Latham & Watkins Promotes Nine Counsel to Partnership

The group consists of accomplished practitioners with diverse skills, backgrounds and perspectives.

01 March 2017

Latham & Watkins LLP is pleased to announce that nine counsel have been elected to the partnership. The group consists of accomplished practitioners from around the world who advise clients on a range of corporate, litigation and trial, finance, regulatory and tax matters.

“These talented lawyers have delivered exceptional results across practices, industries and markets to help our clients succeed,” said Bill Voge, Chair and Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins. “They all are team players who take a pragmatic approach to addressing complex legal and business challenges. Their diverse skills, backgrounds and perspectives have strengthened our firm and enhanced the advice we provide to our clients.”

The new partners include:

Holly M. Bauer — San Diego

Bauer is a member of the Benefits, Compensation & Employment Practice in the Tax Department. She advises a wide variety of clients on the tax, securities and corporate law aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation matters — particularly in the course of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and initial public offerings (IPOs). She regularly advises on the design, implementation and ongoing administration of benefits and compensation plans across industries, particularly for biotechnology, technology and real estate investment trust (REIT) clients. Bauer received her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Brandon J. Bortner — Washington, D.C. 

Bortner is a member of the Capital Markets Practice in the Corporate Department. He practices corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on capital markets transactions, including private and public debt and equity securities offerings, venture capital financings and buyout transactions. He also advises on innovative products and transaction structures, including complex contribution-style IPOs such as umbrella partnership real estate investment trusts (UPREITs) and YieldCos. He represents clients across a range of sectors including healthcare, life sciences, real estate and energy. Bortner received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

Ragnar Johannesen — Moscow

Johannesen is a member of the Banking Practice in the Finance Department. He advises on complex banking and corporate finance matters, with particular focus on syndicated loans, pre-export financings and reserve-based lending, as well as restructuring transactions. He has experience in transactions involving multilateral financial institutions, development banks and export credit agencies in industry sectors including oil and gas, mining and metals, financial services, real estate, retail, technology, media and telecommunications. Johannesen is English law-qualified, having received his PGDL and LPC degrees from Nottingham Law School. 

Tobias Leder — Munich

Leder is a member of the Employment Law Practice in the Litigation & Trial Department. He focuses his practice on restructurings and reorganizations, as well as on relationships with works councils and trade unions. He regularly represents companies in litigation before labor and civil courts in Germany. Leder completed the First German State Exam in Cologne’s Higher Regional Court and the Second German State Exam in Hamburg’s Higher Regional Court. He received his Dr. jur from Bucerius Law School and his LLM from the Duke University School of Law.

Anne W. Robinson — Washington, D.C.

Robinson is a member of the White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice in the Litigation & Trial Department. Her practice focuses on government contracts counseling, investigations and litigation. She represents clients in Department of Justice investigations, federal litigation, and suspension and debarment proceedings. She has particular experience in False Claims Act litigation, bid protests and compliance matters such as mandatory disclosure obligations. She received her JD from Harvard Law School.

Leif U. Schrader — Frankfurt

Schrader is a member of the Private Equity Practice in the Corporate Department. He represents predominantly private equity sponsors on complex cross-border and domestic transactions, covering buy and sell side as well as co-investments, management participations and joint ventures. He regularly advises on transactions in the technology sectors, and he has experience in the aerospace and defense sectors and in advising sovereign wealth funds. Schrader completed the First German State Exam at the University of Constance and the Second German State Exam in Cologne’s Higher Regional Court, and he received his Dr. jur from the University of Constance.

Benjamin D. Stern — New York

Stern is a member of the Capital Markets Practice in the Corporate Department. He has experience in a broad range of corporate finance and securities regulation matters, including high-yield debt offerings, acquisition financings, IPOs, private equity financings, exchange offers and restructurings. He has represented underwriters, initial purchasers and issuers in a variety of industries, including technology, media, gaming, energy and manufacturing. He received his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.

Adam J. Sullins — Chicago and Century City

Sullins is a member of the Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice in the Corporate Department. He has developed a unique sports practice that encompasses a broad range of transactional matters, including domestic and international M&A deals, television and digital distribution arrangements, corporate sponsorships, sports licensing and strategic ventures. His clients involved in professional and collegiate sports include teams, team owners and investors, leagues, federations and other governing bodies, television networks and media companies, technology companies, corporate sponsors, content owners, licensees and athletes. He received his JD from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Maj Vaseghi — Silicon Valley

Vaseghi is a member of the Benefits, Compensation & Employment Practice in the Tax Department. Her practice focuses on representing public companies with respect to securities law reporting and compliance, executive compensation matters, employee benefit plans and registration and corporate governance compliance. She regularly advises on the benefits and compensation aspects of M&A transactions and IPOs, and she counsels clients on structuring tax-efficient management compensation and employee benefits plans, as well as in disclosure matters regarding public company executives. Vaseghi received her JD from the Columbia University School of Law.

The promotions announced today follow the recent election of 27 associates to the partnership, effective January 1, 2017. 

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Notes to Editors

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