Latham & Watkins > Paris, France > Firm Profile

Latham & Watkins
45 RUE SAINT DOMINIQUE
75007 PARIS
France

France > Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 1

Latham & Watkins has an outstanding track record in acquisition and leveraged finance transactions. It is typically sought out by major banks, private equity and debt funds on large-cap LBO transactions. As part of its offering, the team is also very active in all forms of senior and subordinated loans, bonds and hybrid capital structures. In addition, working with the firm’s restructuring and special situation team, the practice handles complex restructuring finance transactions. Michel Houdayer, who focuses on acquisition finance and private equity, leads the department. Xavier Farde is ‘deal oriented and has in-depth product knowledge’. Lionel Dechmann typically advises lenders, sponsors and corporates on LBO financing.

Practice head(s):

Michel Houdayer

Other key lawyers:

Xavier Farde; Lionel Dechnmann

Testimonials

‘Excellent market knowledge. Partners are always reachable. Superior products across the board (equity, TLB, High Yield).’

‘Xavier Farde is deal-oriented and has in-depth product knowledge.’ 

Key clients

Ardian

BNP Paribas

Bridgepoint SAS

Société Générale

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

EQT Partners AB

ICG

Goldman Sachs

J.P. Morgan

Kersia Group

Natixis

Platinum Equity

Sagard

TA Associates

Anchorage

Tikehau Investment Management

Astorg

Ardian

BNP Paribas

Bridgepoint SAS

Société Générale

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

EQT Partners AB

ICG

Goldman Sachs

J.P. Morgan

Kersia Group

Natixis

Platinum Equity

Sagard

TA Associates

Anchorage

Tikehau Investment Management

Astorg

France > Derivatives and structured finance Tier 1

Latham & Watkins‘s structured finance and derivatives practice offers French, English and US law expertise from the Paris office, making the firm a popular choice for multijurisdictional matters. The caseload includes a high number of very high-value transactions across a broad product range, with structured securities, equity derivatives, structured token offerings, hedging transactions, and bank capital relief transactions among recent matters. The practice is also frequently involved in disputes involving financial products and assists with regulatory matters. Practice head Thomas Vogel and Suzana Sava-Montanari, who made partner in March 2021, are the key contacts.  

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Testimonials

‘Thomas Vogel is a brilliant lawyer, able to deal with a lot of varied subjects and to build bridges between issues. His dual expertise in English law/French law is very valuable. His expertise in derivatives makes him an essential person in Paris.’

‘The service provided was excellent. Latham & Watkins were very responsive and were able to bring in additional expertise from other teams. The fees were reasonable and the advice was very clear and concise.’

‘Suzana Sava-Montanari provides very clear and concise advice. Her English is excellent and her ability to advise on both the English and French law aspects and to represent and guide us through a very complex negotiation was fantastic. It was the most refreshing experience that we had ever had with a private law firm.’

‘Excellent team – work together and with their clients seamlessly, are always ahead of the market in terms of developments, and provide invaluable structuring advice.’

‘Suzana Sava-Montanari – the most dedicated lawyer in France! A very sharp mind, which she uses to deliver consistently outstanding outcomes for clients’

‘Thomas Vogel – highly technical, really gets into the details. Clear and concise in communicating and drafting.

Key clients

Goldman Sachs (France)

BAML (France)

Deutsche Bank

Natixis

HSBC

TOTAL SA

ATOS SA

Eurazeo

Konsberg Automotive

Schoeller Allibert NV

Siemens

Nissan

PAI Partners

AXA France

AXA Investment Managers

Aviva France

NewMarket Capital

Cairn Capital

Magnetar Capital

Al Mirqab Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised Siemens AG and Siemens Healthineers AG on a $16.4bn structured contingent FX derivative transaction (meant to hedge the hedge the EUR/USD share purchase price) relating to the acquisition of Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (Varian).
  • Advised TOTAL SA on a share issuance forward derivative transaction (with embedded anti-dilution mechanism) with Maxeon Solar Technologies Ltd in the context of the spin-off of SunPower and Maxeon Solar Technologies).
  • Advised Norwegian auto parts supplier Kongsberg Automotive on its agreement with NORD/LB and Finacity to provide Kongsberg with a €60m trade receivables securitization facility.

France > EU, competition and distribution Tier 1

The antitrust and competition law group at Latham & Watkins enjoys an excellent reputation, advising major multinationals involved in state aid investigations, multi-jurisdictional merger control and appearances before the EU Commission, or the competition authority. The team of competition litigation authority Jacques-Philippe Gunther includes Adrien Giraud  and newly promoted partner and cartel and abuse of a dominant position specialist Mathilde Saltiel (March 2021). The group represents clients across the entertainment, biotech, retail, telecoms and tech sectors.

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Testimonials

‘Jacques-Philippe Gunther is a very good strategist and a very fine technician, known and recognised by all. Mathilde Saltiel, who is an excellent technician, knows her files inside out and her advice is always relevant to clients.’

‘Jacque-Philippe Gunther has a particularly fine knowledge of competition law, and competition authorities – in particular the Commission – which allows him to provide innovative solutions that can unlock high-stakes cases.’

‘The team has acquired significant expertise in the field of payments and is very familiar with the competitive environment and the specificities of this complex sector.’

Key clients

EssilotLuxottica

APIG

Orange

Worldline

France Télévisions

Ingram Micro

Refresco

Fraikin

Grail

EssilotLuxottica

APIG

Orange

Worldline

France Télévisions

Ingram Micro

Refresco

Fraikin

Grail

Work highlights

  • Obtained global antitrust clearances in seven jurisdictions on behalf of EssilorLuxottica for its acquisition of Hal Optical Investments’s 76.72% interest in GrandVision, a major global optical retail distributor.
  • Successfully represented Alliance de la Presse d’Information Générale (APIG) in a complaint before the French competition authority against Google regarding an abuse of dominance and of economic dependency in relation to its use of snippets and other editors’ protected content.
  • Successfully assisted Orange with its acquisition of TKR in July 2021, with the European Commission conditionally clearing the transaction in Phase 1.

France > Insolvency Tier 1

Latham & Watkins is entrusted to manage highly complex and sophisticated cases. The practice is particularly active for hedge funds and leading international investment funds, but also acts for debtors and lately some banks. It has recently handled a high number of Covid-19-related cases, for example assisting investors with the selling of assets in the hospitably sector. Other recent work included large debt restructuring and refinancing matters, notably in the retail, hospitality, car rental and tourism sectors, including managing several high-end cases involving prominent companies. The firm also acts on smaller cases, for example involving key suppliers, and demonstrated its skill in several atypical and challenging cases in the football and maritime transport sectors. Practice head Alexandra Bigot; Hervé Diogo Amengual and counsel Thomas Doyen are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Bigot

Testimonials

‘The Paris insolvency team is made up of exceptional individuals (Alexandra Bigot and Thomas Doyen) and  is uniquely positioned to handle large-scale, complex cross-border cases.’

‘Alexandra Bigot is the most technical and most hardworking insolvency practioner in Paris.’

‘24/7 available. Very commercial lawyers and keen to get the job done (which they did in an impeccable way).’

‘The restructuring team is at the highest level of technical expertise on these complex subjects The quality of the team, recognised on the market, makes it a key player and trusted by all stakeholders.’

‘Alexandra Bigot is a reference in the field and is a recognised interlocutor among the various stakeholders. In addition to her perfect technical mastery, Alexandra is an outstanding negotiator. She provides some of most sought-after advice on the market.’

Key clients

Anchorage Capital

Attestor Capital

Diameter Capital

King Street Capital

Marathon Capital

Alcentra

Ascometal

Bpifrance Participations

BUT

Butler Industries

Certares

Grain de Malice

Hachette Livre

Impala

Grain de Malice

Swiss Steel

Work highlights

  • Advised the cross-holders coordinating committee in connection with the complex financial restructuring of the Europcar group.
  • Advised Fortress Investment Group (a leading, highly diversified global investment manager), as existing lender, in relation to the sale and refinancing of Football Club des Girondins de Bordeaux to  Gérard Lopez, the former owner of the Lille football club (LOSC) that won the French Ligue 1 championship this year.
  • Advised Certares on its equity injection proposal in the context of the competitive process launched by Pierre & Vacances and its financial advisor, Rothschild & Co in order to seek new money equity investors.

France > Private equity: LBO Tier 1

Latham & Watkins has a stand-out reputation for advising leading private equity houses on high-profile large-cap LBOs. The practice benefits from the firm’s international network, as well as its ability to leverage expertise in ancillary areas, such as corporate finance, M&A, leveraged finance and debt capital markets. The department is jointly led by Alexander Benedetti, Denis Criton, Alexander Crosthwaite, Thomas Forschbach, Gaëtan Gianasso, Charles-Antoine Guelluy and Olivier du Mottay.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Benedetti; Denis Criton; Alexander Crosthwaite; Thomas Forschbach; Gaëtan Gianasso; Charles-Antoine Guelluy; Olivier du Mottay

Key clients

Ardian

Astorg Partners

Bridgepoint

ICG

KKR

Platinum Equity

PSP Investments

Summit Partners

TA Associates

Temasek

Permira

Work highlights

  • Advised PSP Investments on a €4.5bn investment by a group of investors including EQT and PSP Investments in Cerba HealthCare, a France-based network of medical biology laboratories.
  • Assisted Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) with the €4.3bn sale of DomusVi by its current shareholders to a newly incorporated vehicle.
  • Acted for Bridgepoint Advisers Limited on the approximately €3.2bn sale of Calypso Technology, a provider of financial market software solutions, by Bridgepoint and Summit Partners to Thoma Bravo.

France > Capital markets: debt capital markets Tier 2

Latham & Watkins is particularly well-known for its high-yield bond practice, but is also active in investment grade bonds, exchangeable and convertible bonds. Able to assist with UK, US and French law, the practice has built a reputation for its work on complex cross-border matters, including green and sustainability-linked bond issuances. Dual-listed companies with listings in France and England or the US frequently instruct the firm for their debt capital market matters. The firm's French and international M&A, tax, financing and restructuring offering complements the capital market practice well. Thomas Margenet-Baudry is the head of the practice. Roberto Reyes Gaskin   joined the partnership in January 2021.

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Testimonials

‘Very experienced and extremely well-established team for high-yield issues. It is a real comfort for the client to work with a team which also masters the sequence of the different stages of the process, knows how to anticipate. Multicultural Parisian team. Good advice for listed issuers.’

‘Thomas Margenet-Baudry: excellent management of operations, knowledge of almost all market operations, anticipation of key technical points and subjects of stock market law. Michael Ettannani: facilitates all stages of the process. Great anticipation, excellent technicality, very pleasant communication.’

‘Unparalleled expertise in the high-yield bonds market, invaluable help from the start to the end and an undeniable contribution to obtaining rather advantageous covenants.’

‘Thomas Margenet-Baudry and Roberto Reyes Gaskin allowed us handle a matter very quickly thanks to their perfect knowledge of the market.’

‘Latham & Watkins provided the commercial clarity that we needed. Of course, as is typical of Latham & Watkins, they also provided brilliant legal advice, which was informed by the extensive deal experience of the Latham & Watkins team, and were committed to working as hard as was necessary to close the deal by the deadline.’

‘Roberto Reyes Gaskin is exceptionally smart, thorough and he was completely committed to achieving our success. He demonstrated deep knowledge of the product class and was as thorough in his analysis of our documents as he was impressive in leading negotiations.’

‘The team are great, very knowledgeable and dynamic, always personable and I really enjoy working with them.’

‘Special mention to Roberto Reyes Gaskin who has a great combination of both local and international knowledge, is very commercial and well-connected across the various Lathams offices and markets, works extremely hard, is always friendly and approachable and nurtures great relationships with clients.’

Key clients

Afflelou

Atos

Bank of America

BNP Paribas

Derichebourg

Deutsche Bank

Elior group

Fives

Foncia Management

Groupe Bertrand

Groupe Casino

JP Morgan

Loxam SAS

Natixis

Société Générale

TechnipFMC

Tencent Holdings Limited

Total

Work highlights

  • Advised Groupe Casino on the €4,150,000,000 notes tender offer 2020.
  • Advised TOTAL SE on its issuance of €3bn aggregate principal amount of perpetual subordinated notes.
  • Advised Groupe Casino on its €1,447,000,000 refinancing transaction involving a bond issuance, a term loan and a tender offer on its existing bonds.

France > Capital markets: equity capital markets Tier 2

Latham & Watkins is particularly well-known for its initial public offering experience, but the team of practice head Thomas Margenet-Baudry also advises on block trades, convertible and exchangeable bonds as well as on rights issues. Sustainability-linked financings are a growing line of work. Margenet-Baudry’s own New York law expertise and the firm’s offices in New York and London make the practice a very good choice for dual-listed companies with listings in France, the UK or the US. In January 2021 Roberto Reyes Gaskin, dual-qualified in France and New York and with a geographical focus on France, Italy and Spain,  joined the partnership.

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Key clients

Afflelou

Atos

Bank of America

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank

Elior

Foncia Management

Groupe Bertrand

Groupe Casino

JP Morgan

Loxam SAS

Natixis

Société Générale

TechnipFMC

Tencent Holdings Limited

TotalEnergies

France > Compliance Tier 2

Latham & Watkins has recognised expertise in the field of anti-corruption and sanctions, spanning French law as well as US FCPA and the UK bribery act. The team assists clients with the setting up of compliance programmes and during AFA compliance audits. The conduct of audits during M&A transactions led by the firm and assisting clients with sensitive internal investigations are other areas of strength. In addition, the firm offers complementary compliance expertise in other areas, such as ethics, governance, data privacy and healthcare. Fabrice Fages  is in charge.

Practice head(s):

Fabrice Fages

Testimonials

‘Excellent analyses and strategic advice.’

‘Fabrice Fages is highly responsive and has great listening skills.’

Key clients

Nissan Motor

Work highlights

  • Advising Nissan Motor and its board members on internal investigations and civil and criminal proceedings as well as on investigations by regulators concerning the legal claims led against the former chairman.

France > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Latham & Watkins has profound expertise in data-centric technologies, which allows it to assist clients in navigating the increasingly complex commercial, technological and regulatory challenges. Myria Saarinen is a key figure in the firm’s data privacy global team and a well recognised litigator, leading the Paris commercial litigation practice, which encompasses IT litigation and data protection matters. Her team is known for being ‘dynamic‘ and ‘pragmatic‘ as well as for being ‘experts in the field of personal data protection’.

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Testimonials

‘Dynamic, pragmatic team, experts in the field of personal data protection.’

‘We work with Myria Saarinen who is a great expert with a very pragmatic approach. For particularly complex cases, it is a pleasure to work with Saarinen and her team. The consultations are detailed, but include a pragmatic synthesis and practical diagrams.’

France > Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 2

Latham & Watkins assists with transactional, regulatory, and litigation matters for tech companies and is especially active in the negotiation of complex telecommunications networks and infrastructure agreements, acting in particular for French groups operating globally. The firm advised unicorn investor Dragoneer on the $355m fundraising of France’s largest independent e-commerce site ManoMano. Jean-Luc Juhan is the head of the IT, telecoms and internet practice.

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Key clients

ManoMano

Veracyte

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 2

US firm Latham & Watkins is a go-to for international transactions and has recently been involved in several of the market’s headline mergers of equals and spin-off deals. Practice head Pierre-Louis Cléro  thrives on the full spectrum of transactions, from public and private M&A through to joint ventures, disposals, restructurings and relevant disputes. Cléro is supported by Olivier du Mottay who likewise supports bidders, targeted companies and managers in all deal types, as well as by Alexander Crosthwaite who supplements his M&A proficiency with expertise in private equity and securities law.

Practice head(s):

Pierre-Louis Cléro

Other key lawyers:

Olivier du Mottay; Alexander Crosthwaite

Key clients

Adisseo

Air France -KLM

Albéa

Alphatec Holdings

Arkéa

Arteris

Atos

Auchan Holding

Axa

Babilou

BlaBlaCar

Carrefour

CMA-CGM

CNES

Coatue Management

Crédit Mutuel Arkea

Fraikin

Groupe Bertrand

Henkel

IFREMER

Impala

Lagardère

L’Oreal

Mainstay Medical

Mobivia

SHD AG

TechnipFMC

Tencent

Total S.A.

Veracyte

Vivalto Santé

Vivendi

William Demant

Worldline

Work highlights

  • Advising GIP in the €10.4bn acquisition of New SUEZ.        
  • Advising Carrefour on the sale of a majority stake in its fintech Market Pay to AnaCap.
  • Advising Technip FMC in the context of the separation of the TechnipFMC group into two industry-leading, independent, publicly traded companies.

France > Tax Tier 2

Latham & Watkins' tax team excels in the field of private equity, in line with the firm’s thriving corporate practice in that area. The tax team frequently works with the corporate practice to advise the largest French and international private equity house on their most high-profile LBO transactions. The tax team is one of Ardian’s preferred advisers and recently assisted the client with its first transaction in the US. The tax team also regularly works for private equity funds’ portfolio companies, notably on major financing, debt restructuring and capital markets transactions. Its body of work also includes prominent mandates from banks and corporations. The tax team was recently involved in the very complex carve-out of a leading French company. The excellent duo Xavier Renard and Olivia Rauch-Ravisé direct the team.

Practice head(s):

Xavier Renard

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Testimonials

‘Full coordination across teams making any project with multiple legal and tax considerations very fluid. The tax team is in my view one of the best, very business-oriented, leveraging a deep understanding of private equity constraints.’

‘Perfect mix of highest technical skills and business judgement.’

‘The team led by Xavier Renard demonstrates great competence, availability and pedagogy.’

‘The tax team is extremely attentive to our needs, very responsive and very proactive and offers very effective solutions that take into account our constraints.’

‘Xavier Renard is very available, attentive and very responsive. He has a very clear vision of the subjects to be tackled and how to deal with them. He is also very precise, adapts to constraints and offers alternatives.’

Key clients

Albéa

Ardian

Astorg Partners

Atos

Autodistribution

Babilou

Bank of Ireland

Barclays Bank Plc

BNP Paribas

Bridgepoint

Carrefour

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Crédit Industriel et Commercial

Crédit Mutuel Arkea

Groupe Bertrand

Groupe Casino

HSBC France

ICG

ING Bank N.V.

iQera group

Kersia Group

L’Oréal

Mainstay Medical

Natixis

Pernod Ricard

Platinum Equity

PSP Investments

Rémy Cointreau

Sagard

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited

TA Associates

TechnipFMC

Total

Unicredit

Worldline

Work highlights

  • Advised TechnipFMC on its spin-off into two industry-leading independent and publicly traded companies.
  • Advising PSP Investments on the sale of its stake in Cerba group and the reinvestment in the group.
  • Advising Eutelsat Communications on the refinancing of its existing indebtedness.

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Latham & Watkins  is active in good amount of commercial litigation, notably relating to the IT and healthcare sectors. The practice also regularly manages corporate and M&A disputes, recently representing an investment fund in a complex matter concerning some aspects of one of France’s recent landmark M&A dispute. As part of the practice’s insolvency litigation caseload, the team assists audit firms facing disciplinary proceedings. Lately, the team has acted for clients facing difficulties in the supply of electronics components, notably in the automobile sector, advising on strategic pre-litigation issues. Private enforcement litigation, antitrust condemnation damage proceedings, and mediation proceedings are growing practice areas. Fabrice Fages and Myria Saarinen are in charge. Elise Auvray made counsel in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Fabrice Fages; Myria Saarinen

Testimonials

‘The litigation team performs high quality work in partnership with our internal teams. The depth of analysis and strategic thinking of this team is remarkable.’

‘Fabrice Fage is very pragmatic, adaptable, flexible and open to ideas. Myria Saarinen provides rigorous in-depth work, has a great sense of synthesis, and is combative.’

‘High availability and responsiveness.’

‘Unique strength-in-depth. Highly organised. Extremely approachable and collaborative.’

They are all extremely approachable, concise, do extensive research and are extremely well joined up. Proactive and very client-focused.’

‘Fabrice Fages has shown great listening skills and great intelligence of the mechanisms of our markets and the regulatory systems that shape these markets. He has identified complex AND effective strategies for managing and resolving commercial disputes. These strategies and the legal analyses of the regulations and the arguments of the proposed opposing parties and our points of view have allowed us to build a coherent argument.’

‘The team is very responsive, serious and professional, the files are handled by experts each in their field.’

‘The members from the firm that I have been able to work with make themselves available; the information is clear and the advice precise to measure the risks and support decision-making. Support in negotiation is very professional.’

France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 3

Headed by the highly regarded Fernando Mantilla-Serran, Latham & Watkins’ practice handles commercial and investment arbitration. The Paris practice demonstrates great strength in disputes in connection with South America which account for the bulk of the caseload. The team acts for state entities and private companies in a wide range of disputes, including post-M&A, construction and energy matters, frequently substantial in size. The practice is a regular counsel to the Republic of Colombia for whom it acts in high-stakes matters pertaining to the mining industry and the country’s environmental policies. The work for an energy consortium in relation to issues concerning a major hydropower plant in Brazil is also noteworthy.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Mantilla-Serrano

Key clients

CDPQ

Republic of Colombia

Dominican Republic

Live Nation Inc.

Novenergia II Energy & Environment, (SCA), SICAR

France > Employment Tier 3

Latham & Watkins' Matthias Rubner leads a strong practice which assists many leading French and international companies, notably in the healthcare, media and financial sectors. Compact and high-level, the team is entrusted to work on complex matters such as restructuring projects and strategic governance issues. It also deals with complex individual files and provides strong assistance to the corporate practice, regularly advising on large private equity transactions and global M&A deals. The team has also assisted several leading international banks with the setting up or relocation of their business in Paris as a consequence of the Brexit.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Rubner

Testimonials

‘It is a magnificent firm with an exceptional clientele, and brilliant lawyers.’

‘Matthias Rubner is a living encyclopedia: he knows the law well, but above all, he makes it understandable and makes proposals for an approach, taking into account the advantages and disadvantages. It facilitates decision making. He is clearly a business lawyer, and that is what I look for most often.’

Key clients

TechnipFMC

Tencent

Calliditas

Siemens

Warner Bros.

Merck

Commerzbank group

Turner Broadcasting System France

Xandr

Veracyte (Halio Dx)

Alcentra European Direct Lending

Carrefour

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Leading the life sciences practice at Latham & Watkins, Eveline Van Keymeulen advises the European Pharmaceutical Industry Association (EFPIA) on a range of strategic and cutting-edge regulatory topics impacting the entire European pharmaceutical industry. The team also advises clients operating in the life sciences sector on a broad variety of business-critical regulatory and compliance issues. At the forefront of innovation, the firm counts leading genomics and cannabidiol companies to its client list.

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Testimonials

Extremely responsive, pragmatic, and understand how legal advice needs to support business needs.

Eveline Van Keymeulen is very approachable, pragmatic and willing to think with us to find the best possible solution.

Eveline Van Keymeulen is extremely knowledgeable and dedicated. She delivers good and practical advice like no one else does in France in her area of specialism.

Eveline Van Keymeulen has strong legal and sector knowledge.

Eveline Van Keymeulen is a rockstar. She is smart, extremely capable, practical and also great fun to work with. She and her team are wonderful to work with. They are practical and knowledgeable, and understand the sensitivities in the life sciences sector.’

Key clients

Afflelou

Alphatec Holding

AstraZeneca

bioMérieux

Binx Health

Calliditas Therapeutics AB

Clever Leaves

Cerba Healthcare

Columbia Care

Dr. Max Group

EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations)

DomusVi

Elsan

Essilor International

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Grail

Heel (Biologische Heilmittel Heel)

Inula Natural Health

Ipsen

Kanavape

Laboratoire Bio 7

L’Oréal

Merck

Pharmaseeds

Pyxus

Sanofi

Teladoc Health

Vivalto Santé group

Veracyte

William Demant

Private investors in the Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry

Ardian

Astorg

BC Partner

CDPQ

KKR

PSP Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised Veracyte, a US-based genomic diagnostics company, on its acquisition of HalioDx SAS, a French based immuno-oncology diagnostic company.
  • Advised PSP Investments and EQT on their €4.5bn investment in Cerba HealthCare.
  • Advised the founder of Kanavape in the European landmark case related to the marketing of cannabidiol (CBD) before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration Tier 2

The ‘highly-competent’ and ‘detailed-oriented’ international arbitration team at Latham & Watkins is led from Paris by the ‘incredibleFernando Mantilla-Serrano, who is known for his ‘highly effective and impressive’ approach to complex matters. With expertise in international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration, multi-jurisdictional disputes and international public law, the practice advises a client base of private corporations, investors, state-owned enterprises and sovereign states. The February-2021 departure of Paris-based energy-and-construction specialist John Adam, who moved to Squire Patton Boggs, was a loss, but the office can still draw on a capable -albeit young- group of associates including Diego Romero, Eugenie Caroit  and Esperanza Barrón-Baratech (whom clients describe as ‘extraordinary lawyers’ who deliver ‘consistent, high-quality work’) and Hugo Varenne. Matter highlights include representing Colombia against three mining companies in relation to the adoption of measures to protect environmentally sensitive páramo ecosystems; and the team is also representing the Dominican Republic in ICSID Additional Facility proceedings against mining company EnviroGold in a dispute centred on an investment agreement for the operation of a tailings dam. On the investor side the team is representing Live Nation in an ICC arbitration related to the termination of a $462m deal to buy a stake in Mexican concert operator OCESA. The practice was reinforced with the February-2021 hire of Santiago Bejarano as counsel in New York; however, former practice co-chair Claudia Salomon left the firm in January 2021 and has since been appointed President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Mantilla-Serrano

Testimonials

‘Latham & Watkins has a highly competent and detail-oriented team. The quality of work is at the level of the highest level firms.’

‘Latham & Watkins is not afraid to take strong positions in arbitration, when they are necessary to advance the legal strategy. Additionally, it is a detail-oriented and highly perfectionist work group that does not allow any type of impression or omission in the collection of evidence.’

Latham & Watkins’ international arbitration team is clearly one of the leading practices globally. What makes this practice unique is its ability to handle complex matters in Latin America involving a multidisciplinary team of lawyers with backgrounds in both civil law and common law that complement each other perfectly.

‘Fernando Mantilla Serrano has been incredible. He is someone who is very easy to work with. Claudia Salomon, who as you know recently resigned from the firm to take her position later this year at the ICC. In addition, I have been able to work very directly with

‘The team of associates is always incredibly well-prepared, mainly I would highlight Hugo Varenne in the Paris office and Alice Hoesterey in the Los Angeles office.  The recent incorporation of Santiago Bejarano into the New York office is a strategic hire that will undoubtedly help strengthen the practice.’

‘The team is impressive. It works in a very consistent manner and provides clients with solid advice and positions, even in the face of complex issues.’

‘The in-depth knowledge of all the team members is outstanding, both in procedural and substantive matters.’

‘Partner Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is a true star in the field of international arbitration. His knowledge and direct approach to complex matters is highly effective and impressive. Associates Eugenie Caroit and Esperanza Barron-Baratech are also extraordinary lawyers and deliver consistent, high-quality work.’

Key clients

Republic of Colombia

Dominican Republic

Live Nation

Novenergia II Energy & Environment

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Grupo Prisa

GE

Andritz

Voith

Work highlights

  • Representing Colombia against three mining companies  – Eco Oro, Galway and Red Eagle – in relation to the adoption of measures to protect environmentally sensitive páramo ecosystems.
  • Representing the Dominican Republic in an arbitration brought by EnviroGold concerning a dispute over an investment agreement for the operation of a tailings dam adjacent to the Puerto Viejo open-pit gold mine.
  • Representin  US company Live Nation in an ICC arbitration in relation to the termination of a $462m deal to acquire a 51% stake in the largest concert promoter in Latin America, OCESA.

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.

The Paris office boasts more than 90 lawyers and regularly handles a wide range of transactions, disputes and regulatory matters on behalf of French, European and international companies, private equity firms and financial institutions. The lawyers’ depth of knowledge in these sectors – achieved through their experience and close ties with the world’s financial institutions and industrial centres – means their clients can expect the highest quality legal services in all aspects of the representation.

Latham & Watkins’ Paris-based lawyers are dedicated to providing consistent quality, creativity and innovative solutions to the most complex legal and business matters. The lawyers work collaboratively across legal disciplines and geographic boundaries to achieve the best results for clients.

With lawyers qualified to practise under French, English, European and US law, the office is constantly recognised as a leader in the French market.

Areas of practice: Very few law firms operating in the French market can match the depth of Latham’s practice as well as the breadth of its geographic platform and the robust technology that underpins its performance. Latham’s lawyers in Paris maintain in-depth knowledge of a wide range of industries, including a robust understanding of the economic and regulatory environments in which they operate. The firm’s clients are leading market participants in the banking, energy, hospitality and leisure, insurance, life sciences, luxury, services and telecommunications sectors and Latham’s lawyers routinely advise both listed and emerging private companies.

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Etienne Gentil photo Etienne GentilEtienne Gentil is counsel in the Paris office of Latham & Watkins,…
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