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

In 2019, Latham’s Private Equity team worked on more than 310 deals with a value of more than US$199 billion in announced private equity transactions worldwide. 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


  • Linzi Thomas Named in International’s Private Equity Rising Stars List - October 19, 2020
  • Latham Corporate Partner Named Texas Trailblazer - October 05, 2020
  • Latham Advises on Italian Mid Market Deal of the Year - July 26, 2020
  • Milan Partner Again Named Private Equity Lawyer of the Year - July 20, 2020
  • Milan Associate Named Private Equity Lawyer of the Year - June 25, 2020

Latham is known for its “top-tier private equity practice with deeply experienced teams in the UK, Europe and the USA” supported by a sizeable presence in Asia.

Chambers Global 2020


The Financial Executives Networking Group: Capital Markets Fireside Chat Webcast – An International Perspective: Trends in the Current Energy LandscapeWebcast – 2020 Vision: The Year Ahead in US Oil and Gas M&A

Media Coverage

Texas Trailblazer: Michael ChambersLatham Picks Up New Partners on Both CoastsThe Co-Investment Continuum: Direct and Indirect Structures that Empower LPs


Latham & Watkins Advises Activant Capital in 98point6’s US$118 Million Series E Led by L Catterton and Activant Capital to Support Rapid GrowthLatham & Watkins Advises Ares Management in US$2.4 Billion Take-Private Transaction with Front Yard ResidentialLatham Advises Ardian in its Strategic Investment in ANGUS Chemical Company from Golden Gate Capital

Thought Leadership

Private Equity Market Study, Seventh EditionEarnouts Are Rising Across Europe, But Can They Unlock COVID-19 Valuation Gaps?Healthcare AI Deals a Tonic for PE Investors

Webcasts & Podcasts

An International Perspective: Trends in the Current Energy LandscapePrivate Equity: Asia Perspectives – Episode Three: To Stakebuild or Not to StakebuildPodcast – How Does Growth Debt Fuel Startups Between Equity Rounds?