Consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading banking practices, Latham advises financial institutions, direct lenders, private equity sponsors, and corporate borrowers, on hundreds of financings valued at hundreds of billions of dollars each year.

Why Latham

Because of the scope and sophistication of our practice — in every key market, with every structure, and on every type of deal — we regularly top the legal advisor league tables. Latham’s early pioneering work in the rapidly growing direct lending market allows us to deliver insightful, seasoned counsel to direct lenders and their borrowers on their most important transactions. Working in tandem with our market-leading capital markets, M&A, and restructuring colleagues, we develop innovative structures and facilitate efficient dealmaking.

Latham’s exceptional understanding of the sponsor market and ability to both spot and set trends have earned us a reputation as uniquely positioned to advise both lenders and borrowers on leveraged and acquisition finance. We advise major players on their most complex and important financings, across all industries and in both the syndicated and direct lending markets.

Because of our broad practice and global presence, we seamlessly manage complicated cross-border deals that require nuanced commercial insight and dealmaking experience. Latham banking lawyers deliver both local law and global perspectives in order to structure and execute clients’ financings across the full spectrum of the market, anywhere in the world.

Awards & Rankings

  • Two Latham Lawyers Named to Financial News’ Fifty Most Influential Lawyers List - April 24, 2022
  • Latham & Watkins Advises on Asia’s 2021 High Yield Bond of the Year - April 14, 2022
  • Milan Partner Named Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year - March 24, 2022
  • The Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in Cooperation with Latham & Watkins Named Banking & Finance Legal Adviser of the Year - March 07, 2022
  • China Law & Practice Recognizes Latham’s Banking & Finance Practice, Beijing Partner Hui Xu, and Corporate Work - February 28, 2022

Latham is recognized for its “stellar banking and finance group which is regarded as one of the foremost lender-side practices in the USA” and its “extensive global footprint to offer clients a high-quality network of teams across key jurisdictions,” with clients noting, “the team's scale and size are huge.”

Chambers Global 2021

Media Coverage

Black Leaders Worth Watching: Jennifer M. KentThree New York Partners Named Notable Women in LawPower Women: Nicole Fanjul


Latham & Watkins Advises Cipher Mining in Connection with Alborz’ Bitcoin Mining Equipment and Related Assets Secured Credit FacilityLatham & Watkins Publishes Latest Edition of Private Capital InsightsLatham & Watkins Advises Varagon Capital Partners and Ares Capital Management on Financing to Support CapVest Partners’ Acquisition of Second Nature Brands

Thought Leadership

Private Capital Insights - Spring 2022The Legal 500's Lending & Secured Finance Country Comparative Guide: United StatesFive Direct Lending Trends for 2022

Webcasts & Podcasts

LIBOR to SOFR TransitionSpring 2020 Revelations in Reserve-Based Loan RedeterminationsPrivate Equity: Asia Perspectives - Episode One: Choosing a Liquidity Enhancing Transaction