Charles K. Ruck

Charles Ruck practices in the Orange County and New York offices. Mr. Ruck's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and general corporate and securities matters. He serves as primary outside counsel to a number of public and privately held companies and he regularly represents boards of directors and special committees in complex strategic corporate governance matters. Mr. Ruck is a former member of Latham & Watkins' Executive Committee and Chair of the firm's Strategic Client Initiative.

In the merger and acquisitions area, Mr. Ruck has worked on a variety of transactions including:

  • Public company mergers and tender offers
  • Strategic acquisitions and divestitures involving earn-outs and CVRs 
  • Hostile takeovers
  • Going private transactions

In the capital markets area, Mr. Ruck has handled numerous public and private offerings of both debt and equity securities, representing issuers and underwriters. Additionally, he regularly represents the nation's top investment banks in their capacities as financial advisors, underwriters and placement agents.

Mr. Ruck has been recognized in:

  • Law360 "MVP" in Mergers & Acquisitions in 2015 and 2012

  • The National Law Journal 2015 as an "M&A Trailblazer"

  • The Best Lawyers in America in Mergers and Acquisitions Law for 2012 - 2015

  • “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer 2013 and highlighted as “Dealmaker of the Week” 2014

  • Leading Mergers & Acquisitions lawyer in the US by Chambers Global 2013 (Band 2) and in Southern California by Chambers USA 2015 (Band 1)

  • Euromoney’s Legal Media Group 2012, 2013 and 2015 as "Life Sciences Star"

  • The Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in California in 2008 and 2012

  • The New York Times as one of an exclusive group of legal and financial professionals leading the next generation of corporate deal makers

  • California Lawyer as Transactional "Attorney of the Year"

  • Nightingale's Healthcare News as one of the 12 "Outstanding Healthcare Transaction Lawyers"

Mr. Ruck formerly served as a clerk to the Honorable David M. Ebel, on the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and as negotiator for the US Trade Representative at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.