Latham & Watkins




Firm Background

Latham’s Hong Kong office opened in 1994 and its team is led by some of Asia’s most experienced partners who advise clients doing business in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Latham is one of the global elite firms able to provide substantive US, Hong Kong and English law advice. Clients benefit from this combined platform of high-level legal expertise as they develop their business through both inbound and outbound investment activities.

Lawyers in Latham’s Hong Kong office focus on a range of practice areas, including:

  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Banking, Leveraged Finance and Structured Finance & Securitization
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Governance
  • Derivatives
  • Financial Regulatory
  • Greater China Practice
  • International Arbitration
  • Islamic Finance
  • Korea Practice
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Oil & Gas Transactions
  • Private Equity
  • Project Development & Finance
  • Public Company Representation
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts
  • Securities Litigation & Professional Liability
  • White Collar Defense & Investigations

Hong Kong Vacation Schemes

Latham’s Hong Kong office offers two three-week vacation schemes in the summer – one in June and a second in July, for candidates who are considering applying for a training contract with the firm. The vacation schemes are structured to introduce you to the firm’s work and culture by providing plenty of opportunities to contribute to current matters, and to meet and socialize with the people who work at Latham.

During the vacation scheme, candidates will be asked to produce written work and deliver a short presentation on a legally related topic. Other members of the office will deliver presentations on various topics, so that you will be immersed in the firm and gain a thorough appreciation of how Latham works. While you are with the firm, you will enjoy plenty of social events where you will experience the relaxed and open side of Latham. You will also have the opportunity to speak informally with lawyers and trainees, who will be able to answer your questions.

Hong Kong Training Contract

As a trainee, Latham will ensure that you receive all the guidance you need. The firm’s partners, counsel and associates are committed to help you grow and develop your full potential. Always available to answer any questions you have, Latham’s lawyers ensure that you have the best mentorship experience possible.

You will have the opportunity to work in the Corporate, Finance and Litigation departments, which allows you to develop key skills and experience in core areas, providing you with an opportunity to explore your own area of interest and develop an understanding of different areas of the law.

You may also be offered the opportunity to spend up to six months in an overseas office in your second year. Before commencing your training contract, the firm will ask you to nominate your department and practice area preferences for your rotations. While Latham cannot offer any guarantees, the firm will endeavour to build your preferences into your program to help you plan your career.

How to Apply

To apply for a training contract or vacation scheme, please apply online at

Application Deadlines:

  • Summer Vacation Scheme 2016:
    • Applications open October 1, 2015
    • Applications close March 1, 2016
  • Training Contract 2018:
    • Applications open October 1, 2015
    • Applications close August 1, 2016

In addition, the Hong Kong office participates in a number of job fairs in Hong Kong, Australia, and in the United Kingdom.