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Latham & Watkins LLP

The firm

High-end performance. Down-to-earth attitude.

Top-tier legal qualifications and professional expertise are a matter of course for Latham & Watkins – but its mission goes far beyond this. The firm places just as much value on authenticity, a down-to-earth approach and empathy. This is because it is convinced that the best solutions come from the combination of legal professionalism and social expertise.

The firm collaborates seamlessly across practice groups, nationally and internationally, and has the best experts on board. Clients value the firm’s ability to integrate into teams quickly and unpretentiously. This creates efficiency by putting the team in a position to do the right thing at the right time.

Those who pursue transparency from the beginning can act faster and more precisely. Latham & Watkins places a great deal of importance on open and sincere communication. This allows it to anticipate business opportunities, increase clients’ room to manoeuvre and achieve enduring solutions.

Providing the highest quality performance is its everyday business. The firm’s ability to go beyond sets it apart.

Latham & Watkins is the biggest law firm in the world (by revenue). It is one of the leading commercial law firms, both in Germany and worldwide.

Founded in Los Angeles in 1934, the firm now employs over 2,200 lawyers in 14 countries and 55 languages. In Germany, it has offices in DĂĽsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich, with approximately 170 lawyers.

Clients include international corporations, private equity firms, investors, banks, insurance companies and other financial service providers.

Areas of practice

Mergers and acquisitions: today’s transactions take place in highly dynamic globalised markets. Latham & Watkins combines professional excellence with agility and pragmatic action. Lawyers integrate into teams quickly and unpretentiously, and create economically sustainable solutions.

Corporate: clients are in good company – the corporate team partners with businesses to provide pragmatic support with a broad perspective on all corporate legal questions.

Private equity: complex transactions in the large and mid-cap segments require global clout and the ability to see the big picture. The firm combines speed, high competency and a team of outstanding personalities to develop sustainable solutions for clients.

Banking and finance: the firm attends to financing not only with an instinct for new trends and deep industry knowledge on both sides of the Atlantic, but also with efficiency and pragmatism.

Dispute resolution: in addition to professional expertise, strong personalities combining empathy and assertiveness are of critical importance to the firm when helping clients settle their disputes.

Restructuring and insolvency: crises are tests in which empathy, attitude and experience are equally critical for the achievement of quantifiable results. The firm believes that in restructurings, the thorough consideration of all factors is the main indicator of true success.

For more information about the firm’s practice areas and industry groups please go to


Other officesBarcelona
Century City
Hong Kong
Los Angeles
New Jersey
New York
Orange County
San Diego
San Francisco
Silicon Valley
Washington DC

Number of lawyers 2,600+

in Germany Approximately 170

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