Number of partners worldwide: More than 670
Number of lawyers worldwide: More than 2,600
European Offices: Barcelona, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Paris, and Rome
Latham & Watkins offers clients across the globe innovative legal services and solutions to their most complex business issues and disputes. Clients rely on Latham for robust transactional, corporate, litigation, and regulatory advice and representation. Since 1934, the firm has expanded into a global legal powerhouse, a “one firm” firm embodying a culture of collaboration. Today, more than 2,600 Latham lawyers in more than 30 offices in the world’s major financial centers deliver seamless, top quality client service.
Main Areas of Practice:
Latham’s antitrust and competition team provides integrated service to clients facing issues related to domestic and cross-border merger clearance, state aid controversies, cartel defense, and rapidly changing competition issues in the EU and beyond. The team offers unrivalled skill in litigation, government investigations, and private antitrust matters in diverse industry sectors.
Latham’s banking group handles a variety of sophisticated financing and funding transactions for lenders, borrowers, and purchasers. The firm represents market-leading financial institutions and financial services providers, including banks, commercial finance lenders, leasing concerns, funds, and insurance companies.
Latham’s highly regarded capital markets practice annually represents corporate and partnership issuers, underwriters, placement agents, and initial purchasers in hundreds of offerings of equity, equity-linked, and debt securities globally.
The firm has consistently garnered market recognition around the globe for the involvement in many of the most important cross-border M&A and corporate transactions, handling numerous deals for a wide variety of clients. Latham’s in-depth and industry-specific experience provides clients with unique resources and knowledge when executing complex, cross-jurisdictional transactions. The firm also provides representation and day-to-day advice to clients on corporate governance and compliance issues.
Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts:
Lathams’ leading global legal advisers handle complex international corporate insolvencies, restructurings, and workouts. With an international roster of experienced practitioners the firm advises debtors, sponsors, creditors, and creditors’ committees on some of the most significant and innovative restructurings across countries, industries, and jurisdictions.
Intellectual Property Litigation:
The firm leverages a wealth of intellectual property experience, resources, and global geographic reach to assist clients as they acquire, manage, license, develop, and defend their intellectual property rights in all forms. Latham’s intellectual property litigation lawyers draw on significant experience in intellectual property counseling, transactions, and litigation.
Latham & Watkins regularly advises multinationals on international tax matters of all types, including planning, structuring inbound and outbound transactions, and handling international tax controversies before the US Internal Revenue Service, EU tribunals, and tax authorities in France, Germany, Spain, and the UK. The group also carries out tax planning involving transfer pricing and tax credits for clients from a broad spectrum of industries.
Litigation & Trial/International Arbitration:
The firm’s internationally recognised litigation and trial and international arbitration practices handle multijurisdictional commercial disputes, class actions, white collar and government investigations, mass actions and securities controversies. Additionally, Latham’s international arbitration practice has established a strong record of successfully representing corporations, state-owned entities, and states in a variety of international disputes.
Latham’s private equity practice lawyers advise 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 on a full spectrum of transactions.
Project Development & Finance:
The firm’s lawyers draw on broad experience with the issues surrounding project development and project financings to assist clients throughout every stage of large infrastructure projects. In addition to advising on structuring, documenting, and negotiating development and financing agreements, Latham’s global team addresses the myriad related issues, ranging from commercial, energy, and environmental issues to tax, restructuring, and real estate law.
Latham’s technology transactions practice advises on many of the largest information technology and outsourcing deals in the market. The team has earned a reputation as leader in the field, for skillfully advising clients on complex technology transactions, including acquisition, development, integration, and sale of technology. The team offers extensive experience with all forms of IT, telecommunications, and business process outsourcing transactions and renegotiations, workouts, and terminations.
The firm advises clients on the international aspects of high-profile and enterprise-transforming matters. Latham’s deep experience in global financial, business, and regulatory centres positions the firm well to respond to clients’ complex, multijurisdictional deals and high-stakes, bet-the-company disputes. Across jurisdictions, practices, and industries, the firm focuses on collaborating, drawing upon deep subject matter knowledge and maintaining the firm’s tradition of creative and commercial counsel to ensure clients succeed.
The firm serves clients in more than 75 countries, Latham lawyers immerse themselves in the legal, commercial, and regulatory issues that affect the firm’s clients’ enterprises. The clients are often market leaders in their industries, including aerospace and defence; automotive; cleantech; communications; energy, in particular in the oil, gas, and power sectors; financial institutions; healthcare; hospitality and gaming; industrials and manufacturing; information technology; life sciences and pharmaceuticals; mining and metals; real estate; REITs; retail; and semiconductors.