Arash Aminian Baghai is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins. He is a corporate finance and securities law attorney, focusing in particular on complex equity derivative transactions.

Mr. Aminian Baghai has advised clients on:

  • Capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings of convertible debt, straight debt, and equity, contingent equity facilities, and equity forward transactions
  • Structuring unique securities products, such as mandatorily convertible equity units and “common-tracking” preferred, including in connection with business combination transactions
  • Debt and capital restructuring transactions, including tender and exchange offers, accelerated share repurchases, and stock splits
  • Disclosure and reporting obligations under US federal securities laws
  • Corporate governance matters, including Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance
  • Listed company obligations under stock exchange rules

Mr. Aminian Baghai’s transactional representations include:

  • BNY Mellon Capital Markets in the establishment of DDR Corp.’s US$200 million equity shelf program with an equity forward purchase option
  • The underwriters of McDermott International, Inc.’s US$286 million public offering of tangible equity units
  • Weatherford International Ltd. in its US$1,265 million registered offering of exchangeable senior notes
  • Sempra Energy in its US$1,725 million and US$575 million registered offerings of mandatory convertible preferred stock
  • The dealer-manager of Inseego Corp.’s consent solicitation and registered exchange offer of newly issued convertible notes for outstanding convertible notes
  • The underwriters of STORE Capital Corporation’s US$360 million initial public offering
  • GNC Holdings, Inc. in its private exchange of existing convertible notes for newly issued shares of common stock
  • MetLife, Inc. in its US$15.5 billion acquisition of the ALICO division of AIG*
  • Eli Lilly in its US$2.5 billion public offering of unsubordinated notes, US$1.5 billion private offering of floating rate notes, and US$1.5 billion private offering of floating rate extendible notes*
  • Prudential Retirement in the establishment of longevity swap transactions with Deutsch Bank and Rothesay Life, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., covering pension liabilities aggregating over £950 million*
  • Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited in its US$200 million collared accelerated stock buyback *

* Matters handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • California


  • Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA Institute, 2005
  • JD, Hastings College of the Law, 2001
    magna cum laude
  • MBA, Arizona State University, 1998
  • B.Comm., University of Toronto, 1995