Kristen Smith Grannis

  • Partner
  • 200 Clarendon Street
  • Boston, MA 02116
  • USA
  • T +1.617.948.6056


Kristen Grannis is a partner and Co-Chair of Latham and Watkins’ Corporate Department in the Boston office. Ms. Grannis advises private equity, growth equity, and venture firms, as well as their portfolio companies, navigating complex transactions. She regularly works with clients in the technology, retail, healthcare, life sciences, industrial, and manufacturing industries.

Ms. Grannis also guides strategic buyers and sellers as well as founder-owned businesses and their acquirers in a variety of corporate matters. She is skilled at representing clients in merger and acquisition and investment transactions, including:

  • Structured preferred equity investments
  • Growth equity and venture capital financings
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Exits

In addition to her practice, Ms. Grannis dedicates her time to pro bono efforts and serves as outside counsel to Year Up, a nonprofit that provides professional training to low-income young adults. She is also an active member of the Women’s Bar Association (WBA) in Massachusetts, serving as a current member of their Board of Directors and previously as Co-Chair of their Law Firm Advancement Committee, and the Boston Bar Association (BBA), serving as a member of their Business Transactions Committee.


Ms. Grannis has advised many leading private equity, growth equity, and venture firms, including:

  • Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing   
  • Great Hill Partners
  • Groupe Babilou SAS
  • H.I.G. Capital
  • Harvest Partners Structured Capital
  • Invus Opportunities
  • Mainspring Capital Partners
  • Monsanto Company
  • New Heritage Capital
  • Palladin Consumer Retail Partners
  • PWP Growth Equity
  • TA Associates
  • The Carlyle Group
  • TPG Sixth Street Partners
  • Vestar Capital Partners
  • Watts Water Technologies
  • WestView Capital Partners

Recognized as an Up & Coming Lawyer and commended for her ability to define herself in the “fast-paced world of mergers and acquisitions.”Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Bar Qualification
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • JD, Columbia University School of Law, 2008
    Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • BA, Cornell University, 2005
    magna cum laude
  • Healthcare Services & Providers
  • Life Sciences
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • Industrials & Manufacturing
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity