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Latham “maintains a formidable reputation for undertaking precedent-setting bet-the-company securities matters, offering notable strengths in regulatory compliance and shareholder litigation.”

– Chambers USA 2020

Securities Litigation & Professional Liability

Latham’s Securities Litigation & Professional Liability team — known for its experienced trial lawyers, industry-focused litigators, and former SEC and DOJ officials — is routinely entrusted with the most high-profile and high-stakes securities litigation.

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Our track record in federal and state courts is built on hundreds of victories in securities cases on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, boards of directors, global financial institutions, and all of the Big 4 accounting firms.

We frequently succeed in disposing of securities claims through early motion practice, insulating clients from business disruption and ending matters as cost-effectively as possible. For cases that do proceed to discovery, we use an efficient team of seasoned lawyers to cut through the clutter and identify key pieces of evidence to develop a compelling narrative. When trial is unavoidable, our extensive trial experience has earned our team a formidable reputation, providing clients with a distinct advantage in the courtroom. Because of our trial-ready posture, coupled with aggressive and creative pre-trial litigation strategies, we successfully resolve most matters well short of trial.

We draw on our extensive experience to help clients navigate and defeat shareholder derivative actions — a complex intersection of corporate governance and derivative liability. When shareholders seek to compel our clients to sue their officers and directors or other parties, we routinely win dismissal on the pleadings, defeating shareholder standing before any discovery is taken. When these cases do proceed past a motion to dismiss, we are well-equipped to defend them and prevail at trial. We have guided clients to successful resolution of derivative claims involving every type of alleged corporate wrongdoing, from fraud, failure of oversight, and professional malpractice to ESG-related claims, cross-border issues, restatements, and violation of laws. Our team brings extensive insight and experience to counseling clients through the complexities of such delicate matters, winning or settling cases with minimal corporate disruption.

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