Private Equity

Clients with the most complex private equity transactions and litigation disputes worldwide trust Latham & Watkins to provide legal advice.

Why Latham

Sophisticated Transactional Skill

From its roots as a pioneer in private equity, Latham's lawyers have grown the practice into one of the largest in the world. The firm has dedicated private equity teams in major financial centers in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. When a client needs in-depth local knowledge and understanding of cross-border legal regimes, Latham’s global footprint ensures it has the resources necessary to structure and execute complex transactions around the world.

Some of the world’s largest private equity firms, middle market private equity investors, energy funds, infrastructure funds, and sovereign wealth funds turn to Latham for legal advice.

Industry Knowledge

Latham’s lawyers have the experience and knowledge to complete the most difficult transactions in industries, such as:

From advising on multibillion dollar “going private” transactions to structuring complex global tax efficient investment vehicles, Latham’s lawyers understand the nuances of the most sophisticated private equity deals and are able to guide clients through the most complex global regulatory environments.

Clients also value Latham’s ability to fully integrate its Private Equity Practice with a leading global Capital Markets and Leveraged Finance Practice that can access capital from any of the world’s financing centers. Latham’s Private Equity Practice includes a dedicated team of banking, mezzanine finance, and capital markets lawyers who handle financing and securities matters exclusively for fund sponsors and their portfolio companies.  

Comprehensive Expertise

Latham assists clients throughout every stage of the investment cycle, and the firm’s lawyers have comprehensive experience in every aspect of global private equity, including:

  • Acquisitions from bankruptcy and rescue investments
  • Carve-out transactions
  • Consortia arrangements
  • Cross border transactions
  • IPO exits
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Private investments in public companies

Awards & Rankings


  • Latham Named A Private Equity Practice Group of the Year - January 30, 2018
  • M&A and Private Equity Practices Top 2017 League Tables - January 25, 2018
  • Latham Advises on Three Deals of the Year in Latin America - January 17, 2018
  • Firm Advises on Three “Deals of the Year” in Asia - December 17, 2017
  • Corporate Partner Named in “50 Best Italian Lawyers” List - November 07, 2017
Latham has “strong private equity depth, a global footprint and market-leading finance.”
— Chambers Global 2015


19th Annual International Conference on Private Investment FundsPrivate Fund Compliance Forum 2017 18th Annual International Conference on Private Investment Funds

Media Coverage

Private Equity Group of the Year: Latham & WatkinsA Look Ahead: M&A Activity in 2018Best Italian Lawyers of 2017: Stefano Sciolla


Latham Advises Global Infrastructure Partners on the Acquisition of Italo – Nuovo Trasporto ViaggiatoriLatham & Watkins Advises CVC on $703 Million Acquisition of TheramexLatham Named A Private Equity Practice Group of the Year

Thought Leadership

The Recent Resurgence of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies Congress Passes Tax Reform Legislation, Implementation ImminentIncreased Flex in European Leveraged Loans Requires Care by PE Firms

Webcasts & Podcasts

Starting a Private Equity Fund