Latham & Watkins Elects Several Counsel to Partnership

The promoted lawyers excel across diverse markets and practice areas.

March 02, 2015

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that several lawyers who are currently counsel at the firm have been elected to the partnership. Their promotions follow the recent election of 19 associates to the partnership, effective January 1, 2015 (see: 

Comprised of four US and five non-US lawyers, the group possesses significant credentials in transactional, litigation and regulatory areas of law. 

“All of these lawyers are fantastic team players who bring energy, subject area expertise and a commitment to excellence to the firm,” said Bill Voge, Global Chair and Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins. “They are leaders in their respective fields, and they will continue to support the growth of our practice in the service of our clients.” 

The counsel elected to the partnership are: 

Héctor Armengod — Brussels
Armengod is a member of the Antitrust & Competition Practice who focuses his practice on EU and Spanish competition law. In particular, Armengod represents clients in EU and global merger control proceedings and major EU antitrust investigations. He has significant expertise in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors and regularly advises clients in these industries on EU regulatory issues. Armengod received his LL.M. in EU law at Leiden Law School in the Netherlands and his Law Degree from the Universidad de Deusto in Spain. 

Charles Claypoole — London
Claypoole is a member of the International Arbitration and Public International Law Practices with extensive experience in acting as counsel to sovereign and commercial clients before a range of international courts and tribunals, including the International Court of Justice and the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal as well as before ICSID, ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL arbitral tribunals. He focuses on investment treaty arbitration and public international law, and has significant expertise in international sanctions and export control law. He received his BA from Cambridge University and his LLM from Heidelberg University. 

Michel Houdayer — Paris
Houdayer is a member of the Banking Practice who advises both banks and borrower-side clients on a variety of financings, with a focus on acquisition finance and private equity. His clients have included leading French and foreign financial institutions, as well as investment funds and borrowers. Graduated from University College London (LLM degree) and from University of Paris XI (Postgraduate Law Degree and a Law degree). 

James Inness — London
Inness is a member of the Capital Markets Practice whose practice centers on representing issuers, underwriters and major shareholders in primary and secondary UK equity capital markets transactions. Inness has also acted on a number of significant corporate transactions, such as acquisitions and disposals, hostile takeovers and shareholder disputes. He received a BA in Modern History from Christ Church, Oxford and his Diploma in Law from Oxford Brookes University. 

Javier López Antón — Madrid
López Antón is a member of the Banking Practice who advises clients on a range of banking and finance matters, including private equity finance, project finance and restructurings. López Antón, who has experience working in Spain, Mexico and Latin America, has advised clients on complex matters in the infrastructure, energy, industrial, transportation, financial services and real estate sectors, among others. He received his Law Degree from Universidad Complutense in Spain. 

Evan G. Smith — Boston
Smith is a member of the Emerging Companies Practice who advises both private and public companies on numerous matters, including initial through late-stage venture capital financings, strategic investments, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, commercial transactions, corporate governance and securities law. Smith, who has particular expertise in the life sciences and technology industries, also advises many entrepreneurs in early-stage company formation and strategy. He received his JD from the University of Toronto.

Michael E. Sullivan — San Diego
Sullivan is a member of the Public Company Representation Practice whose practice focuses on representing both publicly and privately held companies in a range of complex transactions, including public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, tender offers, venture financings, joint ventures, mergers, stock purchases and asset purchases. In addition, he has represented investment banks in public financing transactions and private equity funds in various mergers and acquisitions. Sullivan received his JD from Northwestern University School of Law. 

Christopher S. Turner — Washington, D.C.
Turner is a member of the Securities Litigation & Professional Liability Practice, and his practice focuses on corporate governance litigation and the defense of accounting and auditing firms in securities class actions. Turner also has substantial experience defending companies and individuals in investigations and administrative actions brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission. He received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Notes to Editors

1 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 practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi.


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