Linda Imes

Partner at Spears & Imes LLP

Linda Imes

Linda Imes

Partner at Spears & Imes LLP

Biography

Linda Imes, a founding partner of Spears & Imes LLP, has been a criminal and civil litigator for over three decades, with substantial trial and appellate experience. She focuses on white collar criminal defense, securities enforcement, and complex civil litigation.

Early in her career, Ms. Imes was a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York. There, she served in the Major Crimes Unit and Securities and Commodity Fraud Unit prosecuting a wide variety of complex business and commercial crimes including tax evasion, money laundering, transportation of stolen property, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, and securities fraud. During her years as a prosecutor, Ms. Imes had a dozen trials and argued as many appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Ms. Imes has been in private practice since 1989 and has tried cases in federal court, before regulators, and to mediators. Ms. Imes has represented individuals and corporations in investigations by, and matters involving, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, the New York State Attorney General’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, the Federal Reserve, and other governmental and regulatory bodies. Ms. Imes’ work frequently involves defending clients faced with more than one investigation at a time, often combined with civil litigation. Since 2009, Ms. Imes has been named by Chambers & Partners as a Leader in the Field of White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations.

Ms. Imes has been involved in appellate advocacy since the beginning of her legal career, when she clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Imes served as Deputy Chief of Appeals. In private practice, Ms. Imes has briefed and argued numerous cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, New York’s Appellate Division, and the New York Court of Appeals. In late 2011, she argued a Second Circuit appeal concerning the application of the Supreme Court’s decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank Ltd., 130 S. Ct. 2869 (2010), which held that Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 does not apply extraterritorially. In March 2012, the Second Circuit reversed the district court’s dismissal with prejudice of her clients’ complaint. See Absolute Activist Value Master Fund Ltd. v. Ficeto, 677 F.3d 60 (2d Cir. 2012). In March 2013, the district court denied six defendants’ motions to dismiss the amended complaint, see Absolute Activist Master Value Fund, Ltd. v. Ficeto, No. 09 Civ. 8862 (GBD), 2013 WL 1286170 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 28, 2013).

Criminal Matters

Some notable representations in criminal matters include:

* representation of HSBC senior executive in money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act investigations by the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the ICE Eldorado Task Force, and in testimony before the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations;
* representation of Citibank officer in high-profile money laundering investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and in testimony before the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations;
* representation (with partner Christopher Dysard) of an employee of an information infrastructure solutions company in insider trading investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office;
* representation of corporate executives in federal task force investigation of the April 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico led by the Department of Justice Criminal Division and including the SEC;
* representation of corporate officers in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation by the Department of Justice;
* representation (with partner Charlita Mays) of bank employees and former employees in connection with investigations of certain foreign currency exchange trading practices by the Department of Justice and the New York Department of Financial Services (with parallel investigations by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Serious Frauds Office);
* representation of corporate client in internal investigation concerning its compliance with Trading with the Enemy Act and Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations;
* representation (with partner David Spears) of New York art dealer in criminal trial concerning receipt of Egyptian antiquities;
* representation of numerous employees of a public company in the grocery wholesale business in U.S. Attorney’s Office and SEC investigations concerning the company’s accounting practices;
* representation of New York City officials in joint investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and New York City’s Department of Investigations concerning certain budget practices; and
* representation of senior executive of a public company in a criminal investigation concerning government contracts.

Securities Enforcement Matters

Some notable representations in securities-related investigations or proceedings include:

* representation of former global head of Collateralized Debt Obligations (“CDOs”) for Citigroup in an investigation by, and testimony before, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, as well as in trial testimony at the trial of SEC v. Stoker, and in related civil litigation;
* representation of former Goldman Sachs & Co. managing director in connection with SEC investigation concerning CDO transaction and in testimony at the trial of SEC v. Fabrice Tourre;
* representation of former Merrill Lynch executive in connection with subprime securitization investigations by the United States Attorney’s Office, FINRA, the New York Attorney General’s Office, and the SEC, as well as in related civil litigation;
* representation (with partner Charlita Mays) of executive director of international bank in connection with U.S. Attorney’s Office investigation of a derivatives trading strategy executed by the so-called “London Whale”;
* representation (with partner Charlita Mays) of former officer of a global institutional trading (or “dark pool”) network in SEC investigation of certain practices by the firm;
* representation (with partner Christopher Dysard) of a senior trader at a major broker-dealer in connection with investigations by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut and the SEC;
* representation of employee of a large money market fund in investigations by the SEC and state securities regulator, as well as in related civil litigation;
* representation of three former Merrill Lynch employees in SEC investigation concerning pension consulting industry and in related FINRA investigation; and
* representation (with partner Charlita Mays) of broker-dealer’s former compliance employee in connection with FINRA investigation, hearing before FINRA’s Office of Hearing Officers, and appeal to FINRA’s National Adjudicatory Council.

Civil Matters

Some notable representations in complex civil litigations include:

* representation (with partner Christopher Dysard) of a group of hedge funds as plaintiffs in a civil action in the Southern District of New York against several individuals and entities, alleging a fraudulent scheme in violation of federal securities laws and state law;
* representation (with partner Joanna Hendon) of real estate developers in investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office (Civil Division) of alleged Fair Housing Act violations and in ensuing civil litigation;
* representation of defendant in trial of federal securities fraud suit;
* representation (with partner David Spears) of institutional plaintiffs in federal securities fraud suit seeking recovery for fraud in connection with sale of bonds in which clients ultimately recovered nearly 100 percent of their losses;
* representation of Fortune 50 corporation in mediation of claim arising from derivatives transactions with Bankers Trust;
* representation (wi

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