What the team is known for
Prominent firm renowned for the quality of its international work throughout its wide-ranging scope of expertise. The firm's distinguished global platform is also noted as a key attraction to clients, extending the firm's reach across Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia-Pacific. This includes a long-established presence in China, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Linklaters' Chinese operations are strengthened by the recent setting up of a new Shanghai Joint Operation Office with Zhao Sheng Law Firm, enabling the firm to offer PRC advice to all of its international clients. The firm demonstrates a strong sector-focused approach, with an active presence in the financial services, TMT, life sciences, energy and infrastructure sectors.
The firm is frequently instructed by established Chinese and international financial institutions in addition to Hong Kong-listed companies, and also houses a first-rate competition team operating out of Beijing and Hong Kong, well-versed in multi-jurisdictional merger control and enforcement matters. The firm also boasts a formidable reputation in the banking arena, with considerable experience in structured finance, leveraged and acquisition finance and syndicated loans. The group is a major presence in the outbound projects and infrastructure space, regularly advising lenders on multi-jurisdictional financing matters. Additionally, comprising an accomplished disputes practice, the firm is regularly sought out by global investment banks and funds in complex finance-related litigation. The team is also noted for its proficiency in cross-border regulatory investigations conducted by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.
Linklaters' vast global reach makes it a destination firm for cross-border work. A client enthuses: "All of the deals we did with Linklaters involved cross-border elements and they have handled the coordination work really well. They have offices in many jurisdictions and hence can very often provide one-stop services." Another interviewee notes: "Due to their regional network, they were able to cover the regions we operate in." A further client says: "As the deal is cross-border in nature, I would say Linklaters' ability in this regard is also superb."
The firm's debt capital markets team is singled out for praise in relation to its ability to coordinate cross-border matters - as both issuer and underwriter's counsel. An interviewee says: "Linklaters is able to provide professional advice and DCM-products-related views to support the project execution on timely basis." Another source adds: "The cross-border element to the work is definitely their strength. The overall service is excellent."
A client enthuses:"We like their cross-border experience in managing and investigating challenging cross-border investigations. They are at or near the top of the list of firms we use in Hong Kong. They are easy to work with, responsive, measured in their advice and forward-thinking. Linklaters is also able to leverage their global footprint to assist as needed in various issues that arise which may have a UK–Hong Kong nexus."