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ONE SILK STREET, LONDON, EC2Y 8HQ, ENGLAND
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Top-tier Firm rankings

Firm Rankings


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 3

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP advises customers and suppliers on the full spectrum of public and private sector IT and BPO transactions. Richard Cumbley led the team’s advice to Sainsbury’s on outsourcing IT support and infrastructure to Tata Consultancy Services. Marly Didizian is ‘unshakeable in negotiations’ and James Harbach is noted for his ‘superb intellect’.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP’s practice, led by ‘pre-eminent tax practitionerYash Rupal, handles a balanced spread of high-profile transactions and complex international tax consultancy work in the corporate, real estate, private equity and finance sectors. Recent highlights include Dominic Winter’s advice to Hutchison International on its £10.25bn purchase of Telefónica, and Mark Kingstone’s advice to Anglo American on its $1.6bn disposal of a 50% interest in Lafarge Tarmac. Timothy Lowe joined Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

Leading individuals

Dominic Winter - Linklaters LLP

Mark Kingstone - Linklaters LLP

Yash Rupal - Linklaters LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP’s ‘pragmatic’, ‘user-friendly’ department is led by the ‘strategic, client-focusedNicole Kar. The team advised Alent on the merger control aspects of its takeover by Platform Specialty Products, including competition filings in eight jurisdictions. Other clients include Barclays, BP, Glencore and J Sainsbury. Christian Ahlborn, Christopher Bellamy and Simon Pritchard are recommended along with the ‘responsive, commercially focused’ Natura Gracia, who gives ‘clear, concise’ advice.

Leading individuals

Christian Ahlborn - Linklaters LLP

Michael Cutting - Linklaters LLP

Nicole Kar - Linklaters LLP

Simon Pritchard - Linklaters LLP

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

At Linklaters LLP, practice co-head and US securities expert Jason Manketo acted for the underwriters on Flow Traders’ €599m IPO on Euronext Amsterdam, and Charles Jacobs advised household retailer Steinhoff International on its Frankfurt Stock Exchange listing by way of a South African scheme of arrangement. Other highlights included advising JUST EAT on its £450m placing and Aldermore Group on its £650m IPO. Practice co-head John Lane, newly promoted partner James Wootton and Iain Wagstaff are additional key contacts.

Leading individuals

Charles Jacobs - Linklaters LLP

Jason Manketo - Linklaters LLP

John Lane - Linklaters LLP

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Financial services
Financial services (contentious) - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory) - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP’s ten-partner financial services regulatory team handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious mandates for an impressive transactional financial institution client base including Goldman Sachs, RBS and Citi. Working alongside members of the competition group, the ‘excellentNikunj Kiri has been representing Barclays Bank in the FCA’s review of the credit card market. Martyn Hopper and Sarah Parkhouse have been advising the Lloyds Banking Group on the implications of the new Senior Managers and Certification Regime. Carl Fernandesdelivers thoughtful and insightful advice’ and is ‘able to marshal complex facts and map them against the regulatory landscape’. Team head Peter Bevan, Michael Kent, Harry Eddis and James Gardner are also recommended.

Leading individuals

James Gardner - Linklaters LLP

Martyn Hopper - Linklaters LLP

Michael Kent - Linklaters LLP

Peter Bevan - Linklaters LLP

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Investment funds
Investment funds: Hedge funds - ranked: tier 3

Linklaters LLP

Listed funds - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters LLP

Private funds - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters LLP

Real estate funds - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Retail funds - ranked: tier 3

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP’s broad practice spans private, real estate, listed, hedge and retail funds. Jonathan de Lance-Holmes handled the spin-off of PW Real Assets from Perella Weinberg, and is advising the former on raising its first independent European real estate fund, PW Real Estate Fund III. Edward Smith handles a range of private and listed funds issues, with particular expertise in Asia-related matters. Rahul Manvatkar is particularly strong in real estate and hedge funds, and is a notable AIFMD expert. Matthew Keogh is the global head of the investment management group.

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M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
Leading individuals

Charles Jacobs - Linklaters LLP

Iain Wagstaff - Linklaters LLP

Richard Godden - Linklaters LLP

Stuart Bedford - Linklaters LLP

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
Leading individuals

Charles Jacobs - Linklaters LLP

Iain Wagstaff - Linklaters LLP

Richard Godden - Linklaters LLP

Stuart Bedford - Linklaters LLP

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP’s ‘phenomenal’ department, headed by Stuart Bedford, counts BP, Carlyle Group and Rio Tinto among its clients. Richard Godden and James Inglis acted for The Economist Newspaper on Pearson’s sale of its 50% stake in the company. Nick Rumsby and Charles Jacobs advised SABMiller on its £71bn takeover by AB InBev, the third-largest such deal in history. Iain Wagstaff and Aedamar Comiskey are recommended. Private equity specialist Ben Rodham joined the team in January 2016.

Leading individuals

Charles Jacobs - Linklaters LLP

Iain Wagstaff - Linklaters LLP

Richard Godden - Linklaters LLP

Stuart Bedford - Linklaters LLP

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – Large-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 3

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLPreally knows how to deliver a quality partner-led product’ and has ‘one of the leading private equity practices’. In 2015, it acted for Apollo in its almost €3bn acquisition of Verallia, and advised Hutchison 3G UK on the £3.1bn sale of a 33% stake in the UK telecoms business to a consortium of investors. Other key clients include Brait, HgCapital and Carlyle. Practice head Alex Woodward is ‘a real star, mixing commercial acumen with strong technical skills’. Also recommended are Carlton Evans and newly promoted partner Will Aitken-Davies, who is ‘very precise and commercial’. Ben Rodham joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Leading individuals

Alex Woodward - Linklaters LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption) - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP provides ‘tailored advice on all aspects of potential corporate offences in the UK and other jurisdictions’. The dispute resolution group is led by the ‘calm and steadyMichael Bennett and Satindar Dogra, who wields the ‘unerring ability to deliver the right advice’.

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP’s dispute resolution team is headed by the ‘tirelessMichael Bennett and Satindar Dogra, the department’s ‘brightest star’. The firm continues to act for Grant Thornton LLP in what has been described as ‘one of the largest financial frauds in history’.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

In an illustration of its heavyweight litigation portfolio, Linklaters LLP’s ‘very strong team’ acted for the joint administrators of Lehman Brothers International Europe (LBIE) on the Waterfall applications for directions on creditors’ entitlement to LBIE’s estate’s surplus. Key names include the ‘clever and commercialChrista Band, James Gardner, who has ‘a quick mind’, Patrick Robinson, who is ‘one of the best city lawyers around’, and Harriet Ellis, who has ‘excellent knowledge’. Andrew Hughes, Euan Clarke, Nick Porter, Kathryn Ludlow and Alison Wilson are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Christa Band - Linklaters LLP

James Gardner - Linklaters LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP strengthened its already impressive practice (which attracts praise for its ‘enormous strength in depth’) with the recruitment of Baker McKenzie LLP’s former global disputes head, Tom Cassels. The team advised Aabar and Edgeworth Capital in litigation arising out of loan acquisitions. Michael Bennett, Christa Band and Michael Sanders are recommended alongside ‘exceptional litigatorAndrew Hughes; Satindar Dogra, who is ‘an excellent lawyer’; the ‘unflappableNick Porter; and Ben Carroll, who ‘manages client expectations fantastically’. Other key names include Patrick Robinson, Euan Clarke, James Gardner and Tom Lidstrom.

Leading individuals

Andrew Hughes - Linklaters LLP

Christa Band - Linklaters LLP

Michael Bennett - Linklaters LLP

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP has been defending Visa Europe in ongoing litigation concerning alleged breaches of EU and domestic competition laws related to multilateral interchange fees. The practice is also acting for LG Electronics in follow-on damages proceedings relating to investigations into alleged collusion in the sale of cathode ray tubes, and is representing Goldman Sachs Group in its appeal to the EC’s decision in the power cables sector cartel investigation. Practice head Michael Sanders is ‘the man you want on your side in any big-ticket competition litigation’. Tom Cassels (‘a class act’) joined from Baker McKenzie LLP and Matthew Weiniger QC joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Leading individuals

Michael Sanders - Linklaters LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP hired Matthew Weiniger QC from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. The team focuses on oil and gas, natural resources and telecoms disputes. Greg Reid, Tom Lidstrom and Ben Carroll are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Greg Reid - Linklaters LLP

Matthew Weiniger QC - Linklaters LLP

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Mediators
Mediators - ranked: tier 4

Katie Bradford - Linklaters LLP

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 3

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP welcomed Matthew Weiniger QC from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. The team is recommended for international sanctions work, investment arbitrations, state immunity issues and international human rights law.

Leading individuals

Matthew Weiniger QC - Linklaters LLP

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 3

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP’s multi-disciplinary team includes transactional tax specialist Mark Kingstone, litigator Michael Sanders and corporate tax expert Dominic Winter. BP, Vodafone and Citigroup are clients.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP’s balanced creditor and debtor practice handles matters across the capital structure, and is able to combine high yield and loan products to great effect. The ‘experienced and highly skilledNick Syson recently acted for the lead arrangers on the £45m senior facilities and £85m second-lien facility to assist Figaro Holdco’s (a KKR-sponsored vehicle) acquisition of shares in LGC Science Group and LGC Whirlwind. Also recommended are Brian Gray, the ‘very effectiveAdam Freeman, ‘impressive and amenableAnnette Kurdian, and ‘hardworkingEdward Aldred, who is recognised for his strength in Term Loan B facilities.

Leading individuals

Gideon Moore - Linklaters LLP

Nick Syson - Linklaters LLP

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Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 5

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP leverages the expertise of its capital markets and core banking practices to provide an ‘exceptional level of service’ on asset finance to clients including VistaJet, UBS, Centerbridge and RBS. The ‘responsive and creativeOlga Petrovic is well regarded in the asset finance space.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending – investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

At Linklaters LLP, Philip Spittal advised Bank of America, BNP Paribas and Standard Chartered Bank as co-ordinators on Jaguar Land Rover’s five-year, £1.8bn revolving credit facility. Other key figures include Mirthe van Kesteren, who is ‘a safe pair of hands’ on emerging markets transactions, and the ‘excellentOliver Edwards. Stuart Thomas, Toby Grimstone and John Tucker are also recommended. Other clients include Barclays, HSBC, Glencore and UBS.

Leading individuals

Oliver Edwards - Linklaters LLP

Philip Spittal - Linklaters LLP

Stuart Thomas - Linklaters LLP

Toby Grimstone - Linklaters LLP

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Commodities: derivatives
Commodities: derivatives - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP is the leading Magic Circle firm for commodity derivatives. Highlights included advising LME Clear as the first clearing house to accept LME warrants as collateral from clearing members. The firm also advised the exchange on a new system for the transfer of warehouse receipts. Jeremy Gewirtz counts Noble among his clients.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Gewirtz - Linklaters LLP

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Commodities: physicals
Commodities: physicals - ranked: tier 3

Linklaters LLP

At Linklaters LLP, Chris Staples (who is ‘a really smart dealmaker’) advised BTG Pactual on a $100m prepayment facility for crude oil products. Jeremy Gewirtz acted for Noble Europe in crude oil supply arrangements to the Klesch Group’s Heide refinery. Glencore and BP are among the team’s clients.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Gewirtz - Linklaters LLP

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

The ‘first-rate’ team at Linklaters LLP has the strength in depth and international platform to handle a range of mandates for an array of stakeholders. The ‘calm, commercial and proactive’ Nick Le Masurier recently acted for the ad-hoc committee of senior creditors on the £817.5m sale, by way of scheme of arrangement, of Guardian Digital Communications to Motorola Solutions. ‘Accomplished’ co-head Rebecca Jarvis has been involved in numerous energy-related matters, including advising the syndicate of senior secured lenders on the attempted restructuring and ultimate administration of Afren Group. Other key figures include co-head Richard Bussell (who is ‘a class act’), Yen Sum, who is known for her bondholder and CLO expertise, Bruce Bell, and insolvency litigator Euan Clarke. David Ereira joined Paul Hastings LLP in November 2015.

Leading individuals

Tony Bugg - Linklaters LLP

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP’s ‘commercial, precise and detailed’ capital markets group is led by Elaine Keats, who provides ‘market-leading advice, technical expertise and depth of knowledge when it comes to liability management’. Richard Levy and US-qualified Cecil Quillen provided English and New York law advice on Standard Chartered’s $2bn fixed rate convertible securities issuance. Ben Dulieu and newly promoted partner Neil Dixon advised Centrica on a €1.4bn issuance, and Carson Welsh acted for BNP Paribas on a £626m bond issuance to recapitalise Eurobank. Other key figures include Yaroslav Alekseyev, who is ‘among the best providers of Yankee bond advice’; Richard O’Callaghan, who leads on equity-linked bonds; and Keith Thomson, who is ‘very strong and knows the market inside out’.

Leading individuals

Ben Dulieu - Linklaters LLP

Carson Welsh - Linklaters LLP

Cecil Quillen - Linklaters LLP

Elaine Keats - Linklaters LLP

Francis Kucera - Ashurst

Richard Levy - Linklaters LLP

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP’s ‘business acumen and industry knowledge are the best in the market; the advice is always on-point’. Vinay Samani (who is ‘a fantastic businessman’), ‘excellent all-rounderDeepak Sitlani and Matthew Monahanare very knowledgeable when it comes to market practice’. Monahan advised Barclays Bank on restructuring £200m in swaps for Yorkshire Water. Other leading lights include ‘standout lawyerMichael Voisin and newly promoted partner Mark Drury (‘one of a new breed that is willing to innovate’), who focus on derivatives clearing. Simon Firth, the ‘razor-sharpPaul Lewis, longevity swap expert David Phillips, the ‘hugely experienced and hardworkingMark Brown, ‘top-calibre counsel’ Doug Shaw and Toby Gray are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Deepak Sitlani - Linklaters LLP

Michael Voisin - Linklaters LLP

Paul Lewis - Linklaters LLP

Simon Firth - Linklaters LLP

Vinay Samani - Linklaters LLP

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP is ‘world class, with a deep bench that provides excellent service’. Its leading lights include banking specialists Mirthe van Kesteren and Toby Grimstone, US securities experts Cecil Quillen and Patrick Sheil, and CIS group co-head and ‘excellent transactional lawyerDaniel Tyrer. The firm also has a strong Africa capability headed by Andrew Jones, who is noted for his ‘exceptional expertise’, as well as CEE expertise through Dominic Sanders. Utilities and transport specialist Ian Andrews, ‘outstandingly knowledgeable’ mining specialist Charles Jacobs, and the ‘very client-oriented’ Matthew Keats, who stands out for energy and infrastructure deals, are also recommended. Van Kesteren advised European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on a dollar-denominated convertible loan to Kazakhstan’s Air Astana.

Leading individuals

Andrew Jones - Linklaters LLP

Dominic Sanders - Linklaters LLP

Ian Andrews - Linklaters LLP

Mirthe van Kesteren - Linklaters LLP

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP is ‘one of the leading firms for high yield matters’. Alexander Naidenov advised Apollo Global Management on a €300m bond and a €1.3bn covenant-lite Term Loan B for its acquisition of Veralia. Mark Hageman, who acted for Norske Skogindustrier on its €290m issuance, and US counsel Natalia Sokolova are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Alexander Naidenov - Linklaters LLP

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP has ‘a very broad and nimble practice with experience at both partner and associate level’. Alex Shopov now leads the team, which includes newly promoted partner Alex Shopov, who advised DBS Bank on its $10bn global covered bond programme. In other highlights, Adam Fogarty and counsel Reza Taylor acted for Cerberus Capital Management on its purchase of a £13bn portfolio of Northern Rock loans and mortgages, which involved the unravelling of securitised mortgages; and Mark Nuttall advised Thames Water Utilities on the £4.7bn flagship Thames Tideway Tunnel financing. Julian Davies is recommended for structured utility bonds and whole-business securitisations (WBS), and James Harbach excels in WBS and mortgage-backed deals.

Leading individuals

Adam Fogarty - Linklaters LLP

Andrew Vickery - Linklaters LLP

James Harbach - Linklaters LLP

Julian Davies - Linklaters LLP

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters LLP

At Linklaters LLP, Mirthe van Kesteren advised banks including Société Générale on a €267m export credit facility for mining company Metalloinvest’s iron plant in Russia. She also acted for EBRD as arranger on a $170m refinancing for Egyptian oil services company ADES. Also recommended are Toby Grimstone, who often advises leading commodity trading houses, and John Tucker.

Leading individuals

Mirthe van Kesteren - Linklaters LLP

Toby Grimstone - Linklaters LLP

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

The ‘excellentGillian Chapman leads Linklaters LLP’s ‘outstanding team’, which is ‘head and shoulders above most practices’. The firm acts for a high-profile client base that includes BAE Systems, Anglo American and Lloyds Banking Group, and recently advised SABMiller on share scheme issues relating to its acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Clients praise ‘consummate expert’ Alexandra Beidas and counsel Graham Rowlands-Hempel, who is ‘always professional’.

Leading individuals

Gillian Chapman - Linklaters LLP

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Employment: employees/ unions
Leading individuals

Nicola Rabson - Linklaters LLP

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters LLP

Impressive rainmakerNicola Rabson leads the ‘top-class team’ at Linklaters LLP, which is a ‘leader in the field’ for transactional issues and high-value employment litigation; recent examples include successfully representing HSBC in an unfair dismissal, race and religious discrimination tribunal claim. Other clients include the National Grid, Credit Suisse and Commerzbank. Rabson also stands out for her whistleblowing expertise, and clients recommend ‘excellent litigatorJean Lovett, who ‘remains relaxed under pressure’.

Leading individuals

Nicola Rabson - Linklaters LLP

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP is ‘a leading firm’ that acts on contentious and non-contentious mandates for corporates and trustees. Ruth Goldman leads the non-contentious team, which includes Tim Cox, who is assisting United Technologies Corporation on the merger of two schemes with a combined asset value of £1.8bn. ‘Excellent communicatorMark Blyth, who ‘combines knowledge with tactics’, leads the contentious practice and continues his work for British Airways, acting on landmark proceedings against its trustees. Other notable names include the ‘down-to-EarthClaire Petheram, Rosalind Knowles and the ‘highly informedIsabel France. Clients also praise ‘remarkable’ counsel Lorna Mitchinson.

Leading individuals

Mark Blyth - Linklaters LLP

Ruth Goldman - Linklaters LLP

Tim Cox - Linklaters LLP

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London: Insurance

Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP provides ‘an excellent client experience; the team responds quickly, and balances the commercial and legal aspects of advice as required’. The well-regarded and ‘technically brilliantVictoria Sander heads the team, and recently advised Friends Life on its £2.4bn longevity swap transaction with the trustees of the Scottish & Newcastle Pension Plan. Other key figures include Duncan Barber, who acted for Swiss Re on its £1.6bn acquisition of the Guardian Financial group of companies, and Dan Schuster-Woldan, who attracts praise for his ‘great balance of commercial and technical input’. Schuster-Woldan recently acted for RSA Insurance Group on the £403m sale of its Latin American business to Suramericana. Madhu Jain and James Gardner are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Duncan Barber - Linklaters LLP

Victoria Sander - Linklaters LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP’s department is led by the ‘highly regardedJeremy Gewirtz, who specialises in the power and oil and gas sectors. Fiona Hobbs and Andrew Jones have been advising African Development Bank and a syndicate of export credit agencies as the lenders on the proposed £5bn financing of the development of a 912km rail line in Mozambique. Bruce White assisted developer Carillion with its successful bid for the $534m Midland Metropolitan Hospital PF2 project.

Leading individuals

Brendan Moylan - Clifford Chance LLP

Bruce White - Linklaters LLP

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Highlights for Linklaters LLP’s ‘excellent’ team has predominantly focused on assisting clients with debt restructuring matters and acting in litigation. Charlie Jacobs, David Avery-Gee and Ian Hunter, who is now a partner, have been advising Glencore on its $10.2bn debt reduction programme. Andrew Jones has been assisting a syndicate of five lenders with the proposed $5bn financing of Vale and Mitsui & Co.’s development of a rail line to expand a coal facility in the port of Nacala in Mozambique. Toby Grimstone and Andrew Jones lead the team alongside Jacobs and Avery-Gee.

Leading individuals

Andrew Jones - Linklaters LLP

Charlie Jacobs - Linklaters LLP

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters LLP

Jointly led by Daniel Tyrer, Mark Russell and associate Andrew Penfold, Linklaters LLP’s practice has been advising Black Rhino Group as the sponsors on the $1.5bn development, financing, construction and operation of the Horn of Africa pipeline. Richard Ginks and associate Katie Williams acted for LetterOne on its $5.7bn acquisition of RWE Dea, which holds 162 licences in 14 countries. Clients also recommend Fiona Hobbs and global practice head Jeremy Gewirtz.

Leading individuals

Daniel Tyrer - Linklaters LLP

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP’s ‘approachable, professional and proactive’ practice is ‘a market leader on renewables’. Led by Matthew Daffurn and the ‘very informativeJohn Pickett, it has been acting for the sponsor group in the £1.5bn financing of the Dudgeon Offshore wind farm. ‘Incredibly bright’ group head Jeremy Gewirtz and the ‘pragmaticRichard Coar advised Investec, EKF and Rabobank as the lenders on the £190m financing of a greenfield waste wood-fired biomass plant in Essex. Charlotte Morgan is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Charlotte Morgan - Linklaters LLP

Jeremy Gewirtz - Linklaters LLP

John Pickett - Linklaters LLP

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Water
Water - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Led by Julian Davies and Michael Cutting, Linklaters LLP has experienced an increase in M&A, project finance and regulatory mandates in the water sector. Mark Nuttall and Charlotte Morgan have been advising Thames Water on all aspects of Thames Tideway tunnel project. Other clients include Yorkshire Water and Affinity Water.

Leading individuals

Julian Davies - Linklaters LLP

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Leading individuals

Tom Cassels - Linklaters LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

Linklaters LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters LLP

Practice head Andrew Bruceoffers red-carpet service’ at Linklaters LLP, where key mandates included acting for AustralianSuper on the acquisition of a 67% interest in the Kings Cross Central regeneration scheme and advising Abu Dhabi Financial Group on the proposed £1bn redevelopment of the New Scotland Yard site in London. Recently promoted partner Tom Watkins specialises in joint ventures.

Leading individuals

Andrew Bruce - Linklaters LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP has the ‘ability to cope with challenging situations and find solutions appropriate for multiple parties’. Chris Staples acted for Anglo American plc in the carve-out of five non-operational properties from Lafarge Tarmac Holdings, while, in the project sector, ‘superb’ practice head Vanessa Havard-Williams advised lenders on regulatory issues pertaining to various energy projects. Climate change and product liability are other streams of work. Managing associate Rachel Barrett is recommended.

Leading individuals

Vanessa Havard-Williams - Linklaters LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Linklaters LLP

At Linklaters LLP, David Watkins is ‘excellent with clients and local planning authorities’. He acted for Palace Street Development in relation to a s106 agreement and subsequent deed of variation concerning a significant development adjacent to Buckingham Palace. Great Portland Estates is a key client.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Easy-going, technically excellent’ department head Steve Smith at Linklaters LLP is ‘widely trusted’; he advised M&G Investment Management on its £153m loan to refinance one of Cosgrave Property Group’s debts. Other clients include Blackstone and Starwood Capital. Trevor Clark and Scott Simpson are recommended.

Leading individuals

Steve Smith - Linklaters LLP

Trevor Clark - Linklaters LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP has ‘very strong’ capability under Katie Bradford, who has ‘bags of experience and excellent tactical judgement’. The firm is currently handling a number of high-stakes real estate finance disputes and acts for PwC, Lehman Brothers (in administration) and Lend Lease Europe.

Leading individuals

Katie Bradford - Linklaters LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters LLP

Key data protection lawyers at Linklaters LLP include global head of TMT and IP Richard Cumbley and Julian Cunningham-Day. The firm’s track record includes work for the Ministry of Defence, British Gas and Visa Europe.

Leading individuals

Richard Cumbley - Linklaters LLP

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLPinvests a lot of time into making sure its team is the right fit, and its understanding of the marketplace really adds value’. John Crozier and the ‘incredibly brightMarly Didizian advised the Ministry of Defence on the introduction of a cloud-based service delivery model, while Julian Cunningham-Day acted for Mitsui in its $50m investment in Afrimax and assisted Standard Chartered with its acquisition of a stake in Eaton Towers Holdings. Global TMT practice head Richard Cumbley is known for his data protection expertise.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Linklaters LLP

In an illustration of Linklaters LLP’s strong financial services expertise, the ‘pragmatic and practicalIan Karet acted for Bank Leumi in a software licensing dispute with Micro Focus involving copyright infringement and breach of contract. On the transactional side, Nemone Franks advised Hutchinson Whampoa on the IP aspects of its acquisition of the O2 mobile telecoms business in the UK from Telefónica.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP advised Takeda on the sale of its global respiratory products portfolio to AstraZeneca, and acted for Atos Medical in an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority into its acquisition of Countrywide Supplies. Other clients include Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi and Bayer. Jonas Koponen, Aisling Zarraga and Marly Didizian head the practice.

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters LLP

Led by Fiona Hobbs, Linklaters LLP’s team advised on the Shaw Report into the future financing of Network Rail. Other highlights included advising Amey Project Ventures and Amey Rail on an electrification project for the Hull to Selby rail line, and advising SNCB/NMBS, the Belgian national railway company, on the UK government’s sale of its 40% stake in Eurostar. Also recommended are Charlotte Morgan, who is ‘first-rate’, the ‘excellentStuart Rowson, and Bruce White.

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Charlotte Morgan - Linklaters LLP

Fiona Hobbs - Linklaters LLP

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