Corporate Governance

Latham & Watkins' corporate governance lawyers serve as seasoned crisis counselors to corporate clients in high-profile and often high-risk situations. The team counsels on regulation, shareholder communication, best practices and more.

Why Latham

Combining Deeply Considered Judgment with Legal Prowess

Latham’s corporate governance lawyers regularly counsel members of the board of directors, the board as a whole, and senior executives on the full range of corporate governance issues that confront companies and their leadership, including:

  • Board structure and composition
  • Duties of independent board chair or independent lead director

  • Board committee structure and composition and board committee charters

  • Senior executive and director succession planning

  • Board and board committee evaluation and self-evaluation processes

  • Enterprise risk identification and risk management

  • Senior executive and director compensation policies and planning

  • Representation of boards and board committees

  • Evolving trends and best practices for corporate governance, including review and updating of charter and bylaws

Latham’s Corporate Governance Practice is global in scope.

In addition to counseling on governance matters at the board and senior executive level, Latham’s corporate governance, securities regulation, and crisis litigation teams provide advice and support to boards and senior executives in transactional and crisis management situations, including:

  • Conflict of interest and related party transactions
  • Contested takeover contests and takeover defense

  • Director election and other proxy contests

  • Federal, state, and foreign law compliance issues

  • Foreign corrupt practices inquiries and investigations

  • Government investigations

  • Say on pay planning and execution

  • Shareholder governance proposals

  • Special board committee investigations and reports

Awards & Rankings

  • Latham Ranked #1 for Activism Defense in Q1 2018 - April 30, 2018
  • Partner Cathy Birkeland Named to Chicago Business Journal Women of Influence List - April 17, 2018
  • Latham Partners Honored for Leadership in Los Angeles - November 02, 2017
  • Washington, D.C. Partner Named to “Enforcement 40” List - November 02, 2017
  • Corporate Attorney Among “Dealmakers Elite New York” - October 01, 2017

Tier 1 - Top Ranked Corporate Governance Practice 
The Legal 500 US 2017

Events

PLI Webcast: Understanding the Securities Laws

Media Coverage

Women of Influence: Cathy BirkelandA Look Ahead: M&A Activity in 2018Corporate Department of the Year: Corporate Governance - Latham & Watkins

News

Latham Ranked #1 for Activism Defense in Q1 2018 Partner Cathy Birkeland Named to Chicago Business Journal Women of Influence ListLeading M&A Partner to Join Latham & Watkins in Düsseldorf

Thought Leadership

Latham & Watkins LLP and RR Donnelley: 2018 Annual Meeting HandbookHong Kong Companies Required to Maintain Significant Controllers RegisterDesktop Reference: 8-K Filing Events 2018

Webcasts & Podcasts

2018 Proxy Season: Considerations for Your Proxy Statement and Preparing for Your Annual Meeting Designing and Administering Executive and Director Compensation in Today's Uncertain Environment