Dreier Lawyers Describe Depleted Accounts, Departures From Firm

Law.com – As Marc S. Dreier was being arrested for attempting to defraud hedge funds of more than $100 million, some of the 10 affiliates of Dreier LLP were peeling off and others were trying to hold the firm together even as money for insurance and some operating expenses is frozen.

Declarations filed Monday by the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with a civil case it brought against Dreier also indicated that some firm attorneys were concerned that escrow accounts, which Dreier controlled, had been depleted.

One named partner of an affiliated firm, Vincent Pitta of Pitta & Dreier, stated in a declaration that the firm could not meet its expenses. The reason, Pitta said, was that he and Dreier were the sole signatories to the firm’s operating account, and Pitta had only limited authority to approve spending.

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