Charles J. Hecht

Partner, New York

Biography

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.

Also, Sculptor in Residence Pickled Art Institute-Beijing, China from 2004 to 2011 and has exhibited in major museums and galleries in China, Germany, Spain and the United States.

Education

JD, Cornell Law School, '63

BA, Liberal Arts, Cornel University, '61