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Latham & Watkins LLP
1271 Avenue of the Americas
NY 10020
United States
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Yvette Valdez is counsel in the New York office of Latham & Watkins, and is a member of the firm’s Corporate Department and the Derivatives Practice. 

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United States > Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products

(Next Generation Partners)

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The ‘forward thinkers‘ at Latham & Watkins LLP have a practice that spans the gamut of over-the-counter derivatives and exchange-traded derivative products, with expertise in transactions as well as the regulatory and enforcement aspects of this work. Margin finance is another core specialism, and equity-linked products are another line where the team stands out. Based across London and New York and co-chairing the firm’s global financial institutions group, Witold Balaban is a vastly experienced figure in the New York-based department, which is now led by Rafal Gawlowski. Yvette Valdez, who is developing an impressive cryptocurrency-related practice. and Douglas Yatter, who is the name to note for regulatory and enforcement issues, co-chair the firm’s commodities and derivatives regulation and enforcement practice. Courtenay Myers Lima is an expert in structured products, capital markets, fintech developments and bank and broker-dealer regulatory matters, while Catherine Lee is noted for equity-linked deals.

United States > Finance > Financial services regulation

The financial services regulation practice at Latham & Watkins LLP has a varied client base including prominent banks, broker-dealers, and growing companies in the cryptocurrency space. The team is frequently engaged on M&A and IPOs involving financial services companies, where it provides advice on compliance with the Bank Holding Company Act, the Volcker Rule and FINRA rules. Following the retirement of Dana Fleischman in June 2021, the team is now jointly led by Alan Avery, Stephen Wink, and Yvette Valdez. Wink is noted for his broad practice, with particular specialisms in broker-dealer and fintech regulation, while Avery focuses on advising banks on regulatory compliance at the state and federal level. Valdez leads the team’s commodities and derivatives work, advising dealers on compliance with CFTC regulation. Counsel Pia Naib is another name to note with a practice encompassing corporate and commercial transactions as well as anti-money laundering regulation. Broker-dealer specialist Marlon Paz joined the firm in December 2021 from Mayer Brown. All named lawyers are based in New York with the exception of Paz, who works across both the New York and Washington DC offices.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech

Latham & Watkins LLP is praised for its ‘incredibly deep bench of financial regulatory expertise that positions it at the top of the market for fintech legal counsel‘. The firm represents clients from across the industry, including major financial institutions, established technology companies and startups, investment funds, and industry trade organizations. The diverse clientbase is matched by its wide-ranging advice, including capital markets, broker-dealer arrangements, financial regulatory, data protection, M&A and technology joint ventures. The firm also has a significant presence in the cryptocurrency space, as demonstrated by its role on the Coinbase IPO, and advice to clients including Celsius Networks and Cipher Mining Technologies. The firm’s global reach is also noted, ‘with London and Hong Kong being highlights of their international fintech practice‘. Key partners include global co-chair Todd Beauchamp, and, also in Washington, DC, Mitchell Rabinowitz and Jenny Cieplak. New York partners Yvette Valdez and Stephen Wink, and Silicon Valley-based global technology chair Benjamin Potter are ‘stand outs‘ who are ‘willing to work to yes, rather than stopping at no‘.