Fraudsters, hackers, insiders, and even nation-state actors all pose potential threats to a company’s data. Latham is at the forefront of this novel practice area, helping companies stay abreast of a rapidly evolving regulatory landscape and providing timely and practical legal guidance in the unfortunate event of a data breach or other cybersecurity incident.

Why Latham

As regulators across the globe increasingly expect — and require — organizations to strengthen their security posture, Latham helps clients put documented policies in place to guard against threats to their networks. Government investigations, class-action lawsuits, loss of business, and damage to reputation are just some of the risks faced by companies who fail to adequately protect themselves against this modern-day risk. 

With experience handling more than 100 data breaches, Latham is poised to provide immediate, around-the-globe assistance to clients experiencing a cyber incident. The firm helps companies develop and refine their cybersecurity plans and policies, train senior management and legal staff on incident response, review vendor contracts for appropriate allocation of cybersecurity risk, evaluate cybersecurity insurance policies, and conduct due diligence of cybersecurity risks in M&A transactions. In the event of a data breach or other serious cybersecurity incident, Latham stands ready to help manage the crisis, by supervising a privileged forensic investigation, ensuring required notifications are made, counseling on communications strategies, advising on potential compliance and litigation risks, and liaising with law enforcement where appropriate.

The firm’s cross-disciplinary practice comprises both corporate and litigation lawyers with experience advising clients from diverse industry sectors, including global financial institutions, healthcare providers, technology companies, media organizations, e-commerce and internet platforms, and brick-and-mortar retailers, among others. From startups to multinational enterprises, Latham’s experienced advisors provide strategic guidance and insightful counsel on complex privacy and security issues, often at critical moments — whether in the midst of a crisis response, government investigation, or major transaction.

Latham lawyers are known for delivering a rapid global response to cybersecurity issues, and for developing innovative structures, processes and policies to enable international organizations to comply with an increasingly complex (and often conflicting) global regulatory environment.

In keeping with the firm’s long track-record representing multinational corporations in their most significant and sensitive investigations, Latham is able to draw on our former government attorneys from the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), the European Commission, and other agencies, who bring unique expertise investigating complex cybercrime cases and inside knowledge of agency enforcement priorities.

Our Experience

Awards & Rankings

  • Latham Named Technology Group of the Year - February 08, 2018
  • Latham Excels in 2017 AmLaw Corporate Scorecard - May 15, 2017
  • Corporate Counsel Rank Latham as a Top Law Firm for Cybersecurity - April 27, 2017
  • Partners Recognized for Client Service Excellence - February 06, 2017
  • Corporate Leaders Rank Latham as a Leading Law Firm for Client Service - November 30, 2016

Latham advises on “high-profile IT and business process outsourcing matters, as well as system integration mandates and sensitive regulatory concerns,”and “garners further recognition for its expertise on fintech and data regulation and strategy.”

– Chambers Global 2020


Institutional Asset Management Symposium

Media Coverage

Network and Information Security (NIS) Regulations: The Need-to-Know PointsTop Cyber/AI Lawyers 2018: Jennifer L. BarryWashington's Top Lawyers 2017


NYU Law Student Receives Latham & Watkins Award in Technology and Law Latham's GDPR Resource Center Provides Online Comparative ToolsLatham Named Technology Group of the Year

Thought Leadership

France Enacts Sweeping New Data Protection LawPromulgation de la loi « relative à la protection des données »California’s Consumer Right to Privacy Ballot Initiative