Emerging Companies

Latham & Watkins represents private and public companies in the technology, life sciences, and other growth industries, as well as the venture capital firms and investment banks that finance the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Why Latham

Latham is a leading law firm with a significant presence in the four largest venture capital markets in the United States (US) — Silicon Valley, Boston/New England, Southern California, and New York. Latham leverages its global platform, with US, Europe, Middle East, and Asia capabilities, for the benefit of clients. In 2018, Legal 500 recognized Latham as one of the leading venture capital and emerging companies firms nationwide. Chambers USA 2018 ranked Latham’s startup and emerging companies practice nationwide as well as for venture capital work in Massachusetts and California.

Latham provides clients:

  • Cost-effective company formation
  • Strategic legal and business advice and day-to-day guidance to technology, life sciences, and cleantech companies throughout their growth stages
  • Global network of angel, venture capital, private equity, and investment banking relationships, and market knowledge
  • Extensive experience with private financings from angel, venture, and strategic investors
  • Market-leading IPO and M&A expertise
  • Seasoned public company corporate governance covering state corporation law, SEC compliance, state and federal disclosure, regulatory requirements, and shareholder communication
  • Full-service legal capabilities, including intellectual property advice, protection and litigation; commercialization of company, technology and IP assets; employment, equity, and other compensation and benefits; and regulatory and other capabilities unique to Latham’s platform

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Our Experience

Latham has closed hundreds of private company financings with aggregate value of more than US$9 billion over the last five years. Latham has strong relationships with venture capital and private equity firms as well as investment banks that are active in the technology, life sciences and cleantech industries. Latham is also the leading firm for US IPOs, both as issuer’s and underwriters’ counsel.


Awards & Rankings

  • Seven Latham Partners Named M&A Client Service All-Stars - September 20, 2021
  • Latham Named 2021 Massachusetts Regional Powerhouse - August 08, 2021
  • Bay Area Corporate Partner Named a Trailblazer-West - July 01, 2021
  • Boston Partner Recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly - May 17, 2021
  • Latham Earns Top Fintech Rankings Globally - February 10, 2021

“It’s a really great and very sophisticated firm that’s able to work with emerging tech companies."

Chambers USA 2020


2020 TechGC IPO Forum

Media Coverage

Massachusetts Powerhouse: Latham & WatkinsTrailblazer-West: Greg RousselCapital Markets Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins


Seven Latham Partners Named M&A Client Service All-StarsLatham & Watkins Advises on Sorare’s US$680 Million Series B Latham & Watkins Advises Gaia in a Cross-Border US$50 Million Series C Funding

Thought Leadership

The Latham US IPO GuideThe IPO PlaybookFinancial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings

Webcasts & Podcasts

Understanding NFTs & Their Legal ImplicationsPodcast – Fast Track to IPO: Why Are Series A Startups Snatching Topflight CFOs?Exit This Way – Alternative & Traditional Paths to Going Public: A Closer Look at SPACS