Biography

Gavin Masuda is an associate in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Securities Litigation & Professional Liability, White Collar Defense & Investigations, and Complex Commercial Litigation Practices.

Mr. Masuda’s practice focuses on the defense of accounting firms in civil securities class actions, actions alleging professional negligence, and SEC and other regulatory investigations.  He has represented Big Four accounting firms in connection with some of the largest corporate failures, financial frauds, and restatements of the past decade.  Representative matters include the defense of Deloitte & Touche LLP in all matters related to its audits of Washington Mutual Bank, the Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Company, and Aequitas Capital Management, as well as the defense of Ernst & Young LLP in matters related to its audits of comScore, Inc.  In addition, Mr. Masuda has represented international affiliates of Big Four accounting firms in enforcement actions by the SEC and PCAOB, and provided consulting advice to certain of the Big Four firms regarding the implementation of regulatory guidance and auditing standards.

In addition to his accounting firm practice, Mr. Masuda has extensive experience representing companies in securities class actions and shareholder derivative actions.  Among other engagements, Mr. Masuda recently represented Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. in matters arising from its initial public offering, and represented PG&E Corporation in a series of shareholder derivative actions arising from the 2010 explosion in San Bruno, California.  He also has represented companies in intellectual property disputes, primarily involving the alleged misappropriation of trade secrets.

Mr. Masuda is an advocate for diversity at Latham and in the legal profession.  He serves as Global Leader of Latham’s Asian Lawyers Group, and is a member of the Planning Committee for the California Minority Counsel Program’s 2018 Annual Conference.  He also serves on Latham’s Ethics Committee.

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