Public Company Representation

Through our Public Company Representation Practice, Latham serves as primary outside counsel to more than 300 US public companies, from those that have recently filed to global market leaders.

Why Latham

We are at home in the boardroom counseling corporate directors, officers, and senior management on legal strategy as well as regulatory and disclosure requirements, including US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) matters, foreign private issuer (FPI) guidance, and stock exchange compliance. As seasoned corporate crisis counselors, we regularly guide clients through high-risk situations, such as internal and external investigations, control contests, shareholder activism, accounting restatements, and major strategic initiatives.

Our team includes lawyers with prior government experience as high-level SEC officials, rule makers, and enforcement lawyers — so we bring unrivaled insights to cutting-edge public company challenges. Our National Office, a unique asset in the legal industry, is staffed by a centralized team of former SEC senior officials and top-ranked corporate lawyers, to deliver sophisticated advice in real time on the most complex securities issues public companies face. With a bird’s-eye view of trends and hot-button issues across the firm, our National Office sees it all, and brings vast experience, both inside and outside of Latham, to each client representation.

We quickly learn a company’s priority issues, structural concerns, and internal policies and procedures in order to deliver comprehensive and practical advice. And when our clients raise capital, buy or sell businesses, or encounter disputes, we leverage market-leading experience across the firm to efficiently and comprehensively address clients’ legal needs at every stage in their lifecycle. Our PCR lawyers collaborate with colleagues in our Capital Markets, M&A, Litigation, and other practices to help clients achieve their strategic goals.

Awards & Rankings

  • Latham Named Capital Markets Group of the Year - December 13, 2020
  • Fifteen Partners Receive 2020 MVP Honors - October 04, 2020
  • Latham & Watkins Earns #1 Rankings for 2020 Proxy Season Activism Defense - July 20, 2020
  • Justin Hamill Named American Lawyer Dealmaker of the Year - March 23, 2020
  • Corporate Partner Named an Elite Dealmaker of New York - September 09, 2019

Clients appreciate Latham’s “extremely good client care, attention and responsiveness across all international offices.”

– Chambers Global 2020


2021 Proxy Season: Lessons Learned and Coming AttractionsWebcast – 2020 Proxy Season: Considerations for Your Proxy Statement and Preparing for Your Annual Meeting

Media Coverage

Capital Markets Group Of The Year: Latham & WatkinsDistinguished Leader: Marc JaffeDealmaker of the Year: Justin Hamill


Firm Advises Aon in US$3.57 Billion Sale of WTW Assets to GallagherLatham Advises Saudi-Based B2B Marketplace Sary on its US$30.5 Million Series B Financing Latham & Watkins Advises Endeavor on IPO

Thought Leadership

The IPO PlaybookFinancial Statement Requirements in US Securities OfferingsFinancial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings - US Issuers

Webcasts & Podcasts

2021 Proxy Season: Considerations for Your Proxy Statement and Preparing for Your Annual Meeting2021 Proxy Season: Strategically Preparing for the Upcoming SeasonPodcast – The ABCs of ESG: How Are Companies Going Beyond the Basics?