Public Company Representation

Latham & Watkins has the expertise companies need to operate in the public markets, as well as the requisite experience when unforeseen trouble hits.

Why Latham

Latham partners with in-house counsel and executive management to consider the legal ramifications of key business decisions and ensure compliance and best practices. For some clients, Latham acts as the primary outside legal counsel advising on day-to-day operations; while for others the firm serves as an adjunct to in-house legal departments, counseling clients in highly specialized areas of the law.

Comprehensive Expertise

Latham’s lawyers are at home in the boardroom and regularly counsel directors and senior management on legal strategies, regulatory requirements, disclosure, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and stock exchange compliance. The firm’s ranks include numerous former high-ranking SEC officials, rule makers, and enforcement lawyers, bringing a unique understanding to cutting-edge issues. The group’s senior lawyers serve as seasoned crisis counselors to corporate clients in high-risk situations, such as internal and external investigations, control contests, shareholder activism, accounting restatements, and major strategic initiatives.  

Keen industry insight about the business trends of public companies informs Latham’s counsel to corporate clients. The firm provides practical solutions on diverse legal issues including:

The firm’s Takeover Defense Practice also provides clients with advice concerning unsolicited takeover transactions and other threats to the long-term interests of stockholders.

Awards & Rankings

  • Corporate Partner Named 40 Under 40 Honoree - July 25, 2019
  • Latham & Watkins Ranked #1 for Activism Defense - July 21, 2019
  • Two West Coast Partners Named California Trailblazers - June 24, 2019
  • Houston Partner Named a Top New M&A Law Partner - April 02, 2019
  • Latham Again Named Technology Group of the Year - February 18, 2019

Corporate Board Member and FTI Consulting named Latham one of "America’s Best Corporate Law Firms" for 2014 in its annual survey of more than 500 directors and general counsel of publicly traded companies.


Webcast – Unraveling Spin-Offs: How to Successfully Execute Complex IPOs with a Sophisticated Tax OverlayPLI Webcast: Understanding the Securities Laws

Media Coverage

40 Under 40 Honoree: Leakhena MomCalifornia Trailblazer: Julian KleindorferTechnology Group of the Year: Latham


Latham Advises T-Mobile in Agreement with DISH to Divest Sprint’s Prepaid Businesses and 800 MHz Spectrum AssetsCorporate Partner Named 40 Under 40 HonoreeLatham & Watkins Ranked #1 for Activism Defense

Thought Leadership

Anticipating Activism: Implications for Your 2020 Annual Meeting of StockholdersThe Initial Public Offerings Law Review, Third Edition – France Latham & Watkins LLP and RR Donnelley: 2019 Annual Meeting Handbook

Webcasts & Podcasts

2019 Proxy Season: Lessons Learned and Coming Attractions2019 Proxy Season: Considerations for Your Proxy Statement and Preparing for Your Annual MeetingUnraveling Spin-Offs: How to Successfully Execute Complex IPOs with a Sophisticated Tax Overlay