Emerging Companies

Latham & Watkins represents private and public companies in the technology, life sciences and cleantech 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. Dow Jones, Chambers USA, and The Legal 500 recognize Latham as a leading corporate, emerging companies, and venture capital practice in the US.

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

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

  • Latham Excels in 2017 AmLaw Corporate Scorecard - May 15, 2017
  • Two Partners Among “Top 40 Under 40” in California - April 17, 2017
  • FinTech Partner Among “Top Innovative Lawyers” - December 14, 2016
  • Firm Named “Corporate Department of the Year” in California - May 26, 2016
  • Latham Honored As “Technology Group of the Year” - January 13, 2016
“The emerging companies department is ‘excellent on all counts’, commended in particular for its ‘professionalism’, ‘responsiveness’, and ‘practicality’.” 
The Legal 500 US 2014

Media Coverage

Top 40 Under 40: Brian J. CuneoM&A Culture Helps Hone and Spread the WealthCorporate Department of the Year: Trusted Advisors - Judith Hasko


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Thought Leadership

SEC: Certain Initial Coin Offerings Are Securities OfferingsBank of England: Access to Payment Schemes for FinTech Firms What Will the New EU Prospectus Regulation Mean for Issuers?

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 Valley