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Linklaters LLP
ONE SILK STREET
LONDON
EC2Y 8HQ
England

Acquisition finance Tier 1

Leveraging deeply rooted institutional banking relationships, as well as a sizeable borrower practice that includes investment grade corporates, as well as private equity sponsors, Linklaters LLP has a balanced perspective of market trends and is able to comfortably handle deals utilising a range of products, including unitranche, Term Loan B and bank/bond financings. The team - which is able to access the expertise of a 34-partner general banking practice in London, as well as finance lawyers spread throughout the firm's vast international network - has the critical mass and geographical diversity to handle a huge range and volume of deals, ranging from the relatively commoditised through to the most highly structured and bespoke. The ability to structure highly complex/bespoke mandates was recently underscored by Nick Syson's advice to the banks on the financing of KKR's public offer to buy out minority shareholders in German media group Axel Springer; notably this was the first European covenant-lite Term Loan B transaction at the level of a holdco minority shareholder following a complicated German public takeover process. Annette Kurdian's broad-based leveraged finance practice sees her advising clients on deals utilising the full spectrum of debt products, including direct lending mandates, as well as hybrid structures combining infrastructure and leveraged finance technology. Philip Spittal heads up the global loans team and as part of his broad syndicated finance expertise, regularly handles event-driven acquisition finance mandates for lenders and borrowers.

Practice head(s):

David Irvine ; Oliver Sceales;Philip Spittal (global co-head of banking)

Key clients

CVC Capital Partners

Apollo

Cerberus

PAI Partners

Montagu Private Equity

Hg Capital

Alcentra

ION Investment Group Limited

UniCredit

Credit Suisse

Barclays

Bank of America

Crédit Agricole

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 1

With 34 banking partners based in London and also able to draw from the expertise of lawyers spread throughout the firm’s international network, Linklaters LLP is comfortably able to resource a tremendous volume of cross-border syndicated lending transactions, ranging from general corporate lending mandates, through to those implementing sophisticated capital structures for corporate-led acquisition finance deals. Philip Spittal leads the global loans team that remains best-known for its ‘top-notch’ lender side offering and sees it receiving huge market flow and visibility as a result of longstanding and robust relationships with a raft of leading commercial/investment banks, including Barclays and JP Morgan. ‘The very approachable, knowledgeable and commercial’ Oliver Edwards is well-liked by lenders in the market, which appreciate his ‘unparalleled client dedication’ and his expertise across a range of financing mandates, including in relation to margin lending. Toby Grimstone advises lenders and borrowers on general corporate lending and corporate acquisition finance mandates, often with a nexus to emerging markets, including mining-related transactions in Africa. Ian Callaghan advises an eclectic mix of stakeholders, including corporates, banks and alternative credit providers, on public and private acquisition financings and cross-border syndicated lending. Managing associate Caroline Courtney  is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘Reliable and knowledgeable, generally they are in our top three pick for margin loan situations.’

‘Oliver Edwards is outstanding and his dedication to clients unparalleled. Very approachable, precise, knowledgeable and commercial.’

Key clients

UniCredit

Credit Suisse

Barclays

Bank of America

Crédit Agricole

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

Jefferies

J.P. Morgan

Nomura

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 1

Linklaters LLP's banking litigation practice acts for an impressive roster of leading financial institutions on complex litigation and regulatory disputes. It works cross-practice with its impressive non-contentious banking and finance teams and leverages its international colleagues in cross-jurisdictional disputes, with clients stating that 'the quality of the advice, and its clarity, does not differ regardless of the jurisdiction you're working with'. Christa Band, who assists leading banks and financial institutions with crisis management, regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, leads the team. Patrick Robinson specialises in fund and private equity disputes, while Rory Conway has particular expertise in contentious insolvency matters. For contentious regulatory issues Alison Wilson and Susana Cao Miranda are other key contacts and for fraud and regulatory investigations Andrew Hughes is noted.

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Testimonials

‘The Linklaters team works well across jurisdictions and a key strength is that the quality of the advice, and its clarity, does not differ regardless of the jurisdiction you’re working with’

‘Tom Lidstrom is calm, pragmatic and a strong strategic thinker’

‘Andrew Hughes is an excellent banking litigator to have in your corner in a difficult case.’

Key clients

Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration)

Bank of East Asia

Deustche Bank AG

Novo Banco S.A. and NB Finance Limited

Bank of New York Mellon SA

Commercial property: investment Tier 1

Linklaters LLP has ‘the breadth and depth within its practice to advise on extremely complex real estate transactions’. The team is led by Andy Bruce, an ‘expert in understanding the issues at play on deals’; his practice spans the acquisition, development, letting and disposal of all forms of commercial real estate, both in the UK and Europe. A further key name is Patrick Plant, he is well-versed in representing both landlords and tenants and is recommended by clients for his capacity to ‘offer tailored solutions that fit the bill’. The ‘superbTom Watkins handles joint ventures and restructuring while a further integral component of the offering is high-value regeneration work.

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Testimonials

‘A really collegiate team that supports each other and clients in getting transactions over the line in both an expertly professional and pragmatic way.’

‘Andy Bruce is expert in understanding the issues at play on deals and navigates those through using legal and commercial levers to achieve outstanding results on transactions.’

‘Linklaters has the breadth and depth within their practice to advise on extremely complex real estate transactions. They are able to move quickly and meet the demands of any transaction.’

‘Tom Watkins is an exceptional lawyer and the best person to have “on point” to project manage complex transactions and ensure that the different work streams are delivered in the right order and on time. His advise is always of the highest quality and commercial in its application. Tom works effectively with the wider Linklaters team as we often have to draw on the other specialist teams.’

‘Tom Watkins is superb. He combines industry knowledge, technical skills and commercial acumen to deliver excellent outcomes for his clients. He is definitely the person that you want on your side of the negotiating table.’

‘The firm has a well established reputation which was something for them to live up to. I am pleased to say that they did, exceeding expectations in challenging circumstances. This is clearly a well run business which remains focused on its clients’ needs.’

‘Linklaters runs a hybrid real estate and corporate practice which we use for the majority of our UK and European real estate transactions. They are also in my opinion best-in-class at having a single lead partner who is not just a “relationship partner” but truly stays across all of the various practice areas working on a single transaction and can negotiate with all the facts to hand, and indeed recall the specifics of highly technical advice received from colleagues to really pull the deal together. To have one team that can bring this consistency of approach seamlessly across the many different country legal regimes in Europe is, in my experience, exceptional.’

‘Tom Watkins is highly intelligent, commercial, and makes it his business to fully understand all advice being given by different practice areas within Linklaters to ensure he always advises with all possible considerations to hand. Most impressive of all is his ability to mentally track in real time the implications of any given negotiating point and the impact that will have across a suite of transaction documents. In my experience this is a rare skill for a partner managing a large team and demonstrates the commitment he personally makes to a transaction. Tom is also very affable and a pleasure to work with, which makes a difference.’

Key clients

Permodalan Nasional Berhad / Employees Provident Fund

Round Hill Capital

PSP Investments

CBRE Global Investors

Lendlease

Corporate governance Tier 1

Linklaters LLP works with corporates, boards, senior management, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on a range of governance issues, including ethics, governance structures, renumerations, environment and sustainability, anti-bribery, and regulatory compliance. The firm's cross-practice team offers board advice, crisis management, disclosure obligation advice, and help with internal investigations. The team is led by Vanessa Harvard-Williams, a corporate sustainability specialist who advises on governance policies, human rights, and environmental issues; Michael Bennett, the firm's dispute resolution head; and Tom Shropshire, who works on the full spectrum of corporate strategy issues in both the UK and the US. Alexandra Beidas advises global corporates on internal employment and remuneration policies as the firm's incentives head, while managing associates Ruth Knox and Aileen Buchanan are highly recommended for their work on the global ESG impacts of M&A transactions in a number of industries.

Testimonials

‘Excellent at providing pragmatic guidance, understand internal tensions and challenges, and offer practical solutions. Good communicators and fun to work with.’

‘Tom Shropshire’s experience and intellect are exceptional. His problem-solving capability is as good as any we encounter, and his ability to take away a knotty issue and return it neatly packaged, often with a bow on top, is hard to match. His team appears to work as a very exceptional machine.’

‘Tom Shropshire’s calm demeanour, problem-solving ability and can-do attitude are second to none.’

Key clients

UN Global Compact

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 1

Led out of London by the 'very commercial' Rebecca Jarvis and Richard Bussell but also able to tap into the expertise of lawyers spread across the firm's far-reaching international network, Linklaters LLP's eight-partner team excels in handling complex global situations for a varied roster of creditor and debtor-side stakeholders. The team's involvement at the 'forefront of many situations for a large number of years'ensures that it is well-versed in market trends and is therefore able to 'add a lot of value', whether in the context of transactional distressed investment type mandates or more formal insolvency procedures. Well-versed in consensual restructuring/insolvency issues, as well as those involving a more contentious angle, James Douglas is seen with great regularity on many of the firm's most significant mandates, including his work alongside Jarvis for a syndicate of bank lenders in respect of a corporate and financial restructuring of Galapagos. Bruce Bell has a strong reputation for large corporates on major debt restructuring exercises, and has also developed particular expertise in relation to English Schemes of Arrangement, both to implement restructurings and (with Nicholas Le Masurier) as a tool for the management of other liabilities such as credit card protection insurance mis-selling compensation. Sarah Mook has vast experience in both private practice and in-house (including a long stint with Goldman Sachs' EMEA restructuring team) and has an excellent perspective of special situations and distressed transactional work, in particular. Tony Bugg is also recommended and is perhaps best-known for his leading role for the firm in relation to the long-running Lehman Brothers insolvency.

Testimonials

‘The firm has been at the forefront of many situations for a large number of years –  a lot of that experience remains in the practice today and adds a lot of value to current situations.’

‘The team thinks outside the box to find solutions.’

‘The very commercial Rebecca Jarvis is one of the best insolvency lawyers in the market.’

‘The technically strong, commercial and pragmatic Richard Hodgson provides very balanced advice.’

‘There is a strong firm culture around the team. This resonates with clients.’

 

 

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

FTI Consulting LLP

Jingye Group Co., Ltd

New Look Retail Group Limited

Secured creditors of Dubai International Capital LLC

Lecta S.A. and its subsidiaries

Syndicate of bank lenders to the Galapagos Group

Seven Energy Group

Lehman Brothers

Intriva Capital Advisors LLP

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 1

Linklaters LLP provides a wide range of advice in its practice spanning adtech and AI matters, data investigations, litigation and cyber breaches. Richard Cumbley heads up the team and has acted in data security incidents, privacy litigation and subject access requests. Georgina Kon and Alaister Johnson are also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘The data protection and privacy team is excellent; they’re big enough to deal with major matters and still pitch team members at the right level. As you would expect, they are able to draw upon wider expertise within the firm.’

‘Team members are knowledgeable experts but also down-to-earth and practical. We enjoy working with them a lot.’

‘Georgie Kon and the team are responsive, expert and proactive. I know that I can rely on them to provide expert advice and support, with a pragmatic perspective. I have had excellent recommendations for partner firms as well.’

‘Ben Hagyard and Olivia Grimshaw are very able associates and provide an excellent level of support.’

‘Richard Cumbley is an excellent partner and has given us loads of personal attention (as the work has demanded); he gives calm reassurance at plc board meetings and helps keep on top of things in daily stand-ups between internal and externals when we’ve need to run them for short periods. Richard is flexible and pragmatic and keen to challenge counsel too.’

‘Georgie Kon and Tanguy van Overstraeten are experts in their field who are able to apply their knowledge to different circumstances and help navigate the increasingly complex area of evolving privacy laws and requirements. I feel in safe hands with Georgie and Tanguy, and can rely on their advice and experience to help navigate complex and challenging issues.’

Debt capital markets Tier 1

Linklaters LLP has a large DCM practice in London that brings together English and US law capabilities to handle straight debt, liability management, equity-linked instruments, regulatory capital transactions, green and social bonds, sovereign issuances and emerging markets bonds. The firm acts for both corporate issuers and financial institutions on some of the most complex and innovative deals in the market, as well as advising on market reforms such as the transition from IBOR. It handled the first consent solicitation to amend a LIBOR-linked bond to refer to the Sterling Overnight Index Average (SONIA). Elaine Keats is head of a team replete with market-leading talent, including Richard Levy (described as 'the best lawyer in London for DCM business') and Carson Welsh, who frequently acts for issuers and underwriters on major bank recapitalisations. US securities head Cecil Quillen, convertible and exchangeable bonds expert Ben Dulieu and Richard O’Callaghan are also recommended, as is Neil Dixon. Counsel Arjun Muddu are other names to note.

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Testimonials

Linklaters is very strong, especially in equity-linked notes, and takes a very sensible approach to its work.’

Richard Levy is the best lawyer in London for DCM business. For anything complex, I go to Richard and his team.’

The firm has a fantastic team of friendly and experienced lawyers who really partner the legal team here by knowing our business and anticipating issues for us.’

‘The qualities I appreciate in the Linklaters DCM team are that they are very responsive, have an answer, take control and ownership of documentation processes and act as true advisors. Many advisers will give you different options but shy away from advising which option to take. This is not what I find with Linklaters. And they have the expertise to give their thoughts in real-time, as opposed to having to get back to you because they need to check their position.’

The standout partners for me are Elaine Keats and Cecil Quillen. Both are very responsive, have good “hands-on” knowledge of my company. I find it easy to get hold of them and speak to them about any relevant issue. Both of them also engage with the transaction at hand and are joining project conference call and will chip in when needed.’

The Linklaters team is a strong team that works well together on assignments. Whilst each team member was responsible for their part of the update, if ever anyone was not available, other members of the team were always up to date and able to respond to questions and updates. The team’s technical excellence and experience is strong and is evident in comparison to dealing with other legal counsel on an assignment.’

Richard Levy was the lead partner. We are absolutely happy clients in dealing with Richard and his team on any assignment which is the reason Linklaters was appointed for the update of the programme given the exceptional service from Richard and his team on previous engagements. Richard is great at client relationships, his attention to feedback and timing on an on-going basis to ensure the rest of the deal team in terms of dealers, dealers’ counsel and local counsel is all delivered on a timely basis and kept the engagement moving forward. Richard provides valuable advice on areas within his expertise and always provides good perspective and options whilst leaving final decisions in his client’s hands.’

Arjun Muddu is focused on client service and delivering work of a great standard. The communication and advice from the team on an on-going basis was very useful. Their experience in this area was clearly evident in our dealings with other legal teams on the transaction.’

Key clients

RBS

UBS

HSBC

Rabobank

European Investment Bank

Anglo American

Experian

UK Debt Management Office

Vodafone

Inter-American Development Bank

Centrica

Sainsburys

Rio Tinto

Glencore

ICMA

AFME

Nordea Bank

ICBC

Allied Irish

Derivatives and structured products Tier 1

Linklaters LLP has enormous bench strength in London across derivatives and structured products. The firm is widely regarded as one of the leaders in derivatives clearing and related regulatory advice, margin requirements for non-centrally cleared OTC derivatives, complex CLOs, synthetic securitisations, balance sheet securitised derivatives, bespoke repackagings, longevity derivatives, fund-linked derivatives, complex equity derivatives and commodity title transfer financings. 'The market knowledge and understanding of the team is far deeper and wider than any other firm, specifically around repack structures', remarks one client. 'Their ability to solve problems and apply knowledge to new situations is exceptional', notes another. Paul Lewis is global head of finance and projects, in which the practice led by Deepak Sitlani sits. Michael Voisin is global head of capital markets. Pauline Ashall and Vinay Samani handle OTC and securitised derivatives; Mark Brown leads the Islamic derivatives practice; Mark Drury's broad practice covers securitised, OTC and exchange-traded derivatives, and cash and synthetic CLOs and CDOs; Simon Firth works on derivatives structuring and documentation; Toby Gray, David Phillips and Matthew Monahan handle repacks and credit-linked notes. Counsels Doug Shaw, Leanne Banfield and Rhian Roberts also play pivotal roles in the structured finance practice.

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Testimonials

‘Deepak Sitlani, Mark Brown and Simon Firth continue to be excellent advisers on all matters relating to derivatives. The firm also has a good international network.’

‘The market knowledge and understanding of the team is far deeper and wider than any other firm, specifically around repack structures.’

‘Their ability to solve problems and apply knowledge to new situations is exceptional.’

‘Vinay Samani has tremendous market knowledge and experience. Rarely can you find new problems to which Vinay hasn’t seen solutions that can be adapted before being applied. He is commercial and cares about his clients and not just the legal outcomes, but also the operational and commercial aspects. He leads a very strong team and delegates effectively.’

‘Matt Monahan and David Phillips have wide-ranging capability and share the commercial approach. They are also very responsive to queries when you need help urgently.’

‘We enjoyed working with Linklaters and found the team to be professional, highly organised – especially between US and UK teams – and easy to work with. They were very flexible in regards to business hours, availability, and workload, and have generally acted commercially in building a relationship with us.’

‘We’ve worked primarily with Mark Drury and managing associate Annabel Steer. Both Mark and Annabel are excellent communicators and highly knowledgeable on the subject matter of CLOs. They have been able to provide guidance and insight on market norms for risk retention structures to find solutions that would work for us. They are both highly organised and made documentation review extremely easy by laying out page references and flagging potential issues.’

‘It has hugely impressive market reach and understanding. It provides practical and insightful advice which is totally joined up with both the market-leading derivatives practice and regulatory team. The team is an absolute please to work with, the enthusiasm and commitment is impressive.’

Key clients

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)

Sound Point Capital Management

Alcentra Limited

HSBC

Natwest Markets

OTC DerivNet Ltd

PGGM Vermogensbeheer B.V.

Renaissance Reinsurance

SMBC Nikko

Vodafone

Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME)

Futures Industry Association (FIA)

International Capital Market Association (ICMA)

International Securities Lending Association

Emerging markets Tier 1

Linklaters LLP has a global presence across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, the CIS and CEE. The London office is an integral part of one the world's leading financial institutions practices, though it also acts for corporates, banks, funds and governments in their funding, hedging and investment activities. Its core strengths are corporate and M&A transactions, capital markets, restructuring, energy, infrastructure and dispute resolution. Energy and infrastructure partner Andrew Jones heads the Africa group and has extensive experience in major projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and CEE. Daniel Tyrer leads the global energy and infrastructure practice, specialising in upstream oil and gas, LNG, pipeline, refinery and petrochemical plant projects, project finance and private equity transactions across EMEA and the CIS. Ian Andrews is a sector leader for infrastructure, frequently acting on projects in CEE.

Employee share schemes Tier 1

The incentives team at Linklaters LLP is one of the largest practices in the London market, with 15 lawyers advising only on incentives and providing a full-service offering to clients. With incentive lawyers in another 20 countries, the firm has a global reach and services companies worldwide. Due to its particular expertise in the financial services sector, the team's client roster includes a plethora of global investment banks and asset managers. Clients can also benefit from the firm's interactive compliance tool for directors' remuneration reports, which gives companies quick access to all required information, links to underlying legislation and regulatory guidelines. Alexandra Beidas heads the team and specialises in advising financial institutions on remuneration as well as in director recruitment and terminations. Cara Hegarty was recently promoted to partner and comes highly recommended, as does counsel Bradley Richardson.

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Testimonials

‘Every person I have worked with on the Linklaters team is professional yet friendly and down-to-earth. They are a pleasure to work with because they take complex concepts and distil them into practical advice which gives clear reasoning and boundaries. They are also extremely responsive which is always appreciated.’

‘Bradley Richardson is a go-to person. He inspires confidence with his calm, professional approach and his commercial solutions.’

‘Excellent individual team members but also a good team as a whole. The firm has excellent lawyers in all disciplines so is an excellent option for deals requiring expertise in share schemes as part of a bigger deal.’

‘Individuals are all technical experts and legally outstanding, but what sets them apart is their responsiveness, commercial nous and ability to crystallise legal issues to clear, accessible content. The individuals are all incredibly personable and easy to work with.’

‘First class technical knowledge combined with a pragmatic approach, understanding of tight deadlines, professionalism and humour.’

‘Cara Hegarty is excellent – her advice is clear, thorough and pragmatic and her attitude is supportive and professional. I always feel I can speak to her as a sounding board and very much value the level of support we receive from her.’

‘The team at Linklaters are able to break down legal issues and explain them to all levels in the organisation in an incredibly clear and concise way. Their knowledge and work ethic is second to none. Having just gone through a very complex merger with a large number of legal challenges, their ability to break down complex legal issues and explain them to the reward team was very useful. We are very confident in this team and putting them in front of senior executives is never a risk, they always excel and are spoken highly of across the organisation.’

‘Cara Hegarty is one of the most intellectually agile people I have had the pleasure of working with. She thinks three problems ahead and comes up with commercial solutions to problems that we face. All future lawyers that we have will be held up to her standard, she is an asset to Linklaters and any firm she provides services to. I couldn’t praise her more highly.’

Key clients

Anglo American

Banco Santander

Charter Court Financial Services

Advent International Corporation

Nestle SA

Bovis plc (now called Vistry Group plc)

Ophir Energy plc

Investec plc

Greene King PLC

Just Eat plc

Burberry Group plc

Unilever

Employers Tier 1

Linklaters LLP's employment practice is highly regarded for its work in complex internal investigations, especially for clients in regulated industries. Alongside this, it has capabilities dealing with mass claims against high-profile companies in the Employment Tribunal and High Court, with a recent emphasis on equal pay matters. For the firm's top clients in financial services, the practice has strengths handling board-level matters, such as sensitive senior executive exits, disciplinary proceedings and bonus packages. The team has also recently been instructed on workplace culture training, and also regularly advises corporate clients on D&I matters. Team head Nicola Rabson is a trusted litigation adviser for the practice's most high-profile employment disputes. Other key team members include the experienced Jean Lovett, and Jillian Naylor, whose expertise lies in handling whistleblowing disputes. Sinead Casey, made up to partner in May 2019, has specialisms advising on areas including employment crises and group restructurings.

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Testimonials

‘Linklaters have an excellent employment team.’

‘Nicola Rabson and Sinead Casey are fantastic lawyers.

‘Sumaiyah Arshad-Khan is a rising star. She is an excellent lawyer.’

Key clients

FMSB

BBVA

Crowdcube

Capita plc

Invesco

Uber

Scottish Power

Morgan Stanley

KPMG

Energy and infrastructure Tier 1

Global powerhouse Linklaters LLP is recognised for its deep bench in London and its network of energy and infrastructure specialists spanning corporate, project finance, infrastructure and structured finance and PPP work. Daniel Tyrer, Ian Andrews, Stuart Rowson, Fiona Hobbs and Jessamy Gallagher are the leading partners for top-end infrastructure M&A and project financing mandates.  Recent examples include advising AviAlliance on its bid to acquire a 30% stake in Athens International Airport from the Greek state and working with the Department for Transport to finalise a £2bn rescue package for Crossrail. In the power sector, Jeremy Gewirtz, Richard Coar and Richard Ginks are highly active advising government, funders and sponsors on big-ticket conventional power and renewables developments. Managing associate Francesca Matthews is also of note.

Key clients

Arqiva Limited ntl Broadcast

Altice

OMERS Infrastructure Management

Allianz Capital Partners

AXA Investment Management

JP Morgan Asset Management Int Ltd

Neart Na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Limited

Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm Project 1 ProjCo Ltd

Seagreen Wind Energy Ltd

OGCI Climate Investments

The Bahrain Petroleum Company

HS1 Limited

Glencore International AG

E.ON

UK water companies (including Southern Water, Anglian and Welsh Water)

RBS Europe Ltd

Rio Tinto London Ltd

Marubeni Corporation

Greencoat UK Wind Holdco Ltd

SSE, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Red Rock Power

wpd AG

Green Investment Group Ltd

The Future Fund Board of Guardians

DWS and Peel Limited

AviAlliance

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

MUFG Bank Ltd

IFM Investors

Department of Buniess, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Castleton Commodities

ExxonMobil, ENI, CNPC, Galp, Kogas, ENH

LetterOne Holdings

Carlyle

Total

Muzuho Bank and various ECAs

Environment Tier 1

The team at Linklaters LLP advises domestic and international corporations, financial institutions, governments and social enterprises on a broad range of matters. Working closely with the firm’s automotive, supply chain, energy and infrastructure departments, the department receives a steady stream of mandates relating to environment and health and safety regulations and supply chain risks; sustainable finance work, including financial disclosures relating to climate change, is an area of growth. Vanessa Havard-Williams heads up the team, which includes Rachel Barrett, who has particular expertise in the application of international sustainability standards to major energy and infrastructure projects.

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‘Ruth Knox is well versed in the legal risks around sustainability and climate change.’

Key clients

Bahrain Petroleum Company

Exxon Mobil

Carlyle Group

Centerbridge Partners

BP

Jingye Group

Financiers to the Formosa 2 Offshore Wind Project

Unilever

Nestle

wpd AG

Arqiva

United Nations Global Compact

Equity capital markets - mid-high cap Tier 1

In 2019, Linklaters LLP acted on five of the six London Stock Exchange Main Market listings involving companies with a market capitalisation of over £1bn. The firm is also a key adviser on the Shanghai-London Stock Connect scheme; New York-qualified partner Pam Shores and recently promoted partner Tom Thorne were part of the cross-office group, which advised the investment banks on the IPO of Huatai Securities. The London team has also acted on large IPOs elsewhere in Europe and South Africa. Also notable is that the ECM team provides thought leadership to regulators and industry bodies, such as the FCA, the LSE, AFME and City UK. The London team is part of a global platform, which spans more than 20 countries. John Lane and Jason Manketo co-head the practice, which also includes Mike Bienenfeld and James Wootton.

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Testimonials

‘Linklaters’ equity capital markets team’s pedigree speaks for itself. John Lane, James Wootton and Tom Thorne have a wealth of experience and expertise that marks them out as a team for all occasions. Their credentials means that they will always be able to turn their hand to any sector or matter, with first-class regulatory knowledge to back this up. When combined with a US team of the pedigree of Jason Manketo and Pam Shores, this top team is hard to beat.‘

‘Superior knowledge and experience which allow the team to be proactive and able to solve issues in independent and innovative ways. Ability to combine the legal framework with the commercial need of the clients always achieving the best result for the success of the deal. Can do attitude supported by unparalleled knowledge of the industry.‘

‘From senior partners to associate, you know the coverage provided by the Links team will be impeccable. Hands-on team, able to build very strong relationships with both the banks and the corporates.‘

‘John Lane’s vast experience and background means he stands out even among even the very top equity capital markets lawyers in London.’

‘James Wootton has proved himself capable on many high-profile matters over the course of the last decade.’

‘Tom Thorne is a recent excellent addition to the partnership.’

‘On the US side, one knows that with Jason Manketo and Pam Shores you have among the very top of the best US securities lawyers in the UK.’

‘John Lane is the dean of UK ECM in London, and continues to deserve this title.’

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

HSBC

Helios Towers plc

Bank of America

Goldman Sachs

JP Morgan

Standard Bank

Finablr

Citi

Metro Bank

Brait

UBS

Gulf Marine Services

EU and competition Tier 1

The full-service competition team at Linklaters LLP attracts praise for its ‘outstanding competition law expertise and a strong dedication’. The London team forms a vital part of the firm’s global competition group, with the group able to offer seamless advice internationally. It also benefits from its alliances with leading firms in South Africa and Australia and links with firms in South-East Asia. The department has placed itself at the forefront of multiple significant mergers in the UK market including those in the technology sector. The firm's experience also spans the energy, healthcare and financial services sectors. On top of its merger control strength, the team also has considerable experience in complex investigations by law enforcement agencies. The ‘simply incredibleNicole Kar heads up the UK competition group, while Christian Ahlborn ‘manages large teams very well’ and serves as global competition group chair. Simon Pritchard is a key contact for Phase II merger investigations. Natura Gracia has in-depth knowledge of state aid and the regulated sectors. Recently promoted partner Anna Mitchell is also noted.

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Testimonials

‘Outstanding competition law expertise; strong dedication to client relationships.’

‘The Linklaters antitrust team is technically strong, particularly in matters with a financial services angle. Advice is presented clearly, and is commercially sound.’

‘Nicole Kar’s strategic advice was very valuable, particularly at the time in which we were liaising with the CMA. Her insights into the organisation were key.’

‘Christian Ahlborn is calm and balances legal analysis with commercial understanding. He has a solid understanding of what is important to our business, is never flustered and always right.  He’s an outstanding merger control expert and impressively hard-working. A senior partner that goes deep into the trenches.’

‘Jonathan Ford is very responsive and a pleasure to work with – a very strong talent.’

‘Verity Egerton-Doyle is a superb senior associate who is also brilliant to work with and brings good ideas’

‘Anna Mitchell made us feel very supported at all times. She was practical, and insightful about how different approaches might play at the CMA.’

Key clients

E.ON

Stirling Square Capital Partners

Jingye Group

Charter Court Financial Services Group

KPMG

Sainsbury’s

Thames Water / Anglian Water

Epex

BAE Systems

Visa

Vodafone Group

Just Eat

Financial services: contentious Tier 1

Linklaters LLP is well-regarded for applying its regulatory expertise to complex, high-risk and multijurisdictional issues in the financial services sector. The firm integrates its contentious and non-contentious financial services practices to provide a full service to a range of clients, from investment, commercial and retail banks, to investment managers, exchanges, asset managers and individuals. Regulatory compliance expert Martyn Hopper leads a team that includes Alison Wilson, who specialises in FCA enforcement investigations, internal investigations and pre-enforcement matters; Nikunj Kiri, who has a particular focus on contentious regulatory and compliance risk management issues; and Ben Packer, who is known for acting in the financial services, technology and sports sectors. Also notable are counsels Clare McMullen and Elizabeth Dowd.

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 1

The ‘wide-ranging international expertise’ of Linklaters LLP covers the spectrum of financial services work, with particular experience in asset management, consumer credit and Fintech, as well as risk management. Martyn Hopper leads the contentious and non-contentious financial regulatory teams and has experience advising investment banks, retail banks, insurers, asset managers and listed companies on regulatory compliance programmes. Michael Kent acts for global and regional investment banks and asset managers while Peter Bevan advises broker-dealers and investment banks, as well as investment managers and private banks. The team also includes fintech specialist Harry Eddis; Nikunj Kiri, who has a particular focus on contentious regulatory and compliance risk management issues and Sebastian Barling, who is an expert in financial services legislation and the impact of regulatory change. Also recommended are Julia Dixon, who is known for strategic regulatory engagement and regulatory risk identification and management; Alastair Holt, who advises on regulatory licenses, prudential regulation, conduct of business, governance and Fintech; and managing associate Raza Naeem, who has experience assisting trading venues, sell-side and buy-side clients on a range of issues.

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Testimonials

‘They have the ability to understand in-house lawyers’ requirements and external business requests. The ability to be very pragmatic in scenarios where the business is looking to get a specific goal has been extremely helpful’

‘Sebastian Barling provides clear and actionable advice for investment managers’

‘One aspect that makes the practice unique is that it is, in effect, a one stop shop – the practice specialises in virtually all aspects of law and regulation relevant to our firm (fintech), from drafting commercial contracts to advising on risk management and regulatory matters’

‘Its ability to proactively identify and strategically guide us through all actual and potential issues, enables the team to produce consolidated and comprehensive advice encompassing multiple jurisdictions’

‘Michael Kent and Harry Eddis have consistently demonstrated technical expertise in financial regulation, compliance and risk management’

‘Michael Kent operates at the highest technical and professional level at all times, has a major network and unrivalled influence in  the market. We trust the advice and guidance they provide to our firm, not only because of their consistent professionalism and expertise, but because of the exceptionally warm and friendly manner with which they have invariably dealt with us’

‘Harry Eddis’ expertise in fintech and derivative products in particular has been particularly valuable to our firm’

‘Sebastian Barling is a great partner in the regulatory team. Very pragmatic and commercial. Easy to work with and very client friendly’

Key clients

Fnality International Limited

Masthaven Bank Limited

Fintech Tier 1

Linklaters LLP advises financial institutions and challenger banks, market infrastructure providers and technology company on all aspects of fintech projects, including regulatory matters and transactions. The team's primary areas of expertise include payments, financial products, data security and AI. Julian Cunningham-Day's expertise spans data management, outsourcing, procurement, M&A, capital raising, compliance and governance. He is also well-known for advising financial institutions on the IT implications of regulatory changes such as MiFID II and GDPR. Harry Eddis is an expert in financial markets regulation and has advised on projects involving electronic trading, payment services, e-money and cash token arrangements. Fionnghuala Griggs handles M&A transactions and investments in the fintech sector. 'Extremely knowledgeable' associate Richard Hay has considerable experience advising clients on the financial structuring and regulatory aspects of payment structures and products. Associates Lisa Chang and Charitha Shashiraj are also recommended. In a major development, the team recently assisted the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce with its preparation of an authoritative statement on DLT and smart contracts under English private law.

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‘The Linklaters team looking after us is comprised of very experienced and high profile lawyers with careers spanning several decades combined with younger colleagues. They all display the same energy and enthusiasm for the complex questions which arise with the development of our technology. We are engaged in cutting-edge thinking – they welcome the challenge. As a start-up we need to minimise legal spend and they have provided us with a very flexible billing arrangement where the bulk of the work is charged to junior rather than partners. They are very commercial and have an eye to our growth into a long-term client.’

‘Experts in their field. They understand the regulations inside and out. Capable of understanding business needs and desired outcomes.’

‘From our fintech perspective, we see other firms having one key individual, usually with an interest in Fintech, whereas Linklaters has strength and depth across the team, together with a genuine understanding of complex areas within the sector. The other key standout factor is that all team members are great to work with – and we speak with experience of a good number of lawyers and firms.’

‘They have vast experience and the desire to think and solve problems rather than just roll out cookie cutter advice.

‘Richard Hay has exceptional industry knowledge and can sit on a technical panel and contribute to a discussion, not just from a legal perspective (as many do) but with an in-depth understanding of the wider sector and of specific businesses within it. Richard is a “go to” for these reasons. We also very highly rate Harry Eddis and Finn Griggs. We could not recommend this team highly enough.’

Key clients

Fnality International

Santander

ISDA

Fraud: civil Tier 1

Linklaters LLP is frequently engaged by banks and corporates to represent them in complex, multijurisdictional fraud disputes, including securities litigation, cyber fraud and accounting fraud. Michael Bennett, who is the global head of dispute resolution, focuses on internal and regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, which usually have a cross-border element. Satindar Dogra specialises in corporate crime and fraud cases, and has particular expertise in anti-bribery, sanctions and FCA compliance. Commercial litigator Rory Conway focuses predominantly on civil fraud cases. In one ongoing mandate, the firm is acting for liquidator Grant Thornton in its defence of a claim exceeding $4bn involving alleged fraud in the Cayman Islands by the Saad Investments Company and Singularis Holdings.

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Testimonials

‘We have been working with various individuals from the Linklaters’ team and our impression is that all of them are very well trained and capable to conduct any type of sensitive investigation. The team members showed in-depth knowledge and understanding of internal investigation processes. Even though we have been working with them on investigation matters, one can note that Linklaters’ team also have excellent knowledge in other fields of law.’ 

‘A strong fraud team. The overall quality of the associates at every level makes them stand out from many rival firms in this area.’

‘Highly skilled individuals with depth of resource behind them. Client user friendly.’

Key clients

Grant Thornton LLP

Bayerische Landesbank, London Branch

Infrastructure (PFI and PPP) Tier 1

Linklaters LLP is known for its expertise in M&A infrastructure work, financings and project development work. The practice is particularly active in the public sector, advising governments and regulators. The transport sector is another key area of strength, including rail, airports and roads. Clients are able to benefit from the firm's broad international presence as well as its alliances in key locations such as Australia, South Africa, and Indonesia. Global co-heads of infrastructure Stuart Rowson and M&A specialist Jessamy Gallagher lead the practice alongside Ian AndrewsRichard Coar and Richard Ginks are also noted and have been particularly active on greenfield PPP projects.

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AviAlliance

Department for Transport

Equitix Investment Management Limited

Africa50

Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

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

Linklaters LLP advises on some of the most complex and high profile M&A transactions, as demonstrated by its role advising Jingye Group on its last minute rescue of British Steel. The magic circle firm has a longstanding sector focus on financial services, institutional investors, energy and natural resources, consumer, real estate, TMT, industrials and healthcare, which is combined with experience across public and private M&A, private equity, corporate governance and board level advice. FTSE100 companies feature prominently on the firm's client list, as well as well-known banks. The practice is led by a seven-strong group of partners in London. Simon Branigan, James Inglis, Nick Rumsby, and David Martin all act as corporate group leaders, while Matthew Middleditch is the global corporate chairman. Aedamar Comiskey, who typically acts on big ticket public and private transactions, is head of the global corporate practice. Senior partner Charles Jacobs is another key  name in the leadership group, and is an expert in international capital raisings, managing several of the firm's largest client relationships.

Testimonials

‘They take the time to understand your business, know the nuances and the desired outcome sought. They take a practical approach especially when it comes to risk assessments. No lengthy memos; advice is precise and concise; Always available even if client is in different time zones.’

‘Strong commercial acumen; practical advice; written advice is not verbose; it is succinct and clear. Absolutely fast to revert even at partner level; Strong in communications, be it via text or other platforms.’

‘Linklaters’ corporate team did a fantastic job of looking after us during our takeover. We had good partner involvement and they brought in the right people at the right time to assist where needed.  The employee incentives team were also fantastic.’

‘Nick Rumsby is calm, unflappable, and very commercial.’

‘Dan Schuster-Woldan is very clear in explaining processes and commercial issues.’

‘Highly competitive rates; the focus is on work product and value of overall services rendered as opposed to a billing focus on every six minutes.’

Key clients

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd

J Sainsbury plc

Rothesay Life

Unilever plc

Intu Properties plc

Jardine Matheson Holdings Limited

Glencore

SIX Group AG

ORIX Corporation

Anglo American

National Grid plc

AXA

Advent International Corporation

Capita plc

Balfour Beatty

Just Eat

Nestlé

Mining and minerals Tier 1

Linklaters LLP has a well-established presence in the mining sector with a strong client base of leading names including Glencore, Anglo American, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. The practice provides clients with a full-service approach with a significant international presence, demonstrating expertise in all the key regulatory markets. Key areas of work include advising on M&A, raising and restructuring equity and debt financing deals, project development work and regulatory issues. Charlie Jacobs acts as chairman of the global mining practice and leads the team alongside Toby Grimstone, James Inglis and Andrew Jones. Clients describe Jacobs as 'highly experienced' and a 'fantastic outcomes-driven adviser'.  Ian Hunter is also noted.

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‘A highly experienced team leader and a very efficient approach to their advice.’

‘Charlie Jacobs is a fantastic outcomes-driven adviser – he has a very common-sense attitude to solving legal and strategic issues. He is also a strong people person.’

Key clients

Glencore

Anglo American

Rio Tinto

ArcelorMIttal

Gold Fields

KAZ Minerals

Sibanye Gold

Evraz

Endeavour Mining

Newcrest Mining

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 1

Representing a range of fund trustees, corporates, insurance companies and consolidation vehicles, the Linklaters LLP pensions team is renowned for its expertise in liability management. Specifically, the practice covers everything from 'trivial' commutations, PIE and ETV exercises through to complex buy-outs and longevity swaps. In addition, the management of section 75 debt issues, fund consolidation and contingent asset structures are also handled. Global pensions funds practice head Claire Petheram, described as 'clear and pragmatic', handles scheme mergers, equalisation, investment management and flexible benefit programmes. Rosalind Knowles assists with benefit change programmes and valuation negotiations, Philip Goss is experienced in scheme mergers/liability mitigation and John Sheppard is the go-to partner for SIPP arrangements. Contentious matters are handled by Mark Blyth ('the best in the business') with assistance from solicitor-advocate Geoff Egerton. The firm counts Lloyds Bank within its client portfolio and has a strong reputation for resolving cases prior to court action. Recent work of interest has touched on the equitable principle in pensions law, rectification of 'defective' rules and early retirement as it relates to ill-health.

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‘Experts in their field, always available, clear and pragmatic advice‘.

‘First-rate client service – comprehensive knowledge, backed by excellent trustee engagement‘.

‘I have been using Linklaters for pensions advice for decades and have found that whilst they provide quality advice they are also excellent in finding practical solutions to problems. The stability of the team stands out too. Over many years of working with the pension lawyers at Linklaters I have only dealt with a small number of people there‘.

‘Linklaters provide quality advice. They are solution driven and work as part of the in-house team to provide support and assistance. They are pragmatic and commercial in their approach‘.

‘Strong front line team with clear, concise advice‘.

‘Very pragmatic and user friendly‘.

‘Claire Petheram is driven to find solutions to issues which arise but also to work closely with us in projects to ensure all legal aspects which need to be addressed are addressed before they become an issue. She is clear and pragmatic with her advice and knows our pension arrangements in depth so is able to anticipate hurdles and overcome them. She is calm but authoritative and a real ally to have on board in any negotiations‘.

‘Claire Petheram provides straightforward, pragmatic and plain English advice‘.

Key clients

Rolls-Royce

Rentokil

BAT

Tate & Lyle

BP

Trustee of the Railways Pension Scheme

Rothesay Life

Marks & Spencer

AstraZeneca

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 1

Representing a range of fund trustees, corporates, insurance companies and consolidation vehicles, the Linklaters LLP pensions team is renowned for its expertise in liability management. Specifically, the practice covers everything from 'trivial' commutations, PIE and ETV exercises through to complex buy-outs and longevity swaps. In addition, the management of section 75 debt issues, fund consolidation and contingent asset structures are also handled. Global pensions funds practice head Claire Petheram, described as 'clear and pragmatic', handles scheme mergers, equalisation, investment management and flexible benefit programmes. Rosalind Knowles assists with benefit change programmes and valuation negotiations, Philip Goss is experienced in scheme mergers/liability mitigation and John Sheppard is the go-to partner for SIPP arrangements. Contentious matters are handled by Mark Blyth ('the best in the business') with assistance from solicitor-advocate Geoff Egerton. The firm counts Lloyds Bank within its client portfolio and has a strong reputation for resolving cases prior to court action. Recent work of interest has touched on the equitable principle in pensions law, rectification of 'defective' rules and early retirement as it relates to ill-health.

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Their depth of pensions litigation knowledge is frightening‘.

Highly experienced and very competent.’

Mark Blyth possesses high quality, market leading skills and insights in handling pensions litigation; in particular looking at problems and solutions from a wide range of outcomes‘.

Mark Blyth is the best in the business. Brilliant at strategy but also in the detail.’

‘Geoff Egerton also has impressive experience and knowledge‘.

Mark Blyth is excellent – very pragmatic; sensible; tough but easy to deal with‘.

Key clients

British Airways Plc

Coats UK Pension Scheme

Lloyds Bank plc

Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 1

Linklaters LLP's integrated renewables team has top-tier expertise across a range of areas, including project finance, development, high-value transactional and regulatory matters. The firm is particular well known for its experience in nuclear, energy-from-waste, biomass and major offshore wind projects in the UK and internationally. Group head John Pickett's strong offshore wind practice sees him regularly acting for sponsors, equity investors and lenders on the financing and refinancing of developments. Jeremy Gewirtz is also noted for his reputation for power project financings, and Richard Coar handles financings and transactions involving biomass power. Specialising in domestic energy infrastructure issues, Charlotte Morgan is leading the team advising the Government on the development of four new nuclear plants in the UK.

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Neart Na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Limited

Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm Project 1 Projco Limited

Seagreen Wind Energy Limited

Greencoat UK Wind Holdco Limited

SSE

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Red Rock Power

wpd AG

Green Investment Group Limited

Octopus Investments Limited

Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

Castleton Commodities

OGCI Climate Investments LLP

ContourGlobal Kosovo LLC

FRV (Fotowatio Renewable Ventures)

Rail Tier 1

Linklaters LLP provides a broad scope of legal services for rail sector clients, primarily dealing in construction, franchising and rolling stock, as well as station real estate. The firm frequently assists rails sponsors and lenders, and is one of a line-up of firms on the UK Government's rail panel. Practice co-chair Fiona Hobbs recently led the team advising on the £2bn rescue financing package for Crossrail, while during 2019 fellow co-chair Charlotte Morgan advised the Department for Transport on the Intercity Express Programme rolling stock procurement. Infrastructure specialist Stuart Rowson specialises in innovative financing solutions.

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Mizuho Bank Limited

Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Nippon Export and Investment Insurance

RBC Europe Limited

HS1 Limited

Real estate funds Tier 1

Linklaters LLP is a market-leader in the real estate funds sphere, as is evidenced by its high-end work for sponsors, management teams and investors. Led by global investment funds head Matthew Keogh, the practice offers a combination of fund structuring and management expertise, and tax and regulatory capabilities. The London team works in tandem with practitioners across the firm's European network, including practitioners based in Luxembourg. As part of a multidisciplinary cross-office group, Rahul Manvatkar and associate Stephanie Pang provided AIFMD compliance advice to ProLogis in connection with the marketing of an open-ended Asian fund, which targets investments into logistics real estate assets in certain Asian markets. In a recent development, Tom Alabaster joined Ropes & Gray LLP to become its EMEA funds head.

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Broad practice with a great global reach. Partners tend to leave a lot of the heavy lifting to really stellar senior associates and show great flexibility when it comes to billing. Really impressive team, all very polished, giving succinct, to the point advice.

All of the associates are impeccably trained and really know their stuff, as well as being a pleasure to work with. Partners know when to get involved and when to keep their distance, which makes billing conversations much easier.

Key clients

Aermont Capital

LaSalle Investment Management

CBRE Global Investors

BlackRock

Barings

Prologis

Equitix Investment Management

Cerberus Capital Management

Round Hill Capital

Aviva Investors

InfraRed

Brookfield

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 1

Linklaters LLP, which 'provides world class expertise in every field', handles the full gamut of global criminal and regulatory investigations, including fraud, bribery, money laundering, sanctions and all areas of financial regulation. It is experienced in a wide range of sectors, including financial services, technology, professional services and utilities. The practice is well regarded for its experience in dealing with international regulators and prosecutors including the SFO, FCA, PRA, SEC and DoJ. 'Brilliant analyst and problem solverSatindar Dogra heads the team and is noted for his experience in investigations, as well as policies and procedures relating to the UK Bribery Act. Martyn Hopper is recommended for his experience in multi-jurisdictional regulatory issues and investigations, compliance issues and crisis management. Alison Saunders, who is the former the Director of Public Prosecutions and head of the Crown Prosecution Service, is another name to note. 'Exceptional lawyer and tacticianElly Proudlock is recommended.

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‘This is the dream firm. A firm of all the talents. Outstanding lawyers across all domains. Total support for clients and a professional determination to ensure the best possible outcomes at all stages of any particular process. The firm can provide world-class expertise in every field and this means that no problem is beyond its ability. The quality of excellence is a characteristic at all levels from junior associates to senior partners. The firm is a world leader and inspires great confidence. They are also delightful to work with, very reassuring and practical. An all-round complete service.’

‘Christa Band is an outstanding strategist and thinker’.

‘Michael Bennett is a visionary thinker and imaginative practical lawyer’.

‘Ellie Proudlock is a superb, thoughtful lawyer with great flair’.

‘A very strong contentious regulatory practice with great bench strength’.

‘Strength and depth throughout the team in comparison to peers. Experienced on corporate crime and regulatory investigations that are both sensitive and existential for corporates.’

‘This is a team that has added significantly to its strength in recent years and is now ready to move up a level.’

‘They are very knowledgeable and competent, they listen well to client requirements, explaining clearly what is not deliverable, the strategy for delivering the required outcomes and any risks associated with options chosen. Clear and concise communication, which is key to building a strong relationship.’

Key clients

Nordea Bank Abp

Securitisation Tier 1

Linklaters LLP has 'high-quality, accessible, partners with broad asset experience, and a deep bench of high-quality associates enabling them to take on deals of all sizes'. Widely acknowledged as one of the leading securitisation firms in London, it has an eight-partner team working as part of an integrated securitisation and structured finance practice that covers the full range of asset classes, including both "true-sale” asset securitisations involving mortgage-backed securities, trade receivables and non-performing loans, as well as whole-business deals. In 2019, the firm advised lead managers on the first UK master trust issuance to qualify as STS under the new securitisation regulations. Its work also included the largest UK RMBS in 2019 and the year's largest UK portfolio sale. Practice head Andrew Vickery is 'probably the number one structured finance partner in London with the best combination of outright legal ability and commercialism'. Also recommended are James Harbach for RMBS, CMBS and real estate deals; founder of the structured finance and global securitisation practice Julian Davies; Adam Fogarty for RMBS, CMBS and ABS; Alexander Shopov, who also handles ABCP, covered bonds and challenging new asset classes; and junior partners Mark Nuttall and Reza Taylor. Newly promoted partner Thomas Quoroll handles loan portfolio sales and advises sponsors and arrangers on asset-backed financing.

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‘Linklaters is very responsive compared to other firms, and able to take a very commercial and pragmatic approach to getting things agreed.’

‘Adam Fogarty provides an excellent service.’

‘The team has been great in supporting the expansion and development of our growing range of bespoke and unique financing offerings, particularly in the receivables financing and data-driven supply chain finance space.’

‘Counsels Will Trotman and Tom Quoroll particularly stand out for their strong structuring capabilities, quick turnaround times and ability to quickly integrate the firm’s specialist functions into the client’s product development and transaction deal teams.’

‘The firm has high-quality, accessible, partners with broad asset experience, and a deep bench of high-quality associates enabling them to take on deals of all sizes.’

‘Andy Vickery is probably the number one structured finance partner in London with the best combination of outright legal ability and commercialism.’

Key clients

Cerberus

Centerbridge Partners

RBS

Belmont Green

PIMCO

Southern Water

Caruna Networks

Anglican Water

Davidson Kempner Capital Management

Associated British Ports

Thames Water

Apollo

Trade finance Tier 1

The commodities and trade finance practice at Linklaters LLP has a broad range of experience across receivables-backed financings, export and multi-lateral credits and commodity-based finance. The dedicated global group has developed out of the firm's energy, natural resource and mining practices, so its key lawyers have a keen understanding of the underlying commodity markets. As well as focusing on trade finance, pre-export finance, pre-payment finance, borrowing base finance and reserve-based lending, the firm can also call upon expertise in derivatives, physical commodity trading, inventory monetisation, capital markets, Islamic finance and litigation. The London practice also works in close collaboration with teams in New York, Singapore, Beijing, Dubai and other key financial centres to advise banks such as ING and Deutsche Bank, trading houses such as Glencore, and borrowers such as KAZ Minerals Group. Banking partner Toby Grimstone also plays a pivotal role in the practice, particularly in ECA-backed financings and borrowing base facilities.

Hall of Fame

Mirthe van Kesteren - Bott Van Kesteren Partners

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KAZ Minerals Group

UK Export Finance

Citibank, N.A., London Branch

MOL Group

ING Bank NV

Deutsche Bank

Glencore

Water Tier 1

Linklaters LLP's experienced team is a popular choice for water companies thanks in part to the breadth of its practice, with work in this space including M&A, finance, regulation and competition issues. A key highlight for the firm includes advising Southern Water on its issue of £825m sustainability bonds. Other clients include Thames Water and Anglian Water. It has also recently been at the forefront in advising water companies on matters related to the Ofwat price control review (PR19). Julian Davies and Natura Gracia  head the practice.

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‘The Linklaters team are top notch.’

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Anglian Water

Assured Guaranty

South East Water

Southern Water

Sutton and East Surrey Water

Thames Water

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Welsh Water

Yorkshire Water

South Staffs Water

Northumbrian Water

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 2

Linklaters LLP's 'top quality litigators' are a popular choice for complex, cross-border disputes. The 'exceptional' litigation team works closely with non-contentious practice groups — including corporate, banking and energy — and the firm's international network in large scale and cross-border matters. Michael Bennett leads the global dispute resolution practice, while corporate crime and fraud litigation expert Satindar Dogra heads the group in London. Christa Band is the name to note for banking litigation ,while Tom Cassels is highlighted for public law and competition law litigation. Rory Conway, Ben Carroll and Patrick Robinson are names to note for contentious insolvency, energy sector and financial markets disputes respectively.

Testimonials

‘The associates and partners are top quality litigators, almost entirely without any weak links in the chain. Although the litigation department is not as large as certain other magic circle and leading US firms, the quality of the litigators is exceptional.’

‘Rebecca James is a highly intelligent and capable senior associate.’

Key clients

Glencore International AG

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

National Grid Interconnectors Holdings Limited, National Grid Viking Link Limited and Energinet.dk

The Association of Football Agents UK Limited

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

Linklaters LLP has ‘the breadth and depth within its practice to advise on extremely complex real estate transactions’. The team is led by Andy Bruce, an ‘expert in understanding the issues at play on deals’; his practice spans the acquisition, development, letting and disposal of all forms of commercial real estate, both in the UK and Europe. A further key name is Patrick Plant  - he is well-versed in representing both landlords and tenants and is recommended by clients for his capacity to ‘offer tailored solutions that fit the bill’. The ‘superbTom Watkins handles joint ventures and restructuring while another integral component of the offering is high-value regeneration work.

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‘A really collegiate team that supports each other and clients in getting transactions over the line in both an expertly professional and pragmatic way.’

‘Andy Bruce is expert in understanding the issues at play on deals and navigates those through using legal and commercial levers to achieve outstanding results on transactions.’

‘Linklaters has the breadth and depth within their practice to advise on extremely complex real estate transactions. They are able to move quickly and meet the demands of any transaction.’

‘Tom Watkins is an exceptional lawyer and the best person to have “on point” to project manage complex transactions and ensure that the different work streams are delivered in the right order and on time. His advise is always of the highest quality and commercial in its application. Tom works effectively with the wider Linklaters team as we often have to draw on the other specialist teams.’

‘Tom Watkins is superb. He combines industry knowledge, technical skills and commercial acumen to deliver excellent outcomes for his clients. He is definitely the person that you want on your side of the negotiating table.’

‘The firm has a well established reputation which was something for them to live up to. I am pleased to say that they did, exceeding expectations in challenging circumstances. This is clearly a well run business which remains focused on its clients’ needs.’

‘Linklaters runs a hybrid real estate and corporate practice which we use for the majority of our UK and European real estate transactions. They are also in my opinion best-in-class at having a single lead partner who is not just a “relationship partner” but truly stays across all of the various practice areas working on a single transaction and can negotiate with all the facts to hand, and indeed recall the specifics of highly technical advice received from colleagues to really pull the deal together. To have one team that can bring this consistency of approach seamlessly across the many different country legal regimes in Europe is, in my experience, exceptional.’

‘Tom Watkins is highly intelligent, commercial, and makes it his business to fully understand all advice being given by different practice areas within Linklaters to ensure he always advises with all possible considerations to hand. Most impressive of all is his ability to mentally track in real time the implications of any given negotiating point and the impact that will have across a suite of transaction documents. In my experience this is a rare skill for a partner managing a large team and demonstrates the commitment he personally makes to a transaction. Tom is also very affable and a pleasure to work with, which makes a difference.’

Key clients

Glencore

CBRE Global Investors

Commercial property: development Tier 2

Linklaters LLP has ‘the breadth and depth within its practice to advise on extremely complex real estate transactions’. The team is led by Andy Bruce, an ‘expert in understanding the issues at play on deals’; his practice spans the acquisition, development, letting and disposal of all forms of commercial real estate, both in the UK and Europe. A further key name is Patrick Plant, he is well-versed in representing both landlords and tenants and is recommended by clients for his capacity to ‘offer tailored solutions that fit the bill’. The ‘superbTom Watkins handles joint ventures and restructuring while a further integral component of the offering is high-value regeneration work.

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Testimonials

‘A really collegiate team that supports each other and clients in getting transactions over the line in both an expertly professional and pragmatic way.’

‘Andy Bruce is expert in understanding the issues at play on deals and navigates those through using legal and commercial levers to achieve outstanding results on transactions.’

‘Linklaters has the breadth and depth within their practice to advise on extremely complex real estate transactions. They are able to move quickly and meet the demands of any transaction.’

‘Tom Watkins is an exceptional lawyer and the best person to have “on point” to project manage complex transactions and ensure that the different work streams are delivered in the right order and on time. His advise is always of the highest quality and commercial in its application. Tom works effectively with the wider Linklaters team as we often have to draw on the other specialist teams.’

‘Tom Watkins is superb. He combines industry knowledge, technical skills and commercial acumen to deliver excellent outcomes for his clients. He is definitely the person that you want on your side of the negotiating table.’

‘The firm has a well established reputation which was something for them to live up to. I am pleased to say that they did, exceeding expectations in challenging circumstances. This is clearly a well run business which remains focused on its clients’ needs.’

‘Linklaters runs a hybrid real estate and corporate practice which we use for the majority of our UK and European real estate transactions. They are also in my opinion best-in-class at having a single lead partner who is not just a “relationship partner” but truly stays across all of the various practice areas working on a single transaction and can negotiate with all the facts to hand, and indeed recall the specifics of highly technical advice received from colleagues to really pull the deal together. To have one team that can bring this consistency of approach seamlessly across the many different country legal regimes in Europe is, in my experience, exceptional.’

‘Tom Watkins is highly intelligent, commercial, and makes it his business to fully understand all advice being given by different practice areas within Linklaters to ensure he always advises with all possible considerations to hand. Most impressive of all is his ability to mentally track in real time the implications of any given negotiating point and the impact that will have across a suite of transaction documents. In my experience this is a rare skill for a partner managing a large team and demonstrates the commitment he personally makes to a transaction. Tom is also very affable and a pleasure to work with, which makes a difference.’

Key clients

Lendlease

MGH Card

Meyer Bergman

Permodalan Nasional Berhad / Employees Provident Fund

Competition litigation Tier 2

Linklaters LLP houses one of the most active competition litigation groups active on the defence side. The team’s unrivalled experience in the financial services, automotive and pharmaceutical sectors makes it a destination of choice for corporate clients and financial institutions seeking assistance with regulatory investigations and litigation arising thereof. Commercial litigator and public law specialist Tom Cassels heads up the department, where he is ably assisted by managing associates Sarina Williams and James Hennah. Harriet Ellis is also a key contact for public inquiries. Counsel Elizabeth Jordan departed for Slaughter and May in December 2019.

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Testimonials

‘Tom Cassells leads a fantastic team.’

‘Sarina Williams is a very talented managing associate, who really operates at partner level, pulling together the right team to get the job done, and adding her own insights borne of years of experience at the coalface of competition litigation.’

‘Tom Cassels is a giant of the field. A cool operator, he always knows what to do in a crisis. He also leads a great team.’

‘Sarina Williams is a undoubtedly a future star.’

‘Tom Cassels is excellent.’

Key clients

Kelkoo

Thames Water

Anglian Water

Goldman Sachs

Air France-KLM

Visa

Sucocitrico Cutrale

Corporate tax Tier 2

Linklaters LLP's team undertakes the entire spectrum of corporate tax work for clients, which includes advice on M&A and demergers, finance, private equity and funds deals. It also has expertise in the technology and fintech sectors, as well as transactions involving financial institutions. Following the departure of Yash Rupal in February 2020 to Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, the leadership of the department was taken over by transactional tax expert Lynne WalkingtonJames Morgan is another key name, who focuses on the taxation of financial institutions, debt funds and alternative credit funds. Mavnick Nerwal left to join Kirkland & Ellis International LLP in December 2019, from where Chris Smale (a fund taxation specialist) joined in the same month. Mark Kingstone and Dominic Winter retired in April 2020.

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‘Lynne Walkington: she has the ability to break down complex issues for clients – always good to have her on your side’

Key clients

Nestlé

Unilever

Rio Tinto

RBS

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Lloyds

Barclays

Cerberus

Credit Suisse

Sainsbury’s

High yield Tier 2

The high-yield group at Linklaters LLP is integrated into the firm’s market-leading banking practice and comprises specialist partners with a long track record in high yield, covenant-intensive debt securities, leveraged finance and restructuring. The firm works on complex and high-value transactions rather than focusing on volume, and it leverages its multi-jurisdictional capability offered by its network of offices in Europe and Asia. Initially established to cater for the needs of underwriters, the practice has broadened its scope and now also acts for financial sponsors, corporate issuers and bridge lenders. It is frequently involved in LBOs, P2P transactions, dividend recaps, refinancings and private high-yield deals. Alexander Naidenov (who is 'charismatic, creative and a real team-player’) and Mark Hageman (who is 'hardworking, “hands-on" and highly experienced’) jointly lead the practice. Partner Colin Chang, who works in both the London and Paris offices, joined in early 2020 from White & Case LLP in Paris.

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‘Linklaters delivers consistently high-quality work. It has a fairly small team, but everybody is capable and professional.’

‘It has a good combination at a partner level, with two high-quality partners having very different personalities. Mark Hageman is a hardworking, hands-on” and highly experienced lawyer. Alek Naidenov is charismatic, creative and a real team-player.’

Key clients

GEMS Education (acting for CVC)

Gamenet (acting for Bridge Lenders/ Initial Purchasers)

Stonegate (acting for Bridge Lenders)

Eir (acting for Initial Purchasers)

United Group (acting for Bridge Lenders and Initial Purchasers)

Cirsa Gaming (acting for Initial Purchasers)

SALT (acting for Initial Purchasers)

Assemblin (acting for Triton)

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 2

Linklaters LLP acts for several leading insurers and reinsurers on transactions and contracts as well as providing regulatory advice. The team has led the Mergermarket rankings for global insurance M&A deals by volume and value for several years. Kanyaka Ramamurthi leads the practice, which has significant overlap with the firm’s wider corporate team. Insurance specialist Duncan Barber has over 20 years’ experience in the sector and advises on matters including transactions and longevity risk reinsurance issues.

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‘Excellent sector knowledge and very client-focused team.’

‘Kanyaka Ramamurthi is extremely calm, pragmatic and very client-focused. An excellent asset to the firm.’

‘The team, including Duncan Barber, is exceptionally strong and well respected in the market. Linklaters is different and special; each lawyer I have worked with has a unique ability to gets to grips with their client’s commercial imperatives quickly and anticipate their needs before they even know what those needs are. They are all so enthusiastic about insurance and regularly keep the lawyers in our company up-to-date on know-how and changes which impact the business.’

‘Duncan Barber is, of course, well established, respected, extremely intelligent and capable. But he is also patient and kind. When he is advising me, I feel like I am his only client and that my questions are important and relevant. In the very rare event he does not know something off the top of his head, he is honest and says so and always finds the answer. I trust him and call on him regularly.’

‘High quality advice across the team. Very knowledgeable about the industry and the market. Accordingly, advice is generally very pragmatic and spot on, in addition to any deliverables being of top standards. They always consider who is best for the task at hand.’

‘A modern, energetic practice. Genuine insurance expertise.’

‘A top notch corporate and capital markets practice with extensive insurance expertise.’

Key clients

Ageas

Amlin

Zurich

AXA

Lloyds Banking Group

Prudential

QBE

RSA

Rothesay Life

Swiss Re

Athora

Royal London

Assured Guaranty

Generali

Lombard International

Utmost

Equitable Life Assurance Society

IT and telecoms Tier 2

In the IT and telecoms space, Linklaters LLP specialises in corporate, M&A, commercial and regulatory advice, and has notable dispute resolution strength. The firm is also active in the areas of GDPR, AI and machine learning. Julian Cunningham-Day has international expertise in technology, telecoms, data and commercial contracts, and leads the team with Richard Cumbley, who is global head of the firm’s TMT and IP practices, advising multinationals and governments on information management and data privacy issues. Also notable are Iain Fenn, Georgina Kon and Lindsey Brown.

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‘Real technical expertise which complements legal expertise.’

‘The TMT team are able to communicate well in technical speak with technical experts and hold their own.’

‘Lindsey Brown and Richard Cumbley both stand out for their legal skills and technical understanding.’

‘Valuable depth to the service they can offer.’

Oil and gas Tier 2

Linklaters LLP's oil and gas team, which is collectively led by Daniel Tyrer, John Pickett and Chris Staples, has substantial experience in advising on project financings, developments and corporate transactions across Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. The firm is also actively involved in legistlative developments, advising the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative on the Clean Gas Project, set to be one of the first projects in the new Carbon Capture and Storage Initiative. Other key partners include Mark Russell, Matthew Keats, Owen Clay and Fiona Hobbs.

Key clients

ExxonMobil

ENI

CNPC

Galp

Kogas

ENH

The Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO)

Carlyle

LetterOne Holdings S.A.

Total

Property finance Tier 2

Linklaters LLP ‘has the ability and resources to take on large, complex transactions with a deep bench when needed’, and draws on the firm's international network to act on pan-European deals. Practice head Steve Smith has a strong background in cross-border mandates, having previously worked in the firm’s Singapore and Frankfurt offices. The 'sensible and commercialScott Simpson also focuses on multi-jurisdictional matters, and has advised major banks, fund managers and private equity houses on senior and mezzanine financings. The 'excellentPhilip Gore was recently promoted to partner and is notably active in development finance work. Mark O’Neill has retired.

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‘They provide very practical advice on complex matters and are able to push transactions forward and manage the workload efficiently. They are a very enjoyable team to work with.’

‘Phil Gore is excellent. He is very knowledgeable, and provides concise and sensible advice which is easy to understand. He is able to provide recommendations and is always willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Very commercially focused. Has the ability and resources to take on large, complex transactions with a deep bench when needed. Clear advice given.’

‘Scott Simpson is sensible and commercial. Good at maintaining the relationship with the other side of the transaction. Offers clear advice.’

‘We relied on structuring advice from Scott Simpson, who was advising our property lender. Scott was very knowledgeable and proved very able at running large conference calls with all the parties involved as well.’

‘Steve Smith is fantastic – he gets quickly to what you really care about and finds the path forward that all parties can live with.’

‘The team is extremely hard working and always demonstrate a balance of technical and commercial overlay skills that are second to none.’

‘Linklaters is my preferred law firm to instruct on all real estate finance transactions. Scott Simpson and his team of exceptional associates are a delight to work with and take a commercial and pragmatic approach whilst having a strong focus on attention to detail.’

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

Retail and consumer Tier 2

Its ‘top-notch consumer practice represents the sector’s leading players in high-stakes M&A’, according to one client, but Linklaters LLP also handles matters along the entire consumer value chain, with notable expertise in corporate transactions, competition issues, restructuring and insolvency work, and employment mandates. Recent examples include advising Just Eat on its merger with Takeaway.com, and assisting Nestlé with the $10.2bn sale of Nestlé Skin Health to a consortium led by EQT. The team is also a key name in the market for cross-border mandates thanks to its network of offices around the world. Paul McNicholl and Michael Honan jointly lead the group; McNicholl is particularly noted for his M&A expertise, while Honan’s work encompasses corporate transactions, corporate finance work and commercial issues.

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Strong team – excellent technical knowledge and deep sector understanding. Combined with humour, pragmatism and common sense.’

As with all magic circle firms their technical expertise is first class and they work hard to understand our business and our sector. Their stand out quality is their ‘EQ’ and ability to understand client’s concerns and anxieties and advise accordingly.

That Linklaters is one of the best firms in the world everyone knows. It also has a top-notch consumer practice. They represent the sector’s leading players in high stakes M&A. The firm’s international presence and quality of the different offices is outstanding. Cannot think of any weaknesses.

Highly responsive 24/7, advice is practical, approachable across levels including partners, highly efficient and they can work across depts. seamlessly.’

‘Michael Honan, the global co-head of Linklaters’ consumer sector, is the gold standard for consumer M&A. Michael is a terrific lawyer, technically gifted and execution-driven. Alex Lehtinen is the firm’s rising star. Any firm would want to steal them from Linklaters.’

‘Simon Branigan takes the time to understand the needs and objectives of the clients, stays involved in the matter as needed, balancing between the role he plays where he can truly add value, as opposed to just billing time. He is approachable and pragmatic, and always shares his point of view with the client.’

Key clients

Nestlé S.A.

J Sainsbury plc

Unilever PLC

Intu Properties plc

Stonegate Pub Company Limited

Reckitt Benckiser

Just Eat plc

William Hill Steeplechase Limited

Administrative and public law Tier 3

Linklaters LLP is regularly involved in high-stakes public law litigation; the firm's key lawyer in this area is the highly regarded Tom Cassels, who joined the firm from Baker McKenzie in 2016, bringing many years of experience of major competition law disputes. The firm is regularly called on for high-profile judicial review proceedings, recently taking roles for household name clients including Sainsbury's, Camelot and National Grid. Other key partners include competition specialist Natura Gracia.

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‘The commercial JR team at Linklaters under Tom Cassels is first rate.’

Key clients

J Sainsbury PLC

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited

Lendlease Group

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK)

Lloyds Banking Group plc and its subsidiary, Bank of Scotland plc

National Grid Interconnectors Holdings Limited, National Grid Viking Link Limited and Energinet.dk

The Doggerbank Offshore Wind Farm Projects, Seagreen Wind Energy Limited, Sofia Offshore Wind Farm Limited

Government of Georgia

Commodities disputes Tier 3

The commodities practice at Linklaters LLP works as one group across the firm's global network. It focuses on regulatory, transactional and contentious matters, notably in the energy market. It has highly regarded energy, natural resource and mining practices with expertise in London, New York and Singapore, as well as other key financial centres such as Beijing, Dubai, Moscow, Paris and Tokyo. Jeremy Gewirtz leads the energy and infrastructure group, which counts energy majors and trading companies among its clients. The firm handles contentious matters relating to physical and financial commodity transactions for corporates, banks, funds and governments.

Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 3

Linklaters LLP 's City team helps defend pharmaceutical and biotech companies in cross-border patent litigation. The client base for Ian Karet (who heads the practice) and Yohan Liyanage includes high profile multinationals owning complex medical treatments and antibodies. Non-contentious support on collaborations, licensing deals and corporate transactions is carried out by Karet and Nemone Franks, with work highlights including multibillion-dollar patent portfolio sales in the skincare market.

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‘The team is very knowledgeable of the law and the industry, and conscientious and pleasant to work with.’

‘I worked with Ian Karet on a patent litigation matter which changed the law in the UK and influenced the law in many other countries. I think he has a very unique way of seeing things, and can quickly review vast amounts of complex materials and provide direct, insightful, straightforward, advice and would like to work with him on more patent matters.’

Key clients

Sanofi

Nestlé

Merck & Co, Inc.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Novartis

VHsquared

Accord Healthcare

Fnality International Limited

Unilever

International arbitration Tier 3

Linklaters LLP's international arbitration team is widely considered a strong choice for complex, significant, multi-jurisdictional disputes, and 'knows how to handle clients from different parts of the world'. The practice is particularly focused on the oil and gas, natural resources and telecoms sectors, while clients also benefit from its significant in-house advocacy skills. Matthew Weiniger QC is global international arbitration practice head; Ben Carroll heads up the energy disputes practice; Tom Lidstrom focuses on Eastern European and Africa-related matters; and Teresa Laboucarié-Polak is an energy and construction-related disputes specialist. Further support is provided by counsel Jacqueline Chaplin and managing associates Adrien Canivet, Rebecca James and Mikhail Vishnyakov.

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‘In my experience, the team at Linklaters have a broad and supremely well-informed perspective on commercial disputes. They can draw on a wide team of talented and effective litigators with experience in complicated and high-value disputes.’

‘Tom Lidstrom combines technical expertise with commercial nous and impeccable judgement. That makes him a formidable litigator. He has a positive and direct manner which allows him to cut to the heart of the issues faced by his clients, and to ensure that they are dealt with in the optimum fashion. He also has a broad perspective which allows him to identify innovative solutions to difficult problems. It is an absolute pleasure to work with him.’

‘Mikhail Vishnyakov is a tenacious litigator. He relishes the fight, and presses for every legitimate advantage for his client. He works hard to ensure that all the angles have been considered and covered. It is great to have him in your corner.’

‘First-class disputes team. Not only do they excel in understanding the legal merits of the case, but also understand the economic framework that needs to be applied in the context of the claim. I have seen very few lawyers command such economic proficiency.’

‘Ben Carroll – tireless and supremely talented counsel. Navigates through complex issues at lightening speeds. Very good commercial knowledge.’

‘Having worked with Linklaters’ arbitration team on a number of cases, I am absolutely comfortable to confirm that they are, indeed, crème de la crème of the global international arbitration community. The cases, which they handle, are non-trivial disputes that require the maximum degree of professionalism and dedication. Linklaters have no problem with that!’

‘Matthew Weiniger QC is a strong specialist with an impressive track record. Linklaters are very lucky to have Matthew at the helm of their global arbitration team.’

‘Impressive team, on the ball, on top of every issue.’

Key clients

Bank of New York Mellon

PL Holdings S.à r.l.

Abris Capital Partners

Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 3

Linklaters LLP 's City PE team has close ties with a number of major names in the sector including Cerberus, Permira, and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure, advising across a range of work including buyouts, exits and take-privates, as well as carve-outs. The firm's extensive international network means it is able to work efficiently on cross border deals and it is also able to offer clients expertise in sectors  such as energy, infrastructure, healthcare, financial services, and real estate. The popular and well-regarded Alex Woodward leads the team, and has played a key role in major transactions for a number of key clients.   Ben Rodham continues to lead on work for several high-profile European and US private equity houses, while Will Aitken-Davies is highly praised by clients for his transactional and strategic advice. Chris Boycott is recommended as an up-and-coming partner with cross-border expertise and a developing list of major clients.  Emily Cuzner has moved to an in-house position.

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Advent International Corporation

Hg

Permira

Carlyle Group

Centerbridge Partners Europe

Hellman & Friedman

Cerberus

TDR Capital

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure

Apax

I Squared Capital

Jacobs Holdings

Montagu Private Equity

Digital Colony Partners

Oaktree

BC Partners

Ardian

PSP

CDPQ

Triton

Public international law Tier 3

Linklaters LLP is particularly well known for international trade law, international human rights law and business and human rights advice, state immunity issues and the immunities of intergovernmental organisations, and investor-state disputes. The practice also assists with sanctions and their impact on clients’ operations across the globe. Investment arbitration specialist Matthew Weiniger QC is co-head of the firm's global international arbitration practice, Charlotte Morgan co-heads the trade law department, and Vanessa Havard-Williams co-leads the business and human rights group. External senior counsel Lorand Bartels has extensive  experience in trade law, particularly free trade agreements. Adrien Canivet and Rebecca James are experienced managing associates.

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Bank of New York Mellon

United Nations Global Compact

PL Holdings S.à r.l.

Abris Capital Partners

BP

Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong)

Gazprom

Private funds (including infrastructure funds) Tier 4

Linklaters LLP acts regularly for major fund sponsors and institutional investors in the private equity, debt and credit, and infrastructure spaces, including high-value fundraisings and investments. Major repeat clients have included Softbank, Baring, and CVC. The team offers international expertise in key domiciles and financial centres, including New York, Luxembourg, Frankfurt, and Tokyo, both in-house in London and courtesy of the wider firm's capabilities. Practice head Matthew Keogh advises sponsors and investors across the full range of private investment funds, working on fund raising, management, and transactions.  Rahul Manvatkar is a prolific repeat adviser to Softbank on crucial strategic investments, while counsel Clare Baker concentrates on advice to institutional investors. Tom Alabaster is now with Ropes & Gray LLP.

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‘The team’s experience across different funds is a differentiating factor, and their pulse on the market is appreciated. They are able to advise when to push on certain terms and are practical in their approach. I also find they are solution driven and come prepared with options as needed. They are not aggressive and also maintain a rapport with fund counsel, which assists in our relationship building with the manager.’

‘Matt Keogh is calm under pressure and has a great deal of experience. He is particularly business minded and can communicate technical points simply and effectively.’

‘Clare Baker is a rising star and leads in her own right. She has deep knowledge and is confident and well versed when discussing issues. I value her advice and counsel and rely on her and the team considerably.’

‘Matt Keogh has provided a very strong, very responsive and engaging team which gives us consistently high level support on our investment funds transactions. He is available when needed and clearly understands how to respond to our needs with depth of knowledge and business understanding.’

‘Exceptional knowledge, service and responsiveness.’

‘Matt Keogh has unrivalled knowledge in all areas of asset management.’

‘Clare Baker is a standout associate who provides excellent client service and legal acumen.’

‘They are innovative and a pleasure to work with. They have a deep understanding of the asset management industry, regulations and policies which we need to navigate in Europe and abroad.’

Key clients

SoftBank Investment Advisors

Macquarie

Ardian

British Business Bank

Deutsche Bank

Partners Group

CVC Capital Partners

Oaktree

Neuberger Berman

PSP Investments

Property litigation Tier 4

Much of Linklaters LLP's work sits at the intersection with M&A, tax, construction (which includes cladding-related matters), and restructuring and insolvency. Chris Stevenson is a key contact for distressed real estate disputes. He has also taken the lead in various disputes connected with property portfolios. Other recent work includes disputes over leases and rent reviews. Former team co-head Frances Richardson joined Addleshaw Goddard in January 2020.

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PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Bloomberg L.P.

Global Restructuring Advisors LLC

Barclays Bank Plc

CBRE GI

Mediators Tier 5

Katie Bradford - Linklaters LLP Linklaters LLP partner consultant Katie Bradford has 20 years' experience as a mediator. She is highly rated for her expertise in high-value property-related disputes, but she is also experienced in mediating claims involving employment issues, pensions, and trusts and probate.

Transport finance and leasing Tier 5

The cross-practice nature of Linklaters LLP's asset finance team means that it can draw upon the broader expertise of the firm's private equity, capital markets, structured finance and restructuring teams. This ensures that it is well positioned to advise on the more complex and bespoke mandates in the market. The 'responsive and knowledgeable' team head Olga Petrovic is 'great to work with' and is noted for her 'solution-driven approach' on behalf of banks and lessors.

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Olga Petrovic and her team are excellent at transaction management and communication which helps the transactions run smoothly and efficiently.’

‘Olga Petrovic is great to work with.’

‘Linklaters has participated in the development of two standard ship financing term sheets for bilateral and syndicated transactions, both published by BIMCO. The drafting team consisted of representatives of shipping companies, ship financing banks and lawyers. Linklaters had a significant role in the development of the term sheets, providing expertise and insights into what is practice in the ship finance market and, as this is a prerequisite for standard BIMCO forms, what is fair and balanced.’

‘Olga Petrovic participated in the drafting team. Throughout the development work, Olga Petrovic’s expertise and experience with ship financing transactions was of great value in so far as she brought a huge amount of up-to-date knowledge to the group which was used to determine what was market standard and what was not sufficiently common in the market to be included in the term sheet.’

‘They are professionals, very knowledgeable and attentive.’

‘They have industry knowledge, fast response times, good team spirit, and a solution driven approach.’

‘Good partner presence on the deal, knowledge and capability.’

‘Olga Petrovic is commercial, organised and has a practical approach which is really valued on-deal. Always available to discuss and talk through matters – her experience really shows. She is also friendly and approachable which makes her an easy choice when choosing counsel to work with.’

Key clients

MUFG Bank

Turkish Airlines

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch

China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited

NatWest Markets

Investec

Hapag-Lloyd AG

Citibank N.A, London Branch

UBS Switzerland AG

China Orient Asset Management Holding Limited

SeaCube Container Leasing, Inc.

European Investment Bank

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Jones; Bertrand Andriani

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.

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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.

Check out www.linklaters.com/ukgrads.

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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 Robert Burt  photo Robert Burt Robert has particular experience in leveraged and acquisition finance, acting principally for…
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 Harry Eddis  photo Harry Eddis Harry has long-standing expertise in financial markets regulation, and regularly advises banks,…
 Oliver Edwards  photo Oliver Edwards Oliver advises leading banks and corporations on financing transactions globally, and has…
 Martin Elliott  photo Martin Elliott Martin is a senior real estate partner who advises on commercial property…
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 Simon Firth  photo Simon Firth Simon specialises in the structuring of derivative products, the provision of derivatives…
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 Adam Freeman  photo Adam Freeman Adam is a senior banking partner with over 20 years experience of…
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 John Pickett  photo John Pickett John is a senior Energy & Infrastructure lawyer and is one of…
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Number of other UK fee-earners : 900