It’s about time. We’ve been writing about the new Boston office of Latham & Watkins for weeks now (here and here), revealing a number of their top lateral hires.

On Wednesday, Latham made its official announcement — and confirmed the accuracy of our prior reporting. All of the partners we previously named as Latham-bound, taken from such top firms as WilmerHale, Proskauer Rose, and Bingham McCutchen, are mentioned.

Let’s take a closer look at the L&W crew, and also learn about additional attorneys who are joining up (including associates)….

Am Law Daily reports:

Joining the new firm are four attorneys from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, two from Bingham McCutchen, and one from Proskauer. The official news follows reports from early March about Latham’s latest expansion.

In a statement announcing the launch, Latham managing partner Robert Dell said the Boston market appeals to the firm due to the presence of, “companies focused on evolving technologies and the venture capital firms and investment banks that fuel and support their growth.” The firm plans to use the new office as a springboard to expand its global private equity practice, Dell added.

The names we’ve previously mentioned are all going to Latham. Here’s the roster:

The office will also have seven associates. From Latham’s firm-wide announcement about the new office (reprinted in full at the end of this post):

Associates Nathaniel Amory, Jeffrey Brooker, Karen Hodys, Michael Laskin, Alexander Lazar, Ryan McCarthy and William Schwab are also joining us. Together, these attorneys represent a broad array of public and private companies in the technology, clean technology and life sciences industries.

As for support staff, Am Law Daily reports that Latham “is planning on hiring additional staff for the Boston office at all levels.” So send your résumé their way, if you’re looking for a job and are not risk-averse. (When times are good at Latham, they’re good; but when things go south, you get the ax — aka Lathamed.)

This is good news for Latham. Associates in other LW offices might be more interested in word of spring bonuses, which Latham hasn’t said anything about, but the Boston expansion is a welcome development. It’s a sign of the overall health of the firm.

To paraphrase Woody Allen, Latham “is like a shark — it has to constantly move forward, or it dies.” So if Latham is in “moving forward” mode, then it’s not dying. Right?

It’s Official: Latham & Watkins Launches in Boston [Am Law Daily]

Earlier: More About Latham’s Boston Office
Latham & Watkins Enters the Boston Market


LATHAM & WATKINS — MEMORANDUM — BOSTON OFFICE

TO: ALL PERSONNEL

FROM: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

RE: NEW OFFICE – BOSTON

We are pleased to announce the opening of our newest office in Boston, Massachusetts. The firm is committed to serving the technology, clean technology and life sciences industries, and our new presence in Boston is a key aspect of that strategy.

Boston is a market that is rich in public and private companies focused on evolving technologies, and the venture capital firms and investment banks that fuel and support their growth. The city is also home to one of the most dynamic private equity markets in the United States. Our experience in helping emerging companies grow and thrive, particularly with our strong presence in the technology markets of Silicon Valley and Southern California, and our global reach and substantial depth in private equity, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions, are perfectly complemented and enhanced by our new presence in Boston.

Six leading corporate partners and one counsel have joined us:

· Partners John Chory, Peter Handrinos, Susan Mazur and Phil Rossetti, joining us from WilmerHale, offer substantial experience working with emerging companies, venture funds and investment banks, and whose practices, collectively, cover the broad range of needs of emerging companies, including: initial and late-stage venture financings and other financing transactions; mergers and acquisitions; capital markets; and general company representation.

· Private equity partner Alex Temel, joining us from Proskauer Rose, offers substantial experience advising clients in connection with leveraged recapitalizations, management buyouts, M&A, early and late stage private equity investments and secondary transactions.

· Private equity partner Hans Brigham and counsel Julie Scallen, who join us from Bingham McCutchen, are both principally engaged in M&A and growth equity and venture investing for private equity and venture funds, as well as for strategic buyers.

Associates Nathaniel Amory, Jeffrey Brooker, Karen Hodys, Michael Laskin, Alexander Lazar, Ryan McCarthy and William Schwab are also joining us. Together, these attorneys represent a broad array of public and private companies in the technology, clean technology and life sciences industries.

Phil Rossetti will serve as the Office Managing Partner, Alex Temel will take on the role of Local Corporate Department Chair, and John Chory will join the Global Emerging Companies Practice Group as a co-chair. In addition, David Kahn, who is relocating from our Los Angeles office, will join the group as Local Tax Department Chair. All are currently listed within the firm’s global email directory in Outlook and will be listed shortly in the firm’s internal contact directories on other systems


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