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What the team is known for

Well-regarded transactional team with a notable focus on OTC derivatives and equity-linked products. Also able to offer guidance on regulatory and enforcement issues such as Dodd-Frank developments, including the Volcker Rule. Able to draw on the firm's significant international presence when acting for clients in transactions, both on the buy side and sell side.

Strengths

"They are responsive, hard-working, and they make their senior lawyers available for calls," according to clients, who declare that "for structured equity transactions, Latham is our go-to law firm."

"The team has very good communication within itself: the whole team is always updated on requests, regardless of which individual receives the direct contact," says one impressed client, who adds: "They are well organized and keep track of the progress of documents, key discussion points and deadlines."

Interviewees attest to the fact that "it is a great team with technical expertise and strong commercial instincts, and it is very practical in finding solutions that work commercially."

Work highlights

Represented Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley in a $10 billion accelerated share repurchase for Intel Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Catherine Lee has experience advising financial institutions, including syndicates of banks, on equity-linked transactions.
"She is very efficient at handling matters, she works very hard, she always makes herself available for questions and she is very good at focusing on the details." "She is one of the hardest working lawyers I have ever had the pleasure to work with; she is never to busy to take on a new project, and she applies the same level of diligence to everything that comes in, regardless of how busy she is with other transactions - you can lean on her to execute under tight timetables."

With in-depth knowledge of the the CFTC Douglas Yatter is well respected for his enforcement practice, which sees him assist with investigations into market practices, including market spoofing.
"For enforcement and investigations he is terrific." "He understands these markets in the context of trading."

Eric Rice has a developing reputation in the derivatives market, with notable deal experience in equity-based transactions.
"He is super responsive, he is always available to take my calls and he’s smart." "He is able to make appropriate judgments, balancing urgency and risk."

Rafal Gawlowski has a broad derivatives practice, which regularly sees him advise issuer-side clients in transactions.
"He is very good and extremely knowledgeable about the product, and he gives sound and practical solutions - we really trust his advice." "He is a great manager of the team, he is a pioneer in the corporate derivatives market and he is tremendously creative in getting the unique client objectives."

Reza Mojtabaee-Zamani maintains a busy equity derivatives practice and he also demonstrates strength in equity-related transactions, such as margin loans.
"He is very good with margin loans, ASRs and capped calls. He is always very accessible, very helpful and hard-working." "Reza is a great partner who is always happy to dive in and work extremely hard to get the right outcome. His negotiation skills with really tough lawyers on the other side continue to impress me."

Witold Balaban is known for his expert counsel on complex equity derivatives, including transactions requiring bespoke structuring.
"He is an accomplished over-the-counter equity derivatives lawyer." "He is best in class and there are very few people who have been in the market as long as he has, and seen what he has seen, which was very helpful in this year of panic and stress." "Witold Balaban provides solid and thoughtful advice, and he has great knowledge of market practice."

Yvette Valdez has an impressive derivatives practice, with expert capabilities in the regulations surrounding cryptocurrency.
"She has carved out a space with cryptoassets and with firms using blockchain tech for derivatives transactions." "She is very practical, very good, a pleasure to work with and she is reliable."

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Latham & Watkins LLP

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355 South Grand Avenue

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Los Angeles

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CA 90071-1560

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Catherine Lee
Band 4
Douglas K. Yatter
Band 4
Eric Rice
Associates to watch
Rafal Gawlowski
Band 3
Reza Mojtabaee-Zamani
Up and Coming
Witold Balaban
Band 1

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