From multinational Fortune 500 corporations to middle market companies and investment funds, clients turn to Latham for its renowned transactional, litigation and business law practice.

New York

Latham & Watkins’ New York office is a renowned transactional and litigation practice with clients ranging from multinational Fortune 500 corporations to middle market companies to privately held entities.

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Clients turn to Latham for its global perspective, its domestic and international resources, and its ability to meet client needs worldwide. The New York office is particularly known for its connection to nearly every investment bank on Wall Street, and its unparalleled understanding of the world’s financial markets. In an article entitled “New York Giants,” The American Lawyer highlighted the stature of the New York office and its elite clientele, noting that Latham New York “serves a client list that reads like a Wall Street directory.”    

Home to more than 300 lawyers, New York is Latham’s largest office, and includes some of the most highly ranked and recognized lawyers in the world.

Comprehensive Expertise

The New York office handles capital markets, M&A, public offerings, private placements, high yield finance, restructurings, recapitalizations, divestitures, and technology transactions. The department includes leading practitioners in derivatives and other sophisticated financial products. The New York-based Latin America Practice has advised on hundreds of transactions. 

Latham lawyers in New York represents financial institutions, borrowers, sponsors and developers on transactions including leveraged acquisition finance and working capital financings, asset and real estate securitizations, structured finance bank acquisitions, leveraged leasing, and restructuring transactions. The New York Project Finance group delivers unique expertise for all aspects of financing and developing large-scale projects throughout the world.

The New York Litigation team minimizes litigation risks through counseling on defensive business strategies. When litigation is necessary, our litigators work to identify and leverage opportunities for early and efficient resolution. They are deeply experienced in complex trials, appeals, arbitrations, and regulatory and enforcement matters, and have successfully handled bench and jury trials in nearly every circuit, including the Federal Circuit, and in state courts around the US, including all courts in New York. 

The New York Tax Department has a highly sophisticated and diverse practice, which counsels corporations, LLCs, partnerships, REITs, banks, venture capital and financial advisory firms on US federal income tax and employee benefits issues. 

The New York Environmental, Land & Resources Department is one of the largest New York-based environmental teams among global law firms, with a comprehensive stand-alone environmental practice. The group is nationally recognized for its work advising clients on environmental issues arising in complex corporate and finance transactions, both domestic and international. The group also has significant experience with regulatory and litigation matters, including enforcement litigation and property contribution and cost recovery, and also represents developers and financial interests in connection with large energy and real estate developments. 

Awards & Rankings

Lawyers in the New York office rank among the best in the world, most recently earning more than two dozen Top 10 rankings across a range of corporate and finance categories, the highest number of rankings among all law firms surveyed in The American Lawyer 2015 Corporate Scorecard. In addition, Latham earned a spot in the top 25 firms that have fared the best in The American Lawyer's biennial "Litigation Department of the Year" contest, placing in 2014's "Litigation Power Rankings." Latham has been honored in this competition five times, including receiving Honorable Mention (2014, 2010, 2008) and being named Finalist (2006, 2004).

Latham’s New York office has a long history of pro bono participation and public service. Representative matters include:

  • Immigrant victims of domestic violence
  • Refugees in asylum and human rights matters
  • Tenants fighting housing discrimination

Since 2007, hundreds of lawyers and professional staff from Latham & Watkins’ US and German offices have been working with Holocaust survivors applying for two reparations programs available to them through the German government. The project is run in conjunction with Bet Zedek, an organization that provides free legal services to those in need. Because the metro New York area is home to the largest population of Holocaust survivors in the United States, Latham’s New York office has handled a majority of these matters within the firm, assisting nearly 300 clients since 2007.

The firm’s New York-based lawyers and staff assisted with New York City's 2012 Olympic bid, have advised on nonprofit incorporations and refinancings and freed an innocent man from death row. The firm’s lawyers have received pro bono awards from Sanctuary for Families and The Legal Aid Society.