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Negotiated Transactions

Latham & Watkins has extensive experience in the negotiated acquisition and disposition of public and private companies and their businesses around the world for both company and financial sponsor clients.

Latham’s global presence and team culture allows the firm to mobilize well-coordinated teams of M&A and other legal practitioners effectively and efficiently to provide due diligence, structuring and other transactional advice.

The structure of these transactions include mergers of public companies, purchases and sales of stock or assets of subsidiary corporations, and purchases and sales of assets and business divisions. Latham M&A lawyers have advised numerous boards of directors in merger-of-equals transactions and other combinations involving complex governance arrangements.

On the buy-side, Latham M&A lawyers have extensive experience representing purchasers of public and private companies. Clients have included public companies effecting combinations subject to the US federal securities laws, takeover panel and other takeover regimes, private equity and other financial sponsors acquiring public or private companies in proprietary and auction processes, and private companies acquiring a wide range of businesses.

On the sell-side, Latham represents public and private companies around the globe and across a wide range of industries that are being acquired by strategic or financial purchasers in change of control transactions or are carving out subsidiary corporations or divisions. The global teams are particularly adept at conducting auction processes and advising board of directors of their duties and obligations in this context, whether in the context of strategic bidders or the more complex financial sponsor take-private transactions.