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

  • Fifteen Partners Receive 2020 MVP Honors - October 04, 2020
  • Latham & Watkins Earns #1 Rankings for 2020 Proxy Season Activism Defense - July 20, 2020
  • Justin Hamill Named American Lawyer Dealmaker of the Year - March 23, 2020
  • Corporate Partner Named an Elite Dealmaker of New York - September 09, 2019
  • Corporate Partner Named 40 Under 40 Honoree - July 25, 2019

Clients appreciate Latham’s “extremely good client care, attention and responsiveness across all international offices.”

– Chambers Global 2020


Webcast – 2021 Proxy Season: Strategically Preparing for the Upcoming SeasonWebcast – 2020 Proxy Season: Lessons Learned and Coming AttractionsWebcast – 2020 Proxy Season: Considerations for Your Proxy Statement and Preparing for Your Annual Meeting

Media Coverage

Dealmaker of the Year: Justin Hamill40 Under 40 Honoree: Leakhena MomCalifornia Trailblazer: Julian Kleindorfer


Fifteen Partners Receive 2020 MVP Honors from Law360Latham & Watkins Advises Harmony Biosciences Holdings, Inc. in IPOLatham & Watkins Advises Coatue Management, L.L.C. in its Acquisition of Shares of Vivint Solar Inc. from Blackstone Affiliate

Thought Leadership

Anticipating Activism: Implications for Your 2021 Annual Meeting of StockholdersDesktop Staleness Calendar for 2021 OfferingsCorporate Governance: The Growing Importance of Human Capital Management

Webcasts & Podcasts

Podcast – The ABCs of ESG: How Are Companies Going Beyond the Basics?2020 Proxy Season: Lessons Learned and Coming AttractionsBoard Lessons: 2008 vs. COVID-19