Nicole Elizabeth Prunetti

Biography

Nicole Prunetti
Nicole E. Prunetti is counsel in Weil’s Securities Litigation practice group, where she focuses on securities class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, M&A litigation, and government and regulatory investigations.

Nicole’s recent experience includes lead roles on Weil teams representing:

  • BTG Pactual, a Brazilian investment bank, in a multi-billion dollar dispute arising out of BTG’s acquisition of a Swiss bank, which was determined, post-closing, to be a conduit for frauds perpetrated by individuals associated with the sovereign wealth fund 1MDB. Following a multi-week arbitration trial before a Swiss tribunal, the Weil team secured a $270 million settlement for BTG.
  • Churchill Capital Corp III, a SPAC sponsored by Churchill Capital Group, and certain directors in fiduciary duty litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery relating to CCIII’s $11 billion merger with MultiPlan, Inc.
  • General Electric Company and certain directors and officers in connection with shareholder derivative litigation in federal and state court, books and records litigation, and various corporate governance matters. Most recently, the team secured the complete dismissal of a books and records action in New York state court against GE relating to the Board’s refusal of litigation demands, the complete dismissal of a shareholder derivative action in New York state court against GE and 32 current and former directors alleging that GE’s directors failed to oversee corporate compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) in connection with the sale of medical devices in China and Brazil, and the complete dismissal of an ERISA trust beneficiary derivative action in New York state court against GE and three former officers alleging Securities Act violations.
  • Quad/Graphics Inc. and certain senior executives in a securities fraud class action in the Southern District of New York relating to a strategic transformation plan, a proposed merger, and a regulatory settlement. All claims dismissed, with prejudice. 
  • Sanofi in a litigation in the Southern District of New York relating to the issuance of contingent value rights (“CVRs”) in connection with the company’s acquisition of Genzyme.
  • Sanofi, HMT Inc., and Vantage Drilling Co. in connection with DOJ and SEC investigations regarding alleged violations of the FCPA.
  • Sasol Ltd. and certain senior executives in a securities fraud class action in the Southern District of New York relating to the construction of a multi-billion dollar chemical plant in Louisiana.
  • Signet Jewelers and certain senior executives in a consolidated securities fraud class action in the Southern District of New York concerning alleged sexual harassment allegations raised in an employment arbitration and purportedly lax credit standards, and related opt-out securities litigation in the Southern District of New York and New York state court.
  • Warner Bros. Discovery and certain senior executives in a securities class action in the Southern District of New York relating to the industry-defining $43 billion merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery, Inc. All claims dismissed, with prejudice.
  • Several confidential cryptocurrency companies in various litigation and regulatory matters.

Nicole has been named a “Rising Star” in New York for Securities Litigation by Super Lawyers.

Nicole served as an attorney secondee in the Corporate Litigation Group at AIG from 2016-2017, where she worked on an array of complex disputes, investigations, and regulatory matters, including several arising out of the 2008 financial crisis.

She also maintains an active pro bono practice, which of late has included securing the complete vacatur of criminal convictions for two human trafficking survivors in Manhattan Criminal Court.

Nicole graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Richmond in 2011, and received her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, where she served as an executive editor on her journal.