THE FIRM Latham & Watkins is lauded for its long-standing presence in California. With offices across Northern and Southern California, the firm enjoys a strong reputation in all areas of the corporate domain including private equity and venture capital. Its Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices excel in the sphere of life sciences, while in Los Angeles the team is acclaimed as a major player in M&A. The firm advised on the $6.5 billion acquisition of National Semiconductor by Texas Instruments. Notably, it also acted for The Huffington Post with respect to the merger of its online business with AOL.
Sources say: "I turn to Latham in almost every situation - I have built a lot of trust in them." "A fabulous corporate practice."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Christopher Kaufman is universally well respected in California for his corporate practice. Clients say he is "actively involved and extremely hands-on." He recently advised Merrill Lynch on the $4.3 billion acquisition by Western Digital of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.
Orange County-based Charles Ruck is "very levelheaded, gets things done and always looks for solutions." Deal highlights include assisting JPMorgan Securities as adviser to Pfizer on its $360 million acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals.
In Los Angeles, the "outstanding" Paul Tosetti cochairs the firm's global M&A practice. He represented Beckman Coulter in its $6.8 billion acquisition by Danaher.
Alan Mendelson is "extremely proactive and very experienced - he's very smart and client service-oriented," say sources. One commentator enthused: "He is one of the most outstanding corporate M&A attorneys I know." Recent highlights include acting on the $885 million acquisition of ZymoGenetics by Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Peter Kerman is a "fabulous lawyer" who is a "very good counselor with a deep level of experience." He advised Technology Crossover Ventures on a Series G preferred stock financing for Groupon.
Patrick Pohlen is the global cochair of the firm's emerging company practice, and focuses on both M&A and venture capital deals. Sources say he is "an exceptional guy with a very engaging personality." He recently acted for OpenTable on its acquisition of toptable.com.
Thomas Sadler represented Deutsche Bank as financial adviser to Stations Casinos. Sources say he is a "brilliant strategist - he is truly first-rate and a pleasure to work with."
Los Angeles-based Alex Voxman focuses on emerging companies work and is a strong player in the technology domain. He acted for Fresh Direct.com on a $50 million convertible preferred stock strategic investment.
Scott Haber is the office managing partner in San Francisco where he specializes in private equity work. He acted for Genstar Capital on its acquisition of MWI Holdings and advised Canon Communications, a portfolio company of Spectrum Equity Investors, on its sale to United Business Media.