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Latham & Watkins LLP

Jeffrey Lawlis

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Latham & Watkins LLP

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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.


English, Italian


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


Capital markets: Debt

Within: Leading individuals

Jeffrey Lawlis - Latham & Watkins LLP

Within: Capital markets: Debt

Latham & Watkins LLP's team in Milan is particularly noted for its capacity to advise on US law. Antonio Coletti is office managing partner of the Milan and Rome offices and Jeffrey Lawlis has notable experience in public and private cross-border deals. Coletti, Lawlis and Ryan Benedict led advice to The Carlyle Group on Twinset’s €200m issuance, which was in the form of a private placement and execution of a super-senior revolving credit facility. Other highlights include advising Goldman Sachs on the issuance of €2.2bn senior secured notes. Maria Cristina Storchi and counsel Isabella Porchia are also highly rated.

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Capital markets: Equity

Within: Capital markets: Equity

Latham & Watkins LLP is particularly noted for its ability to advise on US law and the team regularly advises on large, cross-border transactions. Antonio Coletti and Ryan Benedict acted for Banca IMI, Credit Suisse, UniCredit and Banca Akros, as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners, on the IPO of Gamenet Group's ordinary shares on Borsa Italiana. Jeffrey Lawlis and Maria Cristina Storchi are also key names; Isabella Porchia is a highly regarded counsel.

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London: Finance

High yield

Within: High yield

Latham & Watkins attracts praise for its 'depth of experience and strong ability to run complex transactions; if Latham is on a deal - regardless of which side it is acting on - it will get done well'. Across its European offices, the firm handled 90 high yield deals in 2017, with a combined value of more than $70bn. Its eight-partner team is the largest in London and is involved in some of the most complex deals in the market. A good example is Wind Tre's cross-border refinancing, which included the issuance of €7.3bn in senior secured notes. Practice head Brett Cassidy, who is 'probably the most technically capable lawyer in the high yield market', acted for banks including Bank of America Merrill Lynch and HSBC on that deal. Jennifer Engelhardt is 'one of the most well-respected lawyers in high yield - she has encyclopaedic market knowledge, coupled with a collaborative approach that makes you want her on your side'. She acted for Aker BP in a $400m notes offering. The firm's deep bench of talent includes managing partner Richard Trobman;  Jocelyn Seitzman, who handled an £855m deal for Madison Dearborn Partners; Francesco Lione, whose clients include Goldman Sachs; Tracy Edmonson, who handled a deal for Wagamama Finance; and Scott Colwell, who represented lead managers in a €5.3bn financing for Bain Capital and Cinven. Jeffrey Lawlis, who works in London and Milan, 'sees some of the most complicated deals in the market and is always able to find a solution'.

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