Firm Profile > Latham & Watkins LLP > San Diego, United States

Latham & Watkins LLP
12670 HIGH BLUFF DRIVE
SAN DIEGO, CA 92130
United States

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP fields an excellent cartel investigation team which often appears as global coordinating counsel in international cartel investigations thanks to the firm's global reach. Follow-on litigation defense stemming from government investigation is also covered by the team spearheaded by Amanda Reeves in Washington DC and Christopher Yates in San Francisco. Several team members count on government experience working at the DOJ or FTC to supplement their cartel practice. Thanks to its strength in numbers, the group is well-equipped to assists clients from a range of industries such as pharmaceuticals, consumer products, aviation, automotive and financial services. San Francisco powerhouse Niall Lynch specializes in criminal and civil price-fixing investigations with an international twist, whereas Elizabeth Prewitt in New York showcases a strong suit in financial institutions, technology and pharmaceutical industries. Experienced litigator Belinda Lee, who sits in San Francisco, is familiar with cartel investigations in overseas markets such as Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan and South Korea.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Reeves; Chris Yates

Other key lawyers:

Niall Lynch; Elizabeth Prewitt; Daniel Wall; Belinda Lee; Lawrence Buterman; Marguerite Sullivan

Testimonials

‘Great talent from top to bottom of the team and all levels contribute at a high level. Result-oriented approach that actually achieves great results.’ 

‘Belinda Lee is terrific; she works well in a joint defense group without losing sight of own client’s interest.’

‘Strong ability in investigation/research, strategic planning and communication with clients.’

‘Some of the best briefs and other work products that we have seen from large firms in the past years. The submissions are precise, well-written and leave little to wish for. Conference calls are efficient and the team is a likeable bunch.’

‘Michael Lacovara is the most responsive lawyer I know; extremely sharp, his answers are always to the point.’

‘Dan Wall absolutely delivers on his stellar reputation. Very thoughtful, obviously very experienced. Has a good standing with judges in San Francisco.’

Key clients

Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Korea Corporation

StarKist Co.

American Airlines

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 1

Shining across the full range of antitrust litigation, Latham & Watkins LLP undertakes conduct litigation, strategic business-to-business litigation as well as follow-on defense. The team in Washington DC fields valuable government expertise, while the California office specializes in high tech. Amanda Reeves in Washington DC shares the practice lead with San Francisco-based Christopher Yates. The latter puts an emphasis on the representation of Californian innovators and sports clients. Operating out of the same office, Daniel Wall frequently litigates antitrust appeals and defends class actions as well as merger challenges. Al Pfeiffer also in San Francisco, represents clients from healthcare, agriculture, music licensing, and communications. Adding to the bench strength in San Francisco, Sadik Huseny is retained by corporations and technology titans for defense in bet-the-company disputes. Lawrence Buterman is a name to note for the growing New York-based antitrust group.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Reeves; Chris Yates

Testimonials

‘Great talent from top to bottom of the team and all levels contribute at a high level. Results oriented approach that actually achieves great results.’

‘Belinda Lee is terrific; she works well in a joint defense group without losing sight of own client’s interest.’

‘First class lawyers with an ability to dive deeply into a client’s business and business model and to develop a sophisticated understanding of how the legal strategy should be crafted to ensure achievement of the primary business objectives.’ 

‘The attorneys at Latham are diligent, thoughtful and very engaged in our defense. They have significant experience at the intersection of antitrust and IP law.’

‘Hanno Kaiser and Aaron Chiu brought their experience and insight to a somewhat arcane legal area, and spent considerable time educating the court on the issues presented.’ 

‘Dan Wall is simply one of THE BEST antitrust lawyers in the world. Unrivaled legal acumen combined with practical, real-world sensibilities allowing him to provide both insight and wisdom to his clients.’

‘Josh Holian is a tireless workhorse who fills the role of a day-to-day partner-in-charge perfectly.’

‘The Latham & Watkins team has some of the best lawyers in the world. Particularly impressive is the firm’s commitment to pro bono representation.’

‘Bob Sims and Sadik Huseny are two of the firm’s most talented partners. They consistently exhibit strategic thinking and groundbreaking insights.’

‘Latham & Watkins provided significant assistance in our antitrust litigation. Their key strengths are diligent and thorough preparation, ability to put complex legal issues into straightforward and comprehensible terminology, counter-intuitive approaches and options as well as skilled and determined representation.’

‘Associate Aaron Chiu displayed an amazing capture of the chronology and detail of our case. For me, the three main ingredients for Aaron: knowledge of the law, command of the facts, and diligent preparation.’

Key clients

Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)

United States Soccer Federation, Inc.

Surescripts, LLC

Oracle Corporation

Live Nation

StarKist Co.

Highmark, Inc.

General Electric Co., GE Healthcare, Inc.

Carvana

Public Service Enterprise Group and PSEG LI

JELD-WEN, Inc.

Leisure Pass Group

Ocean Spray

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

Praised by clients for 'providing the highest level of service’, Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘top-notch across the board', boasting a stable of appellate lawyers including multiple practitioners with prior experience working at the US Office of the Solicitor General. Practice head and former US Solicitor General Gregory Garre has presented arguments in 44 cases before the US Supreme Court; he has a remarkable track record of success in cases that are perceived to split the justices ideologically, having scored more 5-4 victories than any other appellate practitioner in recent years. In just one recent example, Garre presented a winning argument on behalf of the State of Florida in a landmark Supreme Court original action against the State of Georgia over water rights in the Southeast United States. Roman Martinez is noted as ‘an outstanding and effective’ brief writer, having filed over 70 briefs with the US Supreme Court. The team is also noted for its work on cutting-edge issues. Barr v American Association of Political Consultants Inc. is one such example, where the group is acting for the respondent in a dispute seeking to establish whether the First Amendment’s free speech clause precludes an application of the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s ban on robocalls to cellphones. Richard Bress also stands out in First Amendment claims; in American Beverage Association v City of San Francisco, he persuaded the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, to strike down San Francisco’s measure requiring warning labels for sugary beverages. Melissa Arbus Sherry is also a key figure in the team; she scored a recent victory for Ferrellgas Partners in shareholder class action proceedings at the Second Circuit. In July 2019, Scott Ballenger left the partnership to pursue an academic career at the University of Virginia.

The appellate and Supreme Court department at Jenner & Block LLP has a proven strength in claims involving statutory interpretation. American Indian law is an area of particular expertise; a team led by Adam Unikowsky recently scored a win for the defendant in Washington State Dep't of Licensing v Cougar Den, Inc., a US Supreme Court case calling for the interpretation of the Yakama Nation Treaty of 1855. In the 2019 term, the group acted for the respondents in the currently pending high-profile case of Espinoza v Montana Department of Revenue, where the Roberts Court seeks to determine the relationship between religious school scholarships in Montana and the religion clauses or the equal protection clause of the US Constitution. Moreover, the group’s energy law work is particularly impressive in the federal courts of appeal. A team led by Matthew Price represented the Exelon Corporation in challenges brought before the Seventh and the Second Circuits in an attempt to dismiss the Zero-Emission Credit Program. The department is jointly led by former Acting Solicitor General Ian Gershengorn; election law specialist Jessica Ring Amunson; commercial claims expert Matthew Hellman; and Chicago-based Michael Brody, who is recognized for his work in the class actions appellate space.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Garre

Other key lawyers:

Roman Martinez; Richard Bress; Melissa Sherry; Michael Bern

Testimonials

The attorneys in this practice group are experts in appellate law, with many hailing from the Solicitor General’s office or from clerkships at the US Supreme Court. They are also exquisite writers, perhaps the best that I have seen. In the particular area they were assisting on – administrative law – they were also substantive experts, and very facile with discussing the key case law.’

We have worked with Latham for more than ten years, and work with Latham frequently on complex and high-value litigation. Latham is top-notch across the board in providing the highest level of service in every sense of that term. We routinely receive the most prompt, engaging, and thoughtful counsel and work from Latham.

This group is top-notch.  Brilliant lawyers with razor-sharp intellect, who deliver first-class written products and have excellent oral advocacy skills.

The team at Latham & Watkins, led by Roman Martinez, has been proactive in reaching out to assist us in a pro bono capacity in the very niche area of veterans law. They have an impeccable reputation in appellate advocacy. They respect our knowledge of this area of the law, and work with us to advance it at a high level with their expertise in administrative law and appellate advocacy. It is a pleasure to work with Latham and Watkins, and we feel very fortunate that they have been so generous with their time in advancing our work.

Greg Garre is a senior member of an exclusive and elite cadre of lawyers who have appeared before the US Supreme Court more than 40 times. Despite this, he is humble and truly easy to work with.  Definitely, my first call for any appellate matter I may have in the future.

Roman Martinez is an outstanding and effective writer and oral advocate.

Roman Martinez does a terrific job of listening to the concerns and issues we bring forward, and providing feedback and guidance. He has a great vision for building on cases. Roman and his team demonstrated excellent communication skills throughout the case. The written product was always first-rate.

Rick Bress is not only an excellent oral advocate, but also a very effective and efficient case manager.  He is also highly responsive to client questions.

Rick Bress, Michael Bern, and Melissa Sherry are all truly outstanding advocates. Their insights, thoroughness, and strategic thinking are consistently excellent. Their work product is routinely flawless and always superb.

Key clients

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

American Beverage Association

Dow Chemical Company

Ferrellgas Partners

Walmart

Endo International

Huntington Ingalls

Merck

Amgen

Eli Lilly

Imerys Talc America

Navistar

Eaton Corporation

Avangrid

Practice head(s):

Ian Gershengorn; Jessica Ring Amunson; Michael Brody; Matthew Hellman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Jenner & Block’s lawyers are exceptionally knowledgeable about the courts’ practice around the country. They are outstanding in preparation of their briefing, and strategic about the arguments they make. They work collaboratively with others outside their firm, welcoming input from others and accepting constructive comments. The team is highly successful and achieves results.

Only a few legal teams have the subject matter expertise that Jenner & Block has. In addition, they are nimble, creative, and responsive lawyers who get things done, which makes them a valuable and trusted partner to our business.

I have worked with Jessica Amunson on several matters and Matthew Hellman on a matter of great importance. Both are extremely knowledgeable, exceptionally good writers, thoughtful strategists, and equally strong oral advocates.

Key clients

Cougar Den

FanDuel

Cayuga Nation

Equus Total Return

Phillip Morris Global

Exelon Corporation

Olin Corporation

Charter Communications

Hertz Global Holdings

Microsoft

Princeton University

Knight First Amendment Institute

Coherus Biosciences

SoundExchange

General Dynamics

Recording Industry of America

McKesson

Cohen Milstein

CRST Expedited

Cayuga Nation

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 1

'Litigation partners begin advising on key litigation risks at the outset of a transaction and remain key stakeholders throughout', remarks client of Latham & Watkins LLP. The firm handles all types of litigation arising from M&A transactions and related corporate governance issues, and its lawyers are well-versed in Delaware law, having built a track record of victories in the Delaware Court of Chancery, in the Delaware Supreme Court, in federal court, and in multi-forum litigation. Its work encompasses appraisal actions, hostile tender offers, busted deal cases, post-closing disputes, material adverse change litigation, proxy contests and much more on behalf of large corporate clients. M&A litigators are present in 11 of the firm's US offices, including a strong presence on the West Coast. Michele Johnson in Orange County, who is 'in a class of her own', and Blair Connelly in New York lead the M&A litigation subgroup of the firm's securities litigation and professional liability practice. Counsel Kristin Murphy in Orange County is a rising star.

Practice head(s):

Michele Johnson; Blair Connelly

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The litigation team is closely connected with the M&A team. Litigation partners begin advising on key litigation risks at the outset of a transaction and remain key stakeholders throughout. Once litigation is filed, the record is clear and the team is prepared. There are no fire drills.

Michele Johnson is in a class of her own. Her subject matter expertise is second to none, but she is also a genuinely kind human. It is always a pleasure to work with her.

Kristin Murphy is an up-and-coming rockstar. She possesses many of the same traits as Michele Johnson, not the least of which is her intellect and ability to provide technical advice in an easy to comprehend manner.

Key clients

Dell Technologies

ArcLight Capital LLC

Leonard Green

ExamWorks Inc.

IXYS Corporation

DXC Technology

Endo Pharmaceuticals

Eaton Corporation

Larry Ellison and Safra Catz

Allergen

Ignyta, Inc.

Amneal Pharmaceuticals

Alliance Healthcare Services

The Parking REIT

Oncternal Therapeutics

Ernst & Young LLP

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 1

The securities litigation and professional liability practice at Latham & Watkins LLP 'has a great mix of subject matter experts and trial attorneys'. The firm has represented clients as defendants in more federal securities class actions than any other law firm and its has more trial experience in securities cases than most firms in the market. Its recent victory for Puma Biotechnology was the first securities class action in ten years to reach a successful trial verdict for a defendant. The firm largely acts for corporate issuers including multinationals in key industries such as technology and pharmaceuticals, though it also has a strong underwriter practice. 'Having a deep bench to draw upon anywhere in the country is a big plus', remarks one client. The practice is led by Jeff Hammel in New York, Andrew Clubok in Washington DC and Matthew Rawlinson in Silicon Valley. Up-and-coming partners Colleen Smith in San Diego, who excels in matters in the life sciences sector, and Jason Hegt in New York, who focuses on securities and class action litigation as well as  corporate governance matters, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Hammel; Matthew Rawlinson; Andrew Clubok

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The firm is extremely responsive and has the bandwidth to give you very comprehensive support and guidance.  It is clearly respected by counsel and judges.

The practice, including Morgan Whitworth, is exceedingly professional and able to speak effectively to leaders and employees at all levels of the organization. It is rare to find a firm with this much intellectual and legal firepower which also approaches ordinary folks with humility and respect for their work.

The firm is very responsive, providing excellent communication and high-quality work product. I particularly appreciate the team approach and the fact that all team members are strong contributors.

Partner Colleen Smith and counsel Kristin Murphy do an exceptional job of communicating and their responses to my questions, which are always timely and understandable.

The practice has a great mix of subject matter experts and trial attorneys who help position our matters for favorable resolutions. Having a deep bench to draw upon anywhere in the country is a big plus. A positive reception to constructive feedback and working efficiently are two other standout qualities.

Personable attorneys who are straight shooters like Andy Clubok and Colleen Smith make this group stand out. And the firm has experienced litigators who not only know the law but also their local bench well are great qualities. Elizabeth Deeley also stands out in that regard.

Key clients

Facebook, Inc.

Puma Biotechnology

Lyft, Inc.

Apple Inc.

General Electric

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.

UBS Securities

Goldman Sachs

Citibank

Stifel Bank

FarFetch Limited

Booz Allen Hamilton

Philip Morris International, Inc.

Endo International plc

Nevro Corporation

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Barclays Capital, Inc.

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, Inc.

RBC Capital Markets LLC

UBS Securities LLC

KeyBanc Capital Markets, Inc.

William Blair & Company, LLC

Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

Samuel A. Ramirez & Company, Inc.

Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., LLC

Williams Capital Group, L.P

Eaton

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD)

Ferrellgas Partners, L.P.

Walmart Inc.

Daimler AG

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Satisfied clients of Latham & Watkins LLP’s dominant capital markets group assert it provides ‘best-in-class advice’. Equally adept on the issuer and underwriter side of deals, the comprehensive practice secures strong praise for its deep bench and extensive industry knowledge, with its expertise across a broad mix of industry sectors a significant plus point. Sources also highlight its ability to remain at ‘the forefront of technology’, with its recent experience of the novel direct-listing structure distinguishing it as one of a small band of elite firms in this area. Global corporate chair Marc Jaffe is widely recognized as a ‘go-to expert’ for capital markets and represents issuers, investment banks and investors on private and public equity offerings. Global capital markets chair Ian Schuman is another prominent name and brings to bear an impressive track record in complex equity transactions. Gregory Rodgers had a banner year, which included acting alongside Benjamin Cohen to advise Slack on its landmark direct listing. Nathan Ajiashvili is a very talented lawyer’ and is particularly active in the life sciences sphere. Boston-based Peter Handrinos is also noted for his strong experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical devices’ areas. Named partners are based in New York, unless otherwise stated

Practice head(s):

Ian Schuman

Other key lawyers:

Nathan Ajiashvili; Cathy Birkeland; Senet Bischoff; Benjamin Cohen; Peter Handrinos; Marc Jaffe; Gregory Rodgers; Benjamin Stern

Testimonials

Latham, across the board, is as top notch of a firm as you can find.

A very deep bench with partners who really understand the market and provide concise, best-in-class advice.’

At the forefront of technology — they helped develop the direct-listing product and are always willing to think outside the box.’

We value their responsiveness, market judgement and ability to differentiate and understand the most innovative and market-leading structures, particularly Michael Benjamin and Ian Schuman.’

Marc Jaffe is an institution! He is a go-to expert in the capital markets space.’

Nathan Ajiashvili from Latham & Watkins is also a very talented lawyer with great content and phenomenal communication and people skills.

Key clients

SciPlay Corporation

Gossamer Bio, Inc.

Bandwidth

Precision BioSciences, Inc.

Broadcom Corporation

Precision Biosciences

BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.

Parsons Corporation

J.P. Morgan

Goldman Sachs

Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

Among the most consistent performers in capital markets transactions globally, Latham & Watkins LLP is a first port of call for both issuers and underwriters in high-profile deals. The well-rounded practice excels across the full spread of transactions, from advising start-ups on IPOs, through to representing major underwriters on multibillion-dollar bond deals. The New York-based team is active throughout the globe and it also benefits from its ability to plug into the firm’s generous international network, which takes in platforms throughout Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The department fields a ‘deep bench’ of lawyers, who secure praise for their ability to combine ‘highly technical knowledge with a commercial approach’. In particular, global capital markets chair Ian Schuman is highlighted for his ‘agile thinking’; he frequently represents issuers and underwriters in global debt and equity offerings. High-profile specialist Marc Jaffe chairs the firm’s corporate department globally and is highly regarded for his track record in precedent-setting corporate finance transactions. Nathan Ajiashvili is also a regular fixture on cross-border offerings, with a strong recent run of deals in the life sciences and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ian Schuman

Testimonials

Deep bench, deep knowledge base and global offering.

Combines highly technical knowledge with a commercial approach and problem-solving attitude.

Good relationship with other firms and very sensible.’

Ian Schuman demonstrates agile thinking applied direct to the company, with the ability to horizon scan years ahead for impact.’

London-based Joshua Kiernan protects against the downsides, even when nobody wants to think about the downsides.’

Key clients

Fiverr International Limited

HeadHunter

J.P. Morgan

Sol-Gel Technologies

Merus

Goldman Sachs

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield

Latham & Watkins LLP’s dominant high-yield debt practice is distinguished by its strong activity for both issuers and underwriters in high-end offerings. The well-balanced team is best known for its experience in complex, event-driven deals, such as its recent advice to the lead arrangers on Panther BF Aggregator 2 LP’s $10bn financing, which was used to support Brookfield Business Partners and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec’s $13.2bn acquisition of the power solutions business of Johnson Controls — one of the largest private equity deals of the year. Marc Jaffe chairs the firm’s corporate practice globally and is recognized for his track record in complex, multifaceted high-yield debt transactions. Global capital markets head Ian Schuman is also widely acknowledged as a market leader and routinely represents issuers and underwriters in US and cross-border high-yield matters. In Washington DC, private equity specialist Patrick Shannon is also recommended for his robust high-yield debt practice. The group further draws on the senior expertise of Senet Bischoff, Washington DC-based Rachel Sheridan and Keith Halverstam. Stelios Saffos is an increasingly prominent up-and-coming partner. Named partners are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Ian Schuman

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

J.P. Morgan

Goldman Sachs

Archrock, Inc.

Jefferies

Scientific Games

Morgan Stanley

Platinum Equity

Golden Entertainment

CommScope, Inc.

Finance > Commercial lending

Latham & Watkins LLP is one of the few firms that can successfully balance out a top tier lender-led practice with a top tier borrower one. Beneath both banners the expansive practice covers every corner of the market. The private equity sponsor side is led out of Washington DC by Manu Gayatrinath, with support from fellow DC-based vice chairs Jason Licht and Joshua Tinkelman. This side of the practice benefits from strong relationships with funds such as The Carlyle Group. The corporate borrower work is spread throughout the firm's extensive US network of offices. The lender side, which represents financial institutions and direct lenders, boasts an array of talent including banking chairs Daniel Seale in New York and Los Angeles-based Greg Robins. Other key individuals include New York managing partner Michele Penzer and the highly rated Alfred Xue. The expanding team also promoted several new partners in New York, Washington DC, Houston, and Los Angeles. The recruitment of Trevor Wommack in Houston from Vinson & Elkins LLP added to the firm's financing expertise in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Seale; Greg Robins; Manu Gayatrinath

Key clients

JP Morgan

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

Barclays

Morgan Stanley

Bank of America

Citibank

Royal Bank of Canada

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Ares Capital Management

Golub Capital Markets

Jefferies

Antares

The Carlyle Group

Leonard Green & Partners

UGI Energy Services

Eldorado Resorts

GTCR

Advanced Micro Devices

Onex

One Equity Partners

Platinum Equity

Weatherford International

Finance > Project finance

Few dispute Latham & Watkins LLP's position as one of the premier firms in the US for project finance, where it leads the market for lender and sponsor-side representations. The nature of the work is also spread across a range of project types, including renewables, oil and gas, and transport and infrastructure PPPs, both at home and abroad. Lawyers are also highly experienced in novel structures including tax equity financings. The highly versatile Jeffrey Greenberg leads the team from the firm's Los Angeles office. He is backed up by a strong cadre of lawyers including, in New York, oil and gas expert Jonathan Rod, Matthew HenegarWarren Lilien (who regularly handles power and PPP projects), and Veronica Relea who is well versed in energy projects and has a strong focus on Latin America. Omar Nazif in San Diego is also recommended. New York associate Kelly Cataldo is developing a good name.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Greenberg

Testimonials

‘Latham has a very strong bench in project finance. They are one of our top firms. One of the keys for us is having project professionals who are also fluent in capital markets transactions and Latham has that’

‘Jonathan Rod has been one of my go-to project lawyers for the better part of the last 15 years. He is commercial and doesn’t fight for points that don’t matter, that makes the experience a lot smoother’

Key clients

ArcLight Capital

The Carlyle Group

Cheniere Energy Partners

DE Shaw Renewable Investments

Energy Capital Partners

LS Power

Panda Power Funds

Venture Global LNG

Vistra Energy

Vivint Solar

AMP Capital

BNP Paribas

Citibank

Credit Agricole

Goldman Sachs

Jefferies

Morgan Stanley

MUFG Union Bank

Orion Energy Partners

SMBC

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP's financial restructuring team has reached top market recognition on the basis of a solid lending practice, an increased involvement on the debtor side, and standout individuals. George Davis leads the group from New York. He joined from O'Melveny & Myers LLP in 2018, and his impressive track record includes significant cases such as Weatherford's Chapter 11. Jeff Bjork and Richard Levy are his vice-chairs - sitting in the Los Angeles and Chicago offices respectively - showcasing a cumulative, cross-industry experience in large reorganizations, insolvencies, and out-of-court restructurings. A series of partner-promotions in 2019 has further strengthened the practice. Caroline Reckler is noted as 'outstanding'. Andrew Parlen left for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in June 2020.

Practice head(s):

George Davis

Testimonials

‘The Latham team is comprised of diverse and experienced professionals having an extensive background in the private equity space. They are able to remain sharp under the pressure of rough and tumble negotiations leading up to the filing’

‘The Latham team communicates very well, understands and recommends the right strategic approach, all the while remaining focused on the immediate tactical needs. Senior partner George Davis provides excellent guidance, and partner Caroline Reckler is outstanding in working cases day to day’

Key clients

Hexion

Weatherford International

Imerys Talc America

Monitronics

American Energy – Permian Basin (f/k/a Sable Permian Resources Land)

Savers

Alta Mesa Resources

Emerge Energy Services

Highbridge Capital Management

Simon Property Group

Ad Hoc Group of Holders of Pass Through Trust Certificates

Lenders, bondholder groups and other interested parties in connection with the PG&E bankruptcy

Autonomy Capital

PSEG Energy Holdings

Citibank, NA

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 1

Headed by Los Angeles-based partner Jeffrey Greenberg , under the umbrella of the firm's global project development and finance group, Latham & Watkins LLP is 'at the cutting-edge of transactions' for developers, sponsors, funds and lenders across the spectrum of renewable energy matters. The team is particularly accomplished at structuring financing transactions in the sector, where it is able to leverage strong institutional ties with some of the leading commercial banks in the space, including Citibank, which it advised in connection with KKR’s convertible equity investment in a NextEra Partners portfolio of solar and wind energy projects. 'Truly best in class', New York-based partner Eli Katz was also involved in the aforementioned deal and is particularly strong at ensuring deals are structured in such a way as to maximize tax subsidies. Also based in New York, Matthew Henegar is a key member of the team and provides 'unmatched legal structuring and transaction management' to banks, developers and private equity funds on renewable financings, including ones featuring highly complex intercreditor arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Greenberg

Testimonials

The team is at the cutting-edge of transactions and checks all boxes from an in-house counsel perspective.

The team has the sophistication and legal chops necessary to properly advise on complicated transactions.

The lawyers are always available and have unmatched responsiveness to client demands – no email goes unanswered for more than one hour.

Eli Katz is in a small community of sophisticated tax attorneys and is truly best in class.

Matthew Henegar has unmatched legal structuring and transaction management skills.

Key clients

Energy Capital Partners

Sempra Energy

Citibank

Vivint Solar, Inc.

Ares Energy Investors

Foard City Holdings

DTE Energy

Santander Bank

Morgan Stanley Bank

Bayerische Landesbank

KeyBank National Association

MUFG Union Bank

Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 1

The 'excellent' team at Latham & Watkins LLP advises clients across the spectrum of power mandates, from M&A transactions and joint ventures, through to advice on development projects and development finance-related matters. The firm has particularly strong coverage out of New York on the corporate front and handles a slew of instructions for both strategic investors and private equity sponsors on M&A mandates in the power space, typically at a later stage in the value chain. David Kurzweil is global co-chair of the power group and combines expert industry knowledge with corporate structuring prowess. Kurzweil is frequently at the forefront of the most significant power M&A mandates handled by the team, including his work for Vistra Energy on its $475m acquisition of Ambit Energy. Washington DC-based partner David Schwartz  co-heads the global power offering alongside Kurzweil and is able to parlay his strong regulatory knowledge within the power sector to provide a 'very comprehensive offering' to electric generation-related clients, including as it relates to work on complex event-driven corporate transactions, the negotiation and drafting of commercial agreements and representation on standalone regulatory matters. New York-based partner Paul Kukish regularly handles power-related M&A as part of his broad-ranging private equity practice, and is another key member of the team that also includes Los Angeles-based partner Jeffrey Greenberg, who regularly handles project finance and M&A-related power mandates.

Practice head(s):

David Kurzweil; David Schwartz

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Greenberg; Edward Sonnenschein; Paul Kukish; David Owen; Jonathan Rod

Testimonials

The team is excellent and delivers flawless transaction execution.

David Schwartz provides a very comprehensive offering.

Jonathan Rod ensures that transactions run smoothly.

Key clients

Energy Capital Partners

Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.

D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments

ContourGlobal Power Holdings S.A.

Ares Management Limited

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

ArcLight Capital Partners LLC

Mizuho Securities USA LLC

LS Power, LLC

Innergex Renewable Energy, Inc.

Vivint Solar, Inc.

Platinum Equity, LLC

Sempra Energy

Vistra Energy Corp.

Avenue Capital Group

MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

General Electric (GE) Capital Corporation

DTE Energy

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 1

Co-headed by Ryan Maierson and Christopher Cross from Houston and New York, respectively, Latham & Watkins LLP has 'a wealth of experience' in the sector on behalf of corporates, funds, government institutions and lenders across the waterfront of M&A mandates, joint ventures and capital markets work. Praised for its ability to provide 'extremely practical solutions', the team is particularly active in relation to upstream and midstream work, with Maierson recently advising Citizen Energy Operating on its $1bn acquisition of oil and natural gas exploration and production company, Roan Resources. Houston-based partner Stephen Szalkowski continues to gain plaudits in the market for his 'commercially astute advice' on acquisitions, joint ventures, and private equity investments in the upstream (exploration and production) and midstream sectors of the oil and gas industry. 'Superb' Houston-based partner Robin Fredrickson 'is very experienced in oil and gas transactions' and provides a 'first-class service' for strategic investors and private equity firms engaged in acquisitions and divestitures of upstream and midstream energy assets. In addition to advice on purely domestic work, the team also often works alongside practitioners from across the firm's vast international network on cross-border matters. Justin Stolte joined from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Cross; Ryan Maierson

Other key lawyers:

Michael King; Stephen Szalkowski; Robbin Fredrickson

Testimonials

The team has a wealth of experience and provides extremely practical solutions.

The firm has a very deep and experienced team covering oil and gas transactions.

The response time is unparalleled and they have always been able to deliver advice and turn around agreement drafts in a timely manner.

When necessary, they are able to present advice that the business does not want to hear in a way that helps them understand the issues at hand.

The superb Robin Fredrickson is very experienced in oil and gas transactions. What really sets her apart is that she knows the issues clients face in these transactions and is able to help clients work through thorny issues that always seem to come up.

Stephen Szalkowski provides commercially astute advice.

Stephen Szalkowski strikes the perfect balance between potential liability protection and commercial reasonableness / risk adjusted assessments.

Stephen Szalkowski exhibited great technical knowledge and was extremely user friendly.

Key clients

QEP Resources, Inc.

Hess Corporation

Energy Transfer LP

Midstates Petroleum Company

IPSCO Tubulars Inc.

Credit Suisse USA

Phillips 66

EQM Midstream Partners

Southwestern Energy

Enagás S.A.

TransMontaigne Partners

Archrock, Inc.

UGI Corporation

WhiteWater Midstream

Citizen Energy Operating

Hess Midstream Partners

Technip FMC

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP boasts sizeable cross-office teams made up of seasoned practitioners with expertise in air and water quality disputes, toxic tort claims, climate change litigation, and insurance disputes. The environment, land and resources group is jointly led by Janice Schneider and James Arnone, based in Washington DC and Los Angeles, respectively. Mary Rose Alexander chairs the global environmental litigation practice from the Chicago office; she has decades of experience defending clients in the multi-state class action lawsuits and other environmental matters. Also in Chicago, Robin Hulshizer is rated for her track record in toxic tort, mobile emissions and Superfund litigation. The San Diego team is overseen by Robert Howard, who has strengths both in criminal and civil claims. Also recommended are New York-based Gary Gengel and Kegan Brown, both of whom have experience of toxic tort and natural resources damage claims, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

James Arnone; Janice Schneider

Testimonials

‘Lawyers are extremely efficient, exceptionally knowledgeable and bright and great to work with.’

‘Kelly Richardson is the principal partner. He possesses excellent technical and legal skills. He writes well, is articulate and has a great personality which enables him to get along with environmental regulators and others well. I cannot say enough good things about him.

‘Ben Gibson possesses a lot of Kelly’s qualities and is an extremely hard-working. Jeff Carlin is a senior counsel who could charm a snake and is a very sound lawyer.’

Key clients

Dow Chemical Chevron Corporation

Navistar

Monsanto

Owens-Illinois

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems

Dan Ustian (former CEO of Navistar International Corp.)

FivePoint Holdings / Newhall Land & Farming Company

Arizona Public Service Company

Bloom Energy

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems

Montrose Chemical

California American Water Company

Southern California Edison

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP fields an experienced cross-discipline environmental team that excels in acting for clients before federal and state agencies in major regulatory and rulemaking procedures. The team, which includes former senior US government officials, has a breadth of expertise across areas such as air quality, climate change, energy and natural resources projects, as well as enforcement actions. The practice group is jointly led by James Arnone in Los Angeles, and Washington DC-based Janice Schneider, who boasts over 30 years of experience in environmental law. Other key figures in the DC office include Tommy Beaudreau, a name to note for crisis management issues, and Stacey VanBelleghem, who has particular expertise in climate change and air quality matters. Also in DC, Devin O’Connor regularly advises on federal regulatory permitting and compliance issues. A contact in the New York office is Gary Gengel, who advises on regulatory and remediation issues, and is most active in the chemicals, food manufacturing and automotive sectors. Kegan Brown is also recommended in New York.

Practice head(s):

James Arnone; Janice Schneider

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Breadth of substantive expertise; understanding of regulatory and political process.’

‘The Latham & Watkins Environmental practice is well versed in current legal and regulatory matters and precedent, well-connected with experts in the field, and always concerned with the best interest of their client.’

‘Latham plays well with others, developing overarching strategies while allowing local firms to execute the plan.  This provides an efficient use of resources.’

‘Devin is a powerhouse – she is smart and savvy on the legal questions/strategy and unbeatable on consensus-building and pushing a complex group forward.’

‘Gary Gengel and Kegan Brown always place their clients’ interests primary above all else.  Unlike some other firms, their interest is generating a positive outcome for their client rather than a focus on generating big fees for their firm. Gary and Kegan are well-connected, phenomenal negotiators and highly respected among their clients, peers and adversaries.’ 

‘Kegan Brown and Gary Gengel have been tremendous resources. Their level of understanding and ability to develop successful strategies are unparalleled.’

Key clients

American Airlines Group

Arizona Public Service Company

FivePoint Holdings / Newhall Land & Farming Company

China International Business Dialogue on Environmental Governance

Kindle Energy

Covanta Essex Corporation

Toyota Motor Sales USA

General Electric Company

PPG Industries

Western States Petroleum Association and Regulatory Flexibility Group

Southern California Edison

Sequa Corporation

Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP's environment, land and natural resources team is adept at assisting global financial institutions, private equity firms, and leading corporates in high-profile transactions with significant environmental law components. Jointly headed by James Arnone in Los Angeles and Janice Schneider in Washington DC, the national practice group combines wide-ranging expertise in corporate and financing transactions, with sector specializations in areas such as energy, chemicals and manufacturing, among others. Another contact in DC is James Barrett, who has experience of environmental matters relating to project finance and private equity transactions. In Houston, Joel Mack is a contact for environmental law support on capital markets, M&A and finance deals, while New York-based Jean-Philippe Brisson (global co-chair of the environmental regulations and transactions practice) is a go-to advisor for green finance transactions and climate change matters. The team also has strengths in carbon markets, cleantech monetization and renewable and low-carbon technologies, areas in which Joshua Bledsoe in Orange County is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

James Arnone; Janice Schneider

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

Nouryon

Platinum Equity

Bain Capital

Palladin Consumer Retail Partners

SK Capital Partners

Novolex Holdings

Multi-Color Corporation

Wheelabrator Technologies

Energy Transfer Partners

Equitrans Midstream Corporation

CNX Midstream Partners

Credit Suisse Securities (USA)

CNX Resources Corporation

Centennial Resource Production

Kayne Anderson Acquisition Corp.

Energy Transfer Equity

IPSCO Tubulars

QEP Resources

ArcLight Capital Partners

WhiteWater Midstream

One Rock Capital Partners

Blue Road Capital

Leonard Green & Partners

Barclays

Jefferies Finance

Inlandsis Fund

Peak Carbon

Occidental Petroleum

Credit Suisse

SK Capital

Onex

Riverstone

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 1

With the Washington DC-based Bert Reiser at the helm, Latham & Watkins LLP has built one of the most powerful ITC teams in the market. The practice is very well versed in taking over high-stakes complex cases from other firms, securing successful outcomes for clients who had previously struggled to obtain the desired result. Clients also benefit from the team's demonstrated strength in proceedings before US Customs and Border Protection, including proceedings under the new inter partes arrangements, introduced in 2017/2018. The ITC core team features Jamie Underwood and Kevin Wheeler, both, like Reiser himself, based in the Washington DC office. The San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Boston offices are other important hubs for the ITC practice.

Practice head(s):

Bert Reiser

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Underwood; Kevin Wheeler; Ron Shulman; Maximilian Grant; Julie Madeleine Holloway; Clement Naples

Testimonials

They are very professional and energetic.

Exceptional knowledge combined with pragmatic advice to achieve desired business outcomes.

Preeminent intellectual property litigators with superior ITC experience. Latham offers broad and deep litigation expertise and provides the responsiveness, business acumen, industry knowledge and zealous advocacy expected by a demanding and legally sophisticated client. Staffing is always fit-to-order: Latham is cost-conscious and staffing is appropriate to each matter, but Latham also has the right people available to staff up a matter whenever required. Latham’s lawyers are outstanding at every level, from senior partners to young associates. We place a great deal of value on Latham’s work, both from a legal and business perspective, and we feel that we get excellent value for our money.

Max Grant is at the top of his field – he is one of the best IP litigators in the United States. A former Navy Seal, Max is tough and tenacious. But he is also smart, savvy and practical. Max adeptly orchestrates all of the assets on the battlefield, but he is always focused on the big picture—winning the war. He has a winning style that is a formidable blend of fearsomeness and respect.

Bert Reiser: The pre-eminent International Trade Commission litigator in the country. He served as an attorney-advisor to an ITC ALJ and is thus exceptionally familiar with the ITC’s people and processes. Now a highly regarded ITC litigator whose has been in private practice for years, Bert is an expert in litigating Section 337 patent cases in the ITC. Bert handles nuanced and arcane ITC issues with ease, and his considered and pragmatic approach is especially effective in a highly specialized forum like the ITC. Bert is a superstar.

Julie Holloway: Smart, aggressive and talented, Julie is a top tier patent litigator. Superior technical abilities combined with skilled advocacy and cross-examination skills make Julie a must-have member of any patent litigation team.

A fiercely talented patent litigator, Ron Shuhlman cuts to the chase and focuses on what matters, which is effective for both judges and clients. Ron has terrific judgment, and he provides real advice: well-considered and decisive.

Kevin Wheeler is a unique talent.

Mr. Max Grant and Mr. Kevin Wheeler are very positive and own good trial skill and patent analysis. They were also the most talented trial lawyers in the courtroom.

Key clients

Honda Motor Company No

Xperi

Comcast

Nautilus Hyosung

Velodyne

LEDVANCE LLC, LEDVANCE GMBH, MLS LTD

LG Chem

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 1

The extensive bench of experts at Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘tremendous’ employee benefits and executive compensation practice enjoys a healthy workflow of high-value M&A mandates for private equity clients and public companies in disparate sectors such as human spaceflight, telecoms, autotech, oil and gas, and biosciences. Equally diverse is the team’s jurisdictional presence; James Metz and Ashley Wagner leverage their Silicone Valley location to advise on equity compensation arrangements for unicorn companies; Laurence Seymour leads on deal work in Los Angeles; Bradd Williamson’s New York office routinely advises issuers and underwriters on the benefits plan issues of high-value IPOs; David Della Rocca is the go-to contact in Washington DC; and New York-based Austin Ozawa is a preferred name for complex tax issues. As a Title 1 expert, Ozawa is cited as ‘very smart and hardworking’, and frequently advises financial institutions or other asset managers on ERISA-compliant investment strategy.

Practice head(s):

Bradd Williamson; David Della Rocca

Testimonials

Tremendous.

Austin Ozawa is a very smart and hardworking Title 1 expert.

Key clients

Hyundai Motor Group

T-Mobile US, Inc.

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Virgin Galactic

Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.

The Carlyle Group

Mellanox Technologies, Ltd.

Bridgepoint Advisers Limited

UGI Corporation; UGI Energy Services, LLC

Leonard Green & Partners

Onex Corporation

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR)

Arch Coal

Spotify Technology S.A

Morgan Stanley

Precision BioSciences

Parsons Corporation

Hyatt Hotels

Integrated Device Technology, Inc.

Harry’s, Inc.

Vista Global Holding Limited

Alliance Data Systems Corporation

Hortonworks, Inc.

DXC Technology Company

M&A/corporate and commercial > Commercial deals and contracts Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP's practice is adept at assisting mobile app and media and entertainment sector clients with prominent distribution agreements and joint ventures, and has also been kept busy advising clients in the fintech and automotive space on licensing agreements and technology transfers. Ghaith Mahmood in Los Angeles led the advice to Nestlé on negotiating a licensing agreement with Disney for the use of the Frozen II and Toy Story 4 brands on ice cream products. Other key individuals are Boston-based Sarah Gagan and Gail Crawford in the firm's London office, who have taken over leadership of the practice from Anthony Klein, who is based in Silicon Valley. Jeremiah Wolsk in Washington DC has extensive experience in advising clients from the financial services, telecoms and life sciences sectors on commercial transactions.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Gagan; Gail Crawford

Key clients

Starbucks

Nestlé

Nissan

Lyft

Barclays

Honey Science Corporation

Nike

Jabil

Sirius XM

DigiCert

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP has an experienced team, with lawyers skilled in varying transactions, including standard acquisitions, carveouts, and strategic investments. Clients include major players such as Carlyle Group, Ares, Onex, and CVC Capital Partners, with a steady flow of mandates from the firm's long-standing clients. The global private equity practice is headed by Washington DC-based Paul Sheridan, alongside vice chairs Kem Ihenacho and  Andrea Schwartzman in London and New York respectively. This global platform allows teams to be quickly formed across multiple jurisdictions in order to handle cross-border deals of significant size. Standout highlights include advising the Carlyle Group on its acquisition of StandardAero, and representing Onex in the merger of portfolio company Clarivate with Churchill Capital Corp executed via a SPAC. Other contacts in the team include Daniel Lennon and Howard Sobel, who was recently involved in Leonard Green and Ares' acquisition of Press Ganey Associates. Also of note, the team was strengthened by a combination of lateral hires and internal promotions. Alexander Johnson joined the New York office from Hogan Lovells US LLP, and Justin Hamill joined from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLPLauren AndersonEyal OrgadDavid Owen, and Amy Rigdon were all promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Paul Sheridan; Kem Ihenacho; Andrea Schwartzman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Having worked with and been across the table from many of New York’s finest firms, I can say without reservation that Latham is second to none. They are fully immersed in the market with broad and deep expertise across all practice areas relevant to our needs – primarily private and public M&A and general corporate work. They have been a phenomenal resource to our team, and to me in particular, through a number of companies and countless transactions over the past 20 years. They are priced comparatively to similar Tier 1 major market firms and they provide full transparency and greatly appreciated flexibility when required (e.g. discounts for broken deals, relaxation of payment terms, etc.). I have the very highest regard for the firm.

David Allinson is the primary attorney I work with at Latham. David is without question one of the finest corporate attorneys I have ever worked with. He is extremely knowledgeable of all facets of M&A, with a particular focus on Private Equity led transactions, has broad experience with other relevant areas and is experienced and insightful. He is a pleasure to work with, is very responsive and internalizes our issues, considerations and objectives as though they were his own. He is also very well respected at Latham enabling him to regularly source the most capable specialists (IP, Tax, Litigation, etc.) as required to service our needs. He has the full trust and confidence of me and my colleagues – which makes him an extremely rare and valuable commodity. Other Latham attorneys I regularly work with are: Thomas Malone – excellent M&A attorney with a large, effective presence. Intelligent, capable, tenacious and loyal. He always has our best interests at heart and is extraordinarily diligent in pursuing them. Jeffrey Tochner – knowledgeable, experienced and excellent IP lawyer. Has worked on the great majority of our transactions and consistently proves himself to be a huge asset. Lisa Watts – Tax partner. Lisa is one of the most intelligent attorneys I have come across with an encyclopaedic knowledge of tax law and a unique ability to express complex issues and structures in digestible terms. She is an invaluable resource in working through and suggesting solutions for often complicated, problematic tax and structural issues. Alex Kelly (Croswell) – Incredibly committed, hard-working and terrific M&A attorney who is an absolute pleasure to work with.

Strong and experienced M&A team who understand how to get the right deal done.

Pragmatic and solution-oriented without compromising on the critical points of a deal.

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

Leonard Green & Partners

Ares Capital Management Corporation

Onex Partners and Clarivate Analytics (US)

Enagás

Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division

Platinum Equity

Wesco Aircraft

Spectrum Equity Investors

SK Capital Partners

Cinven Partners

Accudyne Industries

BC Partners

IFM Investment Partners

Bridgepoint Advisers

Capitol Investment Corp. IV

GTCR

Odyssey Investment Partners

One Rock Capital Partners

CVC Capital Partners

M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP has 'significant and very relevant experience' advising company boards on their response to activist shareholders. Throughout 2019, the team acted for clients against campaigns from investors including Elliott Management, Starboard Value, and Carl Icahn. Key figures in the Chicago office include the 'very practical' Mark Gerstein and Bradley Faris, who maintains a broad M&A practice. Also recommended in Chicago is senior attorney Tiffany Campion. Looking elsewhere, Charles Ruck in Orange County handles a range of transactional and advisory matters, including hostile takeovers, securities transactions, and strategic corporate governance matters, while Ryan Maierson in Houston leads the firm's pubic company representation practice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Gerstein; Charles Ruck; Ryan Maierson; Brad Faris

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Significant, very relevant experience in this area and deep bench strength with such experience.’

‘Jim Beaubien and Mark Gerstein are both very practical, to the point and knowledgeable in this practice area. They do not talk just to talk. They do not generalize or overly theorize, but get right to the options and advise.’

‘Exceptional knowledge and pragmatic legal advice. Great communicators and comfortable in a boardroom setting.’

Key clients

Zagg

Farmer Bros.

Galaxy Gaming

Iteris

Immersion Corporation

Callaway Golf Company

SeaWorld Entertainment

A.O. Smith Corporation

Flotek Industries

Nevro Corporation

Alphatec Holdings

Cerner Corporation

Caesars Entertainment Corp.

QEP Resources

Cars.com

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP fields a multidisciplinary team — which includes commercial and technology, intellectual property, regulatory and emerging companies experts — to advise its impressive client roster which ranges from established financial institutions to start-ups. The practice, which includes commercial, intellectual property, regulatory and emerging companies experts, is led by the 'incredibly knowledgeable and reliableTodd Beauchamp, who 'really understands payments and has a deep knowledge of not only the law but the business practices of the industry'. Names to note in the New York office include Stephen Wink, who attracts praise for his 'broad experience advising on regulatory issues as they relate to the blockchain industry'; head of the US derivatives regulatory practice Yvette Valdez; and emerging companies specialist David Concannon. Mitchell Rabinowitz and Jenny Cieplak joined the team from Crowell & Moring LLP, strengthening the firm's transactional fintech expertise; Rabinowitz advises on structures of and regulatory considerations for M&A, outsourcings, joint ventures and strategic alliances, while Cieplak advises on issues ranging from corporate transactions and intellectual property to regulatory issues. Vivian Maese left the team for Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in January 2019. All individuals named are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Todd Beauchamp

Testimonials

I work with Todd Beauchamp quite a bit. He is an excellent lawyer. Very conscientious. Extremely knowledgable and wants to help my company and me succeed. I have been impressed by his work ethic and the quality of his work. I plan to continue working with him.

Latham & Watkins’ fintech team is incredibly knowledgeable and reliable, and they serve as a trusted advisor on cutting edge technology-related legal work including blockchain and smart contracts.

Todd really understands payments and has a deep knowledge of not only the law but the business practices of the industry. He has been a great partner for me and the company.

Stephen Wink has in-depth knowledge and broad experience advising on regulatory issues as they relate to the Blockchain industry. He is also very reliable and great to work with.

Key clients

Acorns Grow

Agoda

Airswap

Andris

Bond.One

ConsenSys

CrossLend

CVC Capital Partners

DemystData

DNS Cap

DrumG

Energy Web Foundation

ErisX / Eris Clearing

eToro Group

FBG Capital

FXSpotStream

Funding Circle Holding

Intelligent Cross

LG Pay

Lianlian Pay

Linden Lab

Lonestar Investments

Nanopay Corporation

NetSpend Corporation

OkCoin

OSL

RealBlocks

Retirement Clearinghouse

R3

SJMX

SynSwap

TNF Capital

Total System Services (TSYS) (now Global Payments following Sept. 2019 merger)

Trumid

Valis Capital

Vesper

Zanbato

Zingeroo

Zopa

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP combines a strong track record in sector-specific transactions, such as film financing, co-production deals, talent deals, and IP licensing, with corporate and finance practices which receive frequent instructions in the media sector, including a notable uptick in joint venture work recently. On the corporate side, in March 2019 the team saw the arrival of Justin Hamill, who joined from the New York office of Paul Weiss and focuses primarily on large-scale M&A deals. Unsurprisingly, the primary nexus of the firm's media and entertainment practice remains its LA operation, which houses a strong partner-level contingent including practice head Joseph Calabrese, whose client roster includes several high-profile film studios and distributors. Financing specialist Nancy Bruington is another key figure within the team and acts for studios, networks, and production companies, as well as handling lender-side work for both commercial and investment banks.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Calabrese

Other key lawyers:

Justin Hamill; Nancy Bruington; Ken Deutsch; Robert Haymer; Jonathan West; Rick Offsay

Testimonials

Joe Calabrese, Nancy Bruington, Robert Haymer and Ken Deutsch are the partners that I work with most frequently. They are each exceptional.

Key clients

2.0 Entertainment, LLC

A24 Films

Anonymous Content

Blumhouse Productions

Brothers International, LLC

Content Partners

Endeavor Group Holdings, Inc.

Entertainment Studios

Facebook

Ithaca Holdings

Miramax

MGM

New Republic Pictures

Parkwood Entertainment

Roddenberry Entertainment

Skydance Media

Sonar Entertainment

Univision Communications Inc.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 1

Boston-based Sarah Gagan and London-based Gail Crawford jointly head Latham & Watkins LLP's practice, which advises across a broad spectrum of commercial technology transactional matters, such as joint ventures, services agreements, IP matters and licensing deals for clients drawn from the telecoms, financial services, media and automotive industries, among others. Los Angeles-based Ghaith Mahmood led the advice to Univision on its sale of Gizmodo Media Group to private equity firm Great Hill Partners, including a transition services agreement for the client to continue to host Gizmodo's websites and a technology license agreement to permit both buyer and seller to use each other's technology platforms through a transition period. Other key figures include Silicon Valley-based Anthony Klein, San Francisco-based J.D. Marple and Jeremiah Wolsk in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Gagan; Gail Crawford

Key clients

Hyundai

Lyft

Nike

Honey Science Corporation

Nissan

Spotify

Snap

Siemans

Axoni Y

Virgin Galactic

Univision Communications

Insomniac Games

AdRoll

Desktop Metal

Goertek (HK)

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP is a go-to firm for the US cable industry, and the full-service practice has a strong presence on a range of telecoms matters. Its expertise spans regulatory and litigation issues for a high-profile client roster, which includes broadband service providers, cable operators, fixed and mobile telecommunications carriers, satellite operators, broadcast radio and television stations. Washington DC-based duo Matthew Brill and Matthew Murchison are representing 10 leading cable industry plaintiffs in a suit against the State of Maine which seeks to invalidate a new law compelling cable operators and programmers to sell all networks and individual programs individually, rather than as part of a service tier. This case is likely to establish precedent under the Communications Act. The practice is jointly led by Brill, direct broadcast satellite and emerging technologies specialist James Barker and California-based Anthony Klein. Of Counsel Elizabeth Park, focuses on representing communications, information technology and media corporations on both transactional and regulatory matters. Satellite expert John Janka retired from partnership in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Matthew A. Brill; James H. Barker; Anthony R. Klein

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

T-Mobile US, Inc.

NCTA

Comcast

Cox Enterprises

Charter Communications, Inc.

Viasat, Inc.

Facebook

Wix.com

Frontier Communications

LICT Corporation

SiriusXM

Radio Music License Committee

National Association of Broadcasters

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactional Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP has extensive expertise in satellite, telecoms and broadcast transactions, representing key industry players and financial institutions. Its key capabilities include M&A, finance, commercial law, litigation, and intellectual property matters. Clients range from broadband service providers and telecoms carriers to radio and television stations. Its work includes advising T-Mobile’s committee of independent directors on T-Mobile's proposed merger with Sprint, one of the wireless sector's largest recent transactions. Practice co-head Matthew Brill advises telecoms as well as private equity clients, while fellow co-head James Barker handles spectrum work such as spectrum auctions and transactions. Broadcast specialist John Janka, of counsel Elizabeth Park, and experienced FCC expert Matthew Murchison are other key members of the team. All lawyers listed are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Brill; James Barker; Anthony Klein

Key clients

T-Mobile US, Inc.

Sinclair Broadcast Group

SiriusXM

J.P. Morgan

Stuff Media LLC

Entercom Communications

Corp.

Viasat, Inc.

Ribbon Communications Inc.

Integrated Device Technology, Inc.

Digital Realty Trust

Facebook, Inc.

One Equity Partners

WestView Capital Partners, LP

Calix, Inc.

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 1

Boasting one of the largest teams of land use and zoning teams in the country, Latham & Watkins LLP is consistently involved in headline developments spanning major mixed-use projects, infrastructure and industrial properties, and master-planned communities throughout the country. In addition, the team complements its understanding of land use and zoning issues with strength in environmental law. Practice co-head James Arnone focuses on entitlement approvals and related litigation, and joint practice head Duncan Moore is particularly well-regarded for his experience in dealing with the California Coastal Commission. Both practitioners are based in the Los Angeles office as is George Mihlsten and Lucinda Starrett, who has handled entitlement work for household-name corporates. Another contact on the West Coast is Christopher Garrett, who maintains a multi-disciplinary practice covering land use policies and environmental law. The team also has a strong presence in Washington DC, where Janice Schneider and Tommy Beaudreau are recommended for their experience of siting and environmental issues relating to offshore and onshore energy projects.

Practice head(s):

James Arnone; Janice Schneider; Tommy Beaudreau; Duncan Joseph Moore

Key clients

Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies

American Airlines

FivePoint Holdings/Newhall Land & Farming Company

California American Water Company (Cal-Am)

City of Hope National Medical Center

Oasis West Realty

Beverly Hills Luxury Residences

Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC)

Westfield

CORE/Related Grand Ave Owner

8920 Sunset Boulevard

Faring Capital

Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 1

'One of the most experienced REIT legal teams around', Latham & Watkins LLP supports clients across every phase of a REIT lifecycle. Indeed, the team has an established track record of formulating and structuring initial organizations, converting existing corporations and partnerships into REITs, and handling large private placements and public equity offerings. The team also handles debt and exchangeable securities, compliance issues and executive compensation matters. Ana O’Brien jointly heads the practice together with the 'excellent' Julian Kleindorfer, a specialist when it comes to securities offerings and board governance matters. The team demonstrates prowess in respect of complex roll-up IPOs, where contacts include the 'very knowledgeable' Lewis Kneib, reputed for his knowledge of capital markets transactions. Eldorado Resorts recently engaged the group to serve as legal counsel in relation to financing its acquisition of Caesars Entertainment, including the sale and leaseback of gaming properties to VICI Properties as a means of partially financing the transaction. Costa Mesa-based William Cernius is also an key figure in the team, handling M&A, capital markets and general corporate matters.  Other named lawyers are based in Los Angeles. Michael Brody retired.

Practice head(s):

Julian Kleindorfer; Ana O’Brien

Other key lawyers:

Lewis Kneib; Cathy Birkeland; William Cernius; Craig Garner; David Wheeler

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and straightforward counsel. Team sees a lot of transactions and have experience managing a wide range of situations. The long history, communication and work style helps to make transactions smooth. Team is very responsive. Unlike other law firms, I think Latham is very reasonable in its interpretation of SEC/guidance/laws/ regulations.’

‘Lewis Kneib is very knowledgeable on SEC law and regulations. Lewis is diplomatic and practical and manages underwriter’s counsel very well. Lewis’ availability and responsive stands out. He is easily reachable and responsive to questions or considerations.’

‘One of the most experienced REIT legal teams around – have worked on some of the most complicated IPOs.’

‘Julian Kleindorfer and Lewis Kneib are excellent. Very thoughtful and attentive.  They are conservative and cautious, thinking around corners but also pragmatic with a commercial eye.’

‘The team is (i) knowledgeable about the industry, (ii) knows our business, (iii) client focused and (iv) responsive. I believe what sets Latham & Watkins (LW) apart from other firms is their knowledge base (want to always give you the right answer).’

‘The individuals I work with have a high degree of technical skills and an understanding of our business. Specifically, they are able to explain complex legal matters in a simple manner to non-lawyers. Additionally, they adopt a partnering approach in resolving complex legal matters. Lewis Kneib and Julian Kleindorfer are partners on our account – they are great assets to LW and I rate them among the top 2% of attorneys I have worked with in my 20+ year career.’

Key clients

BofA Merrill Lynch

Raymond James

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs

Citigroup

Digital Realty Trust

Eldorado Resorts

Essex Property Trust

Four Corners Property Trust

Host Hotels & Resorts

Hudson Pacific Properties

JP Morgan

BNP Paribas

Kilroy Realty Corporation

Lineage Logistics Holdings

Phillips Edison & Company

Realty Income Corporation

Redwood Trust

Ventas

Tax > International tax Tier 1

International transactions are among the core pillars in Latham & Watkins LLP's corporate and financing work, with the tax team playing a vital role in the firm's ability to handle complex multi-jurisdictional M&A, bankruptcy and restructuring matters, large-scale joint ventures, and financing transactions. The team is also well-placed to advise on international tax controversy and transfer pricing issues. Jiyeon Lee-Lim chairs the global tax department from New York; she has particular expertise in the taxation of financial products and capital markets transactions, including structured finance. The group is recognized in part for its bench strength, and indeed, many of the partners are routinely involved in multibillion-dollar deals. Two more who have been particularly standout over the past year are Diana Doyle in Chicago, who handled significant transactions for clients including Hyatt Hotels; and Kirt Switzer in San Francisco, who advised Daiichi Sankyo on a multibillion-dollar commercial agreement with AstraZeneca. Chicago-based Joseph Kronsnoble is another contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

Jiyeon Lee-Lim; Joseph Kronsnoble

Other key lawyers:

Kirt Switzer; Diana Doyle; Samuel Weiner; Lisa Watts; Elena Romanova; Tim Fenn

Key clients

Weatherford International

Digital Realty Trust

Mellanox Technologies

Integrated Device Technology

ZF Friedrichshafen

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Enagás

Callaway Golf Company

Riverstone Holdings

The Carlyle Group

Standard

Aero Veritas

CapitalOne Equity Partners

Mattress Firm

Backstop Group

Technip FMC

Daiichi Sankyo

Platinum Equity Advisors

Clarivate Analytics

Afterpay Touch

Aegon Funding Company

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP is 'exceptional from top to bottom'. The tax team has experience at all levels of federal and tax courts, where it acts for clients facing high-stakes federal tax controversies. The firm addresses some SALT cases in California and NY; however, its core focus is on federal tax matters arising from corporate and securities transactions, and transfer pricing, where it is regularly involved in the market's most novel cases. Washington DC-based practice head Miriam Fisher is 'whip smart' and is involved in a variety of high-stakes tax controversies for multinational businesses and high-net-worth individuals. Partner Jean Pawlow is a recent arrival from McDermott Will & Emery LLP and represents multinational companies and individuals in high-profile tax controversies, acting across the firm's Silicon Valley and Washington DC offices. Known for 'delivering results', Pawlow has experience of administrative tax disputes as well as alternative dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Miriam Fisher

Other key lawyers:

Jean Pawlow; Brian McManus; Andrew Strelka

Testimonials

The Latham & Watkins tax controversy team is a diverse practice, particularly from a gender perspective as two of the three main partners are women, and that evidences itself in creative legal and strategic advice. It is a not a “volume” shop like many other leading controversy law groups, with large numbers of junior partners and associates handling menial work. Rather, the group’s staffing model is lean in comparison to the large assignments it takes on, with leadership that really leads from the front, and empowered associates who take on key roles in cases. Of the “Tier 1” tax controversy practices, Latham would be my pick as both the best overall and the best value. Miriam Fisher, the head of the practice, is one of the most respected tax controversy lawyers in the country and the team is molded in her image (open, very engaging on a personal level, strategically decisive, and whip smart). Her lieutenant, Partner Brian McManus, is a rising star in the tax controversy bar who handles large matters solo and is a devastating effective trial lawyer. Andrew Strelka, counsel to the firm, is an accomplished legal mind with deep government experience who supports the partners while managing a very successful practice of his own which focuses on exempt organizations.’

Key clients

Dreamworks

Citigroup

Microsoft

Facebook

Siemens Corp

Weyerhaeuser Company

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

Rated by clients for its 'deep technical knowledge', Latham & Watkins LLP advises investment banks, major financial institutions and private equity firms on a huge range of tax structuring advice. The practice group is jointly led by Joseph Kronsnoble in Chicago and Jiyeon Lee-Lim in New York, and is particularly active in the life sciences, energy and financial services sectors. Kronsnoble practices in the Chicago office and represents public and privately owned companies in relation to tax-free and taxable M&A, while Lee-Lim has particular experience working on the tax aspects of business reorganizations. Also in New York, Lisa Watts boasts two decades of experience as a transactional tax practitioner, acting for private equity firms and US based private and public companies, and Elena Romanova is a name to note for multinational corporates and financial services companies regarding advice on the impact of the 2017 US tax reforms. The team also boasts a number of market leaders among its ranks: Pardis Zomorodi (Los Angeles), Kirt Switzer (San Francisco), and Samuel Weiner (Los Angeles) have all been recognized as leaders in the field, and Andrea Ramezan-Jackson (Washington DC) is a standout figure in the younger partner pool. Michael Brody retired from the partnership in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Kronsnoble; Jiyeon Lee-Lim

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I’m always impressed with the deep technical knowledge of Latham & Watkins’ tax practice. Any time we have a complicated issue, we know that we can rely on Latham to think the issue through completely and provide appropriate recommendations.’

‘Diana Doyle is an excellent tax partner who has superior technical skills who is responsive and very focused on client service. I was also impressed by Michael Zucker’s attention to detail and his follow-through on issues.’

Key clients

Weatherford International

The Carlyle Group

Conflicts Committee of MPLX

ZF Friedrichshafen

M*Modal

TechnipFMC

Leonard Green & Partners

Daiichi Sankyo

Hexion Holdings

Capitol Investment Corp. IV

Mellanox Technologies

Sempra Energy

Virgin Galactic and Virgin Group

Resorts World Las Vegas

Platinum Equity Advisors

Clarivate Analytics

DaVita

Afterpay Touch

Aegon Funding Company and Aegon

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP applies creative solutions to antitrust issues arising from transactions in the US and beyond, for instance in collaboration with the firm's EU offices or using team members' jurisdictional expertise across the globe. Amanda Reeves in Washington DC and Christopher Yates in San Francisco are in joint charge of the 'efficient and client-oriented' department displaying significant experience with second requests. Reeves has sector expertise in pharmaceuticals as well as life sciences and regularly undertakes merger clearances involving Brazil and Canada. The team has a particularly strong bench in the capital: The development of cohesive clearance strategies for cross-border transactions is one of Michael Egge's strong suits and Farrell Malone excels at handling large merger reviews in the US, Europe, China and India. Operating out of San Francisco, Karen Silverman has deep knowledge of regulatory aspects of strategic mergers and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Reeves; Chris Yates

Testimonials

‘The team we are usually working with are characterized by an efficient and client-oriented approach. It seems to us that also the working atmosphere is very productive and motivating. Cross-border cooperation (EU-US) works perfectly.’

‘Mike Egge has a special talent to handle complex cases. He is very well connected in the DC area.’

‘Michael Egge and his team are excellent technicians, with a very good knowledge of the FTC and a good team spirit.’ 

‘Michael Egge understands the clients’ problems and needs and provides very good advice.’

‘Excellent depth. Provide sound, practical advice.’  

‘Farrell Malone and Tara Tavernia are great and very responsive.’

‘Take the time to know our business, strategy and culture and provide legal advice and options in the appropriate context. ‘

‘Farrell Malone, Shaun Hartley and Jason Morelli have provided excellent service over many years. Their capacity to deliver meaningful, timely and valued added legal advice as part of our deal team has enabled us to overcome some challenging situations and turn them into opportunities.’ 

Key clients

DaVita Inc.

Epsilon Data Management, LLC

The Toro Company

Novelis

Apollo Global Management

Siemens

Rowan Companies

EssilorLuxottica S.A.

The Carlyle Group

FXI Holdings, Inc.

The Carlyle Group/BC Partners/Accudyne Industries

TMK and IPSCO Tubulars

Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

The Carlyle Group; AxleTech

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The Latham & Watkins LLP team defends multinational corporations, high-net-worth individuals and government officials in a variety of high-stakes government investigations and enforcement actions. The group has a particularly strong track record in representing corporations, including Cognizant and Microsoft, in FCPA investigations. The department is jointly led by Washington DC's Kathryn Ruemmler, whose expertise spans crisis management, government and congressional investigations; Benjamin Naftalis in New York, who has an impressive client roster of financial institutions and pharmaceutical companies; and, splitting his time between London and Washington DC, Nathan Seltzer, who is developing a solid transatlantic practice. In San Francisco, Leslie Caldwell is noted for her representations of technology companies and draws on experience in matters involving fraud and FCPA violations.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Ruemmler; Benjamin Naftalis; Nathan Seltzer

Other key lawyers:

Leslie Caldwell; Alice Fisher; Christopher Clark

Key clients

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation

Dow Chemical

Microsoft Corporation

Time Warner Cable; and Charter Communications

Pacira Pharmaceuticals

LA Dodgers

OSI Systems

Tenet Healthcare Corporation

Exterran Corporation

Daniel Ustian

Tom L. Ward

Thomas Davis

Elon Musk, CEO and Chairman of Tesla

Andy Intrater and Columbus Nova

Susan Rice

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP leverages its international reach to represent major financial institutions and accounting firms in internal and government investigations, enforcement actions and all kinds of civil litigation. A key figure in the Washington DC office is Andrew Clubok, whose diverse caseload includes securities class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits and commercial litigation and arbitration. In an ongoing matter, Clubok is representing a syndicate of banks, led by Goldman Sachs and Citibank, in federal and state class actions regarding alleged violations of securities laws. Richard Owens, who previously served an assistant US attorney in the Southern District of New York, represents large corporates and individuals in criminal and regulatory proceedings and also advises corporates on internal investigations. Trial lawyer Joseph Serino is particularly adept acting for companies in securities and antitrust litigation.

Practice head(s):

Andy Clubok; Richard Owens; Joseph Serino

Key clients

Western Union

UBS Securities

UBS

Goldman Sachs (Asia)

British Bankers’ Association

Citigroup Global Markets

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company

Credit Suisse

Deloitte & Touche

Samba Financial Group SJCS

Deutsche Bank

GE Capital

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

Standing out for recent trial successes and the high caliber of its litigators, Latham & Watkins LLP is regularly sought out by market leaders in almost every industry for their most complex disputes. Global chair of complex commercial litigation Sean Berkowitz is representing GE Capital in four lawsuits in various federal and one state court arising from the Thomas Petters Fraud. Another key trial lawyer is James Brandt, who (with Eric Leon) recently scored a victory for American Airlines: he was able to secure copyright registration for the airline's new corporate logo, with a novel approach which involved suing the Copyright Office in the Northern District of Texas. The firm also remains abreast of the latest legal challenges in the tech industry; notably, Elizabeth Deeley and Andrew Clubok defended longstanding client Facebook in three trials against allegations which raised important questions about data privacy, consent and contract claims. Laura Washington is highly active in the media and entertainment space. Alongside Marvin Putnam, she has successfully defended Miramax in all Weinstein-related litigation to date.

Practice head(s):

Sean Berkowitz; Christopher Harris; Jake Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Latham has lawyers with exceptional backgrounds and experience, and brings this experience to bear. Of equal importance are the results that Latham has consistently achieved on their matters, consistent with the advice and counsel they provide throughout the life of the matter.’

James Brandt and his junior partner, Jason Hegt, are outstanding, communicating when appropriate on developments and readily accessible whenever there is the need to speak. Of particular note is their strategically thinking about the matter and executing against that strategy.’

Key clients

American Airlines

Endo International

Facebook

GE Capital

Lifelock

Lyft

Madison Wells Media

Miramax

Nevro

Stericycle

Steelhouse

Tax Equity Now

Technicolor / Tim Sarnoff

UBS Securities

Western Union

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 2

Led out of Orange County by global chair Michele Johnson, Latham & Watkins LLP‘s litigation and trial department acts for an impressive mix of high-profile corporate clients and private individuals, financial institutions, and government entities. Among its core strengths are general commercial litigation, antitrust, and white-collar defense and investigations. The practice group is also noted for its ability to draw on the capabilities of the firm’s global network, and indeed a number of its recent highlights see the team act in conjunction with the firm’s offices in Brussels and London, among others. Global vice-chair Brian Kowalski is based in Washington DC and focuses on securities litigation.

Practice head(s):

Michele Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

American Airlines

Epsilon Data Management

EssilorLuxottica S.A.

Facebook

Oracle Corporation

Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding

Singapore Airlines

Sinovac Biotech

Toshiba Samsung Storage

Xerium Technologies

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 2

In a market strongly influenced by the use of international economic sanctions, the ‘top-notch’ trade group at Latham & Watkins LLP is enjoying an ever-increasing number of sanctions-related mandates. Contacts in this space include Eric Volkman and practice co-head William McGlone. Jointly leading the department with McGlone is Les Carnegie, who has significant experience in national security reviews, as well as in a wide range of CFIUS clearance issues. Steven Croley has also been singled out by clients for his CFIUS work. Further, to complement its high-quality legal representation and enhance its standing in the CFIUS arena, the firm introduced its mobile application "Foreign Direct Investments Regimes" in October 2019. Litigator Edward Shapiro retired from the partnership in December 2019.

Practice head(s):

Les Carnegie; William McGlone

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Latham & Watkins LLP’s trade team is top-notch and is able to advise on issues at the intersection of law, governmental policy and business. All practitioners are completely up to date and willing to guide their clients through complex issues surrounding government policies and requirements.

Steven Croley and Les Carnegie went through an exhaustive and extensive CFIUS review in relation to an investment in our company.  Steven is a thoughtful and powerful advocate.

Key clients

China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco)

Novelis Inc.

Integrated Device Technology, Inc.

DXC Technology

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 2

Highly strategic and analytical’, Latham & Watkins LLP is known for representing clients in matters related to the on ongoing opioid crisis, as well as in class actions arising from concussion-related injuries and baggage fees. The ‘extremely responsive' firm has particular experience acting as lead counsel to major players in the tobacco industry, but also has experience acting for global life sciences, energy and natural resources industry clients. The 'uniformly top-notch team’ is co-led by Boston-based Gwyn Williams, who has expertise defending a range of mass tort and product liability claims; and Thomas Heiden in Chicago, who focuses on toxic tort, high-stakes energy, utilities, resource and business contract disputes. Also recommended is Kenneth Parsigian in Boston, who is known for acting as national and global co-ordinating counsel for the tobacco industry.

Practice head(s):

Gwyn Williams; Thomas Heiden

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Parsigian; Christine Rolph; Kegan Brown; Mary Rose Alexander

Testimonials

‘They have a ton of experience across industries’

‘Ken Parsigian is probably the smartest lawyer I have ever worked with.  Clients justifiably come to him to make the hardest calls.  He only ever has one objective: to achieve the best possible result for the client.  He thinks harder and more deeply about strategy than just about anyone I know’

‘Christine Rolph is a master of extremely technical evidence, working with experts across scientific and social scientific fields. She’s also an absolutely delightful and kind person’

‘This firm has an elite team of hard working people who are also very smart and very practical’

‘They have a lot of experience in tobacco, but that experience is transferable to other consumer products, especially those that are highly regulated’

‘Kegan Brown is a young superstar.  He makes working long hours on often difficult matters as pleasurable as possible. He provides direct views, and yet is open to thoughts not his own. Collaborating with him always improves the overall product. I have told him that if I needed a US lawyer to act for me personally, I would want it to be him’

Key clients

American Airlines

Chevron Corporation

Dometic Corporation

Endo International plc

Land’s End, Inc.

Monsanto

Monsanto; the National Association of Wheat Growers, and others

Nalco Company

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Navistar

Philip Morris International

Philip Morris USA

Rothmans, Benson & Hedges

Toyota

Weyerhaeuser Company

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 2

Particularly known for acting as lead counsel to tobacco industry players, Latham & Watkins LLP also has expertise in the global life sciences, energy, and natural resources sectors. Co-leading the team are Gwyn Williams in Boston and Thomas Heiden in Chicago. Notable in their team is the Washington DC-based Christine Rolph, who is ‘very collegiate while also defending her client's interests’ and provides experience in litigating consumer class actions, toxic torts, product liability, and multi-plaintiff matters. In a recent highlight, the group is advising Chevron Corporation in a series of multidistrict class actions, in the high-profile hot fuels litigation. Mary Rose Alexander is active in this matter from the firm’s Chicago office.

Practice head(s):

Gwyn Williams; Thomas Heiden

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are top of the field when it comes to defense work on the North American tobacco litigation’

‘They are collaborative in their approach’

‘They are managing shared experts in litigation very effectively’

‘Christine Rolph is the partner with day-to-day responsibility for many of the experts. She is brilliant at managing them, and super smart’

Key clients

Chevron Corporation

Dometic Corporation

Dow Chemical

Endo International

Georgia-Pacific

Monsanto

Nalco Company

Navistar

Owens-Illinois

Philip Morris International

Philip Morris USA

Rothmans, Benson & Hedges

Southern California Edison Company

Toyota

Weyerhaeuser Company

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Global capital markets powerhouse Latham & Watkins LLP continues to gain market share on the investment grade debt side, with increasingly strong showings in both issuer and underwriter-side mandates. The group’s offering is distinguished by it broad practice spread and it advises on the transactional and regulatory aspects of the full range of debt products. The deep group is chaired globally by New York-based Ian Schuman, whose practice spans traditional debt offerings, cross-border transactions and debt exchange offers. New York-based global corporate chair Marc Jaffe is a highly sought-after capital markets specialist and advises major issuers, investment banks and investors on public and private debt offerings. Other key names in New York include Senet Bischoff, Michael Benjamin and Stelios Saffos. In Washington DC, private equity specialist Patrick Shannon is highly regarded, with Brandon Bortner and Jason Licht also active in the debt space. The team also benefits from strong domestic platforms in Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Ian Schuman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Broadcom Corporation

Goldman Sachs

J.P. Morgan

Sempra Energy

Resorts World

Hudson Pacific Properties

The Walt Disney Company

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP fields a team of lawyers with expertise in areas including structured lending, equity-linked derivatives and various asset-backed products. Names to note include Witold Balaban, who co-chairs the firm's global financial institutions industry group, and specializes in equity-linked products; Courtenay Myers Lima, a trusted advisor to a number of major financial institutions; and Reza Mojtabaee-Zamani, another key name for equity derivatives and convertible notes. Yvette Valdez heads the firm's US derivatives regulatory practice.

Testimonials

‘Latham has a versatile practice, capable of handling most any equity-linked product.’

‘Witold Balaban and Cathy Lee stand out for their extensive knowledge of equity-linked products. They certainly add value to transactions in which they are involved.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs International

J. Wood Capital Advisors

BofA Merrill Lynch

Citibank

MUFG Union Bank

Mizuho Bank

Royal Bank of Canada

Citizen Energy Operating

Owens-Illinois

Coöperatieve Centrale Raiffeisen Boerenleenbank

General Motors Financial Company

Credit Suisse (London Branch and Nassau Branch)

JPMorgan Chase

Diversified Gas & Oil

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Active in a range of esoteric securitization work, Latham & Watkins LLP's Kevin Fingeret has particular emphasis on the securitization of intellectual property and vehicle fleet assets, as well as technology and telecoms infrastructure-related deals, acting both for underwriting banks and issuers.  The firm's CLO practice is spearheaded by Dominic Yoong and Douglas Burnaford in Los Angeles, who act for a number of prestigious clients, including The Carlyle Group. Loren Finegold heads the practice, and Vicki Marmorstein in Los Angeles is another key figure for structured credit and CLO work.

Practice head(s):

Loren Finegold

Testimonials

‘The things that differentiate our Latham team are their expertise, reliability, and hard work.  I never worry about the Latham team and the aspects of the transaction that they handle for us.’

‘Kevin Fingeret has put together an excellent team that capably handles all aspects of the transaction, from preparing voluminous documents, to ably handling complicated issues in effective and efficient ways.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Guggenheim Securities

Goldman Sachs

SoftBank

Ares

Onex

Carlyle

AXA

Alcentra

Black Diamond

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP has a varied practice in the power generation sphere, maintaining a high volume of M&A advice alongside increasing levels of FERC enforcement work. Offtake and hedging work is another area of strength for the team, which has notable expertise in independent power matters and is building its practice in traditional utilities and merchant transmission issues. David Schwartz is a leader in utility M&A, while Natasha Gianvecchio is noted for power generation M&A, enforcement issues and offtake and hedging work. Tyler Brown is an emerging talent and made partner in early 2020, and Michael Gergen covers conventional and renewable energy regulation.

Practice head(s):

David Schwartz

Testimonials

‘The team provides an exceptional service, providing direct and specific feedback on various topics. They can move very quickly on issues, and take into account the unique circumstances of the client, with feedback that applies to the business that’s appropriately tailored to account for the risks and to let the business operate. It is the preeminent group in the space.

They are very effective in working with regulators, such as FERC, being firm but also recognizing an effective way to work with the agency without causing long term difficulties between the client and the regulator.

‘The Latham team is always available and poised to dive into whatever needs we have. They have strong commercial knowledge in both gas and power FERC issues as well as related commercial agreements.’

We believe that David Schwartz, Natasha Gianvecchio and Tyler Brown provide an exceptional service. They are organized, adjust their staffing to manage the case appropriately and per the client. They work closely with the client, continuously providing guidance and updates, and recognize the partnership of the firm, in-house counsel and the client at large. The partners understand the underlying business, and tailor their guidance to the commercial business and work to find acceptable solutions for the business.

Key clients

AES

Anbaric Development Partners

Avangrid

Brookfield Renewable

Energy Capital Partners

General Electric

Invenergy

Linden VFT

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Platinum Equity

United Illuminating Company

Industry focus > Healthcare: advice to service providers Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP advises clients in the healthcare industry on M&A, antitrust and competition, litigation, and regulatory issues. Key areas of work include fraud and abuse, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, HIPAA, financing regulation, tax exemptions, licensure, quality of care issues, and managed care. Scott Shean in Orange County jointly chairs the practice with Washington DC-based Daniel Meron, who specializes in compliance advice and fraud litigation. Los Angeles-based Daniel Settelmayer represented DaVita in the US$4.3bn sale of its primary care physician clinics and managed care network business unit, DaVita Medical Group, to Optum, a UnitedHealth affiliate.

Practice head(s):

Scott Shean; Daniel Meron

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Settelmayer; Stuart Kurlander; Katherine Lauer

Key clients

DaVita

Adventist Health

HCA

GNC Holdings

Sutter Health

U.S. Renal Care

Tenet Healthcare

Varian Medical Systems

NextGen Healthcare

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR)

Leonard Green & Partners

Goldman Sachs Group

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 2

With an impressive client roster of blue-chip pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devices companies, Latham & Watkins LLP has excellent transactional credentials including buy- and sell-side M&A, capital markets transactions, and commercial deals including high-value licensing. The team handled a steady flow of multimillion-dollar capital markets transactions for clients including Guardant Health, Gritstone Oncology, Gossamer Bio and Satsuma Pharmaceuticals. Recent highlights include representing Agenus in its $1.7bn strategic alliance with Gilead Sciences and acting for Puma Biotechnology and certain of its executives in a securities class action and shareholder derivative suit filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California. Nathan Ajiashvili is particularly recommended for advising financial institutions and public and private companies on equity and debt capital markets transactions, as are Alan MendelsonBrian CuneoMark RoederCheston Larson and Peter HandrinosJudith Hasko handles licensing, joint ventures and other technology and IP-based transactions, and John Manthei focuses on regulatory matters and recently represented Catalyst Pharmaceuticals in suing the FDA over approval of cheaper rival drug Ruzurgi. The team is spread across New York, Silicon Valley, Boston, San Diego, Washington DC, and Orange County.

Practice head(s):

Brian Cuneo; Peter Handrinos; Judith Hasko; Cheston Larson; Alan Mendelson; John Manthei; Mark Roeder; Scott Shean

Other key lawyers:

Shayne Kennedy; Ben Haas; Elizabeth Richards

Key clients

Amgen

Ra Pharmaceuticals

Swedish Orphan Biovitrum (“Sobi”)

Catalyst Pharmaceuticals

PellePharm

Annexon

Akebia Therapeutics

CorneaGen

Aratana Therapeutics

Breathe Technologies

Guardant Health

Myoscience

AbGenomics

Gritstone Oncology

Gossamer Bio

IDEAYA Biosciences

BridgeBio Pharma

Satsuma Pharmaceuticals

Homology Medicines

Frequency Therapeutics

Ascendis Pharma

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals

AVEO Pharmaceuticals

Momenta Pharmaceuticals

Inspire Medical Systems

Daiichi Sankyo Co.

Puma Biotechnology

Vor Biopharma

Tizona Therapeutics

Agenus

Pliant Therapeutics

Precision BioSciences

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to policyholders Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP has a broad practice, with extensive experience in major commercial insurance lines as well as in many specialty coverage areas. Those areas include business interruption and property losses, professional liability, product liability, environmental liability, cyber risk, and transactional insurance. David Barrett leads the team from Washington DC and focuses on the negotiation of custom insurance products in addition to insurance coverage matters. In San Diego, Brook Roberts and John Wilson, with assistance from Drew Gardiner, represented Montrose Chemical Corporation in a coverage action arising from Montrose’s former DDT manufacturing operations in California, seeking over $100m of excess indemnity coverage. Robert Gilbert heads the Boston office, which launched in 2018. Since publication 

Practice head(s):

David Barrett

Testimonials

‘Responsive, knowledgeable, focused’

‘Latham has a strong team across the US, with very deep policyholder advocacy skills’

‘Drew Gardiner provides excellent guidance on complex insurance matters’

Key clients

Fluor Corporation

National Collegiate Athletic Association

Montrose Chemical Corporation of California

Michigan State University

National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)

Toyota Motor Sales USA

Northland Investment Corporation

Emerson Electric Company

Canadian Solar

The Carlyle Group

Industry focus > Sport Tier 2

The sports practice at Latham & Watkins LLP provide a wide range of services across the spectrum of sports work, with a strong roster of specialists in sports transactions and commercial work, litigation, and IP matters including broadcast deals. Century City-based Joseph Calabrese chairs the practice, and advises a range of sports and media clients on their transactional work, such as the Arizona Diamondbacks, who he advised on the team’s equity exit from Fox Sports Arizona as part of the sale of Fox’s Regional Sports Networks. Another key member of the firm's non-contentious practice is Adam Sullins, who handles a wide range of commercial transactions such as broadcast rights deals and sponsorship matters, as well as M&A transactions and joint ventures. On the litigation side, San Francisco-based Christopher Yates is highly recommended for antitrust and complex commercial litigation, with a client list including high-profile governing bodies and federations. Russell Sauer, Jr. retired at the end of 2019, and now sits as an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, while M&A specialist Justin Hamill joined from the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in early 2019.

Practice head(s):

Joe Calabrese

Other key lawyers:

Adam Sullins; Christopher Yates; Justin Hammill; Kendall Johnson

Testimonials

Their range of practice is amazing… they represent media companies, rights holders (leagues and conferences/confederations), teams and players’ unions. This gives them great perspective on deals from many angles.

The work of Adam Sullins and the associates working with him is excellent. Adam ‘s specific experience in the world of soccer is particularly useful.

Key clients

Andell Inc./Chicago Fire

AZPB Limited Partnership

Caesars Entertainment

Endeavor/IMG College

Facebook Inc.

Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)

International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Joe Roth/Seattle Sounders

Los Angeles Dodgers, LLC

National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA)

NFL Players Association (NFLPA)

Oakland Athletics (Oakland A’s)

Silver Lake Partners

Sinclair Broadcasting Group

United States Soccer Federation (USSF)

Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC)

Univision Communications

Platinum Equity

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

F.C. Internazionale Milano

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP specialises in complex bet-the-company cases, drawing on a pool of experienced trial lawyers from its offices in Boston, California, Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC. The practice stands out through its string of successes in disputes taken over from other firms, turning around previously unsuccessful litigation results. Under the lead of Chicago-based practice head David Callahan, the firm has become a go-to address for high-stakes pharmaceutical and life sciences cases, complementing its existing strength in myriad other sectors, including the key technology, electronics and automotive sectors. In addition to its proven track record in federal district courts and the Federal Circuit, the practice also impresses with its PTAB caseload and the success of its ITC team. Other key lawyers include the global vice chairs of the firm's IP litigation practice, Washington DC's Michael Morin and San Diego's Jennifer Barry, the renowned Douglas Lumish in Silicon Valley and appellate specialist Gabriel Bell in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

David Callahan; Michael Morin; Jennifer Barry

Other key lawyers:

Julie Holloway; Gregory Sobolski; David Frazier; Charles Sanders; Lawrence Gotts; Maximilian Grant

Testimonials

Latham & Watkins has a very deep and broad bench. Most firms are one or the other.  Each member of the team is first-rate and they work well as a team.

Absolutely terrific. A team patent litigation practice, unrivaled amongst all the other firms that we have used over the years. They are extremely strategic, fantastic in trial, and dogged (they never give up).

You have a competent team from top to bottom.’

The Latham team I’ve worked with on several matters is extremely thorough, creative, technically adept, client-focused, and responsive.

Preeminent intellectual property litigators. Latham offers broad and deep litigation expertise and provides the responsiveness, business acumen, industry knowledge and zealous advocacy expected by a demanding and legally sophisticated client.  Staffing is always fit-to-order: Latham is cost-conscious and staffing is appropriate to each matter, but Latham also has the right people available to staff up a matter whenever required.  Latham’s lawyers are outstanding at every level, from senior partners to young associates.  We place a great deal of value on Latham’s work, both from a legal and business perspective, and we feel that we get excellent value for our money.

The level of understanding of the legal process and strategy involved in litigation is very, very deep. Charles Sanders is absolutely brilliant. Max Grant is also very, very bright and his ability to read the situation and respond accordingly in front of a judge is outstanding.

Charles Sanders stands for highest quality in all legal and strategic aspects combined with exceptional soft skills and organizational excellence. He is expensive, but he sets up small, efficient teams and works very precisely and target-oriented. Excellent communication.

Lawrence Gotts and Charles Sanders are outstanding.  Lawrence is a veteran trial attorney and the person you want in your corner on a bet-the-company patent litigation.  Charles has an extremely pleasant demeanor that belies his careful, strategic nature; he’s creative, a wonderful writer, excellent at oral argument, and he has a great technical background.  Both are efficient and effective.

Charles Sanders and Lawrence Gotts are very distinguished attorneys. Mr. Sanders has strong understanding to command technology and litigation strategy. Mr. Gotts has strong insight and sense to read the judge and jury – together with strong expertise on technology and law.

Charles Sanders is a phenomenal case manager, which is a rarity in litigators.  He has always remained on budget and ahead of deadlines. Not to mention he has the technical expertise and trial skills to be an extremely effective advocate.

Michael Morin – fantastic oral advocate in court or arbitrations.  Masterful at telling story and integrating complex facts and legal principles.  Excellent overall team leader with focus on big picture and the client’s goals.  Excellent writer too. Very ethical.

‘David Frazier – excellent mix at a very senior level of technical scientific know-how and deep scientific experience with patent litigation skills.  Outstanding working with experts, and also directing and cross-examining witnesses.  Very ethical.’

‘Gregory Sobolski – outstanding legal writer with excellent technical abilities.  Very strong rapport with expert and factual witnesses, is very strong at setting the stage and providing appropriate context and background with witnesses.  Very responsive, hard-working, and solid oral advocate.’

‘Gabriel Bell: One of the fastest-rising IP appellate specialists in America.  Gabe distills complex legal and technical issues into irresistibly persuasive briefs, and he convincingly drives his points home during oral argument. Gabe is a reliable winner and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Julie Holloway:  Smart, aggressive and talented, Julie is a top tier patent litigator.  Superior technical abilities combined with skilled advocacy and cross-examination skills make Julie a must-have member of any patent litigation team.’

Key clients

Adobe

WhatsApp

Honda Motor Co.

Janssen Biotech, Inc. (a Johnson & Johnson company), Genmab US, Inc. and Genmab A/S

Xperi

InfoBionic

Velodyne LiDAR, Inc.

LG Display, LG Electronics, and Sony

Quest Integrity USA, LLC

AbbVie Biotechnology Ltd.

Volvo Cars of North America LLC and Volvo Cars Corporation

Amphenol and AT&T

Ciena Corporation, Ciena Communications, Inc.

Starbucks

Jaguar Land Rover Limited

Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

M*Modal

Par Pharmaceutical, Inc.

3M

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP acts for major multinationals, large domestic corporates and IP-driven tech companies in a variety of trade secrets matters, including high-stakes litigation. The team forms a part of the broader intellectual property litigation practice, which is jointly led by Michael Morin in Washington DC, Jennifer Barry in San Diego, and David Callahan in Chicago, who has experience of matters in the areas of medical devices, semiconductors, and consumer products, among others. Other names to note include Chicago-based IP litigator Matthew Walch, and Perry Viscounty in San Francisco, who handles IP, trade secrets and technology-related litigation for well-known corporates as well as emerging companies.

Practice head(s):

David Callahan; Michael Morin; Jennifer Barry

Other key lawyers:

M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP has a particularly strong reputation for activism defense, though the team has also shown its value in various other strategic governance matters, and is well-versed in all relevant regulation. Key contacts in this space include William Cernius and Andrew Gray in Orange County, and Ryan Maierson in Houston.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP is consistently active in large-cap transactions, where it acts for a variety of clients ranging from emerging companies to Fortune 500 corporates and multinationals. The firm has acted on high-profile transactions in key regulated industries, including financial services, media, and telecoms, where standout highlights include advising T-Mobile on its $146bn merger with Sprint. Additionally, the firm is well placed to handle complex multi-jurisdictional deals, owing to its nationwide and global platform, including key offices in New York, Chicago, Boston, Silicon Valley, and Houston. The 'exceptionally talented' practice is jointly led by Silicon Valley-based partner Luke Bergstrom and Houston-based Michael Dillard. Other names to note include Mark Gerstein in Chicago, who works on complex cross-border transactions, and Charles Ruck, who advises on transactions in several tech and innovation-related industries from both New York and Orange County. Large-cap and PE specialist Justin Hamill joined the team from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in early 2019, boosting the firm's capabilities and adding major corporates such as Virgin Galactic to the client roster.

Practice head(s):

Luke Bergstrom; Michael Dillard

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The partners are super intelligent and love what they do. They’re very responsive.

Justin Hamill – Super smart, able to structure super difficult deals.

Patrick Mitchell – Knows the market really well, very patient and responsive.

The team consists of exceptionally talented lawyers that are very responsive.’

The lawyers I have worked with are very smart, incredibly hard-working and excellent lawyers. Chad Rolston stands out as a true go to attorney for any major M&A transaction.

The team is knowledgeable, responsive, personable and gets the job done. Advice is pragmatic and business and outcome focussed. They are also a real pleasure to work with, even in extremely stressful situations.

Tony Richmond is incredibly responsive, very experienced and his advice very pragmatic, and risk-based. His knowledge of accounting is also incredibly helpful. His familiarity with securities law, as well as M&A, make him a tremendous asset to any M&A deal. Mark Bekheit is also very responsive, hard-working and highly effective on the M&A side. He is also unflappable and a real pleasure to work with. James Metz and Maj Vasegi’s work on executive compensation and benefits matters is crucial is all deals, and they are also incredibly responsive and hard-working.

Key clients

T-Mobile US

Energy Transfer Partners

Independent Directors of the Board of First Data Corporation

Special Committee of Viacom’s Board of Director

El Dorado Resorts

Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of MPLX

Sinclair Broadcast Group

ZF Friedrichshafen

Mellanox Technologies

Integrated Device Technology

Technip FMC

Virgin Galactic

Phillips Edison & Company

Hess Midstream Partners

Phillips 66

Hortonworks

Energy Transfer

DaVita

Alliance Data Systems

DXC Technology

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP's team is 'cohesive from coast to coast', and stands out for its strength in assisting clients with all aspects of the life-cycle of emerging companies. Technology and life sciences are notable areas of expertise for the group; recent highlights include advising Neurogene on its $68.5m Series A financing round, in order to develop gene therapy programs. Boston-based John Chory and Benjamin Potter in Silicon Valley co-lead the emerging companies practice. In Silicon Valley, Patrick Pohlen and life sciences expert Alan Mendelson are also key contacts. Boston-based Susan Mazur is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

John Chory; Benjamin Potter

Testimonials

The team is cohesive from coast to coast‘.

Benjamin Potter is a true star‘.

Key clients

Facebook

Airbnb

Ziprecruiter

Impossible Foods

LogMeIn

Joby Aviation

Desktop Metal

Drift

Neurana Pharmaceuticals

Ring.com

Eclipse Ventures

Hotel Tonight

OpenTable

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

Rated for its 'exceptional knowledge' of data privacy and cybersecurity matters, the team at Latham & Watkins LLP handles a full range of disputes, transactional and standalone advisory matters for its impressive client roster. The group has a strong reputation for litigation and enforcement work and has recently been especially active in the fintech, technology and healthcare sectors. Washington DC-based Jennifer Archie is a name to note for cybersecurity issues and incident response; she has a breadth of experience defending clients in enforcement actions by regulators and also advises on cross-border data projects including for clients the digital health, technology, and financial services industries. Archie jointly leads the team alongside San Francisco-based Michael Rubin, who frequently assists clients with FTC investigations relating to the collection and use of data and class action litigation particularly in the technology sector, and Serrin Turner in New York who specializes in cybersecurity investigations and resulting litigation. The group was further strengthened by the addition of counsel Robert Blamires, who joined the San Francisco office from White & Case LLP and has expertise in data privacy.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Archie; Michael Rubin; Serrin Turner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Exceptional knowledge in these areas of practice, aggressive representation and great people.

Individuals offer candor, high ethics, are easy to communicate with and are great strategist.’

Key clients

Facebook

Turn

Symantec/LifeLock

Fiscal Note

VIZIO/Inscape

Alliance Data

Foursquare

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 2

The Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins LLP is home to a litigation team with wide-ranging experience across the entertainment and media sectors, with a client list including high-profile agencies, studios, and individuals. The firm is highly recommended for disputes arising from collective bargaining and union activity and notably acts for the Association of Talent Agents in relation to its dispute with the WGA over a franchise agreement. Marvin Putnam chairs the practice, and is active across the full spectrum of matters handled by the firm. Another focus area for the team is intellectual property disputes. Practitioners such as Daniel Schecter have a strong track record in this sector, advising on trademark, trade secrets, and copyright matters. Robert Ellison is another key figure in the team, and recently acted for MGM alongside Putnam in relation to a defamation suit brought against president Trump by former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos.

Practice head(s):

Marvin Putnam

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Associations of Talent Agents (ATA)

Courtside Group, Inc.

Elliott Broidy

Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA)

International Creative Management Partners, LLC (ICM)

Johnny Mathis

Lik USA and Peter Lik

Madison Wells Media, LLC

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (“MGM”)/Mark Burnett Productions

Miramax

SteelHouse, Inc.

Technicolor

The Los Angeles Dodgers

United States Soccer Federation (“USSF”)

Univision Communications Inc.

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP has a strong presence in the fintech, media, telecoms, and manufacturing sectors, where it represents clients on a range of outsourcing arrangements. Its work includes cross-border strategic alliances, and joint ventures; intellectual property and technology agreements; manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements and cloud implementation projects. Silicon Valley-based department head Anthony Klein focuses on strategic counselling and negotiating technology-related transactions worldwide for an array of technology corporations. Other key contacts include San Francisco-based  JD Marple and in Washington DC, Jeremiah Wolsk, who practices alongside senior associate Morgan Brubaker.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Gagan; Gail Crawford; Anthony Klein

Key clients

Axoni

SiriusXM

Jabil Inc.

Entercom Communications Corp

Wesco Holdings Inc.

OpenX

Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 3

Fielding a team that includes several former high-ranking SEC officials, Latham & Watkins LLP focuses on advising major domestic and foreign banks, broker-dealers, PE funds and many others on issues relating to the Dodd-Frank Act, Basel III and general resolution planning. The firm also has a strong presence in the fintech space, where it acts for large financial institutions in projects to develop new technology, and also assists early-stage and growth companies with issues ranging from incorporation to ICOs. Moreover, the firm is well placed to advise on the regulatory aspects of IPOs, through its dedicated broker-dealer team and a strong capital markets group. Alan Avery is often retained by clients to advise on state and federal banking regulations and the impact of those regulations on global operations; he is also a popular choice for financial institutions facing anti-money laundering issues and other investigatory matters. Stephen Wink is one of the firm's go-to lawyers for issues relating to the regulation of broker-dealers, and is also a name to note in the fintech space. John Sikora, who served for 16 years as an assistant director in the Chicago Regional Office and in the Asset Manangement Unit of the SEC's Enforcement Division, predominantly advises companies and D&Os facing SEC and FINRA examinations and enforcement actions. Also recommended is Joseph Serino, who has expertise in a range of fraud and regulatory matters. Mitchell Rabinowitz and Jenny Cieplak joined the firm from Crowell & Moring LLP in June 2019, bringing to the group additional expertise in joint ventures and consortia projects, predominantly in the fintech sector.

Practice head(s):

Alan Avery; Stephen Wink

Other key lawyers:

Dana Fleischman; Courtenay Myers Lima; John Sikora; Joseph Serino; Mitchell Rabinowitz; Jenny Cieplak

Testimonials

‘Latham & Watkin’s financial services practice is excellent. They are known as industry thought leaders and provide essential guidance in multiple areas that are relevant to my firm’s practice.’

‘Dana Fleischman is at the top of my list for who to call on issues relating to FINRA rules and regulations, research and many other securities law issues that my clients and I face.’

Key clients

National Bank of Canada

Equilend

National Community Investment Fund

Oaktree

OkCoin

Pawson Capital

PIMCO

Rabobank

Raymond James

Riverstone

Scotiabank

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)

Temasek

Tencent

The Carlyle Group

Tifosy

Wells Fargo

Winterflood Securities

Zanbat

Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP is highly rated for oil and natural gas pipeline cases thanks to the experience of the highly rated Patrick Nevins and Eugene Elrod. The practice also has longstanding and significant expertise in transactions and project financings, and has expanded its knowledge of standalone regulatory work. Nevins primarily focuses on natural gas and LNG work, including major project development issues, while Elrod handles oil pipeline matters, including work relating to the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. Newly elected partner Tyler Brown is also a key name, and David Schwartz  leads the energy regulatory and markets practice. All named individuals are in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

David Schwartz

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is part of a larger transactional and project finance department and is therefore very commercially-minded and used to working on expedited timetables. They are very responsive and commercial.’

‘Patrick Nevins has great knowledge of the energy regulatory area and is well-respected by the administrators at the relevant regulatory agencies, making him a very effective advocate.’

Key clients

ArcLight Capital Partners

Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Blue Racer Midstream

Borrego Crossing Pipeline

Southern California Gas

Crimson Midstream

Delfin LNG

Dominion Energy Transmission

Dominion Energy Cove Point

ExxonMobil Pipeline

Hess

Howard Midstream Energy Partners

Iberdrola

Pembine Pipeline

Industry focus > Healthcare: advice to health insurers Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP advises a full spectrum of healthcare clients ranging from early stage and emerging companies to mature, large private and publicly held companies. The team also provides healthcare regulatory advice to life sciences companies including medical device and diagnostic manufacturers, pharmaceutical, and biotech firms. Key names are Washington DC-based Daniel Meron, who specializes in compliance advice and fraud and abuse, managed care expert Daniel Settelmayer in Los Angeles; and David Tolley in Boston who has a focus on Medicaid-related risk adjustments.

Key clients

UnitedHealthcare

Health Net

Molina Healthcare

SCAN Health Plan

Aon Corporation

Sutter Health

Independent Healthcare Association

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP specialises in highly complex licensing agreements in the life sciences sector, but also offers experience in technology-related matters. The team's track record reveals its strength in a broad range of life sciences matters, including biologics, medical devices, gene therapy, cosmeceuticals and agricultural products. The group's range covers cross-licensing agreements and joint development agreements as well as due diligence work in the context of high-profile corporate transactions, often involving multi-jurisdictional elements. Practice head Judith Hasko is based in the Silicon Valley office.

Practice head(s):

Judith Hasko

Key clients

Agenus

Daiichi Sankyo

Pliant Therapeutics Inc.

Puma Biotechnology Inc.

Tizona Therapeutics, Inc.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP fields a strong West Coast team and as such regularly acts before the district courts of California. In San Diego, Jennifer Barry acts as global vice-chair of the firm's IP litigation practice and has built a strong reputation in the retail and consumer sectors. Also recommended is Perry Viscounty in Orange County, who has extensive experience in infringement, oppositions and unfair competition claims.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Barry

Other key lawyers:

Investment funds > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP provides a truly international service to its private equity and venture capital clients, with particular expertise in the energy, infrastructure, and natural resources sectors, as well as the middle-market buyout space. Additionally, the practice group has seen considerable growth in the retail funds field in the past year. Among its key clients are major PE houses such as Oaktree, the Carlyle Group, and Global Infrastructure partners, reflecting the firm's range of sector expertise. Andrea Schwartzman leads the global team from New York, advising top-tier funds and asset managers on fund formation and management issues. San Diego-based Nadia Sager maintains a global practice, working with many of the firm's headline clients, while DC-based former investment funds chair Barton Clark is also highly recommended for his work forming high-value funds internationally.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Schwartzman

Other key lawyers:

Nadia Sager; Barton Clark; Matthew Chase; Kathleen Walsh

Key clients

Searchlight Capital Partners

Global Infrastructure Partners

Great Hill Partners

Bay Grove Capital

Riverstone Holdings

Oaktree Capital Management

StepStone Real Estate

Onex Corporation

Diversis Capital Management

VMG Partners

GEF Capital Partners

Eaglehill Advisors

Orion Energy Partners

Real estate > Real estate Tier 3

Operating across a full range of asset classes, Latham & Watkins LLP's real estate team has considerable strength in corporate real estate transactions, including private equity deals, joint venture investments and developments, and real estate-related M&A. The team is jointly chaired by Robert Buday and New York-based duo Michael Haas and Michelle Kelban. On the finance front, the team represents lending banks, sovereign wealth funds and other investment funds, and borrowers including public real estate companies and high-end owners. Gary Axelrod is a name to note for real estate deals in the hospitality and leisure sectors. On the more junior end, Los Angeles-based associate Pablo Clarke is developing a strong reputation real estate debt structuring. Named lawyers are located in the Chicago office unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Robert Buday; Michael Haas; Michelle Kelban

Other key lawyers:

Gary Axelrod; Pablo Clarke; David Meckler; Hilary Shalla

Testimonials

Sophisticated and nuanced understanding of our company’s business, as well as the transitional commercial real estate debt markets more generally.’

Scott McPhee in the Los Angeles office is recommended.’

Key clients

Colony Capital

Starwood Capital Group

Lineage Logistics

ACORE Capital

Stepstone Real Estate Partners

Albertsons Companies

Loews Hotels

Walton Street Capital

The Blackstone Group

Healthpeak Properties (formerly HCP)

Brookfield

CenterPoint Properties Trust

Al Mirqab Holding

MBK Real Estate

Government > Government contracts Tier 4

Latham & Watkins LLP represents contractors in the defense, telecoms, and healthcare industries in multimillion-dollar bid protests, major transactions and corporate matters, including notable cross-border work. David Hazelton leads the practice and is experienced in False Claims Act litigation and investigations, while counsel and experienced litigator Kyle Jefcoat is recognized for his bid protest work. Anne Robinson specializes in white-collar matters, routinely representing clients in federal courts and before the US Government Accountability Office. The firm also has a sophisticated economic sanctions and customs practice which assists in the advisory components of deals. Dean Baxtresser is another name to note for complex litigation.

Practice head(s):

David Hazelton

Testimonials

‘Latham & Watkins is a large, highly capable law firm with a global reach and wide breadth of practice specialties – yet, they have the ability to focus on their clients issues as if theirs is the most important case they are pursuing. They are exceptionally responsive and work closely with their clients to incorporate client input into dispute resolution while still providing decisive legal counsel to ensure the case is not compromised by client bias.’

Individually, their partners are exceptionally knowledgeable and very responsive and express genuine concern for the issues their clients are facing. They are very careful to ensure the client understands the scope of effort that will be required as well as the opportunities and risks associated with alternate legal strategies. And, most of all, they are generally nice people who bond quickly and positively with their client’s team.’

The team has a depth of knowledge and experience that is unparalleled.’

My limited experience with the practice was through Kyle Jefcoat. He is very knowledgeable in the use, enforcement and politics of the various FAR/DFAR provisions and is able to navigate these and make them accessible to commercial business clients.’

Kyle Jefcoat was my primary contact, but I found him to be incredibly responsive and thoughtful in his guidance.’

When dealing with major issues, you don’t want a bunch of “Yes Men” around that simply tell you what you want to hear. They respectfully said, “we appreciate where you are coming from and your opinion, but our professional guidance is that you are not correct and your argument won’t hold water.”

Key clients

Cerner Corporation

Dow Chemical Company

Navistar Defense

Draken

Virgin Galactic

GS Caltex Corporation

Carlyle

SLSCO

DDB

International Justice Mission

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 4

The copyright team at Latham & Watkins LLP is composed of 'highly intelligent, skilled advocates', whom clients recognize as 'valued counselors', especially in music copyright litigation. Joint practice heads Andrew Gass and Joe Wetzel are based in the firm's San Francisco office. Gass has a track record of acting for household names such as Apple and iHeartMedia, whereas Wetzel - a recent arrival from King & Spalding LLP - counts Pandora among his key clients. Also recommended is Sy Damle in Washington DC, who previously worked as general counsel for the US Copyright Office.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Gass; Joe Wetzel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are careful advisers in assessing litigation but equally adept in policy discussions and the regulatory process. ‘

‘They understand the fine details of copyright law, but they also understand the needs of their clients. They are highly intelligent, skilled advocates, incredibly responsive, and valued counselors.’

‘Highly energetic and engaged team. Aggressive, willing to make strong recommendations. High focus on details.’

‘Andrew Gass is concise, bright, inventive and most of all understands that he is not the client.’

Key clients

Pandora Media

Radio Music License Committee

Live Nation

Apple

National Association of Broadcasters

Spotify

Digital Licensee Coordinator

Digital Media Association

Ralph Oman

iHeartMedia

Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design

Real estate > Real estate

Latham & Watkins offers clients across the globe innovative legal services and solutions to their most complex business issues and disputes. Building on a tradition of excellence in transactions, Latham provides robust complementary corporate and litigation advice and representation. Since 1934, the firm has expanded into a global legal powerhouse, a ‘one firm’ firm embodying a culture of collaboration. Today, Latham lawyers in offices in nearly all of the world’s major financial centers deliver seamless, top-quality client service.

Main areas of practice
Antitrust and competition: providing globally integrated service to clients facing issues relating to class actions, cartels, in-country and cross-border merger clearance, private antitrust and rapidly changing competition issues.

Banking: handling financing transactions in the US and globally on behalf of lenders, borrowers and purchasers.

Capital markets: advising US and international issuers, underwriters, placement agents and initial purchasers with a market-leading practice in offerings of equity, equity-linked and debt securities.

Emerging companies: advising on the entire growth cycle of a company, from organization and incorporation, to venture, mezzanine and late-stage funding and through to initial public offerings.

Energy: advising clients domestically and across borders on energy-related M&A, capital markets, project finance, regulatory, tax, environmental and litigation matters.

Environmental: serving clients in numerous industry sectors and markets across the US and Europe in all aspects of environmental, land use and natural resource law.

Financial regulatory: providing financial institutions with globally integrated regulatory, transactional and litigation practices capable of anticipating issues and providing advice needed to navigate today’s highly regulated capital and financial markets.

Intellectual property litigation: protecting, defending and capitalizing on intellectual property assets, through counseling, transactions and award-winning litigation.

Life sciences: harnessing deep knowledge of the economic, market, regulatory and political climates in which life sciences companies operate to advise industry participants on transactions, investigations, litigation, intellectual property matters and regulatory challenges.

Litigation and trial: leveraging a robust track record of providing trial as well as preventative advice and effective crisis management to clients in high-stakes controversies.

Mergers and acquisitions: handling enterprise-transforming deals for a wide range of strategic acquirers and private equity firms in the US and around the world, as well as providing day-to-day advice on corporate governance, proxy access and compliance issues.

Private equity: offering private equity funds and their portfolio companies a practice specializing in leveraged buyout structuring and financing, antitrust, executive compensation and tax, as well as exit strategies.

Project development and finance: providing clients with an integrated global team advising on structuring, documenting and negotiating development and financing agreements, as well as related issues associated with complex projects.

Restructuring, insolvency and workouts: advising debtors, sponsors, creditors and creditors’ committees on some of the most significant and innovative restructurings, including complex insolvencies and workouts.

Supreme Court and appellate: representing US and global clients in all aspects of appellate litigation before the US Supreme Court, as well as US and state appellate courts.

Tax: regularly advising on tax planning for multinational corporations, handling tax controversies before the US Internal Revenue Service and other tax authorities across Europe.

Technology: representing private and public companies, as well as venture capital firms and investment banks within the technology industry, on capital markets, antitrust, competition, employee benefits, financing, intellectual property and M&A matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and competition
Banking
Capital markets
Emerging companies
Energy
Environmental
Financial regulatory
Intellectual property litigation
Life sciences
Litigation and trial
Mergers and acquisitions
Private equity
Project development and finance
Restructuring, insolvency and workouts
Supreme Court and appellate
Tax
Technology
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Number of Partners : 600+
Number of Lawyers : 2,200+
Chair and managing partner : William H Voge

Latham & Watkins, one of the world’s premier global firms, offers clients decades of market-leading experience serving multinational companies, investment banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds, governments and other organizations based or operating in Latin America. Latham’s Latin America practice includes members in the firm’s offices around the globe who have ties to virtually every jurisdiction in Latin America and possess the legal expertise, cultural knowledge, Spanish and Portuguese language skills, and industry know-how to provide top-ranked advice.

Main practice areas
Antitrust and competition: Latham’s global antitrust and competition team provides integrated service to clients facing issues relating to in-country and cross-border merger clearance, state aid controversies, cartel defense and rapidly changing competition issues in Latin America and to Latin American clients facing similar issues in the US, EU, Asia and the Middle East.

Banking: the firm’s banking group handles a variety of sophisticated financing and funding transactions for lenders, borrowers and purchasers in Latin America. The firm represents market-leading financial institutions and financial services providers, and has participated in complex cross-border financings.

Capital markets: Latham’s capital markets practice has worked on ground-breaking capital markets transactions to meet clients’ capital-raising needs in Latin America. Latham handled Mexico’s first-ever energy sector IPO and Mexican Stock Exchange listing; Latin America’s largest high-yield offering during the 13 months ended 31 January 2014; and Latin America’s first insolvency exit.

Communications: Latham’s communications practice regularly represents Latin American, European and US clients doing business in the region on communications transactions and regulatory matters.

Corporate/mergers and acquisitions: the firm is recognized worldwide and in Latin America for advising on the most significant cross-border M&A and corporate transactions across a variety of industries, including natural resources, energy, mining and banking, as well as providing day-to-day advice to clients in Latin America on cross-border corporate governance and compliance issues.

Energy: Latham’s premier global energy practice routinely advises clients in Latin America and Latin American clients on energy-related M&A, private equity, capital markets, project finance, regulatory, tax, environmental and litigation matters. Latham’s clients in the energy sector are market leaders in both traditional and renewable power generation and transmission, oil and gas transportation, power and oil and gas marketing, as well as oil and gas exploration, production and refining.

Restructuring, insolvency and workouts: Latham is a leading global legal adviser to debtors, sponsors, creditors and creditors’ committees on some of the most significant and innovative cross-border and cross-industry restructurings, including those in Latin America.

Litigation/international arbitration: the firm’s internationally recognized litigation and dispute resolution practices handle multijurisdictional commercial disputes, class actions, white-collar and government investigations, mass torts and securities controversies. The firm has established a strong record representing corporations, state-owned entities and states in a variety of international disputes.

Project development/finance: Latham advises Latin American clients through every stage of the largest and most significant infrastructure projects in Latin America, using its experience within project development and financings, including structuring, documenting and negotiating development and financing agreements.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chair and managing partner William H Voge
Latin America practice Sony Ben-Moshe
Latin America practice Antonio Del Pino
Lawyers worldwide : 2,400+