Private Equity Finance

Private Equity firms and their portfolio companies consistently turn to Latham & Watkins for counseling and representation when financing transactions.

Why Latham

Rising to the Demands of Raising Capital

Latham helps clients secure committed financing for acquisitions of private and public companies in varied contexts and industries. Latham’s global team combines practice expertise and market sensitive industry knowledge to provide clients the winning edge in their deals.

Latham lawyers are conversant with the full spectrum of financing options, including: 
  • Bank financing 
  • Securities offering 
  • Bridge lending 
  • Tax equity 
  • Mezzanine financing
  • Significant and sizeable acquisition financing, including acquisitions with a large foreign security component 
  • Secured and unsecured high-yield debt offering and equity offering
  • Asset-based lending
  • First lien/second lien and/or split lien between loans and security
A Full Service Team

Clients rely on Latham’s demonstrated expertise for issues at every stage of a private equity investment, including: 

  • Financing conditions, “certain funds” requirements, and commitment paper terms that offer clients a competitive advantage in an auction market
  • Commitment papers as part of a competitive bidding process
  • Portfolio companies’ financing needs through their entire life cycle post-closing
  • Hedging transactions, credit facility refinancing and re-pricing transactions, restructurings, accordion, and other add-on financings
  • Bank and bond consent solicitations and bond tender offers, exchange offers and initial public offerings
  • Competitive covenant packages 

Private equity firms gain efficiencies from Latham’s capabilities as a "one-stop financing shop" for transactions, regardless of country, industry, or jurisdiction.

Latham’s team approach means the same lawyers run the debt commitment papers, coordinate the finance-related provisions of the purchase agreement, lead both the bank and bond financings, and advises the portfolio company post-closing and through the exit transaction.

Awards & Rankings

  • Frankfurt Finance Partner Named Among the Most Influential Women in German Business - December 19, 2017
  • Firm Advises on Three “Southeast Asia Deals of the Year” - July 19, 2017
  • Latham & Watkins Wins “Private Equity Firm of the Year” Award in Italy - July 09, 2017
  • Italy Team Named “Equity Capital Markets Firm of the Year” - June 22, 2016
  • Latham Wins Four IFLR European Awards - April 21, 2016
“They have great experience and they're proactive and creative."
— Chambers USA 2015

Media Coverage

D.C.'s Rising Stars: Manu GayatrinathTop 20 under 40: Haim ZaltzmanL’avocat de l’année, Thomas Forschbach le capitaine d’équipe


Partner Named a Most Influential Woman in German BusinessLatham Wins Two JUVE AwardsLatham Advises Blackstone and CVC Capital Partners on the Acquisition of Paysafe Group PLC

Thought Leadership

Increased Flex in European Leveraged Loans Requires Care by PE FirmsFrench Employment and Tax Reforms Set to Boost PE BuyoutsWill New Spanish Dividend Rules Cause Pain for PE in Spain?