Latham & Watkins LLP

Private Equity: Buyouts Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Offers a full private equity service, from purchases and financings to debt commitment and exit transactions, with strong complementary practices in areas such as tax and antitrust. Supports a reputable and diverse client base on investments in such areas as entertainment, sports and media. Regularly executes sophisticated cross-border transactions, demonstrating strong familiarity with private equity laws in critical markets across the US, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Strengths Clients comment that the lawyers are "fantastic," adding that the team has "breadth of platform so they really can handle whatever deal you bring to them."

Sources single it out as "a very strong team" in private equity with a "high-end practice."

Work highlights Advised The Carlyle Group in its acquisition of StandardAero from Veritas Capital.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Lennon
is widely admired for his consummate expertise undertaking major transactions for leading private equity firms. "He is a terrific lawyer," declare peers, adding: "We acknowledge his excellence."

Sources appreciate that
David Allinson
"does a great job" and is "effective in approaching the deal." He is commended for his strong experience across a host of transactional matters.

Sources praise
Howard Sobel
as "very smart" and a "great" practitioner. He is accomplished in managing large acquisitions, dispositions and investments on behalf of private equity sponsors.

Paul Sheridan
counsels private equity clients on transactions including significant mergers and acquisitions. Clients declare him to be "brilliant," noting that he is "very experienced in the private equity field" and "really commercial."