Latham & Watkins' London Office Garners Top Tier Rankings in 2008 Legal 500 Guide

The Legal 500

September 27, 2008

Latham & Watkins' London office ranks in the top tier across a number of practices in the 2008 Legal 500 UK guide. Latham's high yield team earned a Tier 1 ranking, with Legal 500 stating: "Boasting ‘fantastic lawyers and trusted advisers’, Latham & Watkins continues to lead the way in representing both underwriters and issuers, and commands a leading market share of deals in both Europe and further afield." The public international law team ranked in Tier 1, with the guide noting: "This year’s workload included handling more than a dozen investment treaty arbitrations, and advising numerous governments on boundary disputes on five continents. The firm often advises parties before the ICJ, the PCA, WTO dispute panels, and ICSID, and ‘the timeliness and quality of service delivery is exemplary’." The guide adds: "Latham & Watkins offers a very strong, fully rounded [arbitration] practice." Legal 500 ranked Latham in the top tier across a number of other categories, including: Restructuring & Insolvency, with Legal 500 stating: "While Latham & Watkins remains best known for its strong bondholder practice, a number of key matters illustrate its increasingly diverse practice"; Information Technology and Telecoms, with Legal 500 acknowledging: "Best known for outsourcing, Latham & Watkins’ four-partner technology transactions team continues to win new mandates from UK corporates. …[t]he firm has a growing practice advising media clients in the technology space"; and Project Finance, with the group described as a "'knowledgeable’ and ‘responsive’ three-partner team." Legal 500 also recognizes Latham's EU and competition group, noting: "Renowned for its European and global cartel practice …[i]t has also begun to make significant headway in UK matters." Client feedback describes the team as "'excellent on tactics and strategy'" and "offering ‘outstanding service’." The corporate tax practice also received praise, with Legal 500 noting: "Latham & Watkins majors on high-end advisory and contentious work." Latham's "high-quality [private equity] practice" is recognized for "an impressive mix of clients." The acquisition finance team is praised, with Legal 500 stating: "Clients praise the firm’s ‘very proactive, highly skilled negotiators and ability to cut through the issues and distil them in a clear and persuasive manner’."

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