Cross-border Transactions

The M&A lawyers at Latham & Watkins have been involved in deals of all levels of complexity and scale across countries and continents.

Why Latham

Latham advises on M&A transactions in virtually every part of the world, representing company clients, private equity sponsors, and significant shareholders in all types of transactions. The M&A Practice offers clients access to the vast cross-disciplinary resources that only a global law firm can provide, handling all aspects of an M&A transaction, ranging from tax and intellectual property to corporate finance and competition law and other regulatory matters.

With this depth of experience, Latham deal teams have encountered the multitude of local and cross-border issues that companies typically face throughout an M&A transaction, affording clients the efficiencies and solution-oriented counseling they demand in these complex situations.

Whether negotiating terms or clearing regulatory hurdles, Latham lawyers provide the legal counsel necessary to address legal and business uncertainties. The firm’s industry experience has enabled it to advise clients on the commercial means to minimize transactional risk as well. 

Comprehensive Expertise

Latham M&A lawyers have worked closely with in-house counsel and their teams to advise on innovative approaches to, and structuring of, issues such as:

  • Compliance with, and obtaining strategic advantage under, local corporate and takeover law regimes
  • Effective capital structures, including tailoring equity rights to meet transactional and regulatory requirements
  • Optimizing local and global tax structures
  • Executive and employee compensation, including global equity incentive plans and obligations to staff under the EU’s Acquired Rights Directive
  • Due diligence on complex, multi-party transactions and local asset transfer requirements
  • Local and international accounting and financial reporting standards

A critical component of the firm’s cross-border M&A practice is its global Antitrust & Competition Practice. The firm regularly handles complex EU, US and multi-jurisdictional antitrust and merger control matters on a coordinated basis throughout the world. Latham lawyers have represented companies in front of the European Community and national authorities in numerous international and national transactions.

Awards & Rankings

Awards & Rankings content for Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Latham Named Capital Markets Group of the Year - December 13, 2020
  • Alfred Xue Named Rising Star - November 03, 2020
  • Marc Jaffe Named Distinguished Leader by New York Law Journal - October 25, 2020
  • Firm Wins 4 Practice Honors at China Law Awards - May 20, 2020
  • Project Finance Practice Leads 2018 Year-End League Tables - March 14, 2019

Latham is a "strong choice for transactional matters across the USA, with an equally extensive footprint around the globe. Frequently represents preeminent names from a range of industries on high-value and complex corporate matters, with particular strength in M&A, private equity and venture capital."

Chambers USA 2020

Media Coverage

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Thought Leadership

The Continued Prevalence of European Covenant Lite - 2021EU Platform-to-Business Regulation Enters Into ForcePlanning for Tax Controversies Before, During and After the Deal: New Dynamics in Cross-Border M&A Under the TCJA