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, which brings 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.  

Latham’s counsel to corporate clients is informed by keen industry insight about the business trends of public companies. 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

  • Two Partners Among “Top 40 Under 40” in California - April 17, 2017
  • Latham Again Ranks Among “America’s Best Corporate Law Firms” - May 30, 2016
  • Firm Again Recognized as a Leading Innovator - December 10, 2015
  • Corporate Counsel and Business Leaders Rank Latham a “2015 Firm of the Year” - October 19, 2015
  • Chair and Managing Partner Bill Voge Named to “Directorship 100” - August 19, 2015

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.


PLI Webcast: Understanding the Securities Laws

Media Coverage

Top 40 Under 40: Brian J. CuneoRefreshing the BoardTrailblazers: Energy & Environmental - William N. Finnegan IV


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Thought Leadership

Tax Reform: Transaction Strategies for Uncertain Times Latham & Watkins LLP and RR Donnelley: 2017 Annual Meeting HandbookHow Directors Can Use Sustainability to Drive Value

Webcasts & Podcasts

2017 Proxy Season: Considerations for Your Proxy Statement and Preparing for Your Annual MeetingDesigning and Administering Executive and Director Compensation in Today's Challenging Environment2017 Proxy Season: Strategically Preparing for the Upcoming Season