Firm Profile > Latham & Watkins LLP > Los Angeles, United States

Latham & Watkins LLP
355 SOUTH GRAND AVENUE
LOS ANGELES, CA 90071-1560
United States

Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP is a global leader in DCM with a relatively evenly balanced practice of issuer and underwriter engagements, though it is slightly weighted toward issuer-side work. While its high-yield debt practice is universally recognized, its investment grade debt practice has grown considerably in the last five years, now accounting for around a third of its global debt transactions. It is now a highly credible challenger to the historical leaders in the field, particularly on the issuer side. Ian Schuman is global chair of the capital markets practice, while Gregory Rodgers has notable big-ticket deal experience. Marc Jaffe acts as global chair of the corporate department and has extensive experience of debt offerings. Named individuals are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Ian Schuman; Ryan Maierson

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Rodgers; Marc Jaffe; Benjamin Cohen; Brandon Bortner; Jason Licht

Testimonials

‘Latham has an incredibly deep bench for capital markets. We worked with them on our inaugural bond offering, completing the offering (all of the diligence, filings, presentations, etc.) in less than a month. That is very short, especially for an inaugural offering. They were able to provide the staff to scale up to our demanding timing – and the lawyers staffed were all well qualified.’

‘The capital markets partners at Latham do so many deals that they are authorities on what is market, what is trending and how various involved parties will react. That is extremely valuable when communicating with non-legal leadership (CEO, CFO) on transaction progress and any decisions that need to be made.’

‘Jason Licht was lead on the bond deal. He is very good at focusing on what actually matters. His explanations are crisp and devoid of unnecessary contingencies or distractions. He is an excellent project manager and can be trusted to keep a deal on track and hitting all deliverables on time or ahead of time.’

Manu Gayatrinath was lead on the banking side. She has an incredibly sharp sense of humor that helped focus our team when tasks required many hours of careful reading and attention to detail. During these marathon sessions team members (not hers, but mine) would go down rabbit holes, and Manu and her partner Katie Putnam would bring the conversation back to material items.’

Key clients

Amgen Inc.

Bank of America

Barclays

Broadcom Inc.

DXC Technology Company

Energy Transfer Operating, L.P.

Jefferies

J.P. Morgan

Mastercard Incorporated

Morgan Stanley

Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP had a blockbuster 2020, earning a market leading position in both issuer and underwriter engagements, including many of the most significant deals in the market. As a top national and international firm, it operates in every industry, but its emphasis on building its presence in the life sciences and tech sectors has contributed to its leading position in the equity market, more generally. This was further cemented in 2020 with the hire of tech sector capital markets leader Richard Kline and Sarah Axtell from Goodwin's Silicon Valley office. Alison Haggerty, a life sciences and tech capital markets specialist, also joined the New York office from Cooley LLP in December 2020. Special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) offerings is another area of particular expertise. The senior team, features a number of top practitioners, including Ian Schuman, who leads the global capital markets practice; outstanding practitioner Gregory Rodgers, who is a leader in direct listings; life sciences expert Nathan Ajiashvili; and global corporate chair Marc Jaffe. Named lawyers are based in New York unless specified otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Ian Schuman; Ryan Maierson; Rüdiger Malaun; Cathy Yeung

Other key lawyers:

Richard Kline; Brian Cuneo; Rachel Sheridan; Sarah Axtell; Alison Haggerty; Marc Jaffe; Peter Handrinos; Michael Benjamin

Testimonials

‘Michael Benjamin is an outstanding partner in all securities related fields.’

Key clients

American Airlines Group Inc.

Bank of America

Barclays

Casper Sleep Inc.

Goldman Sachs

GoodRx

J.P. Morgan

Nevro Corp.

Shift4 Payments, Inc.

Zentalis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Capital markets: global offerings Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP's eminence across the equity and debt space and its international standing and reach, makes it a top firm for global offerings, particularly those originating from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm is also active in Latin America offerings and is a dominant player in the Israeli market. I na recent highlight, New York partner Nathan Ajiashvili and London's Joshua Kiernan advised NeoGames, the Israel-based online gaming and lottery business, on its Nasdaq IPO. Global chair of the corporate department Marc Jaffe is a frequent advisor to non-US issuers in debt and equity offerings, and global chair of the capital markets group Ian Schuman is another titan of the global offering segment. The firm is recognized as a leader in both issuer and underwriter work.

Practice head(s):

Ian Schuman; Ryan Maierson; Rüdiger Malaun; Cathy Yeung

Other key lawyers:

Marc Jaffe; Nathan Ajiashvili

Key clients

Abcam plc

Ascendis Pharma

Bank of America

Barclays

Citigroup

Farfetch

Fiverr International Limited

Goldman Sachs

HeadHunter

Morgan Stanley

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP is one of the leading firms across issuer and underwriter engagements, enjoying a top-of-the-table spot in issuer representations and maintaining a strong second in underwriter-side mandates. In addition to a solid and consistent flow of transactions, it is noted for major event-driven deals, especially leveraged buyouts, and large-scale restructurings and refinancings. Of recent note, the team advised American Airlines on its $2.5bn senior notes offering at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Global chair of the capital markets practice Ian Schuman and Marc Jaffe, global chair of the corporate department, are giants in the capital markets space, including in the high-yield segment. Washington DC's Rachel Sheridan is another pivotal figure, while Stelios Saffos is a fast emerging talent. All named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Ian Schuman; Ryan Maierso; Rüdiger Malaun; Cathy Yeung

Other key lawyers:

Marc Jaffe; Rachel Sheridan; Stelios Saffos; Keith Halverstam; Senet Bischoff

Key clients

Bank of America

Barclays

Credit Suisse

J.P. Morgan

Jefferies

Morgan Stanley

One Rock Capital Partners

Scientific Games

Shift4 Payments, Inc.

The Carlyle Group

Cartel Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP has a demonstrable ability to seamlessly handle follow-on litigation, offering 'sound strategic litigation advice that is proven by the results obtained in court'. The firm fields a robust cartel investigation team, which often appears as global coordinating counsel in international cartel investigations, in which it leverages its reach worldwide; it handles investigations in countries as far-flung as China, South Africa and Brazil, among others. Led globally by Amanda Reeves in Washington DC, the group counts among its ranks San Francisco-based Niall Lynch, an 'extremely knowledgeable cartel lawyer' who specializes in high-stakes criminal and civil price-fixing investigations with an international bent. In New York, Elizabeth Prewitt ('very well-regarded in the DOJ and effective') focuses on matters arising in the financial services, technology and pharmaceutical sectors. Bay Area-based global vice chair Belinda Lee is also highly experienced in multi-jurisdictional investigations.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Reeves; Belinda Lee

Other key lawyers:

Niall Lynch; Elizabeth Prewitt; Daniel Wall; Lawrence Buterman; Ashley Bauer; Meaghan Thomas-Kennedy

Key clients

StarKist Co.

Olam Peanut Shelling Company

BMW AG

Ferrellgas

Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Korea Corporation

Toyo Denso

Sumida Corporation

Union Pacific Railroad Company

Tim Mulrenin

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 1

'Distinguished in the field of antitrust for some time', Latham & Watkins LLP routinely handles all strands of antitrust and competition law, both in the US and globally, securing early dismissals, negotiating advantageous settlements and prevailing at trial in cases alleging anti-competitive collusion, monopolization, distribution and pricing policies, industry standard-setting and unfair pricing. In Washington DC, the team is notable for its DOJ and FTC expertise; while on the West Coast, the firm's Californian offices focus on antitrust issues affecting big-tech. Amanda Reeves chairs the global antitrust and competition group in Washington DC. In San Francisco, Daniel Wall has an enviable track record in litigating antitrust appeals and defending high-profile class actions, including in the US Supreme Court, while Christopher Yates specializes in assisting hi-tech and sports sector clients. It also has a nascent practice in New York, led locally by Lawrence Buterman. Other names to note in San Francisco are Al Pfeiffer and Jennifer Giordano, and Belinda Lee, who serves as global vice chair of the group from the Bay Area office.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Reeves; Belinda Lee

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Wall; Christopher Yates; Al Pfeiffer; Lawrence Buterman; Jennifer Giordano

Testimonials

‘Latham has distinguished itself in the field of antitrust for some time. However, in more recent years, the firm has developed a deep team of civil litigation attorneys with music licensing rate-setting experience. The combination of antitrust and music licensing expertise distinguishes Latham from all other competing firms.’

‘Margaret Zwisler and Jennifer Giordano are excellent antitrust attorneys. They are standouts in terms of courtroom litigation and strategy.’

Key clients

BMW AG

United States Soccer Federation, Inc.

Genentech, Inc.

DoorDash

Ferrellgas

Live Nation

Surescripts, LLC

Dairy Farmers of America

Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.

General Electric Co., GE Healthcare, Inc.

Toshiba Corporation

Highmark Inc.

Radio Music License Committee

Cox Enterprises, Inc.

JELD-WEN, Inc.

Olam Peanut Shelling Company

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

Latham & Watkins LLP’s bicoastal employee benefits and executive compensation practice has established strength in advising public companies and private equity firms on high-profile, high-value M&A transactions, and also has equal capabilities in handling headline IPOs. Market leader Bradd Williamson in New York is is a contact in this regard. Restructuring mandates have also been prominent in the team's recent caseload. Also recommended in New York is Austin Ozawa, who has expertise in Title 1 matters, while, in Washington DC, David Della Rocca acts as primary benefits counsel to clients including The Carlyle Group. Los Angeles-based Laurence Seymour and James Metz in Silicon Valley are key contacts on the West Coast.

Practice head(s):

Bradd Williamson; David Della Rocca

Other key lawyers:

Laurence Seymour; James Metz; Austin Ozawa; Julie Crisp

Key clients

Aon

Leonard Green & Partners

The Carlyle Group

Hyundai Motor Group

Intuit

T-Mobile

Virgin Galactic

Digital Realty Trust

Postmates, Inc.

Momenta

Endeavor

LogMeIn

Honey Science Corporation

Insomniac Games, Inc.

Sasol

William Lyon Homes

Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 1

Benefiting from a 'deep knowledge of the energy industry' and forming part of the firm's 'world-class' broader energy transactions team, Latham & Watkins LLP's multi-disciplinary group advises developers, sponsors and banks across the spectrum of power mandates, from M&A transactions and joint venture structuring, through to advice on development projects and development finance-related matters. Much of the transactional work is led from the firm's New York office, with many of its corporate lawyers regularly advising private equity sponsors, as well as strategics, on M&A work in the conventional power space. New York-based practitioner David Kurzweil is a key member of the team and recently advised energy services company Avangrid on its acquisition of listed energy holding company, PNM Resources, via a reverse triangular merger. Also based in New York, global vice chair of the firm's corporate department, Paul Kukish regularly handles private equity-led power-related M&A work, as well as assisting energy companies on their debt capital markets issuances. Benefiting from a comprehensive knowledge of the complex regulatory framework underpinning the domestic electricity market, Washington DC-based partner David Schwartz remains a vital resource to clients, not only on standalone regulatory mandates, but also on the drafting of power-related commercial contracts (including transmission agreements) and on M&A and finance mandates in the sector. On the project finance side, Los Angeles-based partner Jeffrey Greenberg is regularly engaged in the development, finance, sale and acquisition of single projects in the conventional power space, while New York-based partner Eli Katz, who is global vice chair of the energy and infrastructure group, excels at tax equity financings within the renewables space, in particular.

Practice head(s):

Eli Katz

Other key lawyers:

David Kurzweil; Jeffrey Greenberg; Paul Kukish; David Owen; Jane Greyf; Aaron Hullman

Testimonials

‘The firm has deep knowledge of the energy industry.’

Key clients

Avangrid, Inc.

Panda Power Funds

Vistra Energy

Global Infrastructure Partners

Carlyle Power Partners

NRG Energy

AES

CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

MRP West Power Holdings II, LLC

JetPeak LLC

Pinecone Power, LLC

Capitol Investment Corp. IV

Energy Capital Partners III

Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 1

Combining 'deep knowledge of the energy industry', with 'top-notch' and 'practical' transactional expertise, Latham & Watkins LLP is frequently engaged in the most significant oil and gas-related mandates for myriad stakeholders, including corporates, funds, government institutions and lenders'Pragmatic in their application of the law' and benefiting from a 'good feel for the market and how to get deals done', clients benefit not only from core transactional expertise but also the ability to draw on complementary expertise in key areas including antitrust and regulatory. Recognized as 'one of the premier young lawyers in the energy industry', the return of Justin Stolte  (who is now global chair of the energy and infrastructure group) in February 2020 from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP was a significant coup for the firm, underscoring its commitment to transactional work in the sector. 'Capable of handling "traditional" oil and gas transactions', including midstream and upstream work, Stolte has 'also shown an eagerness to expand his skillset into new and innovative segments of the industry', including the renewables sector. The 'responsive and efficientStephen Szalkowski has an excellent reputation for advising on upstream and midstream M&A, in particular, and is a key member of the team. Also recommended are the 'business-orientedRobin Fredrickson and Ryan Maierson. All named practitioners are based out of Houston.

Practice head(s):

Justin Stolte

Other key lawyers:

Robin Fredrickson; Michael King; Ryan Maierson; Jeffrey Muñoz; Stephen Szalkowski; Lauren Anderson; Nick Dhesi; Chris Bennett

Testimonials

‘They are great at focusing on and distilling the key issues for the client. The lawyers display a high attention to detail and are focused on getting the deal done.’

‘Latham & Watkins has assembled a very strong team in the oil and gas transactional area. They have very capable partners and associates and bring a great deal of experience to the table. They have probably worked on as many or more oil and gas transactions over the past ten years as any other firm out there.’

‘Of all the firms we work with, Latham & Watkins is the most responsive and effective at helping us negotiate complex transactions. They have a good feel for the market and how to get deals done. They very pragmatic in their application of the law as it relates to language in transaction documents. It is also great to work with a firm that has a deep bench of subject matter experts in various areas of energy e.g. regulatory matters, antitrust, etc.’

‘The energy transactions team at Latham & Watkins is world-class. They have deep knowledge of the energy industry and their oil and gas transactional lawyers are top-notch. You can rest assured that you will be well-represented if you hire them.’

‘I think one of the things that makes Latham & Watkins unique is how well they understand our business. Working with them is like having an extended in-house team. They are flexible and willing to do as much or as little as needed for the circumstances. They are smart, experienced, and professional. I value their expertise and judgment and couldn’t be effective in-house without their assistance.’

‘The Latham attorneys are some of the smartest if not the most intelligent lawyers with whom I’ve ever worked. Not only are they smart and experienced but they have good judgment and have a really good grasp of the business I support and the company’s culture and way of doing things.’

‘Justin Stolte is one of the premier young lawyers in the energy industry. Not only is he capable of handling “traditional” oil and gas transactions, but has also shown an eagerness to expand his skillset into new and innovative segments of the industry. He is not out of his depth on any size transaction. He also excels at client development and cares about his clients’ businesses as if they were his own.’

‘Robin Fredrickson is simply outstanding at what she does. She has tremendous experience in this area and is well-versed in what the trends are in this space. Most importantly she brings a very business-oriented approach to a transaction. She understands what is important, and just as importantly what is not. One additional key attribute Robin possesses is that she is extremely efficient. She can turn a document extremely quickly, which is important to the client as you try to get a transaction to closing.’

‘Stephen Szalkowski is responsive, efficient, and very competent.’

Key clients

Blackstone Energy Partners L.P.

Sasol Chemicals (USA) LLC

CONSOL Energy Inc.

Hess Midstream Partners LP

Shell Midstream Partners, L.P.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

IPSCO Tubulars Inc.

Dow Chemical Company

Citizen Energy Operating, LLC

Equitrans Midstream Corporation

Enagás S.A.

Pembina U.S. Corporation

Alta Mesa Holdings, LP

CNX Resources Corporation

Riverstone Holdings LLC

Hess Corporation

Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 1

Led from Los Angeles by Jeffrey Greenberg  and able to draw upon a huge pool of resources from other offices on the East and West Coasts, including New York and San Diego, Latham & Watkins LLP's project development and finance practice has an 'excellent perspective of market trends and commercial norms', acting for sponsors, developers and lenders engaged in renewables matters. Although the firm has expertise across all phases of the development and financing of renewable power projects, it adds particular value on later stage mandates and matters requiring complex financing requirements, involving debt throughout the capital structure. Recent highlights include Greenberg's work for MUFG Bank, as lead arranger, on the $1.1bn financing to facilitate the  project financing of multiple geothermal facilities located in Sonoma County and Lake County, California. New York-based tax partner Eli Kazt is also a pivotal member of the team due to the importance of tax incentives for equity investors deploying capital to help fund solar and wind projects throughout the country. New York-based partner Matthew Henegar is appreciated for his ability to structure deals involving complex inter-creditor arrangements, while at a slightly more junior level, San Diego-based partner Omar Nazif is gaining market recognition for his balanced offering on behalf of developers, sponsors and financial institutions engaged in the development and financing of wind, solar, and geothermal energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Greenberg

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Henegar; Eli Katz; Paul Hunt; Omar Nazif

Testimonials

‘ The team has an excellent perspective of market trends and commercial norms.

Key clients

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

LS Power, LLC

Rancho Seco Solar II LLC

Ørsted A/S

Orion Energy Partners Investment Agent LLC

RE Maplewood Holdings LLC

Borrowed Sunshine, LLC

Vivint Solar Inc

8minute US Solar

Hillcrest Equity Holdings, LLC

DESRI Portfolios Financing, LLC

AEIF V IGS Solar, LLC

Ares Management Corporation

Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P.

ConnectGen LLC

Energy Capital Partners

Total S.A.

Environment: litigation Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP has secured its position in the top echelons of the US environmental legal market given its presence in a lead role capacity on some of the most high-profile environmental litigation cases over the past four decades. Leading corporations in the chemicals, energy, manufacturing, transport and defense sectors routinely seek the team's advice on and representation in high-stakes environmental disputes involving toxic tort, air and water quality, climate change and insurance matters. The nationwide environment, land and resources department is under the leadership of James Arnone in Los Angeles and Janice Schneider in Washington DC, while the environmental litigation practice is led by renowned trial lawyer Mary Rose Alexander. Alexander is recommended for her long-standing experience in multi-state and multi-forum environmental litigation, defending companies in some of their most challenging matters. Robin Hulshizer is another name to note in Chicago. On the West Coast, San Diego-based Robert Howard has strong credentials in high-profile criminal and civil environmental cases in federal and state courts.

Practice head(s):

James Arnone; Janice Schneider; Mary Rose Alexander

Other key lawyers:

Robin Hulshizer; Robert Howard; Shawn Cobb; Gary Gengel; Kegan Brown

Testimonials

‘They are quick, selective and prescriptive. My go-to when I want to win.’

‘Close to 20 years ago, I met and developed an ongoing relationship with Gary Gengel. Gary is unassuming, confident, demonstrative and insightful in his stewardship of clients and of the leadership he provides those he sponsors. These qualities are not only evidenced by his advancement to Latham (and his many clients who have followed him), but Gary is able to navigate consensus where conflict would be naturally assumed. Further, his leadership, or perhaps just in the merging of styles, I have found that his partners in environmental matters across the firm have had a consistently reliable affability, giving clients the confidence to trust Latham, and even sometimes just themselves, with a curated path to resolution.’

‘National practice; expertise in local, state and national environmental matters.’

‘Collaborates across practice areas and between offices to build the best team for the client.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable and knack for developing novel theories. Overall pleasure to work with. Receptive to be pushed to think harder and more creatively.’

Key clients

Baxter International

Bloom Energy

Chevron

Clorox

Dow Chemical

Gannett

General Dynamics

Monsanto (recently acquired by Bayer)

Montrose Chemical Company

Navistar

Northrup Grumman

Sequa

Weyerhaeuser Company

Environment: regulatory Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP offers clients access to a large cross-discipline pool of seasoned practitioners with comprehensive knowledge of the key regulatory and legislative issues in the environmental sphere. Standing out for its international exposure, the team advises on cutting-edge environmental matters, including climate change, and is skilled at representing clients before federal and state agencies in major proceedings and rulemakings. James Arnone coordinates the global environmental, land and resources department from Los Angeles, receiving key support from former US assistant secretary for land and minerals management at the US Department of the Interior (DOI) Janice Schneider in Washington DC. Also recommended in DC are Tommy Beaudreau, who previously worked at the DOI, and is a key figure in the project siting and approvals practice; and Stacey VanBelleghem, a climate change and Clean Air Act specialist. In New York, Gary Gengel focuses on environmental regulatory and remediation issues for automotive, chemicals and food manufacturing clients; and Kegan Brown has expertise in the chemicals, oil and gas and other industrial sectors.

Practice head(s):

James Arnone; Janice Schneider; JP Brisson; Chris Norton

Other key lawyers:

Tommy Beaudreau; Gary Gengel; Kegan Brown; Stacey VanBelleghem; Devin O’Connor

Key clients

8 Minute Solar Energy

American Airlines Group

Arizona Public Service Company

Avangrid

China International Business Dialogue on Environmental Governance (CIBDEG)

Continental Maritime/Huntington Ingalls

Equity LifeStyle Properties

General Dynamics

Montrose Chemical Corporation of California

National Coalition for Advanced Transportation

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company

San Diego Gas & Electric

Scotts Miracle-Gro

Terra-Gen

Environment: transactional Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP is home to one of the biggest environmental law groups in the market, made up of several former senior government officials and experienced environmental attorneys that support the firm's prolific corporate practice on transactions both domestically and internationally. Recognized as global-leading advisers to the private equity sector, the team's client roster further features major international financial institutions and blue-chip corporations operating in highly regulated industries, such as energy, manufacturing and chemicals. Offering coverage from coast to coast, the national environment, land and resources department is under the leadership of James Arnone (Los Angeles) and Janice Schneider (Washington DC). Regulatory and transactional work are overseen by leading carbon lawyer Jean-Philippe Brisson (New York) and Christopher Norton (Orange County). James Barrett routinely leads on major environmental law mandates for top PE and project finance-sector clients from the Washington DC office. Joel Mack, who is noted for his sector expertise in oil and gas, mining and renewable energy, is the key contact in Houston. Based in Orange County, Joshua Bledsoe focuses on climate change, carbon regulatory regimes and renewable projects.

Practice head(s):

James Arnone; Janice Schneider; Jean-Philippe Brisson; Chris Norton

Other key lawyers:

James Barrett; Joel Mack; Joshua Bledsoe

Testimonials

‘Latham & Watkins attorneys are always responsive, thorough, efficient, and knowledgeable. Their regulatory attorneys, such the environmental team, are fully current with the latest regulatory developments, and have strong connections to agency decision-makers that allow them to achieve optimal results. The Latham deal teams also are up-to-date on current market trends, and are fully conversant with the most complex deal structures and processes. Based on our experience, I recommend Latham for any project or legal issue.’

‘Our principal environmental attorney is partner James Barrett, in the DC office. We have worked with James on a number of regulatory and transactional projects. His advice and support have been consistently helpful and timely, always producing optimal results. Over the years, we have worked with Latham associates who have gone on to lead practices of their own within the firm. These relationships have all proven to be valuable to us.’

Key clients

Bain Private Equity

Blackstone Energy Partners

Carlyle Group

CenterPoint

Cogentrix

Equitrans Midstream

Hexion

IPSCO

Microsoft

Novolex

Occidential Petroleum

RMG

Shell Midstream Partners

Fintech Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP's broad experience is reflected in its impressively diverse clientbase, which ranges from start-ups through to major financial institutions, as well as established technology companies and investment funds. The team is active across the spectrum of legal matters in the sector, including financial regulatory and litigation, corporate finance, project development, IP, data privacy and cybersecurity. Clients also benefit from the firm's global reach, that includes coverage in most key jurisdictions. Payments and financial services expert Todd Beauchamp leads the team from the Washington DC office, which also includes Mitchell Rabinowitz and Jenny Cieplak, who have a strong track record representing financial institutions investing in new technologies. Other key members include New York's Stephen Wink, global co-chair of the firm's blockchain and cryptocurrency task force.

Practice head(s):

Todd Beauchamp

Other key lawyers:

Mitchell Rabinowitz; Jenny Cieplak; Stephen Wink

Testimonials

‘Technical excellence is of course a given – and expected at a firm like Latham – but when combined with business and sector knowledge as well as great stakeholder management – the Latham team is top of the list for me.’

‘Mitch Rabinowitz, Jenny Cieplak and Masha Smith are a great team – they are great lawyers technically as one would expect, but also so committed and available that you forget they work outside your company. They have become part of the fabric of our company in a world where so many lawyers can feel like hired guns. Mitch Rabinowitz is one of the best deal lawyers out there – super smart and creative but also very practical.’

‘Deep understanding and deep personal sense of responsibility to the client’

‘Mitch Rabinowitz, Gail Crawford and Nicola Higgs have provided exceptional service throughout my long working relationship with them. Their insights, unequaled bedside manner, availability and deep knowledge are invaluable.’

‘I have relied on the managing partner for the Global Payments Practice at Latham & Watkins, Todd Beauchamp, at several companies on a variety of issues, and notably at a recent Fintech startup. Todd and his team produce. Todd, his team, and the broader infrastructure of Latham gave me peace of mind. I did not have to worry that the company was being over billed, the issue would not be handled optimally, or that other company stakeholders would not be worked with. He is my first go to for myself and any colleague that is in-house who asks for a referral. This is not just for payments. Todd has helped on matters beyond his practice area with general guidance and sound business strategy, and leveraging those with subject matter expertise.’

‘Todd is my first call for myself or a first recommendation when it comes to anything payments related, and this is both in the US and globally. His experience cross cuts five person startups, all the way up to Fortune 500 companies. This is quite the spread, but he has the key principals down and those ring true across startups and public, global entities.

I have worked with other outside attorneys at competitor firms and feel let down. Sure, large firms will mimic each other to a certain extent, but law firms are still a human capital driven industry, and my main point is that Todd seems to me to be 2-3 standard deviations out from the mean when it comes to problem solving, communication, and client happiness. He loves his work and team. It shows.

Key clients

Acorns Grow Incorporated

Airswap

Andris

BlockFi

Bond.One

Citigroup

Celsius Network

Central Bank of Egypt

Coinbase

ConsenSys

CrossLend

CVC Capital Partners Limited

DemystData

DNS Cap

Energy Web Foundation

Eris Clearing LLC / ErisX

eToro Group Limited

FBG Capital

Funding Circle Holding Limited

FXSpotStream

Intelligent Cross LLC

Intuit

LG Pay

Lianlian Pay

Linden Lab

Lonestar Investments

MEMX / Members Exchange

MoonPay

Nanopay Corporation

NetSpend Corporation

OkCoin Securities

OSL

Pantera Capital

Paradigm

Primary Markets LLC / DirectBooks

Propel, Inc.

R3

Radical App, LLC

RealBlocks

Retirement Clearinghouse

SJMX

StartEngine

Symphony Communications

TNF Capital

Trumid

Uniswap

Valis Capital

Veridium Foundation

Vesper

Wyre Inc.

Zanbato

Zopa

Healthcare: life sciences Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP is renowned for its healthcare and FDA regulatory practice, which is working alongside government bodies to develop policy and proposals for therapeutic and vaccine development for Covid-19. The practice group also benefits from the strength of the firm's corporate team, which includes Silicon Valley-based partners Brian Cuneo, Judith Hasko, Alan Mendelson and Mark Roeder, all of whom have deep experience of financing, corporate and commercial transactions in the sector. Contacts in New York include financing expert Nathan Ajiashvili, and patent litigation specialists Arlene Chow and Ernest Yakob, both of whom joined from Hogan Lovells US LLP in June 2020. The team also expanded its capabilities in Washington DC, with the lateral hire of Adam Perlman, former co-chair of patent litigation at Williams & Connolly LLP. IP litigator Michael Morin and regulatory experts John Manthei, Ben Haas and Elizabeth Richards are also recommended in the Washington DC office.

Practice head(s):

Brian Cuneo; Michael Morin; Terra Reynolds; Robbie McLaren ; John Manthei; Judith Hasko

Other key lawyers:

Alan Mendelson; Mark Roeder; Nathan Ajiashvili; Arlene Chow; Ernest Yakob; Adam Perlman; Ben Haas; Elizabeth Richards

Testimonials

‘Life Sciences team at Latham & Watkins has exceptional knowledge about FDA-related regulatory issues and provides practical and timely solutions to addressing such matters.’

‘Although a client firm may need to access one or two disciplines within Latham for a specific business transaction, one value of the firm is their fully-integrated structure. This allows Latham to bring deep expertise to the table, after careful consideration and internal dialog with other functional disciplines across their organization.’

‘Judith Hasko is simply tremendous. This was my first time working directly with her on a transaction. Not only did Judith surpass my expectations on each of those specific points, but what impressed me the most was her innate ability to maintain a calm and highly engaging demeanour balanced with a firm position to ensure her client partners secure the best long-term positions.’

‘Elizabeth Richards is highly knowledgeable in the practice area and always responds to our inquiries in a timely manner, providing well-thought-out advice at a pace commensurate with our business and our industry.’

Key clients

3OE Scientific

Abbott Laboratories

Abcam plc

Aligos Therapeutics, Inc

Amgen

Annexon, Inc.

Astellas Pharma

Atea Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

AVEO

Avidity Biosciences, Inc.

Ayala Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Aziyo Biologics, Inc

Berkeley Lights, Inc.

Eagle Pharmaceuticals

Eargo, Inc.

Eli Lilly

Emerja Corporation

Fractyl Laboratories

Galera Therapeutics, Inc.

GRAIL, Inc.

Harmony Biosciences Holdings, Inc.

Hemanext

Inari Medical, Inc.

Johnson & Johnson

Lyra Therapeutics, Inc.

Merck

Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Nestlé Health Science S.A.

Orig3n

Pneumico

Puma Biotechnology Inc.

Ra Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Revolution Medicines, Inc.

Ridgeback Biotherapeutics

Siemens Healthineers AG

SQZ Biotechnologies Company

The Ventilator Project

Zentalis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Land use/zoning Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP fields one of the country's largest teams for land use and zoning and has a reach that extends across the United States. Environmental law, and its implications for project development, is a standout strength of the practice, but the wide range of sectors covered also sets it apart. Recent highlights reflect this, whether in the transport sector, where Lucinda Starrett at the Los Angeles office led advice to Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies on the Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit project, or in renewable energy, where Janice Schneider led a team from Washington DC and San Diego in advising a number of energy and finance clients on their most significant on-shore renewable projects. Global chair of the environment, land and resources department James Arnone is a land-use and environmental law expert whose 2020 highlights included a number of significant developments in the entertainment sphere. Alongside Arnone in Los Angeles, George Mihlsten has vast experience in securing regulatory approvals for large-scale developments and co-ordinating large teams for innovative resource-heavy projects. Washington DC-based environment litigation and energy projects expert Tommy Beaudreau serves as co-chair of the project siting and approvals group alongside Los Angeles-based Duncan Moore, who has 15 years of experience in land use, real estate and land use litigation. Christopher Garrett retired from the partnership in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

James Arnone; Janice Schneider; Tommy Beaudreau; Duncan Moore

Other key lawyers:

George Mihlsten; Lucinda Starrett

Key clients

8 Minute Solar Energy

Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies

American Airlines

Avangrid Renewables

California American Water Company (Cal-Am)

City of Hope National Medical Center

CORE/Grand Avenue

Crescent Heights

Faring Capital

FivePoint Holdings/Newhall Land & Farming Company

Hudson Pacific Properties

Los Angeles Football Club

NBCUniversal

Oakland Athletics

Paramount Pictures

Terra-Gen

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

M&A litigation: defense Tier 1

The litigation group at Latham & Watkins LLP is 'willing to take tough positions and create downside for plaintiffs'. One client notes that the firm has 'experienced trial attorneys who know what they can prove in court, which is essential in these cases'. Among them are lead partners Michele Johnson in Orange County, who is global chair of the firm's litigation and trial department, and Blair Connelly in New York, who is vice-chair of the securities and professional liability practice. The two oversee a practice that operates coast-to-coast from 11 offices, putting the firm in prime position to handle deal-related actions anywhere in the US. Johnson and Colleen Smith in San Diego defeated a proposed class action against Oncternal Therapeutics after the company went public via a reverse merger with biopharmaceutical company GTx. Newly promoted partner Hilary Mattis in Silicon Valley is 'very responsive and excellent in managing these cases'. Her outstanding work includes representing Avago Technologies in a proposed class action filed in California claiming that Emulex Corp concealed that Avago Technologies' $606m acquisition offer was too low. Counsel Kristin Murphy in Orange County is another emerging talent, whose recent work includes high-profile litigation for Dell Technologies.

Practice head(s):

Michele Johnson; Blair Connelly

Other key lawyers:

Colleen Smith; Hilary Mattis; Kristin Murphy

Testimonials

‘Excellent communication. Excellent negotiation positioning, as these cases rarely go to trial. Willing to take tough positions and create downside for plaintiffs. Good presentations to the board and interaction with insurers. Practical advice on case management. Experienced trial attorneys who know what they can prove in court, which is essential in these cases.’

‘Very responsive to and patient with all my otherwise dumb questions. Hilary Mattis is very responsive and excellent in managing these cases.’

Key clients

Aphria

ArcLight Capital LLC

Avago Technologies

Camping World

Dell Technologies

DXC Technology

K.C. Crosthwaite

LRN Corporation

Larry Ellison and Safra Catz

Maxar Technologies

Mellanox Technologies

Oncternal Therapeutics

Restoration Robotics

Wesco Aircraft Holdings

M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP has an active and diverse M&A offering, working with blue-chip Fortune 500 clients on both a repeat basis and as a specialist deal counsel. Regular workflows for the team include strategic and balance sheet acquisitions and sales, business-critical M&A, and SPAC-related transactions. The firm has benefited from its investment in the tech and life sciences sectors, having recently closed several major transactions in those industries. Standout mandates in 2020 include representing NVIDIA in its landmark $40bn acquisition of Arm Limited, and acting for Siemens Health in its $16.3bn purchase of Varian Health Systems. The team is led by Silicon Valley-based Luke Bergstrom and Houston's Michael Dillard. In Orange County, Charles Ruck has a strong record in tech-related mega-deals—having led the NVIDIA transaction among others—while Josh Dubofsky has advised on a variety of public and private M&A in multiple key industries, also working closely with boards on wider corporate concerns, including activist investor issues. In New York, Justin Hamill is an up-and-coming specialist in high-value M&A, and has been particularly active in SPAC deals, including OpenDoor's $4.8bn merger with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. Also in New York, Peter Harwich regularly advises major listed companies on strategic acquisitions and larger bet-the-company deals.

Practice head(s):

Luke Bergstrom; Michael Dillard

Other key lawyers:

Charles Ruck; Josh Dubofsky; Justin Hamill; Peter Harwich

Testimonials

‘The team at Latham is unsurpassed in its experience handling large deals of varied types: public-public combinations, sponsor-led acquisitions, representing strategic buyers in competitive bid situations, etc. Their deep experience with the players involved in a deal enables them to provide practical advice that anticipates pain points and leads to good outcomes.’

‘Charles Ruck is the lead partner. Charles is as experienced, seasoned and professional as he is laid back, flexible and fun. He is a pro at speaking to non-legal executives (CEO, CFO and other business leads) in a way that makes complex deal issues accessible and he weighs in effectively on material business decisions, while knowing legal’s place in a growth business, i.e. not coming off as arrogant or out of touch with business objectives. Charles has built an incredible team of knowledgeable, skilled, client-service orientated deal soldiers who emanate his unique combination of surgical precision and flexibility.’

The LW team we work with has a remarkable degree of market presence. They participate in an unusually large proportion of the deals occurring in our sector (energy). As a result, their grasp of market trends and terms is very current and based on real personal experience. I think that distinguishes their advice from that of teams whose information is more second-hand. The members of our LW team are extremely practical and creative. They work hard to develop solutions for us, and they are not afraid to give real, reasoned advice even when the law may be unclear.’

‘Deep domain knowledge, ability to react quickly and complete things in a timely manner. Brings other parts of the firm together as needed.’

‘Josh Dubofsky thinks about things from a business perspective, not just a legal perspective. He sees the big picture and knows what points to go for and what points to give on.’

‘Josh Dubofsky is a brilliant legal mind who has been through every possible issue which may arise in a transaction and therefore is always able to come up with a creative solution. Josh not only provides best in class legal advice but he also understands the business of the client and its needs and tailors his advice to it.

Key clients

Aon PLC

J.P. Morgan

NVIDIA Corporation

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

Siemen Healthineers

Grail, Inc.

Intuit, Inc.

Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Advantage Solutions, Inc.

DXC Technology Company

Opendoor Labs, Inc.

Shell Midstream Partners, L.P., Conflicts Committee of Shell Midstream Partners, L.P.

Honey Science Corporation

Postmates Inc.

Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc.

Callaway Golf Company

Desktop Metal, Inc.

RMG Acquisition Corporation

Nestlé USA, Inc.

Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP has broad expertise in commercial agreements, IP, reputation management and employment, and has been very active in cases relating to the downfall of Harvey Weinstein. This has included defending Miramax and the deputy CEO of Technicolor, Tim Sarnoff, in high-stakes cases involving alleged criminal behavior, employment issues, bankruptcy and general crisis management. Marvin Putnam has taken the lead on these particular cases. Jessica Stebbins Bina has also been involved in high-stakes litigation including MGM’s lawsuit concerning its potentially damaging tapes of Donald Trump on The Apprentice. She has also been very active in copyright cases and the issues surrounding pre-1972 recordings. Junior partner Robert Ellison is another key name noted for his strengths in disputes concerning commercial and trade secrets issues, as well as matters relating to #MeToo.

Practice head(s):

Marvin Putnam

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Stebbins Bina; Robert Ellison

Key clients

Apple Inc.

Associations of Talent Agents (ATA)

BKG Trademark Holdings

Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA)

ICM Partners

iHeartMedia

Johnny Mathis

Los Angeles Dodgers (Guggenheim Baseball Management)

Madison Wells Media, LLC

MGM

Miramax

MSG Forum, LLC

Pandora Media

S&R Production Co.

SteelHouse, Inc.

Technicolor/Tim Sarnoff

BGK Trademark Holdings

Blumhouse Productions

Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP is a leading name for film financing, M&A and live events, and counts major production companies, motion picture studios, new media companies and investors among its client base. The firm's international network is a key differentiator, with a number of transactions involving multi-jurisdictional components in Europe and Asia. Joseph Calabrese oversees the firm's entertainment practice globally and is highly skilled in film and TV-related transactions, financings and distribution agreements. Nancy Bruington is another key name with a greater emphasis on financing work related to motion pictures, TV series and digital content. Clients have also highlighted the 'whip-smart' Kenneth Deutsch, an expert in joint ventures, financing and distribution agreements. Also recommended are Robert Haymer, an expert in M&A, and Justin Hamill, who has been very active in private equity work.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Calabrese

Other key lawyers:

Justin Hamill; Nancy Bruington; Ken Deutsch; Robert Haymer

Testimonials

‘The team led by Ken Deutsch provides a rare combination of top flight technical expertise and deep industry relationships with a highly time efficient and client-friendly approach. They are simply the best.’

‘Ken Deutsch is whip-smart, digests complex problems and information rapidly and communicates clearly without much legal jargon. He’s a star. His associates, especially Liliana Paparelli, are smart and efficient.’

‘Recognized as the top entertainment transactional practice for corporate clients.’

‘Joe Calabrese, Ken Deutsch, Nancy Bruington and Libby Savill are all great.’

Key clients

A24 Films

Anonymous Content

Parkwood Entertainment

Blumhouse Productions

Brothers International/AGBO

Content Partners

Endeavor Operating Company

Entertainment Studios

Facebook

ICM

Illumination Entertainment

Media Res Productions, Inc.

New Republic Pictures

Postmates Inc.

Silver Lake

Skydance

TEB Capital Management

Virgin Fest, LLC

Youzu Games Hong Kong Limited

Merger control Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s merger control offering is bolstered by its strong antitrust litigation capability, which enables the firm to work on all aspects of large-scale transactions, from securing global merger filings to litigating against the DOJ and FTC in relation to merger challenges. The team is involved in high-profile deals, having acted for Aon in securing clearance for its $80bn combination with Willis Towers Watson, and also representing NVIDIA in its $40bn acquisition of ARM—both complex transactions requiring clearances in jurisdictions across Europe and Asia. Amanda Reeves leads the DC-based team, and has played a leading role in many of the firm’s most complex mandates, including AMD’s $35bn acquisition of Xilinx. Michael Egge is also noted for his strong contribution to the firm’s success in securing challenging regulatory clearances, regularly acting for major clients including Siemens. Farrell Malone is another standout performer, with litigation experience before both the DOJ and FTC. Alan Devlin provides key governmental expertise as a former deputy director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Reeves

Other key lawyers:

Michael Egge; Farrell Malone; Alan Devlin

Key clients

Aon plc.

Siemens Healthineers AG

Intuit

Novelis

EssilorLuxottica S.A.

Aimmune Therapeutics Inc.

Momenta Pharmaceuticals

Mellanox Technologies, Inc.

ZF Friedrichshafen AG

NVIDIA

Avery Dennison

Honey Science

Dairy Farmers of America

CoStar

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

Postmates

Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP has become one of the finest ITC practices in the country. The strength of the team lies in its combination of specialist ITC expertise, its powerful wider patent litigation team, and its track record of successful proceedings before the US Customs and Border Protection, including inter partes procedures. Additionally, the group has an in-house scientific advisor team at the disposal of its clients to ensure optimal dispute planning and management through in-depth understanding of the client's technologies. Washington DC-based practice head Bert Reiser and his team are very experienced in taking over challenging cases from other firms at critical stages in the dispute. Jamie Underwood, also based in Washington DC, also has a very good reputation in the market.

Practice head(s):

Bert Reiser

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Underwood; Kevin Wheeler; Maximilian Grant; Douglas Lumish

Testimonials

‘Immediate response, a conciliatory attitude and client-oriented.’

‘Kevin Wheeler is an excellent litigation strategist and helpful for making bold decisions.’

‘Max Grant is an excellent trial lawyer who has a strong sense of responsibility and is a good leader.’

Key clients

LG Chem

Velodyne

LEDVANCE LLC, LEDVANCE GMBH, MLS LTD

Nautilus Hyosung

Comcast

Altria Client Services

Overhead Doors

Philip Morris USA

Private equity buyouts Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP remains a big player at the top of the private equity market, with a broad nationwide practice encompassing lower-to-middle-market transactions as well as bulge bracket deals. The firm represents a variety of top funds, including BC Partners, Blackstone, KKR, and Carlyle Group, among others. In 2020, the firm was active despite the difficulties of the pandemic-afflicted market. It also worked on a number of portfolio company deals and SPAC transactions, including the $6.8bn combination of Leonard Green portfolio company CPA Global and Clarivate, in addition to a number of high-value buyouts and exits. Washington DC-based Paul Sheridan leads the global team alongside New York's Andrea Schwartzman, who advises key relationship clients such as Onex and CPPIB on large-scale LBOs and investments, including several cross-border deals. Senior DC partner and former global chair Daniel Lennon is also highly active, co-leading the firm’s relationship with Carlyle and handling a variety of major transactions. In New York, Howard Sobel is a highly respected practitioner who handles buyouts, investments, take-privates, and international joint ventures for major clients; David Allinson recently represented Blackstone Energy in its $7bn sale of its interest in Cheniere Energy; Justin Hamill is noted for his substantial expertise across technology, media, sports, and entertainment deals; and Alexandra Kelly is building a strong profile as an adviser to top funds on financial services and asset management sector deals, as well as matters in the fintech space. In Boston, Hans Brigham heads up the private equity department and is a prolific mid-market dealmaker.

Practice head(s):

Paul Sheridan; Andrea Schwartzman

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Lennon; Howard Sobel; David Allinson; Justin Hamill; Alexandra Kelly; Hans Brigham

Testimonials

‘Howard Sobel is the lead partner. He is extremely experienced, very commercial and an excellent negotiator and tactician.’

Key clients

Advantage Solutions Inc.

Ancestry.com LLC

Bay Grove Capital, LLC

BC Partners

Blackstone Energy Partners L.P.

The Carlyle Group

Consonance Capital Partners

CPA Global

DXC Technology Company

GCM Grosvenor

GTCR

Leonard Green & Partners

Lineage Logistics Holdings, LLC

One Rock Capital Partners, LLC

Onex Corporation

Platinum Equity / PAE

Riverstone Holdings LLC

Silver Lake Partners LP

SK Capital Partners

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 1

The team at Latham & Watkins LLP brings together high-level expertise in real estate law, corporate and financing transactions, and tax, to support clients through the full life-cycle of a REIT, from initial structuring and formation to roll-up transactions. The practice group is led by Los Angeles-based co-heads Ana O’Brien, a tax specialist, and Julian Kleindorfer, whose experience in board governance and securities transactions has helped secure major business for the firm. Of recent note, the team advised Digital Realty on the $8.4bn acquisition of data center provider Interxion, and also handled Simon Property group's 80% acquisition of Taubman Centers. Also recommended are Lewis Kneib, a who focuses on securities deals, and Costa Mesa-based William Cernius, who works on M&A and capital markets, both of whom serve as outside counsel for several of market-leading REITs. Meghan Cocci joined the New York office from Dentons in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Julian Kleindorfer; Ana O’Brien

Other key lawyers:

Lewis Kneib; William Cernius; Meghan Cocci

Key clients

Special Committee of Cole Office & Industrial REIT (CCIT II), Inc.

CoreSite Realty Corporation

Underwriters Counsel to CyrusOne Inc.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

Underwriters Counsel to Essential Properties Realty Trust, Inc.

Essex Property Trust, Inc.

Four Corners Property Trust, Inc.

Host Hotels & Resorts, LP

Hudson Pacific Properties

Kilroy Realty Corporation

Kimco Realty Corporation

Lineage Logistics, LLC

Underwriters Counsel to MGM Growth Properties, LLC

Underwriters Counsel to Park Hotels & Resorts

Realty Income Corporation

Redwood Trust, Inc.

Simon Property Group, Inc.

Spirit Realty, Inc.

Ventas, Inc.

Xenia Hotels Resorts, Inc.

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 1

The group at Latham & Watkins LLP is known both for its established senior secured lending practice and its growing expertise in company-side work, an areas that was recently strengthened by the arrival of Suzzanne Uhland in April 2020 and George Klidonas in July 2020, formerly of O'Melveny & Myers LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP, respectively. The team is also able to leverage its extensive knowledge of the energy sector to meet the growing need for restructuring counsel among entities active in that industry. The practice group is spread throughout key commercial centers across the globe. In the US, global chair George Davis is the key figure in the New York office, while vice chairs Jeff Bjork and Richard Levy handle matters from Los Angeles and Chicago, respectively. Also recommended in the Chicago office is Caroline Reckler, who represents purchasers of distressed companies, and also advises boards of directors and management of financially distressed companies.

Practice head(s):

George Davis; Jeff Bjork; Richard Levy

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Reckler; Suzzanne Uhland; George Klidonas

Key clients

Alta Mesa Resources

Imerys Talc America Inc.

Calfrac Well Resources

GNC Holdings, Inc.

Global Eagle Entertainment

Sable Permian Resources, LLC

Paddock Enterprises LLC (Formerly Owens-Illinois Inc.)

Emerge Energy Services

Ares Capital Corporation

Lucky Brand Dungarees LLC

Barclays Bank

Deutsche Bank

GSO Capital Partners

Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Morgan Stanley

Libbey Inc.

Dairy Farmers of America

Hi-Crush Inc.

Superior Energy Services

Royal Bank of Canada

Securities litigation: defense Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP has saved its clients billions of dollars in liabilities over the years and its success sees it called upon to defend some of the most high-profile cases each year. While securities cases rarely go to trial, the firm is one of the few to have recently achieved successful jury verdicts in securities litigation. Andrew Clubok and Blair Connelly in New York and Matthew Rawlinson in Silicon Valley lead the practice. Rawlinson and up-and-coming partner Jason Hegt (also in New York) recently represented Apple in a high-stakes securities class action alleging that the company was liable as a control person for the allegedly false and misleading statements of former strategic supplier GT Advanced Technologies. Clubok, who also works from the Washington DC office, successfully defended Chipotle Mexican Grill in a $1bn class action. Litigation co-chair Jeff Hammel, who is currently handling two securities class actions for London-based luxury fashion retailer Farfetch, is acknowledged as one of the most experienced practitioners in the market. Colleen Smith in San Diego is also an emerging partner talent, particularly for cases in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Clubok; Matt Rawlinson; Blair Connelly

Other key lawyers:

Colleen Smith; Jason Hegt; Jeff Hammel

Key clients

Apple Inc.

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Daimler AG

DXC Technology

Farfetch

Funko

General Electric Company (GE)

Goldman Sachs, Citibank, and Stifel Bank

Larry Ellison and Safra Catz

Ligand Pharmaceuticals

LogMeIn

Lyft, Inc.

NextGen

Nissan Motor Co.

Obalon Therapeutics

Omnicom

Philip Morris International

Restoration Robotics

Steve Wynn

Switch Ltd

Twitter

UBS Securities

Yogaworks Securities Litigation

Zogenix

Shareholder activism Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP is widely perceived by peers and clients alike as having ‘best-in-class experience in this area’. The full-service practice adopts a holistic approach to defense strategy by bringing together experts in corporate governance, proxy battle processes, and takeover defense. For matters involving more demanding due diligence assignments, the group also benefits from its collaboration with the firm’s Houston-led dedicated service group, focusing on utilizing advanced technologies for speedy reviews and efficient project management. The team in Houston stands out for its representations of public companies. It also brings additional experience in de-SPAC transactions, a noteworthy offering given the explosion of SPAC-related work in this segment of the market; Ryan Maierson is the main contact in this space. Former M&A group chair Mark Gerstein leads the activism task force and splits time between Chicago and New York. Also based in New York is Josh Dubofsky, a go-to adviser to a number of private equity companies. Chris Drewry in Chicago has unparalleled experience of acting for Asian private issuers targeted in campaigns by US activist funds.

Practice head(s):

Mark Gerstein

Other key lawyers:

Brad Faris; Ryan Maierson; Josh Dubofsky; Chris Drewry

Testimonials

‘The team has best-in-class experience in this area.’

‘Josh Dubofsky is one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with. He has been involved in so many similar matters, so that he is never surprised and always can provide excellent guidance to the client.’

Key clients

Avery Dennison

Nature’s Sunshine

Spok Holdings

Nam Tai Property

PolarityTE, Inc.

GNC Holdings

Sprague Resources

Farmer Brothers Co

Stericycle, Inc.

Zagg, Inc.

ViaSat Inc.

Landec Corporation

Care.com, Inc.

Sport Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP's entertainment, sports and media practice group has a global reach, providing sports industry stakeholders full-service capabilities across corporate, finance, litigation, and technology. In Century City, Joseph Calabrese and Adam Sullins lead the practice, with a wealth of expertise between them in commercial transactions, and high-value M&A and private equity deals. Justin Hamill is also recommended, regularly advising on M&A and divestitures. In November 2020, New York-based Frank Saviano joined the team from Proskauer Rose LLP. He has built a strong reputation in the sports industry and brings expertise in a wide variety of corporate matters, including joint ventures, stadium development, and media rights.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Calabrese; Adam Sullins

Other key lawyers:

Justin Hamill; Kendall Johnson; Frank Saviano

Key clients

National Football League Players Association

Los Angeles Dodgers (Guggenheim Baseball Management)

US Soccer Federation

Postmates

Caesars Entertainment

Endeavor

Silver Lake Partners

Stormlight Holdings/ Silverstein Family, LLC

National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)

Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)

International Olympic Committee (IOC)

World Surf League

Citigroup

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Zuffa Parent LLC

DAZN Media

Glazer Family

F.C. Internazionale Milano

Olympique de Marseille

LAFC Sports, LLC

Learfield IMG College

Technology transactions Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP is 'a top notch firm that is a market leader in this space'. Clients have also rated the firm's lawyers for their 'deep understanding of the sector' and their ability to 'handle everything we throw at them'. The firm's impressive national and global footprint gives it a strong edge on complex multi-jurisdictional, emerging technologies and life sciences transactions and agreements. Global vice-chair Sarah Gagan leads the team from Boston. Silicon Valley's JD Marple and Washington DC's Jeremiah Wolsk are highly experienced in outsourcing matters. Also in Silicon Valley, Anthony Klein co-chairs the firm's connectivity industry group, while in Los Angeles, the recently promoted Ghaith Mahmood 'embodies everything an in-house attorney should want in their big law counterparts'.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Gagan

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Klein; JD Marple; Jeremiah Wolsk; Ghaith Mahmood

Testimonials

‘Latham is a top notch firm that is a market leader in the tech space. They have a deep understanding of our sector and are able to handle everything we throw at them, even identifying issues that we did not identify ourselves. Most of the time, I think the in-house tech attorneys are better suited to handle tech matters than almost every biglaw attorney that started and stayed their entire careers in biglaw, but I’ve been impressed with Latham’s tech team and their ability to understand our business and important issues.’

‘Ghaith Mahmood and Jia Jia Huang embody everything an in-house attorney should want in their biglaw counterparts. They understand our business and provide quick and efficient responses. They are a joy to work with and I look forward to continuing to do so.’

Key clients

Virgin Galactic LLC

Ancestry.com

Hyundai Motor Group

Siemens Healthineers

Facebook, Inc.

10x Genomics, Inc.

Riot Games, Inc.

NRG Energy, Inc.

Betbull Limited

Roman Health Ventures

Pipedrive

Intuit

Actifio, Inc.

ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc.

Flowmill, Inc.

Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP is a leading firm in the cable TV segment, as illustrate by its involvement as lead counsel and lead advocate for the cable industry in proceedings before the FCC and the courts concerning open Internet or net neutrality rules. The team is also highly skilled in the broadcasting space, and counts NBC Universal and Netflix among its key clients. Practice head Matthew Brill has extensive experience in state and federal regulatory matters, and has recently handled highlight work for Comcast and Charter Communications. Matthew Murchison is another key figure and has been busy challenging net neutrality rules both in California and in Vermont.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Brill

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Murchison

Testimonials

‘Premium litigators and regulatory advocates on the biggest communications issues of the day.’

‘Matt Brill simply knows his stuff and how to distill even the most complex arguments.’

‘Practical advise with high degree of knowledge and experience.’

Key clients

Charter Communications, Inc.

Comcast Corporation

Cox Communications

Disney Enterprises

Facebook

Frontier Communications

LICT Corporation

National Association of Broadcasters

NBC Universal

NCTA — the Internet and Television Association

Netflix

Tata Communications

T-Mobile US, Inc.

Viasat, Inc.

Windstream Communications

Telecoms and broadcast: transactions Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP is an established name for corporate, commercial and financing transactions in the areas of telecoms, broadcasting and satellites. Among its many recent highlights, the practice group took a lead role in the historic merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. Practice co-chair Matthew Brill has a notably broad skill set with expertise in advising service providers, investors and lenders on transactions in the satellite and broadcasting sectors. Fellow practice head James Barker is a key name in the market for spectrum auctions. Matthew Murchison is another important name and is highly skilled in obtaining regulatory approvals in the broadband, wireless, video and satellite industries. Counsel Elizabeth Park is noted for her expertise in telecoms-related M&A and private equity investments.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Brill; James Barker; Anthony Klein

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Park; Matthew Murchison

Key clients

T-Mobile US, Inc.

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Inc. (MIRA)

Viasat, Inc.

LogMeIn, Inc.

J.P. Morgan

Telefónica S.A

Ribbon Communications Inc.

Keybase, Inc.

CradlePoint, Inc.

One Equity Partners

Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP is experienced in developing programs for protecting trade secrets and managing risks. As well as counselling clients to avoid claims, the firm also handles the enforcement and defence of trade secrets. Areas of specialism range from switching software, engineered proteins, dynamic payment cards and banking platforms, to remote cardiac monitoring systems and game-theory software used in auctions. Key names in the practice include Bay Area-based IP expert Douglas Lumish, who acts in trials and summary judgments for plaintiffs and defendants; Jeffrey Homrig, also in the Bay Area, who has particular expertise in technology cases and represents clients in IP and commercial matters nationwide; and Matthew Walch in Chicago, who ‘epitomizes the definition of an expert in his profession’. The global chairs of the firm’s IP litigation practice are David Callahan (Chicago), Michael Morin (Washington DC) and Jennifer Barry (San Diego).

Practice head(s):

David Callahan; Michael Morin; Jennifer Barry

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Walch; Jessica Saba; Douglas Lumish; Jeffrey Homrig

Testimonials

‘Latham & Watkins, and in particular Matthew Walch exemplifies being an expert in his field of practice. His experience from previous litigation and working with various clients, along with his knowledge of case law was invaluable throughout our process. In fact, because of Latham & Watkins and Matt Walch’s expertise, our counsel ran circles around opposing counsel.’

‘Given that a good portion of our litigation was during the pandemic, much of our interaction, communication and planning was done virtually. We had tremendous engagement, and timely and consistent communication.’

‘Matthew Walch epitomizes the definition of an expert in his profession, and  is a strategic thinker and planner throughout the entire litigation process. He is always extremely well prepared and works tirelessly for the benefit of his client. He genuinely cared about us (the client) and winning the case, just as much as we did.’

‘With Jessica Saba no detail was ever missed or overlooked. All work products produced were of the highest quality, well thought out and extremely well articulated. She is super responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘Matt Walch, a practice lead, is incredibly devoted to advancing the interests of his clients. His complete investment in the clients goals and objectives sets him apart from other lawyers and law firms.’

Key clients

LG Chem

Senior Technology

Rivian

Latchable

AmbioPharm, Inc.

BBB Industries, LLC

Curation Foods, Inc., Landec Corporation

GoSecure

Dalton Education LLC

Beyond Meat

The Auto Club Group d/b/a AAA Michigan

International Markets Live

US taxes: contentious Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP handles federal tax disputes at the examination, appeal and trial stages, acting for market-leading corporate clients before all levels of the US courts. Transfer pricing disputes are a strength for practice head Miriam Fisher, who was recently involved in landmark proceedings for Microsoft and Facebook. Jean Pawlow and Brian McManus handle a range of administrative disputes concerning multimillion-dollar tax audit and refund appeals and distribution gains, alongside niche engagements concerning environmental remediation settlements. The group stands out in litigation following some of the most pressing market trends, having recently acted for Netflix in matters concerning the taxation of cross-border digital services. It also serves as outside tax risk counsel to some of the Big Four. The team is based in Washington DC, with additional presence in Silicon Valley and Boston.

Practice head(s):

Miriam Fisher

Other key lawyers:

Jean Pawlow; Brian McManus

Testimonials

‘The Latham team is unique in the tax controversy bar because they are trial lawyers first. They take on big cases and they win them, or settle on favorable terms because the IRS and DOJ do not want to face them in court. They have strong knowledge of tax and tax procedure, equal to any other firm, but it is their excellence at trial that sets them apart.’

‘Miriam Fisher is one of the country’s best known tax controversy lawyers, yet she is brings no ego to the task of helping her clients. She brings macro insights and relationships throughout government and private practice that few can match. Her opening and closing trial statements are simple, pitch perfect, and devastatingly effective. I once saw her lay out in an opening statement exactly what opposing counsel was preparing to claim, and why it was wrong. When opposing counsel rose to make his opening statement (from prepared remarks) it was almost identical.’

‘Jean Pawlow is brilliant, comfortable at every level of her cases from the details of transfer pricing economics to larger strategic considerations. When you work with Jean, you get her, and not a second year associate.’

‘Brian McManus is brilliant, particularly because his strategic vision is second to none. He sees around corners and 5 steps ahead of the other side, and he and Miriam and Jean complement each other perfectly. He has delivered two of the most devastating cross examinations of expert witnesses that I have ever seen – both in tax litigations with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, and both leading to a total taxpayer victory.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Citigroup Inc.

Paycom

Facebook Corporation

Siemens Corporation

AMD

Netflix

Webb Creek Management Group

Occidental Petroleum

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

The team at Latham & Watkins LLP handles the tax implications of myriad market-leading deals for a huge variety of clients operating in the fields of financial services, insurance, telecoms, tech and asset management, among others. In recent months, joint practice heads Joseph Kronsnoble and Jiyeon Lee-Lim (based in Chicago and New York, respectively) have led tax advice on Saudi Aramco’s IPO—the largest IPO in history—as well as on a number of multibillion-dollar M&A, debt financings and commercial agreements. In addition, Kronsnoble regularly handles bankruptcies and debt restructurings, acting both for debtors and creditors. Global tax chair Lee-Lim is especially active in the tech, automotive and manufacturing sectors, handling an array of transactions, and standalone planning and structuring issues. The team is heaviest on the West Coast, though it also stands out in New York, where key contacts include equity derivatives and financial products expert Elena Romanova, and seasoned transactional tax lawyer Lisa Watts, who regularly represents a venture capital funds, REITs, banks and LLCs. The team is heaviest on the West Coast, where Pardis Zomorodi, Kirt Switzer, and Samuel Weiner are leading names in the market. DC-based Andrea Ramezan-Jackson is a key figure for corporate and partnership taxation.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Kronsnoble; Jiyeon Lee-Lim

Other key lawyers:

Elena Romanova; Lisa Watts; Pardis Zomorodi; Kirt Switzer; Samuel Weiner; Andrea Ramezan-Jackson

Key clients

Aon PLC

NVIDIA Corporation

Underwriters on Saudi Aramco IPO

T-Mobile US, Inc..

Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

Intuit, Inc.

Opendoor Labs Inc.

Hyundai Motor Company

Postmates, Inc.

Leonard Green & Partners, L.P.

GNC Holdings, Inc.

Sable Permian Resources

CPA Global

CyberArk Software Ltd

Sasol

Searchlight Capital Partners

Owens-Illinois

TechnipFMC

Riverstone Holdings LLC

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Athene Holding Ltd.

Corporate governance Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP’s public company representation team acts as outside counsel to over 300 public companies of varying size and their management teams. It regularly acts in conjunction with the firm’s takeover defense and proxy contests groups on issues arising in the context of shareholder activism campaigns and potential changes to companies’ shareholder base. In addition, the department works closely with the firm’s dedicated team of former SEC officials and corporate specialists handling disclosure and compliance matters. Houston-based Ryan Maierson sits at the helm of the department and also serves as vice-chair of the firm’s global capital markets practice. Julia Thompson is a key contact in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Maierson

Other key lawyers:

Julia Thompson; Keith Halverstam

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP's data protection team has strength in this area that is reflected in its enviable client roster, which including Facebook and VIZIO. Led by Jennifer Archie in Washington DC, San Francisco-based Michael Rubin and Serrin Turner in New York, the practice group is especially notable for its work in regulatory enforcement, litigation, M&A and transactions relating to both privacy and security. In particular, it has represented clients in a substantial number of investigations brought by the FTC, state attorneys general and various global authorities, as well as in class action suits raised both domestically and overseas. The firm is also increasingly active in data matters pertaining to the Internet-of-things, home security and online dating, and has a strong track record in legal questions surrounding the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The 'exceptional' Robert Blamires and cybercrime expert Marissa Boynton are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Archie; Michael Rubin; Serrin Turner

Other key lawyers:

Rob Blamires; Marissa Boynton

Testimonials

‘The Latham practice in data privacy and protection really stands out to us as being able to provide highest-quality service to us a global business — we operate in 152 countries — seamlessly and fully.’

‘Rob Blamires is our lead contact at Latham and he really is exceptional: completely across the existing and emerging legal issues and very sensitive to the business needs we have as a client — which means he makes a really important contribution to the development, implementation, and monitoring, of our risk management strategies.’

Key clients

Facebook

Miniclip SA

Hyperbeard

CyberArk

Zynga Inc.

VIZIO Inc.

Omni Agent Solutions

Intuit

Postmates Inc.

Square, Inc.

Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP has a particularly strong reputation for federal and state enforcement work, where it represents a broad client base consisting of the sector's leading utilities, generation and transmission owners. Highlights from 2020 have included market manipulation cases, tariff compliance, and a host of administrative litigation. Practice head David Schwartz has extensive experience in the electricity regulatory and FERC litigation space. Other key figures include Natasha Gianvecchio, who is recognized by clients and peers for her wide-ranging regulatory expertise, and Tyler Brown, a contact for matters involving electric generation, transmission and distribution, energy storage, and natural gas and oil transportation. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

David Schwartz

Other key lawyers:

Natasha Gianvecchio; Tyler Brown; Michael Gergen

Testimonials

‘The Latham team is best in class FERC Regulatory, Enforcement Defense and Transaction team. They have detailed knowledge base about the industry, the regulatory environment and potential risks. This allows them to provide advice that is tailored to the client’s interest, and providing information and advice for the company to make informed and thoughtful decisions. On Enforcement they approach matters thoroughly, identifying potential strengths and weaknesses in a case, while defending the client strongly they also do not operate in a way that creates an unnecessary adversarial relationship with the regulator, which is critical for clients regularly before a regulator. Best of the best.’

‘Two individuals stand out, David Schwartz and Natasha Gianvecchio. Both Dave and Natasha have extensive experience, a great feel for the client’s risk profile, and an ability to effectively identify and communicate issues. We trust both completely, and rely on them for our major decisions.

One thing that really stands out is how the work with the client to identify the issue, identify possible risks and solutions, including those the client had not thought about, and then work diligently to accomplish that goal. The work product is fantastic.’

Key clients

Vistra Corp.

Invenergy

Energy Capital Partners and Symmetry Energy Solutions

Linden VFT, LLC, a subsidiary of GE Energy Financial Services

Avangrid, Inc.

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Riverstone Holdings LLC

Panda Power Funds

Iberdrola, S.A.

Anbaric Development Partners

Financial services litigation Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP's financial services litigation team handles disputes in state and federal court, as well as in arbitration. In addition to handling enforcement actions and litigation involving regulators, the team is particularly active in securities litigation, including representing clients in state-level class actions brought in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in Cyan v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund, which concerned state courts' jurisdiction in class actions alleging only 1933 Securities Act violations. Andrew Clubok is highly involved in this work; he is currently representing a syndicate of 15 banks in state and federal class actions relating to Pivotal's IPO, in which the banks served as underwriters. Another highlight of 2020 was the firm's victory in the New York Supreme Court for UBS, the plaintiffs in a lawsuit arising out of a failed securitization. Trial lawyer Joseph Serino is another key figure in the team, with deep experience representing clients in bench and jury trials as well as in arbitration. Richard Owens is noted for his work on investigations and enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Clubok; Richard Owens; Joseph Serino

General commercial disputes Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP's nationwide trial practice represents plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes litigation, including consumer class actions, breach of contract disputes and mass torts. Among its recent highlights, the team is representing PG&E in shareholder litigation relating to the 2017/18 California wildfires, and is also defending Facebook in a consumer class action related to a criminal attack on Facebook's web platform that affected over 29 million global users. In Chicago, Sean Berkowitz ('thoughtful, reassuring and incredibly smart') is recognized for his work in high-profile civil and criminal litigation. Elizabeth Deeley in San Francisco stands out for her consistent role in high-profile litigation, a recent example of which was UBS' $1bn breach of contract case, in which the Deeley and the team secured a complete victory. New York-based James Brandt is another core member of the trial team, with significant experience in bet-the-company litigation; Laura Washington in Los Angeles has a strong reputation in media, entertainment and technology litigation; and Eric Leon (also in New York) acts as global vice chair of the complex commercial litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Sean Berkowitz; Elizabeth Deeley; Eric Leon

Other key lawyers:

Laura Washington

Testimonials

‘Sean Berkowitz would be my first choice when hiring a trial lawyer for any important matter.’

‘The Latham team displays excellent judgment in all matters. The team is very responsive and diligent.’

Key clients

A.O. Smith Corporation

Bartlit Beck

Baxter

Beyond Meat

Carvana

CF Entertainment

Facebook

ICM Partners

Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation

PMI

Steelhouse, Inc.

Stericycle, Inc.

UBS Securities

US Soccer

Zynga

Healthcare: service providers Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP offers advisory services to clients on M&A and antitrust matters, and also provides a host of litigation and regulatory services. The firm recently led on a pair of significant cross-border transactions: Siemens Healthcare's $16bn acquisition of Varian Health Systems, and GenesisCare's $1.1 bn acquisition of 21st Century Oncology. Washington DC-based Stuart Kurlander, Eric Greig and Nicole Liffrig Molife led on those transactions. Major litigation work includes defending UnitedHealthcare in a challenge to Centers for Medicare Services' payment of companies participating in Medicare Advantage. Daniel Meron has significant experience in white-collar work, specializing in fraud litigation and agency challenges. San Diego-based litigator Katherine Lauer is also recommended for anti-kickback and Stark Law defense work.

Practice head(s):

John Manthei; Judith Hasko; Brian Cuneo; Michael Morin; Terra Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Meron; Stuart Kurlander; Eric Grieg; Katherine Lauer; Ali Lakhani

Testimonials

‘Our experience with the Latham Healthcare Reimbursement team has been fantastic. They clearly know the people, issues and opportunities to navigate CMS and Washington. They are very grounded and look to be problem solvers.’

‘Stuart Kurlander – strong presence in any room, humble, personable, kind Eric Greig – a bit more serious but clearly experienced and respected Ali Lakhani – Very collaborative, great lawyer, very high potential for a future partner role at Latham.’

‘Latham and Watkins fraud and abuse team is one of the best. Kathy Lauer in particular is very experienced and represents clients nationally in this space. Obviously, she is well versed in the law, but also has decades of experience handling probably thousands of matters involving the various fraud and abuse laws. She is a practically oriented attorney and understands health care operations. Accordingly, Kathy does not just tell a client what the client cannot do – she helps us find lawful, business solutions and assists in creating mitigating controls.’

Key clients

GenesisCare

Siemens Healthcare

Tenet Healthcare Corporation

Sutter Health

Oklahoma Center for Orthopaedic & Multispecialty Surgery

United Surgical Partners

Abbott Diabetes Care

Philips Respironics

Merck, Amgen, and Eli Lilly

Adventist Health

VillageMD

GlaxosmithKline

Crossover Health

SummerBio

United Healthcare

Independent Health Association

Insurance: advice to policyholders Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP's insurance team has extensive experience in major commercial insurance lines and specialty coverage areas. Leading the practice is David Barrett in Washington DC, who focuses on representing policyholders in major first and third-party insurance coverage matters and handling the negotiation of custom insurance products.  Based in San Diego, Brook Roberts is a prominent figure at the firm, representing clients in ground-breaking insurance disputes, such as in Fluor v. Supreme Court - a  landmark case that has changed the law on the transfer of insurance policies in the context of mergers and acquisitions. In February 2020, Drew Gardiner in San Diego was promoted to partner, with significant experience in advising the firm's largest clients on the strategic management of their insurance portfolios, with a particular focus on D&O liability coverage.

Practice head(s):

David Barrett

Other key lawyers:

Brook Roberts; Drew Gardiner

Testimonials

‘The Latham team is lead by David Barrett, a highly experienced coverage attorney who has a tremendous work ethic, deep experience, and excellent client relationship skills. David is a great team player and welcomes input from the client, consultants and when appropriate, brokers. He is supported by a very deep bench of highly skilled coverage lawyers including Brook Roberts and Bob Gilbert, among many others. Given Latham’s depth of experience, superior lawyering skills, and common sense approach to complex claims, it should rank at the very top of any legal ranking of coverage practices.’

‘David Barrett stands out as not only the leader of the firm’s practice but for his unique ability to view claims strategically, not just from a litigation perspective. He understands the claims process domestically and in the London and Bermuda markets, and brings a strong practical, common-sense approach to pursuing and resolving claims. One of the best with whom I’ve worked in this space. Brook Roberts is also a top-flight coverage lawyer with exceptional litigation skills and outstanding “big picture” views of not just a single case, but how a ruling could impact other claims going forward. There are other excellent attorneys there, but these two stand out to me.’

Key clients

Bedrock Detroit

Caesars Entertainment

Canadian Solar Inc.

Cigna

CVC Capital Partners Advisory (U.S.), Inc.

Emerson Electric Company

Endeavor Operating Company

Fluor Corporation

Golden Gaming

Health Information Management & Systems Society

Jack Entertainment LLC

Kuhlman Electric Corporation and ABB

L.A. Terminals, Inc.

Michigan State University

Montrose Chemical Corporation of California

National Collegiate Athletic Association

National Football League Players Association

Northland Investment Corporation

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Vintage Wine Estates and Kunde Enterprises Inc.

Zogenix, Inc.

International litigation Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP's litigation and trial department assists its impressive roster of multinational corporates with a huge variety of high-stakes multi-jurisdictional disputes. The team is led by Michele Johnson in Orange County who has extensive experience in corporate and commercial disputes, regulatory investigations and enforcement actions. Other areas of focus include antitrust and securities litigation, where names to note include Brian Kowalski in Washington DC, and Peter Wald and Melanie Blunschi, both of whom are based in San Francisco. Elsewhere, the firm has an impressive environmental litigation team led by Mary Rose Alexander in Chicago, and also has a strong IP litigation team, which includes Tara Elliott in Washington DC and David Callahan in Chicago. Other names to note include New York-based Lilia Vazova who has experience in multi-jurisdictional disputes with concurrent criminal and civil proceedings. Moreover, the team was further strengthened by the arrivals of former Williams & Connolly LLP partners Adam Perlman, a patent litigator, and Nicholas Boyle, who is recognized here for unfair competition and trade secrets litigation. Claudia Salomon left the firm in December 2020 and is on track to be named the first female president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Michele Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Brian Kowalski; Jamie Wine; Peter Wald; Melanie Blunschi; Mary Rose Alexander; Tara Elliot; David Callahan

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Balform

BMW

Daimler AG

FINA

Genentech

Goldman Sachs, Citibank, and Stifel Bank

LG Chem

Live Nation/Ticketmaster

Pharmaniaga

Philip Morris International, Altra

Philip Morris International

Philip Morris International SA

Rothmans, Benson & Hedges

Samba

SK Rosgosstrakh PAO (RGS)

Toshiba

International tax Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP provides comprehensive tax advice on market-leading international transactions, including REITs deals, the formation of master limited partnerships, cross-border M&A, securitizations, IPOs and investment fund formation. Of note in the past year, and reflective of the firm's strength in the private equity space, the team handled a spate of significant acquisitions was handled for The Carlyle Group. Key figures in the New York office include global tax chair Jiyeon Lee-LimLisa Watts and Elena Romanova, while Chicago-based practice co-head Joseph Krosnoble leads the charge on impressive Chapter 11 restructuring mandates, recently for financial services, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals debtors. Also recommended is Tim Fenn in Houston, who is well placed to handle mandates in the oil and gas sector, including restructuring and joint partnership agreements.

Practice head(s):

Jiyeon Lee-Lim; Joseph Krosnoble

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Watts; Elena Romanova; Tim Fenn

International trade Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP prides itself on its success in highly regulated sectors such as insurance, finance, and life sciences; in addition, all team members routinely act in conjunction with other colleagues in private equity and corporate law matters with a nexus to trade law. As a result of its wide-ranging work, the team’s client portfolio includes a diverse spread of global corporations and state-owned entities, financial institutions and institutional investors, and not-for-profit organizations. The practice excels in CFIUS mandates and national security reviews; practice co-head Les Carnegie (‘an excellent leader and always client-focused’) has found his métier in this space. Another forte of the team lies in the field of economic sanctions, where it is handling an increasing volume of complex issues relating to China and Russia; Eric Volkman has extensive experience in criminal sanctions cases. Former department co-head William McGlone retired from the partnership in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Les Carnegie

Other key lawyers:

Steven Croley; Andrew Galdes; Elizabeth Annis

Testimonials

‘Latham’s team brings diverse expertise to the complex issues arising from international trade, sanctions, and export controls. One of the team’s strengths is their effective communication and responsiveness with their guidance on issues. The team can also tap other experts in the firm if there is an issue that may touch on other legal issues.’

‘Les Carnegie is the partner that leads the team. Les is an excellent leader and always client-focused. His wide expertise is evident, including his deep knowledge of government agencies and policy processes. Les is always extremely responsive and able to provide quick turnaround guidance on issues. Les is always inclusive, easy to work with, and generous with his time.’

‘Allison Hugi is the associate we work with closely. Alli has great expertise in export controls and sanctions, and has helped us with guidance on key processes on how to address these issues. She is an effective communicator and very responsive to any questions.’

Key clients

CARE USA

International Committee of the Red Cross

Ribbon Communications Inc.

Astorg Partners

Cinven

Coalfire Systems, Inc.

Hyundai Motor Group

Joby Aviation

Survitec

China Ocean Shipping Company

Worldline SA

Costco Wholesale

Duolingo

Patents: licensing Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP unites life sciences and technology expertise and a powerful transactional practice under one roof. Led by the Silicon Valley-based Judith Hasko, the team specializes in complex transactions and agreements. 2020 also showed a raft of cross-licensing and joint development agreements in addition to a number of high-profile M&A transactions and public offerings. Given the practice's wide-ranging life sciences expertise spanning pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biologics gene therapy, and agricultural and food products as key pillars, its popularity among well-known US and international sector giants comes as no surprise. The firm's global presence, including in other key life sciences and technology markets, such as China and Europe, is another asset. The firm's other US licensing hubs are the New York and San Diego office. In April 2020, technology-focused transactions specialist Kate Withers joined the New York office from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Practice head(s):

Judith Hasko

Other key lawyers:

Alan Tamarelli; Steve Chinowsky; Christopher Hazuka

Testimonials

‘Good business acumen and willing to find pragmatic solutions in the interest of the client.’

‘Very responsive and very quick turn-around.’

Key clients

Ridgeback Biotherapeutics

Oasmia Pharmaceuticals

Amgen

Nestlé

Astellas Pharma

Mereo Biopharma

CytomX Therapeutics

Pi-Cardia

Swedish Orphan Biovitrum

PHC Holdings Corporation and Ascensia Diabetes Care

Coherus Biosciences

Illumina

Pliant Therapeutics

Ideaya Biosciences

Dicerna Pharmaceuticals

Aligos Therapeutics

Arctic Vision

Jnana Therapeutics

Portal Instruments

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP is an excellent choice for high-stakes disputes, including litigation taken on from other firms at a late stage in the proceedings. Led by David Callahan in the Chicago office, the patent litigation team added a number of significant victories to its portfolio in 2020, including wins at the Federal Circuit, the PTAB and the ITC. In June 2020, Arlene Lee Chow and Ernest Yakob joined the New York office from Hogan Lovells US LLP, six months after Adam Perlman joined the Washington DC office coming from Williams & Connolly LLP, which significantly increased the team's clout in the life sciences space and continued the firm's considerable growth and, more particularly recruitment of first chair trial lawyers, over the past few years. Antibody, biotechnology and Hatch-Waxman litigation specialist Brenda Danek in Chicago and federal court and PTAB litigator Inge Osman in Washington DC made partner in January 2020. Douglas Lumish in Silicon Valley, Maximilian Grant in Washington DC, appellate specialist Gabriel Bell in Washington DC and Gregory Sobolski in San Francisco, who focuses on trial and appeal work, are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

David Callahan; Michael Morin; Jennifer Barry

Other key lawyers:

Bert Reiser; Maximilian Grant; Michael Morin; Giri Pathmanaban; Tara Elliott; Gabriel Bell; Gregory Sobolski; Douglas Lumish; Richard Frenkel; Jeffrey Homrig; Matthew Moore; Adam Greenfield; Clement Naples; David Frazier; Arlene Lee Chow; Ernest Yakob; Adam Perlman; Brenda Danek; Inge Osman

Testimonials

‘From the start, we received an honest assessment and developed a litigation strategy with the Latham team. The team adapted to our strategy, worked with us, challenged us as appropriate – and helped us develop a settlement strategy as well.’

‘Max Grant provides sound leadership and outstanding big picture analysis. Along with the other team members, we had a well-rounded group appropriate for the case. I value the candor and honest assessment and the very clear view that they were in it with us. I also valued the assistance in preparing materials for internal communication and messaging. Overall, it was clear that Max wanted to help us get to the right outcome for the company. ’

‘This is one of my go-to firms when I have a litigation I can’t lose.’

‘Max Grant is very tenacious and focused on the end goal of winning the litigation. Greg Sobolski was tireless in his pursuit of every aspect of the case. If you hire these guys you can rest assured you will get the best representation money can buy.’

‘Knowledgeable in their field. Excel as litigators. Accessible partners.’

‘Max Grant is methodical and smart, thorough and tenacious. A formidable opponent.’

‘Doug Lumish and his team at Latham and Watkins is the team to call for high-stakes IP litigation. Doug and his team are very good at managing difficult witnesses, difficult facts, and difficult hearings.’

‘Doug Lumish, Bert Reiser, and Patricia Young were exceptional in their knowledge of the case and the facts.’

Key clients

LG Chem

Latchable

Schlumberger

LG Display, LG Electronics, and Sony

Amphenol; AT&T and Verizon

Amazon

InfoBionic

Velodyne LiDAR

Jaguar Land Rover

Saint-Gobain

Ciena Corporation, Ciena Communications

Eli Lilly

Par Pharmaceutical

M*Modal

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

AbbVie Inc. and Pharmacyclics LLC

Altria Client Services LLC; Philip Morris USA, Inc.; Altria Group, Inc.; Philip Morris International Inc.; Philip Morris Products S.A.

Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP is particularly active in the middle-market buyout space, acting for clients including Onex Partners, Searchlight Capital Partners, and Carousel Capital, the latter of which Matthew Chase advised on the $700m launch of its sixth buyout fund in 2020. Also notable is the firm’s sector experience in infrastructure and energy funds, where it recently advised Global Infrastructure Partners on the formation of GIP Gemini Fund. Additionally, the Gemini fund is an example of the firm’s GP-led secondaries practice, which has also advised Rockland Capital in a transaction which saw the sale of an asset portfolio in the energy sector to a special purpose vehicle capitalized by the sponsor, alongside existing and new institutional investors. Andrea Schwartzman chairs the firm’s practice in this area, and is particularly recommended for her work with emerging managers, though she is highly active across the full spectrum of private funds work. Nadia Sager is a key name from the West Coast, operating out of the San Diego office, while Washington DC-based Barton Clark is a key contact for infrastructure and energy funds. Also of note in 2020, Edward Nelson joined the firm from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and Amy Rigdon was promoted to partner in the Washington DC office. All lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Schwartzman

Other key lawyers:

Nadia Sager; Barton Clark; Edward Nelson; Matthew Chase; Kathleen Walsh

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable about all facets of a fundraise. Explains issues very well and takes a business approach to compromise.’

‘Nadia Sager (senior partner) is a uniquely talented and dedicated funds lawyer and she heads up an impressive group of associates out of the firm’s San Diego office.’

‘Nadia Sager: Outstanding intellect, dedication, and understanding of business needs from the client’s point of view. Instils enormous confidence and drives excellent results.’

Key clients

Activant Capital

Bay Grove Capital

Carousel Capital

Consonance Capital Partners

Global Infrastructure Partners

Graham Partners Inc.

Great Hill Partners

Guardian Capital Partners Management, L.P.

IFM Investors

I Squared Capital

LLR Partners

Meadow Partners, LLC

Onex Partners

Riverstone Holdings LLC

Rockland Capital

Searchlight Capital Partners LP

The StepStone Group

Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

VMG Partners

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

The 'great strategic thinkers' at Latham & Watkins LLP defend and advise some of the major players in the tobacco industry and take on high-profile aggregate cases, most recently in a proposed class action targeting Apple. The firm also stands out for its international work, such as its defense of Phillip Morris International in a lawsuit filed by the South Korean National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) to recoup healthcare costs, the first such case ever to be filed in South Korea. In the Boston office recognized litigators and product liability experts Kenneth Parsigian and Gwyn Williams head the team. Robert Collins III was promoted to partner in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Gwyn Williams; Kenneth Parsigian

Testimonials

‘Great strategic thinkers. Extremely responsive. Understands client objectives Overall pleasure to work with.’

‘Cary Perlman, Robin Hulshizer and Kevin Jakopchek represent the qualities mentioned above. Overall great people to work with. Personally invested and passionate about achieving successful outcome.’

Key clients

Apple

Chevron

Clorox

Colgate Palmolive and Tom’s of Maine

Land’s End

Navistar & Navistar International Corp

Philip Morris International

Philip Morris International/Altria/Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc.

Philip Morris International and Swedish Match

Philip Morris USA

Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc.

Weyerhaeuser

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

Latham & Watkins LLP has been active in some of the most cutting-edge issues in the toxic tort area, defending clients in plaintiffs’ novel applications of public nuisance law and challenging the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 65 compelled warning regime. Gwyn Williams in Boston, who leads the practice, has handled complex, multi-defendant, and class action cases in nearly every combination of venues. Chicago-based Mary Rose Alexander is a name to note in the toxic torts space, with strengths in multi-state and multi-forum environmental and toxic tort litigation. Robert Collins III was promoted to partner in January 2020, adding to the firm's 'deep bench of talent'.

Practice head(s):

Gwyn Williams

Other key lawyers:

Mary Rose Alexander

Testimonials

The Latham team is strategic, has a deep bench of talent, takes a practical approach, delivers extremely responsive client service and excels across all facets of a case.

‘Mark Mester has been lead partner on multiple matters for us. He’s brilliant, brings a wealth of experience, is highly strategic, acts as a true partner to the client, looking out for our best interests at all times. And he’s consistently achieved excellent results.’

Key clients

Chevron

Clorox

Dow Chemical

Endo International plc

Monsanto

Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 2

Based in New York, the derivatives and structured products team at Latham & Watkins LLP stands out in particular for its exceptional knowledge of over-the-counter derivatives and exchange-traded products, covering assets including interest rates, currencies, commodities and credit. Margin finance is another area of strength, as are equity-linked products and fintech-related derivatives. The group is co-chaired by Witold Balaban, who advises financial institutional on convertible and exchangeable bond offerings; Rafal Gawlowski, an equity-linked derivatives expert; Courtenay Myers Lima, highly rated by peers for the structuring of financial products; and Yvette Valdez, who leads the US derivatives regulatory practice. Also recommended is Catherine Lee, who focused on equity linked and structured repurchase transactions.

Practice head(s):

Rafal Gawlowski; Witold Balaban; Courtenay Myers Lima; Yvette Valdez

Other key lawyers:

Reza Mojtabaee-Zamani; Catherine Lee

Testimonials

‘Strong understanding of technical aspects. Deep international bench across many facets and products’

‘Yvette Valdez is able to articulate pros and cons of positions being taken on issues. Takes firm position where necessary and measured approach when dealing with opposing counsel. Responsive and accessible. Feedback from a particular bank’s business team has been very positive in terms of individual providing solutions to challenging technical areas.’

Key clients

Bank of America

BTIG

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

Diversified Gas & Oil Corporation (DGO)

Farfetch

FHN Financial

General Motors Financial Company, Inc.

Goldman Sachs

J. Wood Capital Advisors LLC

JP Morgan

Lloyds Bank

Morgan Stanley

Nevro Corp.

Rabobank

RBC

Searchlight Capital

Symphony Communication Services

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP is a firm with a strong pedigree in securitization, fielding lawyers who are known for handling esoteric matters, with particular experience in the securitization of renewable energy assets, rental car fleets, data center assets and telecoms assets. Practice vice chair Loren Finegold is based in New York, and is recommended for telecom asset securitizations as well as transactions in the energy sector. Also in New York, Kevin Fingeret is strong for esoteric and operating asset securitizations; while Chicago's Ellen Marks combines securitization transactional experience with noted regulatory expertise. Global practice chair Sanjev Warna-Kula-Suriya is based in London.

Practice head(s):

Loren Finegold; Sanjev Warna-Kula-Suriya

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Fingeret; Ellen Marks; Vicki Marmorstein; Dominic Yoong; Douglas Burnaford; Kenneth Askin

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Guggenheim Securities

Goldman Sachs

Barclays

Ares

Onex

Carlyle

AXA

Alcentra

Black Diamond

Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP has a comprehensive cradle-to-grave service offering, fielding a team with a strong track record for representing start-ups from the outset. The team's clients benefit from the firm's breadth and scale, both in expertise and geographic reach. Headed up by John Chory in Boston, the team is praised for its 'incredible depth of experience, from structuring, capital raises and navigating multi-jurisdiction transactions'. Other key partners include practice vice chair Benjamin Potter and Patrick Pohlen in Silicon Valley, San Diego's Cheston Larson, and Christopher Shoff in Los Angeles. The New York office was boosted by the arrival of Peyton Worley from Cooley LLP in July 2020. Recently promoted partner Emily Taylor is also recommended in the Boston office.

Practice head(s):

John Chory; Benjamin Potter

Other key lawyers:

Cheston Larson; Christopher Shoff; Peyton Worley; Emily Taylor

Testimonials

‘Amazing market knowledge, very hands on approach and incredible technical legal skills.’

‘The L&W team have deep knowledge and understanding of the markets their clients are in, but at the end of the day what is so valuable about working with them is their dedication to their craft — they are incredibly technical and thoughtful lawyers.’

‘I’ve worked with Latham on a variety of start-ups including initial licensing through financings and ultimately M&A. Great people who are extremely responsive.’

‘I have the pleasure to work with Cheston Larson (partner) and Chris Geissinger (associate) on corporate matters and Chris Hazuka (partner) on licensing.’

‘The team’s depth of experience is incredible, from structuring, capital raises and navigating multi-jurisdiction transactions. The team were also invaluable in M&A transactions and I consider the LW practice my firm’s GO TO General Counsel.’

‘John Chory is our Advisor for all issues related to Capital Raising. Dan Hoffman is also a terrific advisor and unbelievable hard worker, understands and simplifies very complex problems. Morgan Brubaker is one of the most astute contracts lawyers I have ever worked with.’

‘Emily Taylor is a terrific attorney who is highly creative and business-minded.’

Key clients

Memphis Meats

Joby Aviation

Canva

Discord

Desktop Metal

Ginkgo Bioworks

Avidity Biosciences

Honey Science Corporation

Hydrow

8VC

Copyright Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP is recommended in this space for its strength in copyright litigation. The practice group is jointly led from San Francisco by Andrew Gass and Joe Wetzel, both of whom have expertise in music copyright litigation and licensing disputes in the digital music industry. Gass also has additional expertise in matters at the intersection of copyright and antitrust law, while Wetzel is also noted for copyright matters in the software industry. Also recommended is Sy Damle in Washington DC, who plays a key role in copyright-related cases that reach the Supreme Court. In September 2020, Allison Levine Stillman joined the team in New York from Mayer Brown.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Gass; Joe Wetzel

Other key lawyers:

Sy Damle; Allison Stillman

Testimonials

‘Latham’s copyright team is simply best-in-class when it comes to understanding the complex landscape of music licensing from the perspective of digital services and other licensees. From top to bottom, the skill set of the four lead partners on that work is unmatched at any other firm.’

‘All four of the partners leading the copyright group — Andy Gass, Joe Wetzel, Sy Damle, and Allison Stillman — are phenomenal. They combine a deep range of expertise across every issue relevant to the digital music industry–from antitrust, to rate-setting, to music licensing laws–and a broad set of skills in both litigation and regulatory work.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable, understand complexities of the industry and the law. Is able to discuss in a business friendly way.’

‘Andy Gass is very smart, able to cut through issues easy and able to talk to all levels of executives on any issue Alli Stillman is knowledgable about many facets of the industry and music world and able to provide good perspective.’

‘Very strong practice of young lawyers with their finger on the pulse.’

‘Andy Gass is a high-value partner. Very confident and skilled. Joe Wetzel has a very high knowledge level and expertise in music and copyright.’

‘The copyright practice is unique in their breadth and depth of knowledge related to music copyright law, which is, without a doubt, one of the most unique and idiosyncratic areas of law. Latham’s copyright practice approaches music with a mix of creativity, deep expertise, and firm resolve. They’ve got your back.’

‘I work primarily with Joe Wetzel, who I value for his deep knowledge of music law and his understanding of my business. Being able to marry those concepts together is a unique skill, that I really appreciate.’

‘Joe Wetzel – experienced and knowledgeable. Sy Damle – former GC of copyright office. Very knowledgeable about copyright office regulations and procedure.’

Key clients

Spotify

Pandora Media

Radio Music License Committee

iHeartMedia

Digital Licensee Coordinator

Apple

Amazon

Creative Commons

National Association of Broadcasters

Live Nation

Digital Media Association

Johnson & Johnson

Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 3

Rated by clients for its 'flexibility and creativity', Latham & Watkins LLP provides a full range of regulatory advice to clients in the areas of electric generation and transmission, transportation and storage, LNG, crude oil and refined petroleum products. Eugene Elrod is the key contact in the team; he advises major energy companies including Occidental Petroleum and ExxonMobil Pipeline Company on regulatory permitting issues and corporate and commercial transactions relating to pipelines and LNG facilities. Also recommended are Patrick Nevins, Houston-based Tyler Brown and David Schwartz, who chairs the energy regulatory and markets practice. Named individuals are in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

David Schwartz

Other key lawyers:

Tyler Brown; Patrick Nevins; Eugene Elrod

Testimonials

‘The team is client focused, with flexibility and creativity not often found with its large firm peers.’

‘Pat Nevins is widely respected in the oil and gas pipeline industry energy bar. He brings a level headed, solutions oriented mindset to questions involving regulated transactions, contracts, and FERC matters.’

‘Eugene Elrod is considered one of the long-time experts in the field. He has deep institutional and legal knowledge of the topic and is respected by all sides.’

Key clients

Hilcorp Alaska FERC

Pembina/Kinder Morgan

Oxy/Western Midstream

Venture Global LNG, Venture Global Calcasieu Pass

ExxonMobil Pipeline

Cove Point LNG, LP

Cheniere Energy

Midship Pipeline

Various subsidiaries of Dominion Energy

BHE GT&S

Venture Global LNG, Venture Global Plaquemines LNG

SoCalGas / SDG&E / SCE

Howard Midstream

Multiple clients on various transactions – Equitrans, ECP, WGL Midstream, Pin Oak, WhiteWater Midstream, Permian Highway

PTE Pipeline

Sendero Midstream

Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Chevron

AltaGas Ltd. / Washington Gas Light Company

Financial services regulation Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP's financial regulations practice has core strengths in broker-dealer issues, derivatives regulations, and transactions in the banking space. The global nature of the New York-based practice is exhibited by its recent work for Credit Suisse, which the team advised on securities law issues involving the Chinese coffee company Luckin Coffee, working alongside lawyers in firm's London and Hong Kong offices. Contacts in the team include Dana Fleischman, a trusted advisor to clients including the SIFMA and its members on various broker-dealer issues; and Alan Avery, who routinely advises on the regulatory aspects of transactions and investments, such as compliance with the Banking Holding Company Act and the Volcker Rule. Also recommended is Stephen Wink, who has expertise in both traditional banking and fintech; his recent work includes advising RealBlocks on the establishment of a platform for trading tokenized securities representing interests in REITs.

Practice head(s):

Alan Avery; Dana Fleischman; Courtenay Myers Lima; Stephen Wink; Yvette Valdez

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge and experience in regulations governing banks and FBOs.’

Key clients

Acorns Grow Inc.

Aon

Bank of America

BTIG

China Construction Bank

Citadel Securities

Citigroup

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Credit Suisse

DirectBooks / Primary Markets LLC

Diversified Gas & Oil Corporation (DGO)

DNS Capital LLC

FHN Financial

Houlihan Lokey

Hudson Advisors

J. Wood Capital Advisors LLC

Jefferies Group

JP Morgan Chase

Morgan Stanley

National Bank of Canada

RealBlocks

Riverstone

ROX Financial

Searchlight Capital

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)

StartEngine

Symphony Communication Services

Temasek

Tencent

The Raine Group

Winterflood

Government contracts Tier 3

Traditional defense contractors and companies in the computer, telecoms, and healthcare industries turn to Latham & Watkins LLP for assistance with a wide range of government contracts legal challenges. Highlights in 2020 included high-stakes bid protests, contract claims, cost accounting issues and fraud investigations. Led out of Washington DC, the group has also shown strength in handling civil fraud litigation for major government contractors. Anne Robinson and Dean Baxtresser specialize in False Claims Act matters and allegations of fraudulent conduct. Contacts for bid protest work include Kyle Jefcoat and practice head David Hazelton, who also handles transactional matters involving government contractors.

Practice head(s):

David Hazelton

Other key lawyers:

Anne Robinson; Dean Baxtresser; Kyle Jefcoat

Testimonials

‘Very responsive. Works hard to understand the client’s objective. Good at developing strategies in difficult situations.’

‘Dave Hazelton and Anne Robinson are very knowledge, thoughtful, and extremely responsive.’

Key clients

Cerner Corporation

Navistar, Inc.

Draken

Virgin Galactic

Carlyle

SLSCO Ltd

International Justice Mission

Abbott Labs

Microsoft

Healthcare: health insurers Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP represents a variety of national insurers and locally oriented health plans, with a particular emphasis on regulation, government investigations and litigation. The team provides regulatory advice to multiple payers, with notable clients including UnitedHealthcare, Molina Healthcare, and AON. In addition, the team benefits from the government experience of its partners, with several attorneys having worked in multiple previous presidential administrations. Daniel Meron had a particularly standout year, with multiple successful defenses of United Healthcare in FCA claims and other regulatory challenges.

Practice head(s):

John Manthei; Judith Hasko; Brian Cuneo; Michael Morin; Terra Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Meron

Key clients

UnitedHealthcare

Health Net

Molina Healthcare

SCAN Health Plan

Aon Corporation

Sutter Health

Independent Healthcare Association

Leading trial lawyers Tier 3

Andrew ClubokLatham & Watkins LLP Andrew Clubok has a fantastic track record in class actions, derivative lawsuits and general corporate defense matters. Recently, he secured a landmark $1bn trial judgment on behalf of plaintiff UBS against two hedge funds regarding a failed securitization of CDOs and credit default swaps. Clubok also prevailed in a major civil rights matter: after a six-week federal bench trial, he secured a win for the plaintiff, Spring Valley National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which served to preserve voting rights for minority citizens in Rockland County, New York. Clubok divides time between New York and Washington DC.

Outsourcing Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP advises on outsourcing transactions as well as joint ventures and strategic partnerships across the areas of fintech, telecoms and manufacturing. The team has a presence on both US coasts, with Anthony Klein leading the practice from San Francisco, and Jeremiah Wolsk and associate Morgan Brubaker key contacts in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Klein

Other key lawyers:

Jeremiah Wolsk; Morgan Brubaker

Real estate Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP has expertise in a wide range of real estate-related transactions, including M&A, finance matters and investment deals, catering to a client roster of private equity and sovereign wealth funds, REITs, public investment trusts and developers. In Chicago, Robert Buday jointly chairs the global real estate practice alongside New York-based duo Michael Haas and Michelle Kelban; their team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Los Angeles-based Meghan Cocci from Dentons; she serves as global co-chair of the dedicated hospitality, gaming and leisure industry group alongside Gary Axelrod. The overall department is simultaneously well versed in multi-family, office, retail, healthcare, industrial and mixed-use assets and projects and further increased its partner count through the promotion of acquisition, development and finance specialist Pablo Clarke. With lawyers on both coasts and in Chicago, the team is equipped to handle nationwide single asset and portfolio deals, also frequently calling upon its colleagues across Europe for international mandates.

Practice head(s):

Robert Buday; Michael Haas; Michelle Kelban

Other key lawyers:

Pablo Clarke; Meghan Cocci; Gary Axelrod; David Meckler

Key clients

Colony Capital

Brookfield Asset Management

StepStone Real Estate Partners

Ares Capital Management

GEM Realty Capital, Inc.

Highgate Hospitality Management, LP

Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, Inc.

Partners Group

AGC Equity Partners

Cain International

Simon Property Group, Inc.

Kayne Anderson Real Estate Advisors

Healthpeak Properties, Inc. (Formerly HCP)

ACORE Capital, L.P.

El Dorado Resorts, Inc.

Host Hotels & Resorts, L.P.

Hersha Hospitality Trust

Lineage Logistics

Geolo Capital

Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

Invitation Homes

Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

The team at Latham & Watkins LLP is highly regarded for litigating on behalf of clients in the automotive, telecoms, and medical technology industries, handling a range of trademark, trade secrets, and copyright matters. In San Diego, Jennifer Barry is a ‘go-to‘ resource for IP litigation relating to trade dress, trademarks, and trade secrets for pharmaceutical manufacturers, clients in the food and drink industries, and tech companies. Also recommended is senior trial and litigation partner Perry Viscounty, who divides time between Orange County and San Francisco, and is an expert in all areas of trademark litigation, with particular focus on its relation to internet law.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Barry

Other key lawyers:

Perry Viscounty

Testimonials

‘The Latham team provides practical, useful assistance.’

‘The team is proactive, pragmatic and business-minded and provides an honest assessment of the work to be done, how long it will take and what it will cost (and stick to it).’

‘Jennifer Barry is great, she is my go-to on IP litigation and counselling matters.’

Key clients

Allergan and Zeltiq

Otis McCallister

McCormick & Company

BGK Trademark Holdings (Beyoncé Knowles’ holding company)

pMDsoft, Inc.

Codexis, Inc.

Public Investment Fund

Nestle USA, Inc.

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

Clients instruct Latham & Watkins LLP’s team due to its ‘exceptional appellate expertise and service’. It handles a full scope of appellate issues at any procedural stage, including successful arguments, brief writing, and multiple successful filings and oppositions to certiorari petitions. The practice is noted for its litigation strategy analysis work at the pre-appeal phase. It handles high-stakes mandates in the trial courts and in regulatory agency proceedings and in doing so, it routinely collaborates with the firm’s trial teams in substantive areas of the law, most recently in relation to securities and tort law claims. Global appellate group lead Gregory Garre is a market-leading practitioner and former 44th Solicitor General; he is known for his standout track record in the US Supreme Court, where he has presented arguments in 45 cases. Reflective of Garre’s excellent advocacy skills, the team has become a part of an interesting trend over the past years; an increase in 5-4 voting and swing voting in the US Supreme Court. The group’s SCOTUS work can also be trend-reversing; Roman Martinez took the lead on striking a win for the plaintiff in Babb v Wilkie, achieving a 8-1 judgment with significant implications for age discrimination claims standing in contrast to the Court’s consistently stringent approach to the "but for" causation test in cases involving federal employment legislation. Having formerly served as Assistant to the Solicitor General, Martinez (‘a nationally recognized appellate attorney of exceptional talent’) re-joined the group in 2017 and has been growing his US Supreme Court practice ever since. The firm also houses another highly regarded former Assistant to the Solicitor General in Melissa Arbus Sherry, who is recommended for her ‘terrific oral advocate style and the ability to take quick, sound, sophisticated decisions’. Further, the team’s high-profile appearances before lower courts of appeal are equally impressive; Richard Bress successfully led the appellate efforts for Merck, Eli Lilly, and Amgen in a DC Circuit case noted for its significance in the area of drug pricing.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Garre

Other key lawyers:

Melissa Arbus Sherry; Roman Martinez; Richard Bress; Michael Bern

Testimonials

‘We are a civil rights organization and retained Latham & Watkins LLP to work with us and co-counsel on two highly significant cases pertaining to the US Census. As one of the oldest civil rights legal organizations in the country, we typically rely on pro bono counsel to work with us in such cases. We have never seen work of a higher quality, done under such extreme time pressures, at all levels of court as was done by Latham in the census cases. They provided two large teams (not fully overlapping, except at the highest partner level) to each case. The most senior partners were fully engaged throughout the cases, which saw arguments before a three-judge district court panel and the Ninth Circuit twice. We typically wind up doing a lot of editing on important briefs done by pro bono counsel. Not so with Latham.’

‘Melissa Sherry was the primary oral advocate in one of the cases at both the trial and appellate level and Rick Bress at the other at the appellate level. Melissa showed a mastery of a complex and extremely large factual record, combined with a terrific oral advocate style and the ability to take quick, sound, sophisticated decisions on the spot in response to questions from the Court. Rick is a superb draftsperson with an excellent advocacy style that is at once authoritative and down-to-earth, a truly wonderful oral advocate.’

‘Latham and Watkins has provided pro bono representation to our organization on several matters related to veterans’ law. Latham has provided exceptional appellate expertise and service, and recently won a very important case for us at the Federal Circuit. I can state without reservation that they are the best firm with which we have partnered.’

‘Roman Martinez is the lead partner working with us, and he is a nationally recognized appellate attorney of exceptional talent. We value his and his teams’ collaboration with us, attention to detail, and excellent communication. We have three active matters the firm is assisting us with on a pro bono basis, and they have been extremely generous with their time and talent. Other individuals in the firm who have provided excellent value service include Michael Bern, Blake Stafford, Shannon Grammel, Barrett Tenbarge, and Genevieve Hoffman.’

‘Excellent advocacy skills. Extremely responsive. Great thinkers.’

‘It is truly a pleasure to follow Greg Garre’s appellate work, he is highly experienced to a level only a very few litigators can achieve.’

‘Roman Martinez is an excellent lawyer. He is a great strategic thinker. He is not afraid to push back on client direction, but does so very thoughtfully and professionally.’

Key clients

American Beverage Association

Amgen

Avangrid

Douglas Hodge

Dow Chemical

DXC Technology

Eagle Pharmaceuticals

Eaton Corporation plc

Eli Lilly

FMC Corporation

General Electric

The Home Depot

Huntington Ingalls Industries

Imerys Talc America

Ligand Pharmaceuticals

Merck

National Organization of Veterans Advocates

Navistar

Newmont Mining

Noris Babb

Puma Biotechnology, Inc.

Robert Martin

Southern Poverty Law Center

Commercial lending

Truly a stand-out firm for financing work, Latham & Watkins LLP sits at the top of both the lender and borrower sides of the market. As regards lender work, the group regularly assists all the leading commercial banks with their largest and most complex transactions, and also maintains a first-class direct lender practice. On the borrower side, the practice group acts for private equity firms, their portfolio companies and other corporate borrowers form a variety of industries. The team spans numerous offices; Daniel Seale leads the banking practice from New York and has particular expertise in acquisition financing, while vice chair Greg Robins operates from Los Angeles. Manu Gayatrinath chairs the Washington DC-based private equity group, which also includes vice chair Jason Licht. Other names to note include managing partner Michèle Penzer and junior partner Alfred Xue, who is developing a very strong reputation in transactions involving direct lenders.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Seale; Manu Gayatrinath

Other key lawyers:

Greg Robins; Jason Licht; Josh Tinkelman; Michèle Penzer; Alfred Xue

Key clients

Antares Capital

Ares Capital Corporation

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

BNP Paribas

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

Golub Capital

JP Morgan

Jefferies

Morgan Stanley

Owl Rock Capital

Royal Bank of Canada

UBS AG

BC Partners

Caesars Entertainment, Inc.

The Carlyle Group

KKR

Leonard Green & Partners

One Equity Partners

Onex

Platinum Equity

Weatherford International Ltd.

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Latham & Watkins LLP is well known for its representation of high-profile, high-net-worth individuals and multinational corporations in white-collar criminal investigations and regulatory enforcement matters. The firm fields a team of veteran litigators with deep expertise in insider trading, market abuse, mortgage and healthcare fraud, and FCPA matters. The practice is jointly led by Washington DC’s Douglas Greenburg, New York-based Benjamin Naftalis and Nathan Seltzer in the firm's London office. Greenburg is recommended for issues involving money laundering, sanctions and securities fraud, while Naftalis, a former federal prosecutor, regularly handles internal investigations and civil litigation with international components. In New York, the team was strengthened by the arrival of two new partners: Robert Hotz Jr joined from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in February 2020, and Michael Bosworth joined from an in-house role at MacAndrews & Forbes in July 2020. Kathryn Ruemmler left for an in-house role at Goldman Sachs in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Greenburg; Benjamin Naftalis; Nathan Seltzer

Other key lawyers:

Leslie Caldwell; Alice Fisher; Christopher Clark

Key clients

Senator Richard Burr

Daniel Ustian

The Gianulli Family

Gary Winemaster

William Meek

Tom L. Ward

Andy Intrater and Columbus Nova.

Project finance

Undoubtedly one of the premier firms in the project finance space, Latham & Watkins LLP is active in all areas of the energy market, advising on the financing of greenfield projects in the LNG, oil and gas, renewable energy and conventional power sectors. Headed up by Jeffrey Greenberg, the team is well versed in assisting both lenders and sponsors with complex tax equity financing and other financial structures. The group is spread across offices in Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC and San Diego. Contacts in New York include energy specialists Jonathan Rod and Matthew Henegar, while David Penna, who re-joined the firm in November 2020 from the US International Development Finance Corporation, divides time between New York and DC. January 2021 also saw the arrivals of Gianluca Bacchiocchi and Guido Liniado from Clifford Chance; both are go-to names for projects in Latin America. Veronica Relea is another name to note for Latin America-facing work. Kelly Cataldo is a standout associate, who is developing a strong reputation in the renewables sector.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Greenberg

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Rod; Gianluca Bacchiocchi; Matthew Henegar; Veronica Relea; Warren Lilien; David Penna; Guido Liniado; Omar Nazif; Kelly Cataldo

Key clients

LS Power

Cheniere Energy Partners

WhiteWater Midstream

DESRI Portfolios Financing, LLC

W2W Finance LLC

Ørsted A/S

CPV Three Rivers

Maplewood Holdings LLC

ArcLight Capital Partners

Borrowed Sunshine, LLC

Vivint Solar Inc

8minute US Solar Holdings, LLC

Hillcrest Equity Holdings, LLC

Ares-EIF Management, LLC

Pin Oak Corpus Christi, LLC

AES Southland Energy Holdings II, LLC

MRP Calpeak / MRP West Power Holdings, II, LLC

ConnectGen Goldfinger I, LLC

MUFG

Jefferies

Citigroup

Morgan Stanley

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp

Orion Energy Partners

AMP Capital

Ares-EIF

NatGas Hamilton Investor

KROP IFS Holdings

Tenaska Lotus Holdings

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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 Lucinda Starrett  photo Lucinda Starrett Environmental, Land & Resources Partner
 Laurence Stein  photo Laurence Stein Tax Partner
 Bob Steinberg  photo Bob Steinberg Litigation & Trial Partner
 Steven Stokdyk  photo Steven Stokdyk Corporate Partner
 Winston Stromberg  photo Winston Stromberg Environment, Land & Resources Partner
 David Taub  photo David Taub Tax Partner
 Paul Tosetti  photo Paul Tosetti Partner
 Yoni Tuchman  photo Yoni Tuchman Corporate Counsel
 Spencer Turnbull  photo Spencer Turnbull Litigation & Trial Counsel
 W. Alex Voxman  photo W. Alex Voxman Corporate Partner
 Samuel Weiner  photo Samuel Weiner Tax Partner
 David Wheeler  photo David Wheeler Corporate Counsel
 Kirk Wilkinson  photo Kirk Wilkinson Litigation & Trial Partner
 Robert Wyman  photo Robert Wyman Environment, Land & Resources Partner
 Dominic Yoong  photo Dominic Yoong Finance Partner
 David Zaheer  photo David Zaheer Corporate Partner
 Pardis Zomorodi  photo Pardis Zomorodi Tax Partner
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+