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 2018, Latham M&A lawyers handled more than US$618 billion in announced mergers and acquisitions transactions worldwide, representing principal entities or financial advisors in more than 500 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 & Watkins Ranked #1 for Activism Defense - July 21, 2019
  • Latham Wins Equity and Loan Deals of the Year at IFLR Americas Awards 2019 - July 11, 2019
  • Two West Coast Partners Named California Trailblazers - June 24, 2019
  • Corporate Partners Receive Emerging Leaders Award - May 30, 2019
  • Latham & Watkins Leads Latin America M&A in Q1 2019 - April 24, 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

Events

PLI’s Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2018 Transaction Advisors M&A Panel PLI Webcast: Understanding the Securities Laws

Media Coverage

California Trailblazer: Julian KleindorferJapan's Surging Outbound M&A Shows No Sign Of SlowingQ&A: Ryan Maierson's Big Month and What It Says About the M&A Market

News

Firm Represents Financial Advisors to Viacom in CBS Combination Latham Advises Wesco in Acquisition by Affiliate of Platinum Equity Farfetch Acquires Brand Platform New Guards Group

Thought Leadership

China Introduces New Foreign Investment LawEnforceability Errors: Avoiding a Common Pitfall in NDAsUpdate on the UAE Foreign Direct Investment Law: Part 1

Webcasts & Podcasts

Key Considerations for Water Gathering and Disposal Agreements in the Oil and Gas IndustryJoint Ventures in the Oil and Gas Industry - Part II: Upstream Joint VenturesJoint Ventures in the Oil and Gas Industry - Part I: Midstream Joint Ventures