M. William Munno is Senior Counsel in Seward & Kissel’s Litigation & Investigations Group. Bill has practiced at the Firm since 1973, and became a partner in 1981.

Bill’s primary responsibilities include providing litigation services on matters involving securities law, banking, bankruptcy, employment, and real estate, particularly representation of trustees and rating agency personnel in subprime RMBS. Bill has significant experience in appellate practice and trials in federal and state courts, domestic and international arbitration and proceedings before the SEC and FINRA.

Representative Experience

Bill’s recent representative trial matters include:

  • Representing a trustee in multiple residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS) repurchase actions and Trust Instruction Proceedings (TIPs), including against mortgage issuers such as WMC Mortgage LLC, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Lehman Brothers, resulting in recoveries of approximately $7 billion
  • Representing several offshore funds of funds in the Madoff and Fairfield Sentry claw-back cases
  • Representing an ETF and mutual fund manager in an equal pay and retaliation litigation
  • Represented registered representatives in an SEC trial before an administrative law judge and an appeal to the Commission on constitutional and other grounds
  • Represented a hedge fund in connection with an SEC insider trading investigation
  • Represented a hedge fund as a non-party in a DOJ insider trading case
  • Represented a broker dealer in parallel investigations by the SEC and FINRA regarding a PDVSA bond transaction
  • Represented a broker dealer in a FINRA arbitration dispute with another broker dealer
  • Represented a broker dealer in a FINRA enforcement proceeding regarding TRACE and municipal bond reporting
  • Represented a registered representative in a FINRA arbitration dispute with a customer and expunged the customer claim from the CRD record