Financial Institutions

Latham supports financial institutions across cutting-edge transactions, sensitive regulatory and legislative matters, and high-stakes disputes and litigation — in all major jurisdictions across the globe.

Why Latham

We bring together globally integrated capabilities with deep experience and familiarity with the financial services industry to help financial institutions thrive amidst rapid regulatory change and technological disruption.

We keep a finger on the pulse of the key government and industry bodies that govern financial products and services worldwide, so our clients can remain ahead of the regulatory curve. Our top-ranked practitioners cover the full range of financial institutions activities, drawing insights from colleagues who have served as high-ranking officials with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and various US Attorneys’ Offices. Our industry team routinely represents financial institutions before government regulators in the US, UK, EU, the Middle East, and Asia, and provides comprehensive counseling that combines a global, cross-border perspective with local expertise relating to banking, securities, derivatives, stock exchange matters, and other financial products and transactions.

We advise financial institutions on matters including:

  • Acquisitions, dispositions, and joint ventures
  • Bank, broker-dealer, investment adviser, and market regulation
  • Derivatives, structured products, equity-linked products, commodities, futures, and swaps
  • Investment and asset management
  • Litigation, enforcement, and compliance
  • Strategic, policy and technical advice on matters relating to regulation and conduct
  • Environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG)
  • Digital assets and blockchain technology 

Our experience with the full lifecycle of specialized financial products allows us to skillfully advise on new product assessment and development, transaction execution, on-going legal risk management (including dealing with defaults), regulatory developments, and litigation. We provide this comprehensive legal advice from virtually all the financial centers in the world to leading global and local investment banks, commercial banks, hedge funds, insurance companies, private equity firms, and exchanges. The group’s wide range of experience provides clients with a unique, full-service practice that is essential to navigate in today’s demanding and complex environment.

Awards & Rankings

  • Two Latham Lawyers Named to Financial News’ Fifty Most Influential Lawyers List - April 24, 2022
  • Milan Partner Named Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year - March 24, 2022
  • Latham Named 2021 Capital Markets Group of the Year - February 09, 2022
  • Litigation & Trial Department Among Most Honored by The American Lawyer Two Years Running - January 02, 2022
  • London Partner David Walker Recognized in 50 Most Influential in Private Equity List - December 05, 2021

Latham “impresses with its 'breadth and depth of knowledge', and is able to tap into significant international financial services regulatory expertise as a result of having lawyers based in key financial centres.”

– The Legal 500 US 2019

Media Coverage

Latham Adds Emerging Companies Partner In DCCapital Markets Group Of The Year: LathamCrisis Leadership Trailblazer: Christopher Clark


Latham & Watkins Expands Insurance Transactional Practice in New York Latham Advises Elwood Technologies on its US$70 Million Series ALatham Advises The Chainsmokers on Groundbreaking NFT Transaction

Thought Leadership

The Latham US IPO GuideNon-Fungible Tokens (NFT) ResourcesPrivate Capital Insights - Spring 2022

Webcasts & Podcasts

Podcast – Fintech Focus: The Year in Crypto – What Changed and What Comes Next in 2022?Podcast – Fintech Focus: What’s Next for Hong Kong and Singapore in 2022?A Look Ahead at the Biden Administration’s Regulatory and Enforcement Priorities