Keith Halverstam > Latham & Watkins LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

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

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Keith L. Halverstam is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins and local Co-chair of the Corporate Department. Mr. Halverstam's practice focuses primarily on capital markets and general securities and corporate matters. Mr. Halverstam has experience in a broad range of financing transactions, including secured and unsecured high-yield offerings, initial public offerings, leveraged buyouts and restructurings. In addition, Mr. Halverstam regularly advises public company clients on corporate, securities and governance issues. Mr. Halverstam also has significant experience representing borrowers and lenders in syndicated lending transactions and has represented sellers and buyers in public and private mergers and acquisition transactions.


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United States > Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Latham & Watkins LLP is the leading firm across issuer and underwriter engagements in the high-yield debt field. It holds a major market share on both sides, advising on more than 168 high-yield debt deals with a total value of $118bn during the period of research. The firm’s global standing and extensive geographic presence brings it a wealth of engagements from non-US issuers along with domestic issuers; many of its US offices are involved in capital markets transactions, including New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Houston and Silicon Valley. On the underwriter side, the firm routinely represents bulge-bracket investment banks such as BofA Securities, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Securities and Morgan Stanley. Amongst its steady diet of deals, it is frequently involved in M&A and buyout-driven transactions, along with debt restructurings. New York managing partner Marc Jaffe and global head of capital markets Ian Schuman are highly rated capital markets practitioners with extensive experience in high-yield debt. Keith Halverstam  is vice-chair of the capital markets practice and has a major focus on high-yield, as does Senet Bischoff Stelios Saffos  has become a big name in the market and Washington DC’s Rachel Sheridan is a pivotal figure in Washington DC. All named individuals are based in New York, unless stated otherwise.

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

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s excellent reputation in the corporate governance sphere is reflected by the fact that its team acts for more than 400 public companies on high-risk and reputationally-sensitive matters. The practice is led by Ian Schuman, Keith Halverstam and Jenna Cooper, all of whom are based in New York. Under their leadership, the team advises clients on shareholder activism, control contests, audit and compensation committee matters and tax governance, among many other areas. It particularly distinguishes itself in SEC matters involving complex disclosure and compliance issues. Also notable is that the firm has launched a taskforce that focuses on handling ESG issues for clients. Recently promoted partner Julia Thompson, who is based in Washington DC, is another name to note at the firm.