Shearman & Sterling M&A partner Robert Katz is heading to Latham & Watkins as a partner in its corporate department in New York City, where the firm has recently been deepening its bench with high-profile lateral hires.

Katz is the fourth partner to join Latham’s rapidly expanding M&A and private equity practices in the Big Apple this year. In January the firm added the former leader of Hogan Lovells’ New York M&A practice Alexander Johnson and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison counsel David Beller. Paul Weiss partner Justin Hamill joined Latham in March.

Katz advises clients on a wide array of M&A transactions — public and private, unsolicited and negotiated— including leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, divestitures, cross border transactions and tender and exchanges offers.

Over the years, Katz had worked on several transactions with the lawyers at Latham which led to his decision to join the firm, he said.

“With the depth of both their product expertise and the depth of their geographic reach, I just really thought it was a great match for both me and my clients,” Katz said.

Katz first joined Shearman in 2001. Over his nearly two decades at the New York firm, Katz has worked with corporate clients across a range of industries including telecommunications, manufacturing, technology, life science and healthcare.

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In 2017, Katz was a part of the Shearman team that advised CVS Health on its $69 billion acquisition of Aetna. He also was a part of the team that advised international television and broadband company Liberty Global plc on its $9.3 billion split off of Liberty Latin America Ltd. in 2018.

“It is my hope that Latham can bring to bear a level to service that our clients are going to find really, really appealing and [I] hope not only to continue to work with those clients, but really grow with clients,” Katz said.

“Rob is a widely respected and accomplished M&A practitioner who is extremely knowledgeable in a range of industries that are very active in the current deal landscape,” said global chair of Latham’s corporate department Marc Jaffe in a statement.

“He has a deep experience base advising corporates and financial institutions on sophisticated M&A transactions, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our expanding practice in New York.”