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Latham & Watkins LLP

Jeffrey Lawlis

Work 0039 02 30 46 2000
Latham & Watkins LLP

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Corporate Department


Jeff Lawlis is a partner in the Milan and London offices. His practice focuses primarily on corporate finance, including leveraged finance transactions and other debt and equity capital markets offerings, company representation and general securities law matters as well as mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Lawlis has extensive international experience representing companies, sponsors and investment banks in a variety of industries on a wide range of both public and private cross-border transactions, with a particular focus on the Italian and Spanish markets.


English, Italian


JD, The University of Michigan, 1998
BA, Denison University, 1995


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Latham & Watkins LLP was particularly active in deals involving the retail, manufacturing, aerospace, sports and entertainment, and pharmaceutical industries. Highlights included acting for The Carlyle Group in the high-profile acquisition of Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, an Italian luxury lifestyle fashion company. Stefano Sciolla is local department chair and Antonio Colettisuccessfully intermediates with all parties to find the most optimal solutions’. Maria Cristina Storchi, Giovanni Sandicchi, Jeffrey Lawlis and counsel Isabella Porchia are also key contacts. Cataldo Piccarreta, who has extensive experience in advising private equity sponsors and companies on complex domestic and cross-border transactions, joined from Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners.

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Private equity

Within: Private equity

Latham & Watkins LLP’s practice assists fund sponsors on fund raisings and formations as well as investments and divestments and recently advised The Carlyle Group on corporate and finance matters, regarding the acquisition of Irca. Antonio Colettihas deep experience’ and Stefano Sciolla, Jeffrey Lawlis and Giovanni Sandicchi are other key names; counsel Isabella Porchiasolves complex issues’. Cataldo Piccarreta, who advises private equity sponsors and companies on domestic and cross-border transactions, joined from Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners.

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Italy: Capital markets


Within: Leading individuals

Jeffrey Lawlis - Latham & Watkins LLP

Within: Debt

Latham & Watkins LLP stands out for its high-yield practice and ability to advise both on Italian and US law matters. The ‘excellent team’ assisted UniCredit with the issuance of high-value notes, which marked the inaugural transaction under a newly established $30bn global medium term note (MTN) programme. It also advised J.P. Morgan on a multi-tranche bond issue launched by Enel Finance International; the Enel-guaranteed issuance was the largest-ever US bond backed by an Italian corporation. Antonio Coletti is ‘a well-established lawyer with longstanding experience’; and Jeffrey Lawlis and Ryan Benedict are ‘smart, focused and fair’. Maria Cristina Storchi and counsel Isabella Porchia are other key names.

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Within: Equity

Able to advise both on Italian and US law matters, Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘always up to speed on all the key deliverables and issues in transactions’. Ryan Benedict advised Unieuro, an Italian consumer electronics retail chain, on its IPO, listed on the MTA’s STAR segment. Antonio Colettihas thorough capital markets expertise’ and Jeffrey Lawlis, Maria Cristina Storchi and counsel Isabella Porchia are also highly rated.

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London: Finance

High yield

Within: High yield

Latham & Watkins attracts praise for its 'depth of experience and strong ability to run complex transactions; if Latham is on a deal - regardless of which side it is acting on - it will get done well'. Across its European offices, the firm handled 90 high yield deals in 2017, with a combined value of more than $70bn. Its eight-partner team is the largest in London and is involved in some of the most complex deals in the market. A good example is Wind Tre's cross-border refinancing, which included the issuance of €7.3bn in senior secured notes. Practice head Brett Cassidy, who is 'probably the most technically capable lawyer in the high yield market', acted for banks including Bank of America Merrill Lynch and HSBC on that deal. Jennifer Engelhardt is 'one of the most well-respected lawyers in high yield - she has encyclopaedic market knowledge, coupled with a collaborative approach that makes you want her on your side'. She acted for Aker BP in a $400m notes offering. The firm's deep bench of talent includes managing partner Richard Trobman;  Jocelyn Seitzman, who handled an £855m deal for Madison Dearborn Partners; Francesco Lione, whose clients include Goldman Sachs; Tracy Edmonson, who handled a deal for Wagamama Finance; and Scott Colwell, who represented lead managers in a €5.3bn financing for Bain Capital and Cinven. Jeffrey Lawlis, who works in London and Milan, 'sees some of the most complicated deals in the market and is always able to find a solution'.

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