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Securities and Transactional Litigation

From challenges to high-profile mergers and acquisitions, to securities class action and corporate governance disputes, to litigation under the Investment Company Act of 1940, to private litigation between parties, our securities and transactional litigation practice encompasses the full spectrum of securities-related litigation. We have successfully represented major public corporations, boards of directors and board committees, senior executives, investment banks, investment advisors, underwriters, venture capital firms, asset managers, and auditors, among many others, in litigation arising under both the federal securities laws and a host of state securities laws and legal theories, as well as in shareholder derivative litigation.

The experience and success of our practice group spans the history of securities class action litigation, dating from the successful representation of a national accounting firm in what is believed to have been the first Rule 10b-5 class action ever tried to a conclusion, to the modern-day litigation of transactions valued at US$1 billion or more. We have had frequent success in obtaining the dismissal of putative class action complaints, defeating motions for class certification, and limiting the scope of alleged class periods. We also regularly work in conjunction with our colleagues who formerly served at the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission to address regulatory matters and compliance concerns. In addition, we have served as counsel to corporations in the conduct of internal investigations, and as counsel to boards of directors and special committees in responding to shareholder demands.

We represent clients in both public and private disputes and have extensive experience litigating such disputes in federal and state courts throughout the United States, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the courts in precedent-setting jurisdictions such as Delaware, New York, and California. With lawyers located in 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 where many of our clients are located, and where securities-related litigations frequently are brought.

Our work includes:

  • Securities class actions
  • Merger and acquisition litigation
  • Corporate governance litigation
  • Control disputes
  • Derivative litigation
  • Board special committee representations
  • Investment company litigation
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17 February 2016
K&L Gates Names 50 New Partners
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Named Securities and Finance Litigation Standout

BTI Consulting Group's Litigation Outlook Survey 2018

Ranked in National Top Tier for Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions and Litigation - Securities

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms"
2012 - 2020

Named Litigation Standout

BTI Consulting Group's Litigation Outlook Survey 2020
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