Latham Partners Named Top Lawyers Advising Electric Vehicle Companies

Business Insider recognizes Marc Jaffe and Tad Freese for steering Rivian’s IPO, the largest IPO of 2021, and other cutting-edge deals and regulatory matters in the evolving automotive industry.

December 22, 2021

Partners Marc Jaffe and Tad Freese have been named to Business Insider’s list of the top nine “go-to lawyers” advising electric vehicle companies and battery startups, recognizing them for representing Rivian in its US$11.9 billion IPO, the largest IPO of 2021 and one of the largest technology IPOs in history, and other cutting-edge transactions and regulatory matters.

Business Insider said that the “elite group” of “capital markets, tech, and regulatory lawyers have taken the lead in ushering these early-stage companies to the public market,” advising them on “funding, going public, and dealing with oversight.”

Marc Jaffe, Managing Partner of Latham’s New York office and former Global Corporate Department Chair and Capital Markets Practice Co-Chair, represents leading US and foreign companies, investment banks, and investors in both public and private equity and debt offerings and corporate matters. In addition to Rivian’s landmark IPO, Business Insider noted his representation of Vroom, an innovative ecommerce platform for buying and selling used vehicles, in its high-profile IPO. Jaffe has been named a Distinguished Leader and Dealmaker of the Year by the New York Law Journal and Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer.

Tad Freese, Managing Partner of Latham’s Bay Area offices and former Vice Chair of the firm’s Global Corporate Department, advises technology companies, investment banks, and other public and private companies on significant transactions and key strategic legal issues to enable them to grow and succeed. Along with Rivian’s IPO, Business Insider highlighted Freese’s representation of the underwriters in the US$2.6 billion IPO by semiconductor company GlobalFoundries. Among his many accolades, Freese has been named a top lawyer in Fintech by Business Insider, Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer, and Technology MVP by Law360.

Latham works in the automotive and motor vehicle sectors across a broad range of matters, representing major financial institutions, automotive manufacturers, parts suppliers and distributors, as well as companies operating in the research and development of new, cleaner, and more efficient technologies. Whether assisting in the development and acquisition of new technologies, or helping clients expand into new markets or capitalize on emerging trends, Latham combines the experience of our Automotive Industry Group with our deep technology industry expertise to strengthen and expand our clients’ businesses.

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