Robert Giuffra
(Photo by Mike McGregor)

A wunderkind of the New York securities defense bar, Sullivan & Cromwell’s Robert Giuffra Jr. relishes a good fight. The Sullivan & Cromwell partner’s clients, meanwhile, are relishing the billions in potential liabilities that Giuf­fra helped to erase over the past two-and-a-half years. Giuffra’s title bouts include defeating a sprawling securities class action against UBS AG and wiping out U.S. litigation claiming that Porsche AG misled hedge funds about its aborted bid to buy Volkswagen AG. In those cases and others, Giuffra’s fighting spirit paid off.