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. She concentrates her practice 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, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA and the Federal Trade Commission, 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 litigation and investigations, leveraging her fluency in multiple foreign languages. Her cross-border experience includes guiding clients outside the US through responses to document production requests in connection with private litigation and regulatory investigations in the US. She also represents non-US clients interacting with the DOJ, SEC, IRS and other US regulators, including internal investigations involving the production of documents subject to varying data privacy and banking secrecy laws.

Ms. Tent is active in pro bono representations and has previously served on the firm’s Associates Committee and Training and Career Enhancement Committee. She serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Antitrust Section and is a contributor to the 5th edition of the American Bar Association’s Premerger Notification Practice Manual.

Representative matters include:

  • Advising numerous 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
  • Advising a major global financial institution in inquiries by various enforcement authorities and regulators, including the DOJ, related to offshore tax structures
  • Representing financial institution clients and individual executives with respect to the SEC’s investigations into various issues related to the 2008 financial crisis
  • Advising major financial institutions and hotel chains on a range of antitrust issues
  • Defending a US underwriter in a securities class action 
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