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Michael Lacovara

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Michael Lacovara, a highly accomplished trial lawyer, is a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department of the New York office and a member of the Antitrust and Complex Commercial Litigation Practices.  Mr. Lacovara focuses his practice on antitrust, securities and complex commercial disputes, and has represented clients across a range of industries, including global enterprises in the financial services, technology and resource sectors. Mr. Lacovara has extensive experience in the strategic planning and prosecution or defense of multi-jurisdictional and multi-forum litigation, and has served as national and global coordinating counsel for numerous strategic litigations. Drawing on more than 25 years of legal, banking and management experience, he helps clients solve their most pressing global challenges and assists them in realizing strategic opportunities worldwide.


Litigation & Trial Partner


United States: Antitrust

Civil litigation/class actions

Within: Civil litigation/class actions

Washington DC-based Amanda Reeves and San Francisco’s Christopher Yates are global co-chairs of the practice at Latham & Watkins LLP. The team recently increased its headcount in the US through the hires of counsel Peter Todaro and Farrell Malone, who joined in Washington DC from King & Spalding LLP and Arnold & Porter LLP respectively, and Michael Lacovara, who joined in New York from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. In addition to representing clients in cartel-related litigation arising from government investigations, the firm also handles non-cartel business-to-business litigation (which covers a wide range of conduct issues), as well as contentious merger clearances. San Francisco-based Daniel Wall and Sarah Ray and others successfully defended Oracle against a putative class action initiated by plaintiffs alleging a conspiracy between the client and other technology companies not to hire or solicit each other’s employees. Margaret Zwisler, Jennifer Giordano and Allyson Maltas (all based in Washington DC) secured an appellate-level win for Time Warner Cable in the Set-top Cable Television Box Antitrust Litigation. Al Pfeiffer in San Francisco is highly recommended.

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Merger control

Within: Merger control

Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘excellent in every respect’ for merger control work, with its team consistently securing multi-jurisdictional clearances in high-end deals. Michael Egge, who ‘knows what he is talking about’, is working with Amanda Reeves and key hire Farrell Malone (who joined Egge and Reeves in the Washington DC office in 2016 from Arnold & Porter LLP) to assist Agrium Inc with obtaining global regulatory clearance of its $36bn merger with Potash Corporation. In another headline mandate, Egge and the San Francisco-based Daniel Wall and Joshua Holian worked with the Brussels office to obtain clearances in multiple jurisdictions of Avago Technologies’ $37bn acquisition of Broadcom, representing the largest-ever deal in the semiconductor industry. Reeves and San Francisco’s Christopher Yates are global co-chairs of the firm’s antitrust practice. In 2016, counsel Peter Todaro joined in Washington DC from King & Spalding LLP, while partner Michael Lacovara joined in New York from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Financial services: litigation

Within: Financial services: litigation

Latham & Watkins LLP provides ‘knowledgeable and practical advice’ to a broad range of financial institutions in the defense of government enforcement actions and investigations as well as private litigation. The ‘excellentRichard Owens is involved in many of the most significant issues facing the banking industry, including acting for numerous employees from different banks in high-profile investigations into forex and ISDAfix manipulation. As well as also being involved in the forex manipulation investigations, the ‘business-orientedChristopher Clark recently helped secure a multibillion-dollar payout from the Argentinian government on behalf of a group of hedge fund creditors in the protracted sovereign debt litigation. The team also benefits from the expertise of numerous former high-ranking government lawyers, including ex-lead counsel for President Obama Kathryn Ruemmler, who is based in Washington DC and recently showcased her trial skills in a victory on behalf of Emirates NBD Bank in a two-and-a-half week jury trial surrounding the alleged misappropriation of trade secrets. Miles Ruthberg regularly defends major accountancy firms and alongside Peter Wald recently secured a favorable result for Deloitte & Touche against a $3.5bn negligent misrepresentation claim brought by Freddie Mac. The firm was also recently bolstered by a number of significant hires, including Michael Lacovara, who joined in June 2016 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, and Sandeep Savla, who joined in November 2015 from Crédit Agricole.

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