Carmine D. Boccuzzi’s litigation and arbitration practice covers a broad range of complex civil litigation matters.

He focuses on international disputes, including those involving foreign states and state-owned entities, and domestic disputes involving the capital markets and antitrust issues.

Carmine joined the firm in 1994 and became partner in 2003.

Notable Experience

Republic of Argentina: Recent Wins

  • Secured the reversal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit of decisions by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York related to eight class actions brought by holders of defaulted Argentine bonds (Puricelli v. Republic of Argentina).

  • Prevailed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in an appeal of a district court order that would have allowed Argentina’s judgment creditors to seek a declaration that the Central Bank of Argentina is the Republic’s alter ego and thus liable for its debts (EM Ltd. v. Banco Central De La Republica Argentina).

  • Prevailed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in an appeal of a class action district court order expanding plaintiffs’ class definition and potentially exposing the Republic of Argentina to millions of dollars in liability to unknown holders of Republic bonds (Brecher v. Republic of Argentina).

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Other Recent Victories

  • BNP Paribas and HSBC in securing the dismissal of $5.5 billion civil RICO and related state law claims asserted against the banks based upon allegations that the banks are responsible for helping Cuba avoid U.S. sanctions thereby frustrating plaintiffs’ ability to collect on judgments against Cuba (Villoldo v. BNPP and BNPP North America Inc.).

  • Mashreqbank in obtaining a 6-0 ruling from the New York State Court of Appeals dismissing on grounds of forum non conveniens of claims asserted by a Saudi partnership (Mashreqbank v. Ahmad Hamad Al Gosaibi).

  • Citibank entities in winning an affirmance in the Second Circuit of a dismissal of a complaint alleging claims in connection with private equity investments in Brazil (Wilson v. Dantas).

  • Credit Agricole and HSBC in winning an affirmance in the Appellate Division, First Department of the appeal of a decision on the “separate entity” rule that reaffirmed the continued viability of the rule (Ayyash v. Koleilat).

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International Litigation and Arbitration

  • Petrobras, the Brazilian state-owned oil company, in defeating claims by bondholders (Rogers v. Petroleo Brasileiro, S.A.).

  • Since 2002, successfully defending the Republic of Argentina in cases brought against it in connection with the country’s 2001 economic crisis, including obtaining the vacatur of over $2 billion in class judgments (Seijas v. Argentina), defeating attempts to attach assets of Argentina and its instrumentalities (NML Captial Ltd. v. Argentina, Aurelius Capital Partners, LP v. Republic of Argentina), and to enjoin the launch and subsequent closing of capital markets transactions by the Republic (Rossini v. Argentina, Urban v. Argentina).

  • Obtained the vacatur of an attachment against an instrumentality of the Republic of Chile, successfully arguing that the court lacked jurisdiction to restrain an electronic funds transfer of a non-judgment debtor (Macatra B.V. v. Destiny Navigation).

  • Citigroup in obtaining a series of injunctions against a former manager charged with overseeing its investment in the Brazilian telecommunications sector (International Equity Investments, Inc. ("IEII") v. Opportunity Equity Partners, Ltd. and IEII v. Opportunity).

  • A Citigroup-related entity in four ICC arbitrations concerning corporate control of Brasil Telecom.

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Civil Litigation

  • Citigroup and various affiliates in lawsuits arising out of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, In re Kingate Mgm’t Ltd. and In re Fairfield Sentry Ltd.

  • International financial institutions in disputes concerning the proper reach of federal and state laws concerning the attachment and execution of assets, including in Parbulk II AS v. Heritage Maritime, SA.

  • Financial institutions in obtaining the dismissal of antitrust claims under both the Sherman Act and New York State Donnelly Act, including in Williams v. Citigroup, Inc.

  • A variety of U.S. and international institutions in disputes involving derivatives including various creditors in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy proceeding.

  • Various Fitch Ratings entities in litigation in California state court concerning the rating of structured investment vehicles.

  • Kidder Peabody in the bankruptcy proceedings and investor litigations surrounding the collapse of the Granite funds.

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Capital Markets and Securities Litigation

  • Mergers and acquisition-related litigation, including the acquirer in In re: Ness Techs Shareholders Litig. and Botton v. Ness Techs Inc.  

  • Members of Citigroup’s Board of Directors in obtaining the dismissal of numerous derivative actions alleging that the directors failed to implement appropriate internal control systems, which dismissal was affirmed on appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court.

  • Over a dozen investment banks in obtaining dismissal of securities fraud claims by classes of holders of debt and equity securities issued by HealthSouth Corporation, In re HealthSouth Corporation Securities Litig.

  • FleetBoston Financial Group in the affirmance of a defense verdict in an action seeking in excess of $300 million arising from the administration of a benefits plan.

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Pro Bono Litigation

  • Winning the release from prison of former death row inmate Erskine Johnson following more than 15 years of advocacy in Johnson v. Tennessee.

  • The American Sociological Association in matters regarding marriage equality, including the filing of amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeal.

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  • Member, Federal Bar Council
  • Board Member, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest 


  • "Defences," Sovereign Debt Management, edited by Rosa M. Lastra and Lee Buchheit (Oxford University Press), 2014
  • "U.S. Supreme Court Sharply Limits General Jurisdiction Over Corporate Defendants," with Jonathan I. Blackman and Mitchell A. Lowenthal, Corporation (Aspen Publishers), Vol. 85, No. 5, pp. 4, March 3, 2014
  • Contributor to the treatise, U.S. Regulation of the International Securities and Derivatives Markets (11th ed.)
  • Co-author, along with Cleary Gottlieb partners Thomas J. Moloney and Roger A. Cooper of Chapter 70, "Derivatives" in the treatise Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts (3d Edition)