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Latham & Watkins LLP

Miles Ruthberg

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Miles Ruthberg is Chair of the New York Litigation & Trial Department. Mr. Ruthberg has been a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, global Chair of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Department, and Chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation & Professional Liability Practice. He has successfully represented many major companies in their most important litigation, including securities law, class actions and complex commercial disputes with a particular emphasis on accounting issues. 

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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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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