Ben Kaplan represents clients in a range of sophisticated public and private corporate matters, with a focus on large-scale, cross-border transactions involving the technology sector.
Mr. Kaplan advises public and private companies, investment funds and financial institutions on a variety of complex corporate matters and corporate governance. He draws on his broad experience, including as in-house counsel to a leading financial services firm and serial acquirer, to provide pragmatic and commercially driven advice on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures.
He helps clients across a wide range of industries navigate:
- Complex carve-outs
- Affiliate transactions
- Joint ventures
- Leveraged buyouts
- Negotiated and contested M&A transactions, including bankruptcy-related
- Public and private investments, including SPAC-related considerations
- Restructuring transactions
- Deal architecture and risk mitigation
- Corporate governance matters in preparation for M&A activity
Demonstrating his commitment to giving back to the community, Mr. Kaplan maintains an active pro bono practice, including most recently advising a client through Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, a legal aid and education organization dedicated to New York artists and cultural organizations. At a previous law firm, Mr. Kaplan participated in legal clinics at various homeless shelters and support groups in Manhattan through Homeless Experience Legal Protection (HELP) and provided formation, regulatory, and corporate advice to small business owners and entrepreneurs in Upper Manhattan through the Business Resource & Investment Service Center (BRISC), which was established by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and the US Small Business Administration.
Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Kaplan served for more than a decade as senior in-house counsel at a global financial services firm. Before that, he worked at two leading global law firms in New York.
He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Rockland County Bar Association, and he received the Legal Aid Society’s 2003 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award.