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Latham & Watkins LLP

Michelle Carpenter

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Michelle Carpenter is a partner in the Tax Department of Latham & Watkins’ Los Angeles and Orange County offices. Ms. Carpenter advises clients on a broad range of compensation arrangements and benefit plans and in a variety of industries, with extensive experience working with public and private companies.


Tax Partner


United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

Within: Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

Latham & Watkins LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô practice group is headed by¬†New York‚Äôs Bradd Williamson¬†and is particularly active in the energy, technology and asset management industries. Recent highlights¬†included New York-based Lori Goodman¬†handling the equity compensation plans in connection with Spotify‚Äôs $26.5bn direct IPO listing on the NYSE. Additionally, San Francisco-based¬†Julie Crisp¬†and Los Angeles-based¬†Laurence Seymour¬†are advising T-Mobile on the benefits and compensation issues arising from its impending $126bn merger with Sprint Corporation; this deal will create the second largest wireless carrier in the US. In Silicon Valley, James Metz¬†handled CH2M Hill‚Äôs ¬£3.3bn sale to Jacobs Engineering Group, while David Taub¬†in Los Angeles assisted Energy Transfer Equity and Energy Transfer Partners with its $1.8bn subsidiary sale to USA Compression Partners. Michelle Carpenter¬†is ‚Äėa true pleasure to work with and leaves no stone un-turned‚Äô; also based in Los Angeles, she advised Impact Biomedicines on its $7bn acquisition by Celgene Corporation. Also recommended are Washington DC-based¬†Adam Kestenbaum, who has experience of equity transactions in the oil and gas sector, and associates¬†Nikhil Kumar¬†in Washington DC and Jordan Salzman¬†in New York. Vice chair of the global tax department David Della Rocca¬†also has a particular focus on employee benefits and executive compensation matters.

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