by the Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney's Office, DOI, and FBI into a prominent New York politician.

Representation of major financial institution in connection with DOJ, SEC, and FBI investigation of Autonomy acquisition and follow-on criminal proceeding.

Representation of major financial institution in connection with CFTC investigation into ISDAFIX interest rate benchmark.

Defense of major financial institution in numerous class action litigations alleging misrepresentations and omissions in connection with offerings of mortgage-backed securities.*

Defense of Big Four accounting firm in several class action securities litigations related to Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC fraud.*

Defense of Big Four audit partner in connection with PCAOB investigation related to audits of Indonesian telecommunications provider.

Representing Big Four accounting firm in connection with SEC investigation of potential FCPA violations at major multinational food and beverage corporation.

Defense of former CEO in connection with SEC investigation of potential FCPA violations at Hungarian-based telecommunications company.

Representing major global science company in internal investigation of potential FCPA violations in response to whistleblower complaints.*

Pro bono representation of plaintiff in New York Housing Part action.

Pro bono representation of two New York civil rights organizations in connection with disparate impact transit dispute.

Pro bono representation of plaintiff in custody suit in Brooklyn Family Court.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

Education and admissions

Education

  • J.D., Vanderbilt University, 2009
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Pepperdine University, 2004

Memberships

  • Member, Business Law and Litigation Sections, American Bar Association, 2010-Present
  • Member, Commercial & Federal Litigation Section, New York State Bar Association, 2010-Present
  • Member, National Association of Women Lawyers, 2010-Present
  • Member, New York City Bar Association, 2010-Present

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York

Court admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Wang Xiaoning v. Yahoo! Inc.: An Important Issue, but an Improper Vehicle

Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law
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