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Press Release

Latham & Watkins Adds Corporate M&A Partner in New York

August 21, 2023
Andrew Elken advises public companies on high-profile M&A transactions and shareholder activism defense.

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Andrew Elken has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. Elken brings extensive experience advising public companies on complex mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism defense, corporate governance, securities law, and other significant corporate matters.

“Andrew’s experience advising public company clients on high-stakes transactions and other complex corporate matters adds to the depth of talent in our New York office and M&A practice globally, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the firm,” said Marc Jaffe, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in New York.

Elken has advised on major M&A transactions across numerous industries, including technology, media and telecommunications, energy and infrastructure, healthcare, consumer products, transportation, industrials, and financial services. He also regularly represents public companies and boards of directors in connection with shareholder activist proposals and proxy solicitations.

“Andrew is a tremendous addition to our market-leading M&A practice as we continue expanding the group with top-notch legal talent to serve our extensive and ever-growing public company client base,” said Charles Ruck, Global Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Corporate Department. “We continue to see increased demand for high-end public M&A services and other sophisticated corporate matters such as shareholder activism defense. Andrew’s practice complements the Latham platform and his experience will greatly benefit our clients.”

Elken is the second partner to join Latham’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice in New York in 2023. The firm announced in March the arrival of Ian Nussbaum, who also advises companies and boards of directors on mergers and acquisitions and shareholder activism defense.

“Latham’s integrated global platform allows the firm to serve as a strategic adviser to companies on the full range of their business needs, and I look forward to being part of a firm with such deep offerings,” Elken said. “I am also drawn to Latham’s dynamic, collaborative, and entrepreneurial culture, and am excited for the opportunity to serve clients as part of its premier M&A practice.”

Elken joins from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. He received his JD, Order of the Coif, from the University of Southern California School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins delivers innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. From a global platform, our lawyers advise clients on market-shaping transactions, high-stakes litigation and trials, and sophisticated regulatory matters. Latham is one of the world’s largest providers of pro bono services, steadfastly supports initiatives designed to advance diversity within the firm and the legal profession, and is committed to exploring and promoting environmental sustainability.

Notes To Editors

1Latham & Watkins operates worldwide as a limited liability partnership organized under the laws of the State of Delaware (USA) with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in France, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom and as an affiliated partnership conducting the practice in Japan. Latham & Watkins operates in Israel through a limited liability company, in South Korea as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office, and in Saudi Arabia through a limited liability company.