THE FIRM Latham & Watkins is a powerhouse in the world of capital markets and continues to top lists for debt and equity offerings. Work recently carried out by the Los Angeles and Silicon Valley offices includes the representation of Avago Technologies on multiple offerings of ordinary and common shares, Cornerstone OnDemand in its $136 million IPO and Spirit Airlines in its $187 million IPO.
Sources say: "A team comprising talented, careful and smart lawyers."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Based in Latham's Los Angeles office, the "very knowledgeable" Mark Stegemoeller is an experienced and active player in the debt and equity markets, with particular expertise in high-yield debt offerings.
Scott Hodgkins led the representation of biopharmaceutical company Amgen in its $1.5 billion registered investment grade bond offering. "He has the deal flow and expertise; a terrific lawyer," one peer commented.
Patrick Pohlen is a partner in Latham's Silicon Valley office, where his experience with technology start-ups is especially valuable. He typically represents life science and clean-tech companies and their financiers on IPOs.
The head of Latham's San Diego office is Scott Wolfe. He has built up considerable experience advising start-up companies in the biotech and telecom fields and representing them on public offerings, private placements and REITs. "He is very smart, good with clients and knows his way around transactions," according to one peer.
Latham's corporate department cochair in Orange Country is Shayne Kennedy. He is "young, very strong on securities and easy to work with," according to one market commentator.
Steven Stokdyk enters the rankings on the back of some very impressive feedback. "He is magnificent and has become an invaluable resource in some very high-profile matters," effused one client, while another commentator praised his ability to handle complex high-yield debt deals.
The "young but fantastic" Casey Fleck recently joined from Skadden. He is known for his enviably broad practice and his "ability to manage everything from the simple to the very complex."