Founded in 1934, Latham & Watkins has grown into a full-service international powerhouse with approximately 2,000 attorneys in 29 offices around the world. The founders of Latham & Watkins instilled an ethic of hard work, commitment and quality that flourishes today and has nurtured the firm's dramatic growth into one of the world's premier business law firms. With that growth, we have built internationally recognized practices in a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. We have also received praise for our innovative approach to law firm management and for our pro bono work both on a local and global scale. 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. For more information on our most recent accomplishments, please click here.
Our departments are each recognized as leaders in the legal profession. Latham consistently ranks among the best transactional and finance practices in leading legal publications such as The American Lawyer, mergermarket, Chambers and Asia Legal Business and earns praise worldwide for work on high-profile and groundbreaking deals. The firm has one of the largest and most sophisticated litigation practices in the world, offering expertise in a multitude of substantive areas. Latham is one of the few firms to have been named in The American Lawyer's Litigation Department of the Year survey in 2004, 2006 and 2008. Our environmental practice has been at the forefront of this rapidly changing area for the last two decades and was named as the top firm in the world for environmental expertise by The International Who's Who in 2007. The firm has a long and rich history in tax matters, dating back to founding partner Dana Latham, former Commissioner of the US Internal Revenue Service.
Latham's dedication to excellence extends to pro bono and public service. As a Signator to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, we have a longstanding commitment to providing pro bono legal services, financial support and volunteer time to charitable organizations and to individuals most in need throughout the world. For more information on the firm's most recent pro bono activities, please click here. In addition, our attorneys, paralegals and staff devote significant time to a diverse array of worthy causes. From firmwide projects that comprise multiple offices to the individual contributions of members of the Latham family, these deeds impact our communities in enduring ways. Click here to view select community service activities made possible by our generous and civic-minded personnel.
This white paper reviews Law 282-FZ that was recently passed by the Russian State Duma. It introduces important amendments to key laws on the securities market, joint stock companies, banks and banking activity.