Virginia F. Tent

New York
  • 885 Third Avenue
  • New York, NY 10022-4834
  • USA

Virginia Tent is counsel in the New York office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm's White Collar Defense & Investigations and Global Antitrust & Competition Practices. Her practice concentrates on government defense and investigations, antitrust and trade regulation matters, and complex commercial litigation.

Ms. Tent has extensive experience representing major global clients in government investigations and other white collar matters, SEC enforcement proceedings, internal investigations, and antitrust investigations. She has represented companies and individuals in matters involving the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Reserve (Fed), FINRA, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as individual states’ attorneys general. Her clients span a wide range of industries, including financial services, hospitality and travel, energy, and industrial manufacturing.

Ms. Tent’s practice includes a particular concentration on cross-border and finance-related litigation and investigations, leveraging her fluency in multiple foreign languages, as well as her background in economics and quantitative analysis. Her cross-border experience includes guiding clients outside the US through interactions with US regulators and authorities, as well as responses to document production requests in connection with private litigation in the US, including information subject to varying data privacy and banking secrecy laws.

Ms. Tent is active in pro bono representations and serves on Latham’s Recruiting Committee. She has previously served on the firm’s Associates Committee, Training and Career Enhancement Committee, and Women Enriching Business Committee, as well as the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Antitrust Section. She was a founding member and continues to work closely with the firm’s New York-based diversity group MPAC.


Ms. Tent's representative matters include advising:

  • A major global financial institution in inquiries by numerous enforcement authorities and regulators, including the DOJ, related to US clients and offshore structures
  • Trade associations comprising major financial institutions and hotel chains on a range of antitrust issues
  • Politically exposed persons and other clients with respect to investigations of alleged corrupt practices and flows of funds
  • Financial institution clients and individuals with respect to SEC investigations of conduct surrounding the financial crisis
  • Swiss banks with respect to cross-border tax issues and the US Department of Justice’s Program for Non-Prosecution Agreements or Non-Target Letters for Swiss Banks

Litigation victories include a summary judgment for a financial institution in a purported class action alleging misrepresentation, and market manipulation in connection with hedges on convertible debt positions.

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