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The Securities and Transactional Litigation Practice Group focuses on litigation under the federal and state securities laws and litigation arising out of mergers and acquisitions ("M&A"), other transactions and corporate governance matters. Our experience encompasses litigation relating to IPOs and other capital markets financings, public and private M&A deals, investment company activities, and state law corporate and fiduciary duty matters generally. With approximately 120 lawyers in 23 cities around the world, we are positioned at strategic intersections of the global economy and have a strong local presence in key commercial and financial centers. M&A and securities litigation is often multi-jurisdictional, and our multi-office platform and experience with forum-related litigation well equip us to handle such litigation efficiently and effectively.

We have received widespread recognition for the quality, depth and breadth of our practice. We were ranked 7th among the top ten firms in Securities Litigation by Law360 for 2015. We also have been recognized in BTI Consulting Group’s Litigation Outlook surveys as a “Powerhouse” firm in Class Action Litigation for 2014 and 2015, and as a “Powerhouse” and “Standout” firm in Securities & Finance Litigation for 2014 and 2015, respectively. We received “Tier 1” national practice rankings from the U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers® survey in “Litigation – Securities” for 2015, and in both “Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions” and “Litigation – Securities” for 2014, 2013 and 2012.

We litigate both “public” disputes (shareholder class action and derivative cases) and “private” disputes (such as claims between buyers and sellers in M&A deals), and have litigated transactions valued at $1 billion or more. We have extensive experience litigating such disputes in the federal courts throughout the United States, as well as in state courts around the nation, including the Delaware Chancery Court, the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court in New York City, and specialized business courts in other states. Our practice group includes a former Attorney General of the United States, a former SEC Assistant General Counsel, former SEC Division of Enforcement attorneys, former Assistant United States Attorneys and District Attorneys, former Department of Justice attorneys and former state securities regulators.

To maximize the effectiveness of our representation, we work closely with and leverage our strong relationships with our colleagues in related practice areas of the Firm, such as Securities Regulation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, Securities Enforcement, Capital Markets and Investment Management. K&L Gates was named the “Law Firm of the Year” for Securities Regulation for 2015 in the U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers® survey. In 2013, K&L Gates was named “Law Firm of the Year” by Mergers & Acquisitions magazine, as part of its annual M&A Mid-Market Awards. The U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers® survey singled us out as the national Corporate Governance “Law Firm of the Year” for 2012, and as the national “Law Firm of the Year” in Securities Regulation and Criminal Defense: White Collar in 2013. Our M&A, Capital Markets and Investment Management (Mutual Funds) practices are recognized by U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers® as “Tier 1” national practices, with our Investment Management group being one of the largest and most experienced in the United States and globally.

In those instances in which a case survives to reach the discovery phase, our lawyers have available the unmatched capabilities and technical expertise of our e-Discovery Analysis & Technology ("e-DAT") group, led by a team of trial lawyers who assist in the development of reasonable and responsible plans for responding to discovery requests, and who direct specially trained lawyers in document review prior to production. Our e-DAT group has been at the forefront of e-discovery for over a decade, delivering creative, efficient, and cost-effective e-discovery solutions, as well as litigation readiness services.

Areas of Practice

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Post-Closing Disputes
Representation of the power tools division of a leading global supplier of technology and services in connection with its purchase of a consumer products division that included lawn and garden products.  The dispute centered on post-closing purchase price adjustment issues and the entitlement to escrow funds held back for the purpose of satisfying both purchase price adjustment and indemnity claims.
Representation of a private equity firm in litigation brought against the sellers of a company purchased by our client for breach of representations and warranties relating to the purchased company’s financial statements and inventory.
Representation of the purchaser under a share purchase agreement seeking to enforce its rights arising out of the seller’s allegedly willful failure to comply with the agreement.  The agreement provided for arbitration in Hong Kong applying New York substantive law.
Representation of the purchaser of substantially all the assets of a company in a suit brought by the competitor of the purchaser, in which the competitor alleged that it had already entered into a binding purchase agreement with the seller and made claims for specific performance, tortious interference, breach of contract, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.  The case resulted in a published opinion setting forth the particular state’s law as to letters of intent.
Pre-Closing Disputes
Representation of a prospective purchaser of two casino hotels in Las Vegas.  Our client terminated its stock purchase agreement prior to closing upon the discovery of alleged fraud and breaches of representations and warranties by the sellers.
Representation of a global public diversified manufacturer of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass, and fiberglass in litigation with a private equity buyer in New York state court, regarding the buyer’s promise to purchase one of our client’s businesses under an asset sale agreement.  Prior to closing, the buyer sought to terminate the agreement and filed suit, claiming chiefly that our client made certain misrepresentations and that a “material adverse effect” had occurred to the business.  Our client obtained early dismissal of the misrepresentation claims and has asserted various counterclaims.  Following the private equity buyer’s termination of the sale agreement and initiation of the litigation, our client negotiated and closed the sale of the same business to another buyer.
Representation of the owners of a dot-com company in connection with a dispute arising out of an agreement to sell the company to a group of investors, in which our clients terminated the merger agreement and sought to regain control of the company and obtain various restrictions against the investor group.
Defense of the selling company in a corporate buyout against a class action suit brought by shareholders alleging securities violations and self dealing.
Various litigation matters in the Delaware Chancery Court, including the following:
  • Representation of a large public client in litigation pertaining to a merger valued at over $1 billion, in which the client’s merger partner sought to rescind the merger agreement under claims of fraudulent inducement, “material adverse change,” and breaches of the agreement.  After the assertion of counterclaims by our client, expedited discovery, and several days of trial, the parties settled and have since merged.
  • Representation of the Board Special Committee of an energy company in litigation brought by stockholders seeking to enjoin the company's merger with another energy company and seeking damages relating to that merger. Our client obtained dismissal of the claims made against it.
  • Representation of a pharmaceutical company in litigation relating to an unconsummated merger and a license to our client that was to be negotiated in the event the merger did not close.
  • Representation of a manufacturing company in litigation brought by stockholders of a target entity seeking to enjoin our client’s acquisition of the target and seeking damages relating to the acquisition.