Private Equity

Clients with the most complex private equity transactions and litigation disputes worldwide trust Latham & Watkins to provide legal advice.

Why Latham

Sophisticated Transactional Skill

In 2020, Latham’s Private Equity team worked on more than 395 deals with a value of more than US$309 billion in announced private equity transactions worldwide. From its roots as a pioneer in private equity, Latham's lawyers have grown the practice into one of the largest in the world. The firm has dedicated private equity teams in major financial centers in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. When a client needs in-depth local knowledge and understanding of cross-border legal regimes, Latham’s global footprint ensures it has the resources necessary to structure and execute complex transactions around the world.

Some of the world’s largest private equity firms, middle market private equity investors, energy funds, infrastructure funds, and sovereign wealth funds turn to Latham for legal advice.

Industry Knowledge

Latham’s lawyers have the experience and knowledge to complete the most difficult transactions in industries, such as:

From advising on multibillion dollar “going private” transactions to structuring complex global tax efficient investment vehicles, Latham’s lawyers understand the nuances of the most sophisticated private equity deals and are able to guide clients through the most complex global regulatory environments.

Clients also value Latham’s ability to fully integrate its Private Equity Practice with a leading global Capital Markets and Leveraged Finance Practice that can access capital from any of the world’s financing centers. Latham’s Private Equity Practice includes a dedicated team of banking, mezzanine finance, and capital markets lawyers who handle financing and securities matters exclusively for fund sponsors and their portfolio companies.  

Comprehensive Expertise

Latham assists clients throughout every stage of the investment cycle, and the firm’s lawyers have comprehensive experience in every aspect of global private equity, including:

  • Acquisitions from bankruptcy and rescue investments
  • Carve-out transactions
  • Consortia arrangements
  • Cross border transactions
  • IPO exits
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Private investments in public companies

Awards & Rankings


  • London Associate Honored in OUTstanding 100 LGBT+ Future Leaders List - November 08, 2021
  • London Associate Named Private Equity Rising Star by International - October 19, 2021
  • Latham Again Ranked as a Leading Business Law Firm of Latin America - October 05, 2021
  • Seven Latham Partners Named M&A Client Service All-Stars - September 20, 2021
  • Latham Wins Several 2021 New York Legal Awards - September 19, 2021

Latham is known for its “top-tier private equity practice with deeply experienced teams in the UK, Europe and the USA” supported by a sizeable presence in Asia.

Chambers Global 2020


Private Equity and Healthcare: Enforcement Trends and Investor RiskWebcast – 2020 Vision: The Year Ahead in US Oil and Gas M&A

Media Coverage

2021 Dealmakers of the YearLatham Adds Partner in Houston, Expanding Energy TeamRising Star – Technology: Mark Bekheit


Latham Represents HPS Investment Partners, LLC in Investment in Ankura Consulting GroupLatham & Watkins Advises Scaled Agile in Sale by Leeds Equity Partners Latham & Watkins Advises Astorg Portfolio Company IQ-EQ in Acquisition of Greyline Partners, LLC

Thought Leadership

Private Equity Market Study, Eighth EditionPrivate M&A Market Study, Eighth EditionThe Latham & Watkins Take-Private Guide

Webcasts & Podcasts

Podcast – PE Views: How is Creative Collateral Use Changing PE Finance Options?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?