Strategic M&A Partner Joins Latham & Watkins in New York

Peter Harwich brings substantial experience advising on large and complex public company transactions.

September 25, 2017

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Peter Harwich has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in the Corporate Department and member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. Harwich’s practice focuses on representing public companies in complex public and private M&A transactions, including spin-offs, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. He also has experience advising public companies on capital markets, securities law, and corporate governance matters.

Michèle Penzer, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in New York, said: “Peter is a recognized leader in public M&A, and that experience, combined with his broad understanding of corporate and securities matters, will be of tremendous value to our clients not only in New York, but across the globe. He is an excellent addition to our talented Corporate Department in New York.”

“Deal-making is increasingly complex and cross-border in nature, and the addition of Peter reinforces Latham’s commitment to helping clients execute their most high-stakes transactions in a competitive business environment,” said David Allinson, global Co-chair of Latham’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. “Peter is an extremely well-respected public M&A lawyer, with the experience, skill set, and collaborative nature that clients look for when they turn to Latham’s top notch global M&A practice.”

"We are excited by the continuous growth of our global Corporate Department and leading M&A practice, further positioning us to support multinational companies that are increasingly looking for an interconnected global platform with seamless deal execution capabilities in multiple markets," said Marc Jaffe, global Chair of Latham’s Corporate Department. "Peter’s practice is perfectly complementary to our current platform and our vision moving forward."

“Latham is one of the world’s leading M&A law firms, with a global, integrated platform allowing for a level of client service that is necessary to leading major transactions involving multiple jurisdictions and specialty areas,” said Harwich. “I am excited to join such a talented and well-respected group of lawyers.”

Harwich is the latest high-profile M&A partner to join the firm’s global practice, following the arrival of Nikolaos Paschos in Düsseldorf, Aldo Piccarreta in Milan, Ed Barnett in London, and Rainer Traugott in Munich.

Harwich joins Latham & Watkins from Allen & Overy in New York. He earned his BA from Columbia College in 1988 and his JD from New York University School of Law in 1991.

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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 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.

Michèle O. Penzer, New York Office Managing Partner, 212.906.1245
David Allinson, Global Co-chair, Mergers & Acquisitions Practice, 212.906.1749
Marc Jaffe, Global Chair, Corporate Department, 212.906.1281

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