LATHAM & WATKINS

Comment: At this firm, which is highly recommended in banking and bank regulatory law, regulatory work is closely related to ?M&A and ?IT. The latter is a promising interface and is covered by a recently appointed partner, who is driving work for fintech companies and the online business of traditional financial institutes. At the international level, the firm ramped up the partnerships in its London and North American regulatory practice. If LW strengthens its ties to these, it could be well positioned to meet the rising demand for advice on Brexit and in other cross-border instructions. The banking litigation practice delivered another example of strong international cooperation with the $7.2bn settlement between the US Department of Justice and Deutsche Bank.
Strengths: Strong ties to market-leading ?private equity and venture capital practice. Good position among industry associations and extensive litigation experience ( ?commercial litigation and liability).
Recommended: Dr. Markus Krüger, as counsel Frank Bierwirth.
Practice: Frequent advice on transactions related to financial institutes, bank insolvencies and restructuring. Stand-alone regulatory work, esp. on new technologies in the financial market. Capital market issues and pronounced litigation practice. (6 partners, 3 counsel, 6 associates)
Clients: ?? Berenberg and Bankhaus Lampe on sale of Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft; Ferrari Financial Services on sale of majority share in its European auto financer and on JV with FCA Bank; Deutsche Bank in Italy in negotiations for sale of acquisition business; 23 German credit institutes regarding capital requirements, European passport and MiFID II implementation; Deutsche Bank on $7.2bn settlement with US Department of Justice.
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