Perry Amsellem joined Pryor Cashman in 1989 as an intellectual property and commercial litigator and became a partner in January 1998. His practice includes representing members of the financial services industry (such as CDO managers and issuers), hedge funds, institutional introducing brokers, institutional broker dealers and managing directors of global institutions. Perry also represents banks, commercial real estate landlords and brokerage companies, TIC sponsors, national real estate syndicators, entertainment and publishing companies, financial investment ventures, as well as estates and individuals, in varied disputes and transactions including but not limited to contracts, insurance coverage litigation, shareholder and membership rights, commercial real estate, alleged securities violations, copyrights, trademarks, and rights of publicity. In addition, Perry’s commercial practice includes Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement actions, securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims.
Perry’s practice also extends beyond litigation. For example, Perry was retained as counsel to a court-appointed independent monitor in the global Wall Street settlement arising out of the investment banking/research analyst investigations by the SEC and the N.Y. State Attorney General's Office resulting in one of the most significant SEC enforcement actions in history. Perry and his team conducted a comprehensive compliance review of a major global institution’s successful de facto and de jure separation of their investment banking and research functions as required by a consent decree. In that capacity, he assisted the Independent Monitor in conducting approximately 50 interviews of senior executives, investment bankers and research analysts on both coasts. This assignment culminated in the drafting of a comprehensive report filed with the SEC, New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) which detailed the Independent Monitor’s findings and conclusions and the bases therefore.
Perry also counsels financial services clients, corporations and individuals in transactions, negotiating and drafting contracts, and securing his clients’ intellectual property and commercial rights, with respect to the settlement of claims and new business and licensing deals.