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Latham & Watkins LLP

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Number of partners worldwide: 758/more than 700
Number of lawyers worldwide: more than 2,600

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 2,600 lawyers, consists of 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:
Latham’s antitrust and competition practice provides integrated service to clients facing issues relating to in-country and cross-border merger clearance and cartel defense. The team offers skills in litigation, government investigations and private antitrust matters.

Latham’s banking practice handles 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.

Capital Markets:
Latham represents corporate and partnership issuers, underwriters, placement agents, and initial purchasers in hundreds of offerings of equity, equity-linked, and debt securities for US and international clients.

Energy - Oil & Gas, Power:
Latham 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.

Environment, Land & Resources:
Latham has one of the most respected environment, land, and resources practices in the US, with experience in all aspects of environmental, energy, land use, and natural resource law. Latham lawyers have been at the forefront of many of the most significant environmental and resource litigation and regulatory developments.

Intellectual Property Litigation:
Latham’s combination of intellectual property experience, resources, and geographic reach assists clients as they acquire, manage, license, develop, and defend their intellectual property rights in all forms.

Litigation & Trial:
Latham’s litigation and trial practice is renowned for being able to try complex cases with multibillion dollar exposures, and is frequently retained in the late stages of litigation to do just that. Latham provides sound preventative advice and effective crisis management. The team has the US and global footprint and cross-disciplinary and multijurisdictional knowledge that clients require.

Latham garners market recognition in the US and around the globe for involvement in cross-border M&A and corporate transactions, handling enterprise-transforming deals for a wide range of clients. The firm provides clients with unique resources and knowledge when executing complex, multijurisdictional transactions, and providing day-to-day advice on corporate governance and compliance issues.

Private Equity:
Latham advises on investments, deal structuring, and financing, as well as exit strategies for large and middle market private equity funds and their portfolio companies. The group is fully integrated with lawyers who focus on competition, executive compensation, tax, and employee benefits covering numerous sectors.

Project Development & Finance:
The firm’s global team of project finance lawyers has the knowledge and experience to advise on structuring, documenting, and negotiating a vast array of development and financing agreements, as well as the related issues — from commercial, energy, and environmental issues to tax, banking, and real estate law.

Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts:
Latham is a leading global adviser in complex corporate insolvencies, restructurings, and workouts. A roster of experienced practitioners advise debtors, sponsors, creditors, and creditors’ committees on some of the most significant and innovative restructurings across a wide range of industries and jurisdictions.

Supreme Court & Appellate:
The internationally renowned lawyers of Latham’s Supreme Court and appellate practice handle a variety of cases before the US Supreme Court, US federal circuits, and state appellate courts.

Latham lawyers regularly handle tax matters of all types, including planning for multinational corporations, structuring inbound and outbound business and real estate investments, or handling tax controversies before the US IRS and other tax authorities. The group also carries out sophisticated tax planning related to complex transactions.

White Collar Defense & Investigations:
Many members of Latham’s team have previous prosecutorial experience, enabling them to secure the best possible outcome for clients facing civil and criminal investigations, and in compliance matters.

With clients in more than 75 countries, Latham lawyers are immersed in the issues that affect clients’ enterprises, in numerous industries, including: aerospace and defense; 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; real estate; REITs; and semiconductors.


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