Daria Alina Les is an associate in the London office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Corporate Department. Ms. Les advises clients on a broad range of corporate matters, with a particular focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and venture capital investments.

Ms. Les trained in the firm’s London office, gaining experience in corporate transactions, capital markets, leveraged finance transactions, competition law and merger control matters, commercial arbitrations, international trade control matters, and sanctions compliance and enforcement.

Ms. Les’ representative matters include advising:

  • B-FLEXION, a private investment firm, on the sale of the Affidea Group, one of the largest European providers of advanced diagnostic imaging, outpatient, and cancer care services, to Groupe Bruxelles Lambert
  • OMERS, one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans, on Northvolt’s US$2.75 billion funding round
  • SoftBank Vision Fund 2 on the Series C funding round by Big Health, a digital therapeutics company
  • NVIDIA on its proposed US$40 billion acquisition of Arm Limited, the Cambridge-headquartered semiconductor and software design company, from SoftBank
  • HERO, a social shopping platform, on its acquisition by Klarna, a leading global retail bank, payments and shopping service
  • An investor in connection with a Series E funding round by an open banking platform
  • An investor in connection with a Series B funding round by a financial infrastructure platform
  • A private equity firm on its acquisition of a group that develops and manufacturers parts and systems for use in the transportation, automotive, industrial, military, and construction markets
  • A private equity firm on its acquisition and financing of a group that develops and manufacturers technologies and systems for use in hybrid, electric and fuel-cell vehicles
  • Acino on its acquisition of various pharmaceutical products and related assets in the NEMEA region from Takeda
  • Cohen Media Group in connection with the acquisition of Curzon Cinemas, composed of the cinema business, Artificial Eye distribution arm, and Curzon Home Cinema streaming platform
  • TA Associates, on its investment in Adcubum AG, a Swiss health and property and casualty insurance software provider, and tech11 GmbH, an insurance software provider 
  • Duke Street, Wagamama management, and certain other shareholders in connection with the acquisition by The Restaurant Group plc of the Wagamama group companies
  • The independent directors of Vedanta Resources plc in connection with the possible offer by Volcan Investments Ltd for the remaining issued and to be issued share capital of Vedanta not already held by Volcan
  • The founders of Dubizzle on the sale of their shareholdings in Dubizzle, the largest online classifieds platform in the Middle East
  • Thomas Cook Group PLC on the refinancing of its debt with a multi-currency revolving credit facility and bonding facilities
  • Electro Rent, a portfolio company of Platinum Equity, on the acquisition of Microlease, a provider of new or used electronic test equipment
  • The sellers on the disposal of Method and Ecover global consumer products businesses to US private company SC Johnson
  • Singapore Airlines in civil claims in the English High Court for damages arising out of an European Commission decision imposing fines on air cargo carriers for a global price fixing cartel on fuel surcharges

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)

Education

  • GDL, BPP University College
  • BA in Politics, Princeton University

Languages Spoken

  • English