Cleary Gottlieb Wins First Madoff Case in Italy

April 16, 2013

With a decision rendered on April 16, 2013, the Court of Milan rejected all the claims for damages brought by Independent Global Managers SGR against three HSBC companies and several other entities. This is the first Italian decision on the Madoff case and one of the few Italian decisions on prospectus liability.

IGM had contested: (i) the accuracy and completeness of the information contained in the prospectus of the Thema Fund; (ii) the infringement of the EU regulation on harmonized funds (primarily due to the role played by Bernard Madoff and by the companies linked to him); and (iii) the failure to comply with the obligations imposed on the Thema Fund custodian and administrator.