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Latham's "particular strengths include an equity capital markets team which has experienced impressive growth globally," with clients praising "the rare combination of size and good, consistent product" and the "sophistication" of the work done by the practice.

Chambers Global 2020

Equity Capital Markets

Latham & Watkins is among the most active law firms in the equity capital markets, representing issuers and investment banks in IPOs and other equity offerings in financial markets around the globe.

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Understanding Equity Capital Markets Worldwide

Latham’s capital markets lawyers have handled virtually all aspects of equity capital markets transactions across the globe, including the United States, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, Latin America, South Africa, Russia, the Middle East, Turkey, Hong Kong, China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Singapore, and other Far East jurisdictions.

Latham's Equity Capital Markets Practice’s familiarity with equity products extends specifically to:

  • American and Global Depositary Receipts
  • Debt/equity swaps
  • Direct listings
  • Equity-linked securities, including convertible, and exchangeable bonds
  • Exchange and tender offers
  • Initial public offerings
  • Private placements and registered transactions
  • Rights offerings
  • Secondary and follow-on offerings
  • Spin-offs

Latham actively monitors legislative and regulatory developments that impact the diverse markets in which its clients operate. The firm’s international network ensures in-depth knowledge of all major equity capital market exchanges, including:

  • AIM
  • Bombay
  • Euronext Paris
  • Frankfurt
  • Hamburg
  • Helsinki
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Istanbul
  • London
  • Luxembourg
  • Milan
  • NASDAQ Dubai
  • NYSE
  • Oslo
  • Qatar
  • RTS
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Stockholm
  • SWX Swiss
  • Toronto
Delivering an Integrated Service

Clients rely on Latham’s capital markets lawyers when they need assistance in drafting and negotiating securities offering documents and in dealing with all aspects of regulatory compliance, including securities laws and regulations, global stock exchange rules, and regulatory comment letters. Latham’s capital markets team works closely with colleagues throughout the firm, including in Latham’s tax, finance, antitrustenvironmental and industry practices, which enables the team to advise clients in connection with any domestic or international corporate, tax, or regulatory issues that may arise. 

In addition, Latham’s Equity Derivatives Practice advises the world’s leading investment banks and issuers on highly structured and individually tailored equity-linked transactions designed to meet their capital-raising, monetization, hedging, and “synthetic” equity repurchasing needs, including public capital markets offerings and customized over-the-counter transactions.

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