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

  • Latham Excels in 2017 AmLaw Corporate Scorecard - May 15, 2017
  • Two Partners Named to US-Mexico “Private Practice Powerlist” - April 24, 2017
  • Two Partners Among “Top 40 Under 40” in California - April 17, 2017
  • Multiple Partners Featured in Entertainment "Legal Impact Report" - April 12, 2017
  • Firm Named Among Leading Business Law Firms of Latin America - March 22, 2017
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


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Media Coverage

Top 40 Under 40: Brian J. CuneoPrivate Equity Group of the Year: Latham & WatkinsM&A Culture Helps Hone and Spread the Wealth


Latham Advises Digital Realty in Merger with DuPont FabrosHighly Regarded Financial Regulatory Lawyer Joins Latham in Hong KongHytera Communications Advised in Its Acquisition of Sepura Group

Thought Leadership

US Tax Reform: Strategies for Executing Transactions in the Face of UncertaintyBoard Considerations in the Face of Tax Reform UncertaintyUK Corporate Criminality Changes Lead to Review of Acquisitions

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