Henna Jalal is a corporate associate in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins.

Ms. Jalal advises public and private companies and private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in:

  • Public and private mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures and minority investments
  • Shareholder activism and takeover defense counseling
  • Corporate governance

Prior to joining Latham full-time, Ms. Jalal was a summer associate in the firm’s Chicago office.

While attending Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Ms. Jalal served as the membership editor for the Journal of International Law and Business. She also served at the Legal Counsel for Health Justice as a Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) fellow.

Ms. Jalal is a member of Latham’s Women Lawyers Group and serves on the firm’s Diversity Leadership Committee.

Ms. Jalal maintains an active pro bono practice, frequently appearing in court as a guardian ad litem in partnership with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.

Ms. Jalal’s experience includes advising:

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Frequency Therapeutics in its all-stock merger with Korro Bio
  • Highgate Hospitality in its:
    • Acquisition of Viceroy Hotels & Resorts
    • US$3.2 billion acquisition of the wellness infrastructure business from DigitalBridge Group
    • US$2.8 billion acquisition of hospitality portfolios from Colony Capital
  • Kohl’s in its strategic alternative review process
  • Advanced Micro Devices in its US$1.9 billion acquisition of Pensando
  • Onex Corporation in its acquisition of Fidelity Building Services Group
  • Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners in its acquisition of Dense Air Networks

Joint Ventures and Strategic Investments

  • BDTMSD in its joint ventures and strategic partnerships
  • Azimut Group in its strategic investment in Kennedy Capital Management
  • Onex Corporation in its strategic investment in Analytic Partners
  • Seven Point Equity Partners in its continuation fund transaction with The RiteScreen Company

Activism Defense

  • JetBlue in its entry into an agreement with Icahn Enterprises
  • Independence Realty Trust in a defense of a campaign by Argosy-Lionbridge Management
  • Kohl’s in a multi-year defense, including its settlement agreement with Macellum Advisors, Ancora Holdings, Legion Partners Asset Management, and 4010 Capital, and a successful proxy contest leading to the re-election of all directors against a control slate proposed by Macellum Advisors
  • MindMed in a successful proxy contest leading to the re-election of all directors against a control slate proposed by FCM
  • Mercury System in a multi-year defense, including its settlement agreements with Starboard Capital Partners and JANA Partners
  • Berry Global in a defense of a campaign by Ancora Advisors and Eminence Capital

Bar Qualification

  • Illinois
  • Texas


  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law, 2019
  • BS in Business Administration & Spanish, Trinity University, 2016