Senior Partner: Charlie Jacobs
Managing Partner: Gideon Moore
Global Head of Corporate: Aedamar Comiskey
Global Head of Finance & Projects: Michael Kent
Global Head of Dispute Resolution: Michael Bennett
Number of partners worldwide: 460
Number lawyers worldwide: 2600
European Offices: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Berlin, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Lisbon, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Warsaw
International Offices: Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, New York, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Washington, DC
Linklaters LLP is a leading global law firm, supporting clients in achieving their strategies wherever they do business. The firm uses its expertise and resources to help clients pursue opportunities and manage risk across emerging and developed markets around the world.
Main Areas of Practice:
Administrative & Public:
Advice on strategic international and national deals where public law is a key element, PFI/PPP, privatisation and M&A transactions in regulated sectors (energy, infrastructure, utilities, defence). Contentious administrative proceedings, lobbying, feasibility and structuring of new regulations.
Comprehensive experience spanning the fields of banking and finance, advising financial institutions, companies, governments and alternative credit providers on domestic and international finance transactions across every sector, including acquisition and leveraged finance, bilateral and syndicated credit facilities, regulatory and financial structuring, high yield, real estate finance, trade and emerging markets finance, restructuring and insolvency and asset finance.
Expertise across international capital markets, covering: debt, equity, equity-linked, regulatory capital, liability management, high yield, derivatives, securitisation and structured financings.
Expertise in competition law, merger control, state aid, public procurement, utility regulation, market investigations, cartels, abuse of dominance and any related litigation. Specialist lawyers in key jurisdictions in Europe, the USA and Asia.
Corporate & M&A:
Advice on finance and commercial transactions including complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, major listings on stock exchanges around the world, joint ventures, restructuring and privatisations.
Expertise across all tax aspects of corporate transactional (including private equity), finance (including structured finance), international tax planning, contentious, real estate and investment funds work.
Services in a wide range of areas including litigation, arbitration, mediation and other forms of ADR. Services also include crisis management, banking litigation, derivatives and structured products litigation, regulatory investigations, fraud and white-collar crime, sanctions, cartels and global investigations, competition and antitrust litigation, insolvency litigation, contentious tax, energy and infrastructure disputes, pensions litigation, property and finance litigation.
Employment & Incentives:
Global advice on all employment and incentives issues. Covering contentious, advisory and transactional employment matters and share plan, Employment tax (including plan design and structure (both individual and corporate), regulatory and data protection issues.
Environment & Climate Change:
Advice on all aspects of environmental and climate change regulation, carbon trading, sustainability, compliance and governance, the allocation of environmental assets and risks in M&A, project finance, funds and real estate, and regulatory and environmental dispute resolution.
Market-leading advice on financial regulation, compliance risk management and regulatory investigations and enforcement for investment, commercial and retail banks, asset managers, private equity houses, insurers, exchanges, trading platforms, clearing houses and other financial institutions. The firm’s specialist team of contentious and non-contentious practitioners operate at the cutting edge of changing financial regulation across the world’s key financial centres.
Expertise in all aspects of the insurance industry including M&A and joint ventures, restructurings and reorganisations (including portfolio transfers), financing (including complex capital markets transactions, regulatory capital, securitisations and derivatives), commercial agreements (including distribution agreements and complex reinsurance arrangements) and insurance regulatory advice.
Expertise in contentious and non-contentious IP including: litigation and dispute resolution relating to patents, trademarks and passing off/ unfair competition; complex, high value contracts for the commercial exploitation of IP rights; advice on all IP aspects of corporate, banking and finance transactions (including cross-border M&A, private equity, corporate restructurings and insolvencies and the securitisation of IP rights).
The firm advises sponsors and investors on the structuring, formation, taxation and regulation of all types of funds, clubs and joint ventures investing in all asset classes, and advises on the spin out, establishment and operation of asset managers as well as the latest regulatory, tax and market developments relevant to the asset management industry.
Extensive experience of the full range of pensions issues, for both trustees and companies, including tailored funding solutions, regulatory, governance and investment issues. Specialist lawyers located throughout Europe.
Expertise in all aspects of the industry, from establishing the fund and making investments, to ongoing portfolio assistance including restructuring advice, to exiting from those investments.
Leading expertise in all aspects of project financings in the energy and infrastructure sectors: oil and gas, petrochemical, power, renewable energy, telecoms, mining, waste and water, PPP/PFI project financing, together with all other aspects of energy and infrastructure-related acquisitions, investment vehicles, hybrid and structured financing and refinancing.
Expertise in all aspects of real estate sector work including: premium real estate investment, M&A, development and leasing advice, sale and leasebacks, joint ventures, real estate funds, financing and tax, real estate investment trusts, construction advice, planning/zoning law, policy and practice, rent review, public procurements and PPP and real estate-related disputes.
Restructuring & Insolvency:
Leading expertise across an exceptional spread of transactions covering a wide range of jurisdictions and complexities, including debt restructuring and rescheduling, equity capital raising and restructuring, distressed M&A activity, debtor advisory work, formal insolvency procedures and contingency planning and investigation, asset tracing and insolvency litigation.
Technology, Media & Telecommunications:
Commercial and regulatory advice on major commercial contracts, outsourcing and offshoring, information management compliance and data protection, e-business and IT security, telecoms, satellites, media and broadcasting.
Work is handled in all commercial languages and local languages of countries in which Linklaters has offices.