Clients from around the world come to Latham & Watkins’ Banking Practice for strategic, focused and efficient representation on their most significant financing transactions.

Why Latham

Serving Global Financial Markets

With lawyers based throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, Latham’s global Banking Practice is among the largest of any law firm. Latham’s banking lawyers represent commercial banks, investment banks, direct lenders, and other financial institutions in their capacities as agents, arrangers, and lenders, as well as corporate borrowers and private equity firms, in structuring and executing the most complex financings across industries and around the globe.

Clients trust Latham’s banking lawyers to take a practical, business-oriented approach to achieving their objectives. Latham’s lawyers have a sophisticated understanding of the expectations and requirements of both sides to a financing transaction and provide counsel tailored to each client’s needs.

Comprehensive Expertise and Broad-based Experience

Latham represents clients in a wide variety of financings, including:

  • Asset-based loans
  • Bridge loans
  • Cash flow loans
  • Cross-border financings
  • Direct loans
  • Investment grade loans
  • Leveraged financings
  • Mezzanine financings
  • Multi-currency financings
  • First and second lien secured loans
  • Special situations
  • Syndicated loans
  • Unitranche loans
  • Working capital facilities

Latham’s banking lawyers work in tandem with members of the firm’s Capital Markets, InsolvencyMergers & Acquisitions, and other practices to develop innovative structures and to facilitate the smooth consummation of transactions. They offer clients particular strength in the context of leveraged finance, bank and bond financings, debt restructurings, and workouts.

Structuring an MLP Finance

Watch this video interview with partner Catherine Ozdogan to learn more about structuring an MLP finance.

Awards & Rankings

  • Latham Again Named a Leading Business Law Firm of Latin America - March 29, 2020
  • Chicago Partners Named to Crain’s Notable Minorities in Law List - December 17, 2019
  • Latham Again Named a Top International Firm in Latin America - December 10, 2019
  • Alfred Xue Named a Rising Star by the New York Law Journal - November 03, 2019
  • Latham Named Banking and Finance Law Firm of the Year at 2019 JUVE Awards - October 24, 2019

Latham is recognized for its "stellar banking and finance group which is regarded as one of the foremost lender-side practices in the USA" and its "extensive global footprint to offer clients a high-quality network of teams across key jurisdictions," with clients noting, "the team's scale and size are huge."

Chambers Global 2020


Webcast – Spring 2020 Revelations in Reserve-Based Loan RedeterminationsRisk Management and Regulatory Examination/Compliance Seminar

Media Coverage

Legal Lion: Latham & WatkinsLatham & Watkins scores $1B in UBS contract breach trialLatham Secures $1B Ruling for UBS in Case Over Failed Deal With Hedge Fund Manager


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Thought Leadership

SDNY: Syndicated Loans Are Not SecuritiesNavigating Debt Repurchases in Europe: What You Need to KnowUS Federal Banking Agencies Further Address COVID-19-Related Risks

Webcasts & Podcasts

Choosing a Liquidity Enhancing TransactionFunding Growth Through DebtNavigating Tax Reform: A Plain English Discussion of Financing, M&A Transaction, and Disclosure Issues