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Latham & Watkins LLP
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Shaun Hartley is a partner in the Corporate Department at Latham & Watkins and global Co-chair of the firm’s Private Equity Practice. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions for private equity firms and public and private companies, including The Carlyle Group, Onex Partners, GTCR, BC Partners, The Pritzker Organization, Royal DSM, Walgreen Co., Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., Navistar, Inc., Allison Transmission, Inc., IDEX Corporation, Accudyne Industries and Koch Industries.


Corporate Partner


Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts

Latham & Watkins LLP has an extensive private equity team, backed by a range of complementary skills from around the firm, such as leading acquisition and leveraged finance, regulatory and antitrust expertise. The firm has a close association with The Carlyle Group and a range of other private equity houses including BC Partners, KKR, GTCR, Hellman & Friedman, Leonard Green & Partners and Odyssey Investment Partners. The team provides ‘extremely commercial counsel‘, ‘endless energy‘, ‘strong customer service‘ and ‘identifies the right commercial outcome‘. It has ‘broad expertise and deep domain experience‘ and ‘is comprised almost entirely of good, committed, moral and rational people who ably and zealously advocate for their clients‘. The New York and Washington DC offices dominate the practice in the US; the firm has an unrivalled standing in Washington DC where it manages relationships with the likes of Carlyle, Onex Partners and Platinum Equity. The sizeable team in New York is a match for most competitors in the city and has developed an especially strong reputation in the energy sector, often working with colleagues in Houston, on deals for the likes of ArcLight Capital and Energy Capital Partners. The Chicago and Boston offices are building their presence in the market, while the firm has successfully targeted West Coast-based clients such as Leonard Green & Partners and Platinum Equity. The firm’s outstanding international presence was in evidence when Washington DC partner David Dantzic led a multi-office team that advised Carlyle Group and GIC on the €10.1bn acquisition of the specialty chemicals business of AkzoNobel. In another cross-border deal, the firm advised Leonard Green & Partners on its acquisition of CPA Global, the leading intellectual property management firm, from Cinven; after a hotly-contested auction, this was Leonard Green’s first leveraged buyout in the UK. Howard Sobel and Washington DC’s Daniel Lennon are the firm’s most senior private equity names in the US, with Lennon noted for his longstanding connection to Carlyle. David Allinson is ‘smart, extremely knowledgeable and incredibly experienced‘ and ‘always provides thoughtful, cogent advice and a phenomenal service‘. Thomas Malone is ‘an extraordinary attorney who is best characterized by his dogged work ethic and fierce client advocacy‘. Paul Kukish, Washington DC’s Paul Sheridan and Chicago partner Shaun Hartley co-chair the global private equity practice; the latter two are ‘very strong commercial thought partners, strong negotiators, and truly understand clients’ businesses‘. Alexander Johnson has joined from Hogan Lovells US LLP. The named partners are New York-based unless stated otherwise.