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 2019, Latham M&A lawyers handled more than US$566 billion in announced mergers and acquisitions transactions worldwide, representing principal entities or financial advisors in more than 530 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

  • Justin Hamill Named American Lawyer Dealmaker of the Year - March 23, 2020
  • Latham Named 2019 Life Sciences Group of the Year - February 12, 2020
  • M&A and Private Equity Practices Top 2019 League Tables - February 05, 2020
  • Latham Named 2019 Telecommunications Group of the Year - January 20, 2020
  • Latham Ranked a Top-4 Foreign Firm India Practice - December 18, 2019

"Latham is an excellent firm and very well coordinated internally. The lawyers provide extremely good client care, attention and responsiveness across all the international offices: Latham offers its own strong offices in the relevant jurisdictions, and in places it does not have offices it offers strong partner firms that it can influence directly in terms of performance and speed."

– Chambers Global 2019


Webcast – 2020 Vision: The Year Ahead in US Oil and Gas M&A Webcast – Outbound Investments in the United States: What You Need to Know About CFIUS and FIRRMAPLI’s Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2018

Media Coverage

Dealmaker of the Year: Justin HamillLatham & Watkins Hires Two Private Equity Partners in Boston and ChicagoLatham Advises on Another MLP Simplification Deal Worth $4B


Justin Hamill Named American Lawyer Dealmaker of the Year Latham & Watkins Advises CDH on Investment in WOW Tech Group Firm Advises DXC in Sale of US State and Local HHS Business

Thought Leadership

Impact of COVID-19 on French M&A TransactionsM&A, Valuations and Activism: Board Lessons From 2008What Co-Investors in Public Takeovers Need to Consider for Contracts

Webcasts & Podcasts

CARES Act: What Businesses Should Know2020 Vision: The Year Ahead in US Oil and Gas M&AOutbound Investments in the United States: What You Need to Know About CFIUS and FIRRMA