Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins’ London team combines market-leading expertise with the ideas, flexibility and commitment clients require to handle strategically important issues in markets that matter to them.

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Described as a ‘Game Changer’ by the Financial Times’ 2015 report of the most innovative European law firms, Latham’s award-winning London office is recognised for its work advising some of the world’s leading corporates, financial institutions and private equity firms on their most significant transactions and disputes.

Clients describe the firm’s lawyers as smart, commercial and pragmatic. Latham’s teams use their considerable experience, creativity and drive to get deals across the line and find resolutions to clients' most complex legal issues.

Market-leading Practices

The firm’s leading finance practice in London has earned a reputation in the market for an exceptional ability to transition seamlessly between all forms of senior and subordinated loan, bond, “bank and bond” and hybrid capital structures. The group regularly advises arrangers, lenders, sponsors and/or other borrowers on all types of leveraged and acquisition finance as well as project finance work. The practice also includes leading practitioners in derivatives and other sophisticated financial products.

Latham has market-leading experience in M&A, debt and equity financing, high yield, restructurings, recapitalisations, divestitures, data privacy and cyber security, and outsourcings. The firm offers comprehensive tax and environmental advice for complex multi-jurisdictional transactions and disputes.

The firm’s highly regarded London disputes practice boasts renowned litigators who focus on complex cross-border disputes, international and domestic litigation, civil fraud, banking litigation, international arbitration, public international law, export controls, as well as sanctions and crisis management.

Significant Deals and Disputes

Home to almost 300 lawyers, Latham is one of the top-ranked international firms in London and advises on some of Europe’s most significant deals and disputes, including:

  • Advising on more than 160 high yield offerings across Europe with an aggregate deal value of over US$121 billion during 2014/15. Latham continues to be the only firm ranked band 1 by Chambers for both Banking and High Yield
  • Representing the London Metal Exchange before the Court of Appeal in the court’s first judicial review of a recognised investment exchange’s consultation process (earning a “commended” in the FT Innovation Awards 2015)  
  • Advising on three of the top six European buyouts in 2015 by deal value (Mergermarket), including representing Hellman & Friedman on the acquisition of the entirety of Bain Capital’s interest in Securitas Direct Verisure Group, one of the largest European buyouts in 2015 and the largest deal in Hellman & Friedman’s 30-year history
  • Representing clients in more than 10% of all mergers filed with the Competition and Markets Authority in 2015