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Latham & Watkins adds fund formation specialist in hiring spurt

The former Kirkland & Ellis partner joins two other recent hires in Latham's private equity practice.

Global law firm Latham & Watkins has hired David Sherman to build out its private equity practice.

Sherman joins as a partner in the investment funds and private equity practices in the firm’s New York office. He represents private equity clients on the full range of fund formation and related matters, including the formation, marketing and management of private equity funds; launch of new business lines; and operational, legal and regulatory issues at both the fund and sponsor level.

Sherman joins from Kirkland & Ellis. He also represents sponsors on raising various types of co-investment vehicle products, warehouse vehicles, single-deal vehicles and other bespoke structures. He counsels sponsor clients on internal economic and governance arrangements, seed investments, continuation funds, spin-offs, conflict transactions and other corporate transactions involving private investment funds.

Latham said expanding its private equity platform is a strategic priority of the firm. Earlier this month, the firm brought on Jamie Lynn Walter as a partner in Washington, DC. She also joined from Kirkland & Ellis.

Walter focuses on securities regulation, compliance, and enforcement matters. She advises on fund formations, restructurings, secondary transactions, succession planning arrangements, management team spin-outs, minority stake investments, SPACs and M&A and IPO transactions involving fund managers.

The firm also recently hired Daniel Mun as a partner in the mergers & acquisitions and private equity practices in New York. Mun represents private equity firms and public companies on a range of corporate transactions across industries. He joined Latham from Willkie Farr & Gallagher.