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Colleen Smith is a member of the Securities Litigation & Professional Liability Practice, representing public companies and corporate officers and directors in securities class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, mergers and acquisitions litigation, SEC investigations, internal investigations and other complex, high-stakes litigation.

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United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

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Colleen SmithLatham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP‘ ‘user-friendly‘ national litigation practice handles securities cases in state and federal courts across the US. Its key focus is representing underwriters, though it also acts for corporate issuers including Lyft, Virgin Galactic and Twitter. Andrew Clubok in Washington DC, Blair Connelly in New York and Matthew Rawlinson in Silicon Valley lead the practice. Rawlinson represented private equity firm Andreessen Horowitz in a class action alleging that defendants sold Internet Computer Project tokens as unregistered securities as defined by Section 2(a)(1) of the Securities Act. Jeff Hammel in New York is a prominent force in securities litigation and led the defense of Farfetch Ltd in a class action arising from its IPO, in which plaintiffs allege that the company went public based on the false narrative that Farfetch would see exponential organic growth. Colleen Smith in San Diego and emerging talent Jason Hegt in New York also play key roles in the practice.

United States > Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense

They know the process inside and out, and they have the knowhow to deal with opposing counsel and offer practical solutions‘, say clients of Latham & Watkins LLP. The litigation practice works closely with M&A teams to advise potential acquirers, targets, and financial advisors on issues ranging from deal protection measures, conflicts of interest, and change-of-control payments to disclosure obligations. The firm also has a strong track record in securing dismissals and succeeding at trial in class actions, derivative cases, busted deal litigation, poison pill matters,  proxy contests and appraisal actions. Recently, the firm has become a leading player in de-SPAC-related litigation on the back of its market-leading SPAC transactional practice, and is currently acting for Virgin Galactic, Romeo Power and Skillz in such matters. Michele Johnson in Orange County and Blair Connelly in New York lead the practice. Colleen Smith in San Diego and Kristin Murphy in Orange County are heavily involved in SPAC-related cases. Newly promoted counsel Zach Rowen in New York also plays a pivotal role in the practice.