Firm Profile > Linklaters LLP > London, England

Linklaters LLP
ONE SILK STREET
LONDON
EC2Y 8HQ
England

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 1

Notwithstanding the departures of Annette Kurdian  and Robert Burt  to Allen & Overy LLP in May 2021 and the retirement of former head of leveraged finance Adam Freeman, Linklaters LLP ‘s strong practice  remains well-positioned to service its impressive roster of borrower and lender clients. The practice remains large both in London and globally and is strong at all levels due to effective succession planning. It also added well-regarded sponsor-focused debt finance lawyer David Irvine  from  Kirkland & Ellis‘ Hong Kong office, who now co-heads the leveraged finance team alongside Oliver Sceales, who himself boasts exceptional private equity credentials, including on behalf of core sponsor clients Carlyle Group and Hg. Praised for his ‘deep knowledge of precedent and solutions-oriented approach‘, Edward Aldred is a popular choice among sponsors, including on deals involving complex interplay between loans and high yield products. On the bank side, the vastly experienced Nick Syson is adept at handling large-cap cross-border syndicated leveraged finance mandates and has experience with cutting-edge financing products, including cov-lite Term Loan B facilities. The ‘superb and user-friendlyChris Medley is also a common denominator to many of the firm’s most complex bank side, sponsor-backed European leveraged finance mandates and has been ably assisted on several of these by ‘user-friendly, pragmatic and commercial‘ managing associate Rohan Saha. Philip Spittal is global co-head of banking and as part of his broad syndicated finance expertise, regularly handles event-driven acquisition finance mandates for lenders and borrowers.

Practice head(s):

Philip Spittal (Global Co-head of Banking); David Irvine (Co-head of Leveraged Finance); Oliver Sceales (Co-head of Leveraged Finance)

Other key lawyers:

Nick Syson; Edward Aldred; Daniel Gendron; Thomas Waller; Chris Medley; Dan Peach; Danielle Wilson; Lizanne Blair; Max Macklin; Tarini Wettimuny

Testimonials

It is a great team, all rowing in the one direction and very commercial.’

Edward Aldred brought a high level of energy and solution-oriented approach to our acquisition financing project. Based on his deep knowledge of precedent, he was able to obtain significant incremental financing flexibility for us.’

Chris Medley is superb and user-friendly.’

Rohan Saha is user-friendly, pragmatic and commercial.

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

Hg

Digital Colony Partners

Warburg Pincus

TowerBrook Capital Partners

PAI Partners SAS

CVC

Goldman PE

Brookfield

Bridgepoint

Credit Suisse

JP Morgan

Citibank

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 1

Advising a balanced mix of investment grade corporates (including numerous FTSE 100 entities) and banking clients, Linklaters LLP has an excellent perspective of market practice and relevant precedents, from both a creditor and a debtor perspective. This versatility also manifests itself in relation to the financing techniques which the firm is able to deploy, including margin loans and structured finance. Appreciated for his ‘creative thinking’, ‘vast experience‘ and knowledge of ‘what’s happening in the market‘, Toby Grimstone advises lenders and borrowers on general corporate lending and corporate acquisition finance mandates, often with a nexus to emerging markets. Oliver Edwards co-heads the corporate and structured lending team alongside Grimstone and is well-positioned to advise lender clients, in particular, in part due to his previous secondment roles, as well as by virtue of his experience in private practice across a myriad of secured and unsecured syndicated banking facilities. Philip Spittal regularly handles syndicated lending work in his role as global co-head of banking and is a key member of the team that also includes Ian Callaghan and newly promoted partner Caroline Courtney.

Practice head(s):

Philip Spittal (Global Co-head of Banking); Oliver Edwards (Co-head of Corporate and Structured Lending); Toby Grimstone (Co-head of Corporate and Structured Lending)

Other key lawyers:

James Martin; Ian Callaghan; William Evans; Sam Mahboubian; James Godfrey; Caroline Courtney

Testimonials

Linklaters is always available and, despite our being so, never make us feel like a small client. We consistently get their swift attention which makes such a difference as the nature of the work we engage them on is urgent and immediate.’

The team is always available and providing efficient advice, letting the client know about the market practice and relevant precedents.’

Toby Grimstone: the Innovator. Toby provides us with the strategic considerations to aid our own thinking. His vast experience is invaluable, with reference to what’s happening in the market, as well as his own creative-thinking, we know that Toby will back us for our big deals to ensure we get positive results.’

Key clients

Barclays

Bank of America

Citibank, N.A.

Deutsche Bank

Credit Agricole

Goldman Sachs

HSBC Bank plc

J.P. Morgan

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Nomura

Rio Tinto plc

Mitie Group plc

Glencore

LafargeHolcim Ltd

Greggs plc

Petrofac

Rothesay Life plc

Sappi Limited

IG Group

Vantage Towers AG

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 1

Linklaters LLP's dispute resolution team harnesses the firm's contentious and non-contentious teams and regulatory practice to advise on a range of financial and banking litigation. It is particularly well-known for multijurisdictional disputes as well as UK topical market disruptions including LIBOR, implications of Brexit. Christa Band (who has a breadth of experience in crisis management, regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings) leads the practice alongside global disputes head Michael Bennett and corporate crime and fraud expert Satindar Dogra. Other names to note include Patrick Robinson for disputes arising from structured products, capital markets and derivatives disputes; Susana Cao Miranda, who applies her extensive in-house experience in banking litigation and contentious regulatory work, and Rory Conway for insolvency-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bennett; Satindar Dogra; Christa Band

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Robinson; Susana Cao Miranda; Rory Conway

Key clients

Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) (“LBIE”)

Bank of East Asia

Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV (“BNYM”)

The joint administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration)

Risk advisory > Corporate governance Tier 1

Linklaters LLP works with a number of major UK-listed and international companies, specialising in governance and compliance models, board advice, crisis management issues, and reporting work. Particular areas of focus include ESG, particularly sustainability issues, human rights matters, data protection work, and broad regulatory compliance issues, including complex internal models. The team is overseen by Vanessa Havard-Williams, a leading practitioner within the fields of risk management, resilience, and sustainability, and also includes Rachel Barrett, who is ‘knowledgeable in all ESG matters’. Global employment and incentives head Alexandra Beidas is active in providing board-level advice to executive and non-executive directors, and disputes-focused Tom Cassels specialises in crisis and reputation management work. Managing associate Aileen Buchanan is a key figure within the sustainability practice, handling health and safety and environmental liability issues within transactions, and wider crisis management work. Tom Shropshire recently left the firm to an in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Havard-Williams

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Barrett; Alexandra Beidas; Tom Cassels; Aileen Buchanan

Testimonials

‘Linklaters has a strong ESG team, which is difficult to find as it is such a new area of law. The firm’s global footprint means they are well placed to assist multinational corporates to comply with ethical governance legislation in different jurisdictions.’

‘Rachel Barrett is approachable and knowledgeable in all ESG matters, and gives proportionate and commercial advice.’

‘Great people to work with, innovative, proactive in letting me know developments in this fast changing area. Seriously good judgement which I rely on.’

Key clients

BHP

Reckitt Benckiser

Mondi

Macquarie

Ola

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 1

Benefiting from ‘deep core restructuring expertise‘, allied to ‘fantastic corporate and banking practices‘, Linklaters LLP is ‘able to deliver solutions and document the most complex transactions‘ for a varied range of stakeholders, including lenders, funds and corporates. Blending ‘years of experience with razor sharp legal perspectives‘, Rebecca Jarvis embodies the eclectic nature of work handled by the firm, and is ‘a steady hand for boards and stakeholders, alike, in what are often complex and sometimes volatile/acrimonious situations’. ‘A trusted adviser who applies a thoughtful and reasoned approach’, James Douglas excels in complex restructuring/insolvency scenarios for a similarly varied client base and is particularly noted for his aptitude at resolving highly contentious mandates and special situations matters for fund clients. Drawing upon a wealth of experience gleaned in private practice, as well as by dint of her long tenure in-house at Goldman Sachs, the ‘very strongSarah Mook excels at handling complex debt and equity restructurings, including for corporate debtors and their directors across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Noted in particular for his aptitude at negotiating ‘difficult situations‘ for debtor clients, Richard Bussell co-heads the 12-partner London-based team alongside Jarvis. The team also includes the vastly experienced Tony Bugg and the ‘very knowledgeableRichard Hodgson, who has been particularly busy of late representing IPs in retail-related restructurings; Nick Le Masurier is another key name to note. Bruce Bell  joined Latham & Watkins in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Jarvis; Richard Bussell

Other key lawyers:

Tony Bugg; James Douglas; Richard Hodgson; Nick Le Masurier; Sarah Mook; Matthew Harding; Liam Robinson

Testimonials

Top quality restructuring partners and lawyers with a very strong legal and commercial understanding that are able to deliver solutions and document the most complex transactions.’

Particularly adapted to leading large complex company side restructurings which require coordinated legal advice through a range of issues: including listing rules, tax, financing, pensions and across multiple jurisdictions.’

One of the best restructuring and insolvency teams in the City, allied to fantastic corporate and banking practices, as well as the full range of other services. Deep core restructuring expertise and strength-in-depth in the team, means they can tackle multiple large cases.’

Rebecca Jarvis blends her years of experience with razor sharp legal perspectives to quickly provide clients with solutions based approach. This makes Rebecca a steady hand for boards and stakeholders, alike, in what are often complex and sometimes volatile/acrimonious situations.’

Richard Bussell is a stand out – great lawyer and partner in difficult situations. Richard Hodgson is very knowledgeable.’

James Douglas is who I turn to when a difficult and complex situation requires careful navigation, as he is a trusted adviser who applies a thoughtful and reasoned approach.’

Sarah Mook is a very strong and experienced corporate restructuring lawyer. Excellent client skills. Extensive capital markets knowledge.’

‘The experienced and knolwedgeable Matthew Harding is technically strong, very calm in a crisis and gives practical advice.’

Key clients

NatWest Group

Citigroup

JP Morgan

BofA Securities

HSBC Bank

Steinhoff International Holdings

KKR Credit Advisors (US) LLC

PwC

FTI Consulting

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 1

Linklaters LLP handles a range of contentious and non-contentious data protection matters, including GDPR work and ICO investigations. The practice is active in a range of sectors, including the digital health, adtech, fintech, insurtech and AI. Acting for clients internationally and domestically, the team has deep relationships with both European and UK regulators. Practice head Richard Cumbley is ‘a great relationship manager’, who has ‘been consistently excellent over many years’; he focuses on data security incidents, privacy litigation and subject access issues. Georgina Kon acts for public and private sector clients on information governance and privacy matters. Managing associate Alaister Johnson handles multi-jurisdictional privacy projects, and senior privacy counsel Peter Church is adept at dealing with cutting-edge matters which entail complex interactions between technology and the law.

Practice head(s):

Richard Cumbley

Other key lawyers:

Georgina Kon; Alaister Johnson; Peter Church

Testimonials

‘I feel in safe hands with Linklaters, as they make the effort to understand our business and advise based on the reality as opposed to the theory’.

‘Georgina Kon is responsive, helpful and an expert’.

‘Georgina Kon thinks outside the box and her depth and breadth of experience shows in her advice’.

‘Georgina Kon is great in front of the business people, and is able to draw out the information she needs and to instil them with a sense of confidence and assurance, delivering messages that land well’. 

‘Richard Cumbley’s team really knows their privacy related issues’.

‘They understand that we require a commercial solution and their risk-based approach is valued’.

‘Peter Church is excellent – exceptional on detail, very professional, worked very well with my team, and is passionate about his work’.

‘Very strong team across the board’.

Key clients

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 1

At Linklaters LLP, 'the DCM team is exceptional, it is strong in breadth and depth and is at the forefront of legal developments in the sector'. Whether it is investment grade debt offerings, liability management transactions, equity-linked instruments, hybrid capital, regulatory capital, green and sustainability bonds, emerging markets or sovereign debt, the firm is highly adept in advising both issuers and investment banks. Its recent work includes advising large corporates, among them Greggs plc, on commercial paper programmes to access the Bank of England Covid Corporate Financing Facility. Practice head Elaine Keats has a broad-ranging practice but has particular expertise in liability management. Richard Levy works across the spectrum of investment and sub-investment grade debt offerings, regulatory capital instruments, liability management and restructurings. Carson Welsh has particular experience of acting for issuers and underwriters on major bank recapitalisations, while Ben Dulieu stands out for convertible and exchangeable bonds. Cecil Quillen leads the firm’s global US securities practice, while Richard O’Callaghan is known for transactions in the MENA region. Newly promoted partners Arjun Muddu and Yaroslav Alekseyev also play key roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Keats

Other key lawyers:

Richard Levy; Carson Welsh; Ben Dulieu; Cecil Quillen; Richard O’Callaghan; Arjun Muddu; Yaroslav Alekseyev; Sirae Chen

Testimonials

‘The Linklaters DCM team is exceptional. They are strong in breadth and depth and a pleasure to work with. They are at the forefront of legal developments in the sector and a go-to firm on all DCM products.’

‘Richard Levy, Elaine Keats, Richard O’Callaghan and Ben Dulieu are all exceptional. They are at the top of their field and always provide the best advice. On the establishment of CCFF programmes, Richard Levy in particular stands out. His advice and engagement were exceptional. At a difficult and busy time, his support was unparalleled. We couldn’t have done what we did without him – he was proactive and market leading.’

‘The team provides a consistently excellent service. They have an in-depth knowledge of the sector and provide advice that is commercial.’

‘Richard O’Callaghan is excellent, he is easy to work with, extremely knowledgeable and provides commercial, well thought out advice.’

‘Linklaters has a top-quality DCM practice, but specifically when it comes to the equity-linked product, they are the unquestionable number one player in this market in nearly all major European markets. They know everything there is to know about the product, and have built their expertise and precedent knowledge over a very long period of time.’

‘Ben Dulieu is now clearly the most experienced individual in this market. He is the first point of call for any questions. He is also easy to work with, and puts forward a friendly and easy to work with face for Linklaters. Richard O’Callaghan is also very good, with a growing practice.’

‘A really great bunch of people. Easy to get along with and fun to work with. Very precise and considered in their drafting of documents. They always understand the brief.’

‘Sirae Chen – meticulous attention to detail, responsive at all times. Cool, calm and collected, a great person to deal with. Arjun Muddu – so enthusiastic about every transaction, incredibly knowledgeable in his field, responsive at all times, a thorough pleasure to deal with. Richard Levy – it’s like tapping into a huge wealth of top-quality experience in his field. Capable of seeing things from all sides, totally committed and an absolute pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

NatWest Markets

Citi

UBS

Lloyds

HSBC

BNP Paribas

European Investment Bank

Anglo American

Experian

Unilever

Vodafone

Centrica

SEE

British American Tobacco

Yorkshire Building Society

Greggs

Greene King

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 1

Linklaters LLP is known for 'timely delivery, high quality and strong professionals', and clients remark that it is 'at the very top of the market and the partners are highly respected in the market'. The firm has a significant presence in every area of the structured finance space, and frequently advises on novel and innovative transactions, as well as taking a lead on regulatory reform projects. Practice head Deepak Sitlani, who is 'always responsive and easy to deal with', leads a team replete with structured finance experts. Pauline Ashall handles OTC and securitised derivatives, notably in regard to equities, funds and commodities. Mark Brown is the lead partner for Islamic derivatives. Mark Drury's practice spans infrastructure, securitised, OTC and exchange traded derivatives, as well as synthetic CLOs. Simon Firth , Vinay Samani and repack specialist Toby Gray also play pivotal roles in the practice. Global head of finance Paul Lewis handles collateral and custody structures, and fund-linked derivatives, while global head of capital markets Michael Voisin deals with derivatives, repacks and investment fund products. Matthew Monahan is a leading adviser on synthetic securitisations.

Practice head(s):

Deepak Sitlani

Other key lawyers:

Pauline Ashall; Mark Brown; Mark Drury; Simon Firth; Vinay Samani; Toby Gray; Paul Lewis; Michael Voisin; Matthew Monahan; Vinay Reddy; James Joseph

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and practical advice.’

‘Deepak Sitlani and Vinay Reddy – very highly recommended – always responsive and easy to deal with.’

‘The very top of the market. We use them on our most complicated trades. We find their cross-border ability very useful. They are also excellent at keeping on top of new regulations and keeping clients informed. The partners in the group are very strong and highly respected in the market.’

‘Vinay Samani: Absolutely top of the market. A reliable, high-quality lawyer. Understands his market inside-out and what his clients need. Marries a relaxed, common-sense approach with in-depth technical knowledge. Mark Brown: Hugely experienced, hard-working, very impressive attention to detail. Has become the go-to person in recent years for benchmarks reform, ably guiding his clients through some huge reform projects.’

‘Mark Drury: Goes from strength-to-strength. Sensible, flexible, solution oriented. Has a broad practice (covering CLOs, repackagings, fund financings, FMIs, Fintech and structured derivatives) which allows him to apply his in-depth knowledge across the board. Matthew Monahan is a first-rate transactional lawyer – he spots things we hadn’t thought of and finds simple solutions, he doesn’t over-complicate things. He is an expert on synthetic risk transfers.’

‘All round knowledge. Always willing to help. Very responsive.’

‘In our view, Linklaters are the market leaders in repackaged notes, the partners are knowledgeable and engaging. Staffing levels are such that a great deal work can be handled quickly and the quality of the output is exceptional. During the pandemic we have various video calls which have run very smoothly.’

‘James Joseph has excellent technical knowledge and a very calm and considered approach which engenders confidence and trust.’

Key clients

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)

SMBC Nikko

HSBC

NatWest Markets

OTC DerivNet Ltd

PGGM Vermogensbeheer B.V.

Renaissance Reinsurance

AXA

Alcentra Limited

Sound Point Capital Management

Royal Bank of Canada

Rokos

Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME)

Futures Industry Association (FIA)

International Capital Market Association (ICMA)

International Securities Lending Association

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 1

The London office of Linklaters LLP plays a key role in the firm's work across the globe and plays a key part in its activity in Africa, the CIS, CEE, India, Latin America, China, the Middle East, Turkey and Southeast Asia. The firm is predominantly focused on finance and capital markets transactions, though it also has a prominent role in cross-border arbitration and corporate matters. Ian Andrews is a key partner for infrastructure projects, notably in the CEE region. Energy and infrastructure expert Andrew Jones, who leads the Africa group, has more than 20 years' experience in projects in emerging markets, while the practice's global head Daniel Tyrer specialises in upstream oil and gas, LNG, pipeline, refinery and petrochemical plant-related project development, project finance and private equity transactions across EMEA and the CIS. Tyrer and Ilia Ditiatev, who works in both London and Moscow, recently acted for lenders in a multi-sourced $8-10bn financing for the construction of the Arctic 2 LNG Project in Russia. Matthew Middleditch, who is chair of the global corporate practice and based in London and Hong Kong, specialises in M&A transactions in the financial sector and has handled some of the largest transactions in Asia.

Other key lawyers:

Ian Andrews; Andrew Jones; Daniel Tyrer; Ilia Ditiatev; Matthew Middleditch

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 1

Linklaters LLP is differentiated through its deep bench of 17 lawyers advising only on incentives, which is supplemented by its extensive international network. This sizable team has made it well placed to work on major mandates, most recently on Unilever’s unification of its group legal structure into a single parent company. The team is led by global employment and incentives head Alexandra Beidas who is a well known name in the market, particularly in relation to advising financial institutions on their remuneration schemes. Cara Hegarty, who advised on the Unilever deal, is another key name and advises across a broad range of areas, most notably on increasingly relevant issues such as gender and pay ratio reporting. The group has added a new partner to the team through the internal promotion of Bradley Richardson who, much like Beidas, has a notably strong focus on financial services remuneration.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Beidas

Other key lawyers:

Bradley Richardson; Cara Hegarty

Testimonials

‘The team are simply brilliant to work with. They all engage proactively and transparently with us, which is much appreciated. They are also very much solution-oriented. Some firms use that strapline but the Linklaters team assigned to us demonstrate this consistently. ‘

‘Cara Hegarty has been our main long-term adviser and she has been simply fantastic. She has set a very high bar for her colleagues and they have risen to that challenge.’

Key clients

Unilever plc

G4S plc

Caesars Entertainment Inc

Warburg Pincus LLC and TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P. (the Consortium)

BP plc

Burberry Group plc

Rothesay Life plc

IG Group Holdings plc

Nestlé S.A.

Real estate > Environment Tier 1

With a varied international client portfolio, the fast-growing practice at Linklaters LLP regularly advises on the environmental aspects surrounding complex transactions as well as large energy and infrastructure projects. The team also displays a focus on risk mitigation and management, in addition to a growing practice advising clients on incoming sustainable finance and ESG regulations. Vanessa Havard-Williams, a ‘leader in her field‘ of human rights, governance and environmental law, heads the team, advising on topics that range from energy transition strategy to product liability. Rachel Barrett remains a name to note, acting on many of the practice’s major energy and infrastructure project matters and contributing a strong background in governance, compliance and risk management.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Havard-Williams

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Barrett; Chris Staples;

Testimonials

‘They are very knowledgeable in this area of expertise, working independently and representing their client well. I like their mindset of trying to find solutions and support us in areas where we lack the expertise to take decisions. Availability is outstanding!’

The team is built up from a diverse group of people with relevant experience, who are able to independently advise and support on our project. The speed of responses and availability of team members for engagement are excellent.’

‘Good balance in the team and good work allocation between senior and junior resources.’

‘Vanessa Havard-Williams is a leader in her field, repeatedly giving difficult advice – and I keep coming back for more (as she is always right).’

‘Particularly fast and responsive with high-quality advice.’

Key clients

Ashmore

Ineos, Project One

Two private equity matters – Project Nobel and Projects Echo and Roosevelt (Digital Colony Partners)

BP Project Queens

Jingye Group

Lenzing AG and Duratex S.A. as sponsors, and their joint venture LD Celulose S.A. as borrower

World Bank

Canadian Fund

Macquarie

Lenders and ECAs

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 1

Linklaters LLP is well-known as a powerhouse in the equity capital markets arena as a leading name in big-ticket listings and other high-profile transactions. Its recent work included James Wootton, Mike Bienenfeld, senior US associate Cole Smith and managing associate Avi Cohen acting for Alphawave IP Plc on its £3.1m IPO and London Stock Exchange listing; this matter represented the largest admission of a North American company in London Stock Exchange history and is one of the largest semiconductor IPOs in the world to date, The firm also notably acted on the listings of Trustpilot, Moonpig and Dr Martens. John Lane and Jason Manketo jointly lead the practice. Tom Thorne is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

John Lane; Jason Manketo

Other key lawyers:

James Wootton; Mike Bienenfeld; Cole Smith; Avi Cohen; Tom Thorne

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 1

Linklaters LLP's London competition practice is almost without equal, comprising a number of highly experienced and respected partners who collectively provide a top tier service across transactional support, regulatory investigations, state aid and behavioural issues. In addition to  its strong London team, the firm is able provide global coverage through its overseas offices and alliances with leading firms in  jurisdictions where it has no office of its own, such as Australia. UK practice head Nicole Kar is well placed to advise clients on their Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) filing obligations under the new National Security & Investment Act, having acted as a specialist adviser to the UK Foreign Affairs Committee. Christian Ahlborn, global head of competition, also operates from London and has significant experience advising banks and corporates on complex M&A transactions.  Other names of significance include merger control expert Simon Pritchard, Natura Gracia, who is appreciated  by clients for her 'high quality, compelling advocacy', newly promoted partner Anna Mitchell and managing associate Verity Egerton-Doyle. Sir Christopher Bellamy QC re-joined Monkton chambers in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

Nicole Kar; Christian Ahlborn

Other key lawyers:

Simon Pritchard; Natura Gracia; Anna Mitchell; Rachel Hetherington; Verity Egerton-Doyle; Jonathan Ford; William Leslie

Testimonials

Very pragmatic, responsive and highly commercial – they have an excellent understanding of how we operate as an organisation, with impressive industry knowledge and are closely aligned with our strategic objectives.

Simon Pritchard and Anna Mitchell were excellent in preparations for our hearing with the CMA.’

Natura Gràcia and Nicole Kar are both excellent; very supportive and responsive – this is exactly what we look for in our advisers. We have been working closely with them for a number of years and they have integrated exceptionally well into our team on a variety of ongoing and transactional issues.

Very strong on guiding us through strategic choices. Very strong breadth of team, with a lot of very good people to handle large cases. I have worked with Linklaters on a number of different types of matters, and they are also very good at fielding the right team for the case. Linklaters also have one of the more diverse teams I have worked with across a number of aspects of diversity, including diversity of background and experience.’

Very client focused,  clear and commercial.

Natura Gracia has been excellent where we have worked together – very practical and clear, and produces very high quality, compelling advocacy.

The legal expertise, professionalism, attention to detail and fast assimilation of our sector was very impressive. Aided by great client care. In particular, the strength of their written submissions and key feature of EU competition law protecting SMEs.’

Natura Gracia provides clear and commercially focused legal advice and support. She is extremely responsive and very user friendly.’

Key clients

BGL

QIAGEN N.V.

G4S

National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF)

JD Sports/Footasylum

GBST Holdings Limited

Just Eat/Takeaway

SGN, WWU and NGN

BAE systems

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 1

Linklaters LLP has an integrated contentious and non-contentious financial services regulatory team that covers the breadth of regulatory disputes, with a particular reputation for acting for wholesale and retail banks, but also an increasingly diverse client base that includes investment managers, trading platforms, asset managers and private equity firms. The group is led by Martyn Hopper, whose experience spans insider dealing and market manipulation cases, as well as corporate disclosure and governance issues. Nikunj Kiri has substantial internal and external investigations experience, as well as handling skilled persons’ and past business reviews arising from regulatory failings. Alison Wilson is well-known to the retail and wholesale banking sectors, with regular instructions relating to FCA enforcement investigations and pre-enforcement matters. Ben Packer‘s practice is focused on the crossover between regulatory investigations and cases of financial crime. Promoted to partner in May 2021, Clare McMullen is increasingly known for market abuse and anti-money laundering matters. Counsel Elizabeth Dowd is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Martyn Hopper

Other key lawyers:

Nikunj Kiri; Alison Wilson; Susana Cao Miranda; Gavin Lewis; Ben Packer; Elizabeth Dowd; Clare McMullen

Testimonials

Understanding of the market and our sector is second to none and always very responsive.’

Incomparable experience and expertise. Great team work.’

Martyn Hopper and Ben Packer are highly skilled and immensely experienced.’

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 1

The 'extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic' financial services regulatory team at Linklaters LLP is known for its expertise in conduct and prudential regulation. Recent work spans Brexit adjustments, ESG and governance issues, as well as matters arising from the LIBOR transition, ring-fencing, clearing and payments. Michael Kent has deep experience in market infrastructure, advising investment banks and asset managers. Peter Bevan specialises in advising broker-dealers and investment banks; Harry Eddis is increasingly involved in the fintech regulatory space; Nikunj Kiri draws on contentious expertise to advise on compliance risk management issues. Julia Dixon is noted for strategic regulatory engagement and regulatory risk identification and management. Benedict James has a reputation for prudential regulations. Alastair Holt is a licensing and governance expert who has developed expertise in advising on new investment firms regulation. Counsel Raza Naeem is noted for his knowledge in market structures. The team was bolstered further in summer 2021 with the hire of Pansy Wong from JP Morgan Securities, where she was managing director and associate general counsel.

Practice head(s):

Martyn Hopper

Other key lawyers:

Michael Kent; Peter Bevan; Harry Eddis; Nikunj Kiri; Sebastian Barling; Julia Dixon; Alastair Holt; Raza Naeem

Testimonials

The Regulatory team are extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic about business matters. They use simple language for their clients to help understand complex issues or solutions.’

Julia Dixon is very commercial and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Visa Europe Limited

SMBC Bank International plc

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 1

Linklaters LLP has a multidisciplinary approach to fintech matters and the team in London is able to draw on the resources of the wider global network for additional expertise. With the firm having strong relationships with regulators, it is at the forefront of regulatory issues impacting emerging fintech companies and larger established entities. It also assists with risk management, as well as investigations and enforcement actions. Particular areas of focus include payment systems and digital payments, digital assets, digitisation of financial markets, investment and corporate work, as well as data, cyber and tech disputes. Julian Cunningham-Day advises large financial services institutions and clients in other highly regulated industries, with a focus on data management, outsourcing, M&A and compliance. Harry Eddis is a go-to for advice on financial markets regulation, while Fionnghuala Griggs undertakes corporate work. Managing associate Richard Hay is experienced in new product development in the market infrastructures sphere.

Practice head(s):

Julian Cunningham-Day; Harry Eddis; Fionnghuala Griggs ; Richard Hay

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Chang; Michael Voisin

Testimonials

‘Brings to the table a pre-eminent understanding of markets businesses.’  

‘They have an increasingly comprehensive list of experience in the payments and e-money infrastructure and practice space.’

‘What I value is their ability to very easily apply their (vast) experience in FS reg historically to new applications of that law.’

‘Depth of knowledge and industry experience.’ 

‘Richard Hay is unrivalled in his knowledge of the sector, the contacts he has, and the legal issues underpinning it.’

‘Always able to draw on analogous projects and problems they have solved in the past.’

‘Creative thinking to solve problems.’

‘Michael Voisin leads from the front and is not just a senior figurehead but a key practitioner on the frontline leading the innovation.’

Key clients

Fnality

SC Ventures

Standard Chartered Bank

Xero UK Ltd

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 1

Acting for banks and large corporates, Linklaters LLP specialises in multijurisdictional fraud cases related to securities litigation, cyber fraud and accounting fraud. Key names in the area include Michael Bennett, who handles cross-border investigations and enforcement proceedings; Satindar Dogra, who is known for corporate crime and fraud expertise, particularly anti-bribery, sanctions and FCA compliance work; and Rory Conway, who focuses on commercial litigation, civil fraud cases being a forte.

Other key lawyers:

Michael Bennett; Satindar Dogra; Rory Conway

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 1

The well-regarded infrastructure practice at Linklaters LLP provides expertise in M&A, financings and project development. Particular specialisms for the team include transport sector work and advising governments and regulators in public sector matters. Stuart Rowson is global co-head of the firm’s infrastructure sector. Also active in the area are corporate partner Jessamy Gallagher and Ian Andrews, who focuses on infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Rowson

Other key lawyers:

Jessamy Gallagher; Ian Andrews; Richard Coar; Richard Ginks

Corporate and commercial > M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 1

Linklaters LLP routinely handles a significant volume of market-leading transactions on behalf of many of the world’s foremost corporates, private equity houses, and investment banks. Over the past year, the team has advised on some of the most high-value UK  and global deals, working with blue-chip clients from the worlds of consumer goods, TMT, energy, financial services, natural resources, and healthcare on layered, multi-jurisdictional transactions. The team is going through some internal changes, with heavyweight Charlie Jacobs retiring from the firm to take on a role at JP Morgan, while former corporate head  Aedamar Comiskey has stepped into his shoes as senior partner.  Simon Branigan is now head of corporate, leading a team which also includes Jessamy Gallagher , who jointly leads the firm’s global infrastructure offering,  public M&A partner Nick Rumsby , and James Inglis. Other key names to note include Derek Tong , who heads up the UK technology sector team and Fionnghuala Griggs , who serves as co-head of the firm’s global Fintech offering and is noted by clients for her ‘impressive’ acumen in M&A and consortium transactions and . Jane Cai is recommended for her cross-border experience in industrials, extractives, and telecoms.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Middleditch; Simon Branigan

Other key lawyers:

James Inglis; Nick Rumsby; David Martin; Jessamy Gallagher; Derek Tong; Fionnghuala Griggs; Simon Branigan, Owen Clay; Ian Hunter; Dan Schuster-Woldan; George Yiend; Lorna Tennett; Sarah Flaherty; Aedamar Comiskey

Testimonials

‘The Linklaters team was exceptionally responsive, experienced, commercially pragmatic, and a pleasure to work with, in a very complex multi-national transaction.’

‘Stuart Bedford led the transaction and was the epitome of calm under pressure, bringing immense composure and experience when it was most needed. He was ably assisted by partners Finn Griggs and Derek Tong who were organised, responsive, and impressive.’

‘Good work, quick to respond, good team.’

‘The strength and depth of the Linklaters team is extremely impressive. Their ability to mobilise quickly and experience in supporting large scale M&A makes them an incredible asset to have in a team.’

‘Derek Tong – A technically brilliant M&A lawyer with a commercial focus, a real force in negotiations and the model of composure at all times. He is a partner who provides genuine inspiration to his associates.’

Key clients

Just Eat Takeaway.com

Vodafone

J Sainsbury

Unilever

BP

Investec

G4S

Hg

Rothesay Life

Anglo American

Caesars Entertainment

Macquarie

Advent International Corporation

Carlyle

Capita

PSP Investments

Nestlé

Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals Tier 1

Linklaters LLP‘s ‘top-rank‘ team has an impressive track record in the mining and minerals space. Backed by a strong finance team and a deep bench of experts, the practice advises on the full lifecycle of assets, including international M&A transactions, project financing developments, and disposals. The global mining practice is led by Toby Grimstone, James Inglis and Robert Cleaver in London; the core team also comprises key partner Ian Hunter, who has recently advised Glencore on major transactional matters, the highly rated Aisling Zarraga, who leads on some of the group's most important client relationships, and Africa group head Andrew Jones. The team also has vast expertise in regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Toby Grimstone; James Inglis; Rob Cleaver

Other key lawyers:

Ian Hunter; Aisling Zarraga; Andrew Jones

Testimonials

‘Ian Hunter is very bright, commercial and solutions focused. He makes himself available to the client – he is always contactable and quick to respond.’

‘Top-rank team of excellent operators. Aisling Zarraga is highly rated.’

‘As a specialised mining practice, they are familiar with the type of business we do, and they have language skills that fit with our business as well as overseas offices that can assist in certain areas.’

‘This team is extremely knowledgeable and no problem is to big to be solved. They are logical and able to step back and think out of the box. They are also extremely efficient and are able to deliver to tight deadlines. Their turnaround on complex issues is extremely quick.’

‘The individuals we work with feel as if they are part of the internal team and we are all aligned and working towards a common goal. They become part of the team and feel as motivated as the internal team. They are extremely approachable and explain things logically even though they are brilliant in their fields. They are extremely knowledgeable.’

‘Great strength in depth and knowledge of the market.’

‘They are easy to talk to in a normal way; they communicate in non-lawyerly language. They also get that most business colleagues don’t want to know the legal detail and so tailor their output to that.’

Key clients

Glencore

Anglo American

Rio Tinto

KAZ Minerals

Endeavour Mining

EVRAZ

Gold Fields

Jingye Group

Sibanye Stillwater

Anglo Gold Ashanti

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 1

Linklaters LLP has a highly regarded oil and gas team led in London by global head of energy Daniel Tyrer. The practice handles major international project development and transactional matters in EMEA and Latin America, for leading clients across the value chain. John Pickett and Chris Staples focus on advising lenders and sponsors on power transactions, whilst Mark Russell maintains a busy practice in upstream oil, LNG sector work, and petrochemicals. Other key members of the team include Owen Clay, who handles energy transactions, and Fiona HobbsMatthew Keats has been promoted to head of the energy and infrastructure group for the Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Tyrer; John Pickett; Chris Staples

Other key lawyers:

Mark Russell; Matthew Keats

Key clients

BP

ExxonMobil

ENI

CNPC

Galp

Kogas

ENH

Prax Group

Arctic LNG 2 LLC

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 1

The pensions teams at Linklaters LLP acts on all sides of the market. Claire Petheram is global head of the firm's pensions funds team, which advises on cutting-edge scheme mergers, equalisation matters, liability management, and has cemented itself as a market leader in longevity swaps and buy-in/buy-outs.  The 'dedicated' team also provides bespoke funding arrangements and has a substantive de-risking practice through Rosalind Knowles and Philip Goss. SIPP arrangements and insurance advice is expertly handled by John Sheppard. The dispute side of the practice is led by 'tactically astute' Mark Blyth, supported by solicitor-advocate Geoff Egerton, with recent highlights including acting for the trustee of the Merchant Navy Ratings Pensions Fund in high-profile, multi-party proceedings. The team's focus on resolution sees that clients' best interests are always at the forefront.

Practice head(s):

Claire Petheram

Other key lawyers:

Rosalind Knowles; Philip Goss; John Sheppard

Testimonials

‘Linklaters employs people who are technical experts in their field, able to explain complex legal pension matters to a lay audience in simple language’

‘Linklaters’ advice is always well considered, clearly and concisely presented and practical, covering all the points needed to implement their advice.’

‘In our experience it is a dedicated team with a deep level of experience. We have a very large pension scheme and their experience on other large schemes is also invaluable.’

‘Claire Petheram is superb. Probably the best pension legal adviser I have seen in my 20 years in the pensions industry – even though she is on the Trustee “side”! Knows our fund inside out, comes off the fence and gives clear advice, which is never “overlong” or “overwrought” but perfectly to the point and logical. Claire is pragmatic but can also have more informal conversations which I value highly on the Company side.’

Key clients

Rentokil

The Mineworkers Pension Scheme

RHM Pension Trust Limited

Rolls-Royce UK Pension Fund

BP Pension Trustees Limited

Marks and Spencer Pension Scheme

AstraZeneca Pension Fund

Diageo Pension Trust Limited

MMC UK Pension Fund

Co-op Pension Scheme

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 1

The pensions teams at Linklaters LLP acts for a wide range of clients. Claire Petheram is global head of the firm’s pensions funds team, which advises on cutting-edge scheme mergers, equalisation matters, liability management, and has cemented itself as a market leader in longevity swaps and buy-in/buy-outs.  The ‘dedicated’ team also provides bespoke funding arrangement advice and has a substantive de-risking practice through Rosalind Knowles and Philip Goss. SIPP arrangements and insurance advice is handled by John Sheppard. The disputes side of the practice is led by ‘tactically astute’ Mark Blyth, supported by solicitor-advocate Geoff Egerton, with recent highlights including acting for the trustee of the Merchant Navy Ratings Pensions Fund in high-profile, multi-party proceedings. The team’s focus on resolution sees that clients’ best interests are always at the forefront.

Practice head(s):

Mark Blyth

Other key lawyers:

Geoff Egerton

Testimonials

‘The Rolls Royce of pensions litigation. The team can take on the most enormous challenging tasks and eat them up. Mark Blyth has been there and done it and knows how to get cases won.’

‘Incredibly thorough in their approach, pragmatic in finding solutions that work. Good at co-ordinating and bringing teams of lawyers and barristers together with adviser input and focusing the parties to resolve issues.’

‘The team has provided exceptional leadership in a complex pensions litigation case. They have worked collaboratively with actuaries, administrators as well as the main trustee board to provide clear advice and thought leadership on a whole raft of highly technical matters.’

‘Mark Blyth’s expertise and experience in the field of pensions litigation makes him stand out as a highly effective leader who can cut through technical issues and provide strong clear recommendations in real time. His ability to communicate his advice in a succinct and persuasive manner to sponsors and advisers, see his recommendations through and work with advisers at all levels is exceptional.’

‘Linklaters as a firm has a wealth of other talent to draw on, so for pensions work that involves other disciplines (eg tax, banking, insolvency and regulatory law) Linklaters is able to build a multi talented team.’

Key clients

Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund

KPMG

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 1

Linklaters LLP remains a market leader in the power arena, and has an excellent track record of work in the renewable energy and power space, with notable strength in major offshore wind projects. The group is overseen by a trio of key partners including Daniel Tyrer, the global head of the energy and infrastructure practice, and co-heads John Pickett and Chris Staples. The group handles top-end project financing matters, international transactional work, and developments for an impressive roster of prestigious clients. The practice houses a large team of experts including preeminent practitioner Jeremy Gewirtz who acts across emerging markets, particularly the Middle East; domestic energy specialist Charlotte Morgan, finance and capital markets expert Richard Ginks, and construction co-head Richard Coar. Energy and infrastructure lawyer Francesca Matthews, who recently made partner, is recommended by market peers.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Tyrer; John Pickett; Chris Staples

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Gewirtz; Richard Cora; Francesca Matthews

Key clients

SSE Renewables

Equinor

EDF

Green Investment Group Limited

Ørsted A/S

Wheelabrator Technologies

Mainstream Renewables Power

Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (“BEIS”)

Castleton Commodities UK Limited

Transport > Rail Tier 1

The specialist rail team at Linklaters LLP is highly regarded for its expertise in construction, franchising, and rolling stock for a broad arrange of clients, including major government departments, as well as rail sponsors and financiers. Its experience ranges from all types of matters concerning heavy rail to light rail, as well as station real estate. During 2020 practice co-heads Fiona Hobbs and Charlotte Morgan advised the Department for Transport on Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements. Hobbs is a key resource regarding high-profile energy and infrastructure matters while Morgan focuses on rolling stock supply and maintenance agreements. Infrastructure partner Stuart Rowson deals with major rail financings.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Hobbs; Charlotte Morgan

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Rowson

Testimonials

‘Linklaters provides high quality input.’

Key clients

Department for Transport

British Government

Prax Group

HS1 Limited and group companies

PGGM Vermogensbeheer B.V.

Canaccord

VTG AG

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 1

Linklaters LLP acts for market-leading European players in the private equity real estate space, handling large-scale fundraisings, regulatory issues and wider advisory matters. Practice head Matthew Keogh advises sponsors and cornerstone institutional investors on open and closed-ended fund formation mandates across a variety of strategies. Rahul Manvatkar is active in fundraisings and he also has a strong record in investment management work, advising on managed accounts, co-investments and carried interest arrangements. Clare Baker was promoted to partner in mid-2021, and leads the firm's investor-side practice; she advises financial institutions and sovereign wealth funds on investment strategy and secondary transactions.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Keogh

Other key lawyers:

Rahul Manvaktar; Clare Baker

Testimonials

The Linklaters team are extremely personable. It is a real pleasure working with their people and we find them very responsive. We receive the highest quality of service on every small query, advisory piece or transaction.

Rahul Manvatkar works hard to ensure we have a highly accessible and performing team across the UK, Luxembourg, Sweden, Germany, Portugal and Spain. An exceptional Linklaters team is made up not just by their partners, but their real strength is in the depth, diversity and creativity of their team and we really trust their associates across Europe.

Really strong team, responsive, user-friendly, excellent co-ordination by managing associate.

The team are really passionate about the subject matter and due to varying skill-sets, have a huge array of technical knowledge.

Key clients

Hines

Aviva Investors

Barings

BlackRock

CBRE Global Investors

LaSalle Investment Management

Round Hill Capital

Prologis

Aermont Capital

Finance > Securitisation Tier 1

'A standout team because not only do they demonstrate the highest levels of technical ability, they are also pragmatic and strategic', says a client of Linklaters LLP. The firm has one of the largest dedicated structured finance and securitisation practices globally, with more than 50 fee-earners in the London office, which works seamlessly with offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas on cross-border deals. Whether it is RMBS, non-performing loans, trade receivables, whole business securitisation or deals for non-bank mortgage originators, the firm is active in every part of the market. Among its highlights is its work for Artis Finance, a new start-up trade finance provider, on the first-ever trade finance securitisation programme to fund new originations of loans to mid-market corporates in the trade and commodities business. Alexander Shopov, whose work spans RMBS, ABS, ABCP and covered bonds, led that deal. Andrew Vickery leads the structured finance group and is head of the covered bonds practice. Julian Davies, who founded the practice, provides 'strong strategic advice and knows the market well'. RMBS, CMBS and ABS partners Adam Fogarty and Mark Nuttall, emerging talents Reza Taylor and Thomas Quoroll, and managing associate Aditi Srivastava are among the firm's many key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Vickery

Other key lawyers:

Julian Davies; Alexander Shopov; Reza Taylor; Thomas Quoroll; Aditi Srivastava; Will Trotman

Testimonials

‘This is a standout team because not only do they demonstrate the highest levels of technical ability, they are also pragmatic and strategic. They have a diverse team. Julian Davies leads the team and is excellent. Aditi Srivastava is a stand out star!’

‘Tom Quoroll is very clever and responsive. He is very commercial as well as technically adept.’

Julian Davies offers sound judgement and strong strategic advice and knows the market well. Managing associate Aditi Srivastava is technically brilliant – covers every detail and offers commercially pragmatic and strategic advice and understands both lenders and borrowers well.’

‘The team makes the securitisation structure very understandable and brings a “can do” attitude to getting the restructuring done.’

‘Andy Vickery has been a fixture in the securitisation market for many years and brings with him a wealth of experience. He continues to impress, is able to diplomatically defuse tense situations when necessary and manages his team effectively. In 15+ years I have never found a current or former colleague of Andy who wouldn’t speak of him with the highest regard. Counsel Will Trotman has done excellent work for us over the past couple of years as drafting counsel. With him as senior project lead I frankly don’t need further partner insight – I am confident in other law firms he would have been a partner already.’

‘We do complex transactions that require bespoke drafting, and I have developed a high degree of confidence in Will Trotman’s ability to reflect commercial agreements across a suite of securitisation documents, even when they have “lived” already for several years. Smart, approachable and effective.’

‘We very much enjoy working with Reza Taylor and the wider Linklaters team. For us, they are the top-tier law firm for securitisations and structured finance; and the go-to team for complex/innovative transactions in this area. They clearly want to achieve success for us and focus on the long-term relationship as well as getting the deals done.’

‘The leading structured finance practice in London; a deep bench of quality partners and associates; standout partners include Andy Vickery and Adam Fogarty who have handled nearly all of the largest securitisation transactions over the past 2-3 years in the market, and for some of this period, running multiple such transactions concurrently, testament to their and their team’s breadth of ability and scale.’

Key clients

Cerberus

Citi

Lloyds

Natwest Markets

Centerbridge Partners

Investec

Belmont Green

PIMCO

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Metrocentre Group

Projects, energy and natural resources > Water Tier 1

Linklaters LLP's reputation as a market-leader in the water sector is underpinned by its strengths across a number of key areas, notably finance, M&A, competition and regulation. Its involvement in the industry dates back to the 1990s, which was when it was at the forefront of water privatisations taking place during that period. Julian Davies and Natura Gracia co-head the team, whose recent work included advising Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water as the issuer on the issuance of two bonds under the client's multi-currency programme. Mark NuttallReza Taylor and managing associate James McGivern are other key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Julian Davies; Natura Gracia

Other key lawyers:

Mark Nuttall; James McGivern; Reza Taylor;

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of the sector, company / capital structure but most importantly able to give support in making clear and constructive commercial decisions.’

’Both Mark Nuttall (Partner) and James McGivern (Managing Associate) provide excellent support, making sure a regular flow of projects are appropriately resourced. Having worked with a wide range of large law firms, their ability to support commercial decisions make them vital support for us.’

‘Very strong sector specific experience, built on a long track record of advising a number of regulated utilities, which has proven valuable in addressing potential risks during the past year. A strong team at all levels that consistently delivers.’

‘All of the Linklaters’ team operate at the highest level and this is especially embodied in Mark Nuttall as our lead partner. Mark’s advice has been considered and rounded as we worked through the potential ramifications of Brexit and Covid, as well as regulatory matters.’

Key clients

Anglian Water

Assured Guaranty

South East Water

Southern Water

Sutton and East Surrey Water

Thames Water

South Staffs Water

Welsh Water

Yorkshire Water

Northumbrian Water

National Westminster Bank Plc

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 2

Linklaters LLP's dispute resolution team is noted for its 'commercially-focused litigation advice' and experience in multijurisdictional cases.  Global dispute resolution head Michael Bennett and corporate crime and fraud expert Satindar Dogra jointly lead the London practice, which includes the 'highly experienced' Tom Cassels (who counts commercial, public law and competition litigation among his areas of expertise); Patrick Robinson, who is noted for funds and private equity disputes, and Christa Band who has a breadth of experience handling multijurisdictional matters and managing parallel proceedings. Other names to note include Ben Carroll (who splits his time between London and Moscow and focuses on energy disputes), Harriet Ellis, who has a broad practice, and contentious insolvency specialist Rory Conway.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bennett; Satindar Dogra

Other key lawyers:

Christa Band; Harriet Ellis; Tom Cassels; Susan Roscoe; Patrick Robinson; Ben Carroll; David Thomas; Rory Conway

Testimonials

Very reliable and consistent in quality for commercial litigation. Some of the team are particularly strong on financial crime issues and how these relate to litigation.

Harriet Ellis – takes a very considered approach and strikes a good balance between being thorough and yet pragmatic. Her collegiate approach makes her a pleasure to work with.’

Susan Roscoe- practical, thoughtful, not afraid to be direct. David Thomas- reflective, knows the detail extremely well; exceptional team player.

Tom Cassels is very easy to work with having the ability to articulate complex legal concepts in a manner which is accessible to all, irrespective of the expertise of the audience and with an appropriate pitch for all audiences from the boardroom down. A highly experienced bright legal mind able to achieve commercial solutions to legal problems.’

Commercially-focused litigation advice with a sensible perspective on what matters. Deep links with the TMT practice means a level of technical acumen from a TMT perspective amongst the litigation team that is unusual. The way they work is seamless.’

Key clients

AXA UK plc

Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Glencore International AG

The Association of Football Agents UK Limited.

South Stream

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

Renowned for its ‘focus on getting the deal done’, the team at Linklaters LLP has a strong emphasis on big-ticket investment, regeneration and development projects, often acting on £1bn-plus mandates which include M&A and distressed real estate components. Andy Bruce fronts the firm’s global practice from London and is supported by Patrick Plant; both are thoroughly experienced in all facets of property, from acquisitions and disposals through to lets, financings and developments. Tom Watkins is also a ‘go-to’ lawyer with a track record in corporate transactions which encompass real estate assets, namely public and private M&A deals, joint ventures and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bruce

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Plant

Testimonials

‘We use this team almost exclusively for our real estate needs. They are cost effective, constructive and technically very good.’

‘Andy Bruce has a diplomatic style and solves problem, but is also invaluable for real estate asset management. He is made for complicated situations and knows where to strike the fair balance between client needs and market practices.’

‘Andy Bruce is a pleasant lawyer who captures real estate core aspects but also the investment context. He is able to devise solutions to suit the investment objectives in real estate. Always open to exploring options, he always lands the optimal result.’

‘Tom Watkins is our go-to lawyer. He is very easy to deal with, very knowledgeable about the market and has a good team of senior associates.’

‘The team fully understands the clients objectives and is focused on getting the deal done rather than winning individual legal points.’

‘Martin Elliott is excellent. He is fully involved in all aspects of the agreement and is on hand to provide very strong advice at every point.’

‘Made to measure, with a dedication that is unrivalled. They are fast, creative and accurate.’

Key clients

Glencore

State Street Bank and Trust Co

Baker Botts

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 2

Renowned for its ‘focus on getting the deal done’, the team at Linklaters LLP has a strong emphasis on big-ticket investment, regeneration and development projects, often acting on £1bn-plus mandates which include M&A and distressed real estate components. Andy Bruce fronts the firm’s global practice from London and is supported by Patrick Plant; both are thoroughly experienced in all facets of property, from acquisitions and disposals through to lets, financings and developments. Tom Watkins is also a ‘go-to’ lawyer with a track record in corporate transactions which encompass real estate assets, namely public and private M&A deals, joint ventures and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bruce

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Plant; Martin Elliott

Testimonials

‘We use this team almost exclusively for our real estate needs. They are cost effective, constructive and technically very good.’

‘Andy Bruce has a diplomatic style and solves problem, but is also invaluable for real estate asset management. He is made for complicated situations and knows where to strike the fair balance between client needs and market practices.’

‘Andy Bruce is a pleasant lawyer who captures real estate core aspects but also the investment context. He is able to devise solutions to suit the investment objectives in real estate. Always open to exploring options, he always lands the optimal result.’

‘Tom Watkins is our go-to lawyer. He is very easy to deal with, very knowledgeable about the market and has a good team of senior associates.’

‘The team fully understands the clients objectives and is focused on getting the deal done rather than winning individual legal points.’

‘Martin Elliott is excellent. He is fully involved in all aspects of the agreement and is on hand to provide very strong advice at every point.’

‘Made to measure, with a dedication that is unrivalled. They are fast, creative and accurate.’

Key clients

Permodalan Nasional Berhad

Lendlease Europe Limited

RCL Partners

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Renowned for its ‘focus on getting the deal done’, the team at Linklaters LLP has a strong emphasis on big-ticket investment, regeneration and development projects, often acting on £1bn-plus mandates which include M&A and distressed real estate components. Andy Bruce fronts the firm’s global practice from London and is supported by Patrick Plant; both are thoroughly experienced in all facets of property, from acquisitions and disposals through to lets, financings and developments. Tom Watkins is also a ‘go-to’ lawyer with a track record in corporate transactions which encompass real estate assets, namely public and private M&A deals, joint ventures and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bruce

Other key lawyers:

Tom Watkins; Patrick Plant

Testimonials

‘We use this team almost exclusively for our real estate needs. They are cost effective, constructive and technically very good.’

‘Andy Bruce has a diplomatic style and solves problem, but is also invaluable for real estate asset management. He is made for complicated situations and knows where to strike the fair balance between client needs and market practices.’

‘Andy Bruce is a pleasant lawyer who captures real estate core aspects but also the investment context. He is able to devise solutions to suit the investment objectives in real estate. Always open to exploring options, he always lands the optimal result.’

‘Tom Watkins is our go-to lawyer. He is very easy to deal with, very knowledgeable about the market and has a good team of senior associates.’

‘The team fully understands the clients objectives and is focused on getting the deal done rather than winning individual legal points.’

‘Martin Elliott is excellent. He is fully involved in all aspects of the agreement and is on hand to provide very strong advice at every point.’

‘Made to measure, with a dedication that is unrivalled. They are fast, creative and accurate.’

Key clients

CBRE Global Investors’ Pan-European Core Fund

RCL Partners LLP

Permodalan Nasional Berhad

PSP Investments

Shuaa Group (formerly known as Abu Dhabi Financial Group)

Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 2

Linklaters LLP is regularly instructed to represent defendants in follow-on actions related to the most significant cartel decisions seen in the market, including those relating to FX and interchange fees. In addition to follow-on claims, the practice handles complex standalone cases; practice head Tom Cassels is currently advising Visa on a claim alleging that certain of Visa’s rules relating to ATM transactions are contrary to Article 101 TFEU. Newly-promoted partner Sarina Williams is assisting Cassels with the Visa case, while Harriet Ellis advises on investigations in the pharmaceutical and financial service sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tom Cassels

Other key lawyers:

Harriet Ellis; Sarina Williams; James Hennah

Testimonials

The Linklaters competition litigation team are a class act. They are consistently excellent and have a breadth and depth of highly capable lawyers, who get the job done. They are a pleasure to work with and provide clear and cogent advice.’

Tom Cassels is excellent. He is clever, calm and clear and deftly manages difficult situations with clients. He puts together and leads excellent teams, working effectively with junior partners and managing associates.’

Very strong competition law practice, involved in many of the key cases currently before the English courts. Tom Cassels and newly elected partner Sarina Williams standout practitioners. Highly recommended for the big ticket competition litigation.’

Tom Cassels – standout practitioner – excellent judgment, and brilliant with clients. An absolute delight to work with. Sarina Williams – newly elected partner who is going to be a real asset to the competition law team. Brilliant practitioner.

Amongst the strongest litigators in the City, particularly in relation to large scale competition damages litigation. Great experience of handling claims with an international element.

The brilliant and charming Tom Cassells runs his cases with a deceptively light touch, he is a brilliant litigator with sound judgment and great to work with. The brightest and latest partner is the amazing Sarina Williams – watch this space.’

Tom Cassels leads a fantastic team with great strength in depth and smart, insightful lawyers at all levels. They work seamlessly to ensure that nothing slips through the cracks across many workstreams and the quality of both advice and execution is always top notch.’

Tom Cassels is one of the most commercially minded advisors I have worked with, giving smart, creative and nuanced advice which is easily understood by all stakeholders (legally trained or not). He is unfailingly calm, regardless of the temperature in the room – someone to rely on for the most difficult of decisions. James Hennah is a rising star, delivering great counsel and excellent client service on par with many partners across the city.

Key clients

Sucocitrico Cutrale LTDA

Kelkoo

Visa

DENSO

BGL Group Limited/Comparethemarket.com

Association of Football Agents

Société Générale

SGN/NGN/WWU

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 2

Linklaters LLP has a broad range of tax expertise in the areas of corporate, finance, private equity, funds and technology. Practice head Lynne Walkington is a corporate tax specialist with extensive experience in the financial sector, and advises clients on work ranging from public and private M&A transactions, to capital markets and real estate finance mandates. James Morgan has a broad practice with a particular focus on the taxation of financial institutions, debt funds and alternative credit funds. Sarah Lindley specialises in corporate tax and advises on a range of transactions, as well as displaying a strong interest in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Lynne Walkington

Other key lawyers:

James Morgan; Sarah Lindley

Testimonials

This team is very strong technically, have very good market insights and are very responsive. Additionally, we rely on them because their network in Europe and across the globe is very strong.’

Very approachable and nice people to work with.’

Key clients

Unilever

Lloyds Banking Group

Cerberus

Nestlé

Credit Suisse

PSP Investments

BP

Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan

CK Hutchinson

Just Eat

Employment > Employers Tier 2

Complementing Linklaters LLP’s longstanding reputation as a key name for the employment aspects of large transactions is its ‘impressive experience, and strength and depth of talent, in the employment litigation space’. Key areas of strength in this space include discrimination, harassment, equal pay, dismissal and contract disputes. In mid-2021 Alexandra Beidas was appointed as the firm's new global head of employment and incentives, succeeding the ‘hugely experienced and superb litigatorNicola Rabson. The team is known for its ‘particular expertise in the financial services sector, where they have a strong understanding of the regulatory context’, receiving a steady flow of instructions concerning HR, executive and culture-related employment issues, conduct investigations and crisis management mandates. Whistleblowing expert Jillian Naylor, Jean Lovett and ‘stand-out partnerSinead Casey are further names to note.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Beidas

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Rabson; Jean Lovett; Jillian Naylor; Sinead Casey; Rachel Morgan

Testimonials

The team clearly has impressive experience, and strength and depth of talent, in the employment litigation space. They have navigated the proceedings wonderfully despite delays and postponements out of their control, and a largely unresponsive Respondent. The team has acted strategically throughout the process, providing me with specific advice at the right time and fully explaining the potential outcomes of any decision.’

The Linklaters employment team provides excellent advice to its clients on a range of issues and in a variety of sectors. They have particular expertise in the financial services sector where they have a strong understanding of the regulatory context.’

Nicola Rabson is a hugely experienced and superb litigator with a formidable reputation, while Sinead Casey is a stand-out partner in the team – she provides extremely high quality legal, commercial and strategic advice to clients. She has particular expertise in complex whistleblowing matters and was recently successful in defending an application for interim relief.

Strength in depth across the team and seamless collaboration between them. The employment team are very knowledgeable, tactically smart and experienced.’

Nicola Rabson is the stand-out partner. A hugely impressive individual who combines a deep knowledge of employment law with commercial acumen and great judgement. She knows how to navigate clients through the thorniest of problems.’

I cannot speak highly enough of them. They provide a fully comprehensive and one-stop-shop for all and any employee and employee-related issue.

Sinead O’Casey is the best lawyer I have ever worked with – incredibly knowledgeable, organised and pragmatic.’

‘Alex Beidas is both brilliant and user-friendly. No one else in the market can match her for her knowledge of regulatory remuneration. She wears her brilliance lightly and is immensely user-friendly. ‘

Key clients

Astrea Asset Management

Jingye Group Co. Ltd

FMSB

CK Hutchison

William Hall

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 2

Linklaters LLP has a strong track record in global insurance M&A deals and it is also sought after for regulatory advice. Its team includes Kanyaka Ramamurthi, whose expertise includes Part VII insurance business transfers and Solvency II matters. Duncan Barber is also recommended.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Linklaters LLP advises well-known clients across the spectrum of IT and telecoms, including major telecoms operators, financial sponsors, governments and regulators. Although the firm has a broad offering, it is best known for supporting clients with large transactions and high-profile litigation. Richard Cumbley, global head of the TMT practice, has over 20 years of experience in IT procurement and outsourcing. Iain Fenn is a standout practitioner due to his work in major digital transformation projects, while corporate partner David Martin deserves mention for his role on behalf of investors, buyers and sellers in major telecoms transactions. Julian Cunningham-Day is another key member of the team, with a strong reputation in digital infrastructure transactions.

Practice head(s):

Richard Cumbley; Iain Fenn; David Martin

Other key lawyers:

Julian Cunningham-Day

Testimonials

‘Excellent understanding of sector particularities and strong commitment to providing first rate service across every client engagement.’

‘David Martin remains one of my most trusted advisors. He is always available for his clients and always provides valuable insight into a situation. I appreciate his commercial approach to M&A and will continue to turn to him as my primary legal advisor in Europe.’

‘Great at providing the resources when required to push through a strategically important contract within tight timescales.’

Key clients

Arqiva

Vodafone

Helios Towers

CK Hutchison

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure

Oaktree Capital Management

I Squared Capital

Digital Realty

Digital Colony Partners

Actis

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 2

Linklaters LLP's life sciences and healthcare team acts for a diverse client base, encompassing pharmaceutical, biotech, digital health and medical device companies, as well as banks, sovereign wealth funds and other investors active in the sector. The full-service practice is particularly notable for M&A, private equity, digital health, banking and finance and commercial contracts in the healthcare space. Aisling Zarraga has a strong record of working on complex corporate healthcare deals; she jointly heads the group with Marly Didizian, who is a key name for complex procurements and pharma supply chain issues.

Practice head(s):

Aisling Zarraga; Marly Didizian

Other key lawyers:

Yohan Liyanage; Ian Karet

Testimonials

‘Great complementarity among different expert groups, excellent level of service, very proactive and creative in their solutions.’

‘Highest quality advice with significant input from the partners and other senior members of the team. The top notch M&A advice was supplemented by deep sector knowledge.’

‘Aisling Zarraga is extremely knowledgeable, responsive and practical in her approach.’

‘Aisling Zarraga demonstrated excellent corporate M&A expertise and deep healthcare sector knowledge.’

Key clients

Gavi, the Global Vaccines Alliance

Apax Partners

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

Truu Digital IT

Merck & Co., Inc.

Sanofi

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

GlaxoSmithKline

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 2

Linklaters LLP 's 'pragmatic and commercial' City  buyout team acts for an impressive list of private equity clients on has won roles on some of the most complex and high-profile transactions in the market, including take-privates and carve-outs. The magic circle firm counts both US and European buyout houses among its clients, and frequently advises on transatlantic deals. In addition to the broader firm's significant geographic reach, the practice also benefits from an ability to advise on deals across a variety of sectors, with technology, financial services, healthcare, and infrastructure all areas of particular focus. The practice is jointly led by Alex Woodward and Ben Rodham. Woodward, who is highly regarded by peers and rivals,  is instructed by a range of prominent private equity sponsors, while Rodham is praised by clients for his 'strong commercial judgement'. Will Aitken-Davies ; Tracey Lochhead , who focuses on deals for sponsors involving the financial services sector, and  Chris Boycott are all recommended. 

Practice head(s):

Alex Woodward; Ben Rodham

Other key lawyers:

Will Aitken-Davies; Tracey Lochhead; Chris Boycott; Kimberley Chikitch

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic and commercial approach and a lot of highly relevant transaction experience.’

‘Ben Rodham is closely involved in day-to-day work despite his seniority. He has strong commercial judgement – what really matters, what doesn’t – which makes processes much more efficient. Very available which is important at the sharp end of a process.’

‘Full service offering and therefore good one-stop-shop for complex deal execution. Senior lawyers actively involved in day-to-day of a transaction.’

‘Efficient, effective, dedicated, commercial and committed are just a few words to describe the quality of the team I have worked with on a multitude of transactions.’

‘Ben Rodham is an excellent M&A lawyer with great judgement, good approach to resolving conflicts. Kimberley Chikitch is an up and coming lawyer who leads negotiations with finesse.’

Key clients

Hg

The Carlyle Group

Apax

I Squared Capital

Warburg Pincus

Cerberus

Blackstone

Global Infrastructure Partners

Montagu Private Equity

TDR Capital

Digital Colony Partners

Permira

PSP

Towerbrook Capital Partners

Centerbridge

BC Partners

Macquarie

Real estate > Property finance Tier 2

Linklaters LLP's real estate finance team benefits from the firm's international network, and is subsequently active in pan-European deals with strengths in restructuring and insolvency. The team is co-led by Steve Smith and the 'incredibly knowledgableScott Simpson. Smith has expertise in structured and distressed transactions, as well as cross-border mandates after previously being based in the firm’s Singapore and Frankfurt offices. Simpson also has cross-border strengths and is active in European transactions, advising banks, fund managers and private equity sponsors. Philip Gore is adept at development financing transactions and mezzanine-level portfolio transactions.

Practice head(s):

Scott Simpson; Steve Smith

Other key lawyers:

Philip Gore; James Godfrey

Testimonials

‘The Linklaters London real estate finance team delivers exceptional work on every transaction. Their knowledge of the market, new legal developments and commercial application of those make them a very much trusted adviser. Not only are they a safe pair of hands, but they consistently push the best outcome, while delivering timely and exceptional quality work, for us.’

‘A solutions-oriented team, not just pointing out what the issues are.’

‘Very commercial approach to the way transactions are approached, with a very solutions-oriented focus.’

‘Scott Simpson is our go-to partner for real estate finance at Links – he is incredibly knowledgeable and very commercial. He is amazing in tough negotiations and just simply gets the job done. It’s clear that his team love working for him and it’s really fun to have him working alongside you. Scott has particular strengths in inter-creditors and pan-European deals.’

‘Scott Simpson and Philip Gore are my go-to for any transaction. They are truly trusted advisers. They are exceptional at balancing a no-nonsense and pragmatic approach with top-level legal and market knowledge.’

‘Steve Smith has an ability to go to heart of the issue.’

‘James Godfrey is great to work with and has a breadth of experience.’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

M&G Investments

Goldman Sachs

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

King Street Capital Management

Royal Bank of Canada

Citigroup

HSBC

LaSalle Investment Management

Wells Fargo

Lloyds Banking Group

OakNorth Bank

H.I.G. Capital

Sculptor Capital Management

Cale Street Partners

Generali Group

Nuveen

Sculptor Capital

AustralianSuper

Macquarie

Prologis

Deutsche Bank

CACIB

Insight Investment Management

Blackstone Real Estate Strategies

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 2

Linklaters LLP advises on a range of financial crime matters, including alleged offences such as fraud, bribery and corruption, and money laundering. The firm is a popular choice with global companies, banks and financial institutions seeking assistance with FCA investigations, as well as with internal investigations. The team is adept at liaising with other UK authorities such as the SFO, but also has good cross-border strength. Dispute resolution head Satindar Dogra stands out for his recent work in the international sanctions space, which remains another key priority for the firm. Alison Saunders is widely recognised by the market for her distinguished prosecutorial expertise, as former head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Counsel Elly Proudlock is singled out as ‘an energetic and dedicated lawyer’; clients also recommend former FSA senior lawyer Martyn Hopper and Ben Packer, both lauded as ‘class acts with great expertise’.

Practice head(s):

Satindar Dogra

Other key lawyers:

Clare McMullen; Michael Bennett; Alison Saunders; Martyn Hopper; Ben Packer; Elly Proudlock 

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable, calm, inspire trust.’

‘Incomparable experience; great teamwork; excellent lawyers.’

‘The addition of Alison Saunders has provided depth of prosecutorial experience to an already effective team.’

‘Clare McMullen is a calming presence during difficult times, with excellent a grasp of the detail.’

‘Martyn Hopper and Ben Packer are class acts with great expertise; really easy to work with.’

‘Alison Saunders is a wise and reassuring presence.’

‘Elly Proudlock is an energetic and dedicated lawyer who is one you will want to have in your corner.’

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 2

Presided over by Paul McNicholl and Michael Honan, the latter of whom offers a ‘gold standard for consumer M&A’, Linklaters LLP  handles a large proportion of high-value corporate transactions, but also has capabilities in competition, restructuring and employment matters. In one recent standout matter, the group advised Unilever plc on the historic unification of its group legal structure through the £120bn cross-border merger of Unilever NV with Unilever PLC. The practice receives a steady flow of instructions from multinational businesses and FTSE 100 companies across all consumer brand segments advising on matters ranging from production to manufacturing to supply and distribution. Another name to note is competition partner Nicole Kar .

Practice head(s):

Paul McNicholl; Michael Honan

Other key lawyers:

Nicole Kar

Testimonials

Michael Honan is the gold standard for consumer M&A. Michael is a terrific lawyer, technically gifted and execution-driven.’

You know you’re going to get excellent advice and that they will bring in the experts from other teams as and when required.’

Excellent turnaround time; available 24/7; practical and highly competitive fee quotes; value for money. They also take the time to understand the client, the client needs and the people involved and they have the ability to break down complex problems and walk clients through.’

Key clients

Unilever plc

Nestlé S.A.

Just Eat Takeaway.com

Yum! Brands (incorporating Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut & Taco Bell)

Charoen Pokphand Group Co., Ltd – Thailand’s largest privately owned company – agro/food, retail/distribution and ecommerce/distribution.

Dr. Martens plc

Caesars Entertainment Inc.

Steinhoff International N.V. – one of the world’s largest furniture and household goods retail companies

Westfalia Fruit International – the world’s largest avocado-grower

JDE Peet’s – the world’s largest coffee and tea group owning 50 brands

Ocado

ASOS

Sainsbury’s

Deloitte (as administrators of Victoria’s Secret)

Caffe Nero

JD Sports

Brait S.E. (owner of Iceland Foods)

Towerbrook & Warburg Pincus (on their recommended takeover offer of The AA)

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 3

Linklaters LLP primarily advises and represents private sector clients in connection with regulatory issues, including competition litigation, lockdown measures and licensing applications. The firm is also active in business critical judicial reviews, with a particular focus on the aviation sector. 'Very knowledgeable' group head Tom Cassels has a broad practice, which includes advising CEOs and board members on the public law aspects of major projects and transactions. Charlotte Morgan specialises in infrastructure and energy projects; and Nicole Kar has a wealth of experience in competition law investigations and merger control issues, particularly in the financial services, retail, mining and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tom Cassels

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Morgan; Nicole Kar

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge across many sectors, combined with extremely broad experience, gained over many years acting both for and against public authorities. Their teamwork is exceptional, matching the right level of work with the right team member while working together coherently, responsively and effectively – strong leadership and strong at every level.’

‘Tom Cassels is a role model of client-focus: a powerful combination of deep knowledge and experience, while being supremely sensible, pragmatic, commercial and friendly and approachable with it. These characteristics are mirrored in the team too.’

‘This practice combines exceptionally good understanding of legal principles with a real appreciation of the client’s practical needs and how to use public law litigation to achieve a result that is of commercial benefit to the client.’

‘I would single out Tom Cassels for his exceptional knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of public law, and his in depth understanding of his clients’ businesses and commercial needs.’

‘Tom Cassels has a wealth of experience in the sector, but remains utterly approachable. Fantastic at client handling. Very knowledgeable and great judgment.’

‘The Linklaters public team just get the job done. Quickly, incredibly efficiently, and in a very client-centric manner.’ 

‘For big-ticket public law and administrative law cases, Linklaters are a go-to firm.’

Key clients

International Airlines Group, Ryanair and easyJet

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

JD Sports

The Doggerbank Offshore Wind Farm Projects

Seagreen Wind Energy Limited

Sofia Offshore Wind Farm Limited

The Department for Transport

Medical Protection Society

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 3

As part of the firm’s wider TMT and IP department, Linklaters LLP has notable expertise in outsourcing mandates, regularly acting for technology and financial services clients including Arqiva Group, I Squared Capital and Bank of America. Richard Cumbley heads up the practice, which also fields outsourcing specialists John Crozier, Georgina Kon and Julian Cunningham-Day, and BPO expert Marly Didizian. The group focuses on complex, bet-the-business contracts and regularly leverages the firm’s global teams on multijurisdictional mandates.

Practice head(s):

Richard Cumbley

Other key lawyers:

John Crozier; Georgina Kon; Julian Cunningham-Day; Marly Didizian

Testimonials

‘Excellent level of service: very proactive and creative in their solutions.’

Key clients

Arqiva Group Limited

Gavi

CK Hutchison

Intu Retail Services Limited

Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.

I Squared Capital

Bank of America

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 3

Linklaters LLP’s IP team provides capabilities across contentious and transactional patent instructions. Nemone Franks regularly advises on cross-border M&A transactions and technology transfers in IP-rich sectors, while Yohan Liyanage negotiates patent licensing agreements in the telecoms and pharmaceuticals sectors. Liyanage and practice head Ian Karet have a reputation for patent litigation in the healthcare sector, predominantly for global innovators. Ongoing proceedings relate to global infringement disputes concerning antibody technology and HIV  treatments.

Practice head(s):

Ian Karet

Other key lawyers:

Nemone Franks; Yohan Liyanage; Stephanie Farrington

Testimonials

The team is composed of extremely smart people who have the ability to analyse complicated issues. Their strength is in the interdisciplinary way of looking at things from various angles in order to find the most efficient solution for the matter.

Ian Karet brings a wealth of invaluable experience with him and is a major asset to any client embroiled in high-stakes patent litigation. He is clever, strategic, technically excellent and a pleasure to deal with.

Yohan Liyanage continues to grow a well-deserved reputation as a top patent litigator. He continues to be instructed on some of the best mandates which is testament to his talent and the confidence that clients have in him.

Stephanie Farrington is a rising talent at the firm. She is diligent, hard working and always a pleasure to deal with.

Ian Karet has a unique way of looking at things. He is also able to very quickly look at a set of complex facts and identify the key issues and succinctly describe and address them. I have not seen that talent elsewhere, at least not to the same extent. He is also quick to respond to any inquiries.

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Sanofi

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Unilever

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Novartis

Nestlé

BP

Bayer

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

Covering both commercial and investor-state arbitration matters, Linklaters LLP‘s international arbitration team is sought out for complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes. The principal figures are ‘fantastic advocateMatthew Weiniger QC, who has extensive experience in representing claimants in arbitrations against governments, which arise from international investment treaties and commercial relationships; and energy disputes leader Ben Carroll. The strong partner group also includes cross-border specialist Tom Lidstrom and Teresa Laboucarie-Polak, who acts in arbitrations under all the major institutional rules. At non-partner level, counsel Jacqueline Chaplin and managing associates Adrien Canivet and Rebecca James are also key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Weiniger QC; Ben Carroll

Other key lawyers:

Tom Lidstrom; Teresa Laboucarie-Polak; Jacqueline Chaplin; Adrien Canivet; Rebecca James

Testimonials

They have industry-leading knowledge of international arbitration law and practice.

Great to work with, very collaborative and personable.

Excellent in understanding client drivers and needs.

The team has convincing answers to any of our queries on the most complicated situations that could lead to potential litigation/arbitration.

Clear communication and advice on difficult issues, and able to distil the essence of a case quickly.

The team is proactive and works in a co-ordinated and effective manner to achieve results.

The level of advocacy is excellent.

Matthew Weiniger QC is a fantastic advocate, who has a great sense of what the tribunal is seeking and (even in virtual hearings) reads the room perfectly.

Key clients

BP Exploration (Alpha)

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 3

Linklaters LLP combines regular representation of major institutional fund managers with strong investor-side work, including a number of co-investments and joint ventures. On the sponsor side, the firm has bolstered its client base, as well as expanding its share of mandates from existing funds, and has been active on both fundraising and GP-led secondaries. The team is led by Matthew Keogh, who maintains a strong sponsor-side practice and regularly advises cornerstone investors. Rahul Manvatkar is noted for his work with Softbank on large-scale mandates, while Clare Baker made partner in early 2021 in recognition of her sophisticated work with LPs.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Keogh

Other key lawyers:

Rahul Manvaktar; Clare Baker

Testimonials

Rahul Manvatkar is our main relationship partner. He brings a great deal of experience and knowledge from his many years experience. He has a great network within Linklaters and is able to pull in the right specialists as required. We have a great personal and professional relationship.

The know the law, they know the market and they know our business. On top of that, they are great fun to work with! Nothing is too much trouble; they are incredibly responsive and they always deliver high quality work when they say they will.

They have outstanding knowledge and understanding of both the law and also the market more generally. They can apply their expertise to helping us deliver market-leading products and services for our clients and do so at all times with a sense of humour and easy-going style. Nothing is too much trouble and anything is possible, no matter how tight the deadline is.

Matt Keogh – very impressive knowledge of the law which he can apply to complex or business-specific situations. We have complete confidence in any advice he provides.

Clare Baker – in depth knowledge of our business and our product suite and how it all fits together. She’s really proactive and has incredibly strong technical skills and knowledge of the law. In negotiations with clients she has been firm but fair and has a real sense for what works for our business and where we can accommodate client requests.

Links have been very responsive- provided good guidance, advice and drafting- took ownership- built up trust to have them engage with clients directly.

Matthew Keogh and Clare Baker both worked diligently and managed the team well.

Very diligent and devoted team, with the ability to provide all the additional support you need from the firm’s other practices. We appreciate their ability to tailor their product to our needs, therefore delivering a better experience for each project we work on.

Matt Keogh is a true expert in his field. Approachable, committed and truly exceptional.’

Clare Baker has excelled in all of the work she has done for our organisation. From the beginning of our work with her, she has displayed exceptional legal skills, a practical and commercial approach and always finds a solution for us. A real rising star in her practice.

Key clients

Ardian

Ashmore

Barings

British Business Bank

Cerberus

DWS

Macquarie

Nestle Ventures Neuberger Berman Europe Limited

Partners Group

PSP Inve

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 3

Linklaters LLP's PIL team is best known for state-to-state disputes, international trade law, state immunity and the immunities of intergovernmental organisations, and investor-state disputes. Other key areas concern international human rights law, sanctions, and business and human rights. The principal figures are global international arbitration chair Matthew Weiniger QC, global co-head of trade law Charlotte Morgan and Vanessa Havard-Williams, who is a co-head of the business and human rights group. In addition, other key advisers are energy disputes head Ben CarrollTeresa Laboucarié-Polak and counsel Jacqueline Chaplin.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Weiniger QC; Charlotte Morgan

Other key lawyers:

Vanessa Havard-Williams; Ben Carroll; Teresa Laboucarié-Polak; Jacqueline Chaplin; Airlie Goodman; Adrien Canivet; Rebecca James; Alex Fawke

Testimonials

Their practice group is very solid and boasts a well-established name, along with very experienced practice members.

Extremely talented and dedicated team that has exceeded our expectations as to the commitment to the needs of the case and the client.

Able to dig into the depth of experience and expertise within the firm to assist, but also showed willingness to research and learn in the area, and use blue-sky thinking and creativity to come up with solutions where needed.

Key clients

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Bank of New York Mellon (London Branch)

Legal Response Initiative

HSBC Alternative Investments

PJSC Gazprom

Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong)

Korea National Oil Corporation

Gavi Alliance

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 5

Linklaters LLP's contentious real estate work sits at the intersection with finance and insolvency matters, which is a reflection of Chris Stevenson's key areas of expertise. He is the primary contact and also handles landlord and tenant issues.

Practice head(s):

Chris Stevenson

Other key lawyers:

Tom Cassels

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 5

Deploying a cross-disciplinary approach to work in the aviation and maritime sector which draws upon the firm's broader market-leading competence across banking, capital markets, private equity and restructuring, Linklaters LLP is well-placed to advise banks, owners and investors on complex cross-border leasing and finance transactions. 'Experienced, practical and commercial' team head Olga Petrovic is 'able to advise on a variety of transactions', including many recent mandates involving government support, recapitalisation and restructuring components.

Practice head(s):

Olga Petrovic

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Courtney; Victoria Bresslaw

Testimonials

The team has excellent skills related to aviation financing. The firm’s network is also beneficial to cover multiple jurisdictions in complex cross-border transactions.’

A pleasure to deal with and efficient.’

It is an excellent practice with good experience and is able to support transactions across multiple areas on a cross-jurisdictional basis.’

Olga Petrovic is a great partner to have on your legal team – she is very experienced, practical and commercial and is well able to advise on a variety of transactions. She is also a great sounding board for tricky problems but also is well plugged into the market, so is a good source of information on market trends.’

Key clients

Citibank N.A.

UBS AG

Hapag-Lloyd AG

Cathay Pacific Airways Limited

Strategic Value Partners

British Airways and IAG

Deutsche Bank AG

SeaCube Containers

NatWest Bank

Goldman Sachs

Bank of America

Credit Agricole Commercial and Investment Bank

Genting

India > Foreign firms Tier 1

With strong credentials in the capital markets and finance space, Linklaters LLP draws upon its global reach and strong local knowledge to advise on the entire spectrum of India-related matters. Apart from excelling in cross-border financing structures and debt and equity capital markets deals, the firm is well versed in high-value M&A and complex contentious matters. Recent mandates have seen the team act for an increasing array of global credit funds and sponsors in investments within the Indian distressed assets market.  Leading the India group is finance specialist Narayan Iyer based in London. Sitting in the same office, Savi Hebbur is often retained by private equity players and international clients in relation to their investments in India, while Ben Carroll focuses on international arbitration. Also in London, Sushil Jacob is experienced in inbound and outbound M&A. Singapore-based Amit Singh stands out for his knowledge of debt capital markets, and Philip Badge is noted for finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Hero Future Energies

Mahindra & Mahindra

Reliance Industries Limited

Nayara Energy

Piramal

Tata Group

OYO Rooms

Bharti Airtel

Adani Group

Aditya Birla Group

Vedanta

Finablr plc

ICICI Securities Limited

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

CSI Finance Limited

Brookfield

VTB

BP

New York Life Insurance Company

Moore Capital Management

Global University Systems

Lastminute.com

Tunisia > Foreign firms Tier 1

Linklaters LLP has a full-service practice which handles both transactions and litigation, with broad industry expertise ranging from oil and gas to mining and telecoms. The firm also has strong relationships with a number of local counsel, including Ferchiou & associés. Paris-based Bertrand Andriani, who heads the Francophone Africa group, has in-depth expertise in project development and project financing in the region. London-based Andrew Jones acts as head of the Africa group.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Jones; Bertrand Andriani

Key clients

Banque Centrale De Tunisie

Morocco > Foreign firms Tier 1

Linklaters LLP garners client praise for being ‘efficient, business-oriented and professional’. It is frequently involved in large cross-border M&A involving Moroccan companies, as well as handling major infrastructure projects. Its Africa group recently assisted an insurance brokerage group with the acquisition of ASCOMA’s Morocco insurance business, and is continuing to handle the development of the $2.38bn financing of the 1,320MW Safi coal power project. Group head Andrew Jones in London and Paris-based head of the francophone Africa practice Bertrand Andriani are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Jones; Bertrand Andriani

Testimonials

‘The firm is efficient, business-oriented and professional’

‘The firm aligns all parties’ interests to make projects work and succeed.’

Key clients

MIROVA (Natixis Group)

Nareva Holding

Société Générale S.A.

Algeria > Foreign firms Tier 2

Linklaters LLP works with local firms to advise on key oil and gas projects, such as the high-profile $1.5bn petrochemical project between Sonatrach and Total in Arzew, which has involved the firm's experience of the Algerian foreign investment regime. The practice is also handling the sale of an international company's upstream Algerian oil and gas assets. London-based Andrew Jones heads the Africa group and Paris-based Bertrand Andriani  heads the Francophone Africa practice. Managing associate Aymeric Voisin provides additional support and is a key name for project development and financings across the wider Francophone region.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Jones; Bertrand Andriani

Other key lawyers:

Aymeric Voisin

Key clients

Carlyle Investment Management L.L.C.

Sonatrach

Total S.A.

LetterOne Holdings S.A.

L1E Acquisitions GmbH

Angola > Foreign firms Tier 3

Major transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors are the hallmark of Linklaters LLP's work in Angola, spearheaded by London-based head of the Africa group Andrew Jones and head of Lusophone Africa Francisco Ferraz de Carvalho, both of whom have significant experience in projects in the region. The mining and TMT industries have been sources of recent standout work for the team.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Jones; Francisco Ferraz de Carvalho

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Lousa Ferreira; Diogo Plantier Santos

Key clients

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

The firm: 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.

Types of work undertaken: Banking: comprehensive experience spanning acquisition and leveraged finance, bilateral and syndicated credit facilities, financial structuring, high yield, real estate finance, trade and emerging markets finance, restructuring and insolvency and asset finance.

Capital markets: expertise across international capital markets, covering debt, equity, equity-linked, regulatory capital, liability management, high-yield, derivatives and structured financings.

Competition/antitrust: expertise in merger control, cartels, abuse of dominance, market investigations, state aid, public procurement, utility regulation, damages litigation in the UK and litigation before the EU courts. Specialist lawyers in key jurisdictions in Europe, the US and Asia.

Corporate and M&A: advice on finance and commercial transactions, including complex cross-border M&A, major listings on stock exchanges globally, joint ventures, restructuring and privatisations.

Corporate tax: expertise across all tax aspects of corporate transactional (private equity), finance (structured finance), international tax planning, contentious, real estate and investment funds work.

Dispute resolution: wide range of dispute resolution services for multi-jurisdictional and complex matters through litigation, arbitration, mediation and other forms of ADR. Specialisms include crisis management, banking, derivatives and structured products disputes, regulatory investigations, sanctions, fraud and white-collar crime, global cartel investigations, competition and antitrust litigation, insolvency disputes, contentious tax, energy and infrastructure disputes, pensions litigation, BIT and international commercial arbitrations and property litigation.

Employment and incentives: a balanced global practice combining advisory work, transactional involvement and contentious advice. Employment work includes regulatory investigations, restructurings and redundancies, governance, board/senior executive appointments, terminations and disputes. Incentives work includes global share plans, including plan design and structure, corporate transactions, regulatory issues, governance, trusts and corporate/individual tax.

Environment and climate change: advice on all aspects of environmental and climate change regulation, carbon trading, sustainability and governance, allocation of environmental assets and risks in M&A, project finance, funds and real estate, and regulatory and environmental dispute resolution.

Financial regulation: 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 in the UK and globally.

Insurance: expertise includes M&A, joint ventures, rights issues, securitisations, demutualisations, complex capital markets transactions, reorganisations, portfolio transfers and regulatory.

Intellectual property: expertise in contentious and non-contentious aspects of IP rights.

Investment management: 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.

Pensions: the pensions group advises both trustees and corporates on the full range of pensions issues, including tailored funding solutions, regulatory, governance and investment issues.

Private equity: expertise in all aspects, from establishing the fund to advising private equity houses and other financial sponsor clients on leveraged transactions including private acquisitions, take-privates, carve-outs, consortium deals and distressed acquisitions and private sale and IPO exits.

Projects: advice on project financings in the energy and infrastructure sectors: oil and gas, petrochemical, power, green energy (renewables), telecoms, mining, water, PPP/PFI, together with all other aspects including investment vehicles, hybrid and structured financing and refinancing.

Real estate: global specialists in investment, development, M&A, finance, tax, funds, environment, planning and disputes.

Restructuring and insolvency: leading expertise across debt restructuring and rescheduling, equity capital raising and restructuring, distressed M&A activity and debtor advisory work among others.

TMT: expertise in commercial and regulatory advice on outsourcing, data protection, IT, e-commerce, telecoms, media and broadcasting.

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Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Charlie Jacobs
Managing partner Gideon Moore
Global head of corporate Aedamar Comiskey
Global head of dispute resolution Michael Bennett
Global head of finance and projects Michael Kent
Global head of real estate Andy Bruce
Banking Tony Bugg
Capital markets Michael Voisin
Competition Jonas Koponen
Corporate tax Yash Rupal
Dispute resolution Michael Bennett
Employment and incentives Nicola Rabson
Environment and climate change Vanessa Havard-Williams
Financial regulation Peter Bevan
Intellectual property Richard Cumbley
Investment management Matt Keogh
Pensions Ruth Goldman
Projects Stuart Salt
Real estate Yves Moreau
Restructuring and insolvency Rebecca Jarvis
Restructuring and insolvency Richard Bussell
Techology, media and telecommunications Richard Cumbley
Tax Gordon Warnke
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 Oliver Edwards  photo Oliver Edwards Oliver advises leading banks and corporations on financing transactions globally, and has…
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Number of other UK fee-earners : 900