Law360 has honored the Private Equity Practice of Latham & Watkins as a 2016 “Group of the Year” in its annual recognition of law firms that “closed the big deals to make their mark among clients and throughout the legal industry,” according to the legal news service. Latham corporate deal teams led some of 2016's most complex cross-border transactions for major private equity clients that covered the full range of the market, including leading international funds and mid-market investors, as well as investors active in special industry segments. Latham’s practice also continues to stand out for its depth of knowledge and experience around the world, with dedicated private equity teams in major financial centers in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
A profile article published by Law360 about Latham’s “Group of the Year” recognition highlighted the firm’s work with Energy Capital Partners in a US$3.3 billion joint venture purchase of a portfolio of power plants, as well as representing Onex Corp. and Baring Private Equity Asia on their US$3.5 billion purchase of Thomson Reuters’ intellectual property and science unit.
As noted by Private Equity Practice Global Co-chair David Brown in the article, “Having the ability to work on deals in multiple jurisdictions, with US or foreign-based clients, along with significant expertise handling regulatory issues for companies make it possible for the firm to handle many deals completely in-house. This is a major draw for clients, and it is an extremely efficient approach.”
The award comes on the heels of Latham being honored as Mergermarket’s 2016 “European Private Equity Legal Adviser of the Year.”