Christine S. Azar, Director
Christine S. Azar is a Director of Bench Walk Capital. Prior to joining Bench Walk, Ms. Azar was the Partner-in-Charge of the Wilmington, Delaware office of the securities litigation firm Labaton Sucharow. There she supervised a team of attorneys representing institutional investors in class actions and derivative matters in the Delaware Court of Chancery as well as courts nationwide.
Ms. Azar served as co-lead counsel in several of the largest cases in Court of Chancery history including In re: El Paso Corp. Shareholder Litigation, which resulted in a settlement of $110 million in 2012, and In re: Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc. Derivative Litigation. As co-lead counsel, she helped negotiate a $153.75 million settlement that was paid out to shareholders as a special dividend, a first of its kind recovery in a derivative matter.
While at Labaton, Ms. Azar was recognized as a “Leading Individual (Plaintiffs’ Chancery)” by Chambers & Partners USA as well as a “Securities Litigation Star” by Benchmark. Benchmark also named her as one of the “Top 250 Women Litigators” in the US. Lawdragon recognized Ms. Azar as a “Leading Lawyer in America” and Law360 featured her as one of the “25 Most Influential Women in Securities Law.” In 2011, the National Law Journal featured Ms. Azar as part of its “Plaintiff’s Hot List” edition. Ms. Azar has published numerous articles on relevant issues in corporate governance and regularly speaks on topics of importance to institutional investors. She also served on the Advisory Board to the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware.
Prior to joining Labaton, Ms. Azar practiced in the Wilmington office of Blank Rome, representing corporations and alternative entities in commercial and corporate disputes. Ms. Azar began her legal career as an associate with Grant & Eisenhofer where she was involved in complex securities and corporate litigation on behalf of institutional investors.
Ms. Azar graduated from James Madison University in 1988 and the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1991.