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Paul Ferrillo

Paul Ferrillo focuses his practice on cybersecurity corporate governance issues, complex securities and business litigation, and internal investigations. He assists clients with governance, disclosure, and regulatory matters relating to their cybersecurity postures and the regulatory requirements which govern them.

Paul represents public companies and their directors and officers in shareholder class and derivative actions, as well as in internal investigations. In particular, he has coordinated numerous internal investigations on behalf of audit committees and special committees, and handled the defense of securities class actions alleging accounting irregularities and/or financial fraud.

Paul represents clients across a wide range of industries, including retail, apparel, financial services, investment banking, private equity, hedge funds, energy, oil and gas, and real estate.

He is also the author of Navigating the Cybersecurity Storm: A Guide for Directors and Officers (Advisen 2015) and Co-Author of Take Back Control of Your Cybersecurity Now: Game Changing Concepts on AI and Cyber Governance Solutions for Executives (Advisen 2017).

Concentrations

  • Cybersecurity corporate governance and risk management
  • Cybersecurity regulatory compliance under applicable federal and state rules, regulations and guidance
  • Cybersecurity Incident response planning, response and crisis communications
  • Securities class action and derivative action litigation and investigations
  • Directors’ and officers’ (D&O) liability insurance issues for companies, boards, private equity funds, and hedge funds
  • D&O coverage in the class action litigation, mediation, and settlement process
  • Cybersecurity third-party vendor due diligence issues
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning

Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented lululemon athletica in shareholder class and derivative litigation arising out of alleged defects in lululemon’s popular yoga pants.°
  • Represented Leucadia National Corporation in shareholder litigation arising out of the company’s merger with Jefferies Group.°
  • Represented Aéropostale in shareholder class and derivative litigation arising out of disclosures concerning Aéropostale’s inventory and sales levels, and earnings projections.°
  • Represented Kinder Morgan Inc. in the defense and settlement of shareholder litigation brought in connection with the company’s acquisition of El Paso Corp. °Defended Genworth Financial Inc. and its CEO in securities class action litigation relating to the Company’s long-term care insurance policy reserves.°
  • Represented American International Group in securities class action litigation relating to the financial crisis.°
  • Represented the former CEO and CFO of Central European Distribution Corporation in connection with ongoing securities class action litigations and regulatory and audit committee investigations.°
  • Advised Eli Lilly and Company, a global developer and marketer of pharmaceuticals, in the acquisition by Elanco, its animal health division, of Lohmann SE (Lohmann Animal Health), a Germany-based supplier of poultry vaccines and feed additives.°
  • Represented affiliates of HM Capital Partners in the sale and purchase of the food and consumer products segment of the investment portfolio of HM Capital’s Sector Performance Fund, including Sector Performance Fund’s investments in: Advanced Refreshment, the second largest producer of private label bottled water and water-based beverages in the US; Milk Specialties Company, a manufacturer of milk protein and whey-based products for the sport nutrition and healthy lifestyle industries; Natural Selection Foods (d/b/a Earthbound Farms), a grower of organic produce; and UniTek Global Services, a provider of outsourced infrastructure and technical services to the telecommunications, satellite television, and broadband cable industries in the US and Canada, and a simultaneous investment from a subsidiary of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in the purchasing entities.°
  • Advised CPU Technology (a Carlyle Group portfolio company) in the sale of its Acalis business, which designs microprocessors containing hardware and software that guard mission-critical onboard systems on manned and unmanned aircraft, to The Boeing Company, one of the world's largest defense, space, and security businesses and the world's largest manufacturer of military aircraft.°
  • Represented HiT Entertainment, the company behind popular pre-school brands including Thomas & Friends™ and Bob the Builder™, in its $680 million acquisition by Mattel, Inc. from an entity majority-owned by funds managed by Apax Partners, LLP and its affiliates.°
  • Paul has conducted numerous investigations concerning cybersecurity breaches and other forms of hacking attempts like business email compromises and ransomware attempts. Most recently Paul led an investigation for a very large retailer who suffered an enormous breach resulting in the loss of millions of pieces of personally identifiable information, as well as investigations by various states and the EU under the provisions of the GDPR. Paul has also led many business email compromise investigations, which has led his practice to clients in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. GT's breadth and scope allows these sorts of investigations to proceed seamlessly.
  • Served as co-lead counsel for Worldcom with respect to directors and officers liability insurance related disputes during its successful reorganization.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Ferrillo prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Vice President and Associate General Counsel, AIG, 1996-2002

Recognition & Leadership

  • Recipient, The Legal Aid Society, Pro Bono Publico Award, 2012
  • Adjunct Professor, Florida State University College of Law 
  • Director, Infraguard, New York Chapter
  • Coach, Syosset Baseball Association, 2015-Present
  • Volunteer, New York City Housing Authority Project, Legal Aid Society, 2012-2014

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., St. John's University School of Law, 1989
  • B.A., St. John's University, 1986
Admissions
  • New York