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Latham & Watkins LLP

Christopher Clark

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Christopher Clark, a former federal prosecutor, is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. He serves as global Co-chair of the firm's Financial Institutions Industry Group and as Co-chair of its Securities Litigation & Professional Liability Practice. With deep experience in matters concerning financial markets, Mr. Clark’s practice focuses on two main areas: (1) the representation of financial institutions (including alternative investment firms such as hedge and private equity funds), corporations and individuals in complex civil and criminal litigation, regulatory inquiries and investigations; and (2) representation of alternative investment firms in large-scale civil disputes involving distressed or defaulted securities.


Litigation & Trial Partner


United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Within: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Latham & Watkins LLP’s global practice is led by San Francisco-based Steven Bauer, New York-based Benjamin Naftalis and ‘outstanding advocateKathryn Ruemmler in Washington DC, who is ‘without equal in handling risk’. Ruemmler is representing former US Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, in multiple congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election. In New York, Christopher Clark represented Lee Stewart, a former Rabobank trader and cooperating witness in the high-profile LIBOR prosecution. On the corporate side, the team is representing Dow Chemical in an FCA lawsuit relating to a whistleblower allegation that the defendant owed federal government $70bn in fines. ‘Excellent litigatorJonathan Su is also recommended. Nicholas McQuaid joined the New York office from the Obama White House in June 2017.

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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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