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

  • Emerging Companies Partner Named Among San Diego's 50 Influential Leaders - September 06, 2018
  • Chicago Corporate Partners Receive Emerging Leaders Award - June 27, 2018
  • Head of Latham & Watkins’ India Practice Named Dealmaker of the Year - May 15, 2018
  • Latham Ranked #1 for Activism Defense in Q1 2018 - April 30, 2018
  • Partner Cathy Birkeland Named to Chicago Business Journal Women of Influence List - April 17, 2018

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.


2019 Proxy Season: Strategically Preparing for the Upcoming SeasonPLI Webcast: Understanding the Securities Laws

Media Coverage

Rising Star: Latham's Christopher DrewryWomen of Influence: Cathy BirkelandTechnology Group of the Year: Latham & Watkins


Accomplished Corporate Partner Joins Latham & Watkins in SingaporeEmerging Companies Partner Among San Diego's 50 Influential LeadersLatham & Watkins Advises HKBN Ltd. on the Acquisition of WTT Holding Corp

Thought Leadership

Bill To Impose Gender Quotas in Boardrooms Reflects Larger TrendDesktop Staleness Calendar for 2019 OfferingsForeign Direct Investment in the United States and Europe

Webcasts & Podcasts

2018 Proxy Season: Lessons Learned and Coming AttractionsNavigating Tax Reform: A Plain English Discussion of Financing, M&A Transaction, and Disclosure Issues 2018 Proxy Season: Strategically Preparing for the Upcoming Season