Colin Stretch joined the washington d.c.office of Of Counsel in the representation practices of public companies and emerging companies
WASHINGTON, August 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Colin StretchGeneral Counsel of Facebook Inc. (now Meta Platforms, Inc.) from 2013 to 2019, joined the firm washington d.c. office as Of Counsel, with a focus on public company representation and emerging business practices. He will provide strategic advice to clients, including pre-IPO and public companies and boards of directors, on a wide range of matters, covering transactional, regulatory, public policy and litigation matters. worldwide.
“We are honored to welcome such distinguished and exceptional talent to the firm,” said Daniel Lenonmanaging partner of the Latham & Watkins office washington d.c. Desk. “Colin is an excellent strategist with exceptional regulatory, litigation and corporate governance experience, and will prove an asset to clients in dealing with the various high-profile and complex situations he regularly encountered at Facebook.”
As General Counsel, Stretch oversaw Facebook’s legal and compliance functions and corporate legal affairs. He joined Facebook in 2010 and during his time there worked on issues ranging from litigation over the founding of the company to the IPO and its aftermath; from major regulatory investigations in the United States and abroad to congressional testimony regarding foreign interference in the 2016 election; from the acquisitions of Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus to the implementation of major privacy legislation in Europe. He also brings work experience in private practice and government service.
Ian SchumannGlobal Chair of Latham’s Capital Markets & Public Company Representation Practices, said, “Colin has tremendous on-the-ground expertise across the full range of cutting-edge corporate issues. He will provide business and practical advice to our growing public company. customers navigating in a dynamic market environment.”
Jean ChoryGlobal Chairman of the Firm’s Emerging Companies Practice, said, “Colin brings valuable insider perspective on one of the world’s greatest business evolution success stories. public offering and beyond.”
Michele JohnsonGlobal Chair of Latham’s Litigation & Trial Department, said, “Colin is a world-class litigator who has advised on some of the most high-profile cases in recent history. He will be an invaluable resource for our clients in all jurisdictions facing new litigation, antitrust, privacy and regulatory issues.”
After leaving Facebook in 2019, Stretch spent two years as a leader-in-residence at Columbia Law and Business Schools’ Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character and Leadership, where he taught classes on the role of the General Counsel in modern economy and internet platforms. : Right and Responsibility. He continues to be a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School and is an entrepreneur-in-residence at Colombia Business School.
“I’m thrilled to join Latham’s talented team, global platform and collaborative culture that I’ve come to know as a customer,” said Stretch. “I look forward to using my experience and working with colleagues from all disciplines to propel customer growth and success.”
Stretch received his JD, magna cum laudeof Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree, magna cum laudeof Dartmouth College. Earlier in his career, Stretch clerked for the United States Supreme Court Justice Stephane Breyer and for judge Laurence H. Silberman of the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, and served as a program attorney for the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.
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Ian SchumannGlobal Chairman of Capital Markets and Public Company Representation Practices, +1.212.906.1894
John ChoryGlobal Emerging Business Practice Chair, +1.617.948.6032
Michele JohnsonPresident of the Litigation and Trial Department, +1.714.755.8113
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