Mr. Sonnenschein has been described by clients as an “extraordinary lawyer" who is noted for his “efficient and creative advice;” "highly intelligent" and "very commercial,” with “a great demeanor...very straightforward and very smart. Client’s say "he's a deal-maker, a problem solver and he gets to the heart of a matter quickly."

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Edward Sonnenschein


Ted Sonnenschein retired from the partnership on June 30, 2021. He has represented public and private companies and private equity firms in their highest-stakes mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings, and spin-offs. He has significant experience with cross-border transactions and complex partnership and LLC matters.

Mr. Sonnenschein has helped clients successfully execute their deals, drawing on his experience handling hundreds of transactions around the globe. His most recent work includes major public and private M&A transactions in a variety of industries, including the business services, hospitality, media, energy, manufacturing, telecommunications, aerospace and defense, real estate, technology, and financial sectors.

Mr. Sonnenschein has held numerous leadership positions at Latham & Watkins, including as Global Chair of the Corporate Department, Chair of the Strategic Initiatives Committee, Chair of the Business Development and Investment Committees, and as a member of the Executive Committee.

  • Education
    • JD, Harvard Law School, 1979
    • AB, Harvard College, 1976
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