Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with more than 2,700 lawyers in its offices located in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. The firm has internationally recognized practices in a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Our success is grounded in our devotion to the collaborative process, which reaches across global offices and practices and draws upon our deep subject matter expertise, an abiding commitment to teamwork and a powerful tradition of creative lawyering.

In three recent Client Alerts, Latham & Watkins lawyers examine how government measures to fight COVID-19 may affect French M&A transactions, key questions for French listed companies and high yield issuers, and how companies can respond to the impact on their current French law contracts. By Latham’s Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, and Litigation & Trial Practices Impact of COVID-19 on French M&A Transactions On March 16, 2020, President Emmanuel Macron announced the…
Market participants must treat clients fairly and exercise care when recommending potentially volatile or illiquid products. By Simon Hawkins and Kenneth Y.F. Hui In response to ongoing volatility in local and international markets caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, on 27 March 2020, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published two circulars reminding fund industry participants and SFC-licensed intermediaries of their obligations to safeguard client interests. The first circular, directed at fund managers,…
Von Torsten Volkholz, Otto von Gruben und Maximilian Berenbrok Nach einem heute beschlossenen Gesetz werden Mieter vor Kündigungen durch Vermieter geschützt, die in vielen Fällen keinen ähnlichen Schutz vor einer Kündigung ihrer Finanzierung erhalten. Gesetz zur Änderung des deutschen Mietrechts Angesichts der hoheitlichen Maßnahmen, die als Reaktion auf die Verbreitung von COVID-19 erlassen wurden, werden viele Unternehmen erhebliche Einkommensverluste erleiden. In der Folge werden Mieter möglicherweise nicht in der Lage sein, ihrer Verpflichtung zur…
By Torsten Volkholz, Otto von Gruben and Maximilian Berenbrok Under a law passed by parliament today, tenants will be protected against termination by landlords who will in many cases not receive such protection for their financing. Amendment to German lease law In view of the regulatory measures of German authorities reacting to the spread of COVID-19, many businesses will suffer significant losses of income. As a consequence, tenants may not be able to meet…
UK regulators announce a further package of measures to ease the burden on issuers. By Chris Horton, James Inness, Rob Moulton, Koushik Prasad, Connor Cahalane, and Charlotte Collins In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UK regulators have published further measures affecting issuers, to try to preserve the flow of information to investors and support the continued functioning of the UK’s capital markets. However, the FCA has also noted that issuers…