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Chambers USA 2020

Transactional Tax

Latham & Watkins’ transactional tax lawyers work as an integral part of each deal team and focus on structuring and negotiating transactions to meet clients’ business objectives in a tax-efficient manner.

Clients benefit from Latham’s experience in addressing challenging and complex transactions and tax matters. Rather than serving merely as “tax specialists,” Latham’s transactional tax lawyers provide creative, practical, business-oriented solutions to achieve clients’ goals in each deal.

Comprehensive Expertise

Latham’s transactional tax team advises on a full range of matters, including matters in these areas:

Recent representations include:

  • Abengoa, S.A. in its US$650 million Rule 144A offering of 8.875% senior notes due 2017
  • AMD in its US$334 million acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of SeaMicro, Inc., a computer server manufacturer
  • Apollo Global Management in its €1.1 billion acquisition of Taminco Group Holdings, an independent global producer of alkylamines and their derivatives, from CVC Capital Partners
  • Avery Dennison Corporation in its US$550 million sale of its office and consumer products business to 3M Company
  • AXA Private Equity and Permira in the acquisition of Opodo Limited, a UK-based company providing online travel services
  • The Carlyle Group in its US$4.3 billion acquisition with Hellman & Friedman LLC of Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc., a contract research organization providing drug discovery, development and life-cycle management services
  • Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., in its US$9.2 billion acquisition of Southern Union Company, a diversified natural gas company
  • European Clean Tech I in its €115 million initial public offering of 15 million units listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. This is the second SPAC listed on the exchange.
  • GTCR, LLC in its US$275 million acquisition of Global Traffic Network, Inc., a provider of custom traffic and news reports to radio and television stations
  • Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. in its US$2.8 billion acquisition of BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc., a wholesale retail club
  • Mattel in its US$680 million acquisition of HIT Entertainment, Limited, a UK-based children's entertainment producer and rights-owner
  • Imerys in Micral’s US$340 million acquisition of Luzenac Group's talc assets, a talc mining and processing company operating under Rio Tinto's Industrial Mineral segment
  • Nestle Waters North America, Inc. in its acquisition of the remaining 65 percent stake in Sweet Leaf Tea Company, a US-based manufacturer of ready-to-drink iced teas
  • Oracle Corporation in its US$1.5 billion acquisition of RightNow Technologies, Inc.
  • Recruit Co., Ltd. in its acquisitions of Staffmark Holdings, Inc., a staffing company, from Compass Diversified Holdings LLC, and of Advantage Resourcing America, Inc. and Advantage Resourcing Europe B.V.
  • Repsol YPF S.A. in its acquisition of 100 percent of the shares of SeaEnergy Renewables Limited, an offshore marine renewables development company
  • Spirit Airlines in its US$187 million initial public offering of 15,600,000 shares of common stock listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market    
  • VAC Luxembourg S.a.r.l., a portfolio company of One Equity Partners LLC that produces magnetic materials and related products, in its US$1 billion sale to OM Group, Inc.
  • The Yucaipa Companies, LLC, in its acquisition of Soho House Limited, the UK-based private members club for those in the film, media and creative industries
  • Zipcar, Inc. in its US$174 million initial public offering of 9,684,109 shares of common stock listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market
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