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 2018, Latham’s Private Equity team worked on 300 deals with a value of more than US$192 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


  • Milan Partner Again Ranked Among 50 Best Italian Lawyers - November 11, 2019
  • Three London Lawyers Recognised as Rising Stars in Private Equity - October 22, 2019
  • Houston Partner Named 2019 Texas Trailblazer - October 03, 2019
  • Corporate Partner Named an Elite Dealmaker of New York - September 09, 2019
  • Five Latham Lawyers Named 2019 Rising Stars - September 08, 2019

“Latham provides consistent quality across many disciplines, and has incredible connectedness to the market and the drive to get things done expeditiously,” according to one client.

– Chambers USA 2018


Webcast – Outbound Investments in the United States: What You Need to Know About CFIUS and FIRRMAPrivate Fund Compliance Forum 2017 18th Annual International Conference on Private Investment Funds

Media Coverage

Texas Trailblazers 2019 - Michael E. DillardRising Star: Latham's J. Cory Tull2019 Professional Excellence Awards: On the Rise- Stephen Szalkowski


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Thought Leadership

4 Key Reasons Why European P2P Deals Fail – and How Private Equity Deal Teams Can Avoid ThemBig-Ticket Fines and Veil-Piercing Cases Raise Portfolio Company Liability Risks for PE ParentsPrivate Equity in Japan: With Opportunities Come Continuing Challenges

Webcasts & Podcasts

Outbound Investments in the United States: What You Need to Know About CFIUS and FIRRMAStarting a Private Equity Fund