Enterprise Systems

Cloud computing and new software services and delivery structures are disrupting traditional approaches to implementing and maintaining enterprise systems. Latham & Watkins will work with clients' IT departments to manage, upgrade, and sometimes replace those enterprise systems.

Why Latham

Latham understands that procuring and implementing, as well as managing maintenance and upgrades to enterprise systems, is an ongoing exercise in risk management, particularly with respect to managing time, budget, and functionality expectations from key stakeholders. Such risks are compounded by routine use of vague and poorly drafted vendor agreements, which transfer risk to the customer and provide limited transparency and control over the costs payable by the customer.

Latham has the expertise and experience to ensure that clients' vendor agreements minimize risk and provide the tools, mechanisms, and protection needed to implement, maintain, and upgrade enterprise systems.

Latham’s technology transactions lawyers can assist clients in procuring and negotiating agreements across the full spectrum of enterprise systems, including:

  • Business intelligence (BI)
  • Customer relationship management (CRM)
  • Enterprise databases
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • Human resource management (HRM)
  • Supply chain management (SCM)

The firm also has experience in procuring and negotiating agreements for industry-specific enterprise systems in the aviation, financial services, and retail sectors.

Latham advises and supports clients through every step of the transaction, from strategy development, to going-to-market, contract signature, ongoing contract management and, if necessary, dispute resolution. The firm's experienced practitioners and award-winning tools help clients structure an outcome that is robust, flexible, and easy to manage throughout the life of the deal. Across diverse sectors, including government, financial services, aviation and transport, logistics, manufacturing, telecommunications, pharma, oil and gas and natural resources, clients engage Latham lawyers to help develop strategic sourcing strategies while adopting Latham methodology as standard.

Whether clients are engaged in first generation procurement or renegotiating or working out of existing vendor relationships, Latham tailors the firm's support to clients' needs and budget, ensuring clients always have the benefit of Latham's industry experience and best practice. Latham lawyers align themselves with the client's business, and function as an extension of the client's in-house legal team to deliver practical solutions to complex transactions, efficiently. 

Our Experience

Awards & Rankings

  • Latham Excels in 2017 AmLaw Corporate Scorecard - May 15, 2017
  • Partners Recognized for Client Service Excellence - February 06, 2017
  • Corporate Leaders Rank Latham as a Leading Law Firm for Client Service - November 30, 2016
  • Latham Earns Top Rankings in 2016 Corporate Scorecard - April 10, 2016
  • Latham Honored As “Technology Group of the Year” - January 13, 2016

Sources highlight the team’s “insights into industry practice” and “strength in depth at both senior and junior levels,” incuding “great young yet experienced talent" and “strong partner leadership.”

Chambers Global 2020

Media Coverage

Technology Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins


Firm Named “Corporate Department of the Year” in California

Thought Leadership

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