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Latham & Watkins LLP

The firm: Latham & Watkins is a leading international law firm serving multinational companies, start-ups, investment banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds, governments and other organisations. The firm's globally integrated platform spans Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, and consists of internationally recognised practices across a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Latham attorneys offer unrivalled legal resources and strategic commercial thinking to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex commercial matters.

Asia practice: Businesses and investors seeking innovative solutions to their most complex corporate, financial, regulatory and litigation challenges turn to Latham in Asia for strategic thinking and experienced counsel. Latham has extensive experience advising on the international aspects of a broad range of corporate and finance transactions for clients across the region, notably Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. With more than 150 lawyers operating from six offices in Asia, Latham provides clients in the region and clients looking to do business in Asia with expert advice under US, English, Hong Kong, Japanese and Singapore law. Latham's deep roots in the financial and economic markets in the region are further strengthened by the firm's local language capabilities.

Latham continues to receive awards and acclaim from a number of leading financial and legal publications for landmark and precedent-setting deals.

Areas of practice: Working closely with the firm's other Asia offices, the Shanghai office represents US, European, Middle Eastern and Asian companies conducting business in China and throughout the Asia Pacific region, and Chinese companies in their international direct investment activities, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets transactions.

Shanghai handles a range of transactions including capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, foreign direct investment, project development and finance, structured and leveraged finance as well as restructurings. The Shanghai office offers clients the advantages of global breadth and familiarity working in the region, combined with US- and PRC-trained lawyers who have significant experience handling many of Asia's most challenging and high-profile transactions.

With more than a decade of experience representing clients in China, Latham has participated in an extensive range of transactions involving the PRC and the broader Asian region. The Shanghai-based lawyers regularly work with the major Chinese law firms on PRC projects, and are experienced in co-ordinating the work of local counsel to provide seamless legal services to clients. The firm is able to combine local knowledge of the Chinese market with the depth of an international practice that stretches across a network of global offices.

The firm's US- and PRC-trained lawyers are fluent in Chinese languages and dialects including Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese, Hakka and Taiwanese.

  • Number of lawyers: more than 2,400
  • in Asia: 120+
  • Languages
  • English
  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin
  • Shanghainese
  • Taiwanese

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