Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins is a full-service international law firm with approximately 2,000 lawyers in 30 offices around the world. Widely recognised as one of the global elite law firms, Latham's practice spans a wide range of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas with extensive expertise and specialist knowledge in numerous industries. The firm consistently earns top-tier rankings in the respected league tables, leading legal directories and other high-profile industry benchmarks.

Latham's antitrust and competition practice, globally and in Latin America

Few firms can match the breadth and depth of Latham's global competition law practice. With more than 115 dedicated lawyers located in 15 cities across three continents, Latham & Watkins' Global Antitrust & Competition Practice Group offers its clients comprehensive, globally integrated solutions to competition law issues and challenges. Latham's premier antitrust team in the US has successfully litigated some of the most complex and challenging antitrust cases in US history, including complete defence wins in two of the most recent (and rare) merger trials (US v Oracle/Peoplesoft and FTC v Ovation). Latham is also one of the few international firms with the diverse footprint across Europe necessary to appropriately deal with all aspects of antitrust cases at the EU and/or member state level.

The combination of Latham's expertise and experience in these two centres of gravity in competition law enforcement give Latham a distinct competitive advantage in global, multijurisdictional engagements, and has lead to extensive experience in coordinating merger control and cartel defense matters in and across antitrust enforcement regimes in Latin America. For example, Latham competition lawyers have handled leading antitrust cases in Latin America, including appeal of a major merger control matter in Venezuela, full administrative trial challenging (post-closing) a major soft drink brand acquisition in Chile, single firm conduct investigations in Mexico and Costa Rica, and several merger control and cartel investigations in Brazil.

Also fuelling Latham's competition law practice in Latin America is its vibrant M&A, capital markets, privatisation, dispute resolution, project finance and telecommunications practices in Latin America. Latham represents major financial institutions, US and European multinational companies and several governments. Latham Latin America group members speak Spanish and/or Portuguese, have substantial experience in the legal, business and regulatory environments of Latin American countries and also with US, European and Asian laws and regulations governing foreign investments. In addition, a large majority of the attorneys in the practice group were born, have lived or received education in Latin America. This intimate knowledge of the region enables our clients to proceed confidently with significant investments in Latin American businesses and our lawyers to advise Latin American clients in business transactions with counterparts throughout the world. 

Boulevard du Régent, 43-44 
B-1000 Brussels 
+32 2 788 60 00
Washington, DC
555 Eleventh Street, NW 
Suite 1000 
Washington, DC 20004-1304 
Telephone: +1 202 637 2200

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