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Deborah Sturman

International litigator Deborah Sturman represents European institutional investors in securities actions and advises them in connection with their legal portfolio management. In addition, she represents European institutional investors in complex, international litigation in U.S. courts.

Sturman has, since the early 1990s, represented European businesses and institutional investors in connection with their United States interests, as well as represented Holocaust survivors and their heirs seeking restitution of real property in the former East Germany “Aryanized” during World War II. Sturman initiated the first class actions in U.S. courts on behalf of victims of WWII slave labour, representing the class in In re Holocaust Victim Assets Litigation (the Swiss banks case), and leading to recoveries of approximately $5 billion. She was appointed by the governor of California to the California Holocaust Era Insurance Oversight Committee.

Sturman has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Handelsblatt and Financial Times for her innovative lawyering and was named runner-up Lawyer of the Year by The National Law Journal. In 2012, Sturman was appointed to the Board of Directors of United Capital Ltd., headquartered in London, and to the Supervisory Board of Novis Insurance S.A. in Bratislava. She was a featured speaker at 2007 Finance Dublin and is a key speaker at the Lippers/Reuters Compliance Talks tour in Europe. As a legal commentator, Sturman regularly appears in the German, Dutch, French, Swiss and Belgian media, as well as on numerous international and national continuing legal education panels for complex and international litigation. In addition, Sturman has contributed as a legal columnist for Manager Magazin, Wirtschaftswoche and Dow Jones. She is fluent in German and Dutch/Flemish and conversant in both French and Italian.

After completing a Prix D’Excellence at the Royal Brussels Conservatory of Music in Belgium, Sturman received a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is licensed to practice in California, New York and Washington, D.C.

Deborah Sturman, founder of Sturman LLC, is a frequently published thought leader providing analysis on current trends and issues affecting the global business community.

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Sturman LLC collaborates with a variety of international law firms, legal scholars, financial experts, technology specialists and other professionals across the world to assist with the many unique issues surrounding investor and consumer related legal matters. Sturman LLC partners with organizations that focus on high standards for integrity, passionate client advocacy and an unyielding desire for corporate accountability.

We work with a diverse group of professionals to provide us with expertise in European legal practice. We also work together with legal partners to gain a heightened understanding of legal systems worldwide in order to provide the highest quality service in the best interests of our clients.

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Our clients include large European fund management companies, European pension funds, private trustees and investment consultants, commercial interests and business owners, banks, insurers, financial services companies, and individual investors.

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