Banking and high yield teams rank Band 1 in Chambers UK 2014. Latham is now the only firm to have a top tier ranking in banking and high yield in the UK.

London

Organizations across a range of business sectors located domestically and around the world look to Latham & Watkins’ London office to advise on some of the most significant and ground-breaking transactions and disputes.

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Latham’s clients rely on the London office’s comprehensive English, EU and US law capabilities. The office prides itself on its ability to provide outstanding legal expertise for complex projects, cases and transactions in the UK and internationally. The London team is known for quality, hard work, responsiveness and commitment to outstanding client service. Its lawyers understand clients’ business and adopt a practical approach to get the deal done or problem solved.

Strength Across Key Practice Areas

The London office comprises the following practice areas:

Latham is the top-ranked international firm in London* and advises on some of Europe’s most significant deals, including:

  • Seven of the top 10 European LBOs by deal value (Source: Thomson One) in 2013, including Scout 24, Cerved, and Armacell.
  • Advising on the acquisition financing for the €17 billion sale of SFR to Numericable. The deal is expected to be the largest-ever European leveraged buyout and included the largest-ever high yield bond offering.   
  • Advising the lenders on the US$20 billion project financing of Ichthys LNG Project,  the largest project financing ever arranged in the international finance market.
  • Advising the issuer, Mersin International Port (MIP), a joint venture between Turkey’s Akfen Holding and Singapore’s PSA International, in connection with Turkey’s first ever infrastructure bond.
  • Advising on 43 European PE deals worth US$20 billion, including Advent International’s voluntary takeover offer for European retailer Douglas Holding (Mergermarket’s “Private Equity Deal of the Year” in 2013).
  • Advising on the US$8.5 billion acquisition by Actavis of Warner Chilcott, the largest pharmaceutical deal in Western Europe in 2013.

* Latham was ranked #1 in The Lawyer Magazine’s "Top 30 International Firms in London 2014" ranking 



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The London office continues to provide pro bono advice to various individuals and organizations amounting. While participation in the firm's pro bono program is not mandatory, all firm personnel are strongly encouraged to participate in pro bono matters to the extent their skills can be utilized to serve the interests of our pro bono clients. Time spent on pro bono matters is credited to lawyers and paralegals to the same extent time is credited for any other client matter.

As the London office continues to grow, so too does its commitment to pro bono and community service, providing much-needed support to the community. Recent examples of projects in the community include:

  • Assisting the Junior League of London - The Junior League of London, a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, is a non-profit organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community. 
  • Continuing the Relationship with Learning for Life - Learning for Life is a UK registered charity working with local South Asian partners to increase the quality and provision of education to the most marginalized communities - in particular girls, refugees and the disabled.

  • Representing The Roundhouse - The Roundhouse is an internationally renowned arts venue in North London. London lawyers advised The Roundhouse in connection with its fundraising for its redevelopment as a youth performing arts venue through benefactors such as Arts Council England, the Welcome Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund and the London Development Agency.

  • Working with Redress Trust - Redress Trust is a UK-based human rights organization that seeks reparation and justice for victims of torture before the International Criminal Court.

  • Working with Rosetta Life - Rosetta Life is a charitable organization whose primary objective is to provide palliative care for hospice users through the creation of films, video diaries and other means related to issues affecting their daily lives.
  • Member of PRIME - PRIME is an organization that works to ensure fair and equal access to quality work experience for students from less privileged backgrounds. As a member of PRIME, Latham is committed to providing work experience placements for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, enabling them to learn and gain experience in a variety of capacities in the legal industry. Find out more about PRIME at www.primecommitment.org

  • Working with Centrepoint - Centerpoint is a charity in the United Kingdom that provides emergency accommodation, support, information and training to homeless young people. Its lawyers and staff provide pro bono support, mentor, carry out volunteer work and raise money for the charity. Find out more about Centrepoint at www.centrepoint.org.uk.

Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities

A multi-office team of nearly 100 Latham & Watkins lawyers and professional staff from across the firm’s offices globally conducted extensive research to prepare the 2012 edition of the “Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities” report. Conducted in conjunction with the Pro Bono Institute (PBI), the unique report is an essential resource for local practitioners, in-house teams and non-profits on pro bono practices around the world.