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


  • Latham & Watkins Ranked #1 Global M&A Legal Advisor in Q1 2021 - April 12, 2021
  • Latham Ranked Among Top Lawyers in North America Across Disciplines - March 17, 2021
  • M&A and Private Equity Practices Top 2020 League Tables - February 03, 2021
  • Three Partners Named Top Women in Dealmaking - January 26, 2021
  • Two New York Partners Named Notable Women in Law by Crain’s - January 06, 2021

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


Webcast – 2020 Vision: The Year Ahead in US Oil and Gas M&A

Media Coverage

Law Firm of the Week: Latham & WatkinsLatham's Kelly Provides Fresh PerspectiveLatham's Sheridan Works New Wave of PE and SPAC Deals


Latham & Watkins Advises Astorg in Acquisition of Corsearch from Audax Private EquityLatham & Watkins Advises Hg on Acquisition of Majority Stake in AUVESYLatham & Watkins Expands Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practices in Chicago

Thought Leadership

PE Views: Insights on the World of Private EquityCapitalizing on Renewable Energy Investments Under the Biden AdministrationThe Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review - United States

Webcasts & Podcasts

Podcast – Energy & Infrastructure: Renewables Driving Change in the Investment LandscapePodcast – Foreign Investment Controls: Are We Seeing a More Nuanced Approach to Private Equity?Podcast – The Lipstick Effect: Why Are Beauty Deals Increasingly Attractive for Private Equity?