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Latham & Watkins LLP
United States
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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

(Next Generation Partners)

Colleen SmithLatham & Watkins LLP

The securities litigation and professional liability practice at Latham & Watkins LLP ‘has a great mix of subject matter experts and trial attorneys‘. The firm has represented clients as defendants in more federal securities class actions than any other law firm and its has more trial experience in securities cases than most firms in the market. Its recent victory for Puma Biotechnology was the first securities class action in ten years to reach a successful trial verdict for a defendant. The firm largely acts for corporate issuers including multinationals in key industries such as technology and pharmaceuticals, though it also has a strong underwriter practice. ‘Having a deep bench to draw upon anywhere in the country is a big plus‘, remarks one client. The practice is led by Jeff Hammel in New York, Andrew Clubok in Washington DC and Matthew Rawlinson in Silicon Valley. Up-and-coming partners Colleen Smith in San Diego, who excels in matters in the life sciences sector, and Jason Hegt in New York, who focuses on securities and class action litigation as well as  corporate governance matters, are also recommended.