Latham & Watkins LLP

Securities: Regulation Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Far-reaching credibility in the securities space thanks to the strength of its lawyers on both coasts and the breadth of its global office network. Able to service clients based in multiple jurisdictions facing high-profile SEC investigations or enforcement actions. Represents investment banks, public companies and accounting firms. Known for its expertise in FCPA investigations and capital markets regulation.

Strengths"They've been very creative and securities-oriented, are highly commercial and have a winning approach," states a source. "They're excellent at identifying problems and offering solutions, and are really plugged in."

Work highlights Acted for Nissan Motors on parallel SEC and DOJ investigations into allegations against former CEO Carlos Ghosn. The claims include the alleged failure to disclose millions of dollars in executive compensation, and the misappropriation of corporate assets.

Notable practitioners

William Baker
is regarded by peers as "a spectacular lawyer" who assists clients with a host of SEC-related mandates. He regularly defends against enforcement proceedings, particularly around issues of disclosure and corruption. A market source adds: "He's very levelheaded, and he has seen and done it all in SEC cases."