Latham & Watkins LLP

Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading capability in representing sophisticated multinational companies, particularly those in the life sciences industry, in the full range of corporate and transactional matters. Also offers high-level representation to clients in the technology and clean energy sectors, among others. Often advises private equity firms and their portfolio companies on investment structuring and transactional matters.

Strengths One source says: "I think of Latham as an excellent firm. The service level has been outstanding, and I'm impressed by the attorneys there."

Interviewees comment: "Latham hires lawyers who have deep knowledge, prioritize client service and obtain excellent outcomes."

"I hold them in very high regard," reports a client, who adds: "The team is strong and I have confidence that things get taken care of correctly."

Work highlights Advised DaVita in the sale of its medical group business to Optum for $4.9 billion.

Represented Xcerra Corporation in its $796 million sale to Cohu.

Advised Leonard Green & Partners in connection with its acquisition of Veritext, a provider of litigation support services.

Notable practitioners

Charles Ruck is a renowned practitioner whose excellent reputation stems from his experience in transformative corporate transactions. Sources appreciate that he "provides consistently pragmatic and actionable advice."

Jason Silvera is global chair of the firm's corporate department. He maintains an active practice representing private equity firms in an array of high-profile transactions. Clients appreciate that "he's practical, smart and has a calm demeanor," and add that he's "very effective at getting the other side to listen."

Josh Dubofsky has a broad transactional practice that includes representation of public and private companies in M&A and governance matters. Clients highlight his "great strategic mind" and "remarkable grasp of issues."

Luke Bergstrom , global vice chair of the firm's M&A practice, is regarded as an "incredibly skilled" lawyer. He is active in deals in the technology, life sciences and consumer products industries. Clients say: "He is a fantastic M&A lawyer who gives practical advice in a timely way, and makes sure to fight for the right things."

Mark Bekheit is a rising star who impresses clients with his "excellent sense of the market, negotiation tactics and business judgment on what matters." He advises leading companies in M&A, joint ventures and investment deals, and has particular experience in the life sciences and technology sectors.