IPOs & Equity Capital Markets

As a market leader in initial public offerings and equity capital markets transactions, we represent issuers and investment banks in financial markets around the globe.

Why Latham

From New York to Hong Kong, Singapore to London, we leverage our global platform to help clients realize their capital raising, monetization, and hedging strategies. We work closely with colleagues in related practices to address domestic or international corporate, tax, or regulatory issues that arise. And we follow the legal and regulatory developments affecting virtually every equity capital market exchange in the world. Reflecting our experience advising on all aspects of IPOs, Latham’s IPO Playbook has become an essential guide for companies considering going public.

Latham regularly advises on a full range of equity products and transactions, including:

  • Initial public offerings
  • SPACs and related equity financings
  • Equity-linked securities, including convertible bonds and related derivative instruments
  • Exchange and tender offers
  • Private placements and registered transactions
  • Rights offerings
  • Secondary and follow-on offerings
  • American and global depositary receipts
  • Debt/equity swaps
  • Direct listings
  • Highly structured and individually tailored equity-linked transactions
  • Spin-offs 

Beyond the IPO, Latham’s Public Company Representation Practice also provides our clients with market-leading advice and thought leadership on the entire array of issues affecting public companies, particularly in areas such as corporate and securities laws, tax matters, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, litigation, antitrust and competition law, employee benefits, and environmental law.

Awards & Rankings

Awards & Rankings content for Initial Public Offerings
  • Latham & Watkins Named Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year - June 02, 2021
  • IFLR Honors Latham for Innovation and Corporate Deal Work in Asia - March 24, 2021
  • Three Partners Named Top Women in Dealmaking - January 26, 2021
  • Two New York Partners Named Notable Women in Law by Crain’s - January 06, 2021
  • Latham Named Banking Group of the Year - January 04, 2021

Latham ranked #1 US IPO law firm by deal count (excluding SPACs).

Deal Point Data YE 2020


2020 TechGC IPO Forum

Media Coverage

Latham's Sheridan Works New Wave of PE and SPAC DealsBanking Group of the Year: Latham & WatkinsCapital Markets Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins


Latham & Watkins Advises WalkMe on IPOLatham advises on US listing of China’s largest online recruitment platformLatham & Watkins Named Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year

Thought Leadership

FCA Consults on Rule Changes to Accommodate SPACsThe IPO PlaybookFinancial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings - US Issuers

Webcasts & Podcasts

Exit This Way – Alternative & Traditional Paths to Going Public: A Closer Look at SPACSExit This Way – Alternative & Traditional Paths to Going Public: IPOs, Direct Listings & SPACsSPACs and the Energy Transition