Clients from around the world come to Latham & Watkins’ Banking Practice for strategic, focused and efficient representation on their most significant financing transactions.

Why Latham

Serving Global Financial Markets

With lawyers based throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, Latham’s global Banking Practice is among the largest of any law firm. Latham’s banking lawyers represent commercial banks, investment banks, direct lenders, and other financial institutions in their capacities as agents, arrangers, and lenders, as well as corporate borrowers and private equity firms, in structuring and executing the most complex financings across industries and around the globe.

Clients trust Latham’s banking lawyers to take a practical, business-oriented approach to achieving their objectives. Latham’s lawyers have a sophisticated understanding of the expectations and requirements of both sides to a financing transaction and provide counsel tailored to each client’s needs.

Comprehensive Expertise and Broad-based Experience

Latham represents clients in a wide variety of financings, including:

  • Asset-based loans
  • Bridge loans
  • Cash flow loans
  • Cross-border financings
  • Direct loans
  • Investment grade loans
  • Leveraged financings
  • Mezzanine financings
  • Multi-currency financings
  • First and second lien secured loans
  • Special situations
  • Syndicated loans
  • Unitranche loans
  • Working capital facilities

Latham’s banking lawyers work in tandem with members of the firm’s Capital Markets, InsolvencyMergers & Acquisitions, and other practices to develop innovative structures and to facilitate the smooth consummation of transactions. They offer clients particular strength in the context of leveraged finance, bank and bond financings, debt restructurings, and workouts.

Awards & Rankings

  • Chicago Partners Honored by Crain’s Chicago Business - November 18, 2021
  • Latham Again Ranked as a Leading Business Law Firm of Latin America - October 05, 2021
  • Latham Wins Several 2021 New York Legal Awards - September 19, 2021
  • Lisa Nguyen and Shagufa Hossain Named Asian Leaders Worth Watching - June 28, 2021
  • Latham’s Milan Office Named Team of the Year - June 24, 2021

Latham is recognized for its “stellar banking and finance group which is regarded as one of the foremost lender-side practices in the USA” and its “extensive global footprint to offer clients a high-quality network of teams across key jurisdictions,” with clients noting, “the team's scale and size are huge.”

Chambers Global 2021

Media Coverage

Preparing for LIBOR Transition: Remediation Terms Managers Should Incorporate Into Their Existing Subscription Facilities (Part Two of Two)ESG Linked Fund Finance: Two Most Prevalent Structures and Challenges With Use (Part Two of Two)Rising Star: Latham's Nicole Fanjul


Latham & Watkins Advises Mesoblast in Refinancing and Expansion of Senior Debt Facility with Oaktree CapitalChicago Partners Honored by Crain’s Chicago BusinessLatham & Watkins Advises on CWT Restructuring

Thought Leadership

Sustainability Linked Leveraged Loans in Europe: LMA and ELFA Release Best Practice GuidePrivate Capital InsightsThe Legal 500's Lending & Secured Finance Guide: United States

Webcasts & Podcasts

LIBOR to SOFR TransitionSpring 2020 Revelations in Reserve-Based Loan RedeterminationsPrivate Equity: Asia Perspectives - Episode One: Choosing a Liquidity Enhancing Transaction