Industrials & Manufacturing

Latham’s lawyers have a deep understanding of the industrials and manufacturing sectors, advising on some of the most prominent and sophisticated deals in the market.

Why Latham

Dedicated to Serving Industry Leaders Globally

Latham’s global Industrials & Manufacturing Industry Group has a strong track record in this wealth-producing and highly competitive industry. This group understands the structural changes and unique business and legal challenges clients face. The team’s comprehensive experience and multidisciplinary approach provides clients with results-oriented representation. Latham’s team includes seasoned industry practitioners in the US, European, UK, Asian and Middle East offices.

From local manufacturing businesses to multinational, Fortune 1000 industrial corporations and their financial advisors, clients rely heavily on Latham’s vision and market-leading representation. The group represents clients across the industry as well as investment banks and lenders to such companies, with focus in the following sectors, among many other areas:

  • Building materials
  • Chemical manufacturers, processors and users
  • Commercial and consumer product production
  • Engine manufacturing
  • Forest products
  • Fabricated metal
  • Glass tableware
  • Heavy equipment
  • Machinery
  • Paper and paper products manufacturing
  • Pesticide manufacturing
  • Precision electronic hardware 
  • Pumps and other industrial components
  • Racing components 
  • Transportation equipment
A Comprehensive Practice

Latham actively advises industry clients in all aspects of their business, including:

Our Experience

Latham’s lawyers have comprehensive experience in the range of transactions and other projects that arise along the supply chain process. Some of the most recent high-profile engagements on which Latham lawyers have been involved include:

  • Allison Transmission, Inc., a manufacturer of automatic transmissions, in connection with its US$690 million Initial Public Offering
  • BC Partners and The Carlyle Group in its US$3.46 billion acquisition of Hamilton Sundstrand Industrial, a manufacturer of industrial pumps and compressors
  • Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) in its US$1.12 billion acquisition of Capital Safety Group Limited, a UK-based manufacturer and designer of height safety and fall protection equipment
  • Onex Corporation in its €$600 million acquisition of KraussMaffei AG, one of the world's leading manufacturers of machinery for processing plastics
  • US$4.5 billion acquisition of Tognum AG, a German engine manufacturer, by joint venture partners Daimler AG and Rolls Royce Group plc.
  • Georgia-Pacific LLC in connection with a US$1.5 billion CERCLA allocation case arising from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) contamination of Wisconsin's Lower Fox River
  • JELD-WEN, Inc., an international manufacturer of wood products, in an infringement action brought by Masonite Corporation in the US District Court for the District of Delaware related to a process for manufacturing molded door skins
  • Watts Water Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of plumbing products, regarding new state (California, Vermont, Maryland and Louisiana) and federal (the 2011 Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, amending the federal Safe Drinking Water Act) laws limiting the content of lead contained in plumbing products that convey and dispense potable water for human consumption

Awards & Rankings

  • Latham Teams Advise on Five Restructuring Deals of the Year - February 22, 2017

Latham’s Industrials & Manufacturing Group advises clients on complex legal issues and avoidance of risks that flourish in this industry.

Media Coverage

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News

Latham & Watkins Adds Leading Mergers & Acquisitions Partner Latham Advises The Carlyle Group on €10.1bn Acquisition of AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals Business Firm Expands Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice with New Hire

Thought Leadership

CFIUS Pilot Program Makes Notifications Mandatory for Specific Areas of Critical Technology Why the UN Sustainable Development Goals Matter to ClientsThe Quagmire Created by National Association of Manufacturers v. DOD