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

Latham further strengthens its public M&A capability with the arrival of nationally recognized dealmaker.

June 25, 2015

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Thomas W. Christopher has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in the Corporate Department and a member of its Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Christopher brings almost 30 years of experience advising multinational companies, special committees and financial advisors in negotiated and hostile public M&A transactions. He has also built a strong reputation in corporate governance matters, including shareholder activism and takeover defense matters.  

Christopher regularly represents principals and other parties in transactions involving the purchase and sale of companies, subsidiaries, divisions, joint ventures and other assets. He has represented numerous acquirers, targets and shareholders in both negotiated and unsolicited change-of-control transactions and other investments. In addition, he has represented special committees of boards of directors in connection with related party transactions.  

“We have built one of the preeminent M&A practices in New York and globally with a deep bench of talent and we are pleased to be able to further expand our public company M&A team in New York with Tom,” said Jimmy Brandt, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in New York. “Tom’s well-established stature among the M&A bar reflects his extensive experience and sound judgment. His arrival further enhances our reputation as one of the elite M&A firms and he will be a terrific asset to the practice and our clients.”

Mark Gerstein, global Co-chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice, added: “Tom has advised on all types of M&A transactions and is ideally suited to help our clients navigate the ever-evolving public M&A  landscape. Tom is smart and highly-skilled, as well as tough yet pragmatic; an accomplished dealmaker, he is exactly the kind of partner we and our clients want leading our teams on complex, multijurisdictional deals.”

Dan Lennon, global Chair of the Corporate Department, said: “Tom is an astute counsellor and trusted advisor to companies and boards. His public company M&A experience, strong market reputation and important industry contacts position him among one of the top leaders in the field.”

“I am thrilled to be part of Latham’s continued expansion,” said Christopher. “Latham is a firm with extraordinary quality and depth, and the firm’s global platform and collaborative culture are very attractive to me. It is a unique opportunity to join one of the  premier firms and I look forward to contributing to Latham’s strategic growth.”

Christopher joins Latham & Watkins from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York. He received his JD from Cornell Law School, where he served as editor of the Law Review, and his BA with Distinction and Departmental Honors from Stanford University. He clerked for Judge Richard A. Gadbois, Jr. of the US District Court for the Central District of California following law school.

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with approximately 2,100 lawyers in its offices located in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, including: Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Century City, Chicago, Doha, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New Jersey, New York, Orange County, Paris, Riyadh, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information on Latham & Watkins, please visit the website at www.lw.com

Notes to Editor

1Latham & 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. 


Jimmy Brandt, Office Managing Partner, New York +1.212.906.1278 

David Allinson, Global Co-Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group, +1.212.906.3068

Dan Lennon, Global Chair, Corporate Department, +1.202.637.2200 





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