Private Equity Finance

We help the world’s largest and most active private equity funds finance and consummate acquisitions, exits, and every transaction in between.

Why Latham

Acting as a one-stop financing shop with a global arsenal of market-leading talent, we offer clients knowledgeable counsel on the full range of financial products, with a sophisticated understanding of local lending and capital markets. Our reputation and breadth of experience regularly place us at the top of the US private equity lending league tables.

Our team approach dedicates the same lawyers to the entire transaction life cycle, from running the debt commitment papers, to coordinating the finance-related provisions of the purchase agreement, to leading both the bank and bond financings, to advising the portfolio company post-closing and through the exit. We offer strategic advice on financing conditions, “certain funds” requirements, and commitment paper terms, giving clients a competitive advantage in an auction market. Working with colleagues across practices, we develop innovative structures to smoothly complete transactions.

Awards & Rankings

  • Latham Named Pan-European Legal Advisor of the Year - April 28, 2022
  • Latham & Watkins Advises on Asia’s 2021 High Yield Bond of the Year - April 14, 2022
  • Private Equity Finance Associate Wins Diversity in Fund Finance Award - February 16, 2022
  • Two Latham Lawyers Recognized at The National Law Journal’s Professional Excellence Awards - October 24, 2021
  • Latham Honored at National Law Journal’s Professional Excellence Awards - October 24, 2021

Sources say, “They are a very strong player in the market” with “substantial global reach.”

Chambers Global 2020

Media Coverage

Black Leaders Worth Watching: Jennifer M. KentPreparing for LIBOR Transition: What the Year End Deadline Means for PE Sponsors With Subscription Facilities (Part One of Two)Preparing for LIBOR Transition: Remediation Terms Managers Should Incorporate Into Their Existing Subscription Facilities (Part Two of Two)


Latham & Watkins Advises Carlyle in US$4.2 Billion Acquisition of ManTech Latham & Watkins Represents Kennedy Lewis Investment Management in Debt and Equity Financing for Impulse DynamicsLatham & Watkins Advises GTCR on PathGroup Recapitalization

Thought Leadership

Private Capital Insights - Spring 2022Private Capital InsightsPE Views: Insights on the World of Private Equity

Webcasts & Podcasts

Podcast – How Does Growth Debt Fuel Startups Between Equity Rounds?Private Equity: Asia Perspectives - Episode One: Choosing a Liquidity Enhancing TransactionFunding Growth Through Debt