Latham actively advises more than 1,000 public companies and serves as primary counsel on corporate governance and securities matters for more than 400 public companies — from those that have recently filed to global market leaders.
Comprehensive Reporting and Compliance Counsel
We are at home in the boardroom counseling corporate directors, officers, and senior management on the full range of corporate governance matters that confront companies and their leadership. We advise boards on legal strategy as well as regulatory and disclosure requirements, including US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) matters, stock exchange compliance, and foreign private issuer (FPI) guidance. We routinely support clients in preparing proxy statements and earnings releases, conducting annual shareholder meetings, and filing current and periodic reports (Forms 10-K, 10-Q, and 8-K). We work closely with Latham’s global ESG team to help boards stay ahead of the curve on ESG strategy and reporting, and our fully integrated team of Executive Compensation, Employment & Benefits lawyers bring an unparalleled view of the most challenging issues that arise in any industry around the world.
SEC and Global Regulatory Insights
We draw on vast experience working with the world’s principal securities regulators, from the SFC, to the SEC, to the FCA and ESMA, to bring insightful counsel to each client representation. Our US-based National Office, a unique asset in the legal industry, is staffed by a centralized team of former SEC senior officials and top-ranked corporate lawyers, delivering unrivaled insights and sophisticated advice in real time on the most complex securities issues public companies face. With a bird’s-eye view of trends and hot-button issues across the firm, our National Office and global regulatory teams see it all, both inside and outside of Latham.
Focus on Corporate Goals and Strategy
We quickly learn a company’s business strategies, priority issues, structural concerns, and internal policies and procedures to deliver comprehensive and practical advice. And when our clients raise capital, buy or sell businesses, or encounter disputes, we leverage our “full-stack” offering of market-leading experience across the firm to efficiently and comprehensively address clients’ legal needs at every stage in their lifecycle. Our Public Company Representation lawyers collaborate with colleagues in our Capital Markets, Finance, M&A, Litigation, Executive Compensation, Employment & Benefits and other practices or specialty groups, such as ESG and Activism, to help clients achieve their strategic goals.