Managing Partner: Jay Sadanandan
Number of partners: 101
Assistant solicitors: 294
Africa Practice: Kem Ihenacho, Clement Fondufe
Antitrust & Competition: John D. Colahan
Banking & Leveraged Finance: Sam Hamilton
Benefits, Compensation & Employment: Stephen Brown
Capital Markets: Lene Malthasen, James Innes
Derivatives: Dean Naumowicz
Entertainment, Sports & Media: Libby Savill
Environment, Land & Resources: Paul Davies
Financial Regulatory: Rob Moulton
High Yield: Brett Cassidy
Intellectual Property: Deborah Kirk
International Arbitration: Sophie Lamb
Investment Funds: Nick Benson
Litigation & Trial: Oliver Browne, Martin Davies
Mergers & Acquisitions: Nick Cline, Robbie McLaren
Oil & Gas: Simon Tysoe
Private Equity: David Walker
Project Development & Finance: Craig Nethercott
Real Estate: Jeremy Trinder
Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts: John Houghton, Simon Baskerville
Structured Finance: Sanjev Warna-kula-suriya
Tax: Sean Finn
Technology & Outsourcing: Andrew Moyle
THE FIRM Latham & Watkins is a leading international law firm serving multinational companies, startups, investment banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds, governments, and other organisations. The firm’s global platform spans Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the US, and consists of internationally recognised practices across a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Central to the firm’s international strength, Latham boasts a market-leading London office recognised for handling of complex cross-border matters for world-leading clients.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Banking & Leveraged Finance:
Latham has a leading finance practice, with unparalleled ability and strength to deal with all parts of the debt capital structure regardless of whether the main governing law is English, New York, French, German, Italian, Russian, or Spanish. The group regularly advises arrangers, lenders, sponsors and/or other borrowers on all types of leveraged and acquisition finance, whether senior in all of its forms, including covenant lite, mezzanine, second lien, unitranche, bond, ‘bank and bond’, or other hybrid products.
Capital Markets: Latham is one of the world’s most active capital markets firms. The group has vast experience representing underwriters and issuers in debt and equity financing transactions, and is recognised as a market leader in high-yield debt work. Latham’s lawyers handle rights offerings, IPOs, eurobond financings, senior note offerings, high-yield, senior secured debt, and other global equity and debt-related issues.
Derivatives: Latham’s practice is both transactional and advisory and the group acts for both financial institutions and non-financial corporate clients with respect to the full range of over-the-counter (OTC) and exchange-traded derivative products.
Litigation & Trial: Latham’s London litigation and trial department has a deep bench of market-leading specialists (including experienced advocates) in complex litigation, international arbitration, public international law and investment treaty disputes, intellectual property, antitrust/competition, and white-collar crime. The London team advises clients on their most challenging international disputes and investigations as an integral part of the firm’s global disputes practice.
EU & Competition: Latham’s premier competition law team in Europe operates at both EU and Member State levels. In London, Latham has an extensive merger control and antitrust practice. Latham’s London team is one of the few firms with a market leading criminal cartel defence and civil antitrust litigation experience.
M&A & Private Equity: The group is at the centre of M&A and investment activity, representing deal makers in complex and time-sensitive transactions. Latham’s private equity practice advises on all aspects of investments, representing fund sponsors and investors.
Project Development & Finance: Consistently ranked amongst the world’s top global projects firms, Latham’s lawyers have represented sponsors, lenders (including ECAs, IFIs, conventional, and Islamic debt providers) and governments in more than 1,000 projects over the last 20 years.
Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts: The top-ranking practice represents debtors and creditors on workouts, restructurings and insolvencies. Latham is one of the few firms combining finance capabilities and in-depth knowledge of the high-yield bond and private placement markets, with comprehensive crossborder restructuring expertise.
Structured Finance: A diverse practice representing financial institutions and issuers on complex and ground-breaking structured finance transactions across a wide spectrum of asset types, with specialist advice on Basel II and the new Basel III framework.
Tax: Latham offers integrated, multi-jurisdictional tax capabilities, developing practical solutions to complex international tax problems, including advising on cross-border M&A, private equity and securities offerings, planning for multinationals and international tax controversies.
Technology & Outsourcing: Recognised for the strength of its legal and commercial expertise in IT and outsourcings, the team also counsels leading clients in relation to the acquisition, development, protection, exploitation, licensing, and sale of technology.
Financial Regulatory: Latham’s UK financial regulatory team includes some of the most respected practitioners in the country. The team advises leading banks and other financial institutions on a wide range of regulatory, risk management, and compliance issues, as well as on domestic and cross-border enforcement proceedings and regulatory investigations, drawing on a comprehensive understanding of financial markets as well as domestic and international financial regulations.