Law360 named Latham & Watkins a 2022 Technology Group of the year as part of their annual Practice Group of the Year awards that honor the law firms behind the major deals and litigation wins that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year. In a feature article covering Latham’s significant achievements, Law360 highlighted Latham’s versatility in the technology industry, from winning court battles on behalf of Oracle, to representing electric vehicle company Rivian Automotive in its highly successful IPO, the largest IPO of 2021 and one of the largest technology IPOs in history.
Latham’s capabilities in the technology sector span a number of the firm’s practice and industry groups, each of which advises market-leading clients and financial institutions with insights into the economic, market and regulatory factors that are critical to business success. Law360 recognized the “sheer size and scale” of Latham’s practice, noting the firm’s close to 900 tech-focused attorneys around the world, from the 25-year-old San Francisco office to the one-year-old Austin office.
Law360 said that “Latham openly handles just about any new development in the space, from semiconductors to digital media to the emerging field of cryptocurrencies and blockchain.”
"It's a significant portion of what we do," Luke Bergstrom, Global Vice Chair of Latham’s Technology Industry Group, told Law360.
Among the firm’s many significant deals, Law360 highlighted Rivian’s US$11.9 billion offering in November 2021 — the largest that year – and Airbnb's IPO. Latham’s successes in litigation were also spotlighted, including helping long-standing client Oracle win a California federal jury trial against Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.
"We really understand their business and we understand, for example in this particular case, how critical it was for Oracle to protect the enormous investment they make in their software and keeping it secure and up to date," said Sarah Ray, Deputy Managing Partner of Latham’s Bay Area Offices and immediate past Co-Chair of the firm’s Bay Area Litigation & Trial Department.
Latham’s open structure and focus on collaboration were also highlighted, showcasing successful work across practice areas and offices.
"We chase matters together, we do business development together, we think strategically together," said Tad Freese, Managing Partner of Latham’s Bay Area offices and a lead partner that represented Rivian in its IPO "It is a fully integrated platform that is very specifically designed to be as collaborative as humanly possible."
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