Market-leading M&A Partner will Join Latham & Watkins in London

Latham significantly enhances corporate and strategics M&A capability with arrival of Ed Barnett.

October 28, 2016

Latham & Watkins is pleased to announce that Ed Barnett will join the firm’s London office as a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. Barnett’s broad practice spans a variety of cross-border M&A and corporate finance transactions, including public takeovers, takeover defense, joint ventures, divestments, refinancings and initial public offerings. His practice also focuses on company representation work, including advising on a range of corporate governance matters and counselling special committees of boards of directors.

Richard Trobman, London-based partner and member of the firm’s Executive Committee, said: “We are committed to establishing the world’s premier corporate practice with market-leading capability in the US, London and other major M&A centres. Ed’s arrival is further testament to these ambitions. He is a highly talented partner with a formidable reputation for big ticket M&A and his track record advising on high-profile cross-border transactions speaks volumes for his vast experience. His arrival in London represents an important milestone for our corporate practice.”

“Our corporate practice in London has enjoyed significant success over the last five years, and we are excited by the opportunities we see for further growth,” adds Marc Jaffe, Chair of Latham’s Global Corporate Department.“The breadth and depth of our practice positons us well to support multinational companies who are increasingly looking for an interconnected global platform with seamless deal execution capabilities in multiple markets.”

Nick Cline, Co-chair of Latham & Watkins’ Corporate Department in London, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ed to the firm. He is a commercially savvy, well connected and innovative lawyer who will play a significant role in the continued growth of our strategic M&A practice.”

Highly regarded in his field, Barnett has vast expertise in cross-border transactions in the technology, pharmaceuticals and entertainment, media and sports sectors. Jay Sadanandan, Latham’s London Office Managing Partner, said: “Investing in our corporate platform is a strategic priority for the firm and we have been steadily investing in our London capability in recent years, adding specialist practice and industry expertise to complement the team. Ed’s combination of experience plays to our global strengths and his reputation within the M&A community will enhance our corporate practice in the City.”

Barnett joins Latham & Watkins from the London office of Allen & Overy.

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Notes to Editors
Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in the United Kingdom, France and Italy and affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Latham & Watkins operates in Seoul as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi.

Richard Trobman, member of the firm’s Executive Committee, +44.20.7710.1180
Marc Jaffe, Chair of the firm’s Global Corporate Department, +1.212.906.1281
Nick Cline, Co-chair of the London Corporate Department, +44.20.7710.1087
Jay Sadanandan, London Office Managing Partner, +44.20.7710.1110

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