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 2017, Latham’s Private Equity team worked on more than 280 deals with a value of more than US$176 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 Named German Law Firm of the Year - April 24, 2018
  • Latham Awarded High Yield Team of the Year for Fourth Consecutive Year - April 19, 2018
  • Seven Latham Partners Honored for Superior Client Service - March 28, 2018
  • Firm Advises on Two Award-Winning Deals in Asia - March 28, 2018
  • Latham & Watkins Named Among Top International Law Firms for Work in Greater China - March 25, 2018

Clients say "What matters to us is great execution and that's why we go to Latham."
— Chambers 2017


Private Fund Compliance Forum 2017 18th Annual International Conference on Private Investment FundsPLI Webcast: Understanding the Securities Laws

Media Coverage

Latham Eyes Real Estate Expansion With New Group Co-Chair Latham & Watkins' Ihenacho Says PE Sector Has Seen Spate of Carve-Out DealsPrivate Equity Group of the Year: Latham & Watkins


Latham Advises Carlyle Group on Sale of ADT Caps to SK Telecom and MIRALatham Named German Law Firm of the YearLatham Awarded High Yield Team of the Year for Fourth Consecutive Year

Thought Leadership

PE Firm Faces FCA Liability for Portfolio Co's Alleged MisconductIs Good Faith a Bad Choice Under English Law?Poised for Next Payments Boom

Webcasts & Podcasts

Starting a Private Equity Fund