Senior SEC Official Joins Latham & Watkins in Chicago

Experienced litigator with extensive financial regulatory and enforcement experience joins the firm.

January 21, 2014

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that John Sikora has joined the firm’s Chicago office as a partner in the Litigation Department. Sikora joins Latham from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), where his tenure spanned 16 years. He has held several positions, including most recently as Assistant Director in the Chicago Regional Office and in the Asset Management Unit of the SEC’s Enforcement Division, a national specialized unit that focuses on misconduct by investment advisers, investment companies and private funds.

Sikora has gained deep expertise in enforcement matters covering all aspects of the U.S. federal securities laws, and the registration, reporting and antifraud provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002; Regulation FD; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; the registration, antifraud and other provisions of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940; and the provisions of the federal securities laws related to the conduct of auditors.

“John has had tremendous success at the SEC and he has an excellent track record in enforcement and financial regulatory matters. He will be a valuable resource to our clients and the firm, and will significantly enhance our Chicago litigation capabilities,” said Global Litigation Chair Sean Berkowitz.

Sikora’s practice at Latham will focus on enforcement defense related to hedge funds, private equity, mutual funds and investment advisers. His experience further strengthens our White Collar Defense & Investigations and Securities Litigation practices, as well as our corporate, transactional and regulatory capability advising financial institutions.

 “We are pleased to welcome John to the firm. His experience handling a raft of complex cases and deep knowledge of major financial industry players and expertise will be invaluable to the firm’s litigation and corporate practices in Chicago and globally,” said Brad Kotler, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Chicago.

“The expertise that John has developed during his 16 years at the SEC complements our practice perfectly. That experience is ever more critical with the implementation of rulemaking under the Dodd-Frank Act and the high profile role of the Division of Enforcement’s Asset Management Unit,” added William R. Baker III, who Co-Chairs both the firm’s Financial Institutions Industry Group and the Securities Litigation and Professional Liability Practice. 

 “Latham & Watkins’ pre-eminent Litigation Department is particularly well suited to handle enforcement defense and financial regulatory matters. Latham is one of the most active firms providing comprehensive advice to financial institutions in the United States and globally, and it has been steadily building its practice adding some of the foremost minds in a number of core areas. The depth and integration of the firm’s Litigation Department with the regulatory and corporate practices provides a unique platform for me to develop my practice. Latham’s reputation and litigation capabilities are unparalleled and I am pleased to join a group of extremely accomplished practitioners,” said Sikora.

Latham has a rich history and deep experience with the SEC: at various times Latham partners have served at the highest levels of the SEC - as Chairman, General Counsel and Director of the Division of Corporation Finance. Current partners include two former Associate Directors at the Division of Enforcement and a former Deputy General Counsel. The White Collar Defense & Investigations and Securities Litigation practice groups include a number of highly experienced former federal prosecutors with extensive trial experience in securities law prosecutions, including the former Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice, the former acting US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, the former Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit in the Southern District of New York and the former Chief of the Enron Task Force.

Sikora received his law degree from Northwestern University Law School in 1991, where he was Executive Editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. He received his B.A. magna cum laude, in history from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 1988.

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Notes to Editors
1Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in the United Kingdom, France and Italy and affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi.

Brad E. Kotler, Office Managing Partner, Chicago, +1.312.876.7651.
Sean M. Berkowitz, Global Chair, Litigation Department, +1.312.777.7016.
William R. Baker III, Global Co-chair, Securities Litigation and Professional Liability Practice, +1.202.637.1007. 

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