Charles J. Hecht | Partner
New York
270 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10016

Phone:   (212) 545-4682
Fax:   (212) 545-4653
Email:   hecht@whafh.com



Charles J. Hecht is a partner of the firm, with over 40 years’ experience in securities and commodities transactions, litigation, and arbitration. He has more than 50 published decisions on cases in which he was the sole or lead counsel, in areas ranging from securities and commodities fraud to constitutional and contract disputes.

Mr. Hecht has provided expert testimony before the Internal Revenue Service with respect to the impact of proposed tax regulations on preferred stock hedged with commodity futures and options. He has authored articles on mergers and acquisitions, earn outs, commodities, hedging, derivatives, and arbitration jurisdiction and damages. Since 2005 he has been the legal columnist for smartpros.com, an online newsletter for financial professionals.

He has been active in the New York State Bar Association’s continuing legal education program, regularly speaking about class actions and serving as the Chairman of the program on securities arbitration in 1995. In 1996, Mr. Hecht was a principal coauthor of the New York Federal Practice Section's Report on Securities Class Fees. He is also an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and COMEX.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Hecht was with the Division of Corporate Finance (Washington, D.C. main office) of the Securities and Exchange Commission. He is actively involved with businesses in China and is a member of the United States-China Chamber of Commerce.

A graduate of Cornell University and Cornell University Law School, Mr. Hecht is also a recognized artist with studios in Brooklyn and Beijing. When not in the office or at his studios, Mr. Hecht enjoys long distance biking, scuba diving in remote areas, enjoying classical music and his family.
Notable Cases
CMIA Partners Equity Ltd. v. O'Neill, 2010 NY Slip Op 52068(U) (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co., 2010), Hecht v. Andover Assocs. Mgmt. Corp., 27 Misc 3d 1202(A) (Sup. Ct. Nassau Co., 2010) and Sacher v. Beacon Assoc. Mgmt. Corp., 27 Misc 3d 1221(A) (Sup. Ct. Nassau Co., 2010). The CMIA case is the first time that a New York state court examined shareholder derivative suits under Cayman Islands law. The Hecht case was the first Madoff-related feeder fund case to survive a motion to dismiss in the United States.





Practice Areas

Class Action Litigation

Corporate

General Corporate Overview

Securities Litigation