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“It’s a really great and very sophisticated firm that’s able to work with emerging tech companies."

Chambers USA 2020

Emerging Companies

Latham & Watkins represents private and public companies in the technology, life sciences, and other growth industries, as well as the venture capital firms and investment banks that finance the entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Emerging Companies

The Emerging Companies Practice at Latham & Watkins is global in scope, consisting of both transactional and litigation attorneys who are immersed in the legal, business and regulatory issues that affect our clients' enterprises. Whether addressing matters limited to a specific region or with global implications, we provide an international network of experienced attorneys who can handle the spectrum of needs of our clients - from start-ups to multinational conglomerates - and the investment banks and venture capital firms that serve them.

Latham & Watkins' services span the entire growth cycle of a company, from organization and incorporation, through venture and mezzanine and late-stage funding and initial public offerings to sophisticated transactions for Fortune 100 public companies. With a focus on technology, cleantech and life sciences companies, we help set-up optimal legal and capital structures, advise on corporate governance and compliance standards, coordinate employment and employee benefit arrangements, draft, negotiate and advise on domestic and international supply and distribution agreements, material transfer and intellectual property license agreements, as well as cross-border structuring agreements and outsourcing, and where appropriate, arrange introductions to providers of capital.

Practice Breadth

With a sophisticated perspective and an entrepreneurial spirit, our Emerging Companies group combines expertise in corporate finance, capital markets, venture financing, and mergers and acquisitions with an in-depth understanding of the intellectual property, technology transactions, liability, regulatory and privacy issues facing these companies.

Our goal is to be valued business advisors to each of the companies we represent. To that end, we develop a deep understanding of our clients' industries, and focus senior-level attention on the issues our clients face. The firm's experience in counseling public and private companies spans many industries, including:

  • Biotechnology
  • Broadband
  • Clean technology
  • Communications
  • Computer hardware
  • Consumer products
  • Data storage and security
  • E-commerce
  • Entertainment and multimedia
  • Internet
  • Life sciences
  • Medical devices
  • Nanotechnology
  • Networks and infrastructure
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Satellites
  • Semiconductors
  • Software
  • Web 2.0 
  • Wireless

Latham has closed hundreds of private company financings with aggregate value of more than US$9 billion over the last five years. Latham has strong relationships with venture capital and private equity firms as well as investment banks that are active in the technology, life sciences and cleantech industries. Latham is also the leading firm for US IPOs, both as issuer’s and underwriters’ counsel.


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