Christian Levis focuses on prosecuting commodities manipulation and antitrust violations.
Mr. Levis’ recent work has included the following matters:
- Laydon v. Mizuho Bank, Ltd. et al., Case No. 12-cv-03419 (S.D.N.Y.) This lawsuit alleges that the numerous financial institutions responsible for setting the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) for the Japanese Yen and the Euroyen Tokyo Interbank Offered Rate (“TIBOR”) manipulated these global benchmark rates in an artificial direction that financially benefitted their Yen-LIBOR and Euroyen-based derivatives positions. Defendants have already pled guilty to criminal charges of price fixing and paid billions in fines to regulators. Further, Defendant UBS AG has been granted conditional leniency from the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) under the Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Act (“ACPERA”) for alleged anticompetitive conduct relating to the Euroyen market.
- In re: London Silver Fixing Ltd. Antitrust Litigation, Case No. 1:14-md-02573 (S.D.N.Y.) A lawsuit alleging that some of the world’s largest financial institutions engaged in illegal price fixing of silver futures as part of The London Silver Market Fixing Ltd. Involving violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Commodities Exchange Act, defendants allegedly colluded to publish false prices relative to silver traded on the Comex market since 2007. Lowey Dannenberg was appointed as Co-Lead Counsel in this matter in November 2014.
An avid computer programmer, Mr. Levis uses techniques borrowed from the world of Big Data to assist clients in detecting when they were damaged by market manipulation through the development of custom software solutions.
Mr. Levis received his J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law where he was an associate editor of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal. Mr. Levis also served as the interschool competitions director for the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center, winning 2 national trial competitions in addition to an individual best advocate award. In recognition of these accomplishments, Mr. Levis received the Abraham Abramovsky Award for outstanding achievement in trial advocacy.
Mr. Levis received his B.A. (cum laude) from New York University in biology and English where his statistical analysis of Tuberculosis infection rates among members of New York City’s homeless population earned him a research grant and the designation of University Honors Scholar.
Prior to joining the firm Mr. Levis clerked for the Honorable Jessica R. Mayer in the Superior Court of New Jersey, working on mass tort cases involving the drugs and medical devices Zometa/Aredia, HRT, Alloderm, Propecia, Risperdal/Seroquel/Zyprexa, and Gadolinium.
Mr. Levis is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.