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Latham & Watkins LLP

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Chairman & Managing Partner: Richard M. Trobman
Number of lawyers: More than 2,700
Asia Pacific Offices: China (Beijing, Hong Konh, Shanghai), Japan (Tokyo), Singapore, South Korea (Seoul)
Europe Offices: Belgium (Brussels), France (Paris), Germany (Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich), Italy (Milan), Russia (Moscow), Spain (Madrid), UK (London)
Middle East Offices: Saudi Arabia (Riyadh), United Arab Emirates (Dubai)
US Offices: Boston, Century City, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Washington, DC
Languages: English, Hindi, Bahasa Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Kannada, and other Chinese dialects

Firm Overview:
Latham & Watkins is a leading global law firm serving multinational companies, investment banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms, start-ups, sovereign wealth funds, governments and other organisations from its 30 offices across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US. The firm is internationally renowned for its practices, having received considerable market recognition for its handling of landmark matters. Latham lawyers offer innovative solutions to complex business and legal matters. With clients in more than 75 countries and spanning numerous industry sectors, Latham lawyers are immersed in the legal, business and regulatory issues that affect its clients’ enterprises.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Leveraged Finance
Capital Markets
Data Privacy & Security
Financial Regulatory
High Yield
Litigation/Dispute Resolution/Arbitration
Technology, Media & Commercials
Private Equity
Project Development & Finance
Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts
Structured Finance & Securitisation
White Collar Defence & Investigations

Main Areas of Practice:

Latham & Watkins’ antitrust and competition lawyers in Asia work closely with lawyers worldwide to provide integrated service to clients on global compliance, cross-border merger clearance, and the local and international dimensions of competition and investigative matters in Asia.

Latham & Watkins’ lawyers in Asia represent many of the most active regional and international banks, borrowers, sponsors, financial advisors, hedge funds, leasing companies and syndicates on all forms of financing including: acquisition finance, structured and leveraged finance, and restructuring and insolvency.

Capital Markets:
Representing clients in all of the major Asian markets, including China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, Latham & Watkins’ capital markets practice is experienced in the full spectrum of debt and equity offerings from initial public offerings and Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings to private placements, debt/equity swaps and high yield transactions.

The corporate and M&A practitioners of Latham & Watkins in Asia have been advising clients in the region for more than two decades, representing them in cross-border transactions across multiple industries including the energy and power, financial services, mining and metals, retail and consumer products, Internet and digital media and telecommunications and media sectors.

The award-winning energy practice in Asia handles the full array of energy-related M&A, private equity, capital markets, project finance, regulatory, tax, environmental and litigation matters in the oil and gas, power and renewable energy sectors.

Litigation/Dispute Resolution:
Latham & Watkins’ litigation and dispute resolution practice has a strong record representing corporations, state-owned entities and states in a variety of international disputes.

Private Equity:
Clients with the most complex private equity transactions worldwide trust Latham & Watkins to provide market leading legal advice. The firm’s private equity lawyers in Asia combine deep knowledge of specific industries with sophisticated transactional expertise. The firm advises world’s largest private equity firms, mid-market private equity investors, energy funds, infrastructure funds and sovereign wealth funds.

Project Development & Finance:
Latham’s project development and finance lawyers in Asia act as lead counsel for lenders, borrowers, project companies, developers, acquirers, sellers, governments and state-related entities on projects throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The practice is known for its expertise in structuring and executing complex, multi-sourced project financings across the energy, infrastructure, mining, transport, and telecommunications sectors.

Technology, Media & Commercial:
Latham & Watkins’ technology transactions and outsourcing practice in Asia advises clients in all forms of outsourcing transactions across a range of industries.


Chairman & Managing Partner:

William H Voge

Number of partners:

More than 600

Number of lawyers:

More than 2,400


Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, among others


Latham & Watkins has offices in Barcelona, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Century City, Chicago, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, Riyadh, San Diego, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tokyo, Washington, DC.

For more information about Latham & Watkins’ offices in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, please visit

Firm Overview:

Latham & Watkins is committed to helping clients achieve their business goals and providing outstanding legal services around the world. The firm’s global platform, with more than 2,400 lawyers, is a single, integrated partnership focused on providing the most collaborative approach to client service.

The lawyers of Latham & Watkins offer:

■ Deep experience in successful enterprise-transforming transactions and in defending bet-the-company controversies

■ A solutions-based approach, providing innovative and sound commercial advice

■ Optimally sized teams underpinned by a long-standing culture geared toward establishing and nurturing long-term client relationships

Main Areas of Practice: Antitrust & Competition:

■ Provides integrated service to clients facing issues relating to in-country and cross-border merger clearance, government investigations, private antitrust matters, state aid controversies, cartel defence and rapidly changing competition issues around the world


■ Represents financial institutions, including banks, commercial finance lenders, leasing concerns, funds and insurance companies, in their most sophisticated financing and funding transactions for lenders, borrowers and purchasers

Capital Markets:

■ Represents corporate and partnership issuers, underwriters, placement agents and initial purchasers in hundreds of offerings of equity, equity-linked and debt securities globally

Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions:

■ Draws on in-depth, industry-specific experience to represent clients, the corporate and mergers and acquisitions practitioners of Latham & Watkins represent clients in complex cross-border transactions and provide day-to-day advice on corporate governance and compliance issues

Oil & Gas/Power


■ Handles a panoply of energy-related M&A, private equity, capital markets, project finance, regulatory, tax, environmental and litigation matters in the oil and gas, power and renewable energy sectors

Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts:

■ Experienced practioners advise debtors, sponsors, creditors and creditor’s committees on some of the most significant and innovative global restructurings across borders, industries and jurisdictions

Intellectual Property Litigation:

■ Helps clients shape their IP strategies, whether through litigation and trial, settlements, licensing agreements or other IP business arrangements

International / Transactional Tax:

■ Regularly handles international tax matters of all types, including planning for multinationals, structuring inbound and outbound transactions and handling international tax controversies, in addition to specialised tax planning for clients in a variety of industries

Litigation & Trial:

■ Building on a strong track record, representing corporations, state-owned enterprises and states in a variety of international and multijurisdictional disputes, including; commercial disputes, class and mass actions, white collar defence and government investigations, mass torts and securities controversies

Private Equity:

■ Advises on investments, deal structuring and financing, as well as exit strategies for large and middle market private equity funds and their portfolio companies globally. The group also represents infrastructure funds and sovereign wealth funds in a variety of transactions

Project Development & Finance:

■ Advises clients on structuring, documenting and negotiating a vast array of development and financing agreements, as well as on the issues associated with such complex projects, from commercial, energy and environmental to tax, banking and real estate law

White-Collar Defence & Investigations:

■ Provides integrated service to clients facing civil and criminal investigations. Latham lawyers, many with previous prosecutorial experience, work to secure the best possible outcome for clients - either negotiating pre-trial resolution of charges or vigorously defending against them at trial Org


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