BRONSTER LLP

Andrew Kazin

Mr. Kazin focuses on business litigation, including partnership disputes, securities, employment, environmental, and real estate. Mr. Kazin also provides corporate guidance and acts as General Counsel to corporate entities.  He has tried jury, bench and arbitration matters to verdict and judgment and represents clients before the Appellate Division, First and Second Departments, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and District Courts for the Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of New York, District of Connecticut, New York Supreme Court, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Mr. Kazin is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Litigation, and UCC and Commercial Law Committees, the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section and Cannabis Law Committee and the International Bar Association’s Litigation, Banking Law and Anti-Corruption Committees.  He is also a member of the Federal Bar Council’s American Inn of Court for the Second Circuit. Mr. Kazin has been selected every year as a Super Lawyer from 2016 to the present and has an AV Review rating from Martindale Hubbell.

Mr. Kazin is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. During law school, he clerked for Frank J. Scardilli, Chief Circuit Mediator at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Department of Defense at the Pentagon. He is also an adjunct professor of law at Hofstra University School of Law where he teaches fundamental lawyering skills. He also lectures for the New York State Bar Association on judgment enforcement.

Mr. Kazin is also a member of the Federal Bar Council's Small Firm Pro Bono Sub-Committee and performs pro bono work for immigrant families and Kids In Need of Defense ("KIND").

Hedge Fund and Broker-Dealer Representations:
  • Represented hedge fund with over $500 million in managed assets in complex litigation in various venues against global financial services firm and its broker-dealer subsidiary. Secured favorable settlement of more than $11 million in a $60 million federal lawsuit alleging misappropriations by the broker-dealer's owner in which the court independently appointed big four accounting firm to provide expert analysis due to complexity of the transactions. Prosecuted hedge fund manager and broker-dealer in connection with sale of partial ownership of the hedge fund in a multi-day arbitration evidentiary hearing and defended two multi-day state court bench trial arising out of sale of hedge fund business and investor's claim to recover his investment in hedge fund

  • Secured favorable settlement for hedge fund and its manager in multi-million-dollar action involving three hedge funds, hedge fund manager and broker-dealer arising out of trade claims sale

  • Counseled hedge fund in SEC inquiry, including subpoena responses, which resulted in no further action from the SEC

  • Counseled broker-dealer in connection with its contemplated acquisition of rival broker-dealer subject to FINRA investigation, net capital and registration requirements

  • Successfully defended hedge fund in connection with claims that institutional investor was fraudulently induced to invest in hedge fund

  • Successfully defended hedge fund in connection with claims that hedge fund and its CFO engaged in fraud to deprive institutional investor of its redemption from hedge fund

  • Successfully defended hedge fund in shareholder's derivative suit alleging mismanagement of corporate entity owned by hedge fund

  • Successfully defended hedge fund in suit alleging misappropriation of corporate assets

  • Represented hedge fund in purchase of assets from European based investment entity

  • Represented hedge fund in negotiation of settlement agreement in connection with institutional investor's redemption claim against hedge fund

Investment Banking Representation:
  • Represented investment bank in performing due diligence and preparation and review of all documents required in PIPE deals, mezzanine financing, multi-tranche equity financing, private and public placement memoranda, bridge financing, and hedge fund placement agreements.

Other Representations:
  • Obtained summary judgment for international packaging company dismissing former employee's breach of employment agreement and labor law claims.

  • Successfully obtained verdict for Fortune 500 company in reverse race employment discrimination suit.

  • Obtained summary judgment for lender in multi-million-dollar federal lawsuit to enforce Article 9 interests in secured loans.

  • Secured partial summary judgment for national bank defending claims under the Investment Advisor's Act and Blue Sky Laws.

PRACTICES
  • BUSINESS LITIGATION

  • CORPORATE GUIDANCE

  • SECURITIES & HEDGE FUND LITIGATION

  • BANKING LAW

  • REAL ESTATE

EDUCATION
  • J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, New York, 1999

  • B.A., History, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York, 1996

ADMISSIONS
  • United States Supreme Court

  • New York

  • New Jersey

  • Connecticut

  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York

  • United States. District Court for the Western District of New York

  • United States District Court of Connecticut