Brad E. Kotler


Latham & Watkins
330 North Wabash Avenue
Suite 2800
Chicago, IL 60611

Tel: +1.312.876.7651


Brad Kotler serves as Vice Chair of Latham & Watkins and a member of its Executive Committee. Mr. Kotler is a finance partner in the Chicago office, where his practice focuses on advising clients on a range of complex credit financings. He regularly counsels both creditors — including major investment banks — and borrowers.

Brad structures, negotiates, and documents financings for acquisitions and working capital purposes, including:

  • Secured and unsecured term and revolving credit facilities
  • Tender-offer and second-step merger financings
  • Debtor-in-possession facilities
  • Large cap and middle market cash flow and asset-based loans (ABLs)
  • Islamic financings

Drawing on nearly a quarter century of experience with innovative financings, Mr. Kotler has consistently earned recognition from clients for his banking and finance work. Chambers USA quotes clients describing Mr. Kotler as a “very knowledgeable, reasonable and good negotiator,” as well as someone who “responds quickly, provides good advice and understands and can separate legal versus business issues.” Mr. Kotler was recognized in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America for his work in Banking & Finance.

Mr. Kotler has held several firm leadership positions. He previously served as the Managing Partner of the Chicago office, as Global Vice Chair of Latham’s Finance Department, as Local Department Chair for the Finance Department in Chicago, and as the Chicago office representative on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, Recruiting Committee, and Women Enriching Business (WEB) Committee. Mr. Kotler previously served as the Co-Chair of the Board of Keshet, a not-for-profit organization providing educational, recreational, and residential services to special needs adults and children in Chicago.

Clients from around the world come to Latham & Watkins’ Banking Practice for strategic, focused and efficient representation on their most significant financing transactions.

With lawyers based throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, Latham’s global Banking Practice is among the largest of any law firm. Latham’s banking lawyers represent commercial banks, investment banks, direct lenders, and other financial institutions in their capacities as agents, arrangers, and lenders, as well as corporate borrowers and private equity firms, in structuring and executing the most complex financings across industries and around the globe.

Clients trust Latham’s banking lawyers to take a practical, business-oriented approach to achieving their objectives. Latham’s lawyers have a sophisticated understanding of the expectations and requirements of both sides to a financing transaction and provide counsel tailored to each client’s needs.

Comprehensive Expertise and Broad-based Experience

Latham represents clients in a wide variety of financings, including:

  • Asset-based loans
  • Bridge loans
  • Cash flow loans
  • Cross-border financings
  • Direct loans
  • Investment grade loans
  • Leveraged financings
  • Mezzanine financings
  • Multi-currency financings
  • First and second lien secured loans
  • Special situations
  • Syndicated loans
  • Unitranche loans
  • Working capital facilities

Latham’s banking lawyers work in tandem with members of the firm’s Capital MarketsInsolvencyMergers & Acquisitions, and other practices to develop innovative structures and to facilitate the smooth consummation of transactions. They offer clients particular strength in the context of leveraged finance, bank and bond financings, debt restructurings, and workouts.

Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with more than 3,000 lawyers in its offices located in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. The firm has internationally recognized practices in a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Our success is grounded in our devotion to the collaborative process, which reaches across global offices and practices and draws upon our deep subject matter expertise, an abiding commitment to teamwork and a powerful tradition of creative lawyering.
He’s a well-rounded lawyer with deep expertise across all areas. “He has great strength in responsiveness and attention to detail.
Chambers & Partners