Latham & Watkins LLP

Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment (International Firms) Department

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What the team is known for An increasingly popular choice due to its longstanding experience representing regional and international funds in a wide range of private equity deals, including LBOs and take-privates. Offers in-depth sector expertise in a variety of industries, including life sciences, technology and entertainment. Able to leverage the firm's outstanding European private equity group. Frequently handles deals in jurisdictions across the region, including Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Strengths"The firm delivered on all fronts and on all stages of the deals, from term sheet stage to post-closing matters. I'm very impressed by how they deliver top-notch client service, commercial awareness and high quality of work," reports a client.

A market source highlights the firm's "strong private equity practice."

Work highlights Advised CITIC Capital as a member of the buyer consortium on the privatisation of US-listed China Biologic Products.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees single out
Amy Beckingham
as "a good operator" who "provides commercial savviness in her solutions to problems and issues." She continues to impress sources and rises in the rankings again for her impressive track record in handling cross-border investments on behalf of leading international private equity houses.

A client highlights
Frank Sun
for his "professional and efficient" approach to mandates, before going on to praise his "good technical knowledge." He moves up in the rankings this year after showcasing his transactional expertise on several inbound and outbound investments, take-privates and exits, most notably in the technology, real estate and pharmaceutical sectors.

Sources single out
Simon Cooke
for his activity on behalf of "major private equity clients," with one source noting: "He knows what he's talking about and adds value." He maintains a highly active practice, handling private equity and M&A transactions in the telecoms, life sciences and electronics sectors.