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Christopher  S. Studebaker


Structured Finance


  • Georgetown University (B.S.F.S., cum laude, 1997)
  • Waseda University (M.A., 2001)
  • University of Kansas (J.D., 2004); Managing Editor of the Journal of Law & Public Policy


  • New York State Bar
  • Washington State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Christopher S. Studebaker
Tel: 212.371.6600
Fax: 212.751.2540
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Christopher S. Studebaker is a partner in the New York office with extensive experience handling a broad range of matters involving U.S. securities law, corporate governance, structured finance, class actions, antitrust law and regulation, litigation, and cross-border disputes.

Fluent in Japanese, he has lectured, published, and been interviewed in Japanese, and serves as a director of a Japanese company.  Mr. Studebaker was named “New York Super Lawyer” for Securities Litigation by Thomson Reuters from 2016 through 2019.  He joined the Firm in 2007.

Some of Mr. Studebaker’s experience includes:
  • Representation of a third-party Japanese public company in a commercial arbitration pending in the United States.
  • Representation of Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund in a securities fraud action against a NASDAQ company pending in federal court.
  • Representation of an inventor of a patented method for structuring airport terminal bonds in an antitrust dispute against underwriters pending in state court.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a Japanese public company as to U.S. subsidiary’s business practices.
  • Conducted due diligence for a Japanese manufacturer in potential acquisition of a U.S. entity.
  • Conducted due diligence for a Japanese technology startup relating to potential U.S. business partners.
  • Representation of a Japanese financial institution in several state court actions against arrangers, ratings agencies, and collateral managers over $300 million (USD) in structured products, resulting in favorable confidential settlements for the client.
  • Secured favorable recovery for an Asian financial institution in a commercial dispute against arranger of $70 million (USD) in structured products.
  • Secured a $25 million (SGD) settlement for Singaporean investors as Lead Counsel in a class action against U.S. bank for sale of structured products.
  • Secured a $45 million (USD) settlement in a direct purchaser class action against a medical device manufacturer for monopolization.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of the State of Michigan against drug wholesaler and publishers of pharmaceutical data for False Claims Act violations.
Before joining the Firm, Mr. Studebaker was an antitrust associate with a litigation boutique.  He also served at the U.S. Department of Commerce where he advised senior officials on U.S. trade policy and represented the United States in bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations and before the World Trade Organization.  Before law school, Mr. Studebaker worked for the Government of Japan, was a host/reporter for two Japanese television programs, and obtained a graduate degree from a university in Tokyo.

Mr. Studebaker is a member of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, Waseda University Alumni Association of New York, and Georgetown University Alumni Association of Tokyo.

Speaking Engagements

U.S. Legal System Overview: A Case Study on the Optical Disc Drive Antitrust Litigation
Lecturer (in Japanese), Kagawa University, Faculty of Law, Takamatsu, Japan
Managing Issues Arising in Cross-Border Commercial Disputes I & II
07/17/2019, 04/24/2019
Lecturer (in Japanese), Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan
Securities Litigation Basics and Case Studies – From the Investor’s and Company’s Perspectives
Lecturer (in Japanese), CFA Society, Tokyo, Japan
Fundamentals and Practical Issues in U.S. Securities Class Litigation – A U.S. Lawyer Explains in Japanese
Lecturer (in Japanese), Finance Facsimile News, Tokyo, Japan
Overview of U.S. Federal Securities Law and Recent Trends in Securities Class Actions
Lecturer (in Japanese), Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan
Securities Litigation as Part of Risk Management
Speaker (in Japanese), Japan Institutional Investment Forum, Tokyo, Japan