Dennis H. Hranitzky concentrates on complex litigation matters with an international dimension, including disputes with sovereign states and instrumentalities, multinational debtor/creditor litigation and cross-border bankruptcy matters.
A recognized authority on disputes with sovereign states, Mr. Hranitzky also has deep experience in creditors’ rights litigation and the multinational enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards – having managed enforcement matters spanning more than fifteen countries on four continents. He has also handled a broad variety of commercial litigation matters, and has experience in domestic bankruptcy litigation, investment arbitration, securities, environmental, product liability, patent, and civil rights litigation. In 2016 Mr. Hranitzky was rated by Legal 500 one (and the youngest) of only six “Leading Lawyers” in International Litigation.
Mr. Hranitzky was a leading member of the Dechert litigation team recognized as part of the Financial Times’ 2013 Top U.S. Innovative Law Firms for their “standout” work as lead counsel for creditors in the cross-border insolvency of Vitro S.A.B. de C.V. This precedent-setting case marked the first time that U.S. courts clarified the standards and requirements for global businesses that file for Chapter 15 bankruptcy. Mr. Hranitzky headed the multinational enforcement litigation efforts, managed the interplay between the proceedings in Mexico and the U.S., and played a key role in all three U.S. bankruptcy trials held in those proceedings.
Mr. Hranitzky was also co-lead of the team “highly commended” by the Financial Times’ Top 40 North American Innovative Law Firms for 2014 for Dechert’s representation of Argentina’s largest creditor – with claims for over US$3 billion – in multi-national litigation and judgment enforcement proceedings. Together with Robert Cohen, he was also awarded the Grand Prize for Global Dispute of the year (2016) by The American Lawyer for the Argentina debt default litigation and settlement. In a matter marked by “firsts”, Mr. Hranitzky and the Dechert team obtained the first ruling from a U.S. court that a central bank is the alter ego of its parent state, the first attachment of assets at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel Switzerland, the arrest of the Argentine Naval frigate ARA Libertad in Ghana, an injunction prohibiting Argentina from making payments on its restricted bonds without making ratable payments to holders of its defaulted bonds, and an order piercing the corporate veil between the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca (of Panama Papers fame) and its Nevada affiliate.
Mr. Hranitzky frequently writes and lectures on sovereign litigation, international litigation and cross-border bankruptcy, and has been a visiting lecturer on sovereign litigation and insolvency at Stanford Law School and Georgetown University Law School. He is proficient in both Spanish and Portuguese.