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

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Tom Malone is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Initiatives Committee. He represents private equity funds and public and private companies in connection with various matters involving:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Complex investments
  • Carve-outs
  • Auction processes
  • Joint ventures
  • Recapitalizations
  • Other general corporate matters


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Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

The significant progress in Latin America M&A that Latham & Watkins LLP has made since the 2018 arrival of Juan Picón (along with a team from DLA Piper LLP), as Madrid-office managing partner and Latin America practice co-chair is another testimony to a charismatic figure, ‘a legal titan‘, who passed away in June 2019. The team’s arrival was followed by the recruitment of former Prime Minister of Spain José María Aznar as a special adviser;  incredibly well connected in Latin America, his arrival has prompted a series of significant engagements from Spanish clients such as Telefónica, which the practice advised on the $648m sale of Telefónica Móviles Guatemala and Telefónica Móviles El Salvador to América Móvil; the deal was led by Picón and fellow co-chair of the Latin America practice Antonio Del Pino along with Madrid partner José Antonio Sánchez-Dafos. The firm, including the Latin America practice, has a deep focus on energy and infrastructure, but it also has a strong emphasis on start-ups, growth businesses and tech companies. Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Central America are key markets for the practice. Showcasing its prominent capabilities in private equity, the practice group advised Canada’s Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and a consortium of Mexican institutional investors on their $1.4bn  acquisition of the Mexican wind and solar assets of Italy-based Enel Green Power; this involved the first application in Mexico of the build, sell and operate model. Other highlights included advising Australia-based investment management company IFM Investors on four major transactions -including its acquisition of  Spanish infrastructure company OHL Concesiones- and involved assets in Chile, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Spain. Other clients include Sempra, Vista Oil & Gas, Andes Mining and Energy, Mexichem, Blackstone, Riverstone, Fermaca and Votorantim. Very professional and with a great customer service orientation‘, the team provides ‘a good combination of legal knowledge with down to earth business-oriented acumen to provide solid advice‘. It is ‘flexible and willing to explore alternatives to facilitate business-driven decisions‘, and ‘the knowledge shown by the partners and associates contributes greatly to the success in dealing with complex M&A transactions and sophisticated counterparties‘. ‘Smart, quick and a pleasure to work with‘, the aforementioned Antonio Del Pino is an ‘outstanding lawyer and great adviser‘ who has ‘excellent knowledge of the market and what it takes to get the deal through‘. Other key partners include Madrid’s Manuel Deó, who ‘is very hands-on, extremely talented and business oriented‘, ‘has a special ability to make deals happen‘, ‘ is a trusted adviser instead of mere lawyer‘ and ‘is one of the big hitters in the Spanish private equity market‘. Co-chair of the oil-and-gas group Christopher Cross and Thomas Malone are also highly rated. Named partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.