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 Named 2020 Law Firm of the Year - November 30, 2020
  • Latham Named International Firm of the Year at Philippine Law Awards - November 29, 2020
  • Latham Among Finalists for Five American Lawyer Industry Awards - November 09, 2020
  • Alfred Xue Named Rising Star - November 03, 2020
  • Two Partners Honored as California Trailblazers - October 06, 2020

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

Todd Beauchamp Named to Global Banking Regulation Review’s 45 under 45 ListRising Star: Alfred XueTexas Trailblazer: Michael Chambers


Latham Named 2020 Law Firm of the YearLatham Named International Firm of the Year at Philippine Law AwardsLatham and The Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi Advise on the Update of Saudi Aramco’s GMTN Programme and US$8 Billion Notes Issuance

Thought Leadership

Chambers Global Practice Guide 2020: Banking & Finance – SpainSingapore: MAS Issues New Accountability Guidelines for Senior ManagementSingapore: New Best Execution Requirements

Webcasts & Podcasts

LIBOR to SOFR TransitionSpring 2020 Revelations in Reserve-Based Loan RedeterminationsPrivate Equity: Asia Perspectives - Episode One: Choosing a Liquidity Enhancing Transaction