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Latham & Watkins LLP

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity

8 ranked lawyersBand 2London (Firms)UK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Pre-eminent high-yield practice that regularly acts on market-leading transactions. Offers the largest team in Europe and is a first port of call for sponsors and issuers. The firm also has a standout equity offering that is able to draw upon international resources to advise on transactions throughout Europe and the USA and in emerging markets.

Strengths

A client highlights: "They are very responsive and you can be sure that as a client you get the best possible solution to your problem or request."

A source notes: "They are a really excellent team, with huge depth."

A commentator remarks: "They are brilliant and very experienced."

Work highlights

Advised the initial purchasers including J.P. Morgan on Virgin Media's USD2.03 billion senior secured note issuances.

Notable practitioners

Brett Cassidy is a leading high-yield practitioner who regularly advises a mixture of corporates and financial institutions across a spectrum of transactions. His practice is market-leading and he routinely works on the largest deals in the space.

Christopher Horton brings a wealth of experience to his advice and representation on ECM matters. He regularly represents financial institutions and companies on IPOs and secondary listings.
"He is incredibly experienced, user-friendly and responsive." "He is very capable and he provides well thought-out, thorough advice."

Francesco Lione regularly advises a mix of corporate issuers and financial institutions in the high-yield space.
"He's very responsive, he keeps things simple and he speaks with authority."

Fritz Ernemann has a burgeoning practice where he advises advises both investment banks and issuers on high-yield bond offerings.
"He really knows his stuff."

James Inness serves as co-leader of Latham's English law ECM practice. He is best known for his work advising underwriters on equity offerings.
"James is very responsive and solution-oriented."

Jennifer Engelhardt is highly respected for her work for underwriters and corporate groups. She comes highly recommended for advising oil and gas clients on bond issuances.
"She is very attentive and very good." "Jennifer is absolutely fantastic."

Jocelyn Seitzman is a prominent player in the high-yield space and often represents issuers on high-yield bonds issuances.
"Jocelyn is one of the most creative lawyers out there. She is incredibly knowledgeable."

Scott Colwell is well known for his work with financial institutions in regard to high-yield bond issuances by both first-time and repeat issuers.
"He's commercial, sophisticated and a technical expert."

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London (Firms)

Capital Markets: Equity


Christopher Horton
Band 2
James Inness
Band 4

Capital Markets: High-Yield Products


Brett Cassidy
Band 1
Francesco Lione
Band 4
Fritz Ernemann
Up and Coming
Jennifer Engelhardt
Band 2

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