Alex C. Lakatos: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

Alex C. Lakatos

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202 263 3312

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Practice Areas

  • Banking & Finance
  • Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Banking & Finance Litigation
  • Internal Investigations
  • International Arbitration
Contact InfoTelephone: 202 263 3312
Fax: 202 263 3300
University University of Maryland, B.A., 1992
Law SchoolUniversity of California, Hastings College of Law, J.D., Valedictorian, 1995
Admitted1996, California; 1997, District of Columbia; 1997, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; 2006, US District Court for the District of Columbia; 2007, US Supreme Court


Board Member, Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, 2009 to present

Project HOPE International, 2006 Partner of HOPE, for leadership in the provision of pro bono legal support in efforts to fight human trafficking

American Bar Association


'Very analytical' ...regularly engaged in cross-border matters, and is a 'real expert on OFAC issues.'

Legal 500

Alex Lakatos is partner in the Washington, DC office of Mayer Brown's Litigation and Financial Services Regulatory and Enforcement practices. Alex practices in complex international litigation, particularly on behalf of non-US financial institutions. He also counsels financial institutions on banking and securities regulatory, enforcement, legislative, and strategic issues. He has significant experience in matters where these areas intersect - for example, the litigation of cross-border disputes in US court in tandem with an SEC, OFAC or bank enforcement investigation. His matters often include parallel litigation in non-US forums. He is experienced in contesting issues of particular concern to non-US financial institutions, such as financial privacy, data protection, multi-jurisdictional discovery, choice'of-law conflicts, sanctions compliance and asset forfeiture.

In addition, Alex advises clients on avoiding litigation and provides related regulatory advice in areas such as the USA Patriot Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, anti-money laundering compliance, and OFAC sanctions. He frequently has assisted clients with internal investigations, particularly related to the aforementioned areas. He has represented clients as both plaintiffs and defendants, in state and federal courts throughout the country and abroad, in class actions and other controversies, on issues including securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, civil RICO, the Anti-Terrorism Act, federal jurisdiction and venue.

Alex was recognized in the 2013 Client Service All-Stars report by BTI Consulting Group. BTI commended its winners for their commitment to client service and ability to surpass the needs and expectations of the worlds most demanding clients and lauded them for standing above all others in the eyes of their clients. Alex is also recommended by Legal 500 and noted as an 'excellent communicator' who specialises in advising foreign financial institutions in enforcement actions and litigation.

Alex is a member of the firm's US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) group and co-chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee.


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“Separate Entity” Rule Alive and Well in New York
James Ancone,Mark G. Hanchet,Christopher J. Houpt,Alex C. Lakatos, November 14, 2014
In a much anticipated decision, New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, confirmed on October 23, 2014, that the so-called “separate entity” rule continues to exist as a vibrant doctrine in the State of New York. Under the separate entity rule, a bank’s branches in...

US Department of Justice Brings Its First Criminal Prosecution for Spoofing of Commodities Markets
Matthew Bisanz,Marcus A. Christian,Mark G. Hanchet,Alex C. Lakatos,Richard M. Rosenfeld, October 17, 2014
A Chicago federal grand jury has indicted Michael Coscia, formerly a registered floor trader and sole owner of Panther Energy Trading LLC, for allegedly violating the anti-spoofing provision of the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”) and committing commodities fraud. The prosecution is the...

Presumption Against Extraterritoriality in Morrison v. National Australia Bank Extended to Private Party Whistleblower Retaliation Cases
Matthew Bisanz,Marcus Christian,Mark G. Hanchet,Alex C. Lakatos,Richard M. Rosenfeld, August 27, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that the presumption against extraterritoriality applies to private party actions under Section 21(h) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”). The Second Circuit’s August 14, 2014 decision in Liu v. Siemens...

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Alex C. Lakatos

1999 K Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20006-1101


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