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Latham & Watkins LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022-4834
United States
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Paul Kukish is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Kukish has a broad mergers and acquisitions practice, encompassing both public and private acquisitions, dispositions, tender offers, co-investments, joint ventures and general corporate matters, including corporate governance and takeover defense. He has represented numerous public companies and private equity firms in transactions involving US and non-US companies across a wide range of industries, including energy, retail, commodities, telecommunications and manufacturing. He has also represented issuers, underwriters and initial purchasers in numerous debt and equity securities offerings.


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United States > Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power

(Next Generation Partners)

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Latham & Watkins LLP’s global power industry group is jointly headed by New York-based David Kurzweil and Washington DC-based David Schwartz. The team advises developers, sponsors, financing entities, governments and export credit agencies on the full spectrum of issues in the conventional power industry, including commercial transactions, secured lending, corporate finance and project development. In one standout matter, Kurzweil and Los Angeles-based managing partner Jeffrey Greenberg led a multidisciplinary team that acted for Energy Capital Partners, as shareholders, in connection with Vistra Energy’s $1.7bn all-stock acquisition of Dynegy. Other recommended practitioners in the New York office include Paul Kukish and Edward Sonnenschein, who focus on M&A and joint ventures, and Matthew Henegar, who specializes in project finance. Barclays, Citigroup Global Markets and Sempra Energy are also key clients.

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

Latham & Watkins LLP has an extensive private equity team, backed by a range of complementary skills from around the firm, such as leading acquisition and leveraged finance, regulatory and antitrust expertise. The firm has a close association with The Carlyle Group and a range of other private equity houses including BC Partners, KKR, GTCR, Hellman & Friedman, Leonard Green & Partners and Odyssey Investment Partners. The team provides ‘extremely commercial counsel‘, ‘endless energy‘, ‘strong customer service‘ and ‘identifies the right commercial outcome‘. It has ‘broad expertise and deep domain experience‘ and ‘is comprised almost entirely of good, committed, moral and rational people who ably and zealously advocate for their clients‘. The New York and Washington DC offices dominate the practice in the US; the firm has an unrivalled standing in Washington DC where it manages relationships with the likes of Carlyle, Onex Partners and Platinum Equity. The sizeable team in New York is a match for most competitors in the city and has developed an especially strong reputation in the energy sector, often working with colleagues in Houston, on deals for the likes of ArcLight Capital and Energy Capital Partners. The Chicago and Boston offices are building their presence in the market, while the firm has successfully targeted West Coast-based clients such as Leonard Green & Partners and Platinum Equity. The firm’s outstanding international presence was in evidence when Washington DC partner David Dantzic led a multi-office team that advised Carlyle Group and GIC on the €10.1bn acquisition of the specialty chemicals business of AkzoNobel. In another cross-border deal, the firm advised Leonard Green & Partners on its acquisition of CPA Global, the leading intellectual property management firm, from Cinven; after a hotly-contested auction, this was Leonard Green’s first leveraged buyout in the UK. Howard Sobel and Washington DC’s Daniel Lennon are the firm’s most senior private equity names in the US, with Lennon noted for his longstanding connection to Carlyle. David Allinson is ‘smart, extremely knowledgeable and incredibly experienced‘ and ‘always provides thoughtful, cogent advice and a phenomenal service‘. Thomas Malone is ‘an extraordinary attorney who is best characterized by his dogged work ethic and fierce client advocacy‘. Paul Kukish, Washington DC’s Paul Sheridan and Chicago partner Shaun Hartley co-chair the global private equity practice; the latter two are ‘very strong commercial thought partners, strong negotiators, and truly understand clients’ businesses‘. Alexander Johnson has joined from Hogan Lovells US LLP. The named partners are New York-based unless stated otherwise.