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Latham & Watkins LLP

Jeffrey Lawlis

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Latham & Watkins LLP

Work Department

Corporate Department

Position

Jeff Lawlis is a partner in the Milan and London offices. His practice focuses primarily on corporate finance, including leveraged finance transactions and other debt and equity capital markets offerings, company representation and general securities law matters as well as mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Lawlis has extensive international experience representing companies, sponsors and investment banks in a variety of industries on a wide range of both public and private cross-border transactions, with a particular focus on the Italian and Spanish markets.

Languages

English, Italian

Education

JD, The University of Michigan, 1998
BA, Denison University, 1995


Italy

Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Latham & Watkins LLP was particularly active in deals involving the retail, manufacturing, aerospace, sports and entertainment, and pharmaceutical industries. Highlights included acting for The Carlyle Group in the high-profile acquisition of Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, an Italian luxury lifestyle fashion company. Stefano Sciolla is local department chair and Antonio Colettisuccessfully intermediates with all parties to find the most optimal solutions’. Maria Cristina Storchi, Giovanni Sandicchi, Jeffrey Lawlis and counsel Isabella Porchia are also key contacts. Cataldo Piccarreta, who has extensive experience in advising private equity sponsors and companies on complex domestic and cross-border transactions, joined from Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners.

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Private equity

Within: Private equity

Latham & Watkins LLP’s practice assists fund sponsors on fund raisings and formations as well as investments and divestments and recently advised The Carlyle Group on corporate and finance matters, regarding the acquisition of Irca. Antonio Colettihas deep experience’ and Stefano Sciolla, Jeffrey Lawlis and Giovanni Sandicchi are other key names; counsel Isabella Porchiasolves complex issues’. Cataldo Piccarreta, who advises private equity sponsors and companies on domestic and cross-border transactions, joined from Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners.

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Italy: Capital markets

Debt

Within: Leading individuals

Jeffrey Lawlis - Latham & Watkins LLP

Within: Debt

Latham & Watkins LLP stands out for its high-yield practice and ability to advise both on Italian and US law matters. The ‘excellent team’ assisted UniCredit with the issuance of high-value notes, which marked the inaugural transaction under a newly established $30bn global medium term note (MTN) programme. It also advised J.P. Morgan on a multi-tranche bond issue launched by Enel Finance International; the Enel-guaranteed issuance was the largest-ever US bond backed by an Italian corporation. Antonio Coletti is ‘a well-established lawyer with longstanding experience’; and Jeffrey Lawlis and Ryan Benedict are ‘smart, focused and fair’. Maria Cristina Storchi and counsel Isabella Porchia are other key names.

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Equity

Within: Equity

Able to advise both on Italian and US law matters, Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘always up to speed on all the key deliverables and issues in transactions’. Ryan Benedict advised Unieuro, an Italian consumer electronics retail chain, on its IPO, listed on the MTA’s STAR segment. Antonio Colettihas thorough capital markets expertise’ and Jeffrey Lawlis, Maria Cristina Storchi and counsel Isabella Porchia are also highly rated.

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