Latham & Watkins Further Expands M&A and Private Equity Practices in Boston and Chicago

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Neal Reenan and Ian Bushner have joined both the firm’s Boston and Chicago offices as partners in the Corporate Department and as members of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice and the Private Equity Practice. Reenan and Bushner advise private equity sponsors and public and private companies on complex corporate transactions across a range of industries. 

“Neal and Ian are fantastic additions to our premier global M&A and Private Equity Practices and I am thrilled to welcome them to the firm,” said Marc Jaffe, Global Chair of Latham’s Corporate Department. “Their individual and combined experience executing innovative, highly complex domestic and cross-border transactions in a variety of active industry sectors perfectly complements our global platform. We are deeply committed to growing in line with our clients’ needs, and Neal and Ian’s arrival further underscores that priority.” 

Reenan advises financial sponsors, portfolio companies, and corporate clients on structuring, negotiating, and executing complex domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, take-privates, joint ventures, recapitalizations, and restructuring transactions. His industry experience includes healthcare, financial services, consumer products, business services, manufacturing, entertainment, and technology. 

Bushner advises private equity sponsors and public and private companies in structuring, negotiating, and executing complex domestic and cross-border public and private mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, take-privates, carve-outs, special situations, spinoffs, joint ventures, recapitalizations, restructurings, PIPE investments, and licensing transactions. His industry experience spans healthcare, financial services, biotechnology, aerospace and defense, automotive, chemicals, clean energy, consumer products, entertainment, industrials, insurance, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, real estate, retail, software, and technology. 

Cathy Birkeland, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Chicago, added: “Neal and Ian are widely recognized as preeminent corporate transactional lawyers, particularly for executing high-stakes M&A deals on behalf of private equity sponsors and public and private companies. Their skill sets are perfectly aligned to our strong M&A and Private Equity Practices in Chicago, serving Midwestern, national, and international clients.” 

“Neal and Ian bring sophisticated M&A and private equity experience in a number of industries, including healthcare and life sciences, financial services, technology, and consumer products, for which clients look to our Boston office,” said Hans Brigham, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Boston. “They are each a tremendous asset not only to clients in the Boston market but across Latham’s global platform.”

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“Latham is an international leader in M&A and private equity, known for advising clients on their most complicated and high-stakes deals,” said Reenan. “The firm has a well established footprint in key international financial centers and top-notch reputation across transactional practices that support private equity, such as capital markets, emerging companies, and debt finance. It is that integrated global platform combined with Latham’s collaborative culture that drew me here, and I look forward to providing my clients with the many resources of this tremendous firm.” 

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