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Latham & Watkins Adds Senior Tax Partner With Formidable Transactional Experience in London

June 24, 2021
Arrival of Helen Lethaby adds further depth to the firm’s leading transactional capabilities in the City.

Latham & Watkins is pleased to announce that Helen Lethaby will join the firm’s London office as a partner in the Tax Department. Highly regarded in her field, Lethaby has more than 25 years’ experience advising clients on a variety of complex corporate tax matters, including the tax aspects of capital markets and private equity transactions, public and private M&A, joint ventures, demergers, and restructurings.

“Helen is one of the foremost leaders in tax in the City and her arrival adds tremendously to our existing transactional capabilities in London,” said Stephen Kensell, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in London. “Her broad experience across a variety of complex domestic and cross-border transactions strongly complements our leading private equity, M&A, banking, capital markets, and restructuring practices. With her arrival, we will significantly expand the depth and breadth of our tax capabilities, and we are delighted to welcome her to the team.”

Lethaby’s experience spans a number of high growth sectors, including technology, telecoms, infrastructure, insurance, and fintech. Her practice includes advising global investors and asset managers on fund and deal structuring, and she has advised numerous financial institutions during her career on structured and asset finance deals.  In addition, she regularly advises clients on management incentivisation schemes.

“Helen is widely recognized as one of the market’s most knowledgeable, most experienced, and most accomplished transactional tax partners, with a stellar reputation advising companies, private investors, and financial institutions on a variety of big ticket, cross-border matters,” said Karl Mah, Local Department Chair of the firm’s Tax Department in London. “She brings a track record of success and deep industry connections to the firm, and her substantial skillset, energy and drive are aligned with our practice and culture. She will play a major role in the further development of our strong and growing practice in the City.”

Jiyeon Lee-Lim, Global Chair of Latham’s Tax Department, added: “Helen is a formidable talent and her arrival further reinforces our goal of offering our clients one of the strongest tax teams in London and around the globe. We have made significant global investments in our corporate and finance capabilities in London in recent years, successfully establishing one of the top transactional practices in the City with a reputation for handling some of the most complex, high profile mandates. Helen is a seasoned practitioner and a distinguished leader, with phenomenal experience and technical knowledge honed over more than two decades advising clients on a variety of transactions. We see significant opportunities to further grow our practice and it will be great to have Helen on the team helping execute on our strategy.”

Lethaby joins Latham & Watkins from Freshfields. She received a BA in Modern Languages from Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, before completing both her Common Professional Exam and her LPC at the College of Law.

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

1Latham & 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 Firm of Salman M. Al-Sudairi, a limited liability company, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.