Lisa handles a broad range of corporate tax and is commended for her “deep understanding of the subject matter.”Chambers USA 2018

Lisa G. Watts

New York
  • 885 Third Avenue
  • New York, NY 10022-4834
  • USA

Lisa Watts, a partner and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, advises clients on corporate and partnership taxation. Ms. Watts brings nearly two decades of experience with complex transactional tax issues to her work advising clients. She regularly serves private equity firms, US-based and foreign public and private companies, REITs and UPREITs, partnerships and limited liability companies, as well as investment banks.

Specifically, Ms. Watts helps clients navigate the tax aspects of significant US and cross-border transactions, including:

  • Mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures
  • Joint ventures
  • Recapitalizations
  • Public financings, including initial public offerings
  • Corporate restructurings

Ms. Watts also has particular experience advising clients through the dual-track process, offering enhanced flexibility when planning an exit transaction, as well as clients contemplating an UP-C structure, which offers benefits to pre-IPO investors and sponsors.

Select private equity clients include:

  • ArcLight Capital
  • BC Partners
  • Consonance Capital Partners
  • One Equity Partners
  • Onex Partners
  • Platinum Equity
  • Riverstone Holdings
  • Shamrock Capital Advisors
  • The Carlyle Group

Select public companies and privately owned corporation clients include:

  • CoreSite Realty Corporation
  • Cotiviti Holdings, Inc.
  • Siemens AG
  • Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc.
  • Toys “R” Us, Inc.
  • Landmark Health
Select M&A and Joint Venture Experience
  • Platinum Equity in a number of transactions, including the
    • US$3.8 billion acquisition of Husky IMS International
    • US$1.2 billion acquisition of Jostens
    • Joint venture between Platinum Equity and Ball Corporation to form Ball Metalpack
    • US$2.4 billion sale of BWAY to Stone Canyon Industries
  • Siemens in a number of transactions, including the
    • US$4.5 billion acquisition by Siemens of Mentor Graphics Corporation
    • Acquisition of Mendix
  • Onex Corporation in a number of transactions, including the
    • US$1.3 billion Acquisition by Onex Corporation of the Save-A-Lot business of SUPERVALU
    • Acquisition of SMG Holdings
  • ArcLight Capital Partners in a number of transactions, including the
    • US$2.1 billion acquisition of US four power plants to a newly formed joint venture between ArcLight and Blackstone
    • Joint venture between Leeward Renewable Energy Financing, a portfolio company of ArcLight, and Wells Fargo Wind Holdings
  • CVC Capital Partners in its acquisition of The Alpha Corporation of Tennessee
  • The Carlyle Group in its US$1.2 billion sale of a controlling stake in Dealogic to ION Investment Group
  • Cotiviti Holdings in its US$4.9 billion sale to Verscend Technologies, a portfolio company of Veritas Capital
  • Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. in its merger with Keryx Biopharmaceuticals
  • Israel Chemicals in its US$1 billion sale of its fire safety and oil additives business units to SK Capital Partners
  • Capitol Acquisition Corp. III in its US$2.4 billion acquisition of Cision
  • GENBAND in its merger of equals with Sonus Networks
  • Blackstone Group in its US$1.5 billion investment in Cheniere Energy
  • Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group in its sale to InterContinental Hotels Group
Select Corporate Finance Experience

Ms. Watts represents both issuers and underwriters in equity and debt offerings. She also has significant experience advising on initial public offerings.

Issuer Representation

  • Camping World
  • CoreSite Realty Corporation
  • Funko
  • Manchester United
  • Press Ganey Holdings
  • Tanger Properties
  • Toys “R” Us, Inc.

Underwriter Representation

  • ACCO Brands Corporation
  • DXC Technology Company
  • InterGlobe Aviation Limited
  • Party City Corporation
  • Sirius XM Radio Inc.
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