Latham & Watkins LLP

Tax Department

New York
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What the team is known for A popular choice of counsel for optimizing international and domestic deals, working in conjunction with the firm's leading corporate team. An enviable client roster that includes large multinational technology companies and financial institutions. Experienced in applying tax strategies to financing and capital markets offerings as well as M&A. Additionally noted for its expertise in REIT and partnership-related tax matters.

Strengths A source comments: "They have bench strength around the country and their market knowledge is superior to many tax departments."

"They have a in-depth knowledge of the tax law, particularly when it comes to international tax,"reports one client, adding: 'They have the ability to think outside the box and come up with good solutions."

Another interviewee appreciates the firm's "prompt, honest, reliable service."

Work highlights Represented The Carlyle Group in the $12.6 billion acquisition and financing of AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business with GIC Private Limited.

Notable practitioners


David Raab
is a well-regarded tax practitioner with notable experience representing private equity firms, global corporates and REITs in corporate transactions. "He has a deep understanding of the code and approaches it with a business acumen that works for both sides of the equation and tries to get a reasonable resolution,"reports one interviewee. Another comments: "He's very calm, even in stressful situations, and he's a wise adviser who has seen a lot of transactions."


Jiyeon Lee-Lim
is highly respected among commentators for being "oneof the best capital markets tax lawyers in the world" and a "thought leader in the finance space." She is sought out for her market-leading expertise in the tax aspects of capital markets transactions. "She's excellent," enthuses one peer, adding: "She knows the technical rules, she advises clients well and she knows how business works." Another reports that "she's smart, a creative thinker and she's very good at analyzing financial products issues."


Lisa Watts
comes recommended for her skilled handling of the tax elements of corporate transactions, including acquisitions, sales, joint ventures and investment structurings. "She advocates well for her clients, she's commercial in addressing issues and she's a pleasure to work with," notes an interviewee. She is also highlighted for her expertise in the private equity space.