Elena Romanova is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Ms. Romanova brings extensive experience in tax matters related to insurance, structured finance, securitizations, derivatives, digital assets, and other financial products. She provides clients with firsthand industry experience and a deep understanding of tax law and unique tax issues faced by issuers, private equity investors, and direct lenders as well as the financial and insurance industries.

Ms. Romanova’s practice focuses particularly on tax issues that arise in:

  • Insurance and reinsurance industries
  • Asset backed finance and securitizations, including collateralized fund obligations and collateralized loan obligations
  • Structured finance
  • Equity and other derivative transactions, such as structured notes, convertible debt securities, and swaps and forward contracts
  • Digital assets and fintech transactions
  • International taxation, including cross-border finance, withholding tax and information reporting matters, Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), the OECD Common Reporting Standard, and financial industry global tax transparency initiatives
  • Excise tax on corporate stock repurchases

Ms. Romanova is highly regarded within the industry for her in-house experience and deep understanding of tax law. She is regularly called upon to speak at tax conferences to discuss issues relating to financing, derivatives and to the financial industry. Ms. Romanova is a former Chair of the American Bar Association Tax Committee’s Financial Institutions and Products Subcommittee and a current member of the Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Prior to joining Latham, Ms. Romanova was a Managing Director at Citigroup, where she served as the Global Head of the Business Tax Advisory, supporting the Institutional Clients Group and the Consumer Bank. She also practiced for several years at another major New York firm and prior to that, served as a Tax Policy Fellow at the US Treasury Department, Office of Tax Policy. During her tenure at Citi, Ms. Romanova served on the Board of Directors of the Wall Street Tax Association.

Ms. Romanova’s experience includes advising:


  • American Airlines
  • Ascendis Pharma
  • Farfetch
  • Inari Medical, Inc.
  • Innoviz Technologies Ltd
  • Live Nation, Inc.
  • MediWound
  • Tapestry, Inc.
  • Wolfspeed, Inc.

Insurance Industries

  • Aegon NV
  • Transamerica

Financial Institutions and Private Equity Firms

  • Blackstone
  • Brookfield Asset Management
  • The Carlyle Group
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Jefferies
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • KKR & Co.
  • Stone Point

Bar Qualification

  • New York


  • JD, New York University School of Law
    Order of the Coif
  • MPA, Indiana University Kelley School of Business
  • BBA in Accounting, University of Houston
    summa cum laude
  • LL.M. in Taxation, New York University School of Law

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Russian