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 2015, Latham M&A lawyers handled more than US$710 billion in announced mergers and acquisitions transactions worldwide, representing principal entities or financial advisors in more than 430 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

  • Private Equity Team Wins “Practice Group of the Year” Recognition - January 11, 2017
  • Ten Partners Honored as 2016 MVPs - January 04, 2017
  • FinTech Partner Among “Top Innovative Lawyers” - December 14, 2016
  • Global M&A Chair Named a "Rainmaker" - November 21, 2016
  • Corporate Partner Named Among Leading Italian Lawyers of 2016 - November 14, 2016
Latham & Watkins “finds solutions. Engages foreign colleagues when needed and manages everything really well, getting the right results in a very effective manner.” 

— Chambers Global 2015


Webcast: Energy Transactions Lookback & Forecast - Part II: Mergers & AcquisitionsPLI Webcast: Understanding the Securities Laws

Media Coverage

M&A Culture Helps Hone and Spread the WealthHospitality MVP: Latham & Watkins' Gary AxelrodPrivate Equity MVP: Latham & Watkins' David Brown


Latham Advises FMC Technologies in Completed Combination with Technip to Form TechnipFMCPrivate Equity Team Wins “Practice Group of the Year” RecognitionTen Partners Honored as 2016 MVPs

Thought Leadership

Boardroom Perspectives: Proxy Access – Preparing for the 2017 Proxy SeasonProsecuting Corporate Offending – A New Approach from the Serious Fraud OfficeWarranty and Indemnity Insurance – Is the Silver Bullet Beginning to Tarnish?

Webcasts & Podcasts

Energy M&A: What's Next?