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Latham & Watkins LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022-4834
United States

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Michèle Penzer is the Managing Partner of the New York office of Latham & Watkins and is a member of the firm’s Finance Department and the Banking and Project Finance Practices. She has built a successful finance practice, navigating clients through some of the most volatile market conditions over the past two decades.  As Managing Partner of the New York office, Ms. Penzer focuses on strategic planning, client relations, recruitment and integration, and diversity. Ms. Penzer is charged with overseeing the firm’s commitment to the New York legal and business community and the firm's sophisticated client base. Ms. Penzer has held multiple leadership roles, including as a former global Co-chair of the Banking Practice, former member of the firm's Executive Committee and former Chair of the firm's Diversity Committee and Associates Committee.


Finance Partner



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United States > Finance > Commercial lending

(Leading lawyers)

Michèle PenzerLatham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is one of the few firms that can successfully balance out a top tier lender-led practice with a top tier borrower one. Beneath both banners the expansive practice covers every corner of the market. The private equity sponsor side is led out of Washington DC by Manu Gayatrinath, with support from fellow DC-based vice chairs Jason Licht and Joshua Tinkelman. This side of the practice benefits from strong relationships with funds such as The Carlyle Group. The corporate borrower work is spread throughout the firm’s extensive US network of offices. The lender side, which represents financial institutions and direct lenders, boasts an array of talent including banking chairs Daniel Seale in New York and Los Angeles-based Greg Robins. Other key individuals include New York managing partner Michele Penzer and the highly rated Alfred Xue. The expanding team also promoted several new partners in New York, Washington DC, Houston, and Los Angeles. The recruitment of Trevor Wommack in Houston from Vinson & Elkins LLP added to the firm’s financing expertise in the energy sector.