Mergers & Acquisitions

The M&A Practice advises on transactions worldwide, offering clients the resources of a global firm, while maintaining an on-the-ground understanding of substantive legal matters, local markets and industry-specific issues.

Why Latham

Assisting Clients as They Face the Challenges of Global M&A

In 2016, Latham M&A lawyers handled more than US$306 billion in announced mergers and acquisitions transactions worldwide, representing principal entities or financial advisors in more than 460 public and private transactions.

Latham M&A lawyers are experienced in acquisitions and dispositions in a wide range of industries, including those that are highly regulated. The firm’s industry acumen is broad and deep, and reflects the strengths of Latham’s M&A Practice as a whole, as well as the firm’s leading corporate finance, regulatory, and controversy practices.

The firm’s M&A clients include:

  • Public and private companies, ranging from Fortune 100 and multinational corporations to emerging companies
  • Private equity and other financial sponsors, including venture capital and sovereign wealth funds
  • Boards of directors and their special committees
  • Financial advisors
Comprehensive Expertise

The firm’s M&A lawyers participate in transactions in virtually every part of the world. By leveraging the full capabilities of Latham’s offices worldwide, the Latham M&A lawyers handle effectively even the most complex, cross-jurisdictional deals. 

The firm’s lawyers participate in all types of M&A transactions on a global basis, including:

The firm has vast experience representing companies in negotiated and contested M&A matters in a wide variety of contexts, including competitive auctions, exclusive transactions, club deals, carve-outs, and joint ventures.

A key component of the firm’s company M&A Practice is its broad understanding of the corporate governance aspects of transactions. Latham's M&A corporate and litigation teams effectively counsel boards of directors in difficult and sensitive situations, with particular expertise providing defense advice to public companies.

Awards & Rankings

  • Los Angeles Partners Honored as Influential Leaders - July 30, 2017
  • Firm Advises on Three “Southeast Asia Deals of the Year” - July 19, 2017
  • "Rising Stars" Honored for Legal Excellence - July 18, 2017
  • Latham & Watkins Wins “Private Equity Firm of the Year” Award in Italy - July 09, 2017
  • Maria Cristina Storchi Named to “Best Italian Women Lawyers” List - July 05, 2017
“When we do higher-value deals they seem to be the firm we go to. The deals of significant importance  real deals, big deals and important deals  they do a great job on those.”  
– Chambers USA 2017


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Media Coverage

Rising Star: Latham's Alexandra Croswell KellyRising Star: Latham's Chad RolstonTop 40 Under 40: Brian J. Cuneo


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Thought Leadership

PRI’s Private Equity Terms Guidance Focuses on ESG Factors Why Recent Legal Developments Matter to Buyout FirmsThree Fund Issues That Can Unexpectedly Impact Portfolio Company Investments

Webcasts & Podcasts

Achieving Successful Outcomes as a Non-US Company Investing in or Acquiring Technology Companies in Silicon ValleyAchieving Successful Outcomes as an Asian Company Investing in or Acquiring Technology Companies in Silicon ValleyEnergy Transactions Lookback & Forecast: A Two-Part Series – Part II: M&A