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Latham & Watkins Advises Financial Advisers in Coinbase Direct Listing

Latham & Watkins represented the financial advisers to cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinbase Global, Inc. in its direct listing on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “COIN” on April 14, 2021. Latham previously represented Spotify in its ground-breaking direct listing on the NYSE in 2018 and the financial advisers in the direct listings of Slack and Asana on the NYSE in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Latham represented the financial advisers to Coinbase in its direct listing with a capital markets team led by New York partners Marc Jaffe, Greg Rodgers, and Benjamin Cohen, with New York associates Brittany Ruiz, Jonathan Hernandez, and Darby Dietrich. Advice was provided on corporate matters by Chicago partner Max Schleusener; on financial regulatory and cryptocurrency matters by New York partner Stephen Wink, with London associate Shaun Musuka; on financial regulatory, payments, and AML matters by Washington, D.C. partner Todd Beauchamp and London partner Stuart Davis, with Washington, D.C. associates Charles Weinstein and Loyal Horsley and London associates Gabriel Lakeman, Sam Maxson, and Sidhartha Lal; on bank regulatory matters by New York partner Alan Avery and New York counsel Pia Naib; on FCPA & sanctions matters by Washington, D.C. partner Eric Volkman, with Washington, D.C. associate C.J. Rydberg; on CFTC regulatory, enforcement, and litigation matters by New York partner Yvette Valdez and Chicago partner Eric Swibel, with New York associates Ashley Weeks, Adam Fovent, and Iris Xie; on tax matters by New York partner Jiyeon Lee-Lim, with New York associate Seung Hyun Yang; on benefits and compensation matters by New York partner Bradd Williamson, with New York associate Anne Bracaglia; on data privacy and security matters by Washington, D.C. partner Jennifer Archie, with Washington, D.C. associate James Smith and London partner Fiona Maclean and London counsel Danielle van der Merwe, with London associate Liz Longster.

Leading private equity partner joins Latham in the Bay Area

Latham & Watkins LLP is pleased to announce that Eric Schwartzman has re-joined the firm as a partner in the Corporate Department and member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practices. He will practice from the firm’s Bay Area offices, advising private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, strategic corporate acquirers, and target companies on sophisticated transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, take-privates, carve-outs, restructurings, and joint ventures.

Schwartzman is particularly focused on representing private equity clients in sophisticated deals in the technology industry and its many subsectors. His experience also spans the telecommunications, consumer, energy, media and entertainment, financial services, healthcare, industrials, manufacturing, and retail sectors.

“We are thrilled to welcome Eric back to Latham as a partner in our premier global M&A and Private Equity Practices,” said Marc Jaffe, Global Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Corporate Department. “Continuing to build out these practices globally, nationwide, and particularly in the Bay Area is a strategic focus of the firm, as we are deeply committed to growing in line with our clients’ needs. Eric’s vast experience in the technology sector further underscores that commitment as we see our private equity clients increasingly focused on deals in the tech space.”

Tad Freese, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Silicon Valley, added: “Eric’s skill set and experience leading complex transactions on behalf of private equity clients are perfectly aligned with our strong M&A and Private Equity Practices in the Bay Area. He is widely recognised as a preeminent private equity M&A lawyer and will be of tremendous benefit not only to clients in California but across Latham’s global platform.”

“Latham’s integrated global platform, private equity capabilities, substantial industry experience, and collaborative culture are all second to none. I am thrilled to re-join this world class firm where I grew up as a lawyer and made partner, to contribute to its continued growth and to serve our clients not only in the Bay Area, but across the United States and globally,” said Schwartzman.

Schwartzman re-joins Latham from Cooley in San Francisco. He previously practiced from Latham’s New York office both as an associate and partner from 2001-2012. He is the latest addition to an extensive group of prominent partners who have recently joined Latham’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practices, including Neal Reenan and Ian Bushner, who joined the firm in March, and Kate Withers, who joined in April.

Eric Schwartzman received his JD, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law and graduated Order of the Coif.