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

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP is a leading name in cartel defense, leveraging its global platform and deep governmental relationships for civil and criminal cartel litigation, as well as government investigations and follow-on enforcement proceedings, including high-profile representations of StarKist in the DOJ’s criminal investigation into the tuna canning industry, and Square and CashApp in the ongoing investigation relating to so-called “meme stocks”. The team is led by antitrust head Amanda Reeves in Washington DC and San Francisco-based vice chair Belinda Lee, an experienced litigator with a strong record across civil and criminal cartel litigation and follow-on proceedings before global regulators and courts. Also in San Francisco, Niall Lynch represents multinationals and their managers in criminal and civil price-fixing investigations globally, while New York’s Elizabeth Prewitt is particularly known for her expertise in complex financial services cartel investigations. Ashley Bauer in San Francisco handles federal and state antitrust investigations and civil litigation, regularly acting as global co-ordinating counsel for multijurisdictional cases.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Reeves; Belinda Lee

Testimonials

‘Elizabeth Prewitt is a force to be reckoned with. She is a true strategic partner, especially when it comes to “bet the company” type of matters.’

Key clients

StarKist Co.

Square, Inc. and Cash App Investing, LLC

Olam International

BMW AG

Ferrellgas

Sumida Corporation

Tim Mulrenin

Dairy Farmers of America

Toyo Denso

Union Pacific Railroad Company

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP's ‘depth and experience distinguishes them from other competitors’ in the antitrust and competition space, according to a client. Class actions and civil litigation are handled with particular expertise in two of the firm’s US locations: Washington DC and San Francisco. Amanda Reeves chairs the department from DC, where the group is well respected for its DOJ and FTC expertise, and Jennifer Giordano engages in cases at both trial and appellate level. On the West Coast, the focus lies on high-tech litigation, where the firm houses a deep bench of specialists including Christopher Yates who regularly represents blue-chip clients and sports organization, as well as Daniel Wall whose experience spans a variety of sectors and unfair competition claims. In March 2021, Ian Conner joined the firm’s DC office, having previously served as director of the Bureau of Competition at the FTC and bringing to bear vast expertise pertaining to the pharmaceutical, technology, and healthcare sectors, among others.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Reeves

Testimonials

‘L&W is known for its strong antitrust team. More recently, they have developed a strong music licensing specialty team.’

‘Top Notch! Could not be more pleased.’

‘Preparation, intellect and follow through. Jenn Giordano is as good as I have worked with, and her communication skills are exceptional.’

‘High marks on bet-the-company litigation. Their relationship with us extends to the C-suite level.‘ 

The firm’s depth and experience distinguishes them from other competititors.

Key clients

StarKist

United States Soccer Federation

National Women’s Soccer League

Surescripts

Square, Inc. (Square) and Cash App Investing, LLC (CAI)

Hyatt

Olam International

Oracle America

BMW AG

Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)

GRAIL

Radio Music License Committee

DoorDash

Cox Enterprises

Ocean Spray Cranberries

Ferrellgas

Sumida Corporation

CCC Intelligent Solutions

Dairy Farmers of America

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP combines an active domestic merger control practice, handling a large proportion of HSR filings, with a leading global platform, handling complex, multi-jurisdictional merger proceedings for blue-chip clients across a variety of industries. The firm has been active in the tech space, advising the likes of NVIDIA and AMD, while the highly-regarded Michael G. Egge  has continued his strong record, representing GRAIL in the FTC challenge to its $8bn acquisition by Illumina. The team’s cross-border expertise is considerable, with US-based practitioners working closely with the firm’s European and UK offices, regularly handling proceedings before the European Commission, CMA, and global antitrust regulators as well as FTC and DOJ challenges. Amanda Reeves  leads the team, and is known for her combination of global merger expertise and work on high-profile litigation relating to contested transactions, currently representing MGM throughout the global review of its acquisition by Amazon. San Francisco’s Kelly Fayne was promoted to partner in January 2021 in recognition of her growing profile in the market, playing an increasingly key role in major global deals including the MGM transaction and AMD’s purchase of Xilinx, while Farrell J. Malone is noted for his international expertise. Ian Conner joined the firm in March 2021, having previously served as Director of the Bureau of Competition at the FTC, further deepening the firm’s governmental expertise, while private equity-focused Katherine Rocco arrived from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in April 2022. Lawyers are in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Reeves

Other key lawyers:

Michael G. Egge; Ian Conner; Kelly Fayne; Farrell J. Malone; Katherine Rocco

Key clients

GRAIL, Inc.

MGM Holdings, Inc.

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

NVIDIA Corporation

Nestle USA, Inc.

Intuit

Aon plc.

Okta

Siemens Healthineers AG

The Carlyle Group and Workforce LogIQ

Neenah Enterprises / GoldenTree Asset Management

United States Sugar Corporation

Drizly

EssilorLuxottica

Postmates

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

Satisfied clients of Latham & Watkins LLP highlight the appellate group’s ‘excellent writing and advocacy skills‘, ‘acute strategic sense‘ and ‘tremendous grasp of the law‘. Over the past year, the team secured a series of high-profile wins for a diverse mix of clients, from major corporates through to state governments. Mainly centered in Washington DC, the sizeable practice benefits from its ability to draw on the firm’s comprehensive US network and it regularly appears before Circuit Courts nationwide, as well as making frequent appearances before the US Supreme Court. Its subject matter expertise is equally as extensive and it handles the full range of business law cases, including IP, antitrust, tax, securities and consumer law-related issues. It also packs a punch in constitutional and administrative law. As a former Solicitor General, practice head Gregory Garre is well versed in complex, precedent-setting litigation; he successfully represented the US Territory of Guam before the US Supreme Court in a case seeking to hold the US accountable for its share of the costs of cleaning up a landfill built by the US Navy. According to sources, up-and-coming partner Melissa Arbus Sherry demonstrates a ‘wonderful ability to think on her feet‘. Sherry had a banner year, which included successfully securing a certiorari petition in a tax case against the federal government. Roman Martinez provides ‘exceptional service‘ and his broad experience spans civil and criminal law cases across a range of constitutional, statutory and administrative law matters; he recently acted alongside the firm’s securities litigation and professional liability practice to represent Facebook in a SCOTUS case addressing the scope of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) liability. Richard Bress, who has argued eight Supreme Court cases, and Michael Bern are also key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The Latham team I worked with was one of the best I’ve ever worked with in almost 50 years of practice. Lawyers exhibited a tremendous grasp of the law, and mastered a complex and enormous set of facts in record time. They exhibited acute strategic sense, and ensured that each party was provided ample opportunity for input.’

The group demonstrated excellent writing and advocacy skills and is comprised of strategic thinkers.’

‘Melissa Arbus Sherry was the primary appellate lawyer and exhibited supreme mastery of the complex law, regulations and facts, which she accomplished in extraordinarily limited time. Her oral argument was excellent. Her interactions with the court displayed a wonderful ability to think on her feet and her appellate argument before the Ninth Circuit was flawless.’

‘Richard Bress argued before a three-judge panel, and it was one of the best arguments of its kind I’ve seen. I have never seen a firm put together such a difficult case so well in so short a period of time.’

‘The team is sophisticated, top-notch and the most reliable and polished guide through an area of practice with which most attorneys are not familiar. We were instantly put at ease by Roman Martinez and his team and were provided the attention to detail and expert analysis our case required throughout their representation of our clients.’

‘Roman Martinez was respectful and respected by other team members. He explained processes with which we were not familiar and the winning arguments in ways that our clients best understood. He was almost immediately facile with a rather obscure area of the law in which our matter arose, and engendered our confidence.’

L&W provided pro bono representation to our non-profit organization. They are always willing to entertain requests for assistance in a timely and most professional fashion. They communicate with us frequently, seek input when appropriate, and their written briefs are of the highest quality. We have been able to obtain results in important cases that likely would have been unattainable with many other firms.’

Roman Martinez is the primary contact for all cases they have handled. As the point person for our litigation and policy efforts, he is perhaps the brightest attorney I have worked with in my 30-year legal career. He provides exceptional service to our organization.

Key clients

Territory of Guam

Facebook

Northwestern University

Boechler, P.C.

A group of underwriter defendants, including Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs

StarKist

National Urban League

National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America

Emulex Corp.

Walworth Investments-LG LLC

General Electric Co. (GE)

Imerys Talc America

AbbVie

Comcast, CBS, Disney, Viacom, and A&E Television Networks

United States Soccer Federation, Inc.

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

Johnny Mathis

The Coca Cola Company

Navista

State of Florida

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Noris Babb

Spotify

East Ramapo

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Work highlights

  • Represented the Territory of Guam before the US Supreme Court in a case seeking to hold the US accountable for its share of the costs of cleaning up a landfill built by the US Navy.
  • Represented the US Chamber of Commerce, as amicus curiae, before the US Supreme Court in a case testing whether Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act provide a cause of action for plaintiffs who allege that facially nondiscriminatory health insurance policies impose disparate impacts on persons with disabilities.
  • Represented a group of underwriter defendants, including Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, in a case discussing whether automatic stays of discovery pending a motion to dismiss in Securities Act cases applies to actions filed in state court, or only to those in federal court.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Under the leadership of Douglas Greenburg in Washington DC, Benjamin Naftalis and Nathan Seltzer, Latham & Watkins LLP continues to represent large international corporates and high-profile individuals in white-collar crime investigations and regulatory enforcement matters. It has considerable experience in insider trading and market abuse investigations, mortgage and healthcare fraud, and FCPA cases. The team, which includes former high-ranking government and enforcement agency officials, is globally integrated and well placed to handle multijurisdictional cases. Naftalis is based in New York and is experienced in representing clients before various agencies, including the DOJ, SEC and CFTC, while Seltzer, who is based in Washington DC and London, is recommended for both government and internal investigations. In May 2021, Damara Chambers joined from Vinson & Elkins LLP in Washington DC, and in January 2022, former assistant United States attorneys Scott Joiner and Alex Wyman from the Northern District of California and the Central District of California respectively.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Greenburg; Benjamin Naftalis; Nathan Seltzer

Other key lawyers:

Leslie Caldwell; Alice Fisher; Christopher Clark; Scott Joiner; Alex Wyman

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Pacira Pharmaceuticals

Goldman Sachs

Paycom Software, Inc.

Independent Health Association Inc.

General Electric

United Microelectronics Corporation

Symmetry Energy Solutions

Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips

Sutter Health and related foundations

UnitedHealth Group Inc.

Fluor Corporation

Comcast Corporation

Ensign Group

LA Dodgers

Nissan Motor Corporation

Hunter Biden

Gary Winemaster

Michael Sussmann

Senator Richard Burr

Mike Shustek

Andy Intrater and Columbus Nova

William Meek

Dennis Williams

Daniel Kendall

Tom Ward

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 1

The litigation and trial department at Latham & Watkins LLP stands out for its ability to handle a full range of cross-border disputes, leveraging its impressive international network and full-service expertise. Led from Orange County by Michele Johnson , who is noted for securities and M&A litigation, the team counts antitrust disputes, environmental and mass torts and class actions among its other areas of expertise, and with more than 30 former federal prosecutors, excels in government enforcement proceedings and litigation. The group bolstered its data privacy and cybersecurity practice with the addition of Washington DC-based Antony Kim from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in June 2021. Other arrivals during 2021 include general litigator Steven Feldman in New York from Hueston Hennigan LLP, Los Angeles-based insurance sector expert Kirsten Jackson from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP and former Director of the Bureau of Competition at the US Federal Trade Commission Ian Conner, who added further antitrust expertise to the Washington DC office.

Practice head(s):

Michele Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Brian Kowalski; Jamie Wine; Peter Wald; Melanie Blunschi; Mary Rose Alexander; Tara Elliot; David Callahan; Nicholas Boyle; Leslie Caldwell; Antony Kim; Steven Feldman; Kirsten Jackson; Ian Conner

Key clients

LG Energy Solution

Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.

Fédération Internationale de Natation

Astellas Institute for Regenerative Medicine

CoStar Group

GRAIL, Inc.

SK Rosgosstrakh PAO

United Microelectronics Corporation

Daily Mail

Strabag SE

Saudi National Bank

Calfrac Well Services Ltd.

Plus Therapeutics, Inc.

Pharmaniaga

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

Work highlights

  • Represented LG Energy Solution in achieving a $1.8bn settlement the largest Korean chemical company and leading manufacturer of automotive electric vehicle batteries in its trade secrets dispute with competitor SK Innovation.
  • Representing Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA), the international federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the governing body for Olympic and international aquatic sports, in a pair of high profile antitrust lawsuits in the Northern District of California.
  • Representing healthcare company GRAIL, Inc in administrative proceeding before the Federal Trade Commission, regarding Illumina’s planned $8bn takeover of  GRAIL Inc.

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 1

They know the process inside and out, and they have the knowhow to deal with opposing counsel and offer practical solutions‘, say clients of Latham & Watkins LLP. The litigation practice works closely with M&A teams to advise potential acquirers, targets, and financial advisors on issues ranging from deal protection measures, conflicts of interest, and change-of-control payments to disclosure obligations. The firm also has a strong track record in securing dismissals and succeeding at trial in class actions, derivative cases, busted deal litigation, poison pill matters,  proxy contests and appraisal actions. Recently, the firm has become a leading player in de-SPAC-related litigation on the back of its market-leading SPAC transactional practice, and is currently acting for Virgin Galactic, Romeo Power and Skillz in such matters. Michele Johnson in Orange County and Blair Connelly in New York lead the practice. Colleen Smith in San Diego and Kristin Murphy in Orange County are heavily involved in SPAC-related cases. Newly promoted counsel Zach Rowen in New York also plays a pivotal role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Michele Johnson; Blair Connelly

Other key lawyers:

Colleen Smith; Kristin Murphy; Zach Rowen

Testimonials

‘They know the process inside and out. Know how to deal with opposing counsel and offer practical solutions.’

Key clients

Alta Mesa Resources

Arclight

Camping World

Callaway Golf

Dell Technologies

DXC Technology – Costanzo

K.C. Crosthwaite

Larry Ellison & Safra Catz

LogMeIn

LRN/Lion Midco

Match Group

Matterport

Romeo Power

Skillz

Virgin Galactic

Wesco Aircraft

WHIP Networks

Work highlights

  • Representing Oracle’s founder, Chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison, and Oracle’s CEO, Safra Catz, against shareholder derivative claims arising from Oracle’s US$9.3bn acquisition of NetSuite Inc. – a company in which Mr. Ellison was a significant stockholder. Trial is scheduled for July 2022
  • Representing Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. in a securities class action. Virgin Galactic was formed via a deSPAC transaction with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. and plaintiffs filed suit when the company announced in April 2021 that it would restate its financials for the 2020 fiscal year based on new and recent guidance by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission with respect to the accounting treatment of outstanding warrants.
  • Representing LogMeIn, Inc. in successfully knocking out two putative class actions – one in federal court in Massachusetts, and one in state court in Florida – which had spawned out of a years-old M&A transaction. The state court dismissal represents one of the relative few dismissals of a securities class action by a state court – and the first in Florida.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 1

The ‘extremely talented and experienced’ team at Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘capable of providing first-class advice across a wide variety of product liability matters’. The firm has, however, undoubtedly gained most acclaim for its market-leading work in the tobacco sector, where it is appreciated for being ‘super knowledgeable about the law and the science’. In this context, it continues to represent Philip Morris in a raft of major domestic and international cases, including defending it in multiple individual smoking and health cases in Massachusetts. A ‘brilliant trial lawyer’ and a ‘master strategist‘, Boston-based Kenneth Parsigian is pivotal to the firm’s work for Philip Morris particularly in a domestic setting. ‘Highly adept at dealing with experts and technical subjects’, Washington DC-based Christine Rolph is also a vital member of the team and continues to excel in her role for Philip Morris in international litigation brought against the company. ‘A jack of all trades’, the ‘thoughtful and responsive’ Boston-based Gwyn Williams co-heads the overarching team alongside Parsigian, and as well as also assisting on tobacco-related work is noted for her expertise defending corporates in consumer class actions, where she is ‘excellent at co-ordinating a large team’. 

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Super knowledgeable about the law and the science. Very good at balancing being aggressive but also realistic about what arguments can and should be made to be most receptive to judges.’

‘The team has in-depth expertise on product liability matters, they are very much client-oriented and accomodate client’s needs.’

‘Highly prepared, extremely talented and experienced team, capable of providing first-class advice on a wide variety of product liability matters.’

‘Ken Parsigian has a keen analytical and strategic mind and has seen it all, but is also not unwilling to course correct and update his approach.’

‘Ken Parsigian: master strategist, superb communicator, highly practical, pre-eminent reputation. Ken deals as well as anyone with technical issues but, unlike many, never loses the forest for the trees. Highly efficient.

‘Christine Rolph is super smart and hardworking, and has a nice way of bringing along others on tough issues, and she is usually right in how she wants things to go.’

‘Christine Rolph: highly adept at dealing with experts and technical subjects. Great communicator, excellent team player, highly responsive, terrific judgment. Lovely to deal with.’

Gwyn Williams: a jack-of-all-trades. Invariably thoughtful, responsive, communicative and practical. Excellent at co-ordinating a large team.’

Key clients

Altria

Apple

Clorox

Colgate-Palmolive

Lands’ End

Navistar

Philip Morris International

Philip Morris USA

Rothmans, Benson & Hedges

Weyerhaeuser

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 1

Forming a part of the firm’s overarching product liability, mass tort and consumer class action group, which is led from Boston by Gwyn Williams and Kenneth Parsigian, Latham & Watkins LLP‘s toxic tort offering is praised for its ‘very good handle on complex legal and technical issues’, as well as its ability ‘think very strategically’. The ‘practical-minded’ team also a enjoys a synergistic relationship with the broader environmental offering, enabling it to draw from highly specific substantive expertise, as well as lawyers benefiting from significant regulatory knowledge, of great relevance to the toxic torts which regularly arise in the sector. A member of the environmental group, New York-based Kegan Brown is ‘extremely motivated, driven and highly intelligent’, and is particularly adept at managing toxic tort matters proceeding on multiple fronts. Mary Rose Alexander  in Chicago regularly defends clients in multi-plaintiff actions in federal and state courts involving alleged exposure to chemicals, lead, metals and solvents.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This team has a very good handle on complex legal and technical issues and thinks very strategically – they are always two step ahead of everyone else.’

‘The team is highly experienced and practical-minded.’

‘Enthusiastic about securing clients favorable results. It has a great mix of experience and youth – leading to a great exchange of ideas and constant work ethic. Great leadership with dozens of years of experience. The practical- minded nature of the group is unique.’

‘I have worked closely with both Gary Gengel and Kegan Brown on multiple environmental projects for over 10 years. Both individuals understand the complex technical issues associated with these projects – conversations with them feel like we are talking with other technical team members. They also communicate project status, tasks and schedule clearly and effectively, moreso than any other individuals/firm I have worked with.’

‘The firm demonstrated the ability to efficiently interface with the rest of a large team, help develop overall strategic approach, and helped integrate that approach across litigation and regulatory aspects of the matter. Latham’s ability to move quickly creates opportunities to reinforce and implement strategic direction.’

‘Kegan Brown stands out because he managed to run all aspects of Latham’s work product, strategy development and execution through him to ensure consistency and completeness. He is creative and able to see beyond the current issue to the opportunities and risks that current decisions may create.’

‘Kegan Brown is a rock star. Energetic, extremely motivated and driven and highly intelligent. Very organized and always thinking ten steps ahead to set up clients for success.’

Key clients

Dow Chemical

DTE Energy

Endo Pharmaceuticals

Fluor

General Dynamics

Huntington Ingalls San Diego Shipyard

LG Chem

Marathon Oil Corporation

Monsanto

Montrose Chemical

Office of the Attorney General of Guam

Owens Coming

Philip Morris International

Weyerhaeuser

Chevron

Work highlights

    Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 1

    Latham & Watkins LLP' ‘user-friendly‘ national litigation practice handles securities cases in state and federal courts across the US. Its key focus is representing underwriters, though it also acts for corporate issuers including Lyft, Virgin Galactic and Twitter. Andrew Clubok in Washington DC, Blair Connelly in New York and Matthew Rawlinson in Silicon Valley lead the practice. Rawlinson represented private equity firm Andreessen Horowitz in a class action alleging that defendants sold Internet Computer Project tokens as unregistered securities as defined by Section 2(a)(1) of the Securities Act. Jeff Hammel in New York is a prominent force in securities litigation and led the defense of Farfetch Ltd in a class action arising from its IPO, in which plaintiffs allege that the company went public based on the false narrative that Farfetch would see exponential organic growth. Colleen Smith in San Diego and emerging talent Jason Hegt in New York also play key roles in the practice.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew Clubok; Blair Connelly; Matthew Rawlinson

    Other key lawyers:

    Jeff Hammel; Colleen Smith; Jason Hegt; William Baker

    Testimonials

    ‘User-friendly expertise – for complicated securities litigation matters, they make the process and concepts simple in order for you to make informed decisions.’

    ‘Attentive client service and going above and beyond, but not just to increase fees. Jeff Hammel, William Baker, Jason Hegt.’

    Key clients

    Alteryx

    Andreessen Horowitz

    Coinbase

    DXC Technology

    Enphase

    Facebook; NortonLifeLock; AMD

    Farfetch

    FuboTV

    Former CEO and co-founder of Power Solutions Inc

    General Electric

    Gridsum Underwriters

    Mobile Telesystems

    Larry Ellison & Safra Catz

    LogMeIn

    Lyft

    NextGen

    Peloton

    Philip Morris International

    PolarityTE

    Restoration Robotics

    Samuel Reed/Bitmex

    Stride Class Action

    Switch

    Twitter

    Virgin Galactic

    UBS – Highland Capital

    UBS – YES Arbitrations

    Weatherford

    Work highlights

    • Represented NextGen Healthcare, formerly known as Quality Systems, Inc., the leading developer of computer-based healthcare practice management and electronic health records solutions in a “holder’s claim”— a claim by a shareholder that he was planning to sell his shares but changed his mind and held them in reliance on false statements made by the defendants.
    • Represented the former CEO and co-founder of Power Solutions Inc in securing a complete defense verdict in a 14-count federal criminal action in the Northern District of Illinois.
    • Represented a number of clients, including NortonLifeLock, Facebook, and AMD in some of the first shareholder derivative suits to allege breach of fiduciary duty relating to board diversity efforts.

    Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

    Latham & Watkins LLP has an outstanding reputation in DCM, founded on an exceptional record in high-yield debt and a fast growing investment grade debt workload; in the 12-month research period the team advised on more than 75 investment grade deals valued at over $102bn. Although the firm has a bigger market share on the issuer side, it is a recognised force as underwriters’ counsel. Although the core of the team is located in New York, it benefits from the firm’s geographic spread across the US, including Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Century City, Chicago, Washington DC, Houston and Boston offices. The firm’s impressive client base features a sizeable number of big-name tech businesses. Marc Jaffe is managing partner of the New York office and a recognised authority in debt offerings. Global chair of the capital markets department Ian Schuman has an impressive mix of debt and equity engagements from issuers and underwriters. Gregory Rodgers has a rounded and extensive capital markets practice with a particularly strong record in the convertible debt field.

    Practice head(s):

    Ian Schuman; Jenna Cooper; Keith Halverstam; Jeffrey Lawlis

    Other key lawyers:

    Gregory Rodgers; Marc Jaffe; Benjamin Cohen; Jason Licht

    Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

    Latham & Watkins LLP could easily be regarded as the dominant firm in equity offerings given that its market share for  issuer and underwriter engagements routinely puts it amongst the top three firms in both categories. The firm has consistently positioned itself at the forefront of the capital markets field thanks to its effort to target buoyant sectors such as life sciences, tech, and the SPAC segment. It has also landed a series of engagements from foreign issuers seeking US offerings. Showcasing its ability to win the biggest deals in the market, the firm represented Airbnb on its headline $3.83bn IPO on Nasdaq. Global head of capital markets Ian Schuman  has an outstanding record in both equity and debt, as does New York managing partner Marc Jaffe. Gregory Rodgers  continues to be a leading figure in direct listings and Silicon Valley’s Richard Kline is at the forefront of tech sector offerings. Nathan Ajiashvili is widely acclaimed for his expertise in the life sciences segment.

    Practice head(s):

    Ian Schuman; Jenna Cooper; Keith Halverstam; Jeffrey Lawlis

    Other key lawyers:

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

    Work highlights

      Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

      Latham & Watkins LLP‘s extensive national and international presence, along with its traditions in capital markets, makes it a top firm in global offerings in both debt and equity. It represents an enviable list of issuers and underwriters. The firm is at the forefront of global offerings originating from Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and has a particular niche in Israeli offerings. It represented Oatly Group, the Swedish food company, on its $1.65bn IPO on Nasdaq and advised ATAI Life Sciences, the German clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, on its $285m IPO on Nasdaq. The firm is also building its standing in Latin America, having made some important lateral hires to its Latin America team in recent times.  New York managing partner Marc Jaffe has lengthy track record in global IPOs and high-yield debt offerings, and global head of capital markets Ian Schuman is a market leader in international IPOs. Nathan Ajiashvili is another prominent name, especially in the life sciences sector. All are based in New York.  

      Practice head(s):

      Ian Schuman; Jenna Cooper; Keith Halverstam; Jeffrey Lawlis

      Other key lawyers:

      Marc Jaffe; Nathan Ajiashvili

      Work highlights

        Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

        Latham & Watkins LLP is the leading firm across issuer and underwriter engagements in the high-yield debt field. It holds a major market share on both sides, advising on more than 168 high-yield debt deals with a total value of $118bn during the period of research. The firm’s global standing and extensive geographic presence brings it a wealth of engagements from non-US issuers along with domestic issuers; many of its US offices are involved in capital markets transactions, including New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Houston and Silicon Valley. On the underwriter side, the firm routinely represents bulge-bracket investment banks such as BofA Securities, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Securities and Morgan Stanley. Amongst its steady diet of deals, it is frequently involved in M&A and buyout-driven transactions, along with debt restructurings. New York managing partner Marc Jaffe and global head of capital markets Ian Schuman are highly rated capital markets practitioners with extensive experience in high-yield debt. Keith Halverstam  is vice-chair of the capital markets practice and has a major focus on high-yield, as does Senet Bischoff Stelios Saffos  has become a big name in the market and Washington DC’s Rachel Sheridan is a pivotal figure in Washington DC. All named individuals are based in New York, unless stated otherwise.

        Practice head(s):

        Ian Schuman; Jenna Cooper; Keith Halverstam; Jeffrey Lawlis

        Other key lawyers:

        Marc Jaffe; Senet Bischoff; Stelios Saffos; Rachel Sheridan

        Work highlights

          Finance > Commercial lending

          From its position at the upper end of the lender and borrower markets, Latham & Watkins LLP uses its ‘knowledgeable and super responsive attorneys’ to assist the biggest banks, private equity sponsors, direct lenders and corporate borrowers on syndicated loans, multi-tiered capital structures, and complex bank and bond covenant packages. In New York, Daniel Seale , who has developed strong relationships with premier banks such as Bank of America, JP Morgan and Credit Suisse, leads the global banking practice. Michèle Penzer is also based in New York, as is up-and-coming partner Alfred Xue, a specialist in cross-border transactions and acquisition financings. The private equity group is run from Washington, DC by Manu Gayatrinath , who advised The Carlyle Group on a ESG-linked credit facility valued at $4.1bn, demonstrating the group’s ability to assist with innovative and novel financial structures. There are also experienced names in other locations, with Greg Robins and Brandon R. Anderson  operating from Los Angles and Chicago respectively.

          Practice head(s):

          Daniel Seale; Manu Gayatrinath

          Other key lawyers:

          Greg Robins; Jason Licht; Josh Tinkelman; Michèle Penzer; Alfred Xue; Josh Holt; Brandon R. Anderson

          Testimonials

          ‘The team at Latham is exceptional. I wouldn’t think of using another firm. They leave no stone unturned, and then continually work on behalf of their client (us) to achieve the best outcome. I am continually impressed by their diversity – every deal i work on with them includes a mix of men and women, and various racial backgrounds. It’s something we aspire to and Latham already does a great job.’

          ‘Joshua Tinkelman is in my opinion the best finance lawyer on the street. His understanding of the market is exceptional, and he goes above and beyond to help us (non-lawyers) understand all of the key elements of our documents. He has an excellent understanding of the business side of things, and is able to focus my time efficiently on the most important areas in our deals. He allows me to do my job more effectively and I have complete trust in him.’

          ‘Team at Latham is a strong differentiator among other law firms I have worked with. Latham has a very deep bench with various levels of expertise, knowledgeable and super responsive attorneys.’

          ‘Josh Holt – smart, commercial, extremely hard working, detail oriented, responsive.’

          Key clients

          American Airlines Group Inc.

          Aspen Dental Management, Inc.

          Atotech Limited

          Authentic Brands Group

          Blend Labs, Inc.

          Caesars Entertainment, Inc.

          Centerbridge Partners

          Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

          EQM Midstream Partners

          Leonard Green & Partners

          Mattel, Inc.

          One Rock Capital Partners, LLC

          PAI Partners

          Platinum Equity

          Safehold Inc.

          Southwestern Energy Company

          TechnipFMC plc

          The Carlyle Group

          The Walt Disney Company

          Veritas US Inc.

          Antares Capital

          Apollo Management

          Ares Management

          Bank of America

          Bank of Montreal

          Barclays Bank PLC

          Blackstone Alternative Credit Advisors

          BNP Paribas

          Carlyle Global Credit

          Credit Suisse

          Goldman Sachs Bank USA

          Golub Capital

          Hercules Capital, Inc.

          Jefferies Finance LLC

          JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

          KKR

          Leonard Green & Partners

          Morgan Stanley

          Owl Rock Capital

          Scotiabank

          UBS Securities LLC

          Work highlights

          • Represented JPMorgan Chase Bank in connection with a term loan and revolving credit facility, concurrent with a $5.3 billion bond offering, for Organon & Co.
          • Advised Goldman Sachs Bank USA with regards to term loans and revolving credit facility in connection with Thoma Bravo’s acquisition of RealPage, Inc.
          • Advised Blackstone Alternative Credit Advisors as well as credit arms of Apollo and KKR, and Antares, in connection with the financing for Thoma Bravo’s acquisition of Medallia, Inc.

          Finance > Project finance

          Few firms come close to offering the breadth and expertise provided by Latham & Watkins LLP, which is able to maintain top-class lender and sponsor practice across the full spectrum of energy and infrastructure projects in the US and internationally. The group is frequently consulted to advise on cutting-edge and precedent setting projects, as can be seen by its recent work advising the lenders on the Vineyard Wind project, the first commercial-scale offshore wind project in the US.  Matthew Henegar  led the team in the transaction, supported by recently promoted partner Kelly Cataldo. Jeffrey Greenberg  leads the national practice and splits his time between New York and Los Angeles, while Gianluca Bacchiocchi and Guido Liniado  are go-to lawyers for projects in Latin America. Other names to note include veterans Jonathan Rod, who focuses on advising major lending banks, and Jason Webber, a February 2022 arrival from White & Case LLP. All partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

          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

          Barclays Bank PLC

          CIT Bank, N.A.

          HSBC Bank USA, National Association

          Investec Bank plc

          Jefferies Finance LLC

          Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

          Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc.

          MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

          Natixis

          Orion Energy Partners, LLC

          Royal Bank of Canada

          Arclight Capital LLC

          Ares Swell PFF Holdings, LLC

          Cheniere Energy Partners

          Cordelio Power Inc.

          Innergex Renewable Energy, Inc.

          LS Power, LLC

          Ørsted A/S

          Recurrent Energy, LLC

          Terra-Gen Power, LLC

          Vivint Solar, Inc.

          WhiteWater Midstream, LLC

          Work highlights

          • Advised a group of nine international and US-based banks in the $2.3bn financing of the Vineyard Wind Project.
          • Advised Terra-Gen on the $804m project financing of its Edwards Sanborn Solar Storage Facility in California.
          • Advised the joint lead arrangers in the $1.1bn project financing of the Linden Cogeneration facility, a 809-MW and 165-MW natural gas-fired cogeneration facilities located in Linden, New Jersey.

          Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 1

          Latham & Watkins LLP combines an extensive senior secured lending practice with a strong debtor-side practice, enabling it to oversee the full-spectrum of restructuring and bankruptcy matters. Notable work for the firm includes its representation of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, where it oversaw negotiations for the settlement of governmental claims relating to the sale and marketing of prescription opioids. The sizeable team is led by a number of key senior names: George Davis is the global chair of the practice and operates from the New York office, while Jeff Bjork and Richard Levy are vice chairs, and operate from Los Angeles and Chicago respectively. They offer varied expertise encompassing industries such as hospitality, gaming, leisure, manufacturing, automotive, retail and print and film media. The firm welcomed counsel Ebba Gebisa in Chicago from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in early 2021. Personnel changes also includes the promotion of both LA's Helena Tseregounis and Chicago's Jason Gott to partner in January 2022.

          Practice head(s):

          George Davis; Jeff Bjork; Richard Levy

          Other key lawyers:

          Peter Gilhuly; Caroline Reckler; Keith Simon; David Hammerman; Adam Goldberg; Ted Dillman; George Klidonas; Helena Tseregounis; Jason Gott

          Testimonials

          ‘My experience with Latham’s Corporate Restructuring Practice has been outstanding. They are bright, creative, and hard-working. They are solutions oriented and find options and avenues where others see roadblocks and obstacles. They are excellent collaborators and find viable, creative solutions.’

          ‘I have worked primarily with Jeff Bjork and Adam Goldberg. They have been supported ably by Madeleine Parish and Deniz Irgi. They are responsive. I had little bankruptcy experience prior to meeting them. They excel at simplifying the complex. They are masters at being prepared, seeing solutions, and identifying the steps from points A to B and from B to the eventual end. I would use them again in a heartbeat.’

          ‘Very business and commercially minded, understanding the human issues that could make a difference in various industries.’

          ‘Caroline Reckler, thoughtful professional, patient and very laser focused on client outcome. Able to consider all classes of constituents to enable a successful outcome.’

          ‘Exceptionally consistent high quality top to bottom. Willing to litigate, and do so well, but always looking for a negotiated solution if one is achievable. My first choice for all-around debtor-side bankruptcy firm.’

          ‘Would call out George Davis as practice leader, who has superb judgment and is very creative in persuading warring parties to settle. New partner Jason Gott is very intelligent and learned in the law. Counsel Anupama Yerramalli is a superstar who functions at the senior partner level.’

          Key clients

          Ad Hoc Committee of GTT Noteholders

          Alta Mesa Resources

          Barclays Bank

          The Creditor Committee of Swissport

          Deutsche Bank

          GNC Holdings, Inc.

          Hi-Crush Inc.

          Imerys Talc America Inc.

          Lucky Brand Dungarees

          Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

          Nine Point Energy Holdings Inc.

          Orion Energy Partners, LLC

          Pacific Drilling S.A.

          Paddock Enterprises, LLC

          Royal Bank of Canada

          Sable Permian Resources, LLC

          Superior Energy Services, Inc.

          Sycamore Partners Management L.P.

          The Bank of Nova Scotia

          The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

          Work highlights

          • Advised Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals in its Chapter 11 cases, addressing liabilities such as funded debt amounting to $5bn and contingent liabilities stemming from 3,000 litigation claims from private and governmental, in relation to the sale and marketing of prescription opioids.
          • Advised Imerys Talc America Inc., former Johnson & Johnson talc supplier, in jointly-administered Chapter 11 cases before the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, arising from over 14,000 claims alleging health problems arising from the talc products.
          • Represented The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, pertaining to the Chapter 11 case concerning the Boy Scouts of America.

          Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 1

          Providing coast-to-coast coverage and benefitting from a global network of offices, Latham & Watkins LLP advises clients on the entire spectrum of legal issues that arise in the renewable energy sector, cutting across offshore and onshore wind, utility and distributed solar power, energy storage and emerging electric power technologies. The ‘very commercially oriented and practical‘ team maintains a busy and varied workload, which features high-end M&A, secured lending, corporate finance and project development. Some of the most notable players in the sector turn to the team for assistance with complex and innovative deals in North America- recent examples include advising on the largest portfolio of battery storage assets financed to date and the world’s largest battery storage project. Based in Los Angeles, Jeffrey Greenberg serves as global chair of the firm’s project development and finance practice. He is widely recognised as a preeminent project finance lawyer, having advised on some of the most significant renewable deals in the market. Also on the West Coast, Omar Nazif  is based in San Diego and regularly receives engagements from banks, sponsors and developers in connection with all phases of the development and financing of wind, solar and energy storage projects. Vice-chair of the firm’s global energy and infrastructure industry department, Eli Katz  is primarily engaged in M&A and project finance transactions, with a particular focus on tax incentives for equity investors deploying capital to help fund renewables projects throughout the US. He sits in the New York office, where Matthew Henegar  is counsel of choice for numerous private equity sponsors, developers and financial institutions, and recently promoted Kelly Cataldo is a name to note for construction financing and investments in renewable projects across Latin America. The Houston office recently welcomed energy deal specialist Trina Chandler from Vinson & Elkins LLP.

          Practice head(s):

          Jeff Greenberg; Eli Katz; David Schwartz

          Other key lawyers:

          Matthew Henegar; Omar Nazif; Trina Chandler; Kelly Cataldo; Warren Lilien; Tyler Brown

          Testimonials

          ‘Very commercially oriented and practical.’

          Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 1

          Active across the spectrum of power sector matters, Latham & Watkins LLP’s broad expertise covers conventional power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure, renewables, energy storage, nuclear power generation and evolving electric power technologies. The team specialises in finance, project finance, IPPs and M&A advice to conventional power players, as well as being particularly active in the private equity segment. New York-based Eli Katz leads a deep bench of experts, key names among them include: Christopher Cross in New York, who is an experienced corporate and finance lawyer in the energy industry; transactional expert David Kurzweil, who also works out of New York; and Lauren Anderson in Houston, whose strengths are private equity transactions, M&A and general corporate matters for energy and infrastructure industry clients. The group was further strengthened in 2021 by the arrival Houston-based Trina Chandler from Vinson & Elkins LLP; she is known for her M&A expertise across the power and renewables, energy transition, and infrastructure sectors.

          Practice head(s):

          Eli Katz

          Other key lawyers:

          Key clients

          AES Corporation

          Ares Management

          Carlyle Power Partners

          Castleton Commodities

          ContourGlobal

          Cubico Sustainable Investment

          Energy Capital Partners

          Fluence Energy

          Global Infrastructure Partners

          Panda Power Funds

          Partners Group (USA)

          Bank of America

          Credit Suisse

          Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 1

          Representing clients from along the oil and gas value-chain, Latham & Watkins LLP advises on exploration and production matters, midstream infrastructure and LNG, and refining and petrochemicals. The firm has a strong reputation in upstream and midstream matters, but is also active in carbon capture and assisting traditional oil and gas clients transition to renewables. Practice head Justin Stolte is  global co-chair of the firm’s Energy & Infrastructure Group. The group also includes John M. Greer, who handles securities offerings, M&A, and general corporate and securities matters for public and private oil-and-gas companies; M&A and corporate-finance transactional specialist Ryan Maierson; Stephen Szalkowski, who focuses on domestic energy transactions; and corporate and M&A specialist Lauren Anderson who advises both private equity and strategic industry-players throughout the energy and infrastructure sectors. This impressive bench was further strengthened in 2021 by the arrivals of Trina Chandler and James Garrett from Vinson & Elkins LLP; the pair boost the  firm’s conventional power and M&A expertise, respectively. All named individuals are based in Houston.

          Practice head(s):

          Justin Stolte

          Testimonials

          ‘Industry knowledge and experience. Practical advice.’

          Key clients

          ArcLight Capital, LLC

          Chesapeake Energy

          Chevron USA

          Colgate Energy

          Centennial Resource Production

          Diamondback Energy, Inc.

          Energy Transfer LP

          EQT Corporation

          ExxonMobil Corporation

          Global Infrastructure Partners

          Hess Corporation

          Navios Maritime Containers L.P.

          Nine Point Energy

          Phillips 66

          QEP Resources, Inc.

          Sasol Chemicals (USA) LLC

          Spartan Energy Partners, LP

          Sunoco LP

          TechnipFMC

          Vencer Management, LLC

          Work highlights

            Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 1

            Latham & Watkins LLP fields one of the largest and most experienced cross-discipline teams in the country specialised in high-value and complex environmental litigation. The practice provides nationwide coverage to a number of leading corporations in the chemicals, energy, manufacturing, transport and defense sectors involved in high-stakes disputes encompassing climate change, air and water quality, toxic tort, energy and natural resources projects and enforcement issues. The group, which features numerous former senior US Government officials, is jointly led by James L. Arnone  in Los Angeles, Janice M. Schneider  in Washington DC, and Chicago-based Mary Rose Alexander , the latter of whom is a ‘top-notch’ attorney with a wealth of experience in multi-district class actions and precedent-setting cases. Also in Chicago, Robin M. Hulshizer ‘s expertise spans every major environmental statute, demonstrating particular strength in litigation involving toxic tort, Superfund sites, citizen suits and mobile emissions matters. Kegan Brown  is the name to note in New York; he has played a critical role in environmental cases involving the consumer products, chemicals, oil and gas, automotive and manufacturing industries.

            Practice head(s):

            James L. Arnone; Janice M. Schneider; Mary Rose Alexander

            Other key lawyers:

            Robin Hulshizer; Robert Howard; Kegan Brown

            Testimonials

            ‘The environmental team is very strong and great to work with. They are very responsive and deliver very helpful strategic guidance in complicated legal matters.’

            ‘Mary Rose Alexander is top-notch from a legal perspective and provides great advice and strategy. In addition, her personality and disposition are the right mix for dealing with different personalities in complex matters, and her style has proved very effective in helping to resolve matters.’

            ‘The team is exceptional. They are very technologically proficient. They provide high quality, timely advice. They are head and shoulders above the other law firms on the west coast.’

            Key clients

            Chevron Corporation

            Clorox Company

            Dow Chemical

            DTE Energy

            General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Inc. (GD-OTS)

            Marathon Oil Corporation

            Monsanto

            Montrose Chemical

            Navistar, Inc. and Navistar International Corporation

            Northrop Grumman

            Terra-Gen Development Company

            Weyerhaeuser Company

            Work highlights

            • Represents Clorox in a first-of-its-kind public nuisance case targeting 10 large U.S. consumer product companies for plastics pollution in the world’s oceans.
            • Represented Weyerhaeuser, one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands in securing a favorable jury verdict in a high-profile lawsuit that involved product liability, consumer protection, and breach of warranty claims.
            • Represents Montrose Chemical Corporation of California in litigation and administrative proceedings regarding the Montrose Superfund Site in Los Angeles.

            Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 1

            The environmental regulatory practice at Latham & Watkins LLP ‘is unparalleled in its technical excellence, legal and policy sophistication‘. Testament to this is its presence in a lead role capacity on major environmental legal and regulatory matters that have shaped the market over the past four decades. The team is well-versed in the entire spectrum of regulatory matters, cutting across air and water quality, climate change, and energy and natural resources projects. Also featuring heavily on the team’s workload is the representation of clients before federal and state agencies on major enforcement actions and rulemakings. Jean-Philippe Brisson  in New York and Christopher Norton  in Orange County oversee the environmental, regulatory and transactional group, while the environment, land and resources department is co-chaired by James L. Arnone  in Los Angeles and Janice M. Schneider  in Washington DC. Schneider has more than 30 years’ experience in environmental law, advising on regulatory, litigation and project-related matters. Also in the DC office, Stacey L. VanBelleghem ‘s ‘sweeping skill set encompasses the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act, as well as FIFRA, RCRA and the CWA‘; she is singled out for her experience in climate change issues. Associate Devin O’Connor in DC has advised on environmental legal issues in the context of major project development and administrative rulemaking. Key contacts in New York include Kegan Brown  and Gary Gengel , both of whom undertake work in the environmental litigation and regulatory spaces.

            Practice head(s):

            James L. Arnone; Janice M. Schneider; Jean-Philippe Brisson; Christopher Norton

            Other key lawyers:

            Stacey VanBelleghem; Gary Gengel; Kegan Brown; Stijn van Osch; Devin O’Connor

            Testimonials

            ‘Latham’s environmental regulatory practice is unparalleled in its technical excellence, legal and policy sophistication, and business focus. They understand how to advocate to regulators, using the legal, technical and policy arguments that are most likely to be successful – and they recognize that it is far better to obtain regulatory agreement up front than to litigate afterwards. But they also know that most significant regulatory decisions are challenged by eNGO’s, so the Latham attorneys are always focused on ensuring that the administrative record is strong enough to withstand judicial review – or to overturn an adverse decision from a regulator.’

            ‘Stacey VanBelleghem’s sweeping skill set encompasses the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act, as well as FIFRA, RCRA and the CWA. She brings her formidable legal, technical and advocacy talents to bear in all of her matters, but always with an eye to accomplishing the client’s business goals as efficiently as possible. The range of matters for which she has achieved successful conclusions for clients is truly striking – from power plant siting issues on Indian lands to offshore wind to pesticide endangered species impacts. Stacey covers the gamut.’

            Key clients

            8 Minute Solar Energy

            Avangrid Renewables

            Avangrid Renewables

            China International Business Dialogue on Environmental Governance (CIBDEG)

            FivePoint/Newhall Land & Farming

            Monsanto (acquired by Bayer)

            National Coalition for Advanced Transportation

            Owens Corning

            San Diego Gas & Electric Company

            Terra-Gen

            Western States Petroleum Association and Regulatory Flexibility Group

            Work highlights

            • Trusted counsel to a number of significant energy and finance clients on their most significant on-shore renewable projects across the US, including Terra-Gen, Avangrid Renewables, and 8 Minute Solar Energy.
            • Representing NCAT, a coalition of electric vehicle and electric infrastructure companies, in DC Circuit litigation challenging the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s decision during the Trump administration to roll back California’s leading vehicle greenhouse gas emissions standards.
            • Has long represented Monsanto, the global agriculture company that has been acquired by Bayer, in a number of regulatory matters before Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and in related litigation.

            Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 1

            The sizeable environmental transactional team at Latham & Watkins LLP fields sector-specialist expertise in highly-regulated industries, and possesses a loyal following of blue-chip corporations and financial institutions engaged in high-value deals in an array of sectors, including chemicals, energy and manufacturing. High-end real estate and portfolio deals are other areas of activity for the team which is highly sought after by private equity players given its ability to provide sophisticated environmental law advice in the context of global transactions, ranging from M&A and corporate financing to capital markets, project finance and insurance transactions. The department, which is recognised for its thorough national coverage, is led by four practitioners: New York-based Jean-Philippe Brisson  and Christopher Norton  in Orange County oversee the regulatory and transactional group, while James L. Arnone  in Los Angeles and Janice M. Schneider  in Washington DC jointly head the environment, land and resources department. Brisson brings to the table a strong commercial and transactional background, standing out for his experience of private equity deals and climate change matters. Sitting in DC, James R. Barrett  is a leading figure in the market; he is a name to note for transactional mandates in the energy and oil and gas sectors. Based in Houston, Joel H. Mack  plays a key role in nearly every environmental transactional matter in the firm’s Texas office, demonstrating particular knowledge in the energy, chemical and mining industries. Joshua Marnitz is a contact in LA for environmental issues across the energy and infrastructure sectors. The firm recently strengthened its DC offering with the addition of Betty Huber to the team; she joined from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and brings longstanding transactional experience on ESG issues facing businesses and investors.

            Practice head(s):

            James L. Arnone; Janice Schneider; Jean-Philippe Brisson; Christopher Norton

            Other key lawyers:

            James Barrett; Joel Mack; Joshua Marnitz

            Testimonials

            ‘Latham is known, generally, for its ability to execute on complex transactions and controversy matters. The Latham environmental team is an exceptional part of that broader capability.’

            ‘Joel Mack has an encyclopedic knowledge of environmental regulations, past and present. The team has the ability to think 3-5 steps ahead in a transaction or dispute and develop cost-effective winning strategies.’

            Key clients

            Aeva

            ArcLight Capital

            Ardian

            Carlyle Group

            Cleveland Metroparks

            CONSOL Energy

            ContourGlobal

            Dairy Farmers of America

            Desktop Metal

            Energy Transfer Partners

            Iberdrola / Avangrid

            Indigo Agriculture

            One Rock Capital Partners

            Otonomo Technologies

            Platinum Equity

            Restore the Earth Foundation

            Riverside Management

            Riverstone Holdings

            Santander Bank

            Sasol Chemicals

            Stepan Company

            Technip FMC plc

            The Inlandsis Fund

            Tritium Holdings

            Work highlights

            • Advised a number of private equity firms, including Platinum Equity, Ardian, and the Carlyle Group, on the environmental aspects associated with numerous transactions over the year.
            • Advised ContourGlobal on the environmental aspects of its acquisition of Western Generation Partners, a portfolio of natural gas-fired and Combined Heat and Power assets totalling 1,502 MW located in the US and Trinidad and Tobago.
            • Advising Santander Bank and other lenders on the environmental aspects of the Vineyard Wind financing, the first large-scale offshore wind generation project in federal waters offshore the US.

            Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 1

            Latham & Watkins LLP is praised for its ‘unparalleled’ life sciences transactional capabilities, offering expertise on M&A and capital markets transactions across multiple jurisdictions. It has been heavily involved in the SPAC market, advising biotech, clinical research and therapy companies on over $20bn worth of combined listings, in addition to a strong IPO presence. On the regulatory front, the team is well known for its FDA practice, advising on drug approvals, clinical trials and exclusivity rights for producers. Most notably, the team has acted for Catalyst Pharmaceuticals to receive exclusivity rights for its ‘orphan drug’ Firdapse. Washington DC-based Elizabeth Richards, Ben Haas and John Manthei all offer regulatory expertise. Patent litigation is another expertise of the team, with DC-based Michael Morin and Adam Perlman, and New York-based Arlene Chow and Ernest Yakob key names to note. Manthei co-leads the team, alongside Silicon Valley-based transactional expert Judith Hasko and Chicago-based litigator Terra Reynolds. Silicon Valley-based Brian Cuneo is known for his advice to emerging companies and venture capital firms.

            Practice head(s):

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

            Testimonials

            ‘I’ve dealt with Latham & Watkins LLP through setting up legal contracts for the company I currently work with. Great explanations given by the Elizabeth Richards and Jeremiah Wolsk, in terms of being able to clearly explain to a non-legal person the implications of phrases etc within contracts and what it means.’

            ‘Elizabeth Richards and Jeremiah Wolsk are the people who I have worked with the most. Great to work with, really friendly and down to earth. They don’t waste your time.’

            ‘Very sophisticated team. Able to analyze complex strategic issues.’

            ‘The Latham team has a fantastic reputation in the industry and is well respect by all of the key players in the market. Their experience with transactions in the life sciences space is unparalleled and they are involved in all of the major life science deals. They are exceptional at creating leverage for their clients and extracting top dollar for their clients in transactions.’

            ‘Tom Malone is an exceptional attorney and business partner. Tom is one of the smartest and most savvy attorneys I have ever worked with and he has unparalleled knowledge in the life science market. Tom knows all of the players in the market and is exceptional at negotiating maximum value for his clients.’

            Key clients

            Aligos Therapeutics, Inc.

            Alphatec Holdings, Inc.

            Alpha Tau Medical

            American Renal Holdings, Inc.

            Amgen

            Angion Biomedica Corp.

            ATAI Life Sciences N.V.

            Ayala Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

            Berkeley Lights

            Biomea Fusion

            Bioventus Inc.

            Boston Scientific Corporation

            Chardan Healthcare Acquisition 2 Corp.

            Crinetics Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

            Cryoport, Inc.

            eFFECTOR Therapeutics, Inc.

            Environmental Impact Acquisition Corp.

            Erasca, Inc.

            Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc.

            Grail, Inc.

            Gritstone bio, Inc.

            Icosavax, Inc.

            Immuneering Corporation

            Itamar Medical ltd.

            Khosla Ventures Acquisition Co.

            Nestlé USA, Inc.

            Work highlights

            • Represented Amgen in its $1.2bn offering of senior notes.
            • Advising Nestle USA on its $5.75bn acquisition of supplement manufacturer The Bountiful Company.
            • Represented Catalyst Pharmaceuticals in a dispute concerning the exclusivity of its drug Firdapse.

            Industry focus > Sport Tier 1

            At Latham & Watkins LLP, the sports team sits within the firm’s broad entertainment, sports and media practice group, which is well versed in the full spectrum of sports matters, including licensing and media rights agreements, structured finance transactions, acquisitions and employment disputes. Leveraging the firm’s international network, the group is also equipped to assist clients with cross-border issues, advising Facebook as it negotiates to become an official supplier to the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France. Based in Los Angeles, Joe Calabrese and Adam Sullins lead the practice, with a breadth of expertise between them spanning the negotiation of complex licensing and distribution agreements, M&A and sponsorship transactions, and esports matters. Also recommended in Los Angeles is Kendall Johnson, an expert in the licensing, acquisition, financing and exploitation of broadcast and sponsorship rights. Supporting the team in New York is Frank Saviano, whose expertise spans team acquisitions and sales, strategic investment and joint ventures, and Justin Hamill, who focuses on high-value M&A and private equity transactions.

            Practice head(s):

            Joe Calabrese; Adam Sullins

            Testimonials

            ‘Great attorneys, accessible, practical and strategic.’

            ‘Frank Saviano is a go-to counselor on anything and everything: thoughtful, accessible, practical and strategic.’

            Key clients

            888 Holdings plc

            Buzzer Media Inc

            Caesars Entertainment

            Dapper Labs

            DAZN Media

            Detroit Pistons

            Dyal Capital

            Endeavor Group Holdings Inc

            FC Internazionale Milano

            Facebook

            Fédération Internationale de Natation

            Glazer Family

            IceArizona Holdings LLC

            International Olympic Committee (IOC)

            Intuit Inc

            Ladies Professional Golf Association

            LAFC Sports LLC

            Learfield IMG College

            Los Angeles Dodgers

            MDE Sports

            Michael Dell

            MSD Basketball Investment LLC

            NASCAR

            National Collegiate Athletic Association

            Okland Athletics

            Olympique de Marseille

            Roger Ehrenberg

            IA Sports Partners LLC

            Silver Lake Partners

            Sinclair Broadcasting Group

            Sportradar

            Stormlight Holdings

            Silverstein Family LLC

            Tampa Bay Buccaneers

            United States Soccer Federation Inc

            World Surf League

            Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 1

            The Silicon Valley-based Judith Hasko helms the practice at Latham & Watkins LLP. Regarded by clients as the firm's ‘ideal ambassador’, Hasko is widely recognized for her prowess in negotiating, structuring and executing strategic licensing alliances, joint ventures and other technology and intellectual property-based transactions for life sciences companies. The workload showcases a particular strength in matters related to pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, gene therapy, diagnostics, nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, and agricultural products. The practice also offers significant experience in technology-related matters; a strong national footprint across the West and East coast; as well as a wide global presence.

            Practice head(s):

            Testimonials

            Strong negotiators, balancing risk with pragmatism.’

            Judith Hasko is the ideal ambassador for L&W’.

            Key clients

            Neumora Therapeutics, Inc.

            GlaxoSmithKline plc

            Seres Therapeutics

            Agenus Inc.

            Senda Biosciences

            Nestlé Health Science

            Amgen

            Corvus Pharmaceuticals

            Puma Biotechnology, Inc.

            Genesis MedTech

            Frontier Medicines

            Neumora Therapeutics, Inc.

            Mereo BioPharma Group plc

            HighLife SAS

            CollPlant Biotechnologies

            Pi-Cardia

            Dicerna Pharmaceuticals

            Lipocine, Inc.

            Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 1

            Latham & Watkins LLP‘s patent litigation practice comprises a stellar group of litigators lawyers with significant expertise in high-stakes pharmaceutical and life sciences cases, as well as in disputes from the automotive, technology, and electronics sectors. A regular choice for top-notch names such as Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie, Jaguar Land Rover Limited, or LG, the team also has an excellent reputation for taking over cases at advanced stages. The group covers all major US patent venues, including district courts, the ITC, and the PTAB.  David Callahan, based in the Chicago office; the New York-based Tony Sammi, who joined in September 2021 from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Jennifer Barry (San Diego); Washington DC-based partners Maximilian Grant, Michael Morin, Gabriel Bell, and Matthew Moore; Gregory Sobolski in San Francisco; and Douglas Lumish, who operates from Silicon Valley, are the key names. Recent work highlights include representing AbbVie against Alvotech, who is seeking FDA approval of a biosimilar version of AbbVie’s drug HUMIRA®.

            Testimonials

            One of the best patent teams. Superb knowledge, and provides thoughtful, pragmatic advice.’

            ‘Deep bench for patent litigation.’

            Key clients

            Peloton

            Jaguar Land Rover Limited, and Jaguar Land Rover North America

            LG Display, LG Electronics, and Sony

            AbbVie

            Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision, Inc. and its subsidiaries, AMO Development, LLC, AMO Manufacturing USA, LLC, and AMO Sales and Service, Inc.

            Abbott Laboratories

            Momentum Dynamics Corporation

            Velodyne LiDAR

            Altria Client Services LLC

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

            Owens-Illinois

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

            Well established as one of the strongest ITC practices in the country, Latham & Watkins LLP‘s ‘top notch team’ counts talented and respected practitioners such as Washington DC’s Bert Reiser and Jamie Underwood, both praised for being ‘exceptionally knowledgeable’, among its ranks. The practice has scored wins for notable clients from a variety of sectors, including the technology and automotive sectors. The team is also well regarded for its solid capabilities handling proceeding before US Customs and Border Protection, including inter partes arrangements.

            Practice head(s):

            Testimonials

            Top-notch team.’

            Bert Reiser and Jamie Underwood are absolutely top tier. Each is exceptionally knowledgeable, and each provides very thoughtful, but pragmatic counsel.’

            Key clients

            LG Energy Solution

            Velodyne

            Overhead Doors

            LG Display

            LG Electronics

            Sony

            Jaguar Land Rover

            Altria Client Services LLC

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

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

            Latham & Watkins LLP‘s sizeable team is regularly engaged by a number of the world’s biggest companies, who turn to the practice for representation in high-stakes trade secret disputes. Recent highlights for the Bay Area-based Douglas Lumish include big-ticket litigations on behalf of clients in the tech, consumer goods, and automotive sectors. Based in Chicago, global practice chair David Callahan regularly works with high-profile clients who operate across a diverse array of sectors, including semiconductors, consumer goods, and telecoms. The San Diego-based Jennifer Barry is noted for her internet law expertise, while the Bay Area-based first-chair trial lawyer Jeffrey Homrig handles consequential trade secrets disputes for some of the leading tech companies in the market. In Chicago, the Supreme Court-admitted Matthew Walch possesses extensive experience litigating intellectual property and unfair competition cases, both through dispositive motion practice and at trial. Tony Sammi, who joined the New York office from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in August 2021, is noted for his broad sector focus, spanning engineering, healthcare, software, and manufacturing.

            Practice head(s):

            David Callahan; Jennifer Barry; Tony Sammi; Jeffrey Homrig

            Other key lawyers:

            Testimonials

            ‘Latham & Watkins Intellectual Property group are experts in their area of practice. Throughout our litigation, L&W was clearly better prepared, had better written arguments and a better strategy than opposing counsel. L&W hired the premier outside vendors to support our strategy. I am very thankful L&W was our counsel and not the opposing counsel.’

            ‘Matt Walch is a true expert in his field. He demonstrated an ability to have a full command of all the facts of the case, bring in outside experts (and local counsel), and develop a compelling strategy.’

            ‘Jessica Saba is outstanding. She is extremely competent, always meets deadlines and has a tremendous work ethic.’

            ‘Experienced lawyers with deep knowledge.’

            ‘Tony Sammi is an excellent lawyer, very smart, very hands-on approach and high responsiveness. An experienced litigator who can explain complex matters straight to the point, and is always focused on the key issues. I would not like to face him on the opposite side of a case.’

            ‘Extremely knowledgeable, strategic, commercially savvy and responsive.’

            Key clients

            LG Energy Solution

            Peloton

            Rivian

            Universal Alloy Corp.

            Nemera Buffalo Grove LLC, Nemera Insight Chicago, LLC, Nemera La Verpillière SAS

            Vade Secure

            International Markets Live

            Dalton Education LLC

            SMP Automotive Systems Alabama, Inc.

            Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. and Scilex Pharmaceuticals Inc.

            Team Rubicon Global, Inc.

            Veritext, LLC

            BBB Industries, LLC

            Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp

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

            Latham & Watkins LLP counts public and private companies, financial institutions and private equity firms among its key list of clients. The bicoastal team has demonstrable capability in handling the employee benefits and executive compensations aspects of high-profile M&A, as well as IPOs. In the firm’s New York office, Bradd Williamson leads the team and frequently advises on equity and incentive compensation plans, while Los Angeles-based Laurence Seymour handles deferred compensation and golden parachute issues. ‘Top-notch executive compensation attorneyJames Metz, who operates from the Silicon Valley office, advised Airbnb in its $3.4bn IPO, and New York-based Austin Ozawa regularly acts for private equity funds, including Odyssey Investment Partners and Leonard Green & Partners. In Los Angeles, Michelle Carpenter advises on executive compensation arrangements and Washington DC-based David Della Rocca is another key member of the team.

            Practice head(s):

            Bradd Williamson

            Other key lawyers:

            Laurence Seymour; James Metz; Austin Ozawa; Michelle Carpenter; David Della Rocca; Maj Vaseghi

            Testimonials

            ‘James Metz is a top-notch executive compensation attorney. Responsive, creative, great depth of knowledge in a complicated area.’

            ‘Maj Vaseghi is the best attorney I have ever worked with in the area of M&A executive compensation and benefits, and was exceptional in her support during a very complex M&A transaction. She was responsive, practical, level-headed and extremely effective in her representation of us, and she was able to unlock certain difficult situations/impasses in how she worked with buyer’s counsel.’

            Key clients

            AMD

            Airbnb

            Grail

            HMS

            Hyundai Motor Group

            NVIDIA

            Realty Income Corporation

            Siemens Healthineers

            Slack Technologies

            Sony Pictures Entertainment

            Leonard Green & Partners

            Odyssey Investment Partners

            Illinois Tool Works

            Aon

            Rent the Runway

            Vivid Seats

            Endeavor Group Holdings

            Authentic Brands

            Oscar Health

            Inovalon Holdings

            Work highlights

            • Advised AMD with respect to the compensation and benefits aspects of its $35bn acquisition of Xilinx.
            • Advised Airbnb with respect to the compensation and benefits aspects of its $3.4bn IPO.
            • Advised Slack Technologies with respect to the compensation and benefits aspects of its $27.7bn sale to Salesforce.

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

            One of the largest practices in the multi-billion transaction market’, Latham & Watkins LLP is a go-to for deals of international significance. Key distinguishers for the practice include its fortitude for SPAC and de-SPAC transactions, as well as its ability to call upon the firm’s reputed antitrust and capital markets departments when required. San Francisco-based Luke Bergstrom fronts the practice which has noted a considerable uptick in its activity in the technology, healthcare and life sciences sectors throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and is likewise active in the media and entertainment, hospitality and real estate sectors, among others. In New York, Charles Ruck is a star name for public company mergers, tender offers, divestitures and strategic acquisitions, while in Silicon Valley, Tad Freese caters to numerous technology players on M&A, IPO, corporate governance and public company disclosure affairs. The team was strengthened in early 2022 with the hire of Teri O’Brien from Paul Hastings LLP, where she was co-chair of the securities and capital markets practice group.

            Practice head(s):

            Luke Bergstrom

            Other key lawyers:

            Charles Ruck; Josh Dubofsky; Tad Freese; Justin Hamill; Mark Bekheit; Teri O’Brien

            Testimonials

            ‘Josh Dubofsky is not just an attorney but an advisor. He backs up his senior level thinking with a strong team.’

            ‘Josh Dubofsky is truly an advisor and someone I don’t just ask legal questions of, but business questions.’

            ‘One of the largest practices in the multi-billion transaction market. This is of great benefit to its clients because they have done countless deals with all of the major players on both the legal and investment banking side. They have an impeccable reputation with the top players. They are fair but drive a hard bargain for their clients resulting in substantially better deal terms faster than most legal teams could accomplish. Highly recommend for any bet your business transaction that has to get done.’

            ‘Charles Ruck and the team are terrific! Because they have done so many deals together they work seamlessly together. They are constantly available, provide sound advice in the most difficult of circumstances that require judgment and experience, and they are just phenomenal technical lawyers. Also, they are wonderful with the board and never lose their cool under extreme pressure.’

            ‘Teri O’Brien is outstanding – responsive, very strong legal and accounting skills and experience, extremely personable and easy to work with.’

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

            Latham & Watkins LLP offers a strong international service to private equity clients, including a deep and experienced bench of lawyers across key commercial centres such as California, New York, Washington DC, Houston, and Boston, as well as working in close collaboration with its global offices on cross-border (both inbound and outbound) investments. The team handles bulge-bracket and middle-market transactions, including buyouts, take-privates, and minority investments, life-cycle investment support for portfolio companies, and also advises on complex arrangements such as cross-border carve outs and SPAC transactions, both acquisitions and take-publics. The team is led from Washington DC by global PE head Paul Sheridan, who focuses on major buyouts, primarily cross-border, and leads the firm’s relationship with Onex, among other clients, while corporate head Daniel Lennon in DC and the highly experienced Howard Sobel are also key senior names in the team, with notable client relationships including Carlyle and Leonard Green. David Allinson  continued his impressive work in the energy sector, advising Arclight Capital Partners on the $1.9bn acquisition of a fossil generation portfolio, while Justin Hamill advised key client KKR on its $1.1bn acquisition of KMR Music Royalties from Kobalt. Alexandra Kelly  remains highly active, and Boston’s Kristen Grannis is noted for her middle-market expertise, particularly her work on late-stage pre-IPO ‘unicorn’ investments. Lawyers are in New York unless otherwise stated.

            Practice head(s):

            Paul Sheridan

            Other key lawyers:

            Daniel Lennon; Howard Sobel; Alexandra Kelly; David Allinson; Justin Hamill; Kristen Grannis; Cory Tull

            Testimonials

            Latham has an extremely deep and strong bench with exceptional industry and transaction experience. They are one of our go-to firms for complex and fast-moving transactions.’

            ‘Alex Kelly displays a very commercial mindset to her advice and helps guide clients through complex issues in competitive and time-sensitive situations.’

            ‘Extremely high responsiveness; deep and wide market intelligence; genuinely thoughtful and strategic; personable and highly protective of the client relationship.’

            ‘Alex Kelly is a trusted adviser who prioritizes our matters even when she is deeply engaged with other work. She’s incredibly responsive and deeply knowledgeable.’

            Work highlights

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

              Latham & Watkins LLP's ‘incredibly talented and dedicated’ team has a strong track record advising public company boards and management teams on takeover planning and defence. The firm advises clients on prevention strategies against activist campaigns and vulnerability analysis, as well as the execution of their defense plans.  Former M&A group chair Mark Gerstein leads the activism task force out of the Chicago office and has achieved notable success in defeating active proxy solicitations and negotiating workable settlement arrangements. In Chicago, Chris Drewry's public company clients range in scope from Fortune 100 corporates to small-cap companies. Josh Dubofsky's recent work included defending QEP Resources against Glazer Capital's attack on the client's acquisition of Diamondback. He splits his time between New York and Silicon Valley.

              Practice head(s):

              Mark Gerstein; Josh Dubofsky; Chris Drewry

              Testimonials

              ‘Incredibly talented and dedicated. Highly responsive. Strategic and creative. They worked very well with other advisors on the team (banks, PR/Comms, solicitor, etc.).’

              ‘Mark Gerstein was top-notch. Chris Drewry was incredibly helpful too.’

              ‘The team is both technically proficient and pragmatic. Latham displayed an ability to anticipate the tactics of the activists. The team is strong in the boardroom.’

              ‘Mark Gerstein is exceptional. He is particularly strong in the boardroom. He solves problems at the big picture level yet can also go deep, when needed. Mark was an excellent selection and we would strongly recommend him. Christopher Drewry is a master legal technician.’

              Key clients

              Switch, Inc.

              OSI Systems, Inc.

              Spok Holdings

              Oatly Group

              New Relic Inc.

              QEP Resources, Inc.

              FirstEnergy Corp

              HollySys Automation Technologies

              Iteris, Inc.

              Kohl’s

              Nevro Corp

              AECOM

              The Greenbrier Cos

              Avery Dennison

              Work highlights

              • Represented Switch Inc. in engagement by Elliott Management to gain board representation.
              • Represented New Relic in engagement by Engaged Capital to gain board representation and enhance corporate governance.

              M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 1

              Latham & Watkins LLP combines a domestic and international presence to provide clients with an almost unrivalled spread of expertise. This includes advice at every stage of the investment journey, from early stage startups through to SPAC combinations, M&A and IPOs. The US practice expanded with the opening of a new office in Austin, which included the recruitment from DLA Piper LLP (US) of highly rated partner Jenifer Renzenbrink Smith, who has strong connections to the local venture capital and emerging companies market. The group maintained good momentum for 2021, advising on over 420 financings with an aggregate value of more than $33.6bn. This included advice to Joby Aviation, a manufacturer of electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, on a $75m investment by Uber Technologies and a subsequent $5bn SPAC combination with Reinvent Technology Partners. Benjamin Potter and John Chory (‘the best in the business‘) jointly lead the practice from Silicon Valley and Boston respectively. Boston-based Emily Taylor is ‘an absolute rockstar‘; meanwhile Mark Roeder in Silicon Valley, Cheston Larson in San Diego and Christopher Shoff in Los Angeles are all key figures within the team.

              Practice head(s):

              John Chory; Benjamin Potter

              Testimonials

              ‘They are always there for us. I couldn’t do this without them in our corner.’

              ‘John Chory and Peter Prial are the best in the business.’

              ‘Team is very practical and pragmatic.’

              ‘Emily Taylor is an absolute rockstar. Both a great lawyer but provides clear and concise business advice with a clear description of options and the legal (and business) pros and cons of each.’

               

              Key clients

              Actifio

              Aligos Therapeutics, Inc.

              Andreessen Horowitz

              Crossover Health

              Discord, Inc.

              Duolingo, Inc.

              Erasca, Inc.

              FreshDirect, LLC

              Ginkgo BioWorks

              Hydrow

              Icosavax, Inc.

              Imago BioSciences, Inc.

              Joby Aviation

              Meritech Capital Partners

              NiKang Therapeutics

              Pantera Capital

              Paradigm

              Rent the Runway

              Revolution Medicines, Inc.

              System1, LLC

              Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 1

              Latham & Watkins LLP receives high praise for its media, technology and telecoms practice. The team is known for assisting high profile tech companies including Facebook in non-US regulatory investigations and related disputes, Accellion in several class action lawsuits, and Zynga, Inc. in a significant data breach. Based in Washington DC, Jennifer Archie leads up the team and is an expert defending clients in Federal Trade Commission, Department of Health and Human Services, and state attorney general investigations. Michael Rubin stands out for his assistance of global technology companies in data crises matters. Serrin Turner in New York is an experienced trial lawyer. Antony Kim in Washington DC is ‘very knowledgeable in the area of cyber law, and is able to apply that knowledge to get clients to quick decision points.’ EU and US-qualified Robert Blamires in San Francisco has significant cross-border experience. Also in DC, Marissa Boynton was promoted to partner in mid-2022.

              Practice head(s):

              Jennifer Archie; Antony Kim; Michael Rubin; Serrin Turner

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘Tony Kim is the most pragmatic and efficient lawyer. Outstanding client service, timely delivery, expert guidance – what more do you want?’

              ‘Antony Kim is very knowledgeable in the area of cyber law, and is able to apply that knowledge to get clients to quick decision points. He is also willing and able to assist in many different areas of cyber law, which is different from other large firms that shuffle a client to different specialists within the firm. Tony has gotten several very good results in significant matters.’

              ‘Mark Mester’s knowledge of complex commercial class action litigation and experience permitted us to obtain a very good result in a complex and significant case.’

              ‘Jennifer Archie is great at getting to the heart of cyber law issues to assist the client to make quick decisions.’

              Key clients

              Facebook, Inc.

              Accellion

              Omni Agent Solutions, Inc.

              Intuit

              Zynga, Inc.

              Varsity Brands

              Airbnb, Inc.

              Slack Technologies, Inc.

              Vivid Seats

              The Carlyle Group

              Bain Capital

              KKR & Co, Inc.

              Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 1

              Latham & Watkins LLP is praised for its ‘incredibly deep bench of financial regulatory expertise that positions it at the top of the market for fintech legal counsel‘. The firm represents clients from across the industry, including major financial institutions, established technology companies and startups, investment funds, and industry trade organizations. The diverse clientbase is matched by its wide-ranging advice, including capital markets, broker-dealer arrangements, financial regulatory, data protection, M&A and technology joint ventures. The firm also has a significant presence in the cryptocurrency space, as demonstrated by its role on the Coinbase IPO, and advice to clients including Celsius Networks and Cipher Mining Technologies. The firm’s global reach is also noted, ‘with London and Hong Kong being highlights of their international fintech practice‘. Key partners include global co-chair Todd Beauchamp, and, also in Washington, DC, Mitchell Rabinowitz and Jenny Cieplak. New York partners Yvette Valdez and Stephen Wink, and Silicon Valley-based global technology chair Benjamin Potter are ‘stand outs‘ who are ‘willing to work to yes, rather than stopping at no‘.

              Practice head(s):

              Todd Beauchamp

              Other key lawyers:

              Yvette Valdez; Mitchell Rabinowitz; Jenny Cieplak; Stephen Wink

              Testimonials

              ‘Latham has an incredibly deep bench of financial regulatory expertise that positions it at the top of the market for fintech legal counsel. Whether it be broker-dealer, investment company, investment advisor or other SEC related issues, payments, money-transmission, or commodities, they have you covered. The excellence in the U.S. is matched abroad, with London and Hong Kong being highlights of their international fintech practice. The firm has also been innovative in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector, working on novel financing and token structures.’

              ‘The partners I’ve worked with are good people and they care about the problems I’ve sought their help solving. Ben Potter, Steve Wink, and Yvette Valdez are all stand-outs. In areas where there is uncertainty, they’re willing to work to yes, rather than stopping at no.’

               

              Key clients

              Ava Labs

              Bank of America

              Citi

              Burnt Finance

              Celsius Networks

              Cipher Mining Technologies

              Coinbase

              EngageSmart

              ErisX

              FIA Tech Consortium

              Gemini

              Hippo Enterprises

              Idle Finance

              Lemonade

              MoonPay

              NetSpend Corporation – Global Payments

              Pantera Capital

              ParaFi Capital

              Uniswap

              Wyre Inc.

              Work highlights

              • Advised Citibank, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan as financial advisers to Coinbase in its landmark direct listing.
              • Represented a consortium of banks, consisting of ABN AMRO Clearing, Bank of America, Barclays, Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, UBS, and Wells Fargo in the creation of a Newco and its subsequent acquisition of FIA Tech from The Futures Industry Association, the leading global trade organization for the futures, options and centrally cleared derivatives markets.
              • Advising the international cryptocurrency lender Celsius on the global regulatory compliance required for its crypto lending and decentralized finance (DeFi) business, including in relation to the Commodity Exchange Act, state money services business licenses, BitLicense, and securities laws.

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

              Based in California with an international reach, the team at Latham & Watkins LLP consists of heavy-hitting practitioners covering the whole media and entertainment industry as evidenced by the team’s representation of Spotify against the Copyright Royalty Board in the appellate court’s vacation of the Board’s decision to increase royalty rates. Trial and appellate litigator Marvin S. Putnam leads the firm’s practice, dividing his time between Century City and Los Angeles, and additionally advises on pre-publication reviews as well as internal investigations. His Century City based colleague Jessica Stebbins Bina is an expert trial lawyer with a complementary reputation management practice, currently leading the team in its representation of Pandora Media in a class action against members of the rock band ‘The Turtles’. Also from the Century City office, Laura Washington often works alongside Putnam, recently in the representation of Miramax in cases arising out the Weinstein-related litigation, and represents her clients in complex corporate matters. Another Century City practitioner and specialist in restricting his clients exposure to litigation, Robert Ellison further handles internal investigations and cases with a high media profile, such as the firm’s work for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

              Practice head(s):

              Marvin S. Putnam

              Other key lawyers:

              Jessica Stebbins Bina; Laura Washington; Robert Ellison

              Key clients

              Apple

              Facebook

              Hollywood Foreign Press Association

              Johnny Mathis

              Live Nation

              Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

              Netflix

              Pandora

              Spotify

              Tornante

              Twitter

              WME/Endeavor

              Zynga

              ICM Partners

              Work highlights

              • Representing Zynga, Inc. in five putative class actions arising from a criminal hacking attack on its system.
              • Representing Twitter in a securities class action arising after user settings choices adversely affected target advertising.
              • Representing Live Nation in multiple class actions relating to refund policies, a rate setting proceeding, and ticket resale litigation.

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

              A powerhouse at the heart of the media & entertainment industry in Los Angeles, the team at Latham & Watkins LLP advises independent production companies, major motion picture studios, and new media companies on industry-shaping deals. Practice head Joe Calabrese is renowned for his expertise in the field and guides entertainment and media companies through their creation, operation, and financing such as Illumination Entertainment which he advises on its relationships with Illumination Mac Guff and NBC/Universal. Ken Deutsch is a first choice expert on joint ventures and capitalizing new content production and financing entities. He led the team in representation of Hammerstone, LLC in the creation of a gaming investment fund and co-financing for a ‘Black 5’ video game with Rogue Games and Columbia Pictures. Alongside Deutsch in this matter was Kendall Johnson, who is sought after for her expertise in cross-over matters of entertainment and sports. On the corporate side of the practice, Nancy A. Bruington  is a specialist in the financing of media & entertainment. In New York, Justin Hammill focuses his expertise on high-value M&A and private equity deals. The team has recently further bolstered its strength in this particular area with the hire in July 2021 of counsel Jing Cao  from O’Melveny & Myers LLP, an expert in debt financing in the entertainment space. Robert D. Haymer has retired from the practice.

              Practice head(s):

              Joe Calabrese

              Other key lawyers:

              Nancy Bruington; Ken Deutsch; Rick Offsay; Jonathan West; Kendall Johnson; Justin Hammil

              Testimonials

              ‘Strong experience and very responsive! Very efficient in their use of time and billing. Great team.’

              Key clients

              A24

              Crossroads Live, Inc.

              Deviation Games  LLC

              Eldridge Industries, LLC

              Endeavor

              Entertainment Studios/Byron Allen

              Hammerstone, LLC

              Hollywood Foreign Press Association

              Illumination Entertainment

              JTBC Studio Co., Ltd.

              KKR

              Macro Media LLC

              Media Res

              Metro Goldwyn Mayer

              Moonbug Entertainment Limited

              Golem Creations

              Skydance Productions

              Silver Lake

              Sonar Entertainment, Inc.

              Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.

              Spotify

              TB12

              Univsion

              HPS Investment Partners, LLC

               

              Work highlights

                Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 1

                Latham & Watkins LLP has a hugely experienced team that is praised for bringing 'a deep bench of expertise and market knowledge to each transaction, along with a pragmatic approach to reaching the best outcome'. The scale of the practice and the firm's global reach ensures complete coverage across a range of transaction types, including cross-border IP diligence and monetization deals, M&A support, outsourcing and strategic collaborations. The practice saw activity across an equally wide selection of industries including aviation, agtech, robotics, fintech, digital and social media, and AI. The firm's work in the semiconductor space was particularly notable, including advising Nvidia on its proposed $40 billion acquisition of Arm, which was ultimately abandoned for competition reasons, and assisting Advanced Micro Devices on its $35 billion takeover of Xilinx. The team also advised Beyond Meat on its PLANeT Partnership joint venture with PepsicCo, including support on commercial IP and operational matters. Key partners include Boston-based global vice-chair Sarah Gagan, and in Silicon Valley, Anthony Klein who is 'nothing short of amazing'. Los Angeles partners Alex Voxman  ('responsive, professional, thoughtful and knowledgeable') and the 'extremely knowledgeable' Ghaith Mahmood  come highly recommended. JD Marple   (Silicon Valley) and Jeremiah Wolsk (Washington DC) are also noted for their outsourcing work.

                Practice head(s):

                Sarah Gagan

                Other key lawyers:

                Anthony Klein; JD Marple; Jeremiah Wolsk; Ghaith Mahmood; Alex Voxman

                Testimonials

                ‘Tony Klein and his team are nothing short of amazing. They bring a deep bench of expertise and market knowledge to each transaction, along with a pragmatic approach to reaching the best outcome. Each member of the team has a strong technical and financial background and the ability to (effortlessly) lead large, often multi-business unit and sometimes multi-firm endeavors to successful conclusion. The team is well regarded by the business units and in-house counsel they work with and, as importantly, the company’s senior leaders.’

                ‘Arielle Singh, Natasha Phillips, Erica Chae, Ghaith Mahmood, Amy Dippolity, Nick Goshgarian, Pelin Serpin, Amy Tosi and many others work seamlessly under Tony Klein’s guidance. This team can and has handled everything from enterprise agreements for telecom deals to world-wide joint businesses that are dependent on and driven by technology but also regulated by multiple jurisdictions, both in terms of privacy and other regulation. The Latham team is well rounded, each member has not only strong technology (including privacy and IP expertise) credentials but strong business and financial acumen. When contributing on capital market or other extremely large deals the team works incredibly well with corporate finance peers at the firm (or remarkably, with other firms). As a bonus, working with this team is like working with an extension of our legal department; each member is well respected for their legal and professional contributions and well liked as team players.’

                ‘Alex Voxman is responsive, professional, thoughtful and knowledgeable. He and his team are invariably willing to put in the time and effort to get the necessary work done on the time frame required. Adele Zhang is intelligent, organized, upbeat and service-oriented. Given her relative lack of seniority, she adds tremendous value to every matter she works on. Ghaith Mahmood is extremely knowledgeable about the sector and is able to apply both his legal knowledge and his industry knowledge to provide practical, applicable solutions to business challenges.’

                 

                Key clients

                Hyundai Motor Company

                NVIDIA

                Advanced Micro Devices

                Beyond Meat

                Joby Aviation

                Meta Platforms (formerly, Facebook)

                Drizly

                Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Holdings

                Airbnb

                Mojito

                Binance

                Zimmer Biomet

                Blackrock

                The Reformation

                Livingstone International

                Deere & Company

                Apex Technology

                10x Genomics

                Alder Fuels

                Tencent Holdings

                Work highlights

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

                  Based in Washington DC, the team at Latham & Watkins LLP covers the whole telecoms and broadcast industry, providing counsel on complementary fields such as copyright, privacy, and data security and litigate client matters before courts of all instances and the FCC. A regulatory specialist, practice co-head Matthew Brill also handles transactions and litigation for his clients such as his representation of Viasat in an FCC proceeding seeking authorization for a new low-earth-orbit system. James Barker co-heads the practice alongside Brill, counselling companies on administrative regulation pertaining to current and emerging wireless communications technologies. Matthew Murchison is an expert on communications and appellate matters and currently leads the team in providing comprehensive counsel to Viasat, Inc. on a variety of issues. In an example of cross-sector work, Sarang (Sy) Damle is an expert in copyright law who represents in regulatory matters such as the National Association of Broadcasters in ‘Webcasting V’. Elizabeth R. Park  is a specialist in communications, information technology, and media companies where she represents clients before the FCC and guides them in implementing related policies. The firm recently strengthened its expertise in complementary areas of law with the hire of Antony Kim, a specialist in privacy and cybersecurity, from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in June 2021.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Matthew Brill; James Barker

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Matt Brill is one of the most talented lawyers in the bar.’

                  Key clients

                  A&E

                  American Association of Political Consultants

                  CableLabs

                  CBS

                  Charter Communications

                  Comcast

                  Cox Enterprises

                  C-SPAN

                  Discovery

                  Disney Enterprises

                  Facebook

                  Fox Cable Network Services

                  Frontier Communications

                  LICT Corporation

                  National Association of Broadcasters

                  NBCUniversal Media

                  NCTA

                  Netflix

                  Viacom

                  Viasat, Inc.

                  Work highlights

                  • Represented ten parties including Discovery, NBCUniversal Media, and Viacom against the State of Maine in a suit compelling all cable operators and programmers to sell networks and invdividual programs individually instead of a mandatory service tier.
                  • Representing NCTA, Comcast, and Cox Enterprises before the FCC regarding ‘net neutrality’ and classifications for broadband internet access services.
                  • Represented NCTA as amicus curiae in proceedings against Fox News regarding the First Amendment and imposition of liability based on allegedly false and misleading news content.

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

                  Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 1

                  The considerable land use and zoning offering at Latham & Watkins LLP has significant presences on either coast, with strong teams in Los Angeles, San Diego and Washington DC. Attorneys have local expertise and experience, while frequently forming multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary teams to assist clients through the duration of complex real estate projects across the country. A major strength of the practice is at the intersection of land use and zoning and environmental law, James Arnone in Los Angeles and Janice Schneider in Washington DC are key names in that respect. They coordinate the group with co-chairs of the firm’s project siting and approvals group, LA-based Stacey VanBelleghem and Duncan Moore in DC. George Mihlsten‘s vast experience in securing regulatory approvals for large-scale developments and guiding large teams on innovative resource-heavy projects stands him out as one of the leading names in the Californian market, while Lucinda Starrett is a top attorney for entitlement work in the region; both are based in LA. Tommy Beaudreau left in June 2021 after being sworn in as Deputy Secretary for the Department of the Interior, and Christopher Garrett  retired in November 2020.

                  Practice head(s):

                  James Arnone; Janice Schneider; Stacey VanBelleghem; Duncan Moore

                  Key clients

                  Oasis West Realty LLC

                  CORE / Grand Avenue

                  NBCUniversal

                  Paramount Pictures

                  Laguna Beach Club

                  Santa Monica Beach Club

                  Ventana Del Sur

                  California American Water Company (Cal-Am)

                  Poseidon Water

                  Hudson Pacific Properties

                  Sunset Strip Development Clients

                  Crescent Heights

                  Oakland Athletics

                  City of Hope National Medical Center

                  Terra-Gen Development Company

                  Occidental Petroleum

                  Lineage Logistics

                  Chevron Corporation

                  FivePoint/Newhall Land & Farming

                  Avangrid Renewables

                  Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

                  8 Minute Solar Energy

                  Work highlights

                  • Advising City of Hope National Medical Center on its long-term major master planning project.
                  • Advising lenders on the environmental and land use aspects of the Vineyard Wind offshore wind development financing.
                  • Representing Terra-Gen in its on-shore and off-shore renewable projects across the US.

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

                  Highlighted as ‘second to none’, Latham & Watkins LLP has a long-standing record operating in the space and is noted for its deep expertise in complex financing transactions across real estate law, ranging from structuring REITs to securities offerings. Jointly led from Los Angeles by Julian Kleindorfer who advises on equity and debt offerings, and REIT tax specialist Ana O’Brien , the group has extensive event experience across capital markets and large-scale M&A. Lewis Kneib holds several leading investment banks as key clients and focuses on securities, whilst William Cernius  in California is the name for corporate transactions. Other contacts include Los Angeles based Brent Epstein who advises REITs on public offerings.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Julian Kleindorfer; Ana O’Brien

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Brent Epstein; William Cernius

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Latham’s REIT team is second to none in terms of expertise and capabilities. Their knowledge and experience span the entire spectrum of specialties, including tax, securities, corporate governance and M&A. Latham is a recognized thought leader in the REIT space and brings unparalleled knowledge and experience to every engagement.’

                  ‘Each Latham partner brings substantive expertise, deep experience and practical business acumen to every engagement. The ability to function as one integrated team to drive client outcomes differentiates Latham from it competitors.

                  ‘In particular, Ana O’Brien brings a level of tax knowledge and experience that sets her apart in the REIT space. Likewise, Julian Kleindorfer is a recognized leader in the REIT space who’s knowledge and dedication to client service is unrivaled. Ann Buckingham brings deep experience and creativity to bear on client issues.

                  Key clients

                  AGRO Merchants Group

                  Ares Management LLC

                  Bank of America

                  Brookfield Asset Management

                  Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

                  Essex Property Trust, Inc.

                  Hudson Pacific Properties

                  Indus Realty Trust, Inc.

                  InvenTrust Properties Corp.

                  Kimco Realty Corporation

                  Phillips Edison & Company, Inc.

                  Realty Income Corporation

                  Work highlights

                  • Represented AGRO Merchants Group, a cold storage operator with locations in South America, Europe, US and Australia, in its sale to Americold Realty Trust.
                  • Represented Ares Management in the acquisition by Pretium and a group of its investors and funds managed by the Real Estate Equityand Alternative Credit strategies of Ares Management Corporation of Front Yard ResidentialCorporation, a provider of single-family housing.
                  • Represented Bank of America as the underwriter in MGM Growth Properties’ offering of 21,850,000 Class A common shares listedon the NYSE.

                  Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 1

                  Latham & Watkins LLP represents clients on US and cross-border corporate tax disputes, fraud allegations, and US federal and SALT tax controversies. In Washington DC, practice leader Miriam Fisher is a highly regarded tax litigator, representing multinationals and high-net-worth individuals in federal and state tax controversy matters, ranging from high-value tax claims to allegations of fraud. She works alongside Jean Pawlow, noted for representing major American companies in federal trial and appellate courts, as well as alternative dispute resolution involving transfer pricing, foreign tax credits, and research credits. In Boston, Brian C. McManus specializes in cross-border and offshore tax disputes and litigation, as well as criminal tax charges on behalf of multinationals, financial institutions, and Fortune 500 companies. Tax controversy counsel Andrew Strelka rejoined from the Office of the White House in September 2021; tax accounting dispute counsel Joshua Wu rejoined in March 2021 from the US Department of Justice, Tax Division.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Miriam Fisher

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Latham’s tax controversy practice is the finest I have worked with. They have deep technical tax expertise, a strong team (top to bottom), and are exceptional litigators and negotiators that deliver superior results. I think they key to their success if their team-first approach. They appear to operate in an ego-free zone, with Partners simultaneously empowering Associates yet providing plenty of client contact. I know the Associates because they speak up and say helpful things, but Associates are not the only people one hears from. The team is diverse from the senior partners down to the first year associates. That diversity of perspective informs both their client-focused approach and their record of success.’

                  ‘Global Chair, Miriam Fisher, is widely recognized as one of the finest tax controversy professionals working today, capable of handling everything from a thorny exam negotiation to the closing argument at a trial with billions of dollars on the line. In my mind she IS the best. Brian McManus may be the finest litigator and strategic thinker I have ever worked with from any firm. On multiple occasions I have seen him devastate opposing witnesses on cross-examination and develop creative winning solutions to difficult tax controversy problems. Jean Pawlow’s tenacity and brilliant legal mind serve her clients interests well, although I have worked somewhat less with her than with Miriam and Brian. These partners are supported by an excellent team. In particular, I have had great experiences with Andrew Strelka.’

                  ‘I have been dealing with the head of the Contentious Tax practice in relation to an offshore trust. This partner and her assistant’s grasp of the complexities of the structure, mostly involving an appreciation of foreign law considerations, has been exceptional.’

                  ‘Miriam Fisher’s attention to detail and her ability to coordinate her international legal team’s response to matters of great urgency and delicacy has been extraordinary. Her discretion and acumen mark them out for the highest praise.’

                  Key clients

                  Netflix

                  Occidental Petroleum

                  Microsoft Corporation

                  Citigroup

                  Siemens Corporation

                  Coca-Cola

                  Peloton

                  Webb Creek Management Group

                  Paycom

                  Robert “Hunter” Biden

                  Work highlights

                  • Represented Netflix in putative class action lawsuits brought by cities in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas, Ohio, Nevada. Kentucky, New Jersey, and Georgia, alleging that Netflix and other on-demand streaming service providers owe franchise fees when their subscribers access video content over Internet connections located in the public rights-of-way.
                  • Represented Occidental in a significant US Tax Court litigation relating to deductibility of the largest environmental remediation settlement in history.
                  • Acted as co-lead counsel to Microsoft Corporation with respect to significant transfer pricing issues covering tax years 2004 through 2014 currently pending before the IRS on audit.

                  Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

                  Widely regarded for its formidable transactional tax focus, Latham & Watkins LLP underscores its reputation with steady stream of big-ticket instructions for some of the largest corporates and financial institutions on the planet. The team routinely works on multi-billion dollar transactions, IPOs, and restructuring proceedings for high-profile clients from the worlds of tech, consumer goods, aviation, and life sciences. Chicago-based transactional tax chair Joseph M. Kronsnoble handles the full spectrum of tax matters, and is particularly renowned for his expertise in bankruptcy reorganizations and debt restructurings. New York-based global tax chair Jiyeon Lee-Lim is most active in matters pertaining to financial products, capital markets transactions, securitization transactions, and cross-border tax planning, with recent highlights including the NASDAQ listing of cryptocurrency platform Coinbase Global Inc. Also in New York, Lisa Watts regularly works with  private equity firms, publicly-traded companies, and REITs on a host of corporate and partnership taxation issues. On the west coast, San Francisco-based Grace Lee is a key contact for US federal income tax matters, while the Los Angeles-based Samuel Weiner is regularly sought out for his deep expertise in loss preservation and cancellation of debt. San Francisco-based Kirt Switzer is recommended for his expertise in bankruptcy and insolvency restructurings, while Pardis Zomordi - who splits her time between LA and Century City - regularly advises REITs on a broad spectrum of transactional matters. The DC-based Andrea Ramezan-Jackson is also recommended.    

                  Practice head(s):

                  Joseph M. Kronsnoble; Jiyeon Lee-Lim

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Lisa Watts; Grace Lee; Samuel Weiner; Kirt Switzer; Pardis Zomordi; Andrea Ramezan-Jackson

                  Key clients

                  CoinBase Global

                  Blackstone Energy

                  Oatly Group AB

                  American Airlines

                  Nestle

                  AirBnB

                  Spotify

                  Endeavor Group

                  Energy Transfer

                  Occidental Petroleum

                  Chevron Corporation

                  Authentic Brands

                  Hyatt Hotels

                  Leonard Green

                  Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

                  Advanced Micro Devices

                  Callaway Golf Company

                  Hippo Insurance

                  Slack Technologies

                  Work highlights

                  • Advised Oatly on the tax aspects associated with its $1.6bn initial public offering.
                  • Advised Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals on the tax aspects associated with its Chapter 11 cases, which includes over $5bn in funded debt and contingent liabilities.
                  • Advised Slack Technologies on the tax aspects of their $27.7bn acquisition by Salesforce.

                  Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 2

                  Latham & Watkins LLP has a varied financial services litigation practice, encompassing securities disputes, allegations of anti-competitive behaviour and market manipulation, and investigations by regulators including the SEC and CFTC as well as the DOJ. The team’s securities litigation work includes handling securities fraud claims related to IPOs and direct listings as well as RMBS litigation. In the antitrust space, the practice acts in claims of rate and market manipulation; in one prominent case, the team is representing the Saudi National Bank in litigation alleging that the bank attempted to manipulate the Qatari Riyal as a part of ongoing diplomatic tensions between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The team is led by Andrew Clubok, who works across the firm’s New York and Washington DC office, and Douglas Yatter and Joseph Serino, who are both based in New York. Clubok leads on securities litigation, with long-standing expertise in the space, while Yatter focuses on derivatives regulation and previously worked as an trial attorney at the CFTC. Serino is a highly experienced trial lawyer with expertise across corporate and commercial litigation. Richard Owens is also based in New York and is recognized for his work in investigations and white-collar crime prosecutions.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Andrew Clubok; Douglas Yatter; Joseph Serino

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Key clients

                  UBS

                  Deutsche Bank

                  Goldman Sachs

                  Morgan Stanley

                  Citigroup

                  Saudi National Bank

                  Walworth Investments

                  Royal Bank of Canada

                  Riverstone Holdings LLC

                  Coinbase

                  Andreessen Horowitz

                  Stifel

                  Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

                  Latham & Watkins LLP's nationwide practice is regularly involved in significant litigation cases, including consumer class actions, breach of contract disputes and mass torts. The practice acts for plaintiffs and defendants from a variety of industries. It recently successfully represented AMD, Facebook, and NortonLifeLock, among others, in some of the first shareholder derivative suits to allege breach of fiduciary duty relating to board diversity efforts. Sean Berkowitz  in Chicago is also well versed in criminal and civil matters. Berkowitz, Elizabeth Deeley (San Francisco) and Eric Leon (New York) chair the Complex Commercial Litigation practice. The Century City-based Laura Washington has know-how in the entertainment and media sector, and James Brandt in New York is noted for representing PG&E in high-profile shareholder litigation relating to the Northern California wildfires.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Sean Berkowitz; Elizabeth Deeley; Eric Leon

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Laura Washington; James Brandt; Kuan Huang

                  Testimonials

                  ‘These attorneys are top of their practice and the go-to for bet the company litigation matters. They leave no stone unturned and craft a strong defensive strategy.’

                  ‘Elizabeth Deeley and her team live, breathe, and sleep your problems. You know you’re in good hands because they are fully invested in finding good business solutions and legal defense.’

                  Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 2

                  Fielding a 'well-rounded team of diverse experience and expertise', Latham & Watkins LLP's international trade practice is particularly noted for providing 'excellent counsel on matters related to US sanctions and export controls'. The group is also well-equipped to advise its portfolio of corporate, financial, private equity and non-profit clients on CFIUS and national security matters. Department co-chair Les P. Carnegie ('very well-connected with US government personnel') is one of the most high-profile figures in the market for sanctions, export controls and national security issues; he is particularly well versed in matters relating to aerospace & defense, life sciences, energy, financial institutions and humanitarian organizations. Eric S. Volkman, who co-leads the economic sanctions, export controls and customs practice together with Carnegie, specializes in representing clients in internal corporate investigations and white-collar criminal matters, with an emphasis on trade and economic sanctions and anti-money laundering. Damara Chambers, who recently joined from Vinson & Elkins LLP to co-head the CFIUS & US national security practice alongside Carnegie, advises foreign and domestic clients on US national security issues. The Washington DC-based group also benefits from a talented band of younger lawyers including counsel Andrew Galdes ('willing to consider new points of view'), associate Zach Eddington ('becoming a key leader') and Allison Hugi ('a superb associate'). Steven Croley left to become General Counsel at Ford.

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Latham has built out a well-rounded team of diverse experience and expertise that enables prompt proactive legal guidance across a wide range of scenarios. The Latham team takes the time to get to know and understand our operations and how we work, not just in the US but around the globe, which helps ensure their advice is uniquely tailored to address our needs.

                  ‘The team at Latham is always available for quick turnaround on sanctions-related questions, and takes into account the practicalities of our particular business context. They are solutions-oriented, and their scope of knowledge is comprehensive.’

                  ‘LW has a deep bench, with Les as a great team leader.’

                  ‘The international trade team, led by Les Carnegie, provides excellent counsel on matters related to US sanctions and export controls. Les and his team take time to understand the nuances of the issues and challenges we face, which are quite nuanced and complex. This extra care allows the team to provide tailored guidance that takes into consideration all aspects of our operations.’

                  ‘We have happily worked with Les Carnegie and Andrew Galdes for many years, and our relationship is now primarily with Andrew. He has been thoughtful and available for all types of questions, and if we push back on a recommendation, he is willing to consider new points of view. We have confidence in his knowledge and advice.’

                  ‘Les Carnegie is always available and responsive to our inquiries. Les coordinates well with his associates when providing counsel. Overall, Les is very easy to work with and trusted, which allows for frank dialogue and exchange on the best course of action when approaching a legal challenge with US sanctions and export controls.’

                  ‘Allison Hugi is the associate at Latham who works closely with Les. Allison is a superb associate who has gone above and beyond in providing comprehensive, detailed counsel on our inquiries. Both Les and Alli are team players who always make themselves available.’

                  ‘Les Carnegie is excellent – incredibly thoughtful, very well-connected with US government personnel, and very experienced. Zachary Eddington has blossomed in the group over the past few years, and is becoming a key leader as well.’

                  Key clients

                  Photonis International SAS (“Photonis”)

                  Costco Wholesale Corporation

                  O-I Glass

                  ExamWorks

                  Inovalon

                  GIP

                  Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 2

                  The ‘forward thinkers‘ at Latham & Watkins LLP have a practice that spans the gamut of over-the-counter derivatives and exchange-traded derivative products, with expertise in transactions as well as the regulatory and enforcement aspects of this work. Margin finance is another core specialism, and equity-linked products are another line where the team stands out. Based across London and New York and co-chairing the firm’s global financial institutions group, Witold Balaban is a vastly experienced figure in the New York-based department, which is now led by Rafal Gawlowski. Yvette Valdez, who is developing an impressive cryptocurrency-related practice. and Douglas Yatter, who is the name to note for regulatory and enforcement issues, co-chair the firm’s commodities and derivatives regulation and enforcement practice. Courtenay Myers Lima is an expert in structured products, capital markets, fintech developments and bank and broker-dealer regulatory matters, while Catherine Lee is noted for equity-linked deals.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Rafal Gawlowski; Yvette Valdez; Doug Yatter

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Witold Balaban; Courtenay Myers Lima; Catherine Lee; Reza Mojtabaee-Zamani; Eric Rice

                  Testimonials

                  ‘The LW teams that support us in derivatives and margin loans is excellent. They are forward thinkers and are very invested in helping us to evaluate issues in complex transactions. The US team is our go to team when we need outside counsel to be very involved in a transaction.’

                  ‘Reza Mojtabaee-Zamani is an exceptional lawyer. He is very balanced, thoughtful, strategic and very helpful whenever he is has the opportunity to assist. He is one of our top lawyers in equity derivatives and our most trusted partner.’

                  ‘The LW equity derivatives team based in New York and London has continued to demonstrate strong capabilities in the space far beyond its peers in terms of knowledge and experience, quality of service and responsiveness. The team has advised a number of major banks on the some of the most significant and challenging equity derivative transactions, while also providing guidance to the law firm on the client side. They have demonstrated strong teamwork during the pandemic and worked very efficiently to advise and execute complex documentation for multiple banks.’

                  ‘Witold Balaban who leads on equity derivative transactions stands out on his deep knowledge and experience in the space. He is able to provide constructive advise in favor of his clients in challenging situations. He is also very responsive and always available for advise when needed.

                  Eric Rice has been instrumental on driving execution and managing workflow to make sure transactions were closed within schedule. He is very hard working, responsive and organized, making him a very trustworthy lawyer.’

                  ‘Catherine is extremely knowledgeable and ensures that client facing (including an investment bank’s end clients facing) communications are handled sensitively, but clearly. Her associates are wonderful at executing/turning changes/flagging items for in house counsel to consider so that our end clients have a solid understanding of our risk positions in the terms of a confirm.’

                  ‘Catherine Lee is outstanding in knowledge and in ability to handle tough negotiations. She empathizes but firm in explaining to business line folks where the line is for comfort.’

                  Key clients

                  Alphatec

                  Bank of America

                  Bank of Montreal

                  BTIG

                  Celsius

                  Citigroup

                  Citigroup, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), JP Morgan

                  Coinbase

                  Credit Suisse

                  Credit Suisse AG, London Branch

                  Credit Suisse AG, Nassau Branch

                  General Motors Financial Company, Inc.

                  Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase

                  J. Wood Capital Advisors LLC

                  JP Morgan Chase & Co.

                  Morgan Stanley, MUFG

                  Orion Energy

                  Searchlight Capital

                  Symphony Communications

                  Work highlights

                  • Advising the lenders in connection with enforcement under the margin loan extended to the Chairman of Luckin Coffee.
                  • Advising J. Wood as a financial advisor in connection with an exchange of two series of convertible notes of Inphi for the common stock of Marvell and negotiated unwinds of the related capped call transactions, all in connection with Marvell’s $10 billion acquisition of Inphi.
                  • Advising JPM on its Medium-Term Notes Program. The notes are unsecured, medium-term notes that are linked to a variety of underlyings, including indices, stocks and funds.

                  Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

                  Latham & Watkins LLP advises all market participants in a variety of transactions involving commercial and esoteric assets, including aircraft leases, cell and broadcast towers, rental car fleets and whole-business securitizations. The group is also well-versed in more traditional securitizations, such as CLOs, cash and synthetic securities and those involving trade receivables. The key name in the US is global vice-chair Loren Finegold , who is based in New York, as is former global co-chair Kevin Fingeret , whose focus is esoteric and operating assets. In Los Angeles, Vicki Marmorstein  has broad expertise including pertaining to CLOs. Chicago’s Ellen L. Marks  is an expert in credit card securitizations.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Loren Finegold

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Kevin Fingeret; Vicki Marmorstein; Ellen Marks

                  Key clients

                  Rockford Tower Capital Management, L.L.C.

                  AXA Investment Managers

                  Carlyle

                  Ares

                  Onex Credit Partners

                  Park Avenue Institutional Investors

                  Columbia Cent CLO Advisers

                  Alcentra

                  Irradiant

                  DoubleLine

                  Deutsche Bank

                  Guggenheim Securities

                  Goldman Sachs

                  Barclays

                  Bank of America

                  Blackstone

                  American Airlines

                  Credit Suisse

                  Brookfield Asset Management

                  Northleaf Capital

                  KKR

                  Work highlights

                  • Advised Rockford Tower Capital Management, L.L.C. as collateral manager counsel in connection with a number of transactions. Including its CLO 2019-2 Refinancing amounting to US$434,750,000
                  • Advised AXA Investment Managers as collateral manager counsel on Allegro CLO XII amounting to US$406,250,000
                  • Advised Columbia Cent CLO Advisers, LLC as collateral manager counsel on its $355m CLO

                  Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 2

                  Latham & Watkins LLP's energy regulatory practice is considered by clients to be the ‘top FERC regulatory firm’, with experience in administrative litigation before the commission. The group is also adept at handling structured marketing and trading transactions, the acquisition and sale of generation and transmission facilities, and advises on general compliance and enforcement issues. The team represents the full range of power industry clients, from leading utilities and transmission owners to developers, lenders and underwriters. Practice head David Schwartz and Natasha Gianvecchio are ‘top of their class regulatory attorneys’; Schwartz is known for being active in the formation of electricity markets in the US while Gianvecchio focuses on regulatory and energy market developments affecting the domestic energy industry. Tyler Brown is the go-to figure for matters involving energy storage and natural gas and oil transportation. All lawyers are based in Washington DC.

                  Practice head(s):

                  David Schwartz

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Testimonials

                  Very strong counsel, excellent subject matter expertise, very responsive.

                  Latham’s energy regulatory practice is the top FERC regulatory firm and includes top practitioners. They have a strong practice in working on comments and rulemaking, deals, development, and responding to inquiries or enforcement actions.’

                  They manage teams that are right sized for the matter. They respect and work closely with the client to make sure they are aligned with the client’s goals.’

                  Dave Schwartz and Natasha Gianvecchio are top of their class regulatory attorneys. They are invested in the client, try to understand broader goals, and work closely to accomplish the client’s goals.’

                  The whole team is highly responsive, comes up with creative solutions, and lays out risks in a crisp and understandable way, which is very beneficial in dealing with business clients.’

                  Key clients

                  Anbaric Development Partners

                  Avangrid

                  Blackstone

                  Cordelio Power

                  Energy Capital Partners

                  DE Shaw Renewable Investments

                  FirstEnergy

                  Global Infrastructure Partners

                  Halmar

                  Invenergy

                  Linden VFT

                  Middle River Power

                  Riverstone Holdings

                  Santander Bank

                  Vistra Corporation

                  Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 2

                  The oil and gas team at Latham & Watkins LLP is praised for its ‘consistent excellence’.  The group handles the full spectrum of commercial and regulatory issues, with experience handling controversy and policy matters before federal and state regulatory agencies. Its broad client base includes companies involved in LNG, the transportation and storage of natural gas, electric transmission and generation, among other areas. Eugene Elrod is the key contact, with over 40 years' experience representing oil and gas industry clients. Other names to note include Tyler Brown and Patrick Nevins, who handles major infrastructure projects, administrative litigation and transactions and financings. David Schwartz is chair of the energy regulatory and markets practice.

                  Practice head(s):

                  David Schwartz

                  Testimonials

                  The oil and gas group at Latham Watkins, led by Eugene Elrod, were great to work with. They are indeed experts at what they do.

                  The attorneys at Latham & Watkins find reasonable and fair solutions to complex problems. They do not resort to needless litigation.

                  Consistent excellence.

                  Key clients

                  Hilcorp Alaska

                  ArcLight Capital

                  Venture Global LNG (and subsidiaries)

                  ExxonMobil Pipeline

                  Cove Point LNG

                  Cheniere Energy

                  Midship Pipeline

                  Dominion Energy

                  BHE GT&S

                  MUFG Bank

                  Blackstone

                  PTE Pipeline

                  Sendero Midstream

                  Atlantic Coast Pipeline

                  EQT Corporation

                  AltaGas / Washington Gas Light

                  Crescent Midstream

                  Vistra Energy

                  Symmetry Energy Solutions

                  National Fuel Gas Company

                  Blue Racer Midstream

                  Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers Tier 2

                  Equally capable of providing advice on transactional, regulatory and litigation matters, Latham & Watkins LLP acts on behalf of providers ranging from large health systems to more specialist providers. Digital health has been a major area of growth for the team, with clients including Headspace, Inovalon and Preventice Solutions tapping the team for transactions. The team, in particular Washington DC-based Stuart Kurlander and Eric Greig, advises a number of private equity firms on their digital and traditional healthcare acquisitions. San Diego-based Katherine Lauer acts in fraud cases, while Chicago-based Terra Reynolds and San-Diego based Jason Ohta act on white-collar crimes. Los Angeles' Daniel Settelmayer is a key name for matters involving managed care organizations. John Manthei and Judith Hasko co-lead the group.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Key clients

                  Access Health

                  Activ Surgical

                  Adventist Health

                  American Renal Associates Holdings, Inc.

                  Aspen Dental Management, Inc.

                  BrightSpring Health Services

                  CareSend

                  Cloudmed

                  Constant Therapy

                  Corcept Therapeutics

                  Cryos

                  Curative

                  DoorDash

                  GoodCell “LifeVault Bio”

                  GoodRx

                  HCA

                  Headspace

                  Inovalon

                  K Health

                  Mylan NV

                  Nestlé US

                  NextGen Healthcare, Inc.

                  Omada Health

                  Oscar Health

                  Owlet Baby Care

                  Work highlights

                  • Advising a primary care organization on a $5.2bn investment from Walgreen Boots Alliance.
                  • Advising Headspace on its merger with virtual therapy service Ginger.
                  • Advising Inovalon on its sale to an equity consortium led by Nordic Capital.

                  Industry focus > Insurance: advice to policyholders Tier 2

                  Latham & Watkins LLP represents policyholders in litigation, arbitration, mediations and negotiations, helping policyholders recover insurance proceeds and impacting the legal landscape at the state supreme court level. Practice head David A. Barrett  in Washington DC is active for some of its most high-profile clients and is praised as a ‘top tier insurance coverage recovery partner‘. In the San Diego office, Brook Roberts  is known for his work on cutting-edge insurance disputes in California while Drew Gardiner, who has a focus on D&O liability, and John Wilson , ‘an exceptional advocate who is very good on his feet‘, are also notable. Trial attorney Kirsten Jackson joined the firm from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP in June 2021.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Testimonials

                  ‘This team is exceptional. John Wilson is the lead partner. He recently won a major case before the CA Supreme Court involving a very difficult issue. His opposition was a number of top firms in the Los Angeles area. He is an exceptional advocate who is very good on his feet. His oral advocacy is singular. He writes well and is very bright. He works well with his clients as do other members of the team. If you want to be a successful policy holder in an insurance case, one should hire John and his team. One unique feature of the firm is their continued success.’

                  ‘Latham is at least the best policy holder firm on the West Coast. Several years ago they were brought in as counsel on a major policyholder case in New Mexico after the client was disappointed with the counsel who was handling the case. Latham engineer a very handsome bad faith settlement.’

                  ‘Latham has one of the deepest, most well-respected insurance recovery teams in the country with highly qualified partners and senior associates available in many key cities. They have extremely smart and experienced coverage attorneys, versed in most every aspect of insurance disputes, claims, litigation and negotiation. They have been willing to do a variety of alternative fee arrangements with clients to suit the client’s needs and risk tolerance.’

                  ‘David Barrett, the head of the insurance practice, has been a top tier insurance coverage recovery partner for years. He regularly works on cutting edge matters (COVID-19 claims, abuse/molestation matters, major 1st and 3rd party losses) and brings a unique combination of technical expertise and common sense. He works well within a team without ego to bring about great client results. He models this approach for his whole coverage group.’

                  Key clients

                  Amphenol Corporation

                  Bedrock/Jack Entertainment LLC

                  Caesars Entertainment

                  Canadian Solar Inc.

                  Chevron U.S.A., Inc.

                  Cigna

                  Endeavor Operating Company

                  Fluor Corporation

                  Golden Gaming

                  Health Information Management & Systems Society (HIMSS)

                  L.A. Terminals, Inc.

                  Michigan State University

                  Montrose Chemical Corporation of California

                  National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

                  San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

                  Sigma Plastics Group

                  Zogenix

                  Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 2

                  At Latham & Watkins LLP, the group’s extensive knowledge of the infrastructure, energy and power, and middle-market buyout spaces ensures that the department is instructed by a substantial and ever-growing roster of some of the most active private equity firms in those areas. The team is also developing tremendous debt fund expertise, and is increasingly involved with credit and senior lending opportunities, alongside its stalwarts of real estate and alternative assets. Andrea Schwartzman, who acts as the global chair of the firm’s investment funds practice, oversees matters from the New York office; other core contacts at this location include Kathleen Walsh, Edward Nelson, and new arrival William Brashares (who joined from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in July 2021). The San Francisco office is another one which welcomed a partner recently, with Javad Mostofizadeh arriving from Gunderson Dettmer LLP in August 2021. Over in Washington DC, Barton Clark remains the key name to note.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Andrea Schwartzman

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Great firm. Well organised and client oriented. Best of the best.’

                  ‘Kathleen Walsh is very involved in our matters. Really cares about the outcome and brings tremendous business experience to our deal-making.’

                  ‘The lawyers who support us at Latham & Watkins really get to know our business and take a personal interest in making sure we aren’t just well represented, but that we succeed.’

                  ‘Matthew Chase is hands down the best private equity funds lawyer I have dealt with. He knows the market, knows our business and is extremely focused on client service.’

                  Key clients

                  Searchlight Capital Partners

                  Lineage Logistics/ Bay Grove Capital

                  The Jordan Company

                  Onex Partners

                  ECP (f/k/a Energy Capital Partners)

                  Assured Investment Management

                  VMG

                  Excellere Partners

                  Carousel Capital Partners

                  Xebec Realty

                  Emergent Cold Latin America

                  Radial Equity Partners

                  I Squared Capital Partners

                  North Branch Capital

                  IFM Investors

                  Graham Partners

                  Great Hill Partners

                  GEF Capital Partners

                  Work highlights

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

                    Latham & Watkins LLP's excellent reputation in the corporate governance sphere is reflected by the fact that its team acts for more than 400 public companies on high-risk and reputationally-sensitive matters. The practice is led by Ian Schuman, Keith Halverstam and Jenna Cooper, all of whom are based in New York. Under their leadership, the team advises clients on shareholder activism, control contests, audit and compensation committee matters and tax governance, among many other areas. It particularly distinguishes itself in SEC matters involving complex disclosure and compliance issues. Also notable is that the firm has launched a taskforce that focuses on handling ESG issues for clients. Recently promoted partner Julia Thompson, who is based in Washington DC, is another name to note at the firm.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Ian Schuman; Keith Halverstam; Jenna Cooper

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Real estate Tier 2

                    Collectively lead by Gary E. Axelrod  in Chicago, Michelle Kelban , Michael Haas, both in New York, and Julian Kleindorfer in Los Angeles, Latham & Watkins LLP‘ US-wide real estate practice leverages its multi-faceted capabilities in M&A, finance, REITs, and representation of developers and high-end owners. In a landmark transaction, Chicago’s Rachel Bates advised a major hotel chain in the acquisition of Apple Leisure Group, a leading luxury resort-management services, travel and hospitality group, from affiliates of each of KKR and KSL Capital Partners, LLC for $2.7bn. Axelrod and Meghan Cocci in Los Angeles are noted for their expertise within the hospitality sector, while New York based Justin Elliott, who joined in early 2021 from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, is sought after by funds and REITs on their largest transactions. Associate Mark Semotiuk is another integral figure in the New York practice.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Gary E. Axelrod; Michael Haas; Michelle Kelban; Julian Kleindorfer

                    Testimonials

                    ‘Michelle Kelban is smart, thoughtful and does a great job.’

                    ‘Latham has a client-first mentality. Always seeing around corners and anticipating what’s next. Also a focus on adding value to clients through new business vs. just executing the deal at hand.’

                    ‘Michael Haas and Justin Elliott are all-stars on the real estate team. Client-first, ownership mentality and commercial business judgement all stand out.’

                    Key clients

                    ACORE Capital

                    AGC Equity Partners

                    Apollo Global Real Estate Management

                    Ares Management

                    Ascendent Capital Fund LP

                    The Blackstone Group

                    Bridge Development Partners

                    Brookfield Asset Management

                    Work highlights

                    • Representing Realty Income Corp. in its pending acquisition of VEREIT Inc. to create a combined real estate investment trust (REIT) valued at about $50bn.
                    • Advising Highgate and Aurora in the purchase of DigitalBridge Group, Inc.’s Wellness Infrastructure business in a transaction valued at $3.2bn. The Wellness Infrastructure business is composed of a portfolio of more than 300 facilities across senior housing, skilled nursing, medical office buildings and hospitals.
                    • Advised Stonepeak Partners L.P., an alternative investment manager focused on infrastructure-adjacent real estate, as the majority partner in a 97% / 3% programmatic joint venture with Stonemont Financial Group to acquire 10 newly-developed, pre-leased, build-to-suit Amazon AMZL last mile distribution centers located across 6 states.

                    Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 3

                    Andrew Clubok – Latham & Watkins LLP. Based in New York and Washington DC, Andrew Clubok is experienced in trial, appellate, and administrative litigation in such sectors as financial services, automotive, telecommunications, and pharmaceuticals. Clubock has gained a wealth of experience in complex shareholder litigation, representing clients such as Meta Platforms (formerly known as Facebook), Peloton, Twitter, Lyft and high-profile directors and officers, among which is Mark Zuckerberg. Notably in 2021, Clubock led the team to securing a complete victory for Riverstone Holdings LLC and two of its subsidiaries in a shareholder derivative suit and putative class action filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

                    Testimonials

                    Work highlights

                      Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 3

                      The financial services regulation practice at Latham & Watkins LLP has a varied client base including prominent banks, broker-dealers, and growing companies in the cryptocurrency space. The team is frequently engaged on M&A and IPOs involving financial services companies, where it provides advice on compliance with the Bank Holding Company Act, the Volcker Rule and FINRA rules. Following the retirement of Dana Fleischman in June 2021, the team is now jointly led by Alan Avery, Stephen Wink, and Yvette Valdez. Wink is noted for his broad practice, with particular specialisms in broker-dealer and fintech regulation, while Avery focuses on advising banks on regulatory compliance at the state and federal level. Valdez leads the team’s commodities and derivatives work, advising dealers on compliance with CFTC regulation. Counsel Pia Naib is another name to note with a practice encompassing corporate and commercial transactions as well as anti-money laundering regulation. Broker-dealer specialist Marlon Paz joined the firm in December 2021 from Mayer Brown. All named lawyers are based in New York with the exception of Paz, who works across both the New York and Washington DC offices.

                      Practice head(s):

                      Stephen Wink; Alan Avery; Yvette Valdez

                      Other key lawyers:

                      Mitch Rabinowitz; Pia Naib; Marlon Paz

                      Testimonials

                      ‘This practice is very unique due to the consistency of its legal expertise on a global basis.’

                      ‘Stephen Wink is an excellent attorney. He is extremely responsive, personable, and he is leading expert in Global Blockchain & Cryptocurrency.’

                      ‘They are the best in the business and they show it. Their breadth of knowledge is exactly what we need.’

                      ‘They are very quick to assist and I take their advice to the letter. I specifically work with Mitch Rabinowitz.’

                      Key clients

                      Acorns Grow Inc.

                      Aon plc

                      Ares Management Corporation

                      Azimut Group

                      Celsius Network

                      Citibank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan;

                      Citigroup

                      Coinbase Inc.

                      Credit Suisse

                      GCM Grosvenor

                      Various consortia member investors in FIA Tech (including ABN AMRO Clearing, Bank of America, Barclays, Citibank, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, UBS and Wells Fargo)

                      Goldman, Sachs & Co.

                      Jefferies

                      JP Morgan

                      Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.

                      Morgan Stanley

                      National Bank of Canada

                      Temasek

                      Work highlights

                      • Advised GCM Grosvenor on regulatory matters in connection with it’s $2 billion merger with CF Finance Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).
                      • Represented Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Allen & Company and Citigroup Global Markets Inc., the Financial Advisors to cryptocurrency exchange platform, Coinbase Global, Inc., in its landmark direct listing on the Nasdaq on April 14, 2021.
                      • Represented a consortia of 10 banking clients that formed a new company to acquire FIA Tech from The Futures Industry Association, providing advice on critical US bank regulatory issues that dictated the ultimate capital and corporate governance structure.

                      Government > Government contracts Tier 3

                      David R. Hazelton heads up Latham & Watkins LLP’s government contracts practice, a comprehensive offering favored by defense contractors, telecommunication companies, and healthcare industry clients. Contract disputes, compliance counselling, fraud investigations defense, and False Claims Act suits are all within the purview of the practice. Recent highlights for the group include involvement in several high-stakes bid protests, including acting for Microsoft in the ongoing bid protest for the Department of Defense’s award of the JEDI contract. Anne W. Robinson is notable in the team, with particular expertise in FCA allegations for both individual clients and corporations. Counsels Dean Baxtresser and Kyle R. Jefcoat are also key contacts in the team, both adept in contract compliance, bid protests, government and internal investigations, and FCA suits. All practitioners mentioned are based in Washington DC.

                      Practice head(s):

                      David R. Hazelton

                      Other key lawyers:

                      Testimonials

                      ‘Very knowledgeable, strategic thinkers and responsive’

                      ‘David Hazelton and Anne Robinson are excellent lawyers who are extremely responsive, great listeners, understand the clients’ objective and execute well.’

                       

                      Key clients

                      Navistar Defense

                      Insight Enterprises

                      Microsoft

                      Herman Miller

                      Omnicom Group

                      Monsanto

                      Carlyle

                      Leonard Green & Partners

                      VION Corporation

                      Polaris

                      International Justice Mission

                      National Resilience

                      SLSCO

                      Work highlights

                      • Representing Microsoft in the ongoing bid protest for the Department of Defense’s award of the JEDI contract.

                      Industry focus > Healthcare: health insurers Tier 3

                      Latham & Watkins LLP provides a combination of high value transactional and complex litigation services to its clients. For transactions, the team is equally skilled with capital markets work, where it acted as counsel to Oscar Health in its $1.5bn IPO, and M&A, where it counselled AON on its proposed merger with Willis Towers Watson. In litigation, Boston-based Gwyn Williams and David Tolley are acting for UnitedHealth Group in a series of out-of-network underpayment claims in Arizona. Washington DC-based Daniel Meron brings expertise in False Claims Act cases, and Los Angeles-based Daniel Settelmayer offers regulatory and transactional advice to his clients. The overall healthcare group is led by John Manthei and Judith Hasko, based in DC and Silicon Valley respectively.

                      Practice head(s):

                      John Manthei; Judith Hasko

                      Key clients

                      Aon

                      Cigna

                      GoHealth, Inc.

                      Independent Health Association

                      Lemonade

                      Molina Healthcare

                      Mulberry Health, Inc.

                      Oscar Health, Inc.

                      UnitedHealth Group

                      Work highlights

                      • Represented Oscar Health in its $1.5bn initial public offering.
                      • Advised Lemonade in its follow-on offering of 4,824,314 Shares of Common Stock listed on the NYSE.
                      • Representing UnitedHealth Group, Inc. in an ongoing False Claims Act litigation related to UnitedHealth’s Medicare Advantage plans.

                      Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 3

                      With ‘significant experience handling music copyright and platform liability matters’, Latham & Watkins LLP safeguards the copyrights of household names including Spotify and Live Nation, involved in high-stakes litigation. The practice is headed in San Francisco by copyright litigation group leader Andrew Gass, a music rights authority who represents tech companies in high-value federal cases concerning the use of ‘pre-1972’ sound recordings; Joe Wetzel, who assists streaming companies, radio groups and digital media stores with royalties and licensing matters; Washington DC-based Sy Damle, who brings a combined background as a software engineer former General Counsel and Associate Register at the US Copyright Office, and Allison Levine Stillman, who brings expertise to Digital Millennium Copyright Act litigation in New York.

                      Testimonials

                      ‘Great practice group that is across all the cutting edge issues in digital copyright. Reliable and thoughtful advice. Very practical guidance.’

                      ‘They see the bigger picture, know the context around all the key issues in digital copyright, and know the law inside and out. Sy Damle and Allison Stillman are standouts.’

                      ‘Latham has the preeminent practice group in the industry to handle the most complex copyright matters in society today. Companies operating at the leading edge of technology and culture frequently face issues of first impression with little or no precedent in copyright law. There is no better firm from which to seek counsel when such issues arise.’

                      ‘Andy Gass has built the best team in the business within Latham’s copyright practice, and Andy himself is a consummate copyright expert and an unparalleled counselor. Joe Wetzel is a seasoned copyright litigator capable of handling the most dense and complex of disputes.’

                      ‘The Latham & Watkins team has significant experience handling music copyright and platform liability matters, and has an excellent understanding of market dynamics and what the pressures on online platforms and rights holders are.’

                      ‘Andy Gass is one of the preeminent music copyright lawyers in the United States, and has helped us navigate cutting-edge questions that have significant business dimensions. He and Elana Nightingale Dawson have been able to quickly and efficiently answer our myriad questions, and have been sensitive to the pressures on our company and legal team in particular. Cannot recommend them highly enough.’

                      Key clients

                      Spotify

                      Roblox

                      Triller

                      The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

                      Radio Music License Committee

                      Johnson & Johnson

                      Digital Licensee Coordinator, Inc.

                      National Association of Broadcasters

                      ImDb

                      Vade Secure

                      Live Nation

                      Digital Media Association

                      Amazon

                      Internet Association

                      Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

                      The team at Latham & Watkins LLP pairs the bench strength of its nationwide practice with that of its global network to represent clients in high-value multi-jurisdictional trademark disputes. The group is led in San Diego by Jennifer Barry, a high stakes-litigation specialist acting for rights holders in tech and beauty, David Callahan in Chicago, a veteran trial lawyer assisting medical device, telecoms, and automotive clients, Tony Sammi in New York, an electrical engineering and physics expert who joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in August 2021, and Jeff Homrig in Silicon Valley, who manages players in tech and life sciences. Orange County's Perry Viscounty recently obtained a settlement for Time Magazine’s publisher in an infringement suit filed by The New York Times.

                      Other key lawyers:

                      Testimonials

                      ‘The depth of their trademark knowledge and their ability to clearly describe the law, the risks, and their recommendations are second to none.’

                      ‘I have been adverse to Jennifer Barry and been incredibly impressed with her litigation capabilities, creativity, drafting, persuasiveness, etc. She is a formidable competitor.’

                      Key clients

                      Time USA

                      Guthy-Renker

                      Ascendant Beauty

                      Sephora USA

                      Evernote

                      AbbVie

                      Allergan

                      Zeltiq

                      Codexis

                      Canopy Growth

                      1661, Inc. dba GOAT Group

                      System1, LLC

                      Team Rubicon

                      Tax > International tax Tier 3

                      Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing

                      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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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