Latham & Watkins LLP > New York, United States > Firm Profile

Latham & Watkins LLP
1271 Avenue of the Americas
NEW YORK
NY 10020
United States

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP fields numerous lawyers with previous experience working for the DOJ and FTC, and has a successful track record in dealing with both cartel investigations, as well as follow-on litigation defense. Working together closely with the firm’s offices in Europe, the group is sought out by domestic and multinational companies from various sectors such as pharmaceuticals, retail, software, real estate, and healthcare. The team is headed by global chair Amanda Reeves in Washington DC, and global vice chair Belinda Lee in San Francisco, with Lee being recommended for advising US, European and Asian clients in government investigations before regulators and courts across the globe. Also in San Francisco, Niall Lynch is lauded for acting in criminal and civil price-fixing investigations, including those with ties to Brazil, Korea, the UK and Canada. As a former DOJ trial lawyer, New York-based Elizabeth Prewitt is adept at the full spectrum of cartel work, including investigations and trials relating to price fixing, bid rigging and no-poach agreements.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Reeves; Belinda Lee

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong team overall. Both Elizabeth Prewitt and Niall Lynch are very strong.’

‘Elizabeth has proven litigation chops with major trial wins.’

Key clients

QuEST Global

Glenmark

Fanatics, LLC

Walmart Inc.

StarKist Co.

RealPage / AvalonBay Communities

Cendyn

Multiplan

Equity Lifestyle Properties

Singapore Airlines Limited and Singapore Airlines Cargo Pte Ltd (SQ)

EssilorLuxottica S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented 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 LeagueBaseball licensed products, regarding allegations of violating Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act.
  • Represented Walmart Inc. in three lawsuits accusing Walmart of conspiring with Energizer to inflate the wholesale and retail prices of all disposable batteries.
  • Represented Cendyn in a dispute regarding algorithmic price-fixing claims.  

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP 's ‘top notch antitrust and civil litigation attorneys’ deploy their antitrust expertise across a range of matters, with particular skill in handling cases concerning algorithmic price fixing and the sports sector. The practice is set up to represent clients facing actions in the US and abroad, working with its teams in Brussels and further afield to assist with investigations and litigation arising thereof. The practice is led in tandem by Washington DC’s Amanda Reeves, who assists clients hailing from a range of industries when facing monopolization claims, while Belinda Lee represents clients facing unfair competition claims and consumer class actions out of the San Francisco office. Christopher Yates, also based in San Francisco, defends clients in the face of aftermarket monopolization claims and antitrust matters in the sport and entertainment industries, with Washington DC-based Jennifer Giordano handles class actions linked to both monopolies and monopsonies, price fixing and tying allegations. Al Pfeiffer is counsel of choice for a number of Fortune 500 companies in dominant firm conduct proceedings, with Aaron Chiu advising clients in the digital and sports fields on antitrust matters; both are based in San Francisco. Made partner in January 2023, Anna Rathbun in Washington DC handles DOJ and FTC investigations, as well as cases before other foreign regulators.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Reeves; Belinda Lee

Testimonials

‘Experience is what makes this practice good, humility is what makes it great. I am consistently impressed by the ability of counsel to listen to others, assess options, and advise me of the best choice. There are no egos and my team at Latham are the epitome of team players, which makes them better and me better. ’

‘Chris Yates, Anna Rathbun and Aaron Chiu are my team and they are absolutely spectacular on every level. Knowledgeable, tough, and hardworking are just three of the traits I attribute to all three.’

‘Uniqueness is derived from extensive experience in antitrust law, specifically related to sports organizations and leagues. We had total comfort that the team understood complex issues across decades of important and precedent-setting cases.’

‘Everyone in antitrust practice works hard, but the most important element for us was the ability to identify cognate circumstances that yielded a result that bolstered our position. This is more than mere research; instead, it is understanding how sometimes obscure and little-known decisions can impact strategy in a case in the United States.’

‘They have a full suite of attorneys with incredible experience working inside the government and handling tough cases. They understand that the case is not only about winning in the courtroom but establishing the overarching strategy from the outset and understanding, in cases involving the government, where the regulatory agencies are likely to overplay their hand. They are tough and tenacious when they have to be, and always looking out for the interest of the client. ’

‘The responses from the lawyers of Latham & Watkins were almost always fast. The qualities of their advice and recommendations were excellent. Thanks to their support, we could obtain good results in the litigation.’

‘The advice and other services are very supportive and practical for a client.’

‘Top notch antitrust and civil litigation attorneys. Among the highest echelon of firms, they stand out for their practical, business-focused approach to litigation. They can scale up or down depending on the client’s needs.’

Key clients

World Aquatics

Hollywood Foreign Press Association

GRAIL, Inc.

Apple Pay

RealPage/AvalonBay Communities

Cendyn

Surescripts, LLC

Cox Communications

StarKist Co

Sumida Corporation

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.

Avadel Pharmaceuticals

Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.

North American Concert Promoters Association

Oracle

Atlantic Coast Conference

American Red Cross

United States Soccer Federation, Inc.

Multiplan

Avalon Bay

Equity LifeStyles

Work highlights

  • Represented World Aquatics, the international federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the governing body for Olympic and international aquatic sports, in two antitrust lawsuits.
  • Represented Hollywood Foreign Press Association before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in an action brought by two overseas entertainment news reporters who were seeking access to American actors for interviews.
  • Advised Illumina on the global merger clearance strategy for Illumina’s US$8bn purchase of GRAIL.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 1

Counting a bevy of high-profile US and multinational actors in the tech, entertainment, food and pharma industries among its clients, Latham & Watkins LLP‘s antitrust group handles a prolific flow of HSR filings, government investigations, and litigation. Leveraging its extensive global network, the team possesses broad multijurisdictional capabilities, regularly working with its teams in Paris and Brussels on cross-border merger control mandates. In a standout representation for Washington DC-based global antitrust chair Amanda Reeves, the firm represented Endeavor in its $21bn acquisition of World Wrestling Entertainment, which included obtaining merger clearance in the UK and Saudi Arabia. Bay Area-based vice chair Belinda Leeis a key port of call for clients on complex litigation matters before the government regulators in the Americas, Europe and Asia, while Michael G. Egge, based in DC, has a proven track record in representing clients within the technology and life sciences sectors. New York-based Katherine Rocco is noted for her extensive litigation experience, regularly advising some of the world’s leading private equity firms on antitrust litigation and investigations. The Bay Area’s Kelly Fayne represents clients across the technology, private equity, logistics and media sectors.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Reeves; Belinda S Lee

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Best in class knowledge, experience and pragmatic advice. Capable of litigating but savvy enough to get deals done.’

Key clients

Bunge Limited

Endeavor

United States Sugar Corporation

Apollo

EverWatch

Bosch Rexroth

GRAIL, Inc.

Viasat Inc.

Incitec Pivot

Desktop Metal

Vistra Corp.

Occidental Petroleum

Tapestry, Inc.

Chesapeake Energy

O-I Glass, Inc.

Vital Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Advised Bunge Limited on the global merger control and FDI aspects for its merger with rival Viterra, valued at US$34 billion, which will trigger filings in +40 jurisdictions globally.
  • Advised Endeavor’s US$21 billion acquisition of World Wrestling Entertainment (“WWE”), including obtaining merger clearance in the UK and Saudi Arabia.
  • Successfully defended U.S. Sugar against the DOJ’s challenge to the company’s US $315M acquisition of Imperial Sugar Co.

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

A destination practice for appellate work, Latham & Watkins LLP’s key advocates have argued more than 100 cases before SCOTUS over the past two decades. The group also demonstrates strong activity before state supreme courts and courts of appeal across the country. Former US Solicitor General Gregory Garre steers the team and is sought after for his broad subject matter expertise, which spans constitutional, statutory and regulatory matters. Garre recently secured a 9-0 victory in SCOTUS in a landmark case ruling on federal district courts’ jurisdiction to hear constitutional claims challenging the structure of SEC and FTC administrative proceedings. In another 9-0 SCOTUS win, Roman Martinez successfully represented a plaintiff in a case vindicating the rights of disabled students under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In a significant victory before the Third Circuit, Melissa Arbus Sherry saw off an appeal filed by the federal government in an antitrust case challenging US Sugar Corporation’s acquisition of Imperial Sugar Company. The deep bench also benefits from a deep pool of younger partners, including Michael Bern, who specializes in appellate, commercial and securities litigation; and New York-based Samir Deger-Sen, who recently secured three separate Ninth Circuit wins on behalf of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Meta Platforms and Pharmaniaga Berhad respectively. Richard Bress recently retired. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Garre

Key clients

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

US Sugar Corporation

Gap Inc

Netflix

Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Fluor Corporation

Meta Platforms

Purdue Pharma L.P.

Farfetch

Pharmaniaga Berhad

Strabag

MD Helicopters

Cantor Fitzgerald

World Aquatics

Mylan

Tellurian

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Latham & Watkins LLP continues to be a market-leading firm in the area of white-collar investigations, with a strong team in Washington DC, which includes Alice S. Fisher, Douglas Greenburg, and Kevin Andrew Chambers. Greenburg is particularly skilled at representing prominent companies embroiled in cross-border investigations, while Chambers is recommended for his capabilities with handling internal investigations and government inquiries. Fisher has experience advising on a variety of white-collar matters, including health care fraud, FCPA offences, and sanction violations. Benjamin Naftalis and Doug Yatter are based in New York. Naftalis represents a wide range of clients facing enforcement action by regulatory authorities such as boards of directors, senior executives, and corporations. With his in-depth understanding of digital assets and financial regulations, Yatter is recommended for banks, cryptocurrency founders, and fintech institutions being investigated by the SEC, DOJ, and CFTC. Terra Reynolds practices in Chicago; she focusses on false claims and anti-kickback matters within the healthcare industry.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Chambers; Terra Reynolds; Doug Yatter

Other key lawyers:

Doug Greenburg; Alice Fisher; Benjamin Naftalis; Christopher Garcia

Key clients

Oracle

Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.

Integro Group Holdings / Tysers Insurance Brokers

The International Olympic Committee

City National Bank

Coinbase

R1 RCM Inc.

NextGen Healthcare

Honeywell International, Inc.

Starbucks

Richard Burr

Work highlights

  • Represented Richard Burr, a former US Senator and Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in DOJ, SEC, and Senate Ethics Committee investigations.
  • Representing Binance’s founder and former CEO in connection with enforcement actions by the DOJ, CFTC, and SEC.
  • Representing Starbucks Coffee Company with respect to an investigation by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP is highly active in deal-related litigation, partly due to its thriving transactional M&A practice. A key feature of the firm is how involved litigators are in the early stages of a corporate transaction, helping to structure deals to avoid potential problems further down the line. As well as acting for acquirers, targets, and financial advisors on issues ranging from deal protection measures, conflicts of interest, and change-of-control payments to disclosure obligations, the firm is also a leader at the litigation stage, handling, stockholder class actions, derivative cases, material adverse change matters, poison pill cases, proxy contests, and appraisal actions. Peers praise the lead partners in the securities litigation and professional liability practice, Michele Johnson in Orange County, Blair Connelly in New York and Colleen Smith in San Diego. Connelly led the defense of Oracle executives in one of the largest acquisitions to face a stockholder challenge through trial in the Delaware Court of Chancery, when plaintiffs filed claims against its $9.4bn acquisition of NetSuite, Inc. in 2016. In 2023, the court granted judgment in favor of two key executives in a stockholder derivative suit. Smith handled a consolidated class action for REIT Excel Trust, Inc., when stockholders challenged its cash-out merger into The Blackstone Group.

Practice head(s):

Michele Johnson; Blair Connelly; Colleen Smith

Other key lawyers:

Kristin Murphy

Key clients

Oracle

Match Group

Telefonica S.A.

Cantor Fitzgerald

Inovalon

Sinovac

Desktop Metal

Excel Trust

Bunge

Sculptor

Dell

Camping World

New Enterprise Associates 14

Sorrento

Tenneco Inc.

Kohl’s Corporation

Switch

Searchlight Capital Partners

Hersha Hospitality Trust

Work highlights

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

Drawing upon ‘outstanding knowledge’ and deep strategic intuition developed over many years handling high-profile product liability cases, Latham & Watkins LLP provides a ‘first-class client service’ to many leading consumer product manufacturers. Under the expert guidance of ‘master strategist’ Kenneth Parsigian and ‘dogged advocate’ Christine Rolph, the team is particularly noted for acting for Philip Morris in the ongoing defense of various cases brought against the tobacco giant by governments and insurers for healthcare recoupment costs. Boston-based team head Gwyn Williams has deep knowledge of state and federal consumer protection statutes, and regularly handles consumer class actions involving a wide variety of consumer products. Kegan Brown joined Lowenstein Sandler LLP in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Gwyn Williams

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

They are very good strategists, brief writers, good with experts, good at managing local counsel and large-scale international product liability litigation.’

The team has outstanding knowledge and provide a first-class client service.’

They have deep knowledge and vast experience dealing with product liability cases, including foreign jurisdiction cases.’

Kenneth Parsigian: He is smart, always finds the key issues and provides clear resolutions. He is also articulate, experienced with lot of product liability cases.’

Kenneth Parsigian is a master strategist and tactician. He is unafraid of calling the hardest of shots.’

Christine Rolph is a dogged advocate for her client but also collaborative.’

Christine Rolph is as sharp as can be. She has incredible knowledge in complex things such as epidemiology and knows how to connect this with the legal side of the matter. It is a real privilege to work with her, and I learn from her a lot.’

Key clients

American Airlines

Apple

CCC Intelligent Solutions, Inc.

Clorox

Endo

Lands’ End

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

Navistar

NCAA

Philip Morris International

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

Combining strong litigation experience with deep regulatory prowess, and appreciated for its ability to ‘work with their clients to collaboratively develop winning strategies’, Latham & Watkins LLP is well-positioned to advise energy and natural resources clients, among others, both from a risk management and compliance perspective as well as in the defense of high-stakes nationwide litigation. The firm is able to tap into a strong bench of versatile litigators throughout the country, many of whom have substantial experience of trying high-profile toxic tort matters, including in plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions. Based out of Chicago but with trial experience in federal and state courts throughout the country, Mary Rose Alexander  is well-known and liked by both chemical and energy sector clients for her ability to achieve favorable results, including in toxic tort and public nuisance cases involving complicated scientific matters, as well as in disputes involving alleged contravention of environmental regulations. Drawing upon significant environmental regulatory knowledge, New York-based Gary Gengel  is appreciated by clients within the defense, automotive and chemicals sectors, among others, for his ability to provide a holistic offering across compliance, remediation and toxic tort litigation matters. Boston-based Gwyn Williams heads up the overarching product liability, mass tort and consumer class action group which houses the underlying toxic tort offering. Kegan Brown left the firm during 2023.

Practice head(s):

Gwyn Williams

Other key lawyers:

Mary Rose Alexander; Gary Gengel; Robin Hulshizer; Stacey Van VanBelleghem

Testimonials

They work with their clients to collaboratively develop winning strategies, always thinking two steps ahead that allow their clients to proactively make informed well-considered decisions.’

Deep understanding of the law, but provide very practical solutions.’

 

Key clients

The Dow Chemical Company

Beazer East, Inc.

Chevron

Chromalloy

Cogentrix Power

Cytec Industries, Inc.

DTE Energy

Fluor

FMC Corporation

General Electric Company

Marathon Oil Corp.

Monsanto Company, which has been acquired by Bayer

Montrose Chemical Corporation

Orsted

Paddock

Phillips 66

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 1

The securities litigation and professional liability group at Latham & Watkins LLP spans the country and maintains a high profile in high-stakes matters in many state and federal courts. Since 2022, the firm has represented clients as defendants in more federal securities class actions than any other US law firm, across 24 district courts. Andrew Clubok in Washington DC, New York-based Blair Connelly, and Colleen Smith in San Diego lead the practice. Clubok is the  most active in securities litigation, and his recent work includes securing the dismissal of claims against Meta Platforms in the largest securities class actions ever filed, which involved a stock drop of nearly a quarter trillion dollars. Matthew Rawlinson in Silicon Valley is one of a few attorneys in California to have litigated a securities claim to a final jury verdict, while Michele Johnson in Orange County excels in both securities litigation and merger-related cases. She recently worked with Clubok to defend Twitter in a high-value case. In New York, Jeff Hammel and emerging talent Jason Hegt are standout partners.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Clubok; Blair Connelly; Colleen Smith

Other key lawyers:

Megan Behrman

Key clients

Oracle Chairman, Chief Technology Officer, and Co-Founder Larry Ellison and CEO Safra Catz

Cantor Fitzgerald

Gap

Andreessen Horowitz

Camping World

Farfetch

Brigade Capital

Sinovac

Desktop Metal

Skillz

Twitter

Meta

Peloton

Eargo

Inovalon

FuboTV

Touradji Capital Management

Match Group

Carvana

Toptal LLC

Omnicom Group Inc.

Work highlights

Energy > Energy transactions: electric power Tier 1

Advising new market entrants and entrenched clients in the energy space since the Inflation Reduction Act, Latham & Watkins LLP provides counsel to large and mid-market private equity funds, energy developers and producers, and financial institutions who seek high-end sector knowledge and transactional expertise. The firm has equal engagement with company takeovers and project-specific mandates, and has been involved with assets including, but not limited to, renewables, utilities, energy transmission infrastructure, and conventional power. Jointly heading the team in New York, David Kurzweil and Eli Katz advise on complex, multi-faceted M&A, with the former well-regarded for the breadth of his public and private company deal sheet and the latter for the expert tax advice he provides for private equity sponsors and infrastructure funds. Houston’s Trina Chandler has taken the lead on a number of energy power producer mergers and equity interest acquisitions, while Washington DC’s David Schwartz is sought out for M&A, regulatory and disputes counsel, advising both global asset managers on multi-billion dollar acquisitions and leading energy players on power purchase and sale agreements. Lauren Anderson is based in Houston and has a notable focus on private equity transactions, particularly in the renewables space over the past twelve months, which is similar to New York’s Christopher Cross, who acts as sellers counsel in previous deal highlights. Eminent practitioner Jeff Greenberg, who operates out of Los Angeles, continues to leverage his vast knowledge and expertise within the energy industry to advise on a broad-array of marquee transactions and financings. David Owen and Caroline Phillips provide further M&A and joint venture capabilities from New York.  

Practice head(s):

David A. Kurzweil; Eli M. Katz

Testimonials

‘Great to work with, expertise, responsiveness, attention to detail.’

‘David Kurzweil is a great to work with and very knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Greenbelt Capital Partners

Iberdrola S.A.

Vistra Energy

Clearway Energy Group LLC

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

Denham Capital

Energy Capital Partners

Consolidated Edison, Inc.

Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 1

Providing transactional advice on a litany of premium deals, Latham & Watkins LLP maintains a leading position in the market, trusted by a roster of industry players, private equity sponsors, and investment banks. The firm has been responsible for overseeing some of the sector’s largest company mergers, including Magellan Midstream Partners’ acquisition by ONEOK, as well as Permian Resources’ merger of equals with Colgate Energy Partners, LLC – among others. The firm demonstrates notable activity across the entire oil & gas spectrum, including in the offshore space where the group has handled impressive business combination mandates, while carbon capture projects continue to be a flagship component of the team’s far-reaching practice, often advising prominent clients on the sale and purchase of CCUS projects and developers. Global co-chair of the firm’s energy & infrastructure group, Justin Stolte leverages previous industry experience to advise on M&A, joint ventures and project financing, often focusing on the midstream space alongside M&A and private equity specialist Lauren Anderson. Tom Greer is engaged with multi-billion-dollar transactions in the Delaware and Permian Basins, whereas James Garrett‘s far-reaching practice includes acting on joint ventures to acquire ultra-deepwater drillships. Michael R. King is the chief point of contact for private equity sponsors for both upstream and midstream matters, while Ryan Maierson has been a key figure in the group for large-scale mergers and consolidation deals. Stephen Szalkowski has been highly active across the entire oil & gas space, including prominent assets such as the South Texas Gateway Terminal. All practitioners mentioned sit in the Houston office.  

Practice head(s):

Justin Stolte

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Mercuria Energy

Midcoast Energy, LLC

Flame Acquisition Corp.

Vital Energy, Inc.

Permian Resources, Inc.

Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.

ConocoPhillips

NextDecade Corporation

Vencer Energy

Gibson Energy ULC

Vital Energy

Black Mountain Oil & Gas

ArcLight Capital LLC

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Lime Rock Management, LP

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s considerable project financing and M&A teams act in some of the standout deals in the US renewable energy market, supporting a client base full of major players in power generation, as well as heavyweight investment companies. From landmark offshore wind developments, to innovative power storage projects, and the tax equity financing of various endeavors, the practice operates at a high level across the full breadth of work. Justin Stolte at the Houston office coordinates the team and focuses on M&A, joint ventures, and other transactions. Also in Houston, Lauren Anderson is building a notable energy practice, and Jim Cole is a contact to note for tax equity transactions. Matthew Henegar in Los Angeles is a project finance expert, while in New York, Eli Katz is one of the most active senior practitioners across the range of renewable transactions, and Kelly Cataldo is forging a strong financing practice. Omar Nazif in San Diego is another up-and-coming finance lawyer with a strong renewable energy practice, along with January 2024 partner appointment Cameron Lyons, based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Justin Stolte

Key clients

Divert, Inc.

Clearway Energy Group LLC

EDF Renewables, Inc.

Woodside Energy Ltd

Fortescue Future Industries Pty Ltd.

Vault 44.01 Ltd

Origis Energy Ltd.

CIBC (Lenders); Citibank

Terra-Gen Power, LLC

Ares Capital

Innergex Renewable Energy, Inc.

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Cordelio

Scout Clean Energy

Lenders to Omega Energia

Aypa Power

AB CarVal

Work highlights

Environment > Environment: litigation Tier 1

Co-chaired from the Washington DC office by Janice Schneider and James Barrett, the environment, land & resources team at Latham & Watkins LLP expertly handles a variety of environmental litigation cases, relating to climate change, air quality, toxic tort and natural resources. The team is home to Chicago’s Mary Rose Alexander , who represents clients in class actions, product liability, industrial accidents and toxic tort trials alongside trial lawyer Robin M. Hulshizer who, with environmental experience, is known by clients across the oil and gas, energy, manufacturing industries, particularly for her work on greenwashing and environmental justice-based claims. Over in New York, Kegan Brown  specializes in natural resources claims, in addition to product liability case, particularly those involving PFAS, while DC’s Stacey VanBelleghem handles climate change and air quality matters.

Practice head(s):

Janice Schneider; James Barrett

Key clients

Chevron, U.S.A.

The Clorox Company

The Dow Chemical Company

Marathon Oil Company

DTE Energy Company

Navistar, Inc.

Marathon Oil Corporation

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Beazer East, Inc.

Holley Performance Products

Terra-Gen Development Company

Cogentrix Power

Orsted

Chromalloy

Gavin Power LLC

Bayer

Paddock Enterprises

National Coalition for Advanced Transportation (NCAT)

Work highlights

  • Respresented Terra-Gen in a lawsuit challenging its approval to construct and operate a US$400m., 60-turbine wind energy project located on the Campo Indian Reservation in southern California.
  • Representing The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) in a lawsuit brought by the City of Modesto in San Francisco County Superior Court relating to the alleged release of perchloroethylene (“PCE”)—a compound that Dow manufactured and was used by drycleaners—into the environment in Modesto.
  • Respresenting Navistar in multiple class and individual actions filed in state and federal courts throughout the US and Canada.

Environment > Environment: regulatory Tier 1

Environment > Environment: transactional Tier 1

A wide range of major financial institutions, private equity firms and large corporations routinely turn to Latham & Watkins LLP for its team’s expertise in handling the full spectrum of environmental transactions, with a particular focus on the chemical, energy, and manufacturing sectors. In addition to advising on mergers and acquisitions both domestically and globally, the team is also known for assisting several blue-chip private equity clients and financial institutions on corporate and project financing matters. Environmental and natural resource issues specialist Janice M. Schneider jointly leads the practice with Washington DC-based James Barrett, a specialist in the energy, oil, and gas sectors, where he routinely advises on acquisitions and divestments of coal, gas, hydro, wind, and solar power plants. New York-based Betty Huber heads the firm’s ESG practice, regularly assisting buyers and sellers on all environmental aspects of equity transactions, assets, mergers, spin-offs and joint ventures. The New York office also includes Jean-Philippe Brisson, noted for his focus on environmental transactions related to carbon capture and sequestration and carbon neutrality, and counsel David Langer, who brings substantial transactional and regulatory experience, particularly in the air and water management sectors. Joel Mack retired in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Janice M. Schneider; James Barrett

Testimonials

‘Betty Huber is a star in the ESG world. David Langer knows his stuff.’

‘Primary contact is James Barrett, who has been an excellent collaborator on transactional work.’

‘David Langer is especially strong with respect to navigating complicated environmental matters in a transaction setting.’

‘The lawyers are experienced, practical, and commercial. They also have a solid grasp of complicated technical environmental issues and can draw from vast experience to help frame purchase agreements that are objective and mutual acceptable to both parties.’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management, Inc.

ArcLight Capital LLC

Archroma

Ardian

Authentic Brands Group

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

Carlyle Group

CentroMotion

Citigroup

ConocoPhillips

CONSOL Energy

Consolidated Edison, Inc.

Divert, Inc.

Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.

NextDecade Corporation

One Rock Capital Partners

Platinum Equity

Santander Bank

Sequa Corporation

SK Capital

Tenneco, Inc.

Venture Global

Vistra Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised US pipeline operator Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. on the environmental aspects of its merger with ONEOK.
  • Advised ArcLight Capital LLC on the environmental aspects of its sale of Great River Hydro, LLC to HQI US Holding LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro-Québec.
  • Acted as a counsel for certain speciality areas, including environmental and antitrust, in connection with a bid by Apollo and its portfolio company, Heritage Grocers Group, to acquire Mexico Foods Parent LLC and its affiliates that operate the El Rancho Supermercado chain of supermarkets (primarily in Texas) and affiliated distribution business (La Bodega) and bakery (BakeMex Commissary).

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Latham & Watkins LLP has an extensive capital markets practice, covering the full range of equity and debt transactions. The firm is widely recognized for its extensive issuer-side relationships, although it is also a major player in underwriter-side engagements. It has also achieved significant growth in investment grade bond deals in recent years, advising on deals worth nearly $93bn during 2023. The firm is active in offerings linked to the funding of acquisitions. Along with New York, the firm has capital markets specialists across its US network, including Chicago, Washington DC and Los Angeles. New York managing partner Marc Jaffe is a major name in equity and debt offerings with Corey Wright bringing extensive knowledge in debt transactions, including high-yield. Global chair of capital markets Ian Schuman has a fine record in convertible debt and high-yield debt offerings. Stelios Saffos and Greg Rodgers are also key names, the latter noted for his expertise in convertible debt. All individuals are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Ian Schuman; Stelios Saffos; Jeffrey Lawlis

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Amgen, Inc.

Amphenol Corp.

Arrow Electronics, Inc.

Avery Dennison Corporation

Bank of America

Citigroup

General Motors Financial Company, Inc.

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

J.P. Morgan

Santander

Sempra Energy

Simon Property Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Amgen on its $24bn senior notes offering to fund the acquisition of Horizon Therapeutics
  • Advised the underwriters in Gilead Sciences’s $2bn senior unsecured notes offering
  • Advised Hyatt Hotels Corporation on its $600m bond offering.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Latham & Watkins LLP stands out for its strength in both debt and equity offerings, and its balance between issuer and underwriter engagements. It has an outstanding presence in domestic transactions and offerings by non-US issuers. The firm is also unique as an international firm focused on start-ups, growth companies and large listed businesses. With its multi-office strategy, it has remained closely connected to key industries such as technology and life sciences, providing a steady stream of marquee deals. Ian Schuman is global chair of the capital markets practice and Richard Kline heads the technology industry group. Stelios Saffos and Los Angeles partner Greg Rodgers are also key figures, along with Marc Jaffe, Nathan Ajiashvili  and Alison Haggerty. All named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Ian Schuman; Stelios Saffos; Jeffrey Lawlis

Other key lawyers:

Richard Kline; Alison Haggerty; Marc Jaffe; Gregory Rodgers; Nathan Ajiashvili

Key clients

AerSale, Inc.

Bank of America

Barclays

CARGO Therapeutics Inc.

Citigroup

EngageSmart

GFL Environmental Inc.

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Jefferies

J.P. Morgan

Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.

Morgan Stanley

Neumora Therapeutics, Inc.

The Carlyle Group

Vita Coco

Yesway

Zentalis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised the underwriters on Instacart’s $660m IPO on Nasdaq.
  • Advised CARGO Therapeutics on its $280m IPO on Nasdaq.
  • Advised Live Nation Entertainment on its upsized $1bn convertible notes offering.

Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

Latham & Watkins LLP routinely handles high-profile and headline deals in the market, including IPOs, investment grade debt and high-yield debt offerings. Its geographical reach and global reputation provides it with a wealth of clients and top engagements. It has continued to advise on headline offerings from around the world, including from Europe, Israel, Asia and Canada. It remains actively involved in the Israeli market, representing a number of issuers and underwriters on headline offerings. Marc Jaffe and global head of capital markets Ian Schuman are leaders in international offerings. Key figures also include Nathan Ajiashvili , who has a fine record in the life sciences sector, and Stelios Saffos. All are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Ian Schuman; Stelios Saffos; Jeffrey Lawlis

Other key lawyers:

Marc Jaffe; Nathan Ajiashvili

Key clients

Bank of America

Citigroup

Corning Incorporated

Credit Suisse

Enlight Renewable Energy

GFL Environmental Inc.

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Innoviz Technologies Ltd

Jefferies

J.P. Morgan

Morgan Stanley

O-I Glass, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised the underwriters on Birkenstock’s $1.5bn IPO on the New York Stock Exchange
  • Advised the initial purchasers on Chinese smart electric vehicle company NIO, Inc.’s $1bn convertible senior notes offering.
  • Advised Enlight Renewable Energy on its $252m IPO on Nasdaq.

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Latham & Watkins LLP is at the forefront of the high-yield market, being equally strong in both issuer and underwriter side engagements. With a core team of capital markets specialists in New York that have extensive experience in high-yield, it has a range of sector experts in multiple offices around the country, including Houston, Washington DC, Chicago and several California offices. Marc Jaffe is managing partner of the New York office and a rounded capital markets specialist with deep expertise in high yield. Ian Schuman is global head of the capital markets team and another prominent figure in this space, as is Stelios Saffos, who is vice-chair of the global group. Corey Wright is a leading name in high-yield bond and bank financings.

Practice head(s):

Ian Schuman; Stelios Saffos; Jeffrey Lawlis

Other key lawyers:

Marc Jaffe; Senet Bischoff; Corey Wright; Erika Weinberg; Keith Halverstam

Key clients

American Airlines Group Inc.

Bank of America

Barclays

Citigroup

Caesars Entertainment, Inc.

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Jefferies

J.P. Morgan

Light & Wonder, Inc.

O-I Glass, Inc.

Viasat, Inc.

Wells Fargo

Wynn Resorts, Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised the initial purchasers on GTCR’s $2.175bn and £600m senior secured notes offerings to support its acquisition of a majority stake in Worldpay
  • Advised the initial purchasers in LifePoint Health’s upsized $1.1bn senior secured notes offering.
  • Advised American Airlines on a $750m senior secured notes offering

Finance > Commercial lending

Banking powerhouse Latham & Watkins LLP is commended by clients on both the lender and borrower sides, with one noting that its ‘legal knowledge is robust and informed by significant experience in the space.’ On the lending side, it represents the large traditional banks on leveraged and acquisition financings, as well as direct lenders, in the form of non-bank financial institutions and debt funds. Its deep expertise fully equips the team to handle large unitranche financings in the billion-dollar range. Other areas of expertise include its work with sponsors and their portfolio companies on liability management financing transactions. On the borrower side, the team works with major corporation on a range of borrower-side financings. At practice head level, the New York office includes Daniel Seale who is skilled at handling acquisition financings and is highly regarded in the direct lending market; Alfred Xue who is a key name for traditional bank lenders and direct lenders on cross-border financings and Joshua Tinkelman who is highlighted for his work handling leveraged buyouts. Also forming part of practice head offering is Jason R. Bosworth in Los Angeles and Jason M. Licht in Washington DC. The team is ably supported by Michèle Penzer in New York who handles acquisition and project financings, along with Corey Wright and Lisa Collier who are also New York-based. Manu Gayatrinath  is also highlighted as a notable member of the team. Jennifer Ezring joined the New York office from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in October 2023.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Seale; Jason Bosworth; Alfred Xue; Joshua Tinkelman; Jason Licht

Other key lawyers:

Jesse Sheff; Michèle Penzer; Corey Wright; Lisa Collier; Jennifer Ezring; Manu Gayatrinath

Testimonials

‘This team at Latham & Watkins, led by Stelios Saffos, is truly the best on the street. The level of client service that they provide is above and beyond that of any of their peers. Their legal knowledge is robust and informed by significant experience in the space. They have great relationships with both lenders and borrowers / sponsors, which is a true asset in the negotiation process. The large amount of deal flow that they see ensures that they are always on top of the most recent technology in the market. ’

‘Stelios Saffos is simply the best lawyer with whom I have ever worked. His ability to be personally involved in each and every deal is impressive. He has also built a team around him that are equally competent and focused on client service. Beyond his legal acumen, Stelios is also excellent at connecting individuals and institutions across wall street. This is certainly above and beyond what most lawyers do and is additive to any lender’s experience. ’

‘The Latham Team is a full-service team utilizing multiple Partners’ expertise when necessary and in an efficient manner while having a seamless interaction between partner and associate. They are incredibly knowledgeable on all things debt and are incredibly well ordered when working for us. ’

‘Jesse Sheff is a phenomenal attorney and our go to Partner on all private debt and broadly syndicated deals. When we hire them on a mandate, it is clear that they are devoting 110% to our project and are focused on helping us succeed by solving problems as they arrive, and thinking ahead to things that may come up. We value their thoughtfulness and creativity in many of our off the run, and difficult transactions where their expertise comes in handy. ’

‘Expertise across various industries, deep bench, responsiveness’

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

Wolfspeed

Chesapeake Energy

Permian Resources Operating

Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

American Airlines

Domtar Inc.

Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc

Lyft

Farfetch US Holdings, Inc

JOANN Inc.

Veritext

Tapestry, Inc

Evertec

Royal Bank of America

Goldman Sachs

Wells Fargo

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

Antares Capital

Blue Owl Credit

Barclays Bank

Capital One

Apogem Capital LLC

JP Morgan

Ares Management

TD Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised The Walt Disney Company on a large, $5.25bn investment grade revolving credit facility used to refinance existing debt.
  • Advised Wolfspeed on a term loan and secured notes facility that amounted to a total of $4bn.
  • Advised Chesapeake Energy on a $4.0bn reserve-based credit facility.

Finance > Financial services regulation

The ‘very strong practice’ at Latham & Watkins LLP counts a range of global banks, funds and broker-dealers among its clients, whom it assists with major transactions and associated regulatory challenges, in addition to providing regulatory support as it relates to derivatives, broker-dealer registrations and restructuring measures. The team is also accustomed to handling proceedings before regulatory bodies, including FINRA, NFA and the SEC among others. Leading the group is the New York-based triumvirate of Stephen Wink, Yvette Valdez and Arthur Long, who joined the leadership team following the retirement of Alan Avery in January 2023. Marlon Paz, who splits time between New York and Washington DC, is noted for his work advising broker-dealers on all aspects of securities regulation and enforcement, with New York-based Jenny Cieplak focusing on regulatory issues arising out of the fintech sector. Also located in New York, Pia Naib advises banks and other financial services clients on crypto regulations in addition to issues tied to Dodd-Frank, the Volcker Rule and the Consumer Protection Act.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Wink; Arthur Long; Yvette Valdez

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very strong practice. Good experience with Arthur Long, a very experienced and practical advisor.’

‘Arthur Long is bright, experienced, creative and thoughtful – a great combination when working through regulatory challenges.’

Key clients

National Bank of Canada

Bread Financial Holdings, Inc.

AllianceBernstein

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Acorns Grow Inc.

Blockchain Association

Citigroup

DirectBooks

Houlihan Lokey

J.P. Morgan

Lincoln International

Octaura

Primary Markets

Raymond James Financial Inc.

SecondRE

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

SIMON Markets

StartEngine Capital

Symphony Communications

The Raine Group

Winterflood Securities

Zanbato

NextDecade Corporation

Diversified Energy Company

Origis Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised AllianceBernstein on the formation of a joint venture between its Sanford C Bernstein Broker-Dealer Business and Société Générale.
  • Drafted comment letters to the SEC in relation to its proposed amendments to Rule 3b-16, which would expand the definition of “exchange” under the Exchange Act, on behalf of Directbooks, Blockchain Association and Symphony Communications.
  • Advised National Bank of Canada in connection with its sponsorship of and investment in several Canadian and US private investment fund groups.

Finance > Fintech

Often working in conjunction with the firm’s privacy & cyber practice on data privacy and security law issues, the New York-based practice Latham & Watkins LLP covers the full array of blockchain, digital asset, and payment technology matters. Co-lead of the practice Stephen Wink specializes in compliance and enforcement and is a key port of call for various digital asset entities, DAOs, and financial institutions. Also-co-lead of the team, Yvette Valdez is experienced in advising global investment banks, asset managers, and trading shops on establishing crypto derivatives and structuring digital assets. Jenny Cieplak offers strong knowledge of the corporate, intellectual property, and regulatory aspects of fintech transactions, while Marlon Paz often assists broker-dealers on internal investigations and securities regulations. In Washington DC, Barrie VanBrackle is well-versed in fintech transactions and consumer financial services compliance, while Los Angeles-based Ghaith Mahmood is proficient in the commercialization of IP assets and is often engaged in NFT matters. Todd Beauchamp left the team in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Steve Wink; Yvette Valdez

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Andreessen Horowitz

Aptos Labs

Aspiration

Autograph.io

Ava Labs Inc

Beneficial State Bank

Binance

Blockchain Association

Celsius Networks Ltd

Cipher Mining Technologies Inc

CleanSpark

Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME)

DirectBooks

Elwood Technologies

ErisX

Evolve Bank & Trust

FIA Tech Consortium

Fidelity Investments

Flowcarbon

FXSpotStream

Gemini Trust

GoldenTree Asset Management

Hidden Road Partners

Hippo Enterprises Inc.

Idle Labs Inc.

Iris Energy

Jane Street Capital

Lemonade Inc

MarketAxess

MEMX

MoonPay Inc

NetSpend Corporation

NounsDAO

NYDIG

Octaura

OpenSea

Pantera Capital

ParaFi Capital

Prosper Marketplace

Revolut

SIMON Group

Storm King Trading

Syndicate DAO

Versana

Zilch

Work highlights

  • Advised Coinbase on the restructuring of its strategic and commercial relationship with Circle regarding the stablecoin USDC.
  • Advised Madison Dearborn Partners on its US$1.8 billion acquisition of MoneyGram International.
  • Advised Versana on the launch of its data sharing service for syndicated loans.

Finance > Project finance

Latham & Watkins LLP is well-positioned to advise on energy transition mandates, with a particular focus on battery storage, solar and wind financings. The firm has a balanced sponsor and lenders focus, acting for both premium banks and financial services institutions and multinational energy corporations, overseeing both debt and equity financings. LNG also continues to be a large part of the firm’s workload, handling the development and financing piece of landmark facilities such as the Port Arthur LNG Phase 1 project. On the infrastructure front, the group stands out for its formidable engagement with digital assets, often instructed on major US fiber rollouts, microgrids, and battery energy storage facilities. Project development and financing specialist Jeff Greenberg helms the group on both sides of the energy and infrastructure space and is a key adviser to some of the world’s largest financial institutions such as Credit Agricole and MUFG. Jonathan Rod and Jason Webber offer particular experience relating to LNG projects, while Matthew Henegar‘s practice spans renewables, conventional energy, and infrastructure assets. Gianluca Bacchiocchi and Guido Liniado have an extensive international footprint that is predominantly centered on Central and South America where they work with a range of sponsors, underwriters and developers on project financing and capital raises. Chirag Dedania‘s data center expertise ensures that he is sought out by numerous established corporates and deal sponsors, whereas Kelly Cataldo and Omar Nazif  are particularly well-regarded for their adeptness in renewables and battery storage mandates. A popular choice for private equity sponsors, Warren Lilien is equally proficient across energy and infrastructure matters and has a strong record on gas pipeline instructions. Annelise Karreman has a growing practice in the renewables sector, working on both project financings and tax equity financings, whereas Cameron Lyons has minerals, metals and chemicals work as part of a broad portfolio of work. Renewables expert Daniel Sinaiko joined the team from A&O Shearman in April 2024. The team operates out of New York.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Greenberg

Key clients

ArcLight Capital

Avenue Capital

Aypa Power

Blackstone Energy Partners

Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P

CIBC

ConocoPhillips

Cordelio Power

Credit Agricole

Divert, Inc.

Energy Capital Partners

Global Infrastructure Partners

Innergex Renewable Energy, Inc.

Jefferies Finance LLC

KeyBank

LS Power, LLC

MUFG Bank

NextDecade Corporation

OIC

Santander

Scotiabank

SMBC

Tellurian Inc.

Terra-Gen Power, LLC

Venture Global LNG

Work highlights

  • Advised NextDecade Corporation in the total $18.5 billion financing for the Rio Grande LNG Facility.
  • Advised ConocoPhillips in the project development and $11.35 billion financing of the Port Arthur LNG Phase 1 project in Jefferson County, Texas
  • Advised Divert, a company that provides solutions for food waste management, in a US$1.1 billion debt and equity financing to fund the development of wasted food to renewable natural gas (RNG) facilities across North America.
  • Advised American Triple I as part of JFK Millennium Partners’ US$4.2 billion deal to develop the new terminal 6 at JFK Airport.
  • Advised Hybar in a US$700 million debt and equity financing to build, start up and operate a technologically advanced, environmentally sustainable scrap metal recycling steel rebar mill.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 1

Fielding a team of specialists in restructuring and bankruptcy, Latham & Watkins LLP‘s restructuring and special situations practice represents clients across a variety of industries ranging from pharmaceutical, manufacturing, retail and oil and gas. The group has assisted on all types of restructurings and liability management transactions, and has the capabilities to address mass tort and significant litigation liabilities. Attorneys such as the New York-based David Hammerman are able to lead on both the debtor-side and creditor-side of restructurings, with Hammerman having led a team including Washington DC attorney Andrew Sorkin in advising the lenders to SmileDirectClub in connection with ongoing Chapter 11 cases. Hammerman leads the team alongside New York lawyer George Davis, who has a track record in advising public and private companies around the world on complex restructurings in and out of court, as well as the Chicago-based Caroline Reckler, who is a specialist in bankruptcy proceedings and other special situations across various industries. Situated in Los Angeles, Jeff Bjork has a focus on mass tort restructurings, while New York-based Keith Simon is experienced in guiding debtors, secured lenders, and new money investors through high stakes restructurings and special situations. Los Angeles-based Helena Tseregounis is also a key name. Brett Neve has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

George Davis; David Hammerman; Caroline Reckler

Testimonials

‘We have worked a lot with Adam Goldberg on several matters. Adam is very knowledgeable and responsive. Very commercial lawyer with a lot of expertise in crypto.

‘Latham has a truly deep bench of professionals and a well-deserved reputation for finding practical solutions that serve their client’s interests. They are uniquely easy to work with, and they benefit from the support of one of the world’s largest full-service law firms.’

‘David Hammerman is outstanding. He’s deeply analytical and strategic while staying focused on finding a commercial path forward. George Davis is an extremely strong strategic thinker on his deals and is also the global chair of the group. Caroline Reckler is driven and tenacious, which is how she gets deals done. Hugh Murtagh is a strong litigation-focused restructuring lawyer who has a unique ability to parse through complex fact patterns and legal analyses and get to the right answer. Brett Neve is one to watch going forward.’

‘The Latham restructuring team is one of the few pre-eminent restructuring teams in to US focusing on mass torts and innovation solutions. They are at the forefront assisting companies to modernize their balance sheets and restructure legacy liabilities to effectively move forward in the market.’

‘Jeff Bjork – practice leader. Jeff is a thought leader in the restructuring space and is driving innovation in its implementation. Jeff has been involved on some of the biggest liability restructurings in the US recently. Clients appreciate his tenacity and level of engagement.

Kim Posin is very knowledgable in the subject matters and knows all the key players. She is effect managing the process with many different constituents, always advocating effectively for her clients.’

‘The team at Latham is remarkably deep, well-trained, and exceptionally experienced in complex restructuring matters. It is one of a very small group of large firms that can be said to be truly the elite of bankruptcy and restructuring. Adept at both debtor and lender-side representations, the team seamlessly draws on Latham’s vast array of other practice skills, as and when needed. Highly recommended in all respected.’

‘George Davis, head of the group, brings vast experience and knowledge to every matter on which he works. He has impeccable judgment and a calm, steady hand in every crisis.’

Key clients

Ad Hoc Committee of GTT Communications Noteholders

Bird Rides

Cox Operating LLC

EPR Properties

Huron Consulting Group

Paddock Enterprises

Imerys Talc America, Inc.

Joint Liquidators of Three Arrows Capital Ltd.

Leadenhall Capital Partners LLP

Lincoln Power, L.L.C.

Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc.

MD Helicopters, Inc.

Monitronics International, Inc.

National CineMedia, Inc.

Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.

Starry Group Holdings, Inc.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

TPC Group Sponsors

Trinity Capital

Virgin Orbit

Vital Pharmaceuticals (Bang Energy)

Work highlights

  • Advised Monitronics International, Inc. and its subsidiaries (known for Brinks Home Security), one of the largest home security and alarm company, in fully consensual confirmation of the Company’s partially prepackaged Plan of Reorganization following an uncontested hearing on June 26, 2023.
  • Advising Vital Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Bang energy drinks, on its chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, which have involved multiple novel legal issues and culminated in the sale of substantially all of its assets to Monster Energy.
  • Advising AIG Financial Products, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AIG Inc., in its chapter 11 proceedings involving the restructuring of more than US$36 billion of debt.

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 1

The ‘wonderful’ team at Latham & Watkins LLP assists clients on matters ranging from OTC derivatives to margin loan transactions and equity-linked structured products. It is also well-positioned to assist clients in investigation and litigation matters concerning CFTC regulations. Its industry expertise includes the burgeoning fintech and digital assets space. Yvette Valdez, head of the regulatory practice, is well-versed in regulatory matters concerning derivatives, including those relating to crypto-assets as well as bespoke and complex financial and market infrastructure solutions. ‘Incredible’ Rafal Gawlowski has extensive experience in equity-linked capital markets, structured repurchase, hedging and derivative financing transactions as well as compliance issues surrounding equity derivatives. With ‘strong expertise in the corporate equity derivatives space’, Witold Balaban advises top investment banks and financial institutions across an array of equity-linked products. Doug Yatter expertly covers investigation and enforcement matters, including complex litigation, for banks, hedge funds, fintech companies and cryptocurrency platforms. Courtenay Myers Lima is noted for novel structured products structuring and distribution for professional and retail investors. Each lawyer highlighted practices in New York.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is responsive, talented and well-staffed. They are able to quickly respond to any inquiries and they have access to extensive precedents.’

Globally connected and able to work seamlessly on cross-border transactions.’

‘The team is wonderful – they are one of my go-to firms.’

‘Witold provides well thought through advice and is one of the most experienced lawyers in this space.’

‘Rafal is an incredible lawyer – personable, knowledgeable and commercial.’

‘Witold Balan has strong expertise in the corporate equity derivatives space and is able to navigate the client and banks through very complex transactions.’

Key clients

Andreessen Horowitz

Matthews South

NextDecade Corporation

Diversified Energy Company

Origis Energy

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Goldman Sachs

General Motors Financial Company, Inc.

Credit Suisse AG, London Branch

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange

Fidelity Investments

Work highlights

  • Representing Binance founder and CEO in connection with enforcement actions against Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.
  • Representing Matthews South as placement agent in a convertible notes exchange transaction, in which PROS Holdings would offer new convertible notes in exchange for existing convertible notes and enter into a new capped call transaction relating to the new convertible notes.
  • Advised NextDecade in a greenfield energy equity and debt project financing with $12.3B of limited recourse debt financing and $700M of privately placed notes.

Healthcare > Life sciences Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP works with a number of major players in the life sciences industry on transactions in the sector, handling both M&A and IPOs, in addition to assisting with business combinations and licensing deals. In addition to transactional expertise, the practice is adept at overseeing patent protection strategies and litigation for pharma, biotech and medical devices companies. In Washington DC, John Manthei chairs the firm’s global life sciences group, specializing in the FDA regulatory process alongside vice chair Ben Haas, while also advising on the marketing of drugs and representing clients in Administrative Procedures Act litigation. Further litigation expertise comes in the shape of New York’s Arlene Chow and Chicago-based Terra Reynolds, with the former handling patent disputes concerning small molecule drugs and biologics, and the latter focusing on white collar defence and government investigations. In Silicon Valley, Shayne Kennedy is noted for his capital markets practice, advising on public and private securities offerings by life sciences clients. Boston’s Julie Scallen oversees both M&A and private equity transactions, and Elizabeth Richards, William McConagha and Jennifer Bragg, based in the capital, assist with FDA and DEA product testing and approval procedures. Judith Hasko has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Arlene Chow; Terra Reynolds; Shayne Kennedy; John Manthei; Ben Haas

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I saw Arlene Chow make two different arguments in front of the PTAB and was blown away by her knowledge of the record and her ability to respond succinctly and persuasively in front of the board.’

Key clients

Prometheus Biosciences

Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals

AcuFocus

Pionyr Immunotherapeutics

Relievant Medsystems, Inc.

Inari Medical, Inc.

AEON Biopharma

Sonoma Biotherapeutics

CytomX

Shape Therapeutics

Erasca, Inc.

Ascendis Pharma A/S

AbbVie

Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision, Inc.

AMO Development, LLC

AMO Manufacturing USA, LLC

AMO Sales and Service, Inc.

Merck Animal Health

Kansas State University Research Foundation

Amgen

Work highlights

  • Advised Prometheus Biosciences on its sale to Merck for $10.8bn.
  • Advised AEON Biopharma, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a proprietary botulinum toxin for the treatment of multiple conditions, in a business combination with Priveterra Acquisition Corp.
  • Advised Sonoma Biotherapeutics on its collaboration with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals to apply their scientific and clinical expertise and respective technology platforms to the discovery, development and commercialization of novel regulatory T cell therapies for autoimmune diseases.

Industry focus > Sport Tier 1

Acting on behalf of private equity firms, NBA franchises, and major sporting federations, the Latham & Watkins LLP team demonstrates ‘valuable industry knowledge’ in handling multi-jurisdictional M&A, antitrust litigation, and sponsor-backed minority investments in sports franchises. The practice is also highly regarded for its work in the media space, regularly assisting with multi-party joint entertainment ventures and terminating telecast rights agreements. Described as ‘thorough’ and a ‘balanced negotiator’, Adam J. Sullins heads the team from Century City and focuses on strategic investments and transactions, whilst Kendall Johnson is knowledgeable on the licensing and financing of sponsorship rights. In New York, Frank Saviano specializes in team acquisitions and stadium development, and Justin Hamill assists with corporate governance affairs. San Francisco-based Chris Yates concentrates on high-stakes antitrust claims, and Adam Rosenthal is well-regarded for his expertise in matters concerning sports league governance and rules.

Practice head(s):

Adam Sullins

Testimonials

‘I have used Latham’s Sports practices in an extensive and ongoing manner and continue to be thrilled with the work output, emotional intelligence and industry knowledge across the team. Latham’s sports team is an undisputed industry leader given its unique combination of commercial knowledge of the industry, shrewd and pragmatic legal advice, and exceptional interpersonal ability. Latham consistently finds ways to solve problems and demonstrates a desire to make deals happen in the face of challenges by deciphering cutting-edge structuring tactics rather than shying away due to a challenge.’

‘The Latham team continually distinguish themselves from other leading firms through their impeccable and timely work product, valuable industry knowledge, strong emotional intelligence and deep tenure in the space. The Latham team provide accurate, creative, intelligent work, and they’re a ton of fun to work alongside.’

‘Amongst the talented attorneys at Latham, Frank Saviano, Adam Rosenthal, and Rachel Klein stand out because they work extremely hard to consistently produce terrific work while fostering a collaborative, fun and contagious culture. Their unique combination of IQ and EQ will continue to set them far apart in the industry and I plan to use Latham largely exclusively going forward. I would be delighted to discuss further.’

‘The team has great expertise and is very international, allowing us to obtain seasoned expertise almost everywhere in the world.’

‘The team is highly experienced, knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘Adam Sullins is the lead partner- he bring great experience, is thorough, most responsive, a balanced negotiator and overall very good at managing process and people which is sometimes the most important part since almost all attorneys leading law firms/departments of this stature would have sound legal acumen.’

Key clients

Skydance Media

The Chernin Group Capital Management, LP

RedBird Capital Partners

Diamond Baseball Holdings

Archwell Holdings, LLC

Sixth Street Partners

DLHPII Sports Media And Entertainment, LLC

Blue Owl Sports

Dynasty Equity Partners Management, LLC

Houston Rockets

Endeavor Operating Company

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Fanatics, Inc.

United States Soccer Federation

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)

Padres, LP

World Aquatics

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)

Nexstar Media Group

World Surf League

Work highlights

  • Advised RedBird Capital Partners in connection with the formation of EverPass Media, a NewCo owned by RedBird and the NFL, which will hold the exclusive rights to distribute NFL Sunday Ticket to commercial establishments in the United States starting with the 2023 NFL season.
  • Advised Endeavor in connection with UFC and WWE’s US$21 billion merger to form a new, publicly listed company consisting of two iconic, complementary, global sports and entertainment brands.
  • Advising FIFA in connection with the host city selection for the 2026 FIFA World Cup and related matters.

Insurance > Advice to policyholders Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s insurance practice benefits from the firm’s extensive global commercial litigation expertise, offering deep experience in litigation, arbitration, mediation, and negotiation for policyholder clients. Specializing in major commercial insurance lines, especially Directors’ & Officers’ liability, the team has a proven track record of securing substantial insurance proceeds, combined with standout capabilities in insurance transactions. Leading from Washington DC, David A. Barrett specializes in transactional insurance, overseeing placements, renewals, and claims involving billions in losses. In Boston, Robert Gilbert combines litigation expertise with advising policyholders on diverse insurance issues, including program design and bespoke policy drafting, while Austin-based Brook Roberts excels in insurance litigation, securing victories in high-stakes cases across various matters. From Los Angeles, Kirsten Jackson supports the practice, focusing on representing policyholders in insurance recovery matters. Bringing nearly two decades of experience, John Wilson assumes a pivotal role as a lead advocate in high-profile cases; collaborating closely with Drew Gardiner, a specialist in D&O liability, and Steven Lesan, known for successfully recovering millions for Fortune 500 policyholders in intricate cross-border insurance disputes, they collectively amplify the team’s capabilities and expertise from San Diego.    

Practice head(s):

David A. Barrett

Other key lawyers:

Robert Gilbert; Brook Roberts; John Wilson; Drew Gardiner; Steven Lesan; Kirsten Jackson; Nathan Sandals

Testimonials

‘The Latham insurance recovery team, led by David Barrett, is one of the top attorney groups I work with. The depth of insurance law knowledge is unparalleled in my experience.’

‘David Barrett is a fantastic advisor to clients and business partner and extremely responsive.’

Robert Gilbert is a technical top-level attorney on Massachusetts insurance law who offers exceptional client service.’

Nathan Sandals is knowledgeable and responsive.’

 

Key clients

Amphenol Corporation

Caesars Entertainment, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Golden Gaming

Canadian Solar Inc.

Cigna

Endeavor Operating Company

Fluor Corporation

Furnishare

Harvard College

L.A. Terminals, Inc.

Malibu Boats

Michigan State University

Montrose Chemical Corporation of California

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Rockland Funding LLC, dba Westbrook Partners

Sixth Street Partners / FC Barcelona

Tom Brady, Giselle, and Larry David (FTX Insurance Advice)

Vroom

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 1

The market-leading US copyright team at Latham & Watkins LLP leverages the bench strength of a global presence spanning North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East to advise a client roster of major multinationals across such sectors as entertainment, tech, art, and generative AI, on high-stakes infringement litigation, including household names Spotify, Johnson & Johnson, and Live Nation. The practice is led by veteran IP litigators Andrew Gass in San Francisco and Sy Damle in Washington DC, who were 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 and who are currently defending both OpenAI and Anthropic in widely-covered cases over alleged infringement, along with Digital Millennium Copyright Act expert Allison Levine Stillman in New York, and Joe Wetzel (also San Francisco), a specialist in the music and software sectors. Other key figures include tech litigation specialists Elana Nightingale Dawson at the DC office, and Britt Lovejoy in San Francisco. Gabe Fleet, who arrived at the New York office from broadcasting company iHeartMedia, joined the firm in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sy Damle; Andrew Gass; Allison Stillman; Joe Wetzel

Testimonials

‘They have a market-leading practice for digital copyright issues across many areas (e.g., AI, music) and provide practical, actionable advice that brings to bear their deep expertise.’

‘Alli Stillman and Sy Damle are both really excellent, as is Andy Gass. All are outstanding partners.’

‘Latham’s copyright team is full of stellar attorneys who not only understand every intricacy of US copyright law, but are also finely attuned to the user-generated content space and both the practical and commercial considerations that flow from that knowledge.’

‘Andy Gass is one one the most effective litigators I’ve ever worked with. He brings a depth of experience resolving complex copyright issues and understanding how decisions made today are likely to impact one’s business. Elana Nightingale Dawson is a brilliant attorney who understands her client’s needs, asks tough (but important) questions, and remains in communication regarding deliverables and expectations.’

Key clients

Pandora

The Andy Warhol Foundation

OpenAI

Roblox Corporation

Anthropic PBC

Internet Archive

DeviantArt

Live Nation

North American Concert Promoters Association (NACPA)

Spotify

Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision

Digital Licensee Coordinator, Inc.

National Association of Broadcasters

iHeartMedia

Bold Limited/Bold LLC

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, et al.

Work highlights

  • Achieved a favourable result for music streaming service Pandora in a nine year-long, high-profile litigation over the use of “pre-1972 sound recordings,” in a suit brought by members of the 1960s rock band The Turtles.
  • Representing Live Nation in a trial against performing rights organization Broadcast Music, Inc. to establish the royalties paid by the live concert industry for the rights to perform music in the US.
  • Representing OpenAI in all four of the copyright lawsuits filed by authors such as Michael Chabon, Sarah Silverman, and George R.R. Martin.

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP is well-known in the market for handling complex IP transactions, including cross-licensing, collaboration, and joint agreements, as well as due diligence relating to the licensing of IP. The team chiefly handles licenses relating to the life sciences and technology sectors, fielding dedicated teams maintaining close relationships with clients in these spaces. Key members of the team are Christopher Hazuka in San Diego, who advises life sciences companies on agreements and transactions, Aaron Gardner in New York, who focuses on the biotech and nutrition spaces, and Jengeun Jekkie Kim in the Bay Area, who handles licensing and commercial transactions in connection with digital health products and medical devices. Judith Hasko has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Judith Hasko

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Hazuka; Aaron Gardner; Jungeun Jekkie Kim

Testimonials

‘I was really impressed with Aaron Gardner. Aaron has very comprehensive expertise in life sciences industry, so even though we worked on a licensing deal, his M&A experiences came in really handy on complex issues. He is a senior partner but can still draft on the fly (to the details of flawless section references and formatting) while negotiating and providing high-level strategic advice on the deal. Aaron is absolutely one of the top advisors.’

Key clients

Shape Therapeutics

Sonoma Biotherapeutics

Scleroderma Research Foundation

CytomX

4D Molecular Therapeutics (4DMT)

Endeavor BioMedicines

Sanofi

Erasca, Inc.

Nielsen BioSciences, Inc.

Zentalis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Ascendis Pharma A/S

Sirona

Praxis Precision Medicines, Inc.

Bluewhale Bio

Work highlights

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

The intellectual property litigation practice at Latham & Watkins LLP is an ‘excellent team with highly creative thinkers’ who represent both tech and life sciences clients in patent disputes across all key avenues in the country, including in proceedings at the International Trade Commission as well as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Jeff Homrig in Austin is well-versed in patent infringement and trade secret cases and co-heads the group with Tony Sammi, who is based in New York, and Jennifer Barry, who practices from San Diego. In Washington DC, the group features Michael Morin, who is an expert in life sciences patent disputes and works with clients such as Johnson & Johnson and Regeneron, trial lawyer and patents expert Maximilian Grant, and IP disputes specialist Matthew Moore, who defends major industry players and brands against claims of patent infringement. Also in DC, Gabriel Bell is an expert appellate attorney in the intellectual property space. Key practitioners in the Bay Area group include trial lawyer Douglas Lumish, who represents clients in a wide range of cases relating to IP and tech, skillful IP litigator Patricia Young, and Greg Sobolski, who litigates patent and trade secret matters in a diverse range of industries.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Barry; Tony Sammi; Jeff Homrig

Testimonials

‘Latham has provided good counsel and good advocacy in patent litigation matters and driven excellent outcomes. I have trust in their counsel and their work product in high stakes patent litigation.’

‘Excellent team with highly creative thinkers. ’

‘Very focused on strategy and how IP litigation can support the business. ’

‘The team did truly work as a team putting forward the best person for the particular task in hand. They also assembled a diverse set of talents covering all aspects of the case. Highly recommended. ’

‘They assembled a team that comprised both highly technical partners as well partners that were clearly highly skilled in advocacy. ’

‘Greg Sobolski and Inge Osman are an excellent team and they have driven good results for us.’

Key clients

Samvardhana Motherson Reflectec Group Holdings Ltd

Johnson & Johnson

Medline Industries, LP

Irving Consumer Products Limited

Overhead Door Corporation and GMI Holdings, Inc.

Disney

NETGEAR, Inc.

Monolithic Power Systems, Inc.

InductEV

Philip Morris

Avadel CNS Pharmaceuticals, LLC

Shenzhen Senior Technology Material

Stryker Corporation

Nanosys, Inc.

Natera, Inc.

Arista Networks

Ciena Corporation

Regeneron

Work highlights

  • Represented SMR in litigation against its chief competitor Magna, with a jury invalidating all claims in five patents that Magna had asserted.
  • Acted for J&J Surgical Vision in its global patent and copyright infringement dispute against Alcon over competing laser eye-surgery technology.
  • Acted for for Irving Consumer Products in defeating three patents asserted by competitor, First Quality, in the US District Court for the District of Delaware.

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

Latham & Watkins LLP is highly active at the ITC and has broad expertise in matters relating to Section 337 proceedings. The group represents clients from a variety of industries and serves as key port of call for the likes of Comcast, The Overhead Door Corporation and Netgear. The practice is co-led from Washington DC by Bert Reiser, a seasoned trial lawyer with ‘an exceptional reputation in ITC litigation‘, and IP and trade strategist Jamie Underwood, who is an expert in Section 337 actions. The group also includes DC-based IP specialist Maximilian Grant, who represents industry giants like Philip Morris International and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company in proceedings the ITC, as well as Douglas Lumish in Silicon Valley, who handles a broad range of patent infringement claims. Also in Washington DC, Michael David is ‘very knowledgeable about case law‘ and is another key contact in the firm’s ITC practice group.

Practice head(s):

Bert Reiser; Jamie Underwood

Testimonials

‘Bert Reiser and Michael David are both very intelligent, attentive to details, have up-to-date insight on ITC happenings and caselaw, and excellent legal instincts.’

‘Bert Reiser has an exceptional reputation in ITC litigation, and is very knowledgeable about practice.’

‘Michael David is very knowledgeable about case law and practitioners in ITC litigation.’

Key clients

Comcast

Philip Morris International and Altria Entities

Overhead Door Corporation

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

Serendia

Netgear

Work highlights

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

Global chair of Latham & Watkins LLP‘s IP litigation practice, San Diego-based Jennifer Barry, leads the firm’s trade secret group alongside global vice chairs, being the ‘razor-sharp’ New York-based Tony Sammi and Austin-based Jeff Homrig. Sammi, who is regarded by clients as ‘the best’ led a standout matter for the team, being a trial victory in defense of Universal Alloy Corporation in an alleged misappropriation litigation case where $260m was at stake. The ‘very dedicated team that leaves nothing to chance’ has a strong reputation for its abilities handling such big-ticket matters for its industry spanning roster of clients. Another noteworthy example of its complex caseload is its trial victory for Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc and Scilex Pharmaceuticals Inc. in a suit filed against the former President of the company. Restrictive covenant breaches, trade secret misappropriation, data theft and breaches of fiduciary duties are areas of expertise across the practice. Douglas Lumish, who works from the firm’s San Francisco office is vastly experienced representing clients at trial, Illinois’ Matthew Walch is also a name to note, with familiarity handling interlocutory injunctive relief proceedings, in particular, as is New York-based counsel Rachel Blitzer who is highlighted as being an excellent and dedicated lawyer’.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Barry; Tony Sammi; Jeff Homrig

Testimonials

‘A great, very dedicated team that leaves nothing to chance and is really invested in a case.’

‘Tony Sammi and his team provide excellent quality from the very beginning until the end of a case, taking care of all aspects and details. ’

‘Tony Sammi is the best! He has a razor-sharp mind and I would not like to face him as the counsel of an opponent.’

‘Besides his legal expertise, Tony Sammi has a great technical understanding, enabling him to quickly get the crucial points of a case. Tony can explain complex matters in simple words. He knows how to lead a big team efficiently. On top, he is good at connecting with people.’

‘Rachel Blitzer is an excellent and dedicated lawyer.’

Key clients

Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.

Scilex Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Universal Alloy Corp.

Skyryse

CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc. (“CCC”)

ArcLight Capital Partners LLC

Shenzhen Senior Technology Material

XP Power LLC

Balt USA, LLC

Vertex, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Achieved a trial victory for Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. and Scilex Pharmaceuticals Inc. in a lawsuit filed against Scilex’s former President and Virpax Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for trade secrets misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of a Restrictive Covenants Agreement.
  • Advised Universal Alloy Corporation successfully at trial in a trade secret misappropriation litigation regarding aluminium alloy composition and manufacturing processes for the aerospace industry; the client was facing potential damages of $260m.
  • Representing Skyryse, an APAS in the US District Court for the Western District of New York regarding allegations that Skyryse and two former top Moog employees committed the theft of a large amounts of sensitive technical data belonging to the US federal government.

International trade > CFIUS Tier 1

Housing a formidable CFIUS practice, Latham & Watkins LLP secured key roles on a host of high-profile reviews over the past year. The group’s success is due in no small part to its strong combination of standalone national security expertise together with its ability to service clients from top-tier offerings across the firm, including M&A, energy, life sciences and TMT. Widely acknowledged to rank among the market leaders for CFIUS matters, Damara Chambers co-heads the CFIUS and US national security department; she recently represented Consolidated Edison in obtaining clearance for the sale of its interest in its wholly owned subsidiary, Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses and its subsidiaries, to RWE Renewables Americas. Les P. Carnegie co-leads the Washington-based CFIUS and US national security practice and represents a broad range of companies, financial institutions and private equity funds on security reviews. Rounding out the senior partners is global chair of the connectivity industry group, James Barker, who has extensive experience in CFIUS and Team Telecom matters. The practice additionally draws on a strong second line of non-partners, including new counsel Catherine Hein, who joined in May 2023 from the USDT; counsel Ruchi Gill, who formerly served as Deputy Chief Counsel for the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; and Zachary Eddington, who was promoted to counsel in early 2024.

Practice head(s):

Les Carnegie; Damara Chambers; James Barker

Key clients

Consolidated Edison

LG Chem

Opiant Pharmaceuticals

Hyundai Motor Company (South Korea)

Viasat

DB Schenker

Work highlights

  • Represented Consolidated Edison in obtaining clearance from CFIUS for the sale of its interest in its wholly owned subsidiary, Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses and its subsidiaries, to RWE Renewables Americas LLC.
  • Represented LG Chem in securing CFIUS clearance for its acquisition of AVEO Oncology.
  • Represented Opiant Pharmaceuticals in receiving clearance from CFIUS for its acquisition by Indivior.

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

Latham & Watkins LLP stands out as a key advisor to corporations, private equity firms, and financial services companies, particularly in high-profile transactions that have cross-border dimensions. The firm’s notable work includes advising Tapestry, Inc. on its $8.5 billion acquisition of Capri Holdings Limited, reflecting its expansive global capabilities. Led by Larry Seymour from Los Angeles, the practice offers expertise in incentive compensation, severance, and executive programs for both public and private sector clients. In New York, Bradd Williamson is known for his deep experience with private equity funds and public companies, regularly advising on IPOs and de-SPAC transactions. Washington DC’s David T. Della Rocca and Silicon Valley’s Jay Metz are valued for their expertise in tax, corporate, and securities law related to incentive compensation agreements. Los Angeles-based Michelle Carpenter focuses on M&A and IPOs, while Austin Ozawa in New York specializes in SEC and ERISA compliance.

Practice head(s):

Larry Seymour

Other key lawyers:

Bradd Williamson; David T. Della Rocca; Michelle Carpenter; Jay Metz; Matthew Conway; Julie Crisp; Austin Ozawa

Key clients

Desktop Metal

Titan, Carlyle and Stellex

Magellan Midstream Partners

VinFast Auto Pte. Ltd

Tapestry, Inc.

Endeavor Operating Company

Corinthian Capital Group LLC; Wells Fargo Advisors; Leeds Equity Partners; Royal Bank of Canada; CVC Capital Partners Limited; Odyssey Investment Partners

ODDITY Tech Ltd. (Il Makiage)

Authentic Brands Group

Blackstone

Clearway Energy Group LLC; EngageSmart; Voyager Space; UGI Corporation; Stericycle

Leonard Green & Partners L.P.

Investors of LeanIX, GMBH

Skydance Media

Coinbase

Imago Biosciences, Inc.

Ouster

Purigen

Grail, Inc.

The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Switch

Ocean Network Express

Savvy Gaming Group

Intuit

Digital Realty Trust, Inc

ArchiMed Group

Siemens AG

Spectaire, Inc.

Intuitive Machines, LLC

Syneos

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals

Sobi (Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB)

Tempo Automation, Inc.

Basalt Infrastructure Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. on its sale to ONEOK, Inc.
  • Advised Grail, Inc. on its $8 billion acquisition by Illumina.
  • Advised on the $11 billion sale of Switch to DigitalBridge Investment Management and IFM.

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

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

Premier asset managers and investment funds, including Apollo, Warburg Pincus, and Carlyle, rely on Latham & Watkins LLP‘s ‘extremely knowledgeable and highly skilled‘ team for advice across the full array of private equity deals, with the team boasting noteworthy capabilities in take-private acquisitions, SPAC mergers and cross-border M&A in addition to offering integrated fund structuring and financing expertise. The practice is particularly active in handling transactions in the tech, life sciences, and infrastructure sectors, with New York lawyer David Allinson recently leading on Blackstone Infrastructure Partners’ $2.15bn equity investment in the utility company NIPSCO. Alexandra Kelly, who handles public and private M&A in addition to advising sponsors on the buyouts of other asset management funds, is also situated in New York and co-leads the practice with Boston-based growth investments and hybrid capital expert Kristen Grannis. Washington DC-based leveraged buyout and cross-border investment expert Paul Sheridan is a further key member of the team, as are the New York-based practitioners Howard Sobel, who is renowned for his experience with take-private transactions, Justin Hamill, who is adept at handling high-value deals in the TMT, retail, and financial services sectors, and David Beller, who guides clients through complex leveraged deals and carve-out transactions. Daniel Lennon retired from the partnership in December 2023, while New York partner Amber Banks and Washington DC's Brian Mangino arrived from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in September 2023. New York-based lawyer Justin Rosenberg joined the team in April 2024 following stints at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Practice head(s):

Kristen Grannis; Alexandra Kelly

Testimonials

‘Extremely knowledgeable and highly skilled – knows when and how to separate business issues from legal issues. Highly skilled at explaining tradeoffs.’

‘Alex Kelly is absolutely first rate. She has an uncanny feel for our business and what we are trying to achieve on a deal. She really feels like a member of our team.’

‘Diligent, great follow-up, thorough, and have excellent business sense.’

Key clients

Silver Lake

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

ArcLight Capital

Endeavor Operating Company

Authentic Brands Group

Warburg Pincus

Odyssey Partners

Onex Corporation

Carlyle Group

MS Capital Partners

GFL Environmental

Rockpoint Gas Storage

Platinum Equity

Leonard Green

L Catterton

Astorg Partners

Cogentrix Power

Azimut Partners

Avenue Capital

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

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s offering to boards on shareholder activism continues to impress, and was strengthened further in March 2023 with the hire of Ian Nussbaum to its New York office from Cooley LLP. He joined a practice that has extensive experience supporting public companies at every stage of activism planning, proxy contest defense, and activism campaigns. The team is well versed in facing the major activist funds in the US and pools knowledge from its experts in insurance counseling, public company representation, litigation, ESG, and M&A. Chris Drewry (Chicago) is, along with Nussbaum, praised for showing ‘incredible judgment‘; he co-leads the department with Josh Dubofsky (Silicon Valley and New York), whose broad transactional practice includes substantial corporate governance and shareholder activism counsel. Tiffany Campion (Chicago) is a key contact for takeover defense work, leading that sub-group, and Michele Anderson (Washington, DC) is an expert on SEC regulation.

Practice head(s):

Chris Drewry; Josh Dubofsky

Testimonials

‘The shareholder activism team at Latham is unmatched in my view. The level of thoughtfulness, strategy and insight they were able to provide would be difficult to exceed. Not only did they deliver a well-thought-out strategy, they picked up on small nuances that ended up making a significant impact for us. At every turn of the process, they were accessible 24/7 and although we were a smaller client, it felt as if we were the most important case they were supporting.’

‘The team at Latham is incredibly well connected and can move mountains when called upon to do so. Cannot recommend them highly enough.’

‘Chris Drewry and Ian Nussbaum embody everything about the outstanding service from Latham. They were highly engaged, supportive, strategic and thoughtful about our engagement. Chris and Ian have incredible judgment and balance a thoughtful, conservative approach with selective aggressiveness when called for. Strongest possible recommendation for Chris and Ian collectively and personally.’

‘Latham is synonymous with best-in-class legal advice and corporate counsel – the best of the best.’

‘Chris Drewry and Josh Dubofsky are smart, poised, deeply experienced, classy and deep protectors of their clients’ best interests in complex, fast-paced, multi-party, high-profile matters.’

Key clients

IHS Holding Limited

Abcam plc

Mind Medicine

MarketWise, Inc.

IAA, Inc.

Sculptor Capital Management

Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd.

Syneos

Berry Global, Inc.

Kohl’s Corporation

Mercury Systems

Atea Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Shift Technologies, Inc.

Shift4 Payments, LLC

Harmony Biosciences Holdings, Inc.

Praxis Precision Medicines, Inc.

Green Plains Inc.

Zevra Therapeutics, Inc.

Treace Medical Concepts, Inc.

Hippo Holdings

Work highlights

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

Characterized by an ‘unparalleled‘ depth of knowledge, the privacy and cyber practice at Latham & Watkins LLP leverages its international reach to offer global compliance advice, including advisory support, international cybersecurity incident response, privacy litigation and regulatory investigations. The wider firm’s transactional practice is also supported by the cyber team, who offer strategic data and privacy insights during corporate transactions. Practice head Michael Rubin works out of San Francisco, and is recommended as the ‘go-to data privacy and security lawyer for technology companies‘. In Washington DC, Jennifer Archie ‘is simply outstanding‘: her practice spans FTC investigation defense and critical data-related crisis, including those involving nation-state attacks. Antony Kim, also in DC, focuses on public and private enforcement regarding cybersecurity, data usage and governance, and consumer protection. Serrin Turner is a key name in New York, representing high profile corporates in privacy litigation. Marissa Boynton is based in DC, and handles privacy-related investigations, computer fraud and cybercrime related incidents, and privacy issues arising in corporate transactions. Clayton Northouse, DC, has particular experience in cross-border transactional matters, also an area of strength for San Francisco based Robert Blamires, who is dual qualified across the US and England and Wales.

Practice head(s):

Michael Rubin

Testimonials

‘Jennifer Archie is the single best outside counsel I have ever had the good fortune to work with. She leads an excellent team of skilled and efficient professionals.’

‘Jennifer Archie is intelligent, pragmatic and solution oriented.’

‘Their depth of knowledge is unparalleled. The Latham team wins cases and does a fantastic job with strategy. ’

‘Michael Rubin is the go-to data privacy and security lawyer for technology companies. He deeply understands laws, the motivations of regulators and legislatures, and technology. Across multiple companies, Michael Rubin has been trusted with the highest stakes matters. ’

‘Tremendous experience and expertise in the field of practice. Fantastic, practical guidance backed by focused, and effective, work in the field.’

‘Jennifer Archie is simply outstanding. Jennifer’s knowledge of matters related to cybersecurity is unsurpassed as is her commitment to ethical standards and efficacy. Jennifer actively engages and counsels clients on what is best in the long term, educating all impacted parties on their options and the potential consequences of their actions. In so doing she saved my particular company millions of dollars and untold headaches. I cannot recommend her highly enough, and would not want anyone but her by my side if I am every confronted with an event in her area of practice.’

‘Latham’s global footprint is a huge asset/advantage when it comes to data privacy and data protection. Instead of consulting with a U.S. attorney about European regulations, Latham gives me the opportunity to work with counsel based in the EU/UK (and beyond). Plus the advice they give is pragmatic and tailored to our risk tolerance.’

Key clients

Apple, Inc.

Meta Platforms, Inc.

Otonomo, Inc.

Truthfinder

Accellion, Inc.

Thomson Reuters, Inc.

Binance.US

Gen Digital, Inc.

AppsFlyer, Inc.

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Discord, Inc.

Drizly / Cory Rellas

Work highlights

  • Secured a victory on behalf of Apple when a split Ninth Circuit panel affirmed the dismissal of a consumer class action alleging that nearly all iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Apple TVs were defective because of two theoretical security vulnerabilities (nicknamed “Spectre” and “Meltdown”) that rocked the entire chip-making industry in 2018.
  • Represented commonly-owned people-search sites, Truthfinder and Instant Checkmate, together with various affiliated companies, in an FTC investigation which focused on the alleged failure to comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) in connection with the sale of public record background reports and for certain alleged violations of Section 5 of the FTC Act.
  • Advised Thomson Reuters in its US$650 million acquisition of Casetext, Inc., a legal startup whose primary offering is CoCounsel, an artificial intelligence-powered assistant for legal professionals which is powered by OpenAI’s GPT-4 large language model.

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

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s Los Angeles-based practice offers extensive California court experience and an impressive track record in major Hollywood disputes. The firm’s client base encompasses the full spectrum of ESM stakeholders, including production and distribution companies, high net worth individuals, sector associations, and major tech and new media platforms. In addition to handling leading disputes between private clients, the team is also experienced at representing private and public companies in governmental investigations and is trusted to assist with the drafting of new legislation. Team lead Marvin S. Putnam‘s portfolio spans a wide array of contentious and transactional matters, while Jessica Stebbins Bina notably represented celebrity clients in litigation relating to their promotion of FTX. Laura Washington and Robert Ellison both act in public investigations and inquiries relating to ESM matters. Copyright claims represent an essential part of the firm’s ESM work, with Andrew Gass and Joe Wetzel possessing expert capability in digital and music disputes, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Marvin Putnam

Testimonials

‘There is no other team that combines the depth of industry knowledge, strategic counsel, litigation skill, and exceptional interpersonal skills the way Latham’s team does.’

‘The core team of partners each brings a set of strengths that is unique and highly complementary, ensuring that there is always a team member who can bring the right expertise to any project.’

‘All four of the lead partners in the group are among the best lawyers I’ve ever worked with and each has a unique set of skills.

‘Andy provides a perspective on the intersection between competition and copyright law that is unparalleled.’

‘Alli is an exceptional strategic advisor and problem solver in areas where there is precious little expertise in the market, particularly in complex areas of music licensing.’ 

‘Joe is a fantastic courtroom litigator and case strategist, including in highly complicated areas that stretch across economics and the law.’

Key clients

Netflix

Amazon

Apple

Meta

MGM

Warner Bros

Endeavor

Pandora

CAA

ICM Partners

Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Live Nation Entertainment

Chess.com

Spotify

Roblox

OpenAI

IMDb.com

The Weekend

Beyoncé Knowles Carter

Thomas Brady, Gisele Bundchen, Larry David, and Shaquille O’Neal

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Miramax

Work highlights

  • Secured major appellate victories for Netflix in putative class action lawsuits filed by local governments across the country seeking to collect “franchise fees” on Netflix’s streaming services.
  • Advising NFL star quarterback Tom Brady, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, comedian Larry David, and NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal in multiple lawsuits arising out of their promotion of the collapsed cryptocurrency exchange FTX.
  • Represented Pandora Media in a suit brought by members of the 1960s rock band The Turtles, securing summary judgment and a complete dismissal of plaintiffs’ claims.

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

As the entertainment industry continues to expand across borders and technological platforms, Latham & Watkins LLP‘s media and entertainment team remains at the forefront of the market, providing comprehensive guidance on a diverse array of transactions for a range of clients including production companies, major motion picture studios, investment funds, financial institutions, and video game developers, among others. The team’s work frequently runs cross-border, regularly advising multinational clients on their acquisitions, operations expansions, and financing agreements. Following the departure of former practice head Ken Deutsch in June 2023, Rick Offsay now leads the department from Los Angeles, offering clients a wealth of experience in devising innovative transaction structures to help them deploy capital across various geographies and industry sectors. Also in Los Angeles are Kendall Johnson, who specializes in transactional matters in the sports sector, and Nancy Bruington, who has extensive experience in structuring and negotiating complex financing transactions within the entertainment industry for clients active in motion picture production, television, music, and sports media, among others. In New York, Justin Hamill further enhances the practice with his expertise in high-value strategic and private equity deals, advising clients on a broad spectrum of film, television, music, and content-related business transactions.

Practice head(s):

Rick Offsay

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A great breadth of experience.’

‘Kendall Johnson is relentless and dedicated.’

‘They are a market leader. The team is smart, responsive, efficient and imminently capable. I would trust them with all of my major transactions.’

‘Justin Hamill is obviously the best.’

Key clients

Mediawan

Endeavor

Skydance Media

A24

MGM

Media Res

Centricus

Savvy Games Group

Carlyle

Ryan Seacrest

Julia Louis- Dreyfus

Spotify

A-Frame Brands

D’Amelio Brands

MACRO

Blumhouse

Monroe Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented Mediawan in its majority investment in Plan B Entertainment.
  • Advised Endeavor as primary outside counsel on multiple M&A deals across the industry, including on UFC and WWE’s $21bn merger to form a new, publicly listed company.
  • Advised Skydance Media in deals including a $400m strategic investment round led by KKR and joined by the Ellison family, who remain the company’s majority shareholders.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 1

The ‘world class’ data and technology transactions team at Latham & Watkins LLP counts emerging start-ups as well as tech giants amongst its key roster of clients. Adopting a holistic approach by collaborating with the firmwide financial regulatory and data privacy teams, the practice routinely acts on high-value tech deals and has particular expertise handling projects involving AI, digital assets, and semiconductor design. The practice is led by Boston-based Sarah Gagan, who is well-versed in handling systems integration projects and complex licensing and development arrangements across the tech and life sciences sectors. Anthony Klein is based in Silicon Valley and concentrates on guiding clients through cross-border tech transactions. In Los Angeles, Ghaith Mahmood is recognized for his strengths in Metaverse and blockchain matters and also counsels clients on the IP and regulatory implications of NFT platforms. Clients come to Silicon Valley-based Michelle Ontiveros Gross for advice on the protection of tech assets and on matters relating to cloud computing and data security. Kieran Dickinson, who works from the Washington DC office, covers the structuring and negotiation of complex tech and IP licenses, while also demonstrating know-how in open-source software work.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Gagan

Testimonials

‘The team works well together, handing off specific matters based on the individual attorney’s expertise, providing a well-rounded result.’

‘The individuals I work with are well versed in this area of law, with each having their own areas of strength. They are extremely responsive and provide good advice within reasonable time periods.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable, practical and quick to respond.’

‘I value most the comfort that when they take on an assignment or project for us, I know it will be done correctly. On top of that, they are very knowledgeable and have the resources to handle any question that crops up.’

‘Latham & Watkins LLP’s tech transactions team is world class, with the ability to operate leanly and scale up in both size and expertise as needed. I would use them again for any transaction, in any market, with absolute confidence.’

‘The individuals in the team are not only intelligent and creative, but also a pleasure to work alongside.’

‘The team is incredibly knowledgeable, efficient and responsive. They are my go-to for new information on emerging technologies.’

‘Ghaith Mahmood is a market leader on the legal implications of AI technology.’

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 S.p.A. and its shareholders on the negotiation of a long-term license with The Estée Lauder COmpanies for TOM FORD Eyewear.
  • Advised multiple clients, including Meta Platforms, on developments surrounding NFTs, blockchain, the Metaverse, and Web 3.0, and their convergence with intellectual property and commercial law.
  • Advised multiple clients in the semiconductor space, including Tower Semiconductor and Silicon Motion Technology Corporation, on the complex diligence, negotiations and compliance matters in connection with their strategic transactions, acquisitions, and investments.

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

Working in tandem with the firm’s communications, copyright and privacy, and data security groups, Latham & Watkins LLP’s connectivity, privacy and information team advises an impressive range of telecoms, broadcast and satellite clients. The practice remains at the cutting edge of sector development, advising clients on matters such as net neutrality and broadband discrimination, as well as the deployment of wireless networks and next-generation connected car matters. Along with representing telecoms providers in litigation, the team advises broadband internet service and content providers, cable and satellite operators, radio and television stations and digital streaming services. Matthew A. Brill heads the Washington DC-based team and is a leading figure in the sector, working with investors and lenders and advising on emerging technologies in the industry. The experienced James H. Barker fields extensive knowledge of the regulation of wireless communications technologies, cable, direct broadcast satellite and other carriers. Matthew T. Murchison regularly handles proceedings before the FCC, including robocall mitigation and satellite matters. With a clientele that spans the cable, radio and internet media sectors, Sarang (Sy) Damle specializes in copyright matters, alongside New York-based copyright litigator Allison Levine Stillman. Elizabeth R. Park is experienced in proceedings before the FCC and the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the US Telecommunications Services Sector.

Practice head(s):

Matthew A. Brill

Key clients

NCTA

Charter Communications

Meta; Symmetry Energy Solutions; Investorplace Media, LLC; ZipRecruiter; Allstate; Meijer

Comcast Corporation

Digital Licensee Coordinator, Inc.

Viasat, Inc.

Communications Processing Systems, Inc.

CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, New England Sports Network, Turner Sports, and the Boston Red Sox

Netflix

Einride AB

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.

Spotify

Roblox

Shopify

Cox Media Group

ZipRecruiter, Inc.

National Association of Broadcasters

Comcast Corporation

OpenAI

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

Latham & Watkins LLP combines traditional telecoms advice with copyright litigation and  data protection and privacy expertise. The practice’s broad, cross-practice expertise positions it at the forefront of key developments in the industry, representing broadband associations in broadband discrimination matters and active in the appellate arena regarding net neutrality. With the emergence of generative AI and the growing attention on internet privacy, the firm has also increased its emphasis on its internet-focused practice. Across the communications, copyright, and privacy and data security teams, the firm advises a diverse mix of service, infrastructure and equipment providers, cable operators, telecommunications carriers, satellite operators, radio and TV stations, content providers, and providers of data storage, and security solutions, and e-commerce and value-added services. As a prominent figure in communications industry transactions, Matthew A. Brill leads the Washington DC-based connectivity, privacy and information team, advising private equity firms and lenders. James H. Barker fields an impressive clientele of telecoms, broadcast and satellite companies, including cable, direct broadcast satellite and other distributors, and telephone companies and other common carriers. Matthew T. Murchison plays a key role in obtaining deal clearances before the FCC and Team Telecom. Elizabeth R. Park advises communications companies on M&A, private equity investments and financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Matthew A. Brill

Key clients

Searchlight Capital Partners

BAI Communications

Viasat

Infobip

Switch, Inc.

Basalt Infrastructure Partners

Tata Communications

Ka’ena

Citibank

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 1

Latham & Watkins‘s environment, land and resources practice group is nationally renowned for advising on major land use and zoning projects across various industries, such as healthcare, real estate, transportation, offshore wind, and media. The department is headed from Washington DC by global co-chairs Janice Schneider and James Barrett. Key names in Los Angeles are the experienced Lucinda Starrett, who focuses on entitlement matters, and George Mihlsten who is renowned for his land use and environmental solutions work. Also based in Los Angeles, James Arnone works on land use entitlements matters well as on litigation defense, and Maria Hoye routinely environmental approvals in addition to advising on planning and zoning regulations. Other key names to note are San Diego’s Jennifer Roy, Orange County’s Nikki Buffa, and Los Angeles’ Duncan Joseph Moore. Further Los Angeles contacts include Joshua Marnitz and Aron Potash, who extend the team’s expertise with their expertise in environmental and energy law.

Practice head(s):

Janice Schneider; James Barrett

Key clients

Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies

California American Water Company

Irvine Company

City of Hope National Medical Center

Crescent Heights

FivePoint Holdings

Newhall Land & Farming Company

Hudson Pacific Properties

NBC Universal

Paramount Pictures

Oakland Athletics

Ventana Big Sur

Bel Air Bay Club

Santa Monica Beach Club

Irvine Company

Simon Property Group

Preston Hollow Capital

Pepperdine University

Loyola Marymount University

Oasis West Realty LLC

Faring LLC

SoCalGas

Charles Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies LLC and LA Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies LLC on their Memorandum of Agreement with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to design, build, operate, and maintain an aerial rapid transit gondola system connecting Dodger Stadium to Los Angeles Union Station.
  • Advised a number of desalination facilities along the California Coast on all areas of environmental law.
  • Advised SoCalGas on environmental, regulatory, permitting, and other strategic considerations in relation to its Angeles Link project, a renewable hydrogen energy pipeline system.

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

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s top-tier REIT practice is co-headed by Julian Kleindorfer in Los Angeles and Ana O’Brien in Century City who are both experts in REIT-related matters. The team is praised for being ‘subject-matter experts‘ and possessing ‘unparalleled expertise‘. It is known for its longstanding experience in REIT roll-up IPOs and M&A transactions. The practice also has a strong presence in debt and equity offerings of REITs. Kleindorfer is regularly mandated by clients to advise on M&A and corporate finance matters. He is well-versed in advising on securities and is located in Los Angeles. In Century City, O’Brien specializes in federal taxation of corporations and REITs, she is the go-to for any tax-related issues that occur during transactions. Capital markets specialist Lewis Kneib acts as counsel to REITs and investment banks, advising on capital markets transactions, equity and debt offerings, and private placements from Century City. William Cernius also serves as corporate and securities counsel from Orange County, while Abigail Smith recently joined from Hogan Lovells and sits in Washington D.C. and represents issuers and underwriters in REIT transactions. Brent Epstein and Craig Garner, who reside in Century City and San Diego respectively, are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Julian Kleindorfer; Ana O’Brien

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Latham has the country’s premier REIT practice, whether in terms of tax practice, M&A or general corporate matters.’

‘Every attorney in Latham’s REIT practice is a subject matter expert and delivers practical advice. They are dedicated to providing the highest level of client service.

‘Julian Kleindorfer who leads the team is an extraordinary lawyer with an unrivaled combination of substantive knowledge, experience and practical advice. Ana O’Brien brings a wealth of tax expertise and creative problem solving skills to every engagement.’

‘Latham’s REIT expertise is unparalleled. They advise the best of the best and are thus able to pull from extensive experience and provide unmatched advice to REIT clients. ’

‘Julian Kleindorfer has advised many of the country’s largest REITs for decades on a multitude of challenging issues and throughout multiple real estate cycles – his knowledge and experience is exceptionally unique, and he is able to distill highly complex issues into simple terms for his clients.

‘Lewis Kneib came up under Julian’s mentorship and is one of the more responsive, reliable and easy to work with partners that I have worked with. He has advised many of the top REITs for years and thus provides invaluable expertise to his clients. ’

Key clients

Extra Space Storage

Realty Income Corporation

Simon Property Group

Digital Realty Trust

Rexford Industrial Realty

Safehold

INDUS Realty Trust

BofA Securities

Dreamscape Companies

UDR

Sunstone Hotel Investors

Peakstone Realty Trust

Healthpeak Properties, Inc.

W.P. Carey

A multinational banking and financial services company

Hersha Hospitality Trust

Hudson Pacific Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised Extra Space Storage on its $12.4 billion acquisition of Life Storage, a self-administered and self-managed equity REIT that is in the business of acquiring and managing self-storage facilities.
  • Advised Realty Income Corporation on its acquisition of Spirit Realty Capital in an all-stock transaction, which, once completed, will result in an enterprise value of approximately $63 billion for the combined company.
  • Advised W.P. Carey on its spin-off of 59 of its office properties into Net Lease Office Properties, a separate publicly-traded REIT.

Real estate Tier 1

Advising clients that include global and domestic private equity investors, REITs and financial institutions, Latham & Watkins LLP’s  nationwide real estate team is known for its strong record advising on large transactions, financings, and joint venture investment work across a wide variety of asset classes and jurisdictions. Having been involved in a number of high-value sales, acquisitions, mergers, and spinoffs on both the borrower and lenders sides, the firm also possesses strong cross-border experience, illustrated by its advising of Apollo on a €1bn investment into a real estate portfolio located in Northern Germany. Michael Haas and Michelle Kelban, both based in New York, co-chair the department while vice-chair Rachel Bates leads from Chicago. Also in Chicago is co-chair of the hospitality, gaming & leisure industry group, Gary E. Axelrod , who has led on numerous transactions and mixed-use developments within the sector; also highly experienced in the hospitality sector is Meghan Cocci, who acts as the fellow co-chair of the group, this time from the firm’s Century City office. New York-based commercial real estate transaction attorneys Justin Elliott and Mark Semotiuk are further key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Michael Haas; Michelle Kelban; Rachel Bates

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Valued thought partner that puts client first.’

‘Michael Haas and Justin Elliott – True partnership approach, puts client first.’

Key clients

Healthpeak Properties, Inc.

Extra Space Storage

Apollo Management L.P.

Realty Income Corporation

W.P. Carey

Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

Authentic Brands Group

Incitec Pivot Limited

EG Group

HRM Owner, LLC

Endeavor

INDUS Realty Trust, Inc.

Al Mirqab Holding LLC

Hersha Hospitality Trust

Cain International Advisers Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Healthpeak Properties in its agreement with Physicians Realty Trust to combine in a stock-for-stock merger valued at approximately US$21 billion.
  • Advised Authentic Brands Group in connection with its acquisition of Boardriders.
  • Advised Apollo-managed insurance affiliates, funds, and other long-term investors to invest €1 billion into an entity owning a portfolio of high-quality real estate assets in Northern Germany controlled by Vonovia.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP fields a highly regarded contentious tax team with strength in matters relating to transfer pricing, partnerships, and employee benefits. In addition to its robust litigation offering, the department represents clients in audits, appeals, and investigations, with notable expertise in resolving disputes in pre-trial settings. Miriam Fisher, who leads the team from Washington DC, has experience in both federal and state tax matters and represents clients in both civil and criminal cases. Jean Pawlow works between Silicon Valley and DC and maintains close client relations with diverse range of prominent players in the technology, financial, and industrial sectors in addition to working with high net worth individuals. Brian C. McManus, who is chair of the tax department in Boston, additionally maintains a practice in DC and is a key contact for domestic and international tax disputes. Andrew Strelka in DC has experience across the private equity, energy, and financial sectors, having previously worked as senior tax counsel in the Biden White House. Joshua Wu, also of DC, is a further key name within the department, with experience in partnership audits and offshore tax issues.

Practice head(s):

Miriam Fisher

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A terrific, deep team with skill in all areas of tax controversy. Their experience includes both US and non-US and ranges from negotiations with tax authorities to full scale litigation in a variety of court venues. The members of the team are brilliant, efficient, and easy to work with.’

‘Brian McManus is an exceptional strategic thinker and trial lawyer with a long career ahead of him. He is able to precisely weigh risk, including (but not limited to) legal hazards when offering advice to his clients. He is an impressive speaker and great writer, who always completes the task provided to him on time (or in less time than expected).’

‘Andrew Strelka is a rising player in the controversy space with an interesting practice advising non-profits. He is also an excellent trial lawyer and strategic thinker. Miriam Fisher and Jean Pawlow are the most senior members of the practice and have resolved almost every imaginable issue in any court you can think of.’

Key clients

Netflix

Robert “Hunter” Biden

Citigroup Inc.

Occidental Petroleum

Microsoft Corporation

Coca-Cola

Varian Medical Systems, Inc.

GlobalFoundries

Webb Creek Management Group

Work highlights

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP’s transactional tax group services a client roster that includes blue-chip corporations, private equity firms, financial institutions and investment banks, with the firm regularly operating in the financial services, energy, retail, life sciences, and natural resources sectors, among others. Katharine Moir, based in the Bay Area, leads on transactional tax, often advising private equity firms and companies on the tax aspects of major transactions, including take-private acquisitions. New York-based Jiyeon Lee-Lim, global chair of the firm’s overall tax department, has recently assisted several SPACs in connection with IPOs and business combinations. David Raab, also in New York, has handled multibillion-dollar deals for leading names such as Energy Capital Partners and The Carlyle Group. Northern California’s Kirt Switzer focuses on federal taxation of corporations and partnerships, while Pardis Zomorodi in Los Angeles represents companies, REITS, private equity firms, and investment banks in relation to M&A, spin-offs, and joint ventures. Andrea Ramezan-Jackson in Washington DC advises domestic and international corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies as well as private equity and venture capital funds.  Joe Kronsnoble in Chicago is well known for advising private equity firms as well as for his bankruptcy expertise. Matthew Dewitz in New York and Houston’s Bryant Lee also play key roles in the team. Samuel Weiner retired in December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Katharine Moir; Jiyeon Lee-Lim

Testimonials

Extremely sophisticated transactional tax group. Handles complex M&A and related financing tax implications. Very pragmatic and solution orientated. Understands venture capital priorities.’

Key clients

Sonoma Biotherapeutics

Sobi

dbt Labs, Inc.

Orbital Therapeutics

Evernote Corporation

OmniAb, Inc.

Skydance Media

Healthpeak Properties, Inc.

Amgen, Inc.

Vingroup Joint Stock Company Limited and VinFast Auto Pte.

Ferrovial SA

PJT Partners

Golub Capital LLC

Virgin Orbit

Leonard Green & Partners L.P.

Authentic Brands Group

National CineMedia Inc.

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Starry Group Holdings

Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.

Silver Lake

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

Mediawan

Madison Dearborn Partners

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Titan Acquisition Holdings, The Carlyle Group and Stellex Capital Partners

GTCR

Carlyle and PrimeFlight Aviation Services

Mercato Partners Acquisition Corporation

Endeavor Operating Company and World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Syneos

Partners Group (USA) Inc.

Platinum Equity and Awaze Limited

Amulet Capital Partners LP

Work highlights

  • Advised Amgen Inc on the tax aspects of its offering of US$24 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes, consisting of eight tranches of senior notes.
  • Advised Silver Lake on its US$12.5 billion take-private acquisition of Qualtrics.
  • Advised Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a GI-focused healthcare company, on its US$1 billion acquisition of VectivBio Holding AG.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s commercial litigation group represents major corporate entities, financial institutions and energy suppliers in critical, high-stakes mandates, including putative class actions, shareholder disputes, and product liability cases, among many others. In Chicago, practice chair and seasoned trial lawyer Sean Berkowitz acts on a full range of criminal and civil matters as well as regulatory investigations. Vice-chairs Elizabeth Deeley and Steven Feldman are based in San Francisco and New York, respectively; Feldman acts for technology, consumer, fintech, biotech and healthcare companies in complex commercial disputes, intellectual property litigation, and class actions. James Brandt frequently represents clients before state and federal courts in New York. In Los Angeles, Laura Washington is a key name for business disputes and intellectual property litigation. Kuan Huang is equally adept in both defense and plaintiff-side trial cases and maintains close relationships with clients in the oil and gas and telecommunications sectors, among others. All lawyers named are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Sean Berkowitz; Elizabeth Deeley; Steve Feldman

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

Apple

Board of Directors of Athene Holdings

Crate & Barrel

Dow Chemical Company

DTE Energy

e.l.f. Cosmetics

Euromarket Designs, Inc. d/b/a

Fiverr International

Instacart

Madison Wells Media

Miramax

Netflix

Peloton

PG&E Corporation

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Scilex Pharmaceuticals

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Container Store

UBS Securities

X. Corp.

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 2

International litigation is a key strength at Latham & Watkins LLP, frequently undertaking complex, bet-the-company cases. The group is retained by an impressive roster of clients, including Nissan Motor Corporation, Oracle, and Microsoft Corporation. The practice is adept at representing clients in complex enforcement actions levied by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Michele Johnson leads the team and acts as chair, based in the Orange County office of the firm. Johnson has extensive experience across securities class action, SEC enforcement actions, and shareholder derivative litigation. Noted practitioners within the department include Chicago-based Sean Berkowitz, leveraging expertise in securities fraud and antitrust, Andrew Clubok in Washington D.C, and in San Francisco, Peter Wald. Michael Morin and Jamie Wine are ‘exceptional litigators‘.

Practice head(s):

Michele Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This firm’s talent runs very deep, so that team members can each take an active speaking role in arbitration and litigation. This permits the firm to present a brilliant and diversified team of attorneys.’

‘Partners Michael Morin and Jamie Wine are both exceptional litigators, and they also select exceptionally strong teams to staff their cases.’

 

Key clients

Nissan Motor Corporation

CoStar Group, Inc

World Aquatics

Russell Crumpler and Christopher Farmer, as joint liquidators of Three Arrows Capital Ltd

Changpeng Zhao, Founder and CEO of Binance

GRAIL, Inc

Oracle

Integro Group Holdings/Tysers Insurance Brokers

StarKist Co

Microsoft Corporation

Varian Medical Systems, Inc

Integro Group Holdings/Tysers Insurance Brokers

Energy > Energy regulation: electric power Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s Washington DC-based power regulatory practice has longstanding experience with all areas of the energy market, where the firm is often sought out to advise on the regulatory aspects of transactions as well as matters such as tariff compliance, generation and transmission development, and administrative litigation before FERC. Natasha Gianvecchio, who leads the team, is particularly well versed in handling long-term power purchase agreements on behalf of independent power developers and owners. David Schwartz is reputed for his involvement in the formation of the developing electricity markets in the US and continues to advise on a broad spectrum of matters in the sector, including rate cases and M&A deals. The generation, transmission and distribution of electric energy as well as energy storage form part of Tyler Brown‘s area of focus, while Anna Biegelsen and James Blackburn are further names to note in the team.

Practice head(s):

Natasha Gianvecchio

Key clients

Invenergy LLC

Iberdrola, S.A.

Avangrid

Vistra Energy

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

Cogentrix Power

Orsted A/S

Castleton Commodities International, LLC

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

GE Energy Financial Services

Consolidated Edison, Inc.

Ørsted Onshore North America

RWE Renewables Americas

Invenergy

ConnectGen

DE Shaw Renewables

Cordelio Power

Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

Longview Power

Recurrent

Apex Clean Energy

Heelstone

Work highlights

Energy > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP represents industry participants in policy and enforcement matters before FERC, the DOE, CFTC, PHMSA, and other federal agencies, while also providing regulatory support to transactions within the oil and gas industry. Practice co-head Patrick Nevins advises pipeline companies and LNG developers on major infrastructure projects, regulatory matters, and administrative litigation. Natasha Gianvecchio also co-heads the team and focuses on natural gas-related work in addition to her electric power expertise. David Schwartz is noted for his experience advising clients involved in gas marketing, trading, transportation, and distribution. Tyler Brown concentrates his practice on administrative litigation, regulatory, and transactional work regarding financings and acquisitions in the energy industry. Eugene Elrod left the firm in November 2023. The team is located in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Natasha Gianvecchio; Patrick Nevins

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice group creatively addresses regulatory issues while never losing sight of the commercial implications of their work.’

‘Pat Nevins is one of the best in the game. In particular, there is nobody else I’d want in my corner when developing FERC-regulated infrastructure projects.’

‘Efficient, responsive, first drafts are tight, and are a near-finished work product.’ 

‘Patrick Nevins is unbeatable when it comes to knowledge of Section 3,4,5 and 7 of the Natural Gas Act.’

Key clients

Venture Global LNG

Venture Global Calcasieu Pass

Cove Point LNG, LP

Cheniere Energy

Dominion Energy

BHE Eastern Gas Transmission & Storage

Venture Global Plaquemines LNG

Gator Express Pipeline

Venture Global CP2 LNG

CP Express, LLC

Delfin LNG

NextDecade Corp. – Rio Grande LNG

ConocoPhillips

Magellan Midstream Partners

Gibson Energy ULC

ArcLight Capital

KeyBanc

Sendero Midstream Partners

Lucid Energy

Energy Capital Partners

HF Sinclair Corporation

Wells Fargo

Sabine Pass Liquefaction

Scotiabank

Energy Transfer

Orion Energy Partners

MUFG Bank

Green Era 83rd Street LLC

Work highlights

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP’s practice is diverse, advising on CLO and novel securitization matters alike. The firm’s ABS experience includes advising on data center, oil & gas, short-term vacation rental homes and shipping container leases securitizations. On the CLO side, the firm is well-versed in the acquisition of CLO management contracts and managers as well as in the establishment of CLO equity and risk retention funds. Matthew Hays leads the US practice from Chicago, advising on public and private securitizations as well as warehouse facilities, asset sale and forward flow transactions. Loren Finegold supports issuers, borrowers, investors and investment advisors on a range of securitizations backed digital infrastructure and telecommunications assets. Kevin Fingeret supplements the firm’s esoteric securitization expertise, being knowledgeable in music royalties, cell tower, logistics facilities, rental car fleet and aircraft securitizations. If not specified, lawyers practice in New York.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Hays

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Latham team has rich and deep experience in securitization, structured products, receivables financing, and more complex and novel financial structures. The team is extensive, up to date on market conventions, well-known and liked by our counterparties, and consistently competent.’

‘Loren Finegold is an excellent partner who does a terrific job of distilling very complex concepts and ideas into simple language and approachable documentation.’

‘Marissa Gluck is a seasoned negotiator and transaction expert who can quickly recall precedents and suggest compromises. She is an asset for any team.’

Key clients

Guggenheim Securities, LLC

KKR & Co.

Diversified Energy Company

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

Goldman Sachs

Raisa Energy

Blackstone

Northleaf Capital Partners

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

Americor

Beyond Finance

Above Lending

Parallaxes Capital Management

Government > Government contracts Tier 2

A strong showing in bid protests, contract disputes, FCA suits, and sanctions and export controls makes Latham & Watkins LLP a strong choice for contractors in the defense, aerospace, IT, telecoms, and healthcare industries seeking comprehensive government contracts advice. Collaboration with the firm’s white collar defense and corporate groups also contributes to a stellar track record in large investigations, civil fraud litigation, and major transactional matters. The core team, housed in Washington DC, is comprised of three partners: Anne Robinson, who fields particular expertise in bid protests, enforcement matters, and FCA claims, notably in representation of Oracle/Cerner; Dean Baxtresser, who is frequently retained in high-profile government litigation and investigations, covering contractual disputes and FCA allegations; and Kyle Jefcoat, who is highly proficient in compliance matters, bid protests, and internal investigations involving FCA and mandatory disclosure concerns.

Practice head(s):

Anne Robinson; Dean Baxtresser; Kyle Jefcoat

Key clients

American Airlines Group Inc.

SLSCO Ltd.

The Carlyle Group

Abbott Labs

SLS Federal Services LLC

MD Helicopters

SLSCO Ltd.

Oracle/Cerner

HCA Healthcare

Memorial Hermann Health System

Christus Health

St. Luke’s Hospital

Royal Bank of Canada

Work highlights

  • Advised American Airlines on a variety of highly technical government contract matters, including representing the airline in bid protests relating to proposed contracts with the DOD and USPS.
  • Represented SLSCO on an ongoing basis regarding its government contracts, including in a successful and total defense of an award of a construction contract valued at almost $1bn.
  • Assisted Carlyle with all of its portfolio company transactions involving government contractors.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 2

The team at Latham & Watkins LLP handles a growing number of disputes concerning pandemic and telemedicine-related fraud. John MantheiBen Haas, and Jason Caron co-lead the team from Washington DC. California’s Jason Ohta focuses on white-collar criminal defence work, regularly appearing before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, while Terra Reynolds represents clients in cases concerning allegations of healthcare fraud and abuse in Illinois. In Washington DC, Jason Caron is well versed in mandates concerning coverage, including surprise billing and medical necessity, while Eric Greig is noted for his regulatory expertise, particularly in relation to Medicare billing policy compliance and Sunshine laws on both a state and federal level. Working out of the Boston office, David Tolley regularly acts for hospital systems on FCA and Anti-Kickback related issues, in addition to a range of government investigations.

Practice head(s):

John Manthei; Ben Haas; Jason Caron

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BlueSprig

Everly Health

Goodcell

HCA

Healthpeak Properties

Heartland Dental

Independent Health Association Inc.

NEOM Company

NextGen Healthcare

Omada Health

Option Care Health

Perry Health

R1 RCM Inc.

Revival Health

Sutter Health

UnitedHealth Group

Vapotherm

Zerigo Health

Work highlights

  • Advising NEOM, a legally autonomous model territory being constructed in Saudi Arabia, on designing and implementing an innovative healthcare and life sciences and food regulatory ecosystem.
  • Advised Everly Health, a health and wellness test provider, on FDA regulatory compliance matters, including in connection with the evolving framework applicable to laboratory developed tests.
  • Representing R1 RCM Inc., a provider of revenue cycle management and physician advisory services to hospital systems, in connection with a civil qui tam action filed in the Northern District of Illinois alleging that R1 and other entities caused the submission of and submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid by improperly classifying hospital patients as inpatients rather than as outpatients or observation status.

Insurance > Insurance: non-contentious Tier 2

Supported by the addition of Gary Boss and his team from Clifford Chance, Latham’s insurance practice represents some of the largest global insurers and reinsurers, private equity firms, top-tier asset managers, and financial investors in the insurance and broader financial services sectors. This client portfolio complements Latham’s existing strong insurance and private equity client base, bolstering the firm’s position as a comprehensive solution provider for clients seeking guidance on intricate transactions. Based in New York, Boss specializes in private equity insurance M&A and the establishment of capital raises for new companies in the insurance and reinsurance sectors. He adeptly advises clients and their portfolio companies on navigating today’s highly regulated markets, both locally and internationally. Other key figures in the practice include Analisa Dillingham, based in New York, who focuses on alternative capital work, insurer investments, Insurtech, and insurance regulatory matters. Meanwhile, also in New York, Kirsten Gaeta brings her expertise in corporate and transactional matters alongside regulatory expert Benjamin Lee and Teresa Wendel offering extensive experience working with major P&C and life and health insurers and reinsurers. Additionally, counsels Alexander Traum and Dean Agnos, also based in New York, further strengthen the practice.  

Practice head(s):

Gary Boss

Key clients

Apollo

Leonard Green & Partners

The Carlyle Group

J.P. Morgan

Harrington Reinsurance Holdings Limited and Harrington Re Ltd.

Reinsurance Group of America

AXIS

Aegon

Mubadala Investment Company PJSC

William Penn Life Insurance Company of New York

Work highlights

  • Advised Apollo on the purchase by Apollo affiliated insurance companies, third-party insurance managed accounts, and other institutional clients of $500 million of surplus notes issued to a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated.
  • Advised Stone Point Credit, the credit-investing platform of alternative investment firm Stone Point Capital, and AXIS Capital (NYSE: AXS), a global specialty underwriter and provider of insurance and reinsurance solutions, together with its direct and indirect subsidiaries and branches, in the launch of Monarch Point Re, a newly created collateralized reinsurer.
  • Advised Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (“RGA”), a global leader in mortality risk with more than $3 trillion of life reinsurance in force, on the structuring, formation and capital raise of a new Missouri-based reinsurance vehicle sponsored by RGA.

International trade > Customs, export controls and economic sanctions Tier 2

A force in the national security area, Latham & Watkins LLP is a popular choice to represent major global clients—including multinational corporations, private equity funds and financial institutions—on export controls and economic sanctions. Equally adept at compliance and enforcement matters, the team advises on the full range of primary and secondary sanctions programs administered by the US, EU and UK, among other jurisdictions. Les P. Carnegie co-leads the economic sanctions and export controls group as well as the wider CFIUS and US national security department; his practice takes in a broad scope of related regulatory matters, including defense trade controls under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and dual-use export controls under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Fellow economic sanctions and export controls co-lead, Eric S. Volkman, leverages his white-collar crime expertise to contribute significant experience in international corporate investigations, FCPA-related matters and anti-money laundering. Other key contacts in the Washington DC-based team include CFIUS specialist, Damara Chambers, who co-heads the national security department and is also noted for her record in advising on export control and economic sanctions issues; and counsel Andrew Galdes, who is a rising star in the field.

Practice head(s):

Les P. Carnegie; Eric S. Volkman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Yildirim Group

Duolingo

The International Olympic Committee

Sony Pictures Entertainment and MGM

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Turkey-based Yildirim Group in its efforts to delist superyacht, MY Axioma, from the US Department of Treasury’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) List, among other matters.
  • Successfully represented Duolingo before OFAC in securing authorization to provide its language-learning app, and administer its English proficiency exam, to students and other persons located in Syria, which is the target of a US embargo.
  • Advised the International Olympic Committee on the scope and application of US sanctions and export control laws and regulations in connection with the IOC’s activities around the globe.

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

Latham & Watkins LLP's investment funds team handles the full spectrum of private equity sponsors, ranging from emerging managers and middle-market sponsors to high-profile global asset managers. The group has extensive experience in the formation and structuring of private equity funds and alternative products including comingled funds, co-investments and fund of funds while additionally advising on GP led secondaries and liquidity solutions. New York based Matthew Chase took over leadership of the investment funds team in November of 2023, and covers the full gamut of fund formation matters for significant sponsor clients. Also in New York is Andrea Schwartzman, a key partner in the team who is well regarded for her experience in capital raises, secondary transactions and portfolio investment structuring, alongside Edward Nelson, whose expertise in leveraged buyout and venture capital is beneficial for fund structuring. Barton Clark and Aaron Gilbride round off the team in Washington DC. The team was strengthened in February 2023 when Michael Milazzo joined the firm from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, while David Sherman left the team in November 2023.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Chase

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Extremely knowledgeable and highly skilled – knows when and how to separate business issues from legal issues. Highly skilled at explaining tradeoffs.’

‘I have worked with Ivana Rouse over 15 years and she is exceptional. Ivana has consistently demonstrated her knowledge of issues and offering us sound advice. She has structured our Firm’s entities and all its operating documents. She has found us other expert lawyers when we had specific questions regarding some of our portfolio companies. She is always very responsive to any of our issues/questions. I view Ivana as an exceptional lawyer, a great resource and an easy person to work with.’

‘Alex Kelly is absolutely first rate. She has an uncanny feel for our business and what we are trying to achieve on a deal. She really feels like a member of our team.’

‘Diligent, great follow-up, thorough and have excellent business sense.’

Key clients

Searchlight Capital

The Jordan Company

Oaktree Capital

Global Infrastructure Management

I Squared Capital

Onex Corporation

Lindsay Goldberg

StepStone

Riverstone Holdings

Ares

Great Hill Partners

Graham Partners, Inc.

Coalesce Capital Partners

Neos Partners

North Branch Capital

VMG Partners

Hackman Capital Partners

DigitalBridge

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

Latham & Watkins LLP offers a broad nationwide corporate governance practice, catering to an array of Fortune 500 companies on a key matters including ESG issues, shareholder proposals, SEC reporting and corporate investigations. The team has deep agency experience, comprising many former SEC senior officials and experienced corporate practitioners. Ian Schuman, Jenna Cooper, Stelios Saffos and Keith Halverstam  jointly steer the practice from New York, brining their comprehensive expertise in various corporate governance matters. Elsewhere, Julia Thompson focuses on company representation and securities regulation matters, while Washington DC-based Joel H. Trotter is distinguished for his ability to handle complex issues arising under the US securities laws.

Practice head(s):

Ian Schuman; Keith Halverstam; Jenna Cooper; Stelios Saffos

Other key lawyers:

Julia Thompson; Betty Huber; Joel Trotter

Key clients

The Container Store

fuboTV

iHeart Media

Oscar Health

Rent the Runway

Warby Parker

T Mobile

JetBlue

GoodRx

Omnicom

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 2

The ‘efficient, smart, timely and overall awesome’ team at Latham & Watkins LLP advises emerging companies across their entire lifecycle and is particularly reputed for guiding clients through exit strategies including IPOs, de-SPACs, and M&A. The emerging companies and growth practice is helmed by Benjamin Potter, Brian Patterson, and Haim Zaltzman from Silicon Valley. Potter focuses on sectors including emerging tech, fintech, life sciences, and healthcare, and Patterson, who joined the firm in February 2023 from Gunderson Dettmer LLP, advises emerging growth companies on formation, deal structuring, and financing issues. Stephen Ranere in Boston specializes in early-stage company formations, venture capital financings, and exit strategies, while Alex Voxman in Los Angeles works with a wide variety of high-growth tech companies. John Chory retired from partnership in December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Potter; Brian Patterson; Haim Zaltzman

Other key lawyers:

Saad Khanani; Stephen Ranere; Emily Taylor; Galina Vujovic; Alex Voxman; Galina Vujovic

Testimonials

‘The team’s key differentiating strength is its practical approach to the myriad issues with which start-up lawyers are confronted every day. The team has a deep technical understanding of these issues and is able to leverage their experience and their understanding of the client’s business to cut through the noise and enable in-house counsel to resolve the issues that matter efficiently and effectively.’

‘Stephen Ranere strikes a wonderful balance between understanding every issue that can confront a venture-backed start-up company on the one hand and how to practically address those issues on the other hand. Steve proposes and implements practical, efficient approaches.’

‘Associate Galina Vujovic is the boots-on-the-ground associate who handles the day-to-day business of the company. She essentially functions as a broadly sophisticated in-house counsel for start-up companies. She has a strong working knowledge of securities, corporate, and regulatory issues.’

‘They are efficient, smart, timely and overall awesome.’

‘They are always responsive and always on top of it. They are able to get to the key points that matter and I’m always confident to have them in meetings with my board, with other lawyers representing my investors, etc.’

‘Saad Khanani is hard working and puts his clients first.’

Key clients

Adept AI

Clerkie

D’Amelio Brands

Form Energy

Goldman Sachs

Freight Farms

KoBold Metals

Madhive

Pattern Bioscience

Perplexity

Plai Labs

Nvidia

Rarefied Atmosphere

Softbank

SKIMS

Work highlights

  • Advised SKIMS on its $270m Series C financing, raising the company’s valuation to over $4bn.
  • Advised Perplexity on its $25.6m Series A financing and the subsequent acquisition of Spellwise.
  • Advised Form Energy in its $450m Series E financing.

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 3

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 3

Andrew Clubok, based in New York and Washington DC, is global chair of Latham & Watkins LLP’ securities litigation and professional liability practice, is a renowned trial lawyer in a range of industries, including the financial services, automotive, technology, and pharmaceutical sectors. In 2023, Clubok has been involved in securities litigations and class actions, including a high-profile class action case in the Northern District of California for Coinbase Global, Inc, a longstanding client.

Healthcare > Health insurers Tier 3

John MantheiBen Haas, and Jason Caron lead the team at Latham & Watkins LLP from Washington DC. The group handles a variety of issues, from qui tam actions to coverage disputes. Boston’s David Tolley acts in a broad range of disputes concerning FCA and Anti-Kickback rules, often representing insurers and hospital systems. In Washington DC, Daniel Meron utilizes his prior government experience within the HHS to advise on fraud and abuse, and white-collar enforcement issues within the healthcare space.

Practice head(s):

John Manthei; Jason Caron; Ben Haas

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Cigna

Warburg Pincus

UnitedHealth Group Inc.

Independent Health Association Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Cigna in connection with over a dozen insurance coverage matters and disputes, including opioid-related lawsuits, and lawsuits and demands involving the Department of Justice in connection with the DOJ’s increased enforcement efforts under the False Claims Act.
  • Representing UnitedHealth Group, Inc. in ongoing FCA litigation related to UnitedHealth’s Medicare Advantage plans. The firm is acting in a reverse false claims act claim and two common law claims for payment by mistake and unjust enrichment.
  • Representing Independent Health Association in a multi-defendant qui tam FCA action regarding IHA’s risk adjustment diagnostic coding practices.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Latham & Watkins’ ‘very professional, diverse and proactive team’ continues to make inroads into the international arbitration market under global department co-chair John Pierce in New York. Pierce has particularly boosted the firm’s capability in investment disputes, where it acts for a growing mix of states, state-owned entities and investors in high-stakes cases. That being said, the group also handled a significant volume of commercial matters over the past year, with an emphasis on post-M&A disputes. Other key contacts include New York-based counsel Santiago Bejarano, who is dual-qualified in New York and Colombia and is an increasingly prominent name for Latin America-related work.

Practice head(s):

John Pierce

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An excellent, very professional, diverse and proactive team. Lawyers are always right to the point, extremely client-focused and solution-oriented!’

‘John Pierce is THE star! Always available!’

‘A top-notch team. Counsel Santiago Bejarano is excellent.’

‘We have worked several times with the team, as well as against them. Very strategic, accurate, diligent, and efficient. Lawyers really know how to litigate successfully. We have also worked with their associates, very good lawyers as well. The whole team is sensational.’

Key clients

Mason Capital LP and Mason Management LLC

Novenergia Il Energy & Environment (SCA), SICAR

Dominican Republic

Work highlights

  • Representing a global private equity firm in a $700m M&A-related arbitration under SIAC rules concerning telecoms assets.
  • Representing an international consortium of industrial companies in an ICC arbitration seated in Geneva concerning claims under a mine exploitation agreement with a West African state.
  • 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.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

Latham & Watkins LLP utilizes an office network spanning North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, to act for high-profile clients such as Sephora and AbbVie, across a wide range of sectors. ‘Strategic’ and ‘talented’ Jennifer Barry, who jointly leads the practice from the firm’s San Diego office, is regularly entrusted by notable brands (including Peloton) to advise on complex litigation. Other practice heads include tech expert Tony Sammi in New York and Jeffrey Homrig in Austin, whose experience encompasses appearances in state and federal courts, and before the ITC. San Francisco’s Perry Viscounty possesses a wealth of experience advising brands, tech companies, athletes, and celebrities in a diverse array of trademark mandates.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Barry; Tony Sammi; Jeffrey Homrig

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Latham as a team is collectively brilliant and has supported my company with our legal needs through all kinds of challenges.’

‘Jennifer Barry leads a team of very talented trademark litigators who are knowledgeable, creative, and very effective in a wide range of trademark-related types of disputes, including cryptocurrency, technology, entertainment, consumer products, domain names, etc.’

‘Jennifer Barry really stands out as team leader and an incredibly effective litigator. She knows when to negotiate and when to stand firm — and has demonstrated an ability to be very creative when it comes to structuring a settlement deal.’

Key clients

Peloton

Proton

AbbVie, Allergan, and Zeltiq

System1

GOAT Group

Masco Corporation

Vertex, Inc.

Roblox Corporation

Dapper Labs

Work highlights

  • Advising Peloton in a cancellation action based on genericness in front of the US Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board against several registrations owned by fitness equipment company Mad Dogg Athletics.
  • Assisting Proton AG in a trademark infringement dispute against a start-up, Metallicus, Inc.
  • Representing global pharmaceutical and medical device companies AbbVie, Allergan, and Zeltiq, in a global effort to protect Allergan’s rights in the famous BOTOX trademark and Zeltiq’s renowned COOLSCULPTING trademark.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

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 Tier 2

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 Tier 2

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 Tier 2

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.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

Latham & Watkins LLP continues to impress the market with its notable experience in representing both Latin American states and private parties in investment treaty arbitrations; this includes a series of cases for the Republic of Colombia involving ICSID arbitrations brought by claimants relating to legislative, administrative and judicial measures introduced by the government – particularly as regards environmental and community matters. The firm is also noted for commercial arbitrations and enforcement proceedings with Paris-based global co-chair of the international arbitration practice, Fernando Mantilla-Serrano, who ‘stands out for his quick grasp of the essence of the matters’ and has long been a senior name in the region, leading on the vast majority of the firm’s Latin America cases. The hire of John V H Pierce as global co-head of the arbitration practice -from WilmerHale– in mid-2022, gives the practice considerable additional heft; and while not solely focused on the region, he does handle Latin America-related mandates. Pierce is based in New York, as is dual qualified (Colombia/New York) counsel Santiago Bejarano (‘always up-to-speed on the advice and willing to answer questions’) who is a key team member on many of the practice’s Latin America arbitration engagements; as is London-based Samuel Pape, who was elected to the partnership in January 2023. Paris associates Esperanza Barrón-Baratech (a Spanish national), Hugo Varenne and Diego Romero (who is qualified in Colombia, New York and Paris) are also key members of the team. Eugenie Caroit moved to Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper as Of Counsel in mid-2023.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Mantilla-Serrano

Testimonials

The Latham & Watkins arbitration group is characterised by its thoroughness and organisation. In-house counsel should know that this is a highly compliant task force that normally gives task teams reasonable time to make reviews. These qualities have been consistently manifested in over five arbitrations in which we have had the opportunity to work with LW.

They have a large and exceptionally committed work team. The wealth of human and logistical resources available to the firm, favours excellence in the production of results.

The experience of the partner who leads, is very important for the company as well as his knowledge of the sector and the market (knowledge of the sector in several Latin American countries was required).

Fernando Mantilla-Serrano’s experience is exceptional and the knowledge of the precedents that are related to the case study. The service is very good and fast, they meet the established times and are always available to the client. The relationship with Santiago Bejarano was very close, always up-to-speed on the advice and willing to answer questions.

Excellent team where also young people get a good chance to gain experience and are involved (for example at hearings) at an early stage.

Fernando Mantilla-Serrano stands out for his quick grasp of the essence of the matters, and his attention to detail.

L&W has a very competent arbitration team. They are very good lawyers with a lot of attention to detail.

Key clients

Republic of Colombia

Norman Sorensen, Matthew Turner and Joseph Zappala (Independent Board Members of CODERE)

Dominican Republic

Novenergia II Energy & Environment, (SCA), SICAR

Grupo PRISA; Cadena SER

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

WWM Logistics

The GICOM Consortium formed by GE; Andritz, Voith, Siemens

Live Nation

Work highlights

  • Represented the Republic of Colombia in ICSID arbitration brought by Eco Oro Minerals relating to certain legislative, administrative and judicial measures introduced by Colombia to protect environmentally sensitive páramo ecosystems.
  • Represented the Republic of Colombia in ICSID arbitration brought by Aris Mining Corp, relating to Colombia’s alleged failure to evict members of the local communities engaged in artisanal and small-scale mining activities from certain gold mining titles.
  • Representing the Dominican Republic in ICSID Additional Facility Rules arbitration relating to alleged violations of an investment agreement entered into by parties for the reprocessing of the gold and silver refractory tailings dam of the Puerto Viejo (open-pit) mine.

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 Partners : 600+
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+