Latham & Watkins has added Goodwin Procter private equity partner Jane Greyf to its mergers and acquisitions practice in New York.
Greyf, who began her career as an associate in Latham’s M&A department in 1998, represents private equity firms, investors and portfolio companies in acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, M&A transactions, joint ventures and growth equity investments. She also works with public and private companies in connection with various corporate and securities issues.
“I’ve watched the firm’s trajectory and growth, and it’s been really exciting,” Greyf said of Latham, which last year surpassed $3 billion in gross revenue.
Greyf said her return to Latham was a result of her connections with her former colleagues as well as her desire to expand her M&A and private equity practice globally.
“I think the opportunity for me here to be part of the growing M&A practice and to really expand my middle and upper middle market M&A practice is just unparalleled,” she said.
After nearly eight years at Latham, Greyf joined Nixon Peabody in 2006 as a partner in its private equity team. Nearly two years later, she joined Butzel Long as a part of the Michigan-based firm’s expansion efforts in New York.
Then, in 2010, Greyf joined Goodwin Procter, becoming partner two years later in the firm’s private equity group.
Since then she’s counseled public and private companies in a wide variety of private equity matters, including Insight Venture Partner’s $752 million acquisition of cloud-based educational platform iParadigms and Grubhub Inc.’s merger with food ordering rival Seamless North America.
“[Greyf's] practice is a perfect fit for our corporate ambitions in the U.S. and globally,” said Marc Jaffe, global chair of Latham & Watkins’ corporate department, in a statement. “We are focused on building the premier public M&A and private equity practice around the world,” he added.
Those ambitions mirror Greyf’s own desire to work on M&A matters for international clients. “The global platform here is really unparalleled,” said Greyf, who was born in Moscow. “I don’t think there’s another firm that really has the same depth and breadth of M&A practice worldwide,” she added.
Greyf is just the latest addition to Latham’s New York office. Earlier this year, the firm added New York-based O’Melveny & Myers partner George Davis as its global co-chair of its restructuring, insolvency and workouts practice.