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“Latham & Watkins combines a comprehensive geographic spread with deep-rooted expertise in M&A. The practice is a firm favorite with international clients and attracts significant praise for the consistent quality of its advice.” — Chambers Global 2013

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.

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

In 2014, the mergers and acquisitions lawyers at Latham & Watkins handled more than US$620 billion in announced mergers and acquisitions transactions worldwide, representing principal entities or financial advisors in more than 410 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 mulitnational 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.

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In the M&A Word of the Day® video series, partners from the M&A practice explain terms found in the Book of Jargon® – Global Mergers & Acquisitions.