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Matthew W. Close

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Los Angeles, CA, USA


Matthew Close is a partner in O'Melveny's Los Angeles office and a member of the Securities Litigation Practice. He focuses on representing corporations and their directors and officers in shareholder securities, derivative, and breach of duty litigation, as well as in internal investigations and disputes relating to mergers, acquisitions and asset sales. Matt also has significant complex business litigation experience handling RICO, unfair competition, fraud, and class action lawsuits raising financial, accounting, joint venture, and fiduciary duty issues. He was named by Law360 as one of Ten Rising Stars Under 40 nationwide in the field of securities litigation. Matt is a frequent commentator in national and international press on a range of legal issues.  Matt served as an authority on the implications of the June 2010 US Supreme Court decision, Morrison v. National Australia Bank, Ltd., and also was featured in a recent Finance Asia story on the growing number of securities class actions filed against Chinese companies listed in the United States. 

Illustrative Professional Experience

  • Lead defense counsel in connection with securities class action, shareholder opt-out, RICO, breach of duty, and mismanagement lawsuits arising from the bankruptcy of a publicly-held European joint venture company
  • Lead counsel in obtaining dismissal of claims alleging that a telecommunications company aided and abetted breaches of fiduciary duty and accounting fraud
  • Lead trial counsel for an electronics company in successful prosecution of fraud claim
  • Lead counsel for a corporate pension plan defrauded in a Ponzi scheme run by an investment manager
  • Lead counsel for a natural resources company in connection with a government investigation into price-fixing and unfair competition allegations
  • Lead counsel for a reorganized limited liability company in arbitration and litigation against minority members
  • Lead counsel in litigation and arbitration involving tort, contract, and trademark claims between a public company and its founder
  • Counsel to a telecommunications company in securities and breach of fiduciary duty litigation arising from US$20 billion strategic merger
  • Represented a Special Litigation Committee in its internal investigation and successful motion to dismiss derivative claims filed against the company's officers and directors
  • Counsel in successful defense of a corporation against securities fraud claims arising from its exchange offer
  • Counsel to a software company in takeover litigation
  • Advised Audit Committee members in connection with securities litigation and parallel SEC investigation
  • Defense counsel in multiple cases involving stock options
  • Defense counsel in a variety of shareholder class actions and derivative lawsuits in federal and state court
  • Represented a company accused of using false financial statements to induce US$1.5 billion asset sale
  • Advised multiple clients on representation, warranty, covenant, and indemnity disputes arising from stock and asset purchase transactions
  • Counsel to a medical device manufacturer in false advertising and unfair competition litigation, product liability class actions, and license disputes
  • Represented a government contractor in joint venture and misappropriation of trade secret disputes
  • Counsel in multiple cases involving joint venture, partnership, and royalty disputes
  • Counsel to property owners in land-use, takings, and restructuring litigation

Education
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law,  J.D.: Order of the Coif
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School,  B.S.: magna cum laude

Professional Activities
Law Clerk, Honorable Mariana R. Pfaelzer, US District Court for the Central District of California
Admitted, California
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Appellate Courts Committee
Honors, Named one of Ten "Rising Stars Under 40" nationwide in the field of securities litigation by Securities Law360; named a "Southern California Rising Star" by Super Lawyers (2004)

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