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Latham & Watkins Launches Virtual Experience Program on Banking Law

June 30, 2020
Complimentary program on Forage offers business, academic, and legal community opportunity to execute hypothetical acquisition financing and learn more about working at a global law firm.

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce the launch of the firm’s Virtual Experience Program (VEP) on banking law. The complimentary virtual program hosted on Forage2, an innovative, open-access platform that connects users with companies and law firms, gives the business, academic, and legal community the opportunity to represent a lender in executing a hypothetical acquisition financing and learn more about the nature of work at a global law firm. Participants will identify issues in a purchase agreement, draft a closing checklist, and review and comment on final deliverables.

Dan Seale, Global Chair of Latham’s Banking Practice, said: “The Virtual Experience Program provides students and anyone interested in banking law the exciting opportunity to gain ‘life like’ exposure to the legal issues surrounding a financing. We are proud to have one of the world’s leading banking practices, and offering this program underscores our commitment to fostering the next-generation of talented lawyers.”

With the launch of the Banking VEP, Latham now offers four VEPs on Forage: M&A, White Collar, Emerging Companies, and Banking. Each program immerses participants in navigating legal issues in a transaction or litigation matter.

“Our Virtual Experience Program helps demystify big law, offering a rare window into the work of a corporate attorney. We hope that by making this freely available to anyone, we can inspire young people who are curious about a career in the law,” said Abid R. Qureshi, Global Chair of Latham’s Recruiting Committee.

Latham’s top-tier global Banking Practice represents 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. Latham advises on hundreds of financings valued at hundreds of billions of dollars each year. To learn more about our Banking Practice and careers at Latham, visit

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 South Korea as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Latham & Watkins works in cooperation with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

2 When this program was launched our partner was known as InsideSherpa, they have since changed their name to Forage. This announcement has been updated to reflect the current name.