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Latham & Watkins LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022-4834
United States
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Howard Sobel is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Sobel is former Co-chair of the US Private Equity Practice and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Public Company Representation Practices.

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United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts

(Hall of Fame)

Howard SobelLatham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP remains a big player at the top of the private equity market, with a broad nationwide practice encompassing lower-to-middle-market transactions as well as bulge bracket deals. The firm represents a variety of top funds, including BC Partners, Blackstone, KKR, and Carlyle Group, among others. In 2020, the firm was active despite the difficulties of the pandemic-afflicted market. It also worked on a number of portfolio company deals and SPAC transactions, including the $6.8bn combination of Leonard Green portfolio company CPA Global and Clarivate, in addition to a number of high-value buyouts and exits. Washington DC-based Paul Sheridan leads the global team alongside New York’s Andrea Schwartzman, who advises key relationship clients such as Onex and CPPIB on large-scale LBOs and investments, including several cross-border deals. Senior DC partner and former global chair Daniel Lennon is also highly active, co-leading the firm’s relationship with Carlyle and handling a variety of major transactions. In New York, Howard Sobel is a highly respected practitioner who handles buyouts, investments, take-privates, and international joint ventures for major clients; David Allinson recently represented Blackstone Energy in its $7bn sale of its interest in Cheniere Energy; Justin Hamill is noted for his substantial expertise across technology, media, sports, and entertainment deals; and Alexandra Kelly is building a strong profile as an adviser to top funds on financial services and asset management sector deals, as well as matters in the fintech space. In Boston, Hans Brigham heads up the private equity department and is a prolific mid-market dealmaker.