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

  • Chicago Corporate Partners Receive Emerging Leaders Award - June 27, 2018
  • Boston Partner Honored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly - May 24, 2018
  • 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

Tier 1 - Top Ranked Corporate Governance Practice 

The Legal 500 US 2017


Webcast – 2019 Proxy Season: Considerations for Your Proxy Statement and Preparing for Your Annual MeetingDesigning and Administering Executive and Director Compensation in Today's Challenging EnvironmentPLI Webcast: Understanding the Securities Laws

Media Coverage

Rising Star: Latham's Christopher DrewryBoston Partner Honored by Massachusetts Lawyers WeeklyWomen of Influence: Cathy Birkeland


Latham Successfully Protects Sinovac Biotech’s Board of DirectorsLatham & Watkins Adds M&A Partner to Expanding Practice in New YorkLatham Ranked #1 for Activism Defense in First Three Quarters of 2018

Thought Leadership

Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities OfferingsFinancial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings - US IssuersGender Diversity in Boardrooms Gains Momentum

Webcasts & Podcasts

2019 Proxy Season: Strategically Preparing for the Upcoming SeasonDesigning and Administering Executive and Director Compensation in Today's Challenging Environment2018 Proxy Season: Lessons Learned and Coming Attractions