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


  • Real Deals Names Latham Pan-European Legal Advisor of the Year - April 24, 2019
  • Latham & Watkins Honored with Three Awards for Middle Market Deals - April 02, 2019
  • Latham Tops M&A League Tables in Europe - April 02, 2019
  • Latham Recognized as a Leading Business Law Firm of Latin America - March 13, 2019
  • Houston Partner Recognized with Influential Women in Energy Award - February 18, 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


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

Media Coverage

Private Equity Investment in Africa's Oil and Gas Industry - Where to Now?Influential Women in Energy - Robin FredricksonPrivate Equity MVP: Latham & Watkins' David Dantzic


Firm Advises on Onex Partners V’s investment in Convex Group LimitedReal Deals Names Latham Pan-European Legal Advisor of the YearLatham & Watkins Honored with Three Awards for Middle Market Deals

Thought Leadership

Private Equity Buyers As Divestiture Buyers: US and EU PerspectivesAre Private Equity Bank Buyouts Set to Soar? 5 Antitrust Trends for Private Equity to Watch

Webcasts & Podcasts

Starting a Private Equity Fund