Private Equity

Clients with the most complex private equity transactions and litigation disputes worldwide trust Latham & Watkins to provide legal advice.

Why Latham

Sophisticated Transactional Skill

In 2019, Latham’s Private Equity team worked on more than 310 deals with a value of more than US$199 billion in announced private equity transactions worldwide. From its roots as a pioneer in private equity, Latham's lawyers have grown the practice into one of the largest in the world. The firm has dedicated private equity teams in major financial centers in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. When a client needs in-depth local knowledge and understanding of cross-border legal regimes, Latham’s global footprint ensures it has the resources necessary to structure and execute complex transactions around the world.

Some of the world’s largest private equity firms, middle market private equity investors, energy funds, infrastructure funds, and sovereign wealth funds turn to Latham for legal advice.

Industry Knowledge

Latham’s lawyers have the experience and knowledge to complete the most difficult transactions in industries, such as:

From advising on multibillion dollar “going private” transactions to structuring complex global tax efficient investment vehicles, Latham’s lawyers understand the nuances of the most sophisticated private equity deals and are able to guide clients through the most complex global regulatory environments.

Clients also value Latham’s ability to fully integrate its Private Equity Practice with a leading global Capital Markets and Leveraged Finance Practice that can access capital from any of the world’s financing centers. Latham’s Private Equity Practice includes a dedicated team of banking, mezzanine finance, and capital markets lawyers who handle financing and securities matters exclusively for fund sponsors and their portfolio companies.  

Comprehensive Expertise

Latham assists clients throughout every stage of the investment cycle, and the firm’s lawyers have comprehensive experience in every aspect of global private equity, including:

  • Acquisitions from bankruptcy and rescue investments
  • Carve-out transactions
  • Consortia arrangements
  • Cross border transactions
  • IPO exits
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Private investments in public companies

Awards & Rankings


  • Latham Again Named a Leading Business Law Firm of Latin America - March 29, 2020
  • M&A and Private Equity Practices Top 2019 League Tables - February 05, 2020
  • Two London Partners Named in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2020 - January 27, 2020
  • Latham Ranked a Top-4 Foreign Firm India Practice - December 18, 2019
  • Three New York Partners Named Notable Women in Law by Crain’s - December 17, 2019

“Latham provides consistent quality across many disciplines, and has incredible connectedness to the market and the drive to get things done expeditiously,” according to one client.

– Chambers USA 2018


Webcast – 2020 Vision: The Year Ahead in US Oil and Gas M&A Webcast – Outbound Investments in the United States: What You Need to Know About CFIUS and FIRRMAPrivate Fund Compliance Forum 2017

Media Coverage

Latham & Watkins Hires Two Private Equity Partners in Boston and ChicagoRising Star: Latham's Lauren AndersonFund Formation MVP: Andrea J. Schwartzman


Experienced M&A and Private Equity Partner Joins Latham & WatkinsFirm Advises MDP in US$150 million Investment in EVO PaymentsLatham Advises Ad Hoc Group of First-Lien Lenders on Doncasters Group Financial Restructuring

Thought Leadership

Managing Italian Private Equity Investments During the COVID-19 Outbreak New System for Screening Foreign Direct Investments in Certain Sectors in Spain What Co-Investors in Public Takeovers Need to Consider for Contracts

Webcasts & Podcasts

2020 Vision: The Year Ahead in US Oil and Gas M&AOutbound Investments in the United States: What You Need to Know About CFIUS and FIRRMAStarting a Private Equity Fund