IPOs & Equity Capital Markets

As a market leader in initial public offerings and equity capital markets transactions, we represent issuers and investment banks in financial markets around the globe.

Why Latham

From New York to Hong Kong, Singapore to London, we leverage our global platform to help clients realize their capital raising, monetization, and hedging strategies. We work closely with colleagues in related practices to address domestic or international corporate, tax, or regulatory issues that arise. And we follow the legal and regulatory developments affecting virtually every equity capital market exchange in the world. Reflecting our experience advising on all aspects of IPOs, Latham’s IPO Playbook has become an essential guide for companies considering going public.

Latham regularly advises on a full range of equity products and transactions, including:

  • Initial public offerings
  • SPACs and related equity financings
  • Equity-linked securities, including convertible bonds and related derivative instruments
  • Exchange and tender offers
  • Private placements and registered transactions
  • Rights offerings
  • Secondary and follow-on offerings
  • American and global depositary receipts
  • Debt/equity swaps
  • Direct listings
  • Highly structured and individually tailored equity-linked transactions
  • Spin-offs 

Beyond the IPO, Latham’s Public Company Representation Practice also provides our clients with market-leading advice and thought leadership on the entire array of issues affecting public companies, particularly in areas such as corporate and securities laws, tax matters, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, litigation, antitrust and competition law, employee benefits, and environmental law.

Awards & Rankings

Awards & Rankings content for Initial Public Offerings
  • Two Partners Named Among Prestigious Top 100 Lawyers - September 19, 2021
  • Latham & Watkins Named Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year - June 02, 2021
  • IFLR Honors Latham for Innovation and Corporate Deal Work in Asia - March 24, 2021
  • Three Partners Named Top Women in Dealmaking - January 26, 2021
  • Two New York Partners Named Notable Women in Law by Crain’s - January 06, 2021

Latham ranked #1 US IPO law firm by deal count (excluding SPACs).

Deal Point Data YE 2020


2020 TechGC IPO Forum

Media Coverage

Top 100: Tad FreeseLatham's Sheridan Works New Wave of PE and SPAC DealsBanking Group of the Year: Latham & Watkins


Latham & Watkins Advises the Underwriters in Vaxcyte’s US$100 Million Public OfferingLatham & Watkins Advises Bionomics in its Initial Public OfferingLatham & Watkins Advises the BookRunners in Hong Kong Listing of Asymchem

Thought Leadership

Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities OfferingsFinancial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings - US IssuersFinancial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings - Non-US Issuers

Webcasts & Podcasts

Podcast – PE Views: Will UK IPOs with Dual Class Shares Surface New PE Opportunities?Podcast – PE Views: How is Growth Equity Connecting PE and VC?Exit This Way – Alternative & Traditional Paths to Going Public: A Closer Look at SPACS