Latham & Watkins Recognized in Financial Times 2017 Innovative Lawyers Report

Firm wins praise in a number of legal expertise and business of law categories.

October 05, 2017

Latham & Watkins has been recognized among the most innovative law firms in Europe in the Financial Times’ 2017 European Innovative Lawyers report, an annual ranking published in conjunction with research partner RSG Consulting. The firm won praise for its work on a number of ground-breaking, complex matters and for an innovative talent management program. 

  • “Highly Commended” for advising Credit Suisse as underwriters on the first issuance of receivables financing notes. The FT credited the firm with helping to “translate commercial imperatives into a new legal framework for the product, which provides alternative vendor financing and delays accounts payable until the notes are received.” 
  • “Commended” for advising Microsoft on its acquisition of LinkedIn. Latham was praised for applying “traditional merger analysis to the world of big data, gaining clearance through the European Commission.”
  • “Commended” for developing a new structure to allow direct bond issuances by Italian companies in US dollars, pursuant to both Rule 144A and Regulation S, and thereby opening access a broader investor base.
  • “Commended” for helping “navigate exclusivity hurdles” to enable Chinese metal recycler Chiho-Tiande’s acquisition of Scholz, a German counterpart.
  • “Commended” for running a programme designed to “improve work performance and psychological resilience.” 

The Financial Times 2017 European Innovative Lawyers report researched more than 110 law firms and legal service providers and 110 in-house legal teams, incorporating feedback from 650 clients, lawyers, executives and market experts.

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