John Slater advises market-leading public and private companies on the full spectrum of complex corporate finance and capital markets transactions, with a special focus in the retail and technology sectors.

Mr. Slater leverages a commercial mindset and comprehensive understanding of the debt and equity capital markets to advise clients on:

  • Initial public offerings (IPO) and follow-on offerings
  • Mergers and acquisitions, particularly de-SPAC transactions
  • Private debt- and equity-linked offerings
  • Liability management transactions, including restructurings, tender offers, exchange offers, and consent solicitations
  • Formation of partnerships and joint ventures
  • Corporate governance and other general corporate matters

Beyond his transactional work, Mr. Slater helps clients navigate day-to-day life as a public company or a company in the process of going public. Mr. Slater collaborates across Latham’s multidisciplinary platform to connect companies with the internal and external resources they need to achieve their business goals.

As a native Spanish-speaker, Mr. Slater also provides both commercial and cultural fluency to clients in matters with a Latin America nexus, including companies pursuing dual listings on local markets and the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq, as well as private securities offerings to US investors.

Mr. Slater's experience includes representing:


  • The underwriters in Academy Sports and Outdoors’ IPO
  • The underwriters in BellRing Brands’ IPO
  • The underwriters in The Duckhorn Portfolio’s IPO
  • Lemonade, the insurance company powered by artificial intelligence, in its IPO
  • The underwriters in Palomar Holdings’ IPO
  • The underwriters in Peloton Interactive’s IPO
  • The underwriters in PolyPid’s IPO
  • Vroom, the online automotive retailer, in its IPO

Debt Offerings

  • The initial purchasers in Academy Sports and Outdoors’ senior secured notes offering
  • The initial purchasers in Carriage Services’ senior notes offering
  • Nova, a leader in metrology solutions for advanced process control used in semiconductor manufacturing, in its private convertible senior notes offering
  • The underwriters in Peloton Interactive’s US$1 billion convertible senior notes offering
  • The initial purchasers in Spanish Broadcasting System’s senior secured notes offering
  • The underwriters in WillScot Mobile Mini Holdings’ upsized secondary offering
  • The lenders in the merger of WillScot and Mobile Mini

Latin America

  • Corporación Andina de Fomento, the Latin American development bank, in:
    • Renewing its US$3 billion US shelf registration statement
    • Senior note offerings of US$800 million
  • Infraestructura Energética Nova (IEnova), Sempra Energy’s Mexican subsidiary, in senior note offerings of US$1.64 billion
  • Promecap Acquisition Company, the first Mexico-focused SPAC in Latin America, in its IPO

Bar Qualification

  • New York
  • Texas


  • JD, Tulane University Law School, 2014
    magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • BA, Loyola University Chicago, 2011

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish