Latham & Watkins’ clients benefit from the firm’s unique commercial approach to legal assignments, entrepreneurship, teamwork and relationship building.

High-end performance. Down-to-earth attitude.

Latham values top-tier legal qualifications and professional expertise of course — but the firm’s culture emphasizes qualities far beyond these. Latham places just as much value on authenticity, a down-to-earth approach and empathy, because we are convinced that the best solutions for clients come from a combination of excellent legal and social skills.

Latham lawyers collaborate seamlessly across practice groups, nationally and internationally, in order to source the best expertise from anywhere in the firm.

Clients clearly value Latham’s approach: the firm ranked #1 for Private Equity, High-Yield/Finance and Restructuring. Clients rely on Latham’s highly regarded German M&A group for structuring and executing the most complex transactions. The Litigation team is known for its comprehensive advice for multifaceted, often multi-jurisdictional disputes — both high value work of public interest and major proceedings.

Clients value Latham’s ability to integrate into teams with speed and collegiality. This efficiency enables us to deliver the right advice at the right time.

Latham values transparency from the outset of an engagement so we can respond to our clients quickly and precisely. Latham places a great deal of importance on open and sincere communication, which allows us to anticipate business opportunities, increase clients’ room to maneuver and develop enduring solutions.

Clients expect market-leading service every day. Latham’s ability to exceed clients’ expectations is what sets the firm apart.

The Facts
  • Latham is a leading commercial law firm, both in Germany and globally.
  • Founded in Los Angeles in 1934, Latham has grown to more than 2,700 lawyers working in 14 countries and 55 languages.
  • More than 170 Latham lawyers serve clients in Germany from offices in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Munich.
  • Latham advises international corporations, private equity firms, investors, banks, insurance companies, and other financial service providers doing business in Germany and globally

Latham’s German offices have developed one of the leading pro bono practices in the country. The firm's lawyers, paralegals and professional staff have participated in counseling both established and prospective charitable organizations focused on the education and support of children.

Pro bono and community outreach program highlights include:

  • Advising a nonprofit organization that brings people from diverse backgrounds together and assisting them in developing social entrepreneurship
  • Counseling a charitable association dedicated to assisting parents of newborns
  • Providing ongoing legal advice to an expanding children’s hospital
  • Helping a once-local volunteer mentor organization to become one of Germany’s leading nonprofit organizations in its field
  • Working with Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Gemeinsam leben – gemeinsam lernen, a nonprofit organization supporting parents of children with disabilities, to draft a comprehensive bill seeking to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, one of the largest German states.

Latham ranks first in the provision of pro bono services in Germany, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s third annual TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono. The 2016 index was “compiled with data collected from over 130 law firms—both large and small—and representing 64,500 lawyers in 75 countries, [and it] provides a snapshot of the resources mobilised by the industry in support of social causes, while also monitoring the growth of the sector globally.”

Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities

A multi-office team of Latham & Watkins lawyers and professional staff from across the firm’s offices globally conducted extensive research to prepare the 2016 edition of the “Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities” report. Conducted in conjunction with the Pro Bono Institute (PBI), the unique report is an essential resource for local practitioners, in-house teams and non-profits on pro bono practices around the world.

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