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

  • Latham Wins Four Notable New York Legal Awards - September 30, 2020
  • Latham Named Most Innovative Law Firm in North America for Business of Law - December 11, 2019
  • Five Partners Receive 2019 MVP Honors - November 11, 2019
  • Silicon Valley Partner Named a Women Leader in Tech Law - October 29, 2019
  • California Tech Work Earns Multiple Accolades - September 16, 2019

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

Chambers USA 2020


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Media Coverage

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Thought Leadership

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Webcasts & Podcasts

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