Benefits, Compensation & Employment

Latham & Watkins provides practical advice and innovative solutions to assist clients in achieving their goals related to attracting and keeping talent and preventing costly employment disputes.

Why Latham

Helping Craft Solutions

Companies turn to Latham for legal and strategic advice on workforce and compensation matters. The Benefits, Compensation and Employment (BCE) team provides taxlitigation, and day-to-day counsel to companies and Boards of Directors on benefits, pension, compensation, and employment law issues. The team also works with clients in connection with mergers, acquisitions, outsourcings, restructurings, and other transactions.

The integrated BCE group serves as a single point of contact among relevant advisors while coordinating advice and guidance. With lawyers based in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, the group is particularly adept at implementing strategies across international borders.

Proven Expertise

Clients count on Latham to provide practical and strategic advice on the legal, regulatory, and market developments that affect their businesses. Latham’s BCE lawyers understand these developments from the perspectives of shareholders, governments, regulators, executives, employees, and bargaining representatives.

Latham has particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Executive and employee compensation, hiring, and termination issues
  • Governance and regulatory issues
  • Stock and cash based incentives
  • Pensions and employee benefits
  • Union and works council negotiations 
  • Harmonization, downsizing, and change management
  • Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims
  • Business transfers, M&A, and outsourcing

Latham’s ongoing training programs, insightful publications, and frequent webcasts provide clients with the tools they need to respond to developments and prevent problems before they arise.

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Awards & Rankings

  • Six Partners Honored as 2018 Rising Stars - July 30, 2018
  • Latham Again Named a “Powerhouse” for Litigation & Trial Work - September 13, 2017
  • Firm Named a “Powerhouse” for Wide-Ranging Litigation Work - September 22, 2016
  • Employee Benefits and Insurance Teams Receive “Awards For Excellence” - May 30, 2016
  • Latham & Watkins Named “Go-To Law Firm” by General Counsel Survey - May 11, 2014
Latham & Watkins' US Benefits, Compensation & Employment Practice was ranked Tier 1 by The Legal 500 US 2016.


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Thought Leadership

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Webcasts & Podcasts

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