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Latham & Watkins LLP

505 MONTGOMERY STREET, SUITE 2000, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111-6538, USA
Tel:
Work +1 415 391 0600
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Fax +1 415 395 8095
Web:
www.lw.com

Peter Wald

Tel:
Work +1.415.395.8006
Email:
Web:
www.lw.com
Latham & Watkins LLP

Position

Peter A. Wald is a partner in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins, and a member of the Securities Litigation & Professional Liability Practice. He served as the global Chair of Latham’s Litigation & Trial Department from 2004-2011. In 2015, he was named a “Securities MVP” by Law360 for leading Allergan in its successful fight to block a hostile takeover.

Career

http://www.lw.com/people/peter-wald


United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘ability and willingness to step in to assist on such a wide range of issues is one of the features which sets the firm apart’. The ‘quick’ and ‘high-quality’ team is well known for its trial and litigation prowess and high-profile clients. ‘Good communicatorChristopher Harris in New York is ‘able to achieve good results’; he chairs the practice alongside Sean Berkowitz in Chicago and Jake Ryan in San Diego. The department saw continued growth throughout 2017; key hires included Leslie Caldwell and Elizabeth Deeley in San Francisco from the DOJ and Kirkland & Ellis LLP respectively and former deputy white house counsel Nicholas McQuaid in New York. Century City-based Laura Washington made partner in 2018. Jeff Hammel (New York) and Peter Wald (San Francisco) are also recommended.

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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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