Emerging Companies

Latham guides startups of all sizes as well as the venture capital partners and other institutional partners that finance the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Why Latham

With market-leading experience advising emerging companies and our integrated global platform, we are ideally positioned to advise clients from formation to financings through a public offering and beyond.

Latham combines an unrivaled global platform with deep experience in the innovation industries that drive growth and progress in the global economy, from tech and its many sub-sectors to biotechnology and life sciences to next-gen manufacturing.

We meet our clients where they are. We provide tailored, cost-conscious company formation services and strategic counsel at the earliest stages — and scale up rapidly to meet the most complex challenges companies ever face, providing practical commercial advice to help clients make smarter and stronger moves to meet their business objectives.

As the only global law firm present in all key US venture capital markets — including the Bay Area, Southern California, Austin, Chicago, Boston, and New York — we advise on hundreds of emerging company financings totaling billions of dollars every year. Drawing on deep relationships with the world’s leading venture capital and growth equity firms, we connect investors with innovators to fuel growth through a variety of financing structures, from angel and seed investments to structured debt and equity solutions. We work to find the best strategy for whatever comes next.

From the outset of our engagement with an emerging company, we draw on our strength as the world’s leading capital markets and M&A firm to position each client for an optimal liquidity event consistent with the client’s goals. Just as emerging companies are constantly innovating and pushing the envelope, we are constantly innovating to support their developments. For example, we have helped our clients pioneer new ways to go public, such as through direct listings and deSPACs.

Our instinctive knowledge of what comes next, our global vantage point, and our multidisciplinary collaborative culture mean we are more than an advisory partner, we are an extra engine of growth to help drive our clients’ growth.

Visit LathamDrive – Our website with resources to help emerging companies grow.

Our Experience

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.


Awards & Rankings

  • New York and Boston Partners Named Northeast Trailblazers - May 30, 2022
  • Latham Partners Named American Lawyer 2022 Dealmakers of the Year - March 27, 2022
  • Latham Named Start-Up Firm / Emerging Company Law Firm of the Year - March 23, 2022
  • Boston Partner Honored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly - February 28, 2022
  • 2021 Proves to be Another Successful Year for Latham’s Philippines Practice - January 27, 2022

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

Chambers USA 2020


2020 TechGC IPO Forum

Media Coverage

Northeast Trailblazers: Emily Taylor Latham Adds Emerging Companies Partner In DC2022 Dealmakers of the Year: Latham's Marc Jaffe and Tad Freese


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Thought Leadership

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Webcasts & Podcasts

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