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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.

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Bankruptcy-Related Deal Disputes
Representation of a litigation trust for the bankruptcy estate of a large jewelry company in one of the largest leveraged buyout related fraudulent conveyance actions in U.S. history.  The engagement also included simultaneously pursuing claims against officers and directors and other fiduciaries.
Representation of the Chapter 7 litigation trustee for an online company asserting claims under a merger agreement against the company’s pre-bankruptcy merger partner for failure to close the transaction due to funding-related misrepresentations.
Representation of a now-defunct telecommunications company referred to above in a merger dispute with another telecommunications company, in which the company merging with our client filed a Chapter 11 petition and asserted various causes of action against our client based upon its alleged failure to close the merger.
Representation of the committee of equity security holders in a bankruptcy proceeding of a publicly traded information technology company.  Our client opposed the sale of the company’s disaster recovery business to the buyer selected by the company’s board of directors, and the business was later sold at a higher price to a different buyer after the bankruptcy court blocked the sale to the proposed buyer selected by the board.
Corporate Control and Stockholder Disputes
Representation of the 50 percent joint venture partner in a suit to dissolve a joint venture as a result of deadlock between the partners. 
Representation of a publicly held corporation, which was the minority shareholder in another corporation, in connection with fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and related claims arising out of the other corporation’s “squeeze out” merger transaction.
Litigation of bylaws amendments and other change-in-control issues in connection with representation of the board of directors of a public company investigating the company’s CEO and largest stockholder.
Defense of a majority shareholder, who sought to take a public company private by acquiring the outstanding minority shares, against class action claims brought by the minority.
Representation of two private equity arms of major financial institutions in a suit to enforce the terms of “drag along” provisions of a portfolio company’s operating agreement; the suit also involved defending counterclaims for breach of fiduciary duty and related causes of action.
Deal Litigation Monitoring and Analysis
Followed and provided analysis to hedge fund, investment bank, and other clients regarding litigation arising out of (1) the proposed buyout of Clear Channel Communications, Inc. by Bain Capital, LLC and Thomas H. Lee Partners (BT Triple Crown Merger Co. et al. v. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. et al., No. 600899/08, Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York); and (2) the proposed merger of Huntsman Corporation and Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc. (a portfolio company of Apollo Investment Corporation) (Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc. et al. v. Huntsman Corporation, No. 3841-VCL, Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware).