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Latham & Watkins LLP


United States

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.

  • Chair and managing partner
  • William H Voge
  • Number of Partners: 600+
  • Number of Lawyers: 2,200+

Latin America

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.

  • Lawyers worldwide
  • 2,400+


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 global 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’s lawyers offer unrivalled legal resources and strategic commercial thinking to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex business and legal matters.

Latham & Watkins’ Brussels office is the hub for the firm’s European competition practice, a practice consisting of more than 50 lawyers in the major jurisdictions in Europe. This team is part of Latham’s global antitrust practice group, which includes more than 100 US antitrust lawyers in three offices and a team in Asia. This global footprint, top-notch team of Brussels professionals and a premier practice in the US combine to provide clients with unsurpassed service and deep insight into the workings of the regulatory authorities and courts. Latham & Watkins’ Brussels office is a market leader among the truly international law firms.

Areas of practice: Lawyers in Latham’s Brussels office handle the most pressing competition law needs for top companies around the world, including global cartel defence and litigation, complex merger clearances, and a range of cutting-edge alleged abuse of dominance and state aid matters that will set the legal standard for cases to come. It is also handling an ever increasing amount of litigation before the European and national courts, including civil damages actions.

Latham’s global platform and its considerable strength in both the US and Europe, as well as its cross-disciplinary approach combining antitrust/competition law experts with best-in-class white-collar criminal defence experts and class action expertise make it one of the very few firms able to give clients the integrated defence needed in global cartel enforcement. The firm’s experience across jurisdictions and disciplines has provided Latham with leading global expertise to handle these matters as they have spread beyond the EU, US, Canada and Japan to cover countries such as Korea, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and South Africa. The resources the firm is able to bring to bear allow it to handle cases involving a complex and simultaneous array of criminal prosecutions, civil investigations and private damages actions in multiple countries.

Latham’s lawyers regularly handle proposed mergers that present challenging competition issues and receive the closest scrutiny by the European Commission, EU member states and jurisdictions around the world. Its clients benefit from Latham’s lawyers’ deep knowledge of the complex legal and economic principles, along with their unsurpassed experience with the evolving regulatory approaches in Europe, the US and around the world. Latham is one of only a handful of firms with the experience, capability and global footprint to secure merger clearances worldwide, with competition lawyers based in the major financial markets in Europe, the US and Asia. Contributing to their success is the firm’s leading corporate practice, which routinely garners top-ten rankings in the American Lawyer corporate score card year over year.

Latham’s Brussels lawyers also assist clients with regulatory issues such as data protection, environmental law, energy regulation, financial services, pharmaceutical and product safety.

  • Other offices
  • Barcelona
  • Beijing
  • Boston
  • Century City
  • Chicago
  • Dubai
  • Düsseldorf
  • Frankfurt
  • Hamburg
  • Hong Kong
  • Houston
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • Madrid
  • Milan
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Orange County
  • Paris
  • Riyadh
  • Rome
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Seoul
  • Shanghai
  • Silicon Valley
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo
  • Washington DC
  • Number of lawyers: 2,600+
  • at this office: 30
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Greek
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Swedish
  • Norwegian

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