Jason Hegt is a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Hegt focuses on securities and corporate governance litigation, complex commercial litigation, as well as US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other related regulatory investigations. He frequently represents financial institutions, large public companies, and professional services firms, and he has significant experience handling matters involving technology firms and matters involving complex and structured investment products.

Mr. Hegt received his BA from Emory University in 2004 and his JD, summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, from American University, Washington College of Law in 2009. Prior to law school, Mr. Hegt worked for two members of the US Congress and a New York state elected official.

Mr. Hegt's recent representative experience includes:

Public Companies

  • Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) in:
    • Shareholder derivative actions concerning Llano APUs in state and federal court, all of which were dismissed with prejudice; Hamilton v. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., 2021 WL 1253654 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 5, 2021); Wessels v. Read, 2020 WL 5052765 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 27, 2020)
    • Shareholder derivative action regarding the composition of AMD’s board and senior management, which was dismissed with prejudice. City of Pontiac v. Caldwell, 2021 WL 2711750 (N.D. Cal. 2021).
    • Securities class action and other litigation regarding AMD's Llano microprocessors
    • Litigation related to AMD’s acquisition of Xilinx, Inc.
  • Apple Inc. in a securities class action in which it was alleged to be the “control person” of another publicly traded company
  • Farfetch Ltd. in a securities class action dismissed with prejudice, In re Farfetch Ltd. Sec. Litig. 2021 WL 4461264 (Sep. 29, 2021)
  • Northern Oil & Gas in a securities class action based on alleged misuse of company assets, Fries v. Northern Oil & Gas, Inc., 2018 WL 6493097 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 12, 2018) 
  • Several multinational companies in litigation under 28 U.S.C. 1782, including US subsidiary of RWE AG in Stadwerke Frankfurt am Main Holding GmbH v. RWE Trading Americas, 813 Fed. Appx. 6 (2d Cir. 2020)
  • Sinovac Biotech Ltd. in ongoing shareholder litigation concerning its 2018 PIPE transaction  
  • Directors and officers of an energy services company in shareholder litigation related to alleged bid rigging
  • Chairman and CEO of a major internet security company in ongoing securities class action concerning a take private transaction 
  • Independent directors of an online gaming company in connection with cross-border shareholder litigation 

Financial Institutions

  • Deutsche Bank in class action litigation regarding interest rate benchmarks  
  • Deutsche Bank in more than 20 separate matters around the country relating to its mortgage-backed securities and securitized products businesses
  • Numerous investment banks, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, UBS, and RBC, in securities class actions around the country, including cases relating to the following issuers:
    • Gridsum Holding Inc:  All claims against underwriters dismissed with prejudice; Xu v. Gridsum Holding, Inc., 2021 WL 773002 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 23, 2021); Xu v. Gridsum Holding, Inc., 2020 WL 1508748 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 30 2020)
    • KemPharm, Inc.: Claims voluntarily dismissed prior to ruling on motion to dismiss (Iowa Dist. Ct. 2018) 
    • MagnaChip Semiconductor: All claims alleged against underwriters dismissed with prejudice and settled; Thomas v. MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp., 167 F. Supp. 3d 1029 (N.D. Cal. 2016)
    • Motricity, Inc.: Motion to dismiss granted and affirmed by Ninth Circuit; Mosco v. Motricity, Inc., 649 Fed. Appx. 526 (9th Cir. 2016)
    • Violin Memory, Inc.: Motion to dismiss granted in part; remaining claims resolved without contribution by underwriters; In re Violin Memory, Inc. Sec. Litig., 2015 WL 1968766 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 30, 2015)

Professional Services Firms

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in a securities class action related to Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, Inc., which was dismissed with prejudice against PwC; In re Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, Inc. Secs. Litig., 529 F. Supp. 3d (S.D.N.Y. 2021)
  • A Big 4 audit firm in confidential arbitration brought by a state insurance commissioner on behalf of a failed insurance company who sought nine-figure damages; awarded complete defense judgment following a two-week trial
  • A global technology and consumer electronics company in a securities class action in which it is alleged to be the “control person” of another publicly traded company
  • Big 4 audit firms in connection with government investigations by the Justice Department, Securities and Exchange Commission, and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and related civil matters concerning companies in the financial services, technology, real estate, and consumer products industries

Bar Qualification

  • New York

Education

  • JD, American University, Washington College of Law, 2009
    Summa Cum Laude / Order of the Coif
  • BA in Political Science, Emory University, 2004
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January 5, 2021Recognition

Latham Named Banking Group of the Year

Firm honored by Law360 for prowess in representing banks in complex, cross-border litigation, transactions, and regulatory matters.