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Howard Sobel

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Howard Sobel is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Sobel is former Co-chair of the US Private Equity Practice and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Public Company Representation Practices.

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Private equity buyouts

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Howard Sobel - Latham & Watkins LLP

Within: Private equity buyouts

Latham & Watkins LLP’s impressive geographic coverage across the US and globally enables it to capture a significant market share of top-bracket private equity transactions. The practice is equally adept in large-cap and mid-market private equity deals, and works closely with clients such as Carlyle, BC Partners, KKR, GTCR, One Equity Partners, Leonard Green & Partners, Genstar Capital, Odyssey Partners and Platinum Equity. The ‘top-notch firm performs at a top-notch level’, according to one client. It advised Carlyle on the sale of a majority stake in The Nature’s Bounty to KKR. In the energy space, it represented Arclight Capital Partners and Blackstone on their $2.17bn acquisition of four power plants from American Electric Power. Jennifer Perkins and Chicago’s Shaun Hartley are joint heads of the private equity practice; Perkins is described as an ‘excellent M&A lawyer’ who ‘understands and is experienced in the full range of M&A transactions’ and ‘has the demeanor, skills and judgment that not only gets deals done, but makes her a pleasure to work with’. Daniel Lennon in Washington DC jointly leads the firm’s relationship with Carlyle. Howard Sobel is a pivotal member of the team and is close to a number of big-name private equity houses, such as Leonard Green & Partners, Centerbridge Partners and Odyssey Investment Partners; he is ‘extremely smart as well as very business oriented and practical’. Washington DC’s David Brown leads the firm’s connection to Platinum Equity and has led a number of transactions for Carlyle’s healthcare and technology industry groups. Fellow DC partner Paul Sheridan leads the firm’s relationship with Onex Partners and Revolution Growth. Silicon Valley’s Josh Dubofsky is a key figure on the West Coast for clients such as KKR and Genstar Capital. Named partners are New York based unless stated otherwise.

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