Sandeep Savla is a litigation partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Practice and its Financial Institutions Industry Group. His practice focuses on civil litigation involving financial institutions, white collar investigations and regulatory enforcement matters.
Mr. Savla has more than 20 years of experience in government, private practice and as an in-house financial institution counsel. He has practiced in both the US and the UK, and has a strong track record in large-scale investigations involving authorities in the US and abroad, as well as extensive experience representing preeminent global financial institutions in complex commercial disputes.
Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Savla served as a Managing Director and Counsel and Head of Litigation for the Americas at Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank. In this role, he managed a cross-border litigation and investigations docket, responded to regulatory inquiries and appeared regularly in court and before government agencies. Mr. Savla also litigated complex commercial matters, including actions relating to industry-wide products and practices, multiple CDO lawsuits, and cases arising out of the bank’s major product lines.
Earlier in his career Mr. Savla served as Senior Counsel in the Enforcement Division of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where he handled numerous investigations, regulatory proceedings, and litigation involving all aspects of the federal securities laws, including matters related to:
- Insider trading
- Broker-dealer compliance controls
- Fraudulent currency trades
- Short sales by hedge funds and investment banks in alleged violation of Rule 105 of Regulation M
- “Soft dollar” practices by investment advisers
From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Savla was a practicing barrister in the UK, where he prosecuted and defended criminal jury trials and regulatory enforcement matters, taking over 15 criminal trials to verdict.