Press Release

Latham Further Expands New York M&A Practice Adding Third Partner in 2019

March 18, 2019
Justin Hamill brings a depth of entertainment, sports, and media industry experience.

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Justin Hamill has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in the Corporate Department and member of the Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, and Entertainment, Sports & Media Practices. Hamill advises public and private companies, investment funds, and financial institutions in negotiated and contested M&A transactions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, public and private investments, and restructurings.

Hamill has substantial experience across a broad array of industries, with a particular focus on entertainment, sports, and media. Hamill also regularly handles sophisticated transactions in the technology, financial services, consumer products, healthcare, and real estate sectors.
“We are delighted to welcome another widely respected and accomplished M&A practitioner to our New York office,” said Rich Trobman, Chair and Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins. “Justin’s arrival underscores our priority to serve clients by further growing our Mergers & Acquisitions Practice in New York. He will enhance Latham’s global platform and our ability to help clients navigate their highest-stakes transactions in an increasingly complex business environment.”

“Justin is a recognized M&A practitioner of the highest caliber and we are thrilled to welcome him to our expanding practice in New York,” said Marc Jaffe, Global Chair of Latham’s Corporate Department. “Justin is the third high-profile M&A partner to join our New York office in 2019. His arrival reflects our continued focus on expanding our premier corporate and private equity Mergers & Acquisitions Practice in New York and globally, and our steadfast commitment to evolving with our clients’ needs.” 

Joe Calabrese, Global Chair of Latham’s Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice, added: “Justin is a recognized dealmaker in the entertainment, sports, and media space, and is a tremendous addition to our team. His on-the-ground presence in New York further solidifies the national and global reach of our practice and reinforces Latham’s commitment to servicing our clients in this important sector.”

“Justin’s arrival is another exciting milestone in the continued growth of our New York office, particularly the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practices,” said Michèle Penzer, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in New York. “Justin’s deep experience and reputation for excellence will be of tremendous value to our clients.”

“I look forward to leveraging Latham’s integrated, global platform and industry focus to serve my clients,” said Hamill. “The firm has an excellent reputation globally for serving as a strategic advisor to clients on their most high-stakes transactions, and that reputation, combined with their deep industry expertise, particularly in entertainment, sports, and media, drew me to Latham.

”Latham announced in January 2019 the arrivals of Alexander Johnson and David Beller to the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practices in the firm’s New York office. Hamill, Johnson, and Beller all bring substantial experience advising on complex M&A transactions.

Hamill joins Latham & Watkins from Paul, Weiss in New York. He received his JD, cum laude, from Boston College Law School and his BA from Dartmouth College.

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins delivers innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. From a global platform, our lawyers advise clients on market-shaping transactions, high-stakes litigation and trials, and sophisticated regulatory matters. Latham is one of the world’s largest providers of pro bono services, steadfastly supports initiatives designed to advance diversity within the firm and the legal profession, and is committed to exploring and promoting environmental sustainability. 

Notes to Editors

1 Latham & Watkins operates worldwide as a limited liability partnership organized under the laws of the State of Delaware (USA) with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in France, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom and as an affiliated partnership conducting the practice in Japan. Latham & Watkins operates in Israel through a limited liability company. Latham & Watkins operates in South Korea as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Latham & Watkins works in cooperation with the Law Firm of Salman M. Al-Sudairi, a limited liability company, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.