Michael Houlder is an associate in the London office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Corporate Department. He advises clients on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations, and general corporate matters.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Houlder was an associate in the private equity group of an international law firm and spent time on secondment at a global buyout firm.

Mr. Houlder’s transactions include advising:

  • GTCR on its acquisition of Once For All, a leading compliance and supply chain management software provider, from Warburg Pincus
  • Ares Management on its investment in BlueCove Limited, the London-based scientific fixed income manager
  • Norgine, a Netherlands-based specialty pharmaceutical company, in its US$2 billion sale to Goldman Sachs
  • GIC on its investment in The Access Group, a leading provider of business management software
  • Goldman Sachs on the sale of Japan Renewable Energy to ENEOS, Japan’s largest oil refiner
  • Leonard Green & Partners on its investment in PureGym
  • TPG and other selling shareholders in relation to the sale of the Prezzo group, the Italian casual dining restaurants, to a subsidiary of Cain International
  • GIC on its investment in Visma, a leading European business solution software provider
  • CVC on its investment, alongside Oakley Capital, in TechInsights Inc., a leading provider of IP services and advanced technology analysis across a broad range of devices and markets
  • A private equity sponsor on its acquisition of Europe’s largest health and wellness retailer*
  • A global technology corporation on its acquisition of a leading software company*
  • A private equity sponsor on its acquisition of a leading provider of supply chain solutions*
  • A multinational corporation on the disposal of its UK flower delivery business*
  • A healthcare corporation on its public takeover of an international aesthetics company*
  • A real estate investment firm on its acquisition of a major development site in prime central London*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham    

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)


  • LPC (Distinction), BPP Law School, London, 2015
  • LLB (First Class Honours) in Law, University of Bristol, 2014

Languages Spoken

  • English