Latham & Watkins LLP > Washington DC, United States > Firm Profile

Latham & Watkins LLP
555 ELEVENTH STREET, NW, SUITE 1000
WASHINGTON DC 20004-1304
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
United States

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 1

With a strong presence on both coasts, Latham & Watkins LLP has a market-leading cartel defense practice that runs the gamut of civil and criminal litigation, government investigations, and follow-on enforcement proceedings. Its client roster includes corporates and individuals from a diverse range of industries, including automotive manufacturing, food production and processing, and retail. The firm also benefits from its significant agency expertise and deep governmental relationships, with several of the team’s members having extensive former experience from the DOJ and the FTC. Notably, April 2022 saw Makan Delrahim, former Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Antitrust Division, joining the firm’s Washington DC office. Also in DC is practice co-head Amanda Reeves, while New York’s Elizabeth Prewitt, a seasoned cartel defense litigator known in particular for her work on financial services cartel investigations, rounds out the firm’s East Coast team. On the West Coast, practice co-head Belinda Lee, based in San Francisco, represents multinationals in civil and criminal cartel litigation before global regulators and courts. Other key names from the San Francisco office include Niall Lynch, a recognized antitrust litigator with significant experience from the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, as well as Ashley Bauer, whose practice focuses on regulatory investigations and follow-on litigation.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Reeves; Belinda Lee

Testimonials

‘The team is well-rounded and unusually well-positioned to handle both criminal and civil cartel matters.’

Key clients

Fanatics, LLC

StarKist Co.

BMW AG

Olam International

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.

Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Successfully extracting a poultry industry sales executive from a high-profile criminal antitrust case in which the US Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division alleged a total of ten poultry processing executives were involved in a conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids for broiler chicken products.
  • Representing StarKist Co. in connection with a DOJ criminal investigation and civil MDL litigation.
  • Representing Fanatics in a pair of purported class actions filed by distributors and consumers of NFL licensed products alleging that Fanatics violated Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act relating to its license to manufacture, distribute, and sell NFL products.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 1

The ‘incredibly creative and hard-working’ team at Latham & Watkins LLP excels in securing early dismissals, settlement and wins at trial concerning claims alleging anticompetitive collusion, monopolization, distribution, and pricing policies in the US and globally. In Washington DC, global chair of the practice Amanda Reeves’ work spans litigation and merger control in a range of industries including high technology, life sciences and consumer products among others. San Francisco-based Belinda Lee, global vice-chair of the practice, has extensive experience in defending global companies across the technology, manufacturing and transportation sectors in consumer class actions, unfair competition, and licensing disputes. The ‘well-prepared, consistent, detailed, and energetic’ Christopher Yates offers significant trial experience involving high profile clients, evidenced in the significant trial victory for Oracle against Hewlett Packard Enterprises in a dispute alleging unfair competition. In DC, Jennifer Giordano has expertise in defending clients in cases at both the trial and appellate level including multidistrict litigation, class actions and business-to-business litigation. Trial lawyer Al Pfeiffer leads on many matters and is noted for his experience in representing Fortune 500 companies and handling antitrust claims concerning dominant firm conduct. Aaron Chiu, who is based in the firm’s San Francisco hub, was promoted to partner in January 2022. The team has grown its capacity with the recent hires in April 2022 of former assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim in DC and Katherine Rocco, formerly at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, who joined the firm’s New York office. Daniel Wall is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Reeves; Belinda Lee

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Yates; Jennifer Giordano; Al Pfeiffer; Lawrence Buterman; Marguerite Sullivan; Aaron Chiu; Makan Delrahim; Katherine Rocco; Britton Davis

Testimonials

‘Jennifer Giordano instills confidence providing strategic insight, practicality and discernible care for the client. You know a good lawyer when you see one and she is the real deal.’

‘The team is incredibly creative and hard-working. They apply their intelligence to complex legal problems and come up with solutions which others cannot do.’

‘Aaron Chiu offers superb intellect, legal analysis, and people skills.’ 

‘The key differentiating component is simply experience. When choosing representation, particularly in complex antitrust matters, experience is critically important. The stakes are high and the issues are complicated. The team’s experience enabled expert testimony has substantially assisted our efforts as well as their ability to identify and utilize the most suitable and respected experts.’ 

‘A few individuals stand out. Christopher Yates has been front and center for depositions, oral arguments, and direct communication with the judge. He is well-prepared, consistent, detailed, and energetic. Aaron Chiu is the partner who has mostly provided direct counseling on strategy. He has an incredible recall of case materials, depositions, and legal briefs. His research work has been exceptional, providing us with case references that reflect a depth of understanding of our case, and consistently anticipating our best next moves.’

‘This team has a true winning spirit which involves them researching and finding every legal angle that can help its clients. They have a truly deep bench of former government attorneys and regularly bring to the table the attorney best suited to answer any question.’

‘If Latham is a fighter jet, Lawrence Buterman is the skilled pilot, with an ability to shoot down any opposing argument seemingly with ease. He is an expert in antitrust law and also has the ability to tell the client’s story in court in an easy-to-understand manner, regardless of how complex the case may be.’

‘Very good communication with clients, provide multi-national support and strategic and practical advice to provide solutions.’

Key clients

Oracle

Fanatics, LLC

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.

StarKist Co.

United States Soccer Federation, Inc.

Harbor Distributing, LLC

Radio Music License Committee Inc.

BMW AG

Surescripts, LLC

Cox Enterprises, Inc.

Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.

Olam International

JELD-WEN, Inc.

CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc.

Doordash

Work highlights

  • Representing Oracle in a long-running unfair competition suit against Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.
  • Representing sportswear retailer Fanatics in a pair of purported class actions filed by distributors and consumers of NFL licensed products and, in a separate case, filed by an online retailer of Major League Baseball licensed products, regarding allegations of violating sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act.
  • Advised Dairy Farmers of America in a putative class action accusing the company and other co-operatives of fixing the prices paid to their respective member-owners in the Southwest United States.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP remains active on complex, business-critical merger mandates for blue-chip clients, and enjoyed considerable success in contested mergers in 2022, most notably representing US Sugar against the DOJ’s challenge to its acquisition of Imperial Sugar, and advising Illumina on the multi-jurisdictional investigations into its acquisition of GRAIL. The team, which has a strong presence in Washington DC and the West Coast, was strengthened by the 2022 arrival of Katherine Rocco, a prolific merger counsel who has expanded the firm’s antitrust work in New York, and DC-based Makan Delrahim, formerly Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, reinforcing the firm’s DOJ and FTC expertise. As well as handling major US clearances, related investigations, and litigation, the firm also leverages its global base, particularly in Paris and Brussels, to advise on multi-agency approvals across jurisdictions. The team is led by global antitrust chair Amanda Reeves  in DC, who took the lead on the US Sugar clearance, and Bay Area-based vice chair Belinda Lee , while DC-based Michael G. Egge is a vastly experienced figure with a track record in complex clearances, most notably representing Illumina in the GRAIL deal. Also in DC, Farrell J. Malone  is noted for his cross-border expertise, while Bay Area-based Kelly Fayne continues to expand her profile in the market, notably working closely with Reeves on MGM’s $8.45bn acquisition by Amazon.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Reeves; Belinda Lee

Other key lawyers:

Michael G. Egge; Katherine Rocco; Kelly Fayne; Farrell J. Malone; Makan Delrahim; Jason Cruise; Lindsay Champlin; Elise Nelson

Testimonials

‘The merger control team has been a key strategic partner to us in our evaluation of mergers – their likelihood of success and how to be proactive in ensuring our internal documents serve us in this process. The are especially strong in understanding our business and their ability to express their merger assessments in a consistent way from deal to deal.’

‘I value their strategic partnership – they know who are executives are, how they work, the type of materials they find helpful, how we want to understand risk, and how to be proactive in telling us about the external environment. Amanda Reeves is my trusted partner in any tricky antitrust situations.’

Key clients

United States Sugar Corporation

GRAIL, Inc.

American Airlines

Viasat

MGM Holdings, Inc.

EverWatch

Energy Transfer

Nestle USA, Inc.

Cerner Corporation

EP Energy

EssilorLuxottica

Frontier Airlines

Paper Excellence

The Carlyle Group

Tower Semiconductor

HRA Pharma

Work highlights

  • Defeated the DOJ’s challenge to U.S. Sugar’s acquisition of Imperial Sugar.
  • Advised Illumina on its US$8 billion purchase of GRAIL.
  • Obtained US antitrust clearance for global communications company Viasat’s acquisition of Inmarsat.

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

Latham & Watkins LLP’s premier appellate practice is commended for its ‘strong bench with a number of very talented advocates’. Among its other key attributes, the group stands out for its enviable win record, which saw the team argue five cases before the US Supreme Court during the 2021 term, and prevail in four. The team is also routinely engaged by Fortune 500 companies to handle complex and high-stakes cases before federal and state appellate courts. High-profile practice head Gregory Garre has argued 47 cases before the US Supreme Court; he recently acted alongside Roman Martinez to successfully represent Carlos Vega–a Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy–in a case establishing that police officers cannot be held liable for money damages under Section 1983 for failing to provide a criminal suspect with a Miranda warning. In another SCOTUS matter, Melissa Arbus Sherry, highlighted for her ‘great courtroom presence‘, delivered a unanimous win for Boechler PC in a complex taxpayers’ rights case. Other key contacts include Richard Bress, who has significant Supreme Court experience, and Michael Bern, who successfully represented Strabag on appeal in a €100m dispute with Libya regarding harm to Strabag arising from the Libyan Revolution. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Garre

Testimonials

I work at a peer law firm and have recommended this firm to others in the Supreme Court space because they have a strong bench with a number of very talented advocates.’

Melissa Arbus Sherry has a great courtroom presence and is a superb brief-writer.’

Key clients

Boechler P.C.

ZF Automotive US

Carlos Vega

Union Pacific Railroad Company

The Andy Warhol Foundation

Michelle Cochran

Miguel Luna Perez

National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA)

Netflix

Starkist

Northwestern University

Thomas Buffington

CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc.

Restoration Robotics

US Soccer Federation

The Gap, Inc.

Michigan State University

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 1

At Latham & Watkins LLP, ‘the M&A litigation team is deeply experienced in this space and works seamlessly with the transactional team and client team‘. Clients remark that the lawyers are ‘zealous advocates while remaining pragmatic, and they focused on the broader outcome of a successful deal rather than focusing solely on winning the litigation‘. The firm is active in the Delaware Court of Chancery and the Delaware Supreme Court, as well as other fora around the country, and is involved in cutting-edge areas of the market, such as SPAC-related litigation. Michele Johnson in Orange County, Blair Connelly in New York and Colleen Smith in San Diego lead the securities litigation and professional liability practice, while up-and-coming partner Kristin Murphy in Orange County has a major role in SPAC-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Michele Johnson; Blair Connelly; Colleen Smith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The M&A litigation team at Latham is deeply experienced in this space and works seamlessly with the transactional team and client team. They are zealous advocates while remaining pragmatic. In other words, they are focused on the broader outcome of a successful deal rather than focusing solely on winning the litigation.’

‘Colleen Smith stood out on the team. She is a great communicator and very smart and strong. She was exemplary. She presented clearly and succinctly to the Board, was a persuasive advocate and worked well with all deal stakeholders including counsel for the acquiring company.’

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 1

Appreciated by clients for its ‘highly collaborative, co-ordinated and efficient’ approach, Latham & Watkins LLP has ‘superb expertise in complex product liability cases’, and is regularly involved in big-ticket aggregated cases, including class actions and MDLs. The team’s generalist approach to work in the space ensures that it has expertise across a wide range of consumer products, including within the hi-tech sector, however, it has undoubtedly gained most acclaim for its longstanding representation of Philip Morris in relation to mass tort and RICO suits. A significant amount of this work now relates to work outside of the country, with ‘very sharp’ Washington DC-based partner Christine Rolph being central to the firm’s role defending the tobacco giant against high-profile and high-value healthcare recoupment suits brought against it, including by Brazilian and South Korean governments. Key to Rolph’s success in the area, is her ability to digest and develop highly complex scientific information, an area where she has ‘reams of experience with expert development’. Recognized as a ‘master strategist’, litigation heavyweight Kenneth Parsigian has also been pivotal to the firm’s tobacco-related work both nationally and internationally, work which he combines with an eclectic mass tort offering which is reflective of his overarching role as a trial lawyer par-excellence. With a ‘work ethic that is second to none’, Gwyn Williams  co-heads the practice alongside Parsigan and is able to draw upon vast experience involving a variety of consumer products, which deal with a wide variety of state and federal consumer protection statutes.

Practice head(s):

Gwyn Williams; Kenneth Parsigian

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team has superb expertise in complex product liability cases. They are highly collaborative, co-ordinated and efficient.’

They are true experts in the tobacco sector.’

‘Kenneth Parsigian is the whole package: a master strategist and superlative communicator. He is creative, efficient and very clear-headed.’

Kenneth Parsigian is a sound and dogged advocate.’

Christine Rolph is very sharp, has reams of experience with expert development, and is a total delight to work with.’

Gwyn Williams is a wonderful team leader.’

Gwyn Williams has a work ethic that is second to none, and a good way of communicating with outside lawyers.’

Key clients

American Airlines

Apple

Clorox

Endo

Lands’ End

LG Energy Solution, LG Chem, and LG Energy Solution Michigan

Navistar

NCAA

Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI)

PMI, Altria Group, Rothmans Benson & Hedges

Philip Morris International Management SA

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s nationwide offering, which draws upon lawyers with expertise across product liability, environmental law and complex commercial disputes, provides advice to clients facing down a variety of toxic tort private class actions, government investigations, and enforcement actions, as well as in the context of environmental clean-up cases. The firm has been at the cutting-edge of environmental issues for many years and regularly helps major industrial and manufacturing clients respond to high-stakes toxic tort matters, not only from a purely litigious perspective but also in a risk management context. In Chicago, the ‘creative and extremely hardworking’ Mary Rose Alexander  is adept at guiding clients, including energy and chemical companies, through all aspects of multi-plaintiff toxic tort and environmental litigation including case management, expert discovery and trial. As well as handling conventional matters relating to alleged exposure to chemicals, metals and solvents, she has also been active defending clients in cases where plaintiffs have initiated tort litigation as a means of advancing ESG goals. Boston-based partners Gwyn Williams  and Kenneth Parsigian co-head the firm’s  overarching product liability, mass tort and consumer class action group which houses the underlying toxic tort offering. Kegan Brown left the firm in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Gwyn Williams; Kenneth Parsigian

Other key lawyers:

Mary Rose Alexander

Testimonials

The Latham team is unique in that in makes the collaborative experience with the client seamless, starting with its people, technology, and client service.’

They do not simply say yes, but push back and give counsel, as they should.’

Mary Rose Alexander is the best! She is creative and extremely hardworking.’

Key clients

Chevron

DTE Energy

Endo Pharmaceuticals

Fluor

FMC Corporation

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Inc.

Marathon Oil Corp.

Monsanto

Montrose

Orsted

Owens Corning

SK Sawgrass L.P., SK Second Reserve L.P.

Paddock Enterprises, Inc.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP has a national securities litigation practice, combining an intimate understanding of the needs of major corporate issuers, among them Meta and Twitter, with in-depth experience in every stage of the litigation process from initial negotiations through discovery, motion practice, trial and appeal. It is one of the very few firms to have achieved successful jury verdicts in securities litigation in recent history. The practice is led by Andrew Clubok in Washington DC, New York partner Blair Connelly, and up-and-coming partner Colleen Smith in San Diego. For Twitter, Clubok was part of a large team that is defending a series of class actions alleging that the company misappropriated contact information collected for security purposes, and in turn, used that information for advertising purposes without consent. He is also acting for Meta in a securities class action concerning a stockdrop allegedly caused by the impact of Apple’s iOS privacy changes on the company’s advertising business. Matthew Rawlinson in Silicon Valley frequently handles cases in the technology sector, among them a series of lawsuits for Coinbase Global, Inc. arising out of the company’s innovative direct listing in 2021. In New York, Jeff Hammer, who is acting for Farfetch Limited in a securities class action that followed a nearly 45% decline in the company’s stock price, and emerging talent Jason Hegt are standout partners.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Clubok; Blair Connelly; Colleen Smith

Other key lawyers:

Jeff Hammel;  Jason Hegt; Matthew Rawlinson

Key clients

Twitter

Meta Platforms, Inc.

Andreessen Horowitz

Coinbase

Farfetch

FuboTV

Gary Winemaster

General Electric

Gridsum Underwriters

Larry Ellison, Founder, Chairman and CTO of Oracle, and Safra Catz, CEO of Oracle

Lyft

Peloton

Philip Morris International

GoodRX

Switch

UBS – Highland Capital

UBS – YES Arbitrations

Covetrus

Trial Counsel to Cantor Fitzgerald CEO Howard Lutnick, CF Group Management, and Cantor Fitzgerald

The Trade Desk

Energy > Energy transactions: electric power Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP ‘s energy & infrastructure industry group is a globally integrated and multidisciplined team, serving industry participants across the full spectrum of the power sector; examples include conventional power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure, renewable energy, nuclear power generation, energy storage and other evolving electric power technologies. The firm advises on areas including complex transactions, M&A, secured lending, corporate finance and project development. David Owen is a partner in New York and is skilled in complex shareholder negotiations and has a focus on renewable energy projects, particularly wind and solar. Owen was the lead partner on a recent matter for Innergex Renewable Energy, where the team advised the client in three separate transactions, including the sale of its interest in the Shannon wind facility to Starwood Energy. Lauren Anderson (based in Houston) is an experienced lawyer for both private equity firms and strategics, bringing her knowledge into private equity transactions, M&A and general corporate matters. In Houston, Trina Chandler is a recognized M&A and private equity practitioner, having advised clients on strategic transactions across the power and renewables space, while New York-based Christopher Cross  represents companies, government institutions, sovereign and private equity funds and lenders in international joint venture. At the Washington, DC office, David Schwartz serves as global chair of the energy regulatory & markets practice, with Jeff Greenberg acting as global project development & finance practice chair from Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Eli Katz; Justin T. Stolte

Other key lawyers:

Lauren Anderson; Trina Chandler; Christopher Cross; David Owen; David Kurzweil; Caroline Blitzer Phillips; David Schwartz; Jeff Greenberg

Work highlights

Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘laser-focused’ team acts for its roster of clients across the full range of energy and infrastructure mandates, including the entire oil and gas value chain, from exploration and midstream infrastructure to LNG, refining and petrochemicals. Counting domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures and capital markets transactions in its workload, key clients include private and public oil and gas companies, private equity sponsors and lenders. In the firm's New York office, Eli Katz jointly leads the team alongside Justin Stolte, who advises on M&A, joint ventures and alternative finance transactions across the energy sector. John Greer has considerable experience in transactions involving exploration, pipelines and oilfield service companies and Ryan Maierson specializes in M&A and corporate finance, while Lauren Anderson specializes in private equity transactions, M&A and general corporate matters. Stephen Szalkowski focuses on acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity investments and James Garrett is frequently involved in landmark M&A transactions in the energy sector. Associate Ashley Nguyen has broad domestic and cross-border experience concerning strategic transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors. All named lawyers are based in Houston, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Justin Stolte; Eli Katz

Testimonials

‘The team at LW is laser-focused to provide an excellent product and their results are exceptional.’

‘Michael King and Justin Stolte are outstanding, highly intelligent, knowledgeable and thoughtful individuals.’

Key clients

ArcLight Capital, LLC

Chevron USA

Colgate Energy

Diamondback Energy, Inc.

Energy Transfer LP

EQT Corporation

ExxonMobil Corporation

Hess Corporation

Navios Maritime Containers L.P.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

QEP Resources, Inc.

Sasol Chemicals (USA) LLC

Solaris Water Midstream

Spartan Energy Partners, LP

TechnipFMC

The Blackstone Group LP

Vencer Management, LLC

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 1

With experience in acting for major energy companies, developers, and investors on high-value and high-impact projects in wind, solar, storage, and CCS, Latham & Watkins LLP earns its strong reputation as a market leader in the renewables space. The team is led by New York-based global energy and infrastructure group (E&I group) vice-chair Eli Katz, who has broad expertise in project financing as well as a niche focus on tax issues related to the sector, and Houston’s E&I group global chair Justin Stolte with a broad expertise in transactions. Also in New York, project finance partner Matthew Henegar and Kelly Cataldo are particularly strong in offshore wind and projects in the US and Latin American market, with Cataldo advising clients on the whole range of construction, financing and investment. Key names on the West Coast include project finance experts Jeffrey Greenberg in Los Angeles and Omar Nazif in San Diego, who is well-versed in development and financing of domestic and international energy projects. In Houston, M&A attorney Ashley J. Nguyen is noted. The firm’s reach was extended significantly in 2022, with the arrival of global co-chair of the firm’s ESG-practice Sarah Fortt in Austin, ESG co-chair Betty Huber, and M&A expert Caroline Blitzer Phillips and Jason Webber in New York, as well as Ethan Schultz, who splits his time between Washington D.C. and Houston.

Practice head(s):

Eli Katz; Justin T. Stolte

Key clients

Alder Energy

Alliant Energy

Amp Americas

Antin

Ara Partners

Castleton Commodities International, LLC

Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

Cordelio

Energy Capital Partners IV

Innergex Renewable Energy, Inc.

Inspiration Mobility Group, LLC

Lenders to Vineyard Wind

LS Power, LLC

Mercuria Energy

MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

Quanta Services, Inc.

Renewable Energy Group In

Terra-Gen Power, LLC

TotalEnergies

Vault 44.01 Ltd

Environment > Environment: litigation Tier 1

Environment > Environment: regulatory Tier 1

Environment > Environment: transactional Tier 1

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Latham & Watkins LLP is at the forefront of DCM with an outstanding record in high-yield debt and a fast growing presence in investment grade debt. The firm is a clear leader in issuer-side engagements, though is one of the major players on underwriter-side mandates. With a strong core team in New York, it has prominent capital markets specialists across numerous US offices, including Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Houston and Boston. The New York team was further enhanced by the hire of leading capital markets practitioner Corey Wright from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in January 2023. New York managing partner Marc Jaffe is rated for both debt and equity offerings, while New York-based global capital markets head Ian Schuman is noted for equity, convertible debt and high-yield debt offerings. Los Angeles partner Gregory Rodgers is at the forefront of convertible debt. Stelios Saffos is also a vice chair of the capital markets team.

Practice head(s):

Ian Schuman; Jeffrey Lawlis; Stelios Saffos

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Rodgers; Marc Jaffe; Benjamin Cohen; Corey Wright; Jenna Cooper; Keith Halverstam

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Latham & Watkins LLP has a market leading reputation across the debt and equity capital markets fields. It has invested in significantly expanding its department over the last decade and successfully focused on growth markets such as tech and life sciences; it has developed substantial teams in Silicon Valley, Boston and other emerging company centers. Silicon Valley partner Richard Kline, chair of the firm’s technology industry group, who was hired in 2020, is one figure who has made a big contribution to the expansion of the practice. Gregory Rodgers is another key figure in Los Angeles and remains noted for direct listings. Nathan Ajiashvili is rated for life sciences offerings, while Ian Schuman is global head of capital markets. Vice chair Stelios Saffos, Marc Jaffe and Michael Benjamin are also prominent members of the team. All named lawyers are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Ian Schuman; Jeffrey Lawlis; Stelios Saffos

Other key lawyers:

Richard Kline; Alison Haggerty; Marc Jaffe; Michael Benjamin; Gregory Rodgers; Nathan Ajiashvili;  Jenna Cooper; Keith Halverstam;

Testimonials

‘This team is in my opinion the best in the market. Given its leadership position, they are the most up to speed on market dynamics, terms, and climate. They are able to transport innovative ideas from current deals and utilize them in other situations immediately. They also have the most functional relationships with investment banks. They think creatively and innovatively as well.’

‘Stelios Saffos and Ian Schuman are my primary contacts at Latham. They are both hard-working and well thought of. They have great reputations in the industry as professionals and people.’

Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

Latham & Watkins LLP is an international leader in global offerings, handling a large pipeline of debt, equity and equity-linked issuances every year. It represents both issuers and underwriters, and continues to be at the forefront of life sciences and tech offerings. It is growing its presence in Latin America transactions, and is also noted for Europe and Middle East offerings; it has deep connections to Israeli issuers and their underwriters, in particular. Marc Jaffe and Ian Schuman are giants of the capital markets arena and frequently advise on bulge-bracket global offerings. Nathan Ajiashvili is another prominent figure in global offerings, particularly in the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):

Ian Schuman; Jeffrey Lawlis; Stelios Saffos

Other key lawyers:

Marc Jaffe; Nathan Ajiashvili; Jenna Cooper; Keith Halverstam

Work highlights

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Latham & Watkins LLP is one of few firms operating at the top of the capital markets arena in both issuer and underwriter engagements, including in the high-yield space. Beyond its core team of high-yield experts in New York, it has specialists in multiple offices across the country, including in Houston, Washington DC, Chicago and various California offices. The firm has deep connections to private equity houses and sponsor-backed issuers, public companies and various banks, and its steady pipeline of deals include numerous M&A and buyout-related debt offerings. It continues to expand and invest in its capital markets practice, bringing in prominent leveraged finance and high-yield debt expert Corey Wright and rising talent Lisa Collier from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in January 2023. They join a sizeable team which includes New York office managing partner Marc Jaffe, global chair of the capital markets group Ian Schuman, Keith Halverstam, vice chair Stelios Saffos, Senet Bischoff, Erika Weinberg and Washington DC’s Rachel Sheridan. All named partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Ian Schuman; Jeffrey Lawlis; Stelios Staffos

Testimonials

‘Latham does a fantastic job bringing together best-in-class counsel across the firm to deliver a seamless, high quality experience for clients. They are unique in their desire to be a commercial, solutions-oriented advisor without a lot of the noise or baggage that can come with other law firms. As our business has grown, they have grown with us and helped us standardize our go-to-market template for legal documentation and tax structuring. They are tremendous, collaborative partners.’

‘Complex, innovative transactions that require out of the box thinking is a hallmark of their approach. On the capital markets side, we primarily work with Stelios Saffos and Peter Sluka. They are masters of their craft with market-leading knowledge of capital markets trends, players and overall activity. Within private credit, where HPS focuses, we consider them to be the gold standard of buy-side counsel particularly for complex transactions.’

 

Work highlights

Finance > Commercial lending

With high levels of activity on both sides of the market, Latham & Watkins LLP continues to offer top-tier advice to its clients, representing major banks and private credit lenders on the lender-side as well as upper-market private equity sponsors and large corporations on the borrower-side. The practice is reputed for its wide range of work and its ability to advise on investment-grade work as well as on innovative and complex loans, having recently assisted with high-profile leveraged buyouts and asset-based loans. In particular, the team stands out for its unique experience with unitranche and annual recurring revenue (ARR) loan structures – notable recent work includes advising Blackstone on a major ARR financing in connection with the Zendesk acquisition. Out of New York, the team’s commercial lending work is led by Daniel Seale, who offers experience advising banks and direct lenders on acquisition financings, as well as by Joshua Tinkelman, asset-based lending specialist Michèle Penzer, and leveraged finance expert Alfred Xue. Private equity chair Manu Gayatrinath, who has advised on major acquisition financings in the private equity space, and Jason M. Licht are key contacts in Washington DC, while Greg Robins works out of Los Angeles. The team was also recently strengthened by the arrivals of Corey Wright and Lisa Collier from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Seale; Manu Gayatrinath; Jason M. Licht; Josh Tinkelman; Greg Robins; Alfred Xue

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Chenard; Michèle Penzer; Pamela Kellet; Josh Holt; Corey Wright

Testimonials

‘Latham has a top-notch finance practice in all aspects of leveraged finance. They have a market knowledge and experience that is not exceeded by any other law firm we work with.’

‘Alfred Xue is one of the very best lawyers we work with. He’s a tireless worker and is does a fantastic job representing our interests and knowing what we care about, while also being commercial and providing great practical advice.’

‘Partners display expertise and responsiveness.’

‘Josh Holt – knowledgeable, super responsive, hard-working, and commercial. He is capable of parsing through documents and identifying key issues to focus on. Goes above and beyond to deliver quality work and meet tight timelines. Lastly, he does a good job of resolving many issues with opposing counsel, so fewer issues elevate to business folks.’

‘Our attorney at Latham (Pamela Kellet) is the most knowledgeable on commercial banking transactions that I have dealt with in recent years. I can rely upon Pamela to deliver superior work and to meet deadlines. I have dealt with other large firms in the last few years that were not able to do the same.’

Key clients

Antares Capital

Apollo Global Management

Ares Capital Corporation

Audax Private Debt

Bank of America

Bank of Montreal

Bank of the West

Barings LLC

Blackstone Credit

Carlyle Global Credit

DailyPay

Deutsche Bank

Francisco Partners

Goldman Sachs

Golub Capital

Great Outdoors Group, LLC

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Jefferies

JP Morgan

KKR

Leonard Green & Partners

Morgan Stanley

Northleaf Capital Partners

Owl Rock Capital

Rabobank

Rhythm Pharmaceuticals

Royal Bank of Canada

UL Inc.

The Walt Disney Company

Work highlights

  • Advised the lenders on an ARR financing and preferred equity financing to support Zendesk’s $10.2bn acquisition by an investor group led by leading global investment firms Permira and Hellman & Friedman LLC.
  • Advised Carlyle in connection with the financing for its “take private” acquisition of ManTech International Corporation.
  • Advised an international consortium of banks and financial institutions on senior secured credit facilities and a paid-in-kind facility, the proceeds of which were used to establish the permanent financing for Temasek’s acquisition of Element Materials Technology Group and repay certain indebtedness of Element and its subsidiaries.

Finance > Financial services regulation

Latham & Watkins LLP stands out for its comprehensive advice to major financial institutions, global banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, trade associations and large fund complexes. Within this field of expertise, the team is regularly retained for derivates regulation, restructurings, financings, fintech matters and compliance with FINRA, NFA and SEC rulemaking, with further emphasis on broker-dealer IPO and other registered securities transactions. The three-partner leadership team in New York is made up of Stephen Wink, Alan Avery and Yvette Valdez, focused on securities regulatory, federal and state banking laws, and digital assets, respectively. As co-chair of the firm’s global digital assets and Web3 practice, Valdez is a key contact for derivatives work as well as cryptocurrency matters. Counsel Pia Naib is another standout for work relating to crypto assets, showcasing further expertise in anti-money laundering and issues relating to the US Bank Holding Company Act. Arthur Long joined the team in September 2022, previously at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Wink; Alan Avery; Yvette Valdez

Other key lawyers:

Pia Naib; Marlon Paz; Arthur Long

Key clients

Coöperatieve Rabobank

Eldridge

National Bank of Canada

Octaura

StartEngine Capital

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

Primary Markets

SIMON Markets

Houlihan Lokey

Raymond James Financial

Lincoln International

Acorns Grow

Zanbato

Blockchain Association

Rush Harding III

Carlyle Group

Mizuho

J. Wood Capital Advisors

JP Morgan Chase

Bank of America

Goldman Sachs

BNP Paribas

MSD Capital

Samuel Reed

Sculptor Capital Management

Diversified Energy Company

Orion Energy Partners

Symphony Communication Services

Andreessen Horowitz

Oaktree Capital

Searchlight Capital Partners

Wealthfront

Work highlights

  • Advised SIFMA on proposed SEC rule making regarding special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) and de-SPAC transactions.
  • Advising SIMON Group in its acquisition by iCapital, including on relevant broker-dealer and financial regulatory matters.
  • Advised Rabobank in connection with its New York branch’s $30bn Medium Term Note (“MTN”) Programme.

Finance > Fintech

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s lawyers are ‘able to opine not only on “nuts and bolts” legal issues, but also market trends and norms where legal clarity is lacking‘. The firm has built up an excellent track record on fintech transactions and their regulatory implications, where it represents a mix of established technology companies, startups, and investment funds. The transactional side ranges from IPOs and M&A, through to joint venture agreements, data protection and broker-dealer arrangements. Coupled with this is an increasingly strong track record in blockchain and cryptocurrency. Yvette Valdez  jointly leads the team with fellow New York partner Stephen Wink  who is praised for his ‘great experience and depth of knowledge‘. Barrie VanBrackle, a recent high profile recruit from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, ‘really understands the intersection of fintechs and banking‘. Clients also rate Mitchell Rabinowitz  and Jenny Cieplak  (New York) for their ‘deep expertise’. Todd Beauchamp is another well regarded partner. All partners are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Steve Wink; Yvette Valdez

Other key lawyers:

Mitchell Rabinowitz; Jenny Cieplak; Todd Beauchamp; Barrie VanBrackle

Testimonials

‘The attorneys in the fintech practice are extremely knowledgeable and well-connected in the space. Their breadth of visibility across the market is helpful to clients because they are able to opine not only on “nuts and bolts” legal issues but also market trends and norms where legal clarity is lacking. The FinTech & Payments Blog communicates important updates efficiently and clearly.’

‘Stephen Wink – great experience and depth of knowledge; practical and user-friendly.’

‘Latham has one of the top practices in this area, with unique experience in the bank consortium arena, combined with regulatory and technology expertise that are second to none, making for extreme effective and practical advisors.’

‘Mitchell Rabinowitz, Jenny Cieplak and Steve Wink are our main go-to partners for fintech advice. Their deep expertise, combined with their practical advice-giving and extremely quick turnaround times, are incredibly valuable to our company.’

‘The practice has deep knowledge of the fintech space and emerging trends.’

‘Barrie VanBrackle really understands the intersection of fintech and banking. We rely heavily upon her to navigate the space and creating a Service Agreement for our new FinTech platform.’

Key clients

Andreessen Horowitz (a16z)

Aspiration

Autograph.io

Ava Labs Inc.

Octaura

Beneficial State Bank

Binance

Blockchain Association

Celsius Networks Ltd.

Cipher Mining Technologies Inc.

CleanSpark

Current

DirectBooks

EDX Exchange

Elwood Technologies

ErisX

Evolve Bank & Trust

FIA Tech Consortium

Flowcarbon

Gemini Trust

GoldenTree Asset Management

Hippo Enterprises Inc.

Idle Labs Inc.

Iris Energy

Jane Street Capital

Lemonade Inc.

LiquidityMatch / FXSpotStream

MarketAxess

MEMX

ModMed

MoonPay Inc.

NetSpend Corporation – Global Payments

NounsDAO

NYDIG

OpenSea

Pantera Capital

ParaFi Capital

Prosper Marketplace

Ramp Network

Revolut

Retirement Clearinghouse

Samuel Reed

Storm King Trading

Syndicate DAO

Transcard Payments

Versana

Zilch

BVI Liquidators of Three Arrows Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Bank of America, Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo in the creation of a new joint venture, Octaura, which combines trading for loans and collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) with data and analytics provided by Moody’s Analytics, which also invested in the venture.
  • Advise leading venture capital firm a16z in various regulatory matters and investments in digital asset and fintech companies, including the music NFT marketplace Royal and artist collective MusicDAO, among others.
  • Representing the BVI liquidators of Three Arrows Capital—which was one of the largest crypto funds—in a multi-jurisdictional insolvency proceeding involving billions of dollars in assets. The US-based Chapter 15 proceeding was filed on July 1, 2022.

Finance > Project finance

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s project development & finance practice has deep, broad expertise in the full range of energy and infrastructure projects, with particularly notable recent work in offshore wind and LNG, where Jason Webber and Jonathan Rod are especially experienced. Global practice chair Jeff Greenberg  divides his time between Los Angeles and New York, with significant experience advising on large-scale and complex projects in the energy sector. Local finance department chair Chirag Dedania acts for commercial and investment banks, private equity funds, and other sponsors on projects in oil and gas, LNG, and infrastructure, including the development of the new terminal 6 at JFK Airport. His colleague Warren Lilien  frequently leads on big data centers and other digital infrastructure matters. Kelly Cataldo is also a name to note: her practice centers around renewables and she recently advised Apex Clean Energy on a suite of transactions connected to the Great Pathfinder Windfarm in Iowa. Gianluca Bacchiocchi and Guido Liniado are key contacts for work in the Latin American market, and Cameron Lyons‘s practice extends to project and acquisition financing of  LNG, residential solar, wind, and battery storage projects. All mentioned lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Greenberg

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Apex Clean Energy

ArcLight Capital LLC

Ares Capital

Avenue Capital

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

BNP Paribas

Brookfield Renewable Partners

Cordelio Power

Cheniere Energy Partners

CIBC

Cordelio Power Inc.

ECP (Energy Capital Partners)

Iberdrola/Avangrid

Innergex Renewable Energy

KeyBank

Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Natixis

Orion Energy Partners, LLC

Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC)

Royal Bank of Canada

T1 Power Holdings, LLC

Tellurian Inc.

Terra-Gen Power, LLC

Venture Global LNG

Apex Clean Energy

ArcLight Capital LLC

Ares Capital

Avenue Capital

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

BNP Paribas

Brookfield Renewable Partners

Cordelio Power

Cheniere Energy Partners

CIBC

Cordelio Power Inc.

ECP (Energy Capital Partners)

Iberdrola/Avangrid

Innergex Renewable Energy

KeyBank

Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Natixis

Orion Energy Partners, LLC

Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC)

Royal Bank of Canada

T1 Power Holdings, LLC

Tellurian Inc.

Terra-Gen Power, LLC

Venture Global LNG

Work highlights

  • Advised Venture Global LNG on the successful closing of the $13.2 billion project financing for the initial phase of the Plaquemines LNG facility.
  • Advised Terra-Gen on the US$959 million project financing of the second phase of the Edwards Sanborn Solar Storage Facility in California.
  • Advised American Triple I as part of JFK Millennium Partners’ US$4.2 billion deal to develop the new terminal 6 at JFK Airport.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP’s broad and multidisciplinary restructuring and special situations practice has a well-established reputation for its senior secured lending expertise as well as significant debtor- and creditor-side experience. With extensive experience representing creditor groups and investors in relation to in- and out-of-court restructurings, George Davis in New York is global chair of the group, with vice chair Jeff Bjork based in Los Angeles. The practice has been involved in several recent high-profile mass tort bankruptcies, with Davis having led teams representing major biopharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals in connection with its Chapter 11 bankruptcy involving several billion dollars of asserted tort, regulatory, and antitrust liabilities, a case which also saw a key role for New York-based Anupama Yerramalli. Notably, Keith Simon in New York has recently led a team representing Citi, as agent and subrogated lender, in connection with the chapter 11 reorganization of cosmetics company Revlon, and specifically its $500 million mistaken payment. Caroline Reckler in Chicago also stands out for her bankruptcy litigation work.

Practice head(s):

George Davis; Jeff Bjork; Bruce Bell

Other key lawyers:

Adam Goldberg; Amy Quartarolo; Anupama Yerramalli; Caroline Reckler; Helena Tseregounis; Jason Gott; Kimberly Posin; Keith Simon

Testimonials

‘The team is laser focused on a successful strategic conclusion of the matter at hand and has a remarkably deep understanding of the opposing talent and tactics. The team works together very well. It’s overall approach and its dealing with the opposition is anchored in achieving a successful commercial outcome.’

‘Latham has one of the industry-leading groups, along with Paul Weiss, Kirkland, and Weil. The group is very experienced, frequently appears in large, complex matters, and is very well-regarded in the field. Its debtor-side work is particularly well thought of, although the firm also does significant creditor-side engagements as well.’

‘Jeff Bjork has assembled a highly competent team. On an individual basis, unlike some, he approaches difficult litigation matters with the strategic view that commercial agreements among the parties ultimately drives successful outcomes; and not specific steps in the bankruptcy process which are less important.’ 

‘George Davis, the group head, is exceptionally able and experienced. He is a superb team leader who has led many of Latham’s largest and most complex engagements. He brings years of experience, good judgment, and a very high profile within his field. Jeff Bjork, the deputy group head, is likewise very highly regarded. Like George Davis, he has led many of the group’s largest and most complex engagements. Caroline Reckler is a outstanding mid-level partner who has gained increasing recognition and stature from her leadership roles in a number of Latham’s most prominent matters.’

‘Kim Posin is a very talented and knowledgeable Partner. Posin is a tough negotiator but is grounded in reaching commercial agreement. Always responsive.’

‘The quality starts at the top. George Davis is practical, reasonable, persistent, insightful and an excellent leader. He is tough without coming across as aggressive. He has access to top-notch litigation department help and excellent young partners, among whom Anupama Yerramalli and Jason Gott stand out for me. The firm handles many matters at once but everything seems to have appropriate levels of partner involvement.’

‘The team was excellent and cohesive. Jeff Bjork and Adam Goldberg provided excellent leadership. They knew the other players, outlined an aggressive but workable strategy, and executed it with the team with great skill.’

‘Jeff Bjork and Adam Goldberg with the principal partners. They are bright, personable, knowledgeable, creative, connected, and responsive.’ 

Key clients

Ad Hoc Committee of GTT Noteholders

Axalta Performance Coatings

Citibank, N.A.

Credit Suisse

DBI Intermediate Holdco LLC

Electric Last Mile Solutions, Inc.

GE Corporate Financial Services

Huachen Energy Co.

Huron Consulting Group

Imerys Talc America, Inc.

Lloyds Bank plc (“Lloyds”)

Lucky Brand Dungarees

Lumileds Holding B.V.

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Oaktree Capital

Orion Energy Partners

Paddock Enterprises (formerly Owens-Illinois Inc.)

Pemberton Strategic Credit

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Philadelphia Academic Health Holdings, LLC

Searchlight Capital Partners

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Three Arrows Capital Ltd.

UBS Securities

Work highlights

  • Advised Mallinckrodt in the company’s recently announced completion of its Chapter 11 proceedings in the Delaware Bankruptcy Court to resolve several billion dollars of asserted tort, regulatory, and antitrust liabilities, and thousands of opioid-related lawsuits.
  • Advised Huachen Energy Co., Ltd on a bond restructuring and the first-ever US Chapter 15 recognition of a PRC bankruptcy reorganization plan.
  • Advising Citi, as agent and subrogated lender, with respect to the Chapter 11 proceedings of Revlon, Inc.

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 1

Based in New York, Latham & Watkins LLP covers the full range of over-the-counter and exchange-traded derivatives products, advising on swap, option and structured-note transactions involving interest rates, currencies, commodities, securities and credit, as well as derivatives relating to cryptocurrencies and digital assets. In addition to housing a robust commodities and derivatives regulation and enforcement practice, other key areas of expertise include equity-linked products and acting for US and international lenders and borrowers on margin loan transactions. Rafal Gawlowski chairs the financial institutions industry group and Witold Balaban, who splits his time between the firm’s New York and London offices, is noted for his standout experience advising on equity derivatives. Yvette Valdez acts for emerging companies, financial institutions and investment managers on regulatory issues associated with crypto-assets, and jointly leads the commodities and derivatives regulation and enforcement practice alongside enforcement expert Douglas Yatter. Courtenay Myers Lima advises on the structuring and distribution of innovative structured products, while Catherine Lee and Reza Mojtabaee-Zamani focus on equity-linked matters. Eric Rice, who was promoted to partner in January 2023, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Rafal Gawlowski; Yvette Valdez; Doug Yatter; Courtenay Myers Lima

Testimonials

‘The team is responsive and collaborative. They help clients work through difficult structures and develop creative solutions for unique legal issues.’

‘Witold Balaban is a leader in the derivatives industry and a go-to lawyer for all equity derivatives and securities law questions.’

‘Rafal Gawlowski is knowledgeable, responsive and wonderful with clients.’

‘Catherine Lee brings knowledge and experience, helping her to easily understand and respond to client needs.’

‘Reza Mojtabaee-Zamani is a brilliant lawyer, who never makes clients feel silly for asking different questions.’

Key clients

Carlyle Group

Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Mizuho

J. Wood Capital Advisors LLC

JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, BNP Paribas

JP Morgan Chase

MSD Capital

Samuel Reed

Sculptor Capital Management

Diversified Energy Company

Orion Energy Partners

Symphony Communication Services

Andreessen Horowitz (“a16z”)

Oaktree Capital

Searchlight Capital Partners

General Motors Financial Company, Inc.

Credit Suisse AG, London Branch

Credit Suisse AG, Nassau Branch

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., Utrecht Branch

Work highlights

  • Representing Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Mizuho as lenders in connection with a pre-IPO margin loan secured over 75.01% of the issued share capital of Arm Limited, the UK-based semiconductor and software design company.
  • Advised Sculptor Capital Management on a $350m Rule 144A offering of collateralized fund obligations (CFO) in the form of senior secured notes, mezzanine secured notes and subordinated notes linked to the underlying private equity and credit strategies managed by Sculptor.
  • Represented Diversified Energy Company in the first upstream asset backed securitization with features aligned with the Sustainability-Linked Bond (SLB) Principles of the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA).

Healthcare > Life sciences Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP provides a diverse offering to a number of clients, including biopharmaceutical and biotech start-up companies, and medical device manufacturers. The team advises on a wide range of matters, including white collar investigations, IP disputes, and corporate transactions. Based in California, Shayne Kennedy is particularly adept at advising on public and private securities offerings, and life sciences M&A, while Judith Hasko has a great deal of experience in the execution of strategic licensing alliances, often assisting life sciences companies with securing funding. Arlene Lee Chow works out of the New York office, and routinely acts for biotech and pharmaceutical companies in IP and patent cases. Chicago-based Terra Reynolds is noted for her expertise in government and internal investigations, while the Boston-based Julie Scallen focuses on joint ventures and venture capital transactions within the life sciences and med-tech industries. In Washington DC, John Manthei maintains an FDA regulatory practice with a distinct emphasis on the medical device and biotech industries; Ben Haas has extensive experience in assisting clients with FDA submissions and pre-clinical testing, and Elizabeth Richards often negotiates contracts with clinical trial sites.

Practice head(s):

Robbie McLaren; Arlene Chow; Terra Reynolds; Shayne Kennedy; Eveline Van Keymeulen; John Manthei; Judith Hasko; Ben Haas; Jason Caron

Other key lawyers:

Julie Scallen; Elizabeth Richards; Adam Perlman; Ernest Yakob; Tom Malone

Testimonials

‘Latham’s Medicaid and Medicare government pricing team is the best in the industry. They have an exceptional grasp of complex laws and an unmatched ability to help clients understand and operationalize those laws.’

Key clients

4D Molecular Therapeutics

Abbott Laboratories

ALASTIN Skincare

Altaris Capital Partners

ArchiMed Group

Arcutis Biotherapeutics

Astellas Pharma

Bionomics Limited

Bioventus

ChemoCentryx

Crinetics Pharmaceuticals

Eleusis

Halozyme Therapeutics

HilleVax

Khosla Ventures Acquisition Co.

Environmental Impact Acquisition Corp.

GRAIL

Gritstone bio

Homology Medicines

Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision

Work highlights

Industry focus > Sport Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP handles strategic M&A investments, contentious work for sports governing bodies, and assists firms investing in professional sports leagues. A standout transactional mandate for the firm was its advice to Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital on the acquisition of Chelsea Football Club for £4.25bn. The firm has also increased its work for sport associations, and recently represented the NFL Players Association in a restructuring matter. Based in Los Angeles, ‘exceptional transactional lawyerAdam Sullins is now the practice head, following the retirement of Joe Calabrese, and advises clients on the full range of sports law issues. Kendall Johnson in Los Angeles and Frank Saviano in New York are also key names to note in the team, and often operate at the intersection between sport and media/entertainment. New York-based Justin Hamill concentrates on high-value M&A and private equity deals.

Practice head(s):

Adam Sullins

Testimonials

‘This team has the highest technical legal skills with respect to sports-related transactions.’

‘Adam Sullins is an exceptional transactional lawyer. In addition to his outstanding technical legal skills, he’s a highly effective negotiator who is able to engage with counterparties to find practical solutions and close deals. He is also a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Endeavor/IMG

Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital

NFL Players Association

Fédération internationale de Football Association (FIFA)

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)

United States Soccer Federation, Inc. (USSF)

Pac-12 Conference

Self Financial, Inc.

International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Fanatics, LLC

Dapper Labs

XFL

GOAT

Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)

Los Angeles Dodgers

Silver Lake

Oakland Athletics

Manchester United

NASCAR

LPGA

Detroit Pistons

Live Nation

Diamond Baseball Holdings

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Insurance > Advice to policyholders Tier 1

Litigation, arbitration, mediation and negotiation fall within the scope of Latham & Watkins LLP‘s work on behalf of policyholders, which includes COVID-19 business interruption matters, long-tail environmental and sexual abuse claims in addition to an increasing number of first and third-party cyber-security and data breach issues. The practice is particularly adept at handling D&O work and is noted for its work in the niche representations and warranties sector. David A. Barrett leads the group from Washington DC, handling major first and third party offers, COVID-related claims and sports concussion disputes. In Boston, Robert Gilbert, who has experience representing policyholders in North America, Europe, the Middle East Asia, advises clients on their first and third party claims, including those linked to catastrophic events, while in San Diego Drew Gardiner and John Wilson represent clients seeking D&O and E&O coverage. Brook Roberts, now in the firm’s Austin office, handles large-scale business interruption and bad faith claims. In addition to her commercial general liability recovery practice, Century City-based Kirsten Jackson counsels clients on captive insurance and reinsurance disputes.

Practice head(s):

David A. Barrett

Testimonials

‘What makes the team unique is that they are constantly winning. Remarkable success before CA Supreme Court. Innovative strategists.’

 

Key clients

Amphenol Corporation

Aziyo Biologics, Inc.

Caesars Entertainment, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Bedrock/Jack Entertainment LLC, Golden Gaming

Canadian Solar, Inc.

Chevron U.S.A, Inc.

Cigna

Emerson Electric Company

Fluor Corporation

Health Information Management & Systems Society (HIMSS)

L.A. Terminals, Inc.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Michigan State University

Montrose Chemical Corporation of California

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Rockland Funding LLC, dba Westbrook Partners

Work highlights

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP’s global practice is a key destination for life sciences and tech-related IP licensing matters. The solid team handles a broad range of highly complex IP transactions, from cross-licensing and joint development agreements to due diligence and expert review relating to the licensing of IP assets in public offerings and M&A. The practice is spearheaded by California’s Judith Hasko, an expert at negotiating, structuring, and executing cross-border strategic licensing alliances. She is supported by Christopher Hazuka who regularly advises both emerging and established life sciences companies in navigating complex transactions from the Bay Area and San Diego. The team has been strengthened by the recent addition of digital health and food technology expert Jengeun Jekkie Kim, who operates from the firm’s Bay Area office.

Practice head(s):

Judith Hasko

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Hazuka; Jengeun Jekkie Kim

Key clients

Astellas Pharma

STORM Therapeutics

Homology Medicines

TLC Biosciences

Orbital Therapeutics

PrognomIQ

GlaxoSmithKline

Bertis Biosciences

Octagon Therapeutics

Theramex

Resilience

The Cooper Companies

Shockwave Medical

Neumora

Agenus

Work highlights

  • Advised Astellas Pharma subsidiary, Xyphos Biosciences, in a strategic research and license agreement with Go Therapeutics to develop novel antibodies for immuno-oncology.
  • Advised Homology Medicines, a genetic medicines company, in its spinout of manufacturing technologies to form a new company with Oxford Biomedica.
  • Advised TLC BioSciences in a commercialization agreement with Endo International for rights in the United States to TLC599, a proprietary BioSeizer sustained release injectable in Phase 3 development for the treatment of osteoarthritis pain.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 1

The patent litigation team at Latham & Watkins LLP  offers expertise across cross all aspects of intellectual property, evidenced by an impressive history of success for Fortune 100 and numerous blue-chip companies. The team is well-integrated and highly capable of handling complex disputes across jurisdictions, in district and federal court, the International Trade Commission, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. With experience across industries, the team regularly acts for major pharma companies, including Amgen, Biogen, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, Regeneron, and Eagle Pharmaceuticals. David Callahan from the firm’s Chicago office is the global chair of the practice, regularly acting as a first-chair trial lawyer. The global vice chairs include Tony Sammi in New York, Jeff Homrig in Austin, and Jennifer Barry in San Diego. In Silicon Valley, Douglas Lumish is a key lawyer in the team, frequently acting on high-profile and precedent-setting matters. Maximilian Grant and Matthew J. Moore in Washington DC are both integral figures, with extensive experience.

Practice head(s):

David Callahan; Tony Sammi; Jeff Homrig; Jennifer Barry

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Lumish; Maximilian Grant; Matthew Moore

Key clients

Jaguar Land Rover Limited, and Jaguar Land Rover North America (JLR)

AbbVie

Nanosys, Inc.

Abbott Laboratories

Ford

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

Arista

Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision, Inc. and its subsidiaries, AMO Development, LLC, AMO Manufacturing USA, LLC, and AMO Sales and Service, Inc.

Regeneron

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Eli Lilly

Netflix

Amgen

Overhead Door Corporation and GMI Holdings, Inc.

Velodyne LiDAR

Altria Client Services LLC; Philip Morris USA, Inc.; Altria Group, Inc.; Philip Morris International Inc.; Philip Morris Products S.A.

Irving Consumer Products Limited

Samvardhana Motherson Reflectec Group Holdings Ltd

Momentum Dynamics Corporation

Work highlights

  • Achieved a multi-million dollar trial victory for tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) against RJ Reynolds in the parties’ global patent war regarding e-cigarette products.
  • Successfully settled high-profile IP disputes for Jaguar Land Rover v. VW, Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini and, separately Bentley, concerning JLR’s brand defining “Terrain Response.”
  • Represented Overhead Door against its competitor Chamberlain Group LLC on multiple patents.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP offers a team of experienced patent litigators with impressive ITC expertise, frequently representing major companies in high-profile litigation. Notable cases from the last year include achieving a favorable settlement for Jaguar Land Rover, successfully asserting five patents against The Chamberland Group on behalf of the Overhead Door Corporation, and representing Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company in an investigation linked to advanced semiconductor technology that is set to have industry-wide effects. Based in Washington DC, Bert Reiser and Jamie Underwood co-chair the ITC practice, both widely lauded for their expertise and litigious capabilities. Also based in Washington, Maximilian Grant, and Michael David are integral to the team, as is Douglas Lumish, who operates out of the firm’s Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices.

Practice head(s):

Bert Reiser; Jamie Underwood

Key clients

Altria Client Services LLC; Philip Morris USA, Inc. Altria Group, Inc; Philip Morris International Inc.; and Philip Morris Products SA

Peloton Interactive, Inc

Jaguar Land Rover

Velodyne LiDAR

Comcast Corporation; Comcast Cable Communications, LLC; and NBCUniversal Media

The Overhead Door Corporation and GMI Holdings, Inc.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 1

Chicago-based global chair of Latham & Watkins LLP‘s intellectual property litigation practice David Callahan co-leads its ‘top-notch’ trade secret offering alongside its vice-chairs, the San Diego-based Jennifer Barry , New York’s ‘very experienced’ Tony Sammi, and Jeff Homrig, who works from the Austin office. Sammi is experienced in leading on big-ticket cases for well-known corporations, with one key example the $1bn defense of Universal Alloy Corp. in a highly technical trade secret dispute. The team is adept in advising its varied client portfolio on the full scope of related matters, from the development of programs to protect trade secrets at their inception, to enforcing and defending complex claims. There is experience across the offering in providing advice to clients in the cybersecurity, travel, automotive, and financial services sectors, in particular. Douglas Lumish , based in San Francisco’s Bay Area, leads on some of the team’s most noteworthy matters, such as its work for Skyryse, Inc in defense of the allegation that they stole aviation-related sensitive data belonging to the US Federal Government. Illinois’ Matthew Walch is described as ‘one of the best trial lawyers anywhere’. 

Practice head(s):

David Callahan; Jennifer Barry; Tony Sammi; Jeff Homrig

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Walch; Douglas Lumish; Sean Berkowitz; Patricia Young

Testimonials

‘Top-notch responsiveness and great talent.’

‘Matthew Walch is one of the best trial lawyers anywhere.’

‘A high level of legal knowledge and practical experience in IP litigation.’

‘Tony Sammi is very experienced and is great in explaining complex matters and its legal implications in a clear manner to a client. He keeps focused on the key issues of a case and does not get lost in the details of a case. It is a real pleasure working with him and having him on one’s side of an IP litigation. He is also very hands-on and responsive.’

Key clients

XP Power

Universal Alloy Corp.

Peloton

CoStar

Skyryse

ArcLight Capital Partners LLC

Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. and Scilex Pharmaceuticals Inc.

ACE Battery

Shenzhen Senior Technology Material

BBB Industries, LLC

Nemera Buffalo Grove LLC, Nemera Insight Chicago, LLC, Nemera La Verpillière SAS

Vade

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 1

Maintaining its active position in the transactional space, Latham & Watkins LLP has a high-profile client list that spans a diverse range of industries. The firm has vast expertise in handling corporate transactions, as demonstrated by its representation of Rivian in its IPO, while the team also sees consistent activity in the M&A sphere, including overseeing Global Infrastructure Partners’ recent acquisition of Atlas Renewable Energy. The New York-based department head, Bradd Williamson, has vast experience of advising private equity funds and public companies on all aspects of executive compensation, employment, and benefits in complex corporate transactions. David Della Rocca is based in Washington DC, specializing in representing public and private corporations in spin-offs, IPOs and drafting incentive compensation arrangements, while the ‘outstanding’ Jay Metz operates out of Silicon Valley, handling benefits issues arising within landmark corporate dealings. Both Larry Seymour and Michelle Carpenter work in the Los Angeles office, with the former bringing vast experience of drafting executive arrangements and programs, while the latter regularly guides clients through SPAC deals and M&A. In New York, Austin Ozawa is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Bradd Williamson

Other key lawyers:

David Della Rocca; Larry Seymour; Michelle Carpenter; Jay Metz; Matthew Conway; Julie Crisp; Austin Ozawa

Testimonials

‘Jay Metz is an outstanding executive compensation attorney who combines practical advice and great substantive knowledge with a wealth of experience. He also is able to answer quickly and efficiently. Highly recommended.’

‘They got to know our company very well – they keep our forms, understand what our equity programs look like, our thoughts on how we think about employees, and they understand the importance of the employee experience, especially while doing transactions.’

Key clients

Rivian

Leonard Green & Partners L.P.

Virgin Orbit, LLC

GTCR, LLC

Centerbridge Partners

Consonance Capital Partners

Ares Management LLC

Odyssey Partners

Intuit Inc.

Authentic Brands Group

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Endeavor Operating Company

Highgate Hotels L.P.

CPP Investments and OMERS Infrastructure

Cerner Corporation

TransUnion

Renewable Energy Group Inc.

One Rock Capital Partners, LLC

Firehouse Restaurant Group, Inc.

AMD

Frontier Airlines

Nordic Capital

KKR

SK Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised electric car company Rivian on the compensation and benefits aspects of the largest global IPO since 2014, and one of the largest tech IPOs in history.
  • Advised Virgin Orbit, the responsive launch and space solutions company, on the compensation and benefits aspects of its de-SPAC business combination with NextGen Acquisition Corp. II, a special purpose acquisition company, under which Virgin Orbit became a publicly-traded company.
  • Represented Leonard Green & Partners, and its various portfolio companies, on a number of notable transactions.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 1

Global powerhouse Latham & Watkins LLP houses an elite M&A practice in the US that attracts instructions from several Fortune 500 companies in relation to their largest and most critical domestic and cross-border transactions. With extensive experience in the full spectrum of corporate and transactional matters, the team is often engaged in big-ticket public and private M&A, either negotiated or contested, representing both principal entities and financial advisors. Global chair of the firm’s M&A practice Justin Hamill focuses on large-scale transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures in the media, technology, financial services, healthcare and consumer products sectors; Hamill, who sits in New York, is also experienced in governance and emerging companies matters. Charles Ruck, who splits his time between Orange County and New York, serves as primary outside counsel to top public and privately-held companies in the context of hostile takeovers, strategic acquisitions, take-private deals and mergers. Global vice chair Mark Bekheit, who works out of Silicon Valley, has a thriving transactional practice in the Bay Area advising on transformative, multibillion-dollar technology deals. This is also a notable area of strength for Tad Freese. In the same office, Josh Dubofsky stands out for his experience in tech and healthcare-related transactions on behalf of corporate clients and private equity firms. Andrew Elken joined the New York office in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Justin Hamill; Mark Bekheit

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Deep understanding of where a deal should land based on market and specific client needs, as well as a dynamic strategy to get it to land there, quickly.’

‘Mark Bekheit – great ability to bridge law and business people; stays calm and solves problems; great availability.’

 

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts: large deals ($500m+) Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP continues to be a preeminent firm in the private equity space, consistently active in multi-billion dollar bulge-bracket and middle market deals, spanning the entire PE life-cycle from cross-border carve-outs and SPAC mergers to structuring global tax-efficient investment vehicles. The firm’s standing in the market is reflected in the caliber of clients, representing the world’s largest publicly traded PE firms including KKR and The Carlyle Group. Global chair of private capital Paul Sheridan leads the practice from Washington DC, having particular expertise in leveraged buyouts and the acquiring and divesting of corporate divisions. Another key name in DC is the firm’s global corporate head Daniel Lennon, adept regarding PE investment transactions and related financing. In New York, Howard Sobel is extremely well-regarded in the market and a trusted advisor to clients such as Odyssey and Leonard Green. David Allinson and Justin Hamill also bolster the offering from New York, Allinson handles take-private transactions and PIPE investments, while Hamill led on Authentic Brands Group’s $2.5bn acquisition of Reebok. Alexandra Kelly has a particular focus on the financial, infrastructure and retail sectors; Boston-based Kristen Grannis is renowned for her work in the middle market space. David Beller continues to build a solid reputation in the market, especially regarding leveraged buyouts. Justin Rosenberg joined the firm in April 2024 following a brief tenure at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Practice head(s):

Paul Sheridan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great teamwork, they show impressive collaboration with other practice groups.’

‘Very responsive, thoughtful and careful in every assignment.’

‘High quality lawyers, both senior and junior. The practice is commercially-minded and efficient, they do not waste your time.’

‘They are always available, very commercial, efficient, and particularly strong in the healthcare market.’

Work highlights

M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism Tier 1

The ‘incredibly responsive, collaborative’ practice at Latham & Watkins LLP is able to offer clients deep knowledge of activist funds and institutional investors. The group acts in a variety of matters, from proxy fights and board representation to engagement strategies and preventing unsolicited takeovers. Team members also demonstrate knowhow in navigating activist engagement while complying with legal and regulatory obligations. Josh Dubofsky in Silicon Valley is one of the leaders of the firm’s activism task force and provides activism and takeover planning and defense to dozens of public companies. He co-heads the team alongside Chicago-based Chris Drewry, who also advises public companies from small to large market cap on activism defense. The pair are well supported by Tiffany Campion in Chicago, who counts board members of public corporations among her client base, and Charles Ruck , who divides his time between New York and Orange County, who clients turn to for complex transactions and board-level advice within shareholder activism. Mark Gerstein retired in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Josh Dubofsky; Chris Drewry

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Incredibly responsive, collaborative and work incredibly well with other advisors.’

‘Chris Drewry was especially impactful.’

Key clients

Kohl’s Corp.

Kaltura Inc.

Mercury Systems, Inc.

Ceragon Networks Ltd

Masimo Corporation

Motorcar Parts of America, Inc.

Sketchers U.S.A., Inc.

The Oncology Institute, Inc.

New Relic, Inc.

Mereo Biopharma Group plc

CalAmp Corp.

Galaxy Gaming, Inc.

IAA Inc.

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

Berry Global, Inc.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP has an extremely well-balanced practice which ‘is comprehensive in respect to the legal aspects, as well as practical and business realities’. The firm’s national and global reach, in addition to its broader full service offering, ensures that it caters for all aspects of the venture life cycle. The group’s scale, particularly for corporate finance and M&A, makes it especially strong on later stage exits, including SPAC combinations, M&A and IPOs, with clients commending the team’s ability to ‘perform efficiently and strategically in complex transactions‘. The leadership team comprises global chair John Chory (Boston) and the ‘excellent‘ vice-chair Benjamin Potter (Silicon Valley), and they are backed by an impressive bench of highly experienced partners. Key individuals include Los Angeles-based Alex Voxman  (‘brilliant, tough, high-quality and direct‘) and Emily Taylor (‘a great guide and sounding board‘), who divides her time between London and Boston. The firm is also well represented in Austin, with partners Jenifer Smith and Scott Craig.

Practice head(s):

John Chory; Benjamin Potter

Testimonials

‘I think Benjamin Potter and the team are excellent corporate partners. They have deep legal knowledge but also lots of practical experience, and they are easy to work with.’

‘The team is comprehensive in respect to the legal aspects, as well as practical and business realities. I am especially impressed with the performance of the junior members of the team and the autonomy demonstrated by them.’

‘I have nothing but the highest regards for Alex Voxman and Eduard Grigoryan, the team that supports us from Latham. Alex has been my lawyer across five companies over 20 years. I trust him with everything. He is efficient, brilliant and always gets things done with the highest quality. Eduard is brilliant and responsive. This duo will always be involved with any company that I am involved with.’

‘Alex Voxman: brilliant, tough, high-quality and direct. He knows the law like the back of his hand and exudes confidence.’

‘Latham is a full service firm that can perform efficiently and strategically in complex transactions.’

‘Deep expertise in variety of subject matters, very responsive, good at progressing the ball forward, trusted partners.’

‘The team we have worked with at Latham has always been responsive, clear in their communication, goes to great lengths, and also an effective sounding board as we have navigated ambiguity and evolved.’

‘Emily Taylor – Emily has always been a great guide and sounding board, helping distill information in an easy-to-understand way. She has also been candid with her feedback on what is necessary and not. Lastly, she has always been reliable and steady no matter what curve balls have been thrown our way.’

Key clients

Andreessen Horowitz (a16z)

Atmosphere TV

Autograph (dba LFG NFTs Corp)

Ayana Bio

Canva

Grammarly

Hydrow

ICON Technologies

InnovaHealth

IntelinAir

Plaid

Planet Labs

Rent the Runway

SoftBank Vision Fund

Solvvy

TravelPerk

UPSIDE Foods

Verb Biotics

Wander.com

Work highlights

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 1

Following the April 2022 arrival of global data protection and consumer privacy specialist Clayton Northouse from Sidley Austin LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP has strengthened its robust data breach, mission critical incident and investigations driven cyber practice. Global Co-Chair of the Privacy and Cyber practice, based in San Francisco, Michael Rubin defends clients facing data breach litigations and regulatory investigations before the FTC. Likewise, Jennifer Archie, is also experienced in defending clients against investigations commenced by the FTC, Department of Health and Human Services and consumer protection authorities. Archie is also a key contact for cyber-attack responses and leads cross-border data privacy projects. Antony Kim contributes further regulatory and investigatory advice to clients.  San Francisco-based Robert Blamires adds a dimension to the practice, focusing on cross-border data privacy matters and advising clients on undertaking technology-related transactions. New York-based Serrin Turner is a key defense lawyer for companies dealing with class action litigations following data breaches. Marissa Boynton also navigates clients through privacy and cybersecurity-related issues in corporate transactions as well as the full-spectrum of data mandates. All named lawyers are stationed in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Archie; Antony Kim; Michael Rubin; Serrin Turner

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Zynga, Inc.

NAVER

AppsFlyer, Inc.

Accellion, Inc.

e.l.f Cosmetics, Mary Kay, Fiverr

Headspace

Rent the Runway

Varsity Brands

SAP SE

Propel Holdings

Okta, Inc.

Slack Technologies, Inc. No

Airbnb, Inc

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 1

Based primarily out of California, Latham & Watkins LLP litigates across the media and entertainment industry, with the practice particularly focused on Hollywood litigation and complex IP disputes at the intersection of content and new technologies. Trial lawyer and IP specialist Marvin S. Putnam  heads the practice, which is primarily based in the firm’s Century City office; in a recent highlight, he represented romantic singer Jonny Mathis in a tort suit brought by an independent contractor. Fellow Century City resident Jessica Stebbins Bina  is an esteemed trial and appellate litigator who is currently serving as lead defense counsel for First Access Entertainment in a wrongful death suit concerning the Swedish-American emo rapper Lil Peep. Robert Ellison's broad entertainment practice includes handling sensitive investigations and work for emerging companies. Laura Washington, a highly regarded trial and appellate lawyer, specializes in discovery work and managed responses to high-profile crises. Further recommended is antitrust and IP expert Andrew Gass who frequently represents major content providers clients in music-rights rate-setting cases.

Practice head(s):

Marvin S. Putnam

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Stebbins Bina; Laura Washington; Andrew Gass; Robert Ellison

Key clients

Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA)

Johnny Mathis

First Access Entertainment/Sarah Sennett

Camping World/Marcus Lemonis/FreedomRoads

ICM Partners

MNTN Digital, Inc.

Pandora Media

Live Nation Entertainment

Endeavor Group Holdings/WME

Spotify

Roblox

National Association of Broadcasters

Shopify

IMDb.com, Inc.

Apple

Sinclair Broadcasting Group

Radio Music License Committee

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 1

A media and entertainment heavyweight with an international reach, Latham & Watkins LLP ‘s sizeable team handles industry-defining transactions for film and television studios, new media companies and private equity firms. Practice head Ken Deutsch specializes in investment and acquisitions across the entertainment space, he recently represented A24 in the receival of a $225m equity investment aimed at expanding the production and distribution capabilities of the company. Kendall Johnson has inked major deals for clients across the industry; her recent representation of MGM in its acquisition by Amazon spotlights her position as a major player in the field. New York-based joint venture expert Rick Offsay is adept at advising on complex financing arrangements such as Silver Lake’s recent investment in Shadowbox studios. Nancy A. Bruington is an expert in ‘complicated media collateral’,  she recently represented Entertainment One in a high value revolving credit facility. All lawyers mentioned are based in Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Ken Deutsch

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is the best I have ever worked with. They are extremely knowledgeable and they have a deep bench of partners that can cover all the issues that come up in a complex transaction. They have a wealth of experience in the media and entertainment industry and know what is marketable and what is not.’

‘Justin Hamill and Dan Mun are truly exceptional in the corporate department. They are always available, responsive and exceedingly helpful in resolving any issues that come up. Nancy Bruington is one of the best financing lawyers I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with – she is exceptionally knowledgeable at complicated media collateral and securitizing atypical streams of revenue.’

‘Rick Offsay and Adam Sullins are great at entertainment transactions and extremely helpful on the commercial side.’

 

Key clients

Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM)

A24 Films

Endeavor

Moonbug Entertainment Ltd.

KKR

Dans Le Cinema LLC

Stampede Ventures

Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P.

Silver Lake

Shamrock Capital

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Spotify

Mast-Jägermeister

A-Frame Brands

Entertainment One (eOne)

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP has a ‘very knowledgeable, responsive and practical‘  team which is packed with ‘accountable and thoughtful advisors‘  who are ‘well informed on the market and what the standards are for NFTs, Web3.0 and other developing technology‘. Clients appreciate the team’s adaptability, with experience ranging from high-end corporate and private equity M&A support, through to advice on IP licensing, outsourcing and strategic collaboration mandates. Notable recent highlights include advising Marcolin, a leading global eyewear manufacturer, on the negotiation of a long-term license with The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) for TOM FORD eyewear, as part of ELC’s $2.8 billion acquisition of TOM FORD. Boston-based global vice chair Sarah Gagan is one of the lead partners in the US. Other key individuals include Anthony Klein in Silicon Valley whose ‘knowledge of the technology industry is unmatched’, Ghaith Mahmoud in Los Angeles, and highly rated counsel Kieran Dickinson in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Gagan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Latham team is very knowledgeable, responsive and practical. They have been great partners for us over the last 10 years.’

‘They are great negotiators, understand the market, focus on the important things and are very practical. They are also extremely hard-working and responsive – they make me feel like I am the only client (which I know I am not)’

‘They are the most accountable and thoughtful advisors I’ve ever worked with.’

‘The Latham Partners that we have worked with use their specialized skill sets effectively across a broad spectrum of sectors to accelerate and protect the company’s business.’

‘The knowledge, skill sets, and adaptability to the company’s unique needs are unmatched in our experience working with top 100 law firms. Kieran Dickinson’s ability to take highly complex licensing structures and apply them to our group of companies has created a solid yet flexible foundation for the future.’

‘Anthony (“Tony”) Klein has been an individual that we consider a key partner in the industry. His understanding and knowledge of in the technology industry is unmatched and his ability to understand emerging trends and utilize them to our advantage is an extremely valuable asset to the Company.’

‘The team is uniquely knowledgeable about cutting edge technology transactions. They are well informed on the market and what the standards are for NFTs, Web3.0 and other developing technology. They are also exceedingly experienced in video game agreements and the video game industry (which I have found to be rare).’

‘Ghaith Mahmood and the team are responsive, knowledgeable, and experienced. I greatly trust their advice and I appreciate their guidance. I cannot emphasize enough how much better they are than every other law firm I’ve tried for advice and assistance in this sector.’

Key clients

Advanced Micro Devices

Airbnb

Amphenol Corp.

Apex Technology

ArchiMed

Autograph

Binance

Chevron USA

Clarify Health Solutions

Crimson Renewable Energy

Dapper Labs

Fandom, Inc.

Hyundai Motor Corporation

Intuitive Machines

Intuity Medical, Inc.

KKR

Leonard Green & Partners

Linode

Lucid Energy Group II

Madison Dearborn Partners

Meta Platforms, Inc.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Holdings, Inc.

Mojito, Inc.

NVIDIA

One Rock Capital

Ouster, Inc.

Pinterest

Plastiq, Inc.

Polygon Studios

RealBlocks

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation

Tower Semiconductor

Viasat

Work highlights

  • Advised Marcolin in the negotiation of a long-term license with The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) for TOM FORD eyewear, as part of ELC’s US$2.8 billion acquisition of TOM FORD, expected to close during H1 2023.
  • Advised multiple clients in developments surrounding NFTs, Blockchain, the Metaverse and Web 3.0 and their convergence with intellectual property and commercial law, including Dapper Labs, Meta Platforms, Inc., Autograph and The Chainsmokers.
  • Advised multiple clients in the semiconductor space including Tower Semiconductor, Silicon Motion Technology Corporation and Advanced Micro Devices on the complex diligence, negotiations and compliance matters linked to their strategic transactions, acquisitions and investments.

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP has combined its telecoms and broadcast practice with its privacy, copyright, and security team, producing an interdisciplinary approach in handling complex mandates where regulatory and data privacy issues intersect. The team boasts a strong litigation component across its regulatory and data protection work, being well-placed to represent major market players in contentious matters before regulatory bodies in enforcement actions and rulemakings; the practice also has significant transactional capabilities, which when coupled with the broad geographical footprint of the wider firm, makes the team suitably equipped to provide exhaustive assistance to clients operating in the telecoms space. Matthew Brill chairs the practice, which is based in Washington DC, providing leading regulatory and litigation expertise across the full range of matters from traditional broadcast to emerging tech, with a track record in representing high-profile members of the industry in federal and state rulemaking and enforcement proceedings. He works alongside the global chair James Barker , whose focus is on the regulatory component of high-profile transactions across the wireless, cable, satellite, and telephony sectors. Other lawyers of note are Matthew Murchison, whose capabilities cut across regulatory, litigation, and transactional, frequently representing clients in the telecoms and broadcast space before the FCC; and Sarang Damle, who brings a unique focus on copyright to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Brill; James Barker

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Murchison; Sarang Damle; Elizabeth Park; Alli Stillman

Key clients

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

CableLabs

CBS Sports

ESPN

Fox Sports

NBC Sports

New England Sports Network

Turner Sports

Boston Red Sox

Charter Communications

Comcast Corporation

Communications Processing Systems, Inc.

Cox Communications, Inc.

Digital Licensee Coordinator, Inc.

Einride AB

LICT Corporation

Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.

National Association of Broadcasters

NCTA

Netflix

Roblox

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactions Tier 1

Working out of Washington DC, Latham & Watkins LLP utilises both the strong M&A capabilities and broad geographical footprint of the wider firm in conjunction with its active FCC practice to provide complete coverage for clients in their complex telecoms transactions. Having joined the telecoms and broadcast with the data privacy and security, and digital copyright practices, the firm is equipped to offer an integrated approach to corporate transactions where these areas intersect. The firm advises across all telecoms and broadcast sectors, working with significant telecoms operators, infrastructure companies, and investors in the industry on a number of high-value M&A, take-private, and take-public transactions. The team is led by Matthew A. Brill, employing his expertise that cuts across transactional, litigation, and regulatory to advise major telecoms and broadcast operators as well as investors and lenders in the industry on all aspects of their M&A mandates. He works alongside James H. Barker, who has worked on the regulatory and commercial aspects of various infrastructure, terrestrial broadcast, and private equity investment transactions, and Matthew T. Murchison, who brings a similar interdisciplinary breadth of expertise on a range of transactions in the telecom, broadcast, and satellite space.

Practice head(s):

Matthew A. Brill; James H. Barker

Other key lawyers:

Matthew T. Murchison; Elizabeth Park

Key clients

Searchlight Capital Partners

BAI Communications

Viasat

Infobip

Switch, Inc.

AST & Science LLC

HPS Investment Partners

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 1

Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 1

The team at Latham & Watkins LLP has a strong reputation for its expertise and experience through all phases of the REITs lifecycle. Core pillars of the group’s practice include complex roll-up IPOs and structuring high-value REIT organizations. Corporate finance and M&A expert Julian Kleindorfer jointly leads the team alongside Ana O’Brien  who specializes in complex REIT tax matters. Other key names include Lewis Kneib, who represents high-end clients on a range of capital markets transactions, and securities-focused William Cernius , who is based in Orange County. Brent Epstein focuses his practice on REIT public offerings. All lawyers are in Los Angeles unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Julian Kleindorfer; Ana O’Brien

Other key lawyers:

Brent Epstein; William Cernius; Lewis Kneib

Testimonials

‘Latham & Watkins has a premier REIT practice with exceptional expertise across all disciplines related to REITs – tax, corporate finance and SEC compliance.’

‘Ana O’Brien is an exceptionally knowledgeable REIT tax partner who combines technical expertise with practical insights. Ana consistently brings experience and creativity to engagements to drive results.’

‘The team at Latham are true business partners not just lawyers. I can find a lawyer nearly anywhere, what I need is a business person who knows the law. I get that every time from my Latham team. They have helped me out of jams, but more importantly have helped me execute flawlessly ahead of time. Extremely grateful for the work they do and the collaboration they consistently bring to the table.’

‘Lewis Kneib has been a stand out support for me at two different organizations. I have recommended him to others and all he does is make me look good for the recommendation. His ability to know the law, explain what we are are looking at now and what to expect in the future is top of the world.

‘Julian Kleindorfer is the source for REIT expertise, relationships and knowledge. Simply none better.’

Key clients

Digital Realty Trust

Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO)

Morgan Stanley

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Switch

Simon Property Group

Invitation Homes

Phillips Edison REIT

Hudson Pacific Properties

Extra Space Storage

Safehold

Xenia Hotels & Resorts

Rexford Industrial Realty

Bank of America

Highgate Hotels

Realty Income Corporation

Inventrust Properties Corp

Four Corners Property Trust

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Multinational banking and financial services company

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s team has expertise in a diverse range of high profile tax matters, including debt-equity and transfer pricing, employee benefits, tax-exempts, penalties and fraud. Practice head Miriam Fisher is well regarded for her record of representing taxpayers in high-stakes federal and state tax corporate controversies, with a history of acting for both multinationals and high net worth individuals. Fisher is based in Washington DC, alongside Jean Pawlow, who has significant experience in high profile tax controversy matters in the federal trial and appellate courts, in addition to alternative dispute resolution. Pawlow has broad sector expertise, and acts for clients in the pharmaceutical, retail, industrial and digital industries. Brian C. McManus, chair of the Boston tax department, specializes in IRS audits, appeals, and criminal investigations, and regularly handles disputes involving cross-border and offshore issues. Also key are Andrew Strelka, who rejoined in September 2021 from the Office of the White House, and Joshua Wu, who likewise returned to the firm in March 2021 from the Tax Division of the US Department of Justice. Strelka focuses on district tax court litigation, IRS appeals, summonses and enforcement, while Wu covers tax accounting disputes, IRS partnership audits, and offshore tax and reporting questions.

Practice head(s):

Miriam Fisher

Testimonials

‘They are capable of handling a broad range of issues, from high net worth individuals with FATCA problems to multinational transfer pricing disputes. They bring a collaborative mindset to every engagement, and often work successfully with other firms on major disputes.’

‘Miriam Fisher is one of the leading lights at the tax controversy bar, and has been for as long as I have known her (over a decade). She has an incredible legal mind and ability to convert hopeless causes into wins for her clients — often through out of court deals carefully wrought through relationship and trust building with the other side.’

‘Brian C. McManus began his career as Miriam’s protégé, but has moved well beyond that in the last 10 years. He handles the biggest and most complicated corporate tax controversies, and is Latham tax controversy’s most gifted trial lawyer, having tried cases in federal court, U.S. tax court, and before state tax appeals tribunals — all to successful verdicts.’

‘They operate at the highest levels in terms of technical capability, work ethic and client service.’

‘Brian C. McManus and his team always gives considered and sound advice. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which also reassures clients that they are supported in the best way.’

‘Latham has deep tax litigation expertise, with several experienced trial attorneys. The firm has a deeper bench than most firms, allowing it to easily handle complex matters.’

‘Miriam Fisher is an exceptional tax litigator. She couples deep trial experience with an in-depth knowledge of the tax law. Miriam is first-rate.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Robert “Hunter” Biden

Netflix

Citigroup Inc.

Peloton

Occidental Petroleum

Coca-Cola

Webb Creek Management Group

Work highlights

  • Defending Netflix in numerous putative class action lawsuits brought by a number of cities in the US, alleging that Netflix and other streaming service providers owe franchise fees when their subscribers access video content over Internet connections located in the public rights-of-way.
  • Representing Occidental in a significant US Tax Court litigation relating to the largest environmental remediation settlement in history.
  • Representing Robert “Hunter” Biden, son of US President Joseph Biden, in connection with a DOJ investigation.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP is experienced across a diverse range of key sectors, including financial services, energy, retail, life sciences, and natural resources, among others. The group is noted for its expertise in bankruptcy and insolvency restructurings, international tax planning, investment funds, M&A, REITs, securities and financial products. Practice co-head Jiyeon Lee-Lim's recent activity involves big ticket SPACs that concern both IPOs and business combinations, while in Chicago, fellow co-head Joseph Kronsnoble specializes in bankruptcies - an area in which David Raab and San Francisco-based Kirt Switzer further excel. Washington DC-based Andrea Ramezan-Jackson advises public and private companies on complex tax-structured M&A and IPOs. In Los Angeles, Samuel Weiner and Pardis Zomorodi are noted for their respective strengths in loss preservation and debt cancellation, and REITs. Also recommended are Matthew Dewitz, a seasoned transactional tax attorney, and Houston-based Bryant Lee, who focuses on partnership taxation. All named individuals are based in New York unless noted otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Jiyeon Lee-Lim; Joseph Kronsnoble

Key clients

Authentic Brands Group

Nestle USA, Inc.

Amgen Inc.

Endeavor Operating Company

P3 Health Partners

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics Holdings PLC

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Falcon Minerals Corporation

GoldenTree Asset Management

Innovid, Inc.

GTCR, LLC

Lumileds

Sendero Midstream Partners, LP

JP Morgan

Bioventus Inc.

Peninsula Pacific Entertainment Intermediate Holdings LLC

10X Capital Venture Acquisition Corp II

Nexters Global Ltd

Energy Transfer LP

SRS Distribution

Leonard Green & Partners L.P.

Carlyle

Work highlights

  • Advised Authentic Brands Group on the tax aspects of its agreement to purchase Reebok from Adidas.
  • Advised Nestlé Health Science on the tax aspects of the purchase of a majority stake in Orgain.
  • Advised Amgen Inc. on the tax aspects of its $3bn senior unsecured notes offering.

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP is active across the financial services landscape, servicing a variety of clients including commercial and investment banks, hedge funds, fintech and digital trading companies, and accounting firms. A number of practitioners at the firm have served in the DOJ and the SEC, offering a deep bench of expertise in the area of regulatory investigations and enforcement. The practice is further supported by the firm’s broad expertise in the financial regulatory space, which has recently expanded across key locations such as Hong Kong and London. This is underscored by expansion in the financial services litigation practice in September 2022, with Christopher Garcia and Raquel Kellert joining the firm from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, in addition to Marissa Alter-Nelson and John V.H. Pierce (who arrived in June) joining from Sidley Austin LLP and WilmerHale respectively. The practice is led by Andrew Clubok, Douglas Yatter  and Joseph Serino, based in New York. Richard Owens , also in New York, is regarded for his expertise in white collar investigations and defense and Heather Waller, in Chicago, focuses her practice on investigations by the SEC, DOJ and state securities regulators, with experience in the oil and gas, industrial and financial services and asset management sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Clubok; Douglas Yatter; Joseph Serino

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Stifel

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

UBS Securities LLC and UBS AG London Branch

Deutsche Bank

Coinbase

Samuel Reed

Andreessen Horowitz

Navient Corporation

Riverstone Holdings LLC

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP is known for its work within high-stakes complex commercial disputes for corporate entities, having represented well established names such as Netflix in numerous putative class actions in state and federal courts. Sean Berkowitz  is based in Chicago and has been successful on the defense side against the government, advising clients and companies on regulatory investigations and developing strategies to resolve the matters before litigation. James Brandt  is a partner in New York and is regarded for domestic and international litigations, namely within commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Laura Washington is situated in Los Angeles and represents high-profile clients in business disputes in entertainment and media. Kuan Huang has a successful track record in complex commercial disputes at all stages of litigation, handling a broad practice including contract, fraud and bankruptcy. San Francisco's Elizabeth Deeley is another key name in the team, as is plaintiff-side specialist Eric Leon in New York.

Practice head(s):

Sean Berkowitz; Elizabeth Deeley; Eric Leon

Other key lawyers:

James Brandt; Laura Washington; Kuan Huang; Steven Feldman; Robert Collins

Key clients

Netflix

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 2

Active in a broad range of international litigation matters, Latham & Watkins LLP is recognized for its capacity across cybersecurity, tax, intellectual property and white-collar defense, leveraging its deep bench of former federal prosecutors in government enforcement proceedings and regulatory investigations. Global chair of the litigation and trial department, Michele Johnson, based in Orange County, focuses her practice on representing large companies, directors and financial institutions in securities class actions, M&A litigation and other commercial litigation. Associate Elizabeth Annis, based in Washington DC, has experience in regulatory investigations with a cross-border component and Belinda Lee, based in San Francisco has been active in antitrust and regulatory investigations relating to an acquisition of a semiconductor chip designer.

Practice head(s):

Michele Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

GRAIL, Inc.

Ford

Microsoft Corporation

Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision, Inc.

AMO Development, LLC

AMO Manufacturing USA, LLC

AMO Sales and Service, Inc.

Coca-Cola

NVIDIA Corporation

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Energy > Energy regulation: electric power Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s energy and regulatory practice is involved in large and complex matters including market manipulation, tariff compliance, administrative litigation before FERC and state commissions, acquisition and sale of utilities, generation and transmission facilities, capital markets transactions and structured marketing and trading transactions in the power sector.  Lawyers such as James Blackburn are industry-trained, and have expertise in federal state energy regulation, as well as the operation of domestic energy markets. David Schwartz is a leading lawyer in the energy regulatory market and has extensive experience in advising clients in various matters, including the formation of the developing electricity markets in the US. Natasha Gianvecchio is skilled in negotiating long-term power purchase agreements for several major independent power developers and owners, and was involved in the matter of ‘Invenergy’ where the firm represented the company on the development and commercialization of the Grain Belt Express transmission line, which is expected to provide 5,000 MW of transmission capacity across four states in the Midwest. Tyler Brown is noted for his work on matters revolving around electric generation, transmission and distribution. Named lawyers are based in Washington, DC, including highly rated counsel Anna Biegelsen who joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

David Schwartz

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Anbaric Development Partners

Avangrid, Inc.

Con Edison Transmission, Inc.

Energy Capital Partners

TotalEnergies SE

Invenergy

Linden VFT, LLC

Middle River Power

Riverstone Holdings LLC

RWE Renewables Americas

Santander Bank, N.A.

Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners

Vistra Corp.

Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

ContourGlobal plc

Blackstone Inc.

Work highlights

Energy > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP handles the full range of commercial and regulatory issues, frequently representing companies involved in transportation and storage of natural gas, crude oil and refined petroleum products, as well as commodity traders and private equity sponsors. The Washington DC-based team is particularly active in administrative and appellate litigation, while frequently collaborating with the firm’s lawyers in the project finance, M&A, tax and environmental departments. Eugene Elrod is a recognized market leader, frequently representing clients in administrative litigation and arbitration, with a focus on federal and state regulation of natural gas, crude oil and petroleum. Patrick Nevins is regularly involved in high-stakes regulatory matters relating to administrative litigation and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

David Schwartz

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Eugene Elrod has a master of pipeline regulatory work.’

‘It truly is the people at Latham & Watkins and their broad understanding of this area that makes them special.’

‘Unmatched expertise on US LNG-related matters.’

‘Patrick Nevins is an exceptional project counsellor and litigator who has truly “seen it all” when it comes to natural gas and oil-related project development. His ability to provide clear guidance in unclear regulatory areas is unmatched.’

‘Eugene Elrod is a kind gentleman and knowledgeable counsellor. His perspective is invaluable.’

Key clients

Hilcorp Alaska

Pembina Pipeline

ArcLight Capital

Venture Global LNG, Venture Global Calcasieu Pass

ExxonMobil Pipeline

Cove Point LNG, LP

Cheniere Energy

Midship Pipeline

Dominion Energy

BHE GT&S

Venture Global LNG, Venture Global Plaquemines LNG

Venture Global LNG, CP2 LNG

Blackstone

PTE Pipeline

Sendero Midstream

Eastern Gas Transmission and Storage, Inc.

EQT Corporation

AltaGas Ltd. / Washington Gas Light

Crescent Midstream

Vistra Energy

Symmetry Energy Solutions

National Fuel Gas Company

Blue Racer Midstream

Delfin LNG

TriSummit Utilities, Inc.

MUFG Bank

Occidental Petroleum

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP advises its roster of clients on transactions involving commercial and esoteric assets, including aircraft leases, cell and broadcast towers, and rental car fleets, with demonstrable experience in whole-business securitizations. The team is also noted for its expertise advising collateral managers and arrangers on CLO transactions, loan warehouses, financing of CLO equity and risk retention funds, as well as related regulatory issues. In the firm’s New York office, Loren Finegold serves as global vice chair of the structured finance and securitization practice, acting on the securitization of cellular towers and other telecoms assets, in addition to CLOs and CMBS transactions, among others. The New York office is also home to Kevin Fingeret, who focuses on esoteric and operating assets, while Graeme Smyth advises on music royalty securitizations. Based in Chicago, Matthew Hays has experience in the automotive finance, banking, technology and manufacturing sectors, while Los Angeles’ Douglas Burnaford advises on ABS and CLO transactions. Dominic Yoong and Vicki Marmorstein also operate from the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Practice head(s):

Loren Finegold

Key clients

Guggenheim Securities, LLC

KKR & Co.

Diversified Energy Company

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

Goldman Sachs

Raisa Energy

Blackstone

Northleaf Capital Partners

Stone Ridge Asset Management

SESAC

Rockford Tower Capital Management, L.L.C.

AXA Investment Managers

Carlyle

Ares

Onex Credit Partners

Park Avenue Institutional Investors

Columbia Cent CLO Advisers

Alcentra

Irradiant

DoubleLine

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 2

Praised for its ‘excellent’ breadth and depth, Latham & Watkins LLP’s practice assists a diverse roster of financial investors, hospitals, and health systems with FCA and qui tam cases, compliance programs, and the negotiation of corporate integrity agreements. John Manthei and the ‘first class’ Ben Haas co-head the practice from Washington DC, while Judith Hasko co-leads the team from San Francisco. Also based in Washington, Stuart Kurlander often acts for providers before the CMS; and Eric Greig, noted for his ‘energy, commitment and intelligence‘, maintains a strong regulatory focus on issues regarding third party payors. In the San Diego office, Jason Ohta utilizes his experience in white-collar criminal defense to handle healthcare fraud cases. Terra Reynolds supports the team from Chicago, often litigating federal criminal cases.

Practice head(s):

John Manthei; Ben Haas; Judith Hasko; Jason Caron; Eveline Van Keymeulen

Testimonials

‘The breadth and depth of Latham’s healthcare practice is excellent and without peer in the US market.  They do a terrific job to bring practical and thoughtful advice.’

‘Ben Haas and Eric Greig are first class.  I value Ben for his no nonsense and business like approach which is always considered and on point.  I value Eric for his energy, commitment and intelligence – he is a rising star.’

Work highlights

Insurance > Insurance: non-contentious Tier 2

Latham & Watkins strengthened its insurance practice with the June 2022 additions from Clifford Chance of reinsurance and insurance capital raising expert Gary Boss, who heads the team, insurer investments and alternative capital specialist Analisa Dillingham and Kirsten Gaeta, who focuses her practice on M&A and capital market transactions in addition to joint ventures. Counsel Dean Agnos supports clients engaged in public and private mergers, stock and asset transactions and start-ups. At associate level, Lily Phan advises property and casualty, life and health insurers on a variety of transactions and corporate matters. The practice advises insurers, reinsurers and private equity investors on complex transactions, including reinsurance and restructuring matters that have ties to markets in Bermuda and the UK among others. Furthermore, the practice has extensive experience handling the establishment of new insurance companies, in particular with regard to alternative capital strategies. On the regulatory front, the firm is active in advising on governance and licensing issues. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Gary Boss

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and practical team who are aware of current regulatory developments and can proactively provide insight relevant to the business. Quite different than many I have worked with who just respond to questions. Responsive, thoughtful and nice people to work with.’

‘Gary Boss is very in tune with insurance market developments, regulatory matters and the perspective of investors in the insurance space. Using this, he is very helpful in identifying market developments might create opportunities for the firm and how we might take advantage of those opportunities. Again, proactive thinking as opposed to reactive. Very available, upfront and honest.’

‘This team offers real expertise in credit insurance, which is not something that all firms with an insurance practice can provide.’

‘Benjamin Lee is incredibly knowledgeable about credit insurance and has provided us with valuable insights in drafting insurance policy language. Whenever an issue arises, he is quick to offer a solution, and makes himself available when needed. Even when we have short time deadlines, Benjamin is always very responsive. He is always willing to take time to discuss and talk through issues and solutions. We certainly always feel like valued clients when we work with Benjamin.’

‘Gary Boss has an outstanding industry knowledge and has been supporting our company for a number of years. He is able to advise in a functional and pragmatic manner on a number of operational and legal issues. His team is excellent too with an impressive response speed and quality of product.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the legal laws and regulations as well as the regulatory environment of the insurance industry in the US and Bermuda.’

‘Gary Boss and Analisa Dillingham are both excellent partners.’

‘Gary Boss has an amazing ability to synthesize complex issues and get directly to the critical matters. He is not afraid to make recommendations. He is also one of the most pleasant people (not just limited to lawyers) that I have ever worked with. Analisa Dillingham is incredibly efficient and knowledgeable on all regulatory matters. When she tells us something, I have 100% confidence in the answer.’

Key clients

Apollo Management, L.P.

Aquiline

Sedgwick

Somers Group Holdings Ltd and Somers Re Ltd.

Harrington Reinsurance Holdings Limited and Harrington Re Ltd.

Reinsurance Group of America

Fortitude

Stone Point

Bayview

Partners Group

Work highlights

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 2

The US copyright team at Latham & Watkins LLP utilizes a global presence spanning North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East to advise clients across the tech, art, pharmaceuticals, and media sectors involved in high-stakes litigation, including such household names as Spotify, Johnson & Johnson, and Live Nation. The team is led by seasoned copyright litigators Andrew Gass in San Francisco and Sy Damle in Washington DC, who are lead counsels representing the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in a widely-covered US Supreme Court case related to the “fair use” of copyrighted content; Digital Millennium Copyright Act expert Allison Levine Stillman in New York; and Joe Wetzel, also in San Francisco, a specialist in the music and software sectors. Elana Nightingale Dawson in DC and Britt Lovejoy in San Francisco were promoted to partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sy Damle; Andrew Gass; Allison Stillman; Joe Wetzel

Testimonials

‘Strong team; very good client service; very personable. Good for the whole range of copyright matters, whether litigation, regulatory, commercial deals, etc.’

‘Sy Damle is a very good copyright attorney who is uniquely qualified for copyright regulatory questions.  Allison Stillman is a very good litigation strategist.’

‘Latham is the best firm in the United States in advising on technologically-complex copyright matters. They are exceptionally sharp on the law and are able to apply that legal analysis to complex technical issues. There is no doubt in my mind that the Latham copyright team is the best in the US.’

‘Andy Gass is widely recognized as one of the top copyright lawyers in the country. In addition to his legal expertise, he demonstrates an extremely sophisticated understanding of his clients’ businesses.’

‘There is no better team for licensee-side representation and counsel in the music space than Latham & Watkins. Each of the lead partners brings a unique and complementary skill set that allows them to engage effectively across virtually any potential legal issue in this complicated and ever-evolving space. They are truly one-of-a-kind and best in class.’

‘The four lead partners: Andy Gass, Sy Damle, Joe Wetzel, and Allison Stillman are all exceptional lawyers with a unique and complementary set of skills. From Andy’s keen eye for the ways in which competition law impact digital music issues, to Joe’s lead trial counsel experience, to Sy’s regulatory expertise and ability to tackle any issue of first impression, to Allison’s blend of strategic counsel and negotiating savvy I can’t think of any issue that would arise that they couldn’t tackle better than any other firm out there.’

‘Latham has a deep bench of internet and music copyright experts who are able to obtain a sophisticated understanding of their clients’ business (and business interests) and provide practical guidance against that backdrop.’

Key clients

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Oracle America

Spotify

Shopify

Radio Music License Committee

Triller

Live Nation

Johnson & Johnson

National Association of Broadcasters

Pandora

Roblox

IMDb

Digital License Coordinator

Work highlights

  • Representing the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts before the US Supreme Court in a case that addresses whether Andy Warhol’s creation of 16 works known as the “Prince Series,” featuring the late musician, constitute a “fair use” of copyrighted content.
  • Represented Oracle America Inc. in securing a $30m jury verdict for infringement of software copyrights by Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
  • Representing Spotify in its successful resolution of a multi-billion rate-setting proceeding (Phonorecords IV) for a mechanical license before the Copyright Royalty Board.

International Trade > CFIUS Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP’s prominent corporate practice is a significant driver of its national security work and its CFIUS group frequently works alongside transactional teams to plan and develop mitigation plans. The group has established a particularly strong record on behalf of clients in the energy, technology, telecoms, life sciences and and transport industries, but it possesses experience in representing both US and foreign investors across the full range of economic sectors. Les P. Carnegie co-heads the CFIUS and national security practice, as well as the export controls, economic sanctions and customs practice; in a recent example of his work in the former sphere he represented Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation in obtaining CFIUS clearance in connection with their planned investments in IonQ. Damara Chambers co-heads the CFIUS department has advised a raft of private equity funds in CFIUS reviews over the past year. James Barker, who co-chairs the  connectivity industry group, is also recommended for CFIUS work.

Practice head(s):

Les P. Carnegie; Damara Chambers; James Barker

Other key lawyers:

Zachary Eddington

Key clients

Duolingo

International Olympic Committee

Hyundai Motor Company

Switch, Inc.

Infobip

Terra-Gen

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP is active in funds-related work, taking a substantial share of the popular GP-led secondaries market. A growing practice both in terms of personnel and client base, the team advises various well-known private equity firms on the gamut of matters. June and July 2022 saw successive partner-level hires from Kirkland & Ellis LLP: John Kelley, a specialist in secondaries; and Jamie Walter, who joined the Washington DC office and focuses on regulatory law. They join a team spearheaded by Andrea Schwartzman, counsel to private fund sponsors and global asset management firms on fund formation, strategic capital raises and secondary transactions, managed account platforms, and portfolio investment structuring. Further key contacts include Barton Clark in Washington DC, California-based Nadia Sager, experienced investment funds lawyer Edward Nelson, Matthew Chase, who is particularly experienced at representing new and emerging managers, and Ivana Rouse in Houston, a key figure in building the firm’s practice there. Unless otherwise stated, all above named lawyers are based at the New York office.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Schwartzman

Other key lawyers:

Nadia Sager; Barton Clark; Edward Nelson; Matthew Chase; Ivana Rouse; David Meckler; Lauren Anderson; Adam Kestenbaum

Testimonials

‘Very experienced, solves the toughest problems, great at helping assess the risks in a commercial manner, achieves tangible and real deal results. I want them in my corner every time against any other firm.’

‘We recommend David Meckler, Barton Clark, Lauren Anderson, and Adam Kestenbaum.’

Key clients

Bay Grove/Lineage Logistics

Great Hill Partners

Global Infrastructure Partners

Carlyle Aviation Partners

Bridge Investment Group

Abry Partners

Ashcroft Capital

Radial Equity Partners LP

Onex Corporation

Rubicon Founders LLC

FPV Ventures

Activant Capital Management, LLC

SK Capital

The StepStone Group

Riverstone Holdings

ECP

Meadow Partners, LLC

I Squared Capital

M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance Tier 2

The nationwide group at Latham & Watkins LLP includes former SEC senior officials and experienced corporate practitioners, who focus on highly specialized SEC matters involving complex disclosure and compliance issues under the US federal securities laws. Co-chairs Ian Schuman, Keith Halverstam, and Jenna Cooper in New York are key figures in the team and are well supported by Julia Thompson in Washington DC, who focuses on securities regulation. ESG issues are a key area of work for the team, which takes a multidisciplinary approach to a wide range of matters, including responsible investment, sustainability, and corporate integrity issues. Vice-chairs Stelios Saffos  and Jeffrey Lawlis are also key names.

Practice head(s):

Ian Schuman; Jeffrey Lawlis; Stelios Saffos; Keith Halverstam; Jenna Cooper

Other key lawyers:

Julia Thompson; Betty Huber

Real estate Tier 2

Headed by Michelle Kelban  and Michael Haas in New York together with Chicago based Rachel Bates, Latham & Watkins LLP‘ ‘highly experienced, smart, up-to-date on industry practices and very responsive‘ nationwide real estate group maintains a strong reputation in real estate finance, both borrower and lender-side, REIT transactions, real estate focused private equity transactions and development work. Also in Chicago, Gary E. Axelrod continues to advise private equity sponsors and funds, REITs and institutional investors on major developments across the US. Working with Bates, he recently advised Highgate Capital Investments on its acquisition, along with Aurora Health Network, of the Wellness Infrastructure business of DigitalBridge Group, a digital infrastructure REIT in a transaction valued at $3.2bn. ‘Experienced and poised beyond his years‘ New York’s Justin Elliott and Mark Semotiuk maintain a strong reputation in the New York market for single asset and portfolio financings, acquisitions, dispositions, and restructurings. In Century City, Meghan Cocciis a superstar in the hotel industry‘.  

Practice head(s):

Michelle Kelban; Michael Haas; Rachel Bates

Other key lawyers:

Gary Axelrod; Justin Elliott; Mark Semotiuk; Meghan Cocci

Testimonials

‘Highly experienced, smart, up-to-date on industry practices, very responsive. Justin Elliott is experienced and poised beyond his years. Very practical and, in a civil way, a tough advocate.

‘Meghan Cocci is a superstar in the hotel industry. Rock solid knowledge of the entire field. Able to use her general knowledge and apply it flexibly in each transaction. Remarkably poised under pressure.’

‘Michael Haas is a seasoned pro atop the team.’

‘Justin Elliott in general real estate. Meghan Cocci in hospitality, is also commended.’

Key clients

StonePeak

Brookfield Real Estate Secondaries Fund

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Highgate Capital Investments

Surfrider Malibu Hotel

Oak Hill Advisors

The Blackstone Group Inc.

Cain International Advisers Limited

White Oak Partners

Invitation Homes Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised StonePeak in its joint venture with Blackstone to purchase from Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII L.P. the fee interest in the luxury casino hotel The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for more than $5.65 billion.
  • Advised Brookfield Real Estate Secondaries Fund in its $452 million general partner-led recapitalization of Berkeley Partners Fund IV, which was one of Brookfield Secondaries’ major SEED transactions.
  • Advised on the sale of Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa to funds managed by Trinity Fund Advisors LLC and funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 3

Andrew ClubokLatham & Watkins LLP. Global chair of the firm’s securities litigation & professional liability practice, Andrew Clubok boasts an extensive track record of complete defense verdicts and dismissals of class actions, derivative lawsuits and arbitrations. 2022 has seen another strong year for Clubok, handling the ground-breaking defense of pharmaceutical company Puma Biotechnology, in the first federal securities class action to reach a verdict in nearly a decade. Clubok splits his time between Washington DC and New York.

Work highlights

Government > Government contracts Tier 3

Healthcare > Health insurers Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s team combines a strong transactional practice with a focus on complex litigation. John Manthei and Ben Haas co-head the healthcare team from the Washington DC office, while fellow co-head Judith Hasko takes the lead from her base in San Francisco. On the litigation side, Gwyn Williams and David Tolley, both located in Boston, defend major insurers in a series of underpayment claims cases, while Washington DC’s Daniel Meron focuses on False Claims Act matters. Its transactional offering was further strengthened in October 2022 with the arrival of co-chair Jason Caron and Kevin Miller, both formerly at McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Based in Washington DC, Caron leverages clinical and government experience to advise clients on complex healthcare regulatory, reimbursement, and policy matters, while Chicago-based Miller’s practice focuses on advising private equity sponsors and portfolio companies on investment-related transactional healthcare insurance matters.

Practice head(s):

John Manthei; Judith Hasko; Ben Haas; Jason Caron; Eveline Van Keymeulen

Key clients

UnitedHealthcare

Aon Corporation

Oscar Health

Independent Healthcare Association

Molina Healthcare

 

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP utilizes a global presence spanning North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East to act in high-stakes infringement litigation for prominent names such as Peloton, Sephora, and Guthy-Renker. Jennifer Barry in San Diego, often represent major brands and celebrities, whereas David Callahan in Chicago is a specialist in the consumer products, telecoms, and automotive sectors, who brings over 30 years of experience. Elsewhere, technology expert Tony Sammi at the New York office advises on disputes involving VR headsets and 3D gaming, while in Austin, Jeffrey Homrig brings strength to cases at the state and federal levels and before the International Trade Commission (ITC). Perry Viscounty, who works out of the San Francisco and Orange County, CA offices, manages high-profile suits for emerging and established brands. Key sectors of focus include fitness, biotech, apparel, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and e-commerce.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Barry; David Callahan; Tony Sammi; Jeffrey Homrig

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jennifer Barry, head of the trademark group, is an incredibly talented, creative, and effective litigator and advocate.’

Key clients

Peloton

Codexis

Guthy-Renker LLC, Ascendant Beauty, LLC, and Sephora USA

System1

AbbVie, Allergan, and Zeltiq

GOAT Group

Proton AG

Canopy Growth

Weave Communications

Team Rubicon Global

Weave Communications

Team Rubicon Global

Lithia Motors

International Trade > Customs, export controls and economic sanctions Tier 3

A dominant player in export controls and sanctions work, Latham & Watkins LLP’s enviable roster of multinational corporations frequently turn to the firm for support on compliance with OFAC, ITAR and EAR regimes. The group enjoys close relationships with a wide range of US and international clients, with strong recent showings in the technology, energy, life sciences, defense, and private equity spheres. Department co-head Les P. Carnegie is sought after for his broad combination of white-collar, trade regulation, and national security expertise; he successfully advised US-based Duolingo before OFAC and secured authorization for it to provide services in Syria. In another high-profile mandate, practice co-head Eric S. Volkman advised the International Olympic Committee on export controls and sanctions matters, including Russia and Belarus-related issues. The Washington DC-based group also includes CFIUS expert Damara Chambers, who has a significant export control and economic sanctions dimension to her practice, and talented counsel Andrew Galdes.

Practice head(s):

Les P. Carnegie; Eric S. Volkman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Duolingo

International Olympic Committee

Hyundai Motor Company

Switch, Inc.

Infobip

Terra-Gen

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

In 2022, Latham & Watkins significantly strengthened its US international arbitration capability with the hire of new global department co-chair John Pierce. New York-based Pierce, who joined from WilmerHale, has broad experience in representing clients in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations seated in both common and civil law jurisdictions. Counsel Santiago Bejarano, also based in New York, is dual New York- and Colombia-qualified and is noted for his emphasis on Latin America-related work. The growing team also brings to bear extensive international resources, with the ability to work alongside arbitration specialists in Paris and London.

Practice head(s):

John Pierce

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An excellent team, one of the most visible and influential in the market. Very proactive, extremely knowledgeable and professional. Always a pleasure working with them!’

‘John Pierce is an outstanding practitioner, who is always hands on. An excellent proactive team with great communication skills.’

‘I have been adverse to the Latham team in several case and also arbitrated some disputes in which they acted for one of the parties. They are thoughtful, persistent, and very well rounded lawyers.’

‘John Pierce: precise and reliable in his explanations. Santiago Bejarano: an up-and-coming talent.’

‘An excellent team with an excellent addition of John Pierce from WilmerHale in 2022. John is a perceptive and sharp counsel.’

‘Very diligent, deep analysis, winning strategies, disciplined review of evidence, experienced management of the practice, excellent relationship with clients, among others, are reasons that broadly explain the firm’s success in the field.’

‘This is a well established team with talented lawyers, who are able to attend to highly complex matters.’

‘Santiago Bejarano is one of the smartest lawyers I have ever worked with. He is client oriented and has experience in several law systems. To achieve the best possible results, he always proposes creative solutions. He is young but you do not notice it; he seems so much older due to his vast experience.’

Key clients

Uni-Top Asia Investment Limited

ZF Automotive US, Inc.

Strabag SE

Novenergia Il Energy & Environment, (SCA), SICAR

Live Nation

Dominican Republic

Work highlights

  • Representing Uni-Top in a proceeding against Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production in which Uni-Top seeks to confirm an arbitral award that was previously vacated by the Fourth Intermediate People’s Court in Beijing, China.
  • Representing the Dominican Republic in an arbitration brought by EnviroGold (Las Lagunas) in relation to the Dominican Republic’s alleged violations of an investment agreement.
  • Advising Strabag SE in the first ICSID arbitration ever brought against Libya.

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

Latham & Watkins LLP has a highly integrated Latin America practice with many team members crossing various disciplines at the same time as having high levels of core specialisation. Over the years, it has advanced to the forefront of energy and infrastructure transactions in the region, which now includes growth areas such as renewables and energy transition. While it has historically focused on investments going into Latin America, it is now increasingly active in cross-border transactions into North America by businesses in Brazil, Mexico, Chile and other jurisdictions. Moreover, it is leveraging its status as a leader in start-ups and emerging companies to target this sector in Latin America; it advised Avenir Growth Capital on its $111m Series B funding of Chile-based Xepelin, a provider of B2B payments and financial services for SMBs in Latin America. New York partner Antonio Del Pino, global chair of the Latin America practice, has an outstanding record in M&A and private equity transactions. Madrid’s Ignacio Pallarés has a long history of representing Spanish corporates in their investments in Latin America. Washington DC’s Carlos Ardila, a Colombian native, was promoted to partner in January 2023; he has impressive experience in corporate transactions and financings. Dual-qualified (Argentina/New York) associate Francisco J Lanusse is one-to-watch.  

Practice head(s):

Antonio Del Pino

Testimonials

The work of Antonio Del Pino and his team is highly specialised, they have very complete specialists in different areas and an absolute level of commitment to the client.

Thorough knowledge of their areas of expertise and especially of operations in Latin America.

An experienced team with a great ability to negotiate successfully and a very quick response to customer needs. They were able to put together a team to take on a transaction that was negotiated in less than two weeks, very efficiently and quickly.

All of the firm’s attorneys displayed in-depth knowledge of their practice areas and were able to resolve all sensitive points in the transaction very quickly; there was a special dedication from the team of specialised contracts for manufacturing, the commercialisation of products and intellectual property, which demonstrated great capacity. Antonio del Pino is an extraordinary partner, who transmits calm, is very rational and focused on results, and a great negotiator. He knows what the points to deliver are, and which issues are critical. He had a very quick and efficient response time. Francisco Lanusse is a great associate, with a great capacity for work, who knows all the issues of M&A transactions perfectly, and is very dedicated and extraordinary in negotiating contracts.

The LW team has a very strong M&A practice, with extraordinary professionals. They have a great ability to work in cross-border operations, with a diverse staff that has roots in Latin America — certainly on the operations in which I have interacted with them. The integration of their team helps a lot in these types of operations.

I would highlight Tony del Pino and Javier Stark. Very keen to find solutions and get deals done.

Latham has a great M&A team led by Tony del Pino. Tony, in particular, has great skill and astuteness as a negotiator, avoiding unnecessary clashes and tailoring the direction of the negotiation to meet the client’s interests, without creating unnecessary tension. A wise and cunning negotiator. This sets them apart from other law firms in NY, which negotiate with more intensity.

Latham’s M&A team has the support and depth of the entire firm, with highly specialised and sophisticated areas. In one operation, in the energy area, a negotiation was achieved in record time, with the support of various teams of specialists in the firm. The leadership of Tony del Pino is fundamental. We have also had a very positive interaction with Carlos Ardila.

Key clients

Global Infrastructure Partners

Tresalia Capital

SierraCol Energy Limited

Octal Holding & Co

Telefónica

Paracel

Softys

AME Holding

ArcLight Capital

Vivalto Santé

Triumph Modular

PopUP Design

ParaFi Capital

Repsol

BHP Billiton Petroleum

Marlin Equity Partners

Emergent Cold LatAm Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Global Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition of Atlas Renewable Energy (a clean energy company that develops, builds, and operates solar and wind projects in Latin America), from private equity firm Actis.
  • Advised Telefónica Colombia on the sale of a 60% stake in its Fiber-to-the-Home infrastructure business to KKR.
  • Advised AME Holding on the investment in HIF Global (a Chile-based developer of carbon-neutral eFuels projects), by Porsche, EIG, AME, Baker Hughes, and Gemstone Investments.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

Latham & Watkins LLP is at the forefront of the private-credit segment in Latin America financings, building on its long history of bank lending in the region. Much of the practice centres on the energy and infrastructure sectors, with additional growth in fintech. The firm is also rated for its expertise in acquisition finance and hybrid financings involving capital markets components. The Latin America team is close to a range of corporate borrowers, sponsors, commercial banks and institutional investors, and is gaining increasing visibility and traction in the start-up segment. Head of the Latin America group, Antonio Del Pino handles a broad range of transactional matters, including acquisition finance, project finance and hybrid deals. Gianluca Bacchiocchi and Guido Liniado are key figures in the firm’s rising prominence in securitisation and structured financings in the energy and infrastructure segments, along with a wider range of project and infrastructure financings. Newly elected Washington DC partner Carlos Ardila and counsel Marcela Ruenes are also key members of the team. All named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise. David Penna left the firm in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Antonio (Tony) Del Pino

Testimonials

The team is very competent, capable and diligent. It has a business approach that is very valuable.

Approach to closing and doing business without neglecting valuable advice.

Without a doubt, LW is the best law firm on the street for banking and finance. Their expertise is deep and broad, their response time is incredible, their creativity is impressive, and their commerciality is great.

Gianluca Bacchiochi and Guido Liniado are two of the best lawyers I have ever worked with.

 

Key clients

ArcLight Capital

Ares Capital

Atlantic Park Capital Partners

Barclays Bank

BNP Paribas

Citibank

Credit Suisse

Evertec

Global Infrastructure Partners

Goldman Sachs

Grameryc

Grupo Altex

Grupo Aval

Sempra Energy / IEnova

Klym

Scotiabank

Sempra Energy

UBS

Vitol

Work highlights

  • Advised the joint global coordinators, lead arrangers, and bookrunners in connection with a $2.3bn five-year credit facility provided to Mexico’s TC Energía Mexicana.
  • Advised on the $906m million financing for the Rumichaca-Pasto Toll Road, which is the first in Colombia to include a project-level letter of credit facility to collateralise reserve accounts.
  • Advised Global Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition and acquisition financing (green loan) of Atlas Renewable Energy.

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets

Latham & Watkins LLP’s commitment to Latin America, its global leadership in capital markets transactions, and its immense presence in energy and infrastructure, provides a foundation for a flourishing practice. This includes complex deals such as project and infrastructure bonds, bank/bond transactions and securitisations. Having expanded the team with lateral hires in recent years, it has further grown the senior bench with the promotion of Washington DC-based Carlos Ardila and New York’s John Slater to the partnership; both are native Spanish speakers and Slater recently advised on the first Mexico-focused SPAC IPO in Latin America. Mexico City native Roderick Branch, who divides his time between Chicago and New York, has worked on a range of headline deals over the years, including marquee transactions for Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF); he recently advised CAF on its largest ever bond financing, which closed in January 2023. Guido Liniado and Gianluca Bacchiocchi are leaders in project bonds, bank/bond transactions and sustainability-linked bonds, along with hybrid transactions backed by government receivables, commercial receivables and future flows of payment rights; Bacchiocchi has advised Goldman Sachs on a series of headline transactions in Latin America; and Liniado advised the banks on on the Rumichaca-Pasto toll road project, the largest-ever financing for a Colombian 4G toll road and the largest infrastructure sustainable bond in Latin America. The team also benefits from the firm’s national office, which features a group of former senior figures at the SEC.  

Practice head(s):

Antonio (Tony) Del Pino; Roderick Branch

Testimonials

A very sophisticated and specialised team with whom we have worked on complex and highly innovative transactions.

Gianluca Bacchiocchi and Guido Liniado are excellent lawyers, with a lot of experience in complex capital market transactions and with a lot of knowledge of the Latin American market.

Key clients

GM Holdings (Generadora Metropolitana), a joint venture between Andes Mining & Energy (AME) and EDF Renewables

Morgan Stanley

Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF)

JP Morgan Securities

Global Infrastructure Partners

Goldman Sachs

Sempra Energy

Evertec

CPPIB Credit Investments

International Investors

HSBC Global Asset Management

Volaris

Grupo Aval

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Scotiabank

Citi

Paracel

UBS

Itaú Unibanco

IEnova

The Carlyle Group

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Work highlights

  • Advised the banks on on the Rumichaca-Pasto toll road project, the largest-ever financing for a Colombian 4G toll road and the largest infrastructure sustainable bond in Latin America.
  • Advised Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) on its global offering of $1.5bn in three-year notes, the largest bond financing in CAF’s history.
  • Advised Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) on its $800m syndicated bond offering.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

Latham & Watkins LLP has a highly sophisticated projects and energy practice that is often engaged for innovative financings using bank and bond debt. It is at the forefront of the use of securitisation techniques to fund energy and infrastructure projects. It is also making further headway in the acquisition of renewables assets - including those financed by hybrid transactions. The firm has brought its expertise in novel areas such as energy transition to the Latin America market, including green hydrogen, carbon capture and battery storage, with Chile, Mexico, Peru and Colombia among its primary markets. Traditionally a sponsor-side practice, the firm has built out its client base to include a greater range of investment and commercial banks, and private equity investors. Gianluca Bacchiocchi and Guido Liniado are key figures in innovative and hybrid financings, including securitisation structures. Head of the Latin America practice Antonio Del Pino is a prominent name in energy and infrastructure M&A and private equity investments. Washington DC’s Carlos Ardila was promoted to the partnership in November 2022. Former global co-chair of the project development and finance practice David Penna joined Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Del Pino; Gianluca Bacchiocchi

Testimonials

Without a doubt, LW is the best law firm in the street for project finance. Their expertise is deep and broad, their response time is incredible, their creativity is impressive, and their commerciality is great.

Gianluca Bacchiochi and Guido Liniado are two of the best lawyers I have ever worked with.

Without a doubt, LW is the best law firm in the street for project finance. Their expertise is deep and broad, their response time is incredible, their creativity is impressive, and their commerciality is great.

Very good team in infrastructure financing in LatAm.

Latham’s energy team has a great technical capacity and for me what makes it unique is that they also have a lot of M&A knowledge so for M&A transactions in the energy sector, which is what we hire outside lawyers the most for. it’s a plus. They have a very commercial approach and perfectly understand the needs of the client.

The team’s insight, experience, innovation and ability to execute are exceptional and that sets it apart from many of the other infra-focused lawyers in Latin America.

Guido Liniado is one of the most versatile lawyers in the industry in Latam and presents practical and efficient solutions to all the challenges of a transaction. His experience and knowledge of the different markets make him a great sponsor adviser.

Key clients

Ares Capital

ArcLight Capital

Banco BTG Pactual

Banco Santander

BNP Paribas

CDPQ (Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec)

Credit Agricole

Global Infrastructure Partners

GM Holdings

Goldman Sachs & Co

HIF Global

HSBC Global Asset Management

JP Morgan

Matrix Renewables

Paracel

REDEN Group

Scotiabank

Telefónica

VGMobility

Vitol

Work highlights

  • Advised the banks on the Rumichaca-Pasto Toll Road project.
  • Advised Global Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition and acquisition financing of Atlas Renewable Energy from Actis.
  • Advised Scotiabank, BBVA, BMO and Mizuho Bank in connection with a $2.3bn  five-year credit facilities provided to Mexico’s TC Energía Mexicana.

Latham & Watkins offers clients across the globe innovative legal services and solutions to their most complex business issues and disputes. Building on a tradition of excellence in transactions, Latham provides robust complementary corporate and litigation advice and representation. Since 1934, the firm has expanded into a global legal powerhouse, a ‘one firm’ firm embodying a culture of collaboration. Today, Latham lawyers in offices in nearly all of the world’s major financial centers deliver seamless, top-quality client service.

Main areas of practice
Antitrust and competition: providing globally integrated service to clients facing issues relating to class actions, cartels, in-country and cross-border merger clearance, private antitrust and rapidly changing competition issues.

Banking: handling financing transactions in the US and globally on behalf of lenders, borrowers and purchasers.

Capital markets: advising US and international issuers, underwriters, placement agents and initial purchasers with a market-leading practice in offerings of equity, equity-linked and debt securities.

Emerging companies: advising on the entire growth cycle of a company, from organization and incorporation, to venture, mezzanine and late-stage funding and through to initial public offerings.

Energy: advising clients domestically and across borders on energy-related M&A, capital markets, project finance, regulatory, tax, environmental and litigation matters.

Environmental: serving clients in numerous industry sectors and markets across the US and Europe in all aspects of environmental, land use and natural resource law.

Financial regulatory: providing financial institutions with globally integrated regulatory, transactional and litigation practices capable of anticipating issues and providing advice needed to navigate today’s highly regulated capital and financial markets.

Intellectual property litigation: protecting, defending and capitalizing on intellectual property assets, through counseling, transactions and award-winning litigation.

Life sciences: harnessing deep knowledge of the economic, market, regulatory and political climates in which life sciences companies operate to advise industry participants on transactions, investigations, litigation, intellectual property matters and regulatory challenges.

Litigation and trial: leveraging a robust track record of providing trial as well as preventative advice and effective crisis management to clients in high-stakes controversies.

Mergers and acquisitions: handling enterprise-transforming deals for a wide range of strategic acquirers and private equity firms in the US and around the world, as well as providing day-to-day advice on corporate governance, proxy access and compliance issues.

Private equity: offering private equity funds and their portfolio companies a practice specializing in leveraged buyout structuring and financing, antitrust, executive compensation and tax, as well as exit strategies.

Project development and finance: providing clients with an integrated global team advising on structuring, documenting and negotiating development and financing agreements, as well as related issues associated with complex projects.

Restructuring, insolvency and workouts: advising debtors, sponsors, creditors and creditors’ committees on some of the most significant and innovative restructurings, including complex insolvencies and workouts.

Supreme Court and appellate: representing US and global clients in all aspects of appellate litigation before the US Supreme Court, as well as US and state appellate courts.

Tax: regularly advising on tax planning for multinational corporations, handling tax controversies before the US Internal Revenue Service and other tax authorities across Europe.

Technology: representing private and public companies, as well as venture capital firms and investment banks within the technology industry, on capital markets, antitrust, competition, employee benefits, financing, intellectual property and M&A matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and competition
Banking
Capital markets
Emerging companies
Energy
Environmental
Financial regulatory
Intellectual property litigation
Life sciences
Litigation and trial
Mergers and acquisitions
Private equity
Project development and finance
Restructuring, insolvency and workouts
Supreme Court and appellate
Tax
Technology
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Number of Lawyers : 2,200+
Chair and managing partner : William H Voge

Latham & Watkins, one of the world’s premier global firms, offers clients decades of market-leading experience serving multinational companies, investment banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds, governments and other organizations based or operating in Latin America. Latham’s Latin America practice includes members in the firm’s offices around the globe who have ties to virtually every jurisdiction in Latin America and possess the legal expertise, cultural knowledge, Spanish and Portuguese language skills, and industry know-how to provide top-ranked advice.

Main practice areas
Antitrust and competition: Latham’s global antitrust and competition team provides integrated service to clients facing issues relating to in-country and cross-border merger clearance, state aid controversies, cartel defense and rapidly changing competition issues in Latin America and to Latin American clients facing similar issues in the US, EU, Asia and the Middle East.

Banking: the firm’s banking group handles a variety of sophisticated financing and funding transactions for lenders, borrowers and purchasers in Latin America. The firm represents market-leading financial institutions and financial services providers, and has participated in complex cross-border financings.

Capital markets: Latham’s capital markets practice has worked on ground-breaking capital markets transactions to meet clients’ capital-raising needs in Latin America. Latham handled Mexico’s first-ever energy sector IPO and Mexican Stock Exchange listing; Latin America’s largest high-yield offering during the 13 months ended 31 January 2014; and Latin America’s first insolvency exit.

Communications: Latham’s communications practice regularly represents Latin American, European and US clients doing business in the region on communications transactions and regulatory matters.

Corporate/mergers and acquisitions: the firm is recognized worldwide and in Latin America for advising on the most significant cross-border M&A and corporate transactions across a variety of industries, including natural resources, energy, mining and banking, as well as providing day-to-day advice to clients in Latin America on cross-border corporate governance and compliance issues.

Energy: Latham’s premier global energy practice routinely advises clients in Latin America and Latin American clients on energy-related M&A, private equity, capital markets, project finance, regulatory, tax, environmental and litigation matters. Latham’s clients in the energy sector are market leaders in both traditional and renewable power generation and transmission, oil and gas transportation, power and oil and gas marketing, as well as oil and gas exploration, production and refining.

Restructuring, insolvency and workouts: Latham is a leading global legal adviser to debtors, sponsors, creditors and creditors’ committees on some of the most significant and innovative cross-border and cross-industry restructurings, including those in Latin America.

Litigation/international arbitration: the firm’s internationally recognized litigation and dispute resolution practices handle multijurisdictional commercial disputes, class actions, white-collar and government investigations, mass torts and securities controversies. The firm has established a strong record representing corporations, state-owned entities and states in a variety of international disputes.

Project development/finance: Latham advises Latin American clients through every stage of the largest and most significant infrastructure projects in Latin America, using its experience within project development and financings, including structuring, documenting and negotiating development and financing agreements.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chair and managing partner William H Voge
Latin America practice Sony Ben-Moshe
Latin America practice Antonio Del Pino
Lawyers worldwide : 2,400+