Technology

Latham’s global tech platform scales to meet the needs and ambitions of our clients, so they can make faster, smarter, and stronger moves.

Why Latham

Latham combines an unrivaled global platform with deep tech experience — serving clients from Silicon Valley to Hong Kong, garages to boardrooms, scaling to meet each client’s unique needs and ambitions. We understand the tech sector’s evolving complexities and opportunities, which allows us to deftly guide clients through legal and commercial challenges on the path to achieving their goals.

We advise startups, tech giants, traditional businesses transforming through technology, and the investment banks, venture capital firms, and private equity sponsors that serve them. We consistently deliver deep sector knowledge, legal expertise, as well as commercial and government insights.

We draw on our widely recognized market-leading capabilities in key areas, including venture capital, capital markets, M&A, data privacy and security, IP litigation, and public company representation to help clients deliver on their vision. Our representative client work includes:

Market-shaping deals

We routinely advise on the corporate transactions that re-define the industry. In 2020, we took more tech companies public in the US than any other law firm, including:

  • Vroom in its US$500 million IPO
  • GoHealth in its US$914 million IPO 

We also advised on more M&A deals by value than any other law firm in 2020, including:

  • NVIDIA on its US$40 billion acquisition of Arm, the largest semiconductor deal in history
  • Advanced Micro Devices on its US$35 billion all-stock bid for Xilinx
  • Slack in its acquisition by Salesforce.com for US$27.7 billion 
Industry-defining regulatory and courtroom victories

We help all stakeholders — from boards to product teams — navigate increasingly complex regulatory issues and win the precedent-setting disputes that define the industry landscape. Such matters include representing:

  • Facebook in the abuse of dominance probe by the German Federal Cartel Office relating to the interplay between privacy rules and antitrust law.
  • LG Energy Solution in a dispute with a competitor involving automotive electric vehicle batteries, which resulted in a US$1.8 billion settlement, one of the largest trade secret settlements ever.
  • Spotify in a landmark victory related to streaming royalties. This represented the first time an appellate court has ever vacated a royalty determination.

Our clients have complex needs, and we’re there with them at every step, anticipating the unexpected, and ready to rise to any challenge.

Our Experience

Awards & Rankings

  • Trio Honored as Women of Influence in San Diego - June 27, 2022
  • New York and Boston Partners Named Northeast Trailblazers - May 30, 2022
  • Two Bay Area Partners Again Named Top IP Lawyers in California - May 03, 2022
  • Three Partners Named to Cybersecurity Docket’s 2022 Incident Response 40 List - April 25, 2022
  • Latham & Watkins Advises on Asia’s 2021 High Yield Bond of the Year - April 14, 2022

Latham “provides an impressive, well-integrated team across its global offices and is praised for consistently excelling across multiple practice areas and sectors, while delivering an internationally orientated approach and comprehensive global support.”

Chambers Global 2020

Media Coverage

Women of Influence in Law – Ann Buckingham 7th Circ. Axes Software Co.'s Trade Secret Row Arbitration BidNortheast Trailblazers: Emily Taylor

News

Latham Advises Octopus Ventures on Touchlab’s Seed RoundLatham Advises Octopus Ventures on Merge’s Seed RoundLatham & Watkins Advises Siemens in Acquisition of Brightly Software

Thought Leadership

CJEU AG Sets High Bar for Responses to Data Subject Access Requests The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review – 12th Edition, Saudi Arabia ChapterThe Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review – 12th Edition, UK Chapter

Webcasts & Podcasts

Podcast – PE Views: Is Gaming the Next Level for Private Equity?Podcast – Healthcare Tech: How Are Licensing Agreements Bridging the Industry Divide?Podcast – Healthcare Tech: How Will the FDA Regulatory Framework Adapt to AI?