Christopher J. Clark

  • Partner
  • 885 Third Avenue
  • New York, NY 10022-4834
  • USA
  • T +1.212.906.1350


Christopher Clark, a former federal prosecutor, is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. He served as a former Global Co-Chair of the firm's Financial Institutions Industry Group and a former Co-Chair of the Securities Litigation & Professional Liability Practice. With deep experience in matters concerning financial markets, Mr. Clark’s practice focuses on two main areas, the representation of: (1) financial institutions (including alternative investment firms such as hedge and private equity funds), corporations, and individuals in complex civil and criminal litigation, regulatory inquiries, and investigations; and (2) alternative investment firms in large-scale civil disputes involving distressed or defaulted securities.

Mr. Clark was an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York and a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. During his tenure there, he conducted nine federal criminal trials as lead or co-lead counsel, and argued more than 20 appeals in the Second Circuit.


Mr. Clark's recent representative matters include:

  • SEC v. Mark Cuban., successfully represented Mark Cuban in a three-week federal trial, prevailing on all charges. Had previously represented Mr. Cuban in connection with the allegation that Mr. Cuban committed insider trading. Obtained first of its kind decision dismissing SEC's Complaint in its entirety.

  • In re Argentine Bond Litigation, represents the largest group of Exchange Bondholders in international and domestic litigation concerning restructured Argentine Sovereign debt. Lead coordinating counsel in legal actions in the United States, UK, and Belgium, among other jurisdictions.

  • SEC v. Gryphon Partners, L.P., representation of hedge fund in contested enforcement proceeding regarding the trading of PIPEs. Won landmark motion to dismiss SEC allegations regarding violations of Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933.

  • Represented prominent hedge fund in one of the first SEC matters pursued under Regulation M Rule 105.

  • Represented a major appraisal management in New York Attorney General's Office investigation of the appraisal management industry. No action was taken against client appraisal management company.

Thought Leadership

  • Second Circuit Reinforces FCPA’s Jurisdictional Limits -  August 29, 2018
  • Supreme Court: SEC ALJs Are Officers Subject to Constitution’s Appointments Clause -  July 12, 2018
  • Deputy Attorney General Announces Comprehensive Review of DOJ Corporate Enforcement Policies -  October 12, 2017
  • UK Decision Highlights Potential Privilege Problems in Cross-Border Investigations -  February 21, 2017
  • CFTC Releases New Enforcement Cooperation Guidelines -  February 14, 2017
  • What To Do When You Are Served With a Search Warrant -  December 16, 2015
  • The Circuits Are Split: Are Tangible Benefits Required for Insider Trading Liability? -  July 10, 2015
  • Expanding FIRREA Liability for Financial Institutions: Recent Second Circuit Developments -  June 15, 2015
  • Second Circuit Redefines “Personal Benefit” in Insider Trading Case -  December 12, 2014
  • Insider Trading Investigations: What To Watch for in 2014 -  March 03, 2014
  • Recent SEC Enforcement Actions Put Spotlight On Prohibited Short Selling -  October 04, 2013
  • SEC Issues Risk Alert Regarding “Pay-to-Play” Rules -  September 20, 2012
The “perfect mix of intellect and aggression. When you want to go out and fight, you want the guy leading the charge to be that smart and that tough."Chambers USA 2018
Bar Qualification
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • JD, Columbia University School of Law, 1996
    cum laude; Senior Editor, Columbia Law Review
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1993
    Phi Beta Kappa; Departmental Honors
  • Financial Institutions
  • Financial Regulatory
  • Litigation & Trial Practice
  • White Collar Defense & Investigations