Shannon Cheng is an associate in the Orange County office of Latham & Watkins.

Ms. Cheng primarily handles corporate representation, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and transactional matters.

Ms. Cheng advises public and private companies and private equity and venture capital firms in the technology, life sciences, healthcare, aerospace, hospitality, and real estate industries.

In addition to her commercial work, Ms. Cheng is a member of Latham’s Recruiting Committee, maintains a pro bono practice representing survivors of domestic violence, and is an active contributor to Latham’s recruiting and diversity programs. Ms. Cheng also serves on the board of directors of the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County.

In 2021, Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law recognized Ms. Cheng among the Top Young Diverse Lawyers in Orange County.

Ms. Cheng received her JD from the University of Chicago Law School. While in law school, Ms. Cheng served on the executive boards of the Jessup Moot Court Program and the Domestic Violence Project.

Prior to law school, Ms. Cheng received her BA as a Trustee Scholar from the University of Southern California, where she graduated summa cum laude. Ms. Cheng served as a captain of the USC Trial Advocacy Team.

Ms. Cheng’s public and private mergers and acquisitions practice experience includes advising:

  • Cloudways, in its acquisition by Digital Ocean
  • ChemoCentryx, in its US$3.7 billion acquisition by Amgen
  • Virgin Orbit in its US$3.2 billion merger with NextGen Acquisition Corp. II
  • Vacasa, a Silver Lake portfolio company, in its US$4.5 billion merger with TPG Pace Solutions
  • Planet Labs, in its US$2.8 billion merger with dMY Technology Group, Inc. IV
  • Vacasa, a Silver Lake portfolio company, in its acquisition of Turnkey Vacation Rentals
  • Chardan Healthcare in its acquisition of Renovacor
  • Apex Technology Acquisition Corporation in its acquisition of AvePoint
  • Momenta Pharmaceuticals in its US$6.5 billion acquisition by Johnson & Johnson
  • GCM Grosvenor in its US$2 billion merger with CF Finance Acquisition Corp.
  • Virgin Galactic in its US$1.5 billion merger with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings
  • JP Morgan, financial advisor to Maxim Integrated Products, in its US$68 billion acquisition by Analog Devices
  • Digital Realty in its US$1.8 billion acquisition of Ascenty
  • Impact Biomedicines in its up to US$7 billion sale to Celgene
  • Publicly traded national dialysis provider in its US$4.3 billion sale of its medical group business to a publicly traded healthcare provider company
  • Publicly traded REIT in its US$8.4 billion acquisition of a European data solutions provider
  • Private international oncology company in its acquisition of a US integrated cancer care provider
  • Private gene therapeutics company in its acquisition by a publicly traded pharmaceutical company
  • Publicly traded pharmaceutical company in its sale of its international division to a private equity firm
  • Private integrated health system in its acquisition of a lifestyle and longevity consulting company
  • Private equity firm in the sale of its majority interests in a publicly traded entertainment company
  • Private equity firm in its acquisition of a cloud-based business management software company
  • Private equity firm in its acquisition of a workforce, inventory software and payroll services company
  • Private equity firm in its acquisition of a fire protection solutions company
  • Private equity firm in its acquisition of a home services provider company

Bar Qualification

  • California


  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 2017
  • BA in International Relations & Global Studies, University of Southern California, 2014
    summa cum laude

Languages Spoken

  • Chinese (Mandarin)