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Latham & Watkins LLP

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Charles Ruck

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Latham & Watkins LLP

Position

Charles Ruck practices in the Orange County and New York offices. Mr. Ruck's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and general corporate and securities matters. He serves as primary outside counsel to a number of public and privately held companies and he regularly represents boards of directors and special committees in complex strategic corporate governance matters. Mr. Ruck is a former member of Latham & Watkins' Executive Committee and Chair of the firm's Strategic Client Initiative.

Career

http://www.lw.com/people/charles-ruck


United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: life sciences

Within: Healthcare: life sciences

At Latham & Watkins LLP, the department has considerable expertise handling both domestic and international matters for high-profile clients. In Washington DC, regulatory expert John Manthei has been leading advice to Pacira Pharmaceuticals on various issues arising from a warning letter issued by the FDA in 2014, including Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations. Also in Washington DC, Michael Morin and David Frazier have been representing AbbVie in a number of suits brought against Gilead Sciences regarding allegations of infringement. On the M&A side, Silicon Valley-based Alan Mendelson led advice to Rapidscan Pharma Solutions on its sale to GE Medical Systems. The department includes Mark Roeder and Josh Dubofsky in Silicon Valley; Charles Ruck and R Scott Shean in Orange County; and Daniel Brown in New York. Judith Hasko and Alice Fisher in Silicon Valley are also recommended, as is Boston-based Peter Handrinos. Casey Dwyer is now at AbbVie.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Corporate governance

Within: Corporate governance

Latham & Watkins LLP advises company-side clients in shareholder activism campaigns, as well as assisting with public company regulatory and hostile takeover defense matters. Keith Halverstam, Thomas Malone and Orange County-based Charles Ruck advised Cognizant Technology Solutions on a campaign by Elliott Management, which ended with the addition of three directors to the board, one of whom was nominated by Elliott. Chicago-based Bradley Faris led a team advising Accuride Corporation, which obtained shareholder approval for its sale to funds managed by Crestview Advisors despite the objection of a 19% owner. Thomas Christopher represented NRG Energy in its battle with both Elliott Management and Bluescape Energy Partners. In Los Angeles, Steven Stokdyk and Paul Tosetti advised Motorcar Parts of America on defending an activist campaign, while in San Diego Craig Garner advised ViaSat Inc on its subjection to an alleged ‘bear raid’. Joel Trotter in Washington DC is a key name of note for governance and securities reviews - he advised VEON, formerly known as VimpelCom, on issues regarding its status as a Nasdaq-listed foreign private issuer. Other clients for general public company securities and governance matters include Energy Transfer Partners, Allergan, Caesars Entertainment and Advanced Micro Devices. Unless indicated otherwise, named attorneys are based in New York.

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M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

For a firm that did not originate in New York, Latham & Watkins LLP has an incredibly impressive profile in what is the key deal hub for the US and in many ways the world. It also has considerable M&A strength in other major US cities and across its impressive international network. Domestically, its strength on the West Coast is especially notable, particularly in semiconductor and life science industry deals, and it also has considerable strength in Chicago and in Houston. Internationally, it has invested heavily in building up its strength in Europe and Asia. This has positioned the firm as a go to for large-cap domestic and cross-border deals, and clients include the likes of Siemens, Broadcom, Virgin America, Emerson Electric, Anadarko Petroleum, Energy Transfer Partners and ICU Medical. The firm advised Siemens on its $4.5bn acquisition of Mentor Graphics and represented Virgin America in its $4.43bn reverse triangular merger with Alaska Air Group. The Silicon Valley office continued to lead the advice to Broadcom on its $5.9bn acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems, the fiber channel storage area network switching and IP networking company. And a multi-jurisdictional team continued to advise FMC Technologies on its $13bn cross-border merger of equals with French company Technip. New York’s David Allinson leads the M&A department along with Chicago-based ‘great M&A attorneyBradley Faris and Luke Bergstrom in Silicon Valley. Orange County’s Charles Ruck is a leader in big-ticket pharmaceuticals and life sciences deals. New York’s Mark Gerstein is another class act, as are fellow New York partners Adel Aslani-Far and Ted Sonnenschein, and William Finnegan in Houston, who recently advised Energy Transfer Partners on its $21.3bn sale to Sunoco Logistics Partners. Peter Harwich joined from Allen & Overy LLP in September 2017.

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