“He is technically strong, very experienced in the M&A market and super accessible. He has a great approach and demeanor to negotiations.”

Chambers USA 2020

Laurence J. Stein

Los Angeles
  • 355 South Grand Avenue, Suite 100
  • Los Angeles, CA 90071-1560
  • USA

Larry Stein, former Global Chair of Latham & Watkins' Tax Department from 2000-2011, advises private equity firms, private and public companies, and financial institutions on transactional tax matters relating to M&A, spin-offs, offerings, and partnerships.

Mr. Stein regularly counsels clients on:

  • Mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, restructurings, and tax-free reorganizations
  • Spin-off transactions (including obtaining numerous private letter rulings from the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service)
  • Offerings of debt, equity, and other financial instruments
  • Partnerships




Mr. Stein's representative experience includes:

  • Equitrans Midstream Corporation and EQM Midstream Partners, LP in its acquisition of 60% interest in Eureka Midstream Holdings, LLC and a 100% interest in Hornet Midstream Holdings, LLC
  • Partnership between Spectrum Equity and Definitive Healthcare, a provider of data and analytics for healthcare providers, following the equity investment by Advent International in Definitive Healthcare
  • Joint venture between Arch Coal, Inc. and Peabody Energy Corporation to combine the companies’ Powder River Basin and Colorado assets
  • Granite Construction Incorporated acquisition of all outstanding shares of Layne Christensen Company in a stock-for-stock transaction
  • Merger of Energy Transfer Partners with a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Transfer Equity
  • Spectrum Equity Investors acquisition of a majority stake in Offsec Services, a Gibraltar-based provider of information security training, ethical hacking certifications, virtual labs, and penetration testing services
  • Ring.com in connection with its acquisition by Amazon.com
  • Entercom in its acquisition of CBS Radio via a Reverse Morris Trust transaction
  • Delphi Automotive PLC in its tax-free spin-off of its Powertrain Systems segment
  • LogMeIn in its acquisition of the GoTo business of Citrix Systems, a provider of collaborative communication solutions for small businesses, via a Reverse Morris Trust transaction
  • Archrock Holdings in its spin-off of the international services and global fabrication businesses of Exterran Holdings
  • Integra LifeSciences in its tax-free spin-off of SeaSpine Holdings, a spine fusion medical device company
  • Demand Media, a worldwide digital and media company, in its tax-free spin-off of its domain services business
  • Questar Corporation, natural gas-focused energy company, in its tax-free spin-off of QEP Resources, Inc. to stockholders
  • Actavis in its US$8.5 billion acquisition of Warner-Chilcott, an Ireland-based pharmaceutical company focusing on women’s healthcare
  • Actavis in its US$28 billion acquisition of Forest Laboratories, a specialty pharmaceutical company
  • Questcor Pharmaceuticals in its US$5.6 billion sale to Mallinckrodt, an Ireland-based biopharmaceutical company
  • Darden Restaurants in its US$2.1 billion sale of Red Lobster, a chain of full service seafood restaurants, to Golden Gate Capital
  • Plains Exploration and Production Company, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company, in its US$10.75 billion tax-free merger with Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold, Inc.
  • QEP Resources in its US$2.5 billion sale of Entrada Midstream, QEP’s Field Services business, to Tesoro Logistics
  • Cadence Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company focused on in-licensing, developing and commercializing proprietary products, in its US$1.4 billion sale to Mallinckrodt
  • Seamless North America, LLC in its merger with GrubHub, two leading providers of mobile and online portals that provide restaurant information and services
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