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

Work Department

Melissa Alwang is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Ms. Alwang is a member of the Finance Department and the Banking, Capital Markets and Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts Practices. Her practice focuses primarily on the representation of major financial institutions in leveraged finance transactions, including international financings, acquisition financings, debtor-in-possession and exit financings and asset-based facilities.


Finance Partner


Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Commercial lending

Latham & Watkins LLP is one of the premier choices for borrower and lender work, with top-notch teams of lawyers spread throughout its US network of offices. The borrower side of the practice, which is particularly active in Washington DC thanks to its relationship with Carlyle Group, acts for a broad mix of private equity houses and corporates. Recently, the team advised CommScope, a US communications cable maker backed by Carlyle, on the financing of its $7.4bn takeover of Arris, the UK-based entertainment and networking equipment maker. Other key clients include Caesars Resort Collection, which it advised on a $1.7bn bond offering to finance existing debt. The firm’s cross-border capabilities and strong banking relationships were demonstrated by its advice to JPMorgan Chase, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and MUFG Bank as lead arrangers on the $30.9bn bridge credit facilities to Takeda Pharmaceutical Company to partly fund its acquisition of Shire. Other banking clients include Credit Suisse, Citibank, and Antares Capital. New York-based banking practice chair Daniel Seale jointly leads the top-tier team alongside vice chairs Greg Robins in Los Angeles and Stephen Kensell in London. Other key figures include New York managing partner Michèle PenzerChristopher PlautMelissa Alwang, and Scott Gottdiener on the lender side. Jeffrey R. Chenard and Joshua Tinkelman are also recommended for their borrower side advice.

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

Latham & Watkins LLP has ‘a deep bench of multidisciplinary experts‘ and is regarded by some of its peers as ‘perhaps the market-leading equity derivatives group‘. Indeed, the team is among the market’s most active equity derivative groups on the issuer side and the manager side. Rafal Gawlowski is a key contact for equity-linked derivatives. Another figure in the team is Courtenay Myers Lima, ‘a trusted business partner‘, who specializes in linked notes transactions. Myers Lima acted for Credit Suisse, as issuer, in multiple index-linked notes issuances, and also assisted several foreign banking groups with regulatory matters associated with their US operations. The team also has experience in the development of proprietary trading indices. Also recommended is Melissa Alwang, who specializes in leveraged finance.