Mergers & Acquisitions

The M&A Practice advises on transactions worldwide, offering clients the resources of a global firm, while maintaining an on-the-ground understanding of substantive legal matters, local markets and industry-specific issues.

Why Latham

Assisting Clients as They Face the Challenges of Global M&A

In 2019, Latham M&A lawyers handled more than US$566 billion in announced mergers and acquisitions transactions worldwide, representing principal entities or financial advisors in more than 530 public and private transactions.

Latham M&A lawyers are experienced in acquisitions and dispositions in a wide range of industries, including those that are highly regulated. The firm’s industry acumen is broad and deep, and reflects the strengths of Latham’s M&A Practice as a whole, as well as the firm’s leading corporate finance, regulatory, and controversy practices.

The firm’s M&A clients include:

  • Public and private companies, ranging from Fortune 100 and multinational corporations to emerging companies
  • Private equity and other financial sponsors, including venture capital and sovereign wealth funds
  • Boards of directors and their special committees
  • Financial advisors
Comprehensive Expertise

The firm’s M&A lawyers participate in transactions in virtually every part of the world. By leveraging the full capabilities of Latham’s offices worldwide, the Latham M&A lawyers handle effectively even the most complex, cross-jurisdictional deals. 

The firm’s lawyers participate in all types of M&A transactions on a global basis, including:

The firm has vast experience representing companies in negotiated and contested M&A matters in a wide variety of contexts, including competitive auctions, exclusive transactions, club deals, carve-outs, and joint ventures.

A key component of the firm’s company M&A Practice is its broad understanding of the corporate governance aspects of transactions. Latham's M&A corporate and litigation teams effectively counsel boards of directors in difficult and sensitive situations, with particular expertise providing defense advice to public companies.

Awards & Rankings

  • Latham Advises on Japan “Premium Deal of the Year” - September 29, 2020
  • Latham Honored at Expansión Legal Awards - September 28, 2020
  • Houston Partners Honored for Professional Excellence - September 20, 2020
  • Latham & Watkins Earns #1 Rankings for 2020 Proxy Season Activism Defense - July 20, 2020
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media Team Profiled in Variety's Legal Impact Report - July 19, 2020

Latham’s “outstanding M&A group” boasts a “formidable practice in the [US], benefiting from its far-reaching global network to advise on international deals and financing issues.”

– Chambers Global 2020


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Media Coverage

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Thought Leadership

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Webcasts & Podcasts

Podcast – Tech M&A: How Has the Pandemic Changed the Market?Start-Ups, VCs, & the Pandemic Economy: Oblivious or Impervious?Operator for Hire: Key Considerations for Contract Operating Arrangements