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Latham & Watkins LLP
COSTA MESA CA 92626-1925
United States
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William Cernius is a partner in the Corporate Department. His general corporate transactional practice and extensive experience focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and general corporate and complex securities matters across a wide range of industries. He has been a resident lawyer in each of the San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County and London offices.



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United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance

Recent highlights for Latham & Watkins LLP included Orange County-based William Cernius and Andrew Gray acting for Realty Income Corporation in relation to an alleged bear raid by Spruce Point Capital Management. In Houston, Ryan Maierson is instructed by TechnipFMC, a British company listed on both the New York Stock Exchange and Euronext, but not a foreign private issuer. William O’Neill retired.

United States > Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s experience includes conversions of existing corporations and partnerships into REITs; private placements and public offerings of equity, including IPOs, debt and exchangeable securities; mergers, acquisitions and liquidations; and ongoing company representation and REIT compliance issues. Active clients include Digital Realty Trust, Essex Property Trust, Hudson Pacific Properties, InvenTrust Properties, Phillips Edison, Realty Income and Redwood Trust. The team acted for Phillips Edison, a US-based owner and developer of shopping centres, on its sale of real estate assets and the third-party asset management business, to Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT I. The global group is co-chaired by Michael Brody, Julian Kleindorfer and Ana O’Brien. Other experienced advisers are Lewis Kneib, Orange County’s William Cernius, San Diego-based Craig Garner and counsel in the Orange Country and Los Angeles offices David WheelerBrent Epstein made partner. Named attorneys are in Los Angeles, unless otherwise stated.