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Latham & Watkins LLP

James Brandt

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Latham & Watkins LLP

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James E. Brandt is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins, where he formerly served as the Managing Partner. Mr. Brandt is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department and the Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts, Securities Litigation and Professional Liability and Takeover Defense Practices. He focuses extensively on complex litigation involving financial matters, including securities and corporate transactions, and insolvency matters, including litigation in bankruptcy court and commercial matters.

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Litigation & Trial Partner

Career

http://www.lw.com/people/james-brandt


United States: Dispute resolution

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: 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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