October 14, 2009
Latham & Watkins received top tier rankings in the World Tax 2010 guide for its US, European, Middle East and Asia tax practices. In the US, Latham's Los Angeles practice received a Tier 1 ranking, with the guide stating: "Many competitors note the firm's 'size, breadth of practice, and the reputation of its Los Angeles-based tax lawyers.'" The Chicago practice, which ranked in Tier 2, is praised by clients for having team members with "'outstanding technical skills'" and for knowing "'what it means to take their client's business personally and how to engage their client at a commercial level.'" The Chicago tax attorneys "'are always prepared to be creative and work with us to figure out what can be done'," one client notes. Latham's New York and Washington, D.C. tax practices received recognition, with the guide describing the New York team as "'consist[ing] of smart, good tax lawyers'," while the Washington, D.C. team "continues to build strength in this region." Latham's European tax practice won praise, with the guide acknowledging the French practice's success in being "involved in a number of important transactions" and the German team for working on a deal which was "one of the most prominent and largest deals in Germany." The London team received recognition for the breadth of its clients, with the guide noting: "The advisory and transactional strengths of Latham & Watkins in London can be seen in the clients the team has advised in the past 12 months," while the Spanish team gained recognition as a new entry to the guide. Of the Middle East tax practice, the guide notes: "Latham & Watkins has been at the forefront of the tax community in the GCC for a number of years and has strengthened its practice with the opening of offices in Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai last year. The firm has grown to more than 30 lawyers in the Middle East consisting of some of the most active and strategic deal makers in the region." In Asia, Latham's China and Hong Kong practice also received recognition with International Tax Review citing "Latham & Watkins' position as a US law firm" as benefiting the Asia practice.