Hector Sants is an associate in the London office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Corporate Department.

Mr. Sants has a broad corporate practice covering a wide variety of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, public takeovers, joint ventures, and general corporate matters.

Mr. Sants’ experience includes advising:

  • The consortium led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital on its £4.25 billion acquisition of Chelsea Football Club
  • Viasat on its US$7.3 billion combination with Inmarsat
  • Farfetch on:
    • The expansion of its Luxury New Retail partnership, including Farfetch’s proposed acquisition of 47.5% of YOOX Net-a-Porter from Richemont, as well as the agreement for Richemont and YNAP to each adopt Farfetch Platform Solutions
    • Its global strategic partnership and joint venture with Alibaba Group and Richemont
    • Its acquisition of certain assets of Opening Ceremony, an American multi-brand retailer
  • The Carlyle Group on its potential US$825 million acquisition of Occidental’s entire onshore portfolio in Colombia 
  • NVIDIA on its proposed US$40 billion acquisition of Arm Limited, the Cambridge-headquartered semiconductor and software design company, from SoftBank
  • NRG Energy on its US$3.625 billion acquisition of Direct Energy, a North American subsidiary of Centrica plc
  • GlaxoSmithKline on: 
    • The formation of a new world-leading consumer healthcare joint venue with Pfizer*       
    • Its three-part interconditional Vaccines, Oncology, and Consumer Healthcare joint venture with Novartis*     
  • Shire on: 
    • Its US$32 billion acquisition of Baxalta*
    • Its US$5.9 billion acquisition of Dyax*
  • John Wood Group on its £2.2 billion recommended all-share offer Amec Foster Wheeler*
  • Shawbrook Group on its IPO and subsequent £868 million takeover offer from Marlin Bidco*
  • Pollen Street Capital on its merger with Marshall Wace Eaglewood*  
  • Fortress Investment Group on the sale of Florida East Coast Railways to Grupo Mexico*
  • Talisman Energy on both its North Sea joint venture with Addax/China Sinopec, as well as its US$8.3 billion takeover by Repsol*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)


  • Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School, London, 2012
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School, London, 2011
  • MA in History, The University of Oxford, Pembroke College, 2010