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Jeff Hammel

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Jeff Hammel, global Co-chair of Latham's Securities Litigation & Professional Liability Practice, is "one of the nation's leading securities litigation attorneys" according to The Legal 500 US, and has been recognized by Chambers USA. He regularly represents financial institutions, accounting firms, Fortune 500 companies, boards of directors and individuals in securities and other complex commercial litigation.

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Litigation & Trial Partner

Career

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel

Within: Cartel

Latham & Watkins LLP’s US team, which includes global co-chairs Amanda Reeves and San Francisco-based Christopher Yates, is highly active in national and global cartel matters. A group including Marguerite Sullivan, New York-based Lawrence Buterman, Michael Egge and San Francisco-based Daniel Wall defended Sumitomo against global antitrust investigations and related civil litigation connected with alleged anti-competitive practices in the auto parts industry. Niall Lynch in San Francisco and New York-based Jeff Hammel are the lead advisers to Omnicom in the DOJ’s ongoing bid rigging grand jury investigation, which is part of a wider criminal antitrust investigation into the advertising agency market. In another matter, Lynch and associate Meaghan Thomas-Kennedy represented StarKist in an investigation into alleged price-fixing in the packaged tuna industry. In 2017, Joshua Holian transferred from the San Francisco office to the Brussels office. Christopher Campbell in San Francisco made partner, while Allyson Maltas was promoted to counsel.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Financial services litigation

Within: Financial services litigation

Strengthened by numerous lateral hires over the past 12 months, such as Joseph Serino and Eric Leon from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Nicholas McQuaid and Leslie Caldwell from the government, where McQuaid served as deputy White House counsel and Caldwell was assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s criminal division, Latham & Watkins LLP is increasingly well-equipped to handle big-ticket finance-related disputes proceeding across numerous fronts, including regulatory enforcement actions and private litigation. The ‘very practicalJeff Hammel is ‘well-informed and thoughtful across a wide range of issues affecting financial institutions’ and alongside Richard Owens continues to represent the British Bankers’ Association in the US litigation relating to its alleged role in Libor manipulation. Together with William Reckler and lawyers from the firm’s German offices, Owens was a pivotal member of the team that represented Deutsche Bank in the high-profile DOJ investigation into alleged fraudulent behaviour relating to the bank’s sale of RMBS in the lead up to the financial crisis. Miles Ruthberg is noted for his defense of accountancy firms. Kathryn Ruemmler is also recommended.

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General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘ability and willingness to step in to assist on such a wide range of issues is one of the features which sets the firm apart’. The ‘quick’ and ‘high-quality’ team is well known for its trial and litigation prowess and high-profile clients. ‘Good communicatorChristopher Harris in New York is ‘able to achieve good results’; he chairs the practice alongside Sean Berkowitz in Chicago and Jake Ryan in San Diego. The department saw continued growth throughout 2017; key hires included Leslie Caldwell and Elizabeth Deeley in San Francisco from the DOJ and Kirkland & Ellis LLP respectively and former deputy white house counsel Nicholas McQuaid in New York. Century City-based Laura Washington made partner in 2018. Jeff Hammel (New York) and Peter Wald (San Francisco) are also recommended.

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M&A litigation: defense

Within: M&A litigation: defense

Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘a "go-to" firm for securities and M&A litigation; its willingness to step in and assist on a wide range of matters sets it apart’. New York-based global head of securities litigation and professional liability Jeff Hammel is ‘well informed and thoughtful on issues impacting financial institutions and is also a very practical lawyer who works well with businesspeople’. Orange County-based Michele Johnson has established herself as a leading light in the market. She worked with Peter Wald in San Francisco and Blair Connelly in New York to successfully defend global pharmaceuticals company Allergan against a $57bn hostile takeover bid by Valeant Pharmaceuticals and activist investor William Ackman. Johnson and Connelly also acted for ExamWorks in defending actions against its $2.2bn sale. James Brandt played a key role in the dismissal of the Books-A-Million controlling shareholder take-private litigation. Colleen Smith in San Diego and Los Angeles-based Brian Glennon are also recommended.

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Securities litigation: defense

Within: Leading lawyers

Jeff Hammel - Latham & Watkins LLP

Within: Securities litigation: defense

A top-notch firm for high-exposure cases’, according to one client, Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘extremely knowledgeable and strategic, providing practical advice and a keen understanding of the facts’. ‘Exceptionally bright and skilled securities litigatorJeff Hammel and Christopher Clark in New York, and Matthew Rawlinson in Silicon Valley, lead the practice. Hammel, Miles Ruthberg and veteran litigator James Brandt (who is ‘as smart as they come and has the requisite level of aggressiveness and experience to make the tough calls’) handled five class actions for Endo International, including a case concerning statements made about its generic pharmaceuticals business. Rawlinson is representing semiconductor company AMD in a case alleging it made false and misleading statements about demand for products, including its Llano APUs. The firm has ‘a leading auditor practice’ that acts for clients such as Deloitte and Ernst & Young, and also counts Apple and Walmart among its clients for high-stakes securities litigation. In Los Angeles, the firm hired experienced trial lawyer Thomas Nolan from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and the highly respected Joshua Hamilton from Paul Hastings LLP.

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