Linklaters LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Linklaters LLP
ONE SILK STREET
LONDON
EC2Y 8HQ
England

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

Linklaters LLP is regarded by some clients as ‘the best team in the ECM markets globally’ and remains among the market leaders for ECM work. The team is equally adept on both bank and issuer-side mandates and boasts deep knowledge in primary and secondary offerings, ‘dual-track’ processes, direct listings, equity private placements, and governance and compliance advice – particularly across UK, US and EMEA markets. Leading US ECM lawyer Pam Shores and seasoned corporate practitioner James Wootton now lead the team as global co-heads of equities following John Lane's retirement in April 2023. Shores advises clients on the full lifecycle of their ECM transactions, from early stage fund raising through to IPOs and secondary market capital raisings, as well as on debt capital markets transactions. Wootton is a go-to name for the full range of corporate and ECM transactions, frequently advising global corporate and financial institutions. Elsewhere in the department, former practice co-head and renowned ECM lawyer Jason Manketo handles complex cross-border transactions in the space, whilst Tom Thorne comes recommended for both his listing rules driven transactions and general equity capital markets expertise.

Practice head(s):

Pam Shores; James Wooton

Other key lawyers:

Jason Manketo; Mike Bienenfeld; Tom Thorne

Testimonials

‘This is the best team in the ECM markets globally.’

 

Key clients

Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Burjeel Holdings

Anglo American

Oaktree Capital Management (OCM Luxembourg Chemical Tankers S.à r.l.)

Arrival

Goldfields

Ming Yang Smart Energy Group Limited

Kinnevik

Qatar Investment Authority

Munich Re

Barclays

Arison Holdings

Capital on Tap

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 1

Linklaters LLP’s ‘world-class’ and ‘extremely knowledgable’ competition group combines market leading expertise with pragmatic and commercial advice, possessing capabilities across the full scope of transactional, regulatory and contentious antitrust matters. The firm is highly sought after by some of the world’s largest companies for merger control filings, enjoying recent success handling Phase II investigations. The team earns further praise for the continued growth of the tech practice, winning Sony as a new client for market investigations and litigation work. The ‘knowledgable’ and ‘pragmatic’ Natura Gracia, a dual-qualified (English and Spanish) practitioner, is the London practice head, and advises on a wide range of competition matters, specialising in state aid and UK subsidies and regulated sectors. Anna Mitchell excels in complex UK and EU merger control, multi-jurisdictional deals and investigations. Co-head of the UK technology sector team Verity Egerton-Doyle has experience across advisory, investigatory and transactional aspects of competition law in the EU and UK and is noted for her experience with the CMA. The firm hired Bruce Kilpatrick from Addleshaw Goddard in autumn 2023. Former practice co-chair Nicole Kar  left the firm to join Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Natura Gracia

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Ford; Rachel Hetherington; Anna Mitchell; Helen Crossley; Verity Egerton-Doyle; Sima Ostrovsky; Neha Zamvar

Testimonials

‘Deep UK and EU experience. Range of PQE across team and able to resource. Thought leadership. Reliable. Hugely customer-focused. Highly responsive. Highly collaborative. World class. Down to earth.’

‘Natura Gracia, Anna Mitchell: easy to work with and you know you can trust their views. Bruce Kilpatrick – a very capable and technically brilliant individual.’

‘The Linklater’s team is extremely knowledgeable. They collaborate with local counsels outside of their jurisdictions and synthesize information. The group is very diverse (i.e., race and gender).’

‘The responsiveness of the group is different than competitors. The stand-out partners and associates are Anna Mitchell, and Neha Zamvar  They also work very well with other members of the company, whether it is to explain various filings or to receive information.’

‘Very approachable partners that I’ve worked with; knowledgeable and very strong case track record. Breadth of sector expertise.’

‘The team knows our sector very well, the advice is high quality, tailored to our needs and we get fantastic service.’

‘Natura Gracia is great – really knowledgeable, down to earth and pragmatic. She isn’t afraid to tell it like it is, and I trust her judgment.’

‘The team are very knowledgeable about their area of expertise, they understand the regulator and the approach that a CMA appeal may take and advise accordingly.’

Key clients

Viasat Inc

BGL Group Limited

National Grid

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

Teneo Restructuring Limited

Quantile Group Limited

Sony Music Entertainment/Sony Music Publishing

JD Sports Fashion PLC (CMA Investigation)

Accord Healthcare, Hg Capital, Intas Pharmaceuticals

Brookfield Super-Core Infrastructure Partners (Brookfield) and Ontario Teachers Pension Plan (OTPP)

Mitie plc

Anglo American

Thames Water

Anglian Water

Glencore

Novartis

Nestlé

UK Government

Work highlights

  • Advised Viasat, Inc. (“Viasat”), a US based global communications and satellite company, on the CMA merger control process for its acquisition of Inmarsat Group Holdings (“Inmarsat”), a UK based provider of global mobile satellite communications services.
  • Acted for BGL Group Limited/Comparethemarket.com in relation to its successful appeal of the CMA’s 19 November 2020 decision relating to BGL’s historic use of wide most-favoured nation clauses to the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
  • Acted for Quantile Group Limited and its subsidiaries (Quantile) on the sale of the Quantile group to London Stock Exchange Group plc (LSEG).

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 1

The ‘first-rate‘ offering at Linklaters LLP is known for its expertise in handling the gamut of PRA, FCA and BoE investigations and enforcement actions. The firm’s cross-border contentious footprint enables practitioners to handle complex multi-jurisdictional mandates. Alison Wilson heads up the global litigation, arbitration and investigations offering. Martyn Hopper is experienced in representing clients before regulators, tribunals and the higher courts. Nikunj Kiri is highly regarded both for his expertise in conducting internal investigations, and representing clients in FSA and FCA investigations and enforcement proceedings. Barrister Clare McMullen brings her experience as counsel in the Enforcement Division of the FCA to the team. Ben Packer regularly handles multiple parallel investigations by authorities into firms and individuals. Counsel Elizabeth Dowd is another key team member.

Practice head(s):

Martyn Hopper; Alison Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Nikunj Kiri; Clare McMullen; Ben Packer; Elizabeth Dowd; Sara Cody; Verity Kemp; Susana Cao Miranda

Testimonials

‘Extremely strong team – one of the best in the city. All round experience and capability.’

‘Clare McMullen – Great manner; strong regulatory background.’

‘Nikunj Kiri is very knowledgable.’

‘Alison Wilson has really developed into a leading player.’

‘As a firm, they are extremely competent and always choose the right lawyer for the job. The firm has a family feel about it, and they take the time to get to know their client. They don’t “clock watch”, they inspire confidence and don’t give the impression they only want the money to the detriment of the client.’

‘Susana Cao Miranda and Clare McMullen – inspire trust in their judgement, always take the time to ensure the client understands and they accept challenges. They are quick to respond, thorough, knowledgeable, friendly and extremely likeable. Despite their heavy schedules, they are never too busy to send time with their client.’

‘The team led by Alison Wilson is first-rate and appears to have very good depth.’

‘Alison Wilson is outstanding – very knowledgeable and pragmatic. Builds upon lots of real world experience, which means her judgement is spot on. Also has an excellent manner with clients.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a global financial institution in a PRA investigation in relation to its risk management systems and controls following the collapse of one of its fund clients.
  • Representing a large retail bank in an FCA investigation into its treatment of customers in arrears.
  • Representing a major UK challenger banks in parallel regulatory investigations conducted by the PRA and FCA in relation to its systems and controls and compliance with its disclosure obligations.

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

The ‘stellar’ financial regulation group at Linklaters LLP continues to showcase its capability in handling high-risk and multi-jurisdictional issues, from post-implementation MiFID II matters, CSRD, ESG and Brexit-related work to fintech and payments mandates, among others. Practice leader Martyn Hopper advises investment banks, retail banks, insurers, asset managers and listed companies on regulatory compliance work, and Michael Kent ‘provides exceptional advice’ on matters concerning MiFID II, market abuse and cross-border licensing and conduct issues. Peter Bevan acts for investment managers, private banks, hedge funds and private equity funds, with demonstrable experience advising on new product development and marketing, trading issues and regulatory structuring, while Harry Eddis stands out for his expertise in the fintech arena. Raza Naeem, who handles matters concerning ESG, wholesale and retail conduct, licensing and governance, is another key contact in the team. Carl Fernandes re-located to the firm’s Hong Kong office.

Practice head(s):

Martyn Hopper

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable of their subject matter, up-to-date and relevant market experience.’

‘Nikunj Kiri is great. He really understands our business and our needs, and he can adapt according to the problem. Very reactive and a true expert.’

‘Linklaters regulatory team continues to be stellar. They are at the top of their game in market structures and EU/UK financial services regulation, together with FCA compliance matters.’

‘When we required help with ESG and governance, Linklaters was able to provide partners with the appropriate expertise to advise and provide guidance.’

‘Consistently high quality.’

‘Michael Kent has an acute business mind, picking up on various nuances relating to our contracts with the London Stock Exchange. He has a great understanding of the industry, having been involved for over 20 years and have always provides exceptional advice.’

‘We always use Raza Naeem for ESG advice.’

Key clients

Visa Europe Limited

SMBC Bank International plc

Fnality International Limited

Masthaven Bank Limited

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Upper Mid-Market And Premium Deals, £750m+ Tier 1

Trusted by some of the biggest corporates in the market, the ‘fantastic’ lawyers at Linklaters LLP offer ‘strength in depth, excellent technical abilities and good teamwork’. Drawing on the expertise of specialist groups including tax, antitrust, employment and technology and working alongside a network of 30 international offices, the wide-ranging practice covers the full gamut of corporate work, advising buyers, sellers and financial advisers on public takeovers, joint ventures, corporate restructurings such as carve out transactions, as well as private M&A and equity capital markets work. Simon Branigan, global head of corporate and co-head of the firm’s bank sector has extensive experience in the mining, retail and consumer, oil and gas and financial services sectors. Aisling Zarraga, who serves as global co- head of Linklaters’ life Sciences and healthcare sector, leads on some of the largest M&A and joint venture transactions in the market, advising global pharmaceutical companies, healthcare services and biotech businesses, as well as companies from other industries, such as mining. Sought out by financial institutions such as PricewaterhouseCoopers is Tracey Lochhead , whose practice spans public and private M&A, joint ventures, loan portfolio sales and corporate restructurings. Ian Hunter  advises domestic and international clients on general corporate governance, M&A transactions and equity offerings, and has a  particular emphasis  on the natural resources and mining sector, as well as  UK Takeover-Code governed transactions and UK Listing Rules reform. James Inglis‘s practice covers public and private M&A, corporate governance advisory work and capital raisings, while global head of the technology group, Derek Tong, also assists clients with joint ventures, strategic investments and restructuring. Other key names to note include firmwide senior partner and chair Aedamar Comiskey, Iain Fenn  and Fionnghuala Griggs. The practice has seen a number of departures including Nick Rumsby (now Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton), Jessamy Gallagher   (now Paul Hastings LLP), Stuart Bedford (now KPMG Law) and Dan Schuster-Woldan  (now at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP); however, it remains a strong team.

Practice head(s):

Simon Branigan

Other key lawyers:

Aedamar Comiskey; Aisling Zarraga; Dan Schuster-Woldan; David Martin; Tracey Lochhead; Ian Hunter; James Inglis; Derek Tong; Fionnghuala Griggs; Michael Honan; Charles Turner; Namrata Shah; Matt Hearn; Iain Fenn

Testimonials

‘The team offers strength in depth, excellent technical abilities and good teamwork.’

‘Ian Hunter has excellent technical skills and is very responsive.’

‘Fantastic people that are easy to work with and are very commercial. They give clear advice and are very proactive.’

‘Dan Schuster-Woldan is easy going, knows his stuff and is very commercial and proactive. He brings in other people across the firm as and when needed. Namrata Shah is an excellent associate and very proactive.’

‘The team offers specialist expertise in partnership structures and supporting legal documentation. They are the best in the market. The team has outstanding global experience and access to major jurisdictions.’

‘Two stand out partners I have worked with include Ian Hunter and Nicola Rabson (employment). They both go above and beyond. They provide ongoing support, demonstrate integrity and strong values and provided invaluable advice consistently in very complex situations.’

‘James Inglis is a top quality technical lawyer. He is calm, considered, has the gravitas and inspires the confidence that comes with experience and knowledge. Matt Hearn is also a top quality technical lawyer and super bright and super hard working. He is extremely responsive and is making his mark as a new partner.’

Key clients

Tate & Lyle

Mondi

Hg

Carlyle

OTPP

Unilever

National Grid

AXA

Phoenix

Greene King

HSBC

PWC

Sainsburys

Vodafone

Jardine Matheson

Sony

Macquarie

Diageo

Capita

Cerberus

PSP

EY

Nestle

Work highlights

  • Advised HSBC Overseas (UK) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, on the sale of HSBC Bank Canada to the Royal Bank of Canada for CA$15.6 bn following a competitive auction process.
  • Assisted Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc, a US public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange that specialises in speciality diagnostics, on their £2.25bn acquisition of The Binding Site Group.
  • Advised National Grid plc in respect of its private M&A sale of a 60% stake in its gas transmission and metering business (NGG) to a consortium of long-term infrastructure investors.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 1

Linklaters LLP fields a ‘first-class’ practice that acts for leading banks on high-profile domestic and cross-border disputes, including issues that engage regulatory scrutiny. The ‘detail-oriented’ practice is able to draw on expertise within the financial regulatory, banking, capital markets, and structured finance practices at the firm, and assists clients on cutting-edge litigation. Forming the leadership of the team are Alison Wilson, a specialist in FCA enforcement investigations, s166 reviews, and internal investigations, and Christa Band, with a practice focusing on crisis management, regulatory investigations, and enforcement proceedings. Integral to the team, is Susana Cao Miranda, ‘one of the profession’s unrivalled stars’. Patrick Robinson has a broad practice with expertise in structure products, capital markets, and derivative disputes. At associate level, ‘first-rateMarc Lenzo and ‘partner in the makingRachel Metcalf are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alison Wilson; Christa Band

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Linklaters has a strength in depth in its team which is envied throughout the market. They have deep expertise in every aspect of banking litigation and can provide insight and strategic creativity in every type of dispute and issue that the sector can throw up.’

‘Susana Cao Miranda is one of the profession’s unrivalled stars – a tireless warrior for her client’s interests and supremely dedicated to their interests. Marc Lenzo and Rachel Metcalf are leaders of the field in waiting at the senior associate level.’

‘The Linklaters Banking litigation practice is first-class in terms of knowledge, work product and providing innovative solutions to key issues. The team is extremely detail oriented and are able to provide in-house counsel with an unparalleled level of service and support.’

‘Susana Cao Miranda is incredibly knowledgeable, engaged and detail oriented, and has all the qualities that one looks for when engaging a firm.’

Rachel Metcalf is a partner in the making and is able to assess a client’s needs and provide innovative solutions that are practical and reflect the level of quality that she possesses.’

Marc Lenzo is first-rate. He is always available, engaged and extremely dependable.’

Key clients

Société Générale

Equiti Capital UK Limited.

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

Work highlights

  • Defending against High Court proceedings concerning knowing receipt of fees and commissions from a client of the brokerage which is alleged to have defrauded investors.
  • Acted on an action brought by a number of claimants alleging that Société Générale and a number of other financial institutions engaged in anti-competitive conduct.
  • Acted for the joint administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration) in connection with a contested application before the High Court concerning the ability of LBIE to cure any continuing events of default under the ISDA Master Agreement.

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 1

Praised for its ‘faultless technical detail’ Linklaters LLP 's broad incentives practice is well placed to advise public and private companies on major corporate transactions, global compliance and the design and implementation of executive and all-employee incentive arrangements. Known for its expertise in the financial services sector, the group assists clients from a range of sectors including retail and transport infrastructure. Alexandra Beidas leads the team, with her varied case load including advising on major corporate transactions and senior management hires and terminations. Cara Hegarty is noted for her expertise in advising boards and senior executives on remuneration strategy. ‘Commercial player’ Bradley Richardson has deep experience of advising on the establishment and operation of employee and executive remuneration programmes, while Nancy Price frequently assists major companies with assessing and managing the risks involved with international share plans.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Beidas

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘All of the Linklaters team are technically excellent, very responsive and good to deal with.’

‘Cara Hegarty is technically excellent but at the same time very good at distilling complex concepts into simple language for stakeholders.’

‘The team provide a consistently high level of advice and I appreciate both the technical expertise and the practical lens.’

‘Alex Beidas and Cara Hegarty are both excellent – responsive, commercial and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Technical experts with a proactive approach’

‘Responsive and proactive in all the work that they do, solution orientated.’

‘Incredibly commercial advice and faultless technical detail; the team has a complete grasp of the complex EMEA remuneration regulatory environment.’

‘Ben McCarthy is a commercial player who always grasps the nuances and complexities of the situation and is able to respond and advise accordingly.’

Key clients

Montagu

Vistry Group Plc

Investec plc

Unilever

Phoenix Group Holdings plc

AUB Group Limited

Equiniti Group Limited

Hg Pooled Management Limited

Biffa Plc

Globalvía Inversiones S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising Brookfield on its £4bn acquisition of Homeserve.
  • Advising Vistry on its £1.25bn acquisition of Countryside Properties.
  • Advising Montagu on the acquisition of Emerging Portfolio Funds Research.

Employment > Employers Tier 1

Linklaters LLP is known for its handling of sensitive employment matters, including the ongoing management of whistleblowing allegations, renegotiations of senior employee contracts and unfair dismissal claims with criminal law elements. The team is led by Nicola Rabson, a specialist in conduct investigations and crisis management mandates. Also key within the team are Jean Lovett, who heads up the transactional and regulatory arm of the practice, and Sinead Casey, who has a strong litigation record and also handles investigations work. Counsel Emma Gray, whose experience includes advising on the employment aspects of fraud and executive-level terminations, is a further name to note.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Rabson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team works in an extremely collaborative and supportive style with their clients, whilst working with the client to form a strategic and common sense approach to any issue.’

‘Nicola Rabson is outstanding, a clear thinker, strategic, and direct but extremely supportive of the client in guiding them to the best outcome for them. Nicola is neutral, balanced and totally unflappable, and is definitely the person you would wish to have in your corner in a difficult situation.’

‘Nicola Rabson is top of the market. Her experience is vast and unmatched in this area.’

‘Nicola’s experience in the boardroom not just as an adviser but as an NED. This unique exposure to and experience gained gets clients to answers quickly.’

‘The depth of knowledge across the team, combined with an empathetic and thoughtful approach that always puts the clients’ needs first. I think the work they have done as a firm around diversity and inclusion really reflects in the very human approach they take. They are ‘Magic Circle’ with a human touch.’

‘Nicola Rabson and Sinead Casey are absolutely stand-out lawyers. They listen and think rather than posture. Very impressive individuals in a great team.’

‘The Linklaters employment team is extremely knowledgeable and direct with their advice. Straight to the point. Quickly understands complex issues. Aware of how to provide advice that can easily be shared with C-suite.’

‘Nicola Rabson and Nick Marshall are exceptional lawyers. Leaders in their field. They both distil technically specific advice that’s suitable for business users. Their market knowledge is very impressive.’

Work highlights

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 1

The ‘well-organised' and ‘very strong' pensions dispute resolution team at Linklaters LLP regularly deals with high-stakes and high-profile pensions litigation, with recent work involving long-running moral hazard cases brought by the Pensions Regulator and litigation dealing with rectification. The ‘very intelligentMark Blyth heads the large practice, in which the key names to note are the ‘excellentPhilip Goss, the ‘unflappableTom Kent, Gareth Craft, and Sarah Opie. Alongside regulatory disputes, the practice also provides support in cross-border pensions matters, professional negligence claims relating to pension schemes, and cases seeking clarity over historic scheme changes. The team is also adept at advising clients during mediation processes as an alternative to litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mark Blyth

Testimonials

‘The team has strength-in-depth and has resourced some incredibly demanding transactions to the extent that you wind-up surprised that they have other clients. New lawyers are introduced well to us as a client, and the core team remains in touch.’

‘The best pensions team in London. Technically very strong, very efficient, and with a good appreciation of what really matters.’

‘Mark Blyth is the best pensions litigator out there and can call on the full Linklaters armoury when needed.’

‘This team continues to be one of the strongest in the pensions litigation field. Led by Mark Blyth, they have some of the strongest experience in the market and always field a team who perform at the highest level.’

‘Mark Blyth stands out. With the benefit of a top-quality client base from their pensions team, Mark and his team deliver for their clients across the full-breadth of high-profile pensions cases.’

‘Mark Blyth is a very intelligent litigator with a good knowledge of technical pensions law, and  is ably assisted by the unflappable Tom Kent who has a bright future in this area.’

‘Mark Blyth has been supported by Phil Goss, Gareth Craft, and Sarah Opie. Phil Goss is excellent at reading the room and understanding how to manage stakeholders. Gareth Craft writes very well and his advice is always very well laid out and clear.’

‘Disciplined, considered and well-organised. They work hard at understanding the client’s perspective and then deploying their deep knowledge and experience to deliver for you.’

Key clients

Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund

Capital Cranfield Pension Trustees Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the trustee of the Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund in High Court litigation over ill-health early retirement pensions for thousands of members.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 1

Linklaters LLP‘s pensions practice namely advises employers, trustees, and insurance companies on the full spectrum of pensions work. The team is led by the ‘superb’ Claire Petheram, whose client roster includes such names as the Rolls-Royce UK Pension Fund and the British American Tobacco UK Pension Fund. Rosalind Knowles specialises in pensions investments, while Philip Goss is a key contact for de-risking work. John Sheppard and Sarah Parkin are also names to note for their general pensions work. Their recent activity includes advising on the cross-border sale of UK portfolio companies, ensuring that large pension schemes meet the new TCFD requirements.

Practice head(s):

Claire Petheram

Testimonials

‘Linklaters’ advice is clear, succinct, timely and helpful.’

‘John Sheppard understands our unique circumstances and particular challenges and tailors advice for our needs and audience.’

‘Always professional and adaptable. Problem solvers who understand the wider picture. Completely client-focused work.’

‘Claire Petheram is superb. She confidently and professionally handles all business and seems to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things pensions. She tactfully guides and steers the board, always allowing them to make the decisions but providing them with enough insight to ensure they make informed ones.’

Key clients

British Airways

XYZ Trustees Limited

The Trustee of the British Staff Superannuation Scheme

Sainsbury’s Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advised British Airways on a bespoke funding package which incorporates trustee and sponsor protections, a de-risking framework and the provision of security.
  • Advised the Trustee of a large DB scheme on the final buy-in of its £4bn liabilities and on a detailed framework leading to final buy-out.
  • Advised the Trustee of the Coal Scheme on the new TCFD requirements for large schemes, helping it navigate the various other legal and statutory requirements form an overlay.

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 1

Drawing on expertise across pure leveraged finance, corporate lending, structured finance and restructuring, the ‘extremely efficient and collaborative’ team at Linklaters LLP provides ‘high-quality work’ across the full range and life cycle of financial transactions to banks, funds and investment grade corporates. This versatile and holistic approach ensures that it is ‘able to deliver at an extremely high level on a hugely complicated breadth of transactions’, running the gamut from bank and bond structures, and TLBs, through to unitranche facilities and PIK financings. The ‘highly commercial’ Oliver Sceales  has deep traction among sponsors, which are appreciative of his ability to ‘deliver market leading terms in an incredibly user friendly and dynamic fashion’. Lauded for his ‘commercial acumen and constructive approach’, Pathik Gandhiis well respected by the lender community’, ensuring that he is a popular choice both on leveraged finance deals, where he is instructed bank side, as well as where the lender is a counterparty. Chris Medley excels in providing lender side advice on sponsor-backed leveraged deals, both for banks on large underwritten TLB transactions, as well as for credit funds on unitranche financings. Other recommended practitioners include seasoned banking lawyer Nick Syson , whose work at the vanguard of the market has included the development of the now well-established European cov-lite leveraged loan product; Rohan Saha, for his work across products for banks and credit funds; and David Irvine, who co-heads the leveraged finance practice alongside Sceales.

Practice head(s):

David Irvine; Oliver Sceales; Toby Grimstone; Oliver Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Nick Syson; Chris Medley; Andrew Jennens; Pathik Gandhi; Rohan Saha; Angus Graham; Thomas Waller; James Martin; Ian Callaghan; William Evans; Caroline Courtney; Sam Mahboubian; Jo Jimenez; Daniel Peach; Tarini Wettimuny; Nikhita Suria; Lizanne Blair; Atish Shah; Shao-Ling Angoh

 

Testimonials

‘This  extremely efficient and collaborative team provides high-quality work.’

‘They are able to deliver at an extremely high level on a hugely complicated breadth of transaction structures, timelines and negotiating dynamics.’

‘They are a market leading practice – technically excellent, powerfully commercial and extremely responsive.’

‘The highly commercial Oliver Sceales is at the forefront of the market, and delivers market leading terms in an incredibly user friendly and dynamic fashion.’

Pathik Gandhi is a trusted bank side adviser and is well respected by the lender community. We are grateful for Pathik’s commercial acumen and constructive approach.’

Key clients

Apollo

Arcmont

Bank of America

Barclays

BNP Paribas

Brookfield

Carlyle

Cerberus

Citibank, N.A.

Credit Agricole

CVC

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs PE

Hayfin

Hg

Hillhouse

HSBC Bank Plc

J.P. Morgan

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

PAI

Triton

Work highlights

  • Advised the arrangers, bookrunners and lenders on the €2,075m cov-lite TLB senior financing, €375m revolving credit facility and €470m second lien financing supporting CVC’s acquisition of Ekaterra B.V. from Unilever.
  • Advised Aristocrat Leisure Limited (Aristocrat) in relation to the financing of its recommended cash offer for the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Playtech plc.
  • Advised Citi and Société Générale as joint underwriters, mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners on a £4.1bn acquisition bridge facility for Schneider Electric SE.

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

Drawing upon an excellent overarching perspective of market trends and expertise across the credit spectrum, Linklaters LLP provides ‘technically excellent, powerfully commercial and extremely responsive’ advice to lenders and borrowers, including on general corporate lending facilities and corporate M&A financings. Oliver Edwards and Toby Grimstone are both popular figures among banks and borrowers as a result of their versatility, which includes considerable structured finance expertise – a skill set that Grimstone uses to particularly good effect on behalf clients in the commodities/mining sector. Ian Callaghan regularly acts for creditors and debtors on large-scale syndicated loan transactions, often involving bespoke structures, for both general working capital purposes, in addition to event-driven M&A. The team also includes Caroline Courtney, who is well-versed across a range of products, including as it relates to syndicated lending and asset finance.

Practice head(s):

Toby Grimstone; Oliver Edwards

Other key lawyers:

David Irvine; Oliver Sceales; Nick Syson; James Martin; Ian Callaghan; William Evans; Caroline Courtney; Chris Medley; Andrew Jennens; Pathik Gandhi; Rohan Saha; Angus Graham; Sam Mahboubian; Atish Shah; Daniel Peach; Shao-Ling Angoh; Tarini Wettimuny; Nikhita Suria; Lizanne Blair

Testimonials

The team provides technically excellent, powerfully commercial and extremely responsive.’ 

‘Excellent advice and top notch knowledge of the sector – can work to tight deadlines and have very good resourcing levels.’

 

Key clients

Barclays

Bank of America

Citibank, N.A.

Deutsche Bank

Credit Agricole

Goldman Sachs

HSBC Bank Plc

J.P. Morgan

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Nomura

Pemberton Asset Management

Arcmont

Hayfin

BNP Paribas

UBS

Work highlights

  • Advising Vodafone Group plc and Vodafone Germany on the €7.1bn syndicated term and revolving facilities to be used by a joint venture vehicle as part of, amongst other things, the funding for the voluntary takeover offer for shares in Vantage Towers AG.
  • Advised Brambles Limited, an international supply-chain logistics company, on its debut $1.35bn syndicated revolving credit facility incorporating a €300m swingline facility.
  • Advised a syndicate of banks in relation to the new £300m revolving credit facility for the Ocado Group as part of a £875m debt and equity raising.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 1

Co-led from London by Nick Le Masurier and Richard Hodgson, and with access to ‘a market leading, full service Magic Circle practice and global footprint’, Linklaters LLP is well-positioned to handle resource intensive big-ticket multi-jurisdictional restructurings/insolvencies for a varied range of stakeholders, including lenders, funds and corporates. The team has ‘fantastic breadth of and strength in depth’, advising across the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious work, ranging from formal insolvencies through to balance sheet restructurings and distressed M&A. The ‘very smart’ Matthew Harding recently advised the administrators of failed energy supplier Bulb Energy Limited in relation to its sale to Octopus Energy, implemented using a novel energy transfer scheme. The ‘proactive and smart’ Sarah Mook , who spent a considerable number years in-house at Goldman Sachs, has a ‘unique perspective on financing issues, lender behaviour and problem solving’, which she deploys very effectively for debtors on complex balance sheet restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Nick Le Masurier; Richard Hodgson.

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Jarvis; Richard Bussell; Tony Bugg; Sarah Mook; Matthew Harding; James Warboys; Euan Clarke; Susan Roscoe; Rory Conway; Chris Stevenson; Juliana Leite de Barros; Rowland Light; Liam Robinson; Damien Gomez; Max Krasner; Dionne Brown; Jason Heron;

Testimonials

‘Fantastic breadth of team and strength in depth.’

Very capable on the corporate side, given access to a market leading, full service Magic Circle practice and global footprint. Excellent customer service & responsiveness. Can manage the largest restructurings and insolvencies – one of the best for the largest cases.’

The proactive and smart Sarah Mook has a unique perspective on financing issues, lender behaviour and problem solving.’

Matthew Harding is a very smart and young insolvency partner. Quick to understand complex issues and provide very practical advice.’

‘Matthew Harding and Chris Stevenson are both very commercial and provide practical, solution focused advice. They are transaction focused and will propose ideas to deliver exceptional outcomes at pace.’

Key clients

Interpath Advisory

Teneo

Steinhoff

PwC

Tor Capital

National Westminster Bank PLC

KKR

Davidson Kempner

HSBC Bank PLC

Barclays Bank PLC

FTI

Citi Bank

JPMorgan

Lloyds Bank PLC

EY Parthenon

BAML

Alix Partners

Alvarez and Marsal

BAIN

SVP

Work highlights

  • Advise Steinhoff International Holdings and its subsidiaries on the extension and amendment of its c. €11bn debt, and related equity re-organisation.
  • Advised the Naviera Group in relation to its successful comprehensive c.€1bn corporate and debt restructuring.
  • Advising an ad hoc committee of bondholders in relation to the restructuring of the $10bn offshore indebtedness of Sunac China Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries.

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 1

Linklaters LLP has 'a market-leading debt capital markets practice with deep knowledge and expertise across all areas', and clients note that the firm is 'accessible, responsive and approaches everything with a commercial and solution-focused mindset'. The firm is particularly well known for equity-linked transactions, but it handles the full spectrum of DCM work. 'Highly trusted collaborator' Ben Dulieu leads the practice and is 'renowned by the market for being fair'. Richard O’Callaghan is highly recommended for equity-linked transactions and is 'a good man to have on your side in emerging markets deals'. He worked with Cecil Quillen (who is 'among the very best US capital markets partners and can always be relied on for his well-calibrated advice') to advise The OPEC Fund for International Development on a $1bn GMTN programme. Quillen and Carson Welsh to assist HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. with a $6.7bn SEC-registered exchange offer. Up-and-coming partners Arjun Muddu (who is 'professional, personable and always calm in his approach') and Yaroslav Alekseyev, who advised numerous Ukrainian issuers on debt issues following the invasion by Russia, are central to the practice. Richard Levy , who is a key adviser to Standard Chartered Bank, and Elaine Keats, who is 'very focused on understanding clients and their needs', are among the firm's standout partners, while Andrew Chaplin is among the many talented managing associates.

Practice head(s):

Ben Dulieu

Other key lawyers:

Cecil Quillen; Richard Levy; Amelia Rice; Vidhu Gupta; Richard O’Callaghan; Carson Welsh; Arjun Muddu; Andrew Chaplin; Declan McGrath; Vidhu Gupta; Jessica Andrew; Yaroslav Alekseyev; Elaine Keats

Testimonials

‘Linklaters has acted on our debt issuance programmes over a number of years. The advice and support received has been of consistently high quality, relevant to our requirements, and in every case has contributed to the success of our transactions. The team offer top-class capabilities in advising on each of the elements of debt issuance transactions, including on a cross jurisdictional basis.’

‘The Linklaters DCM team have an acute appreciation for our business priorities. In particular, the team understand that sustainable finance is a key focus for our business and has reliably supported us in implementing our sustainability agenda.’

‘Arjun Muddu has invested significant time and energy learning about the business, objectives and values of our organisation. He is professional, very personable and always calm in his approach. His ability to get to grips with the business requirement and provide a detailed assessment of the implications of a given scenario has made him a valued advisor and someone that we trust to provide reliable support and practical advice.’

‘Declan McGrath is professional and has a very positive and approachable manner. His responsiveness, attention to detail and pragmatic approach have been vital in identifying legal risks and his ability to collaborate effectively has made him an asset to our transactions.’

‘Elaine Keats manages a market leading team while still finding time to be very focused on understanding clients and their needs. Cecil Quillen is among the very best US capital markets partners and can always be relied on for his extensive knowledge and well calibrated advice.’

‘Linklaters are by some distance the most knowledgeable firm for equity-linked products (convertible and exchangeable bonds) – so much so that every underwriter bank on the street will always want them on their side, but also are happy to see them represent issuers as they understand the product and will focus on getting the deal done, not on arguing about points that do not matter.’

‘Ben Dulieu has solidified his leading market reputation, which is borne out of doing more deals than anyone else and being more knowledgeable about the product than anyone else, but also because he is extremely user-friendly and focused on getting the deal done in a collegiate manner.’

‘Richard O’Callaghan is tenacious and a good man to have on your side in emerging markets deals in particular.’

Key clients

NatWest Markets

Citi

UBS

HSBC

BNP Paribas

The World Bank

Anglo American

Unilever

Vodafone

Marex Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Credit Suisse International as sole conservation bond structurer and Credit Suisse International and Citigroup Global Markets Limited as joint bookrunners in relation to the World Bank’s Wildlife Conservation Bond, the first-of-its-kind, outcome-based, financial instrument that channels private sector investments to achieve conservation outcomes.
  • Acted for Anglo American Capital plc in connection with its issue of €745,000,000 4.750% Guaranteed Sustainability-Linked Notes due 21 September 2032 under its US$15bn Euro Medium Term Note Programme, guaranteed by Anglo American plc, the first euro denominated SLB by an investment grade corporate issuer and the first SLB to include a performance target relating to job creation.
  • Provided advice to BofA Securities, Goldman Sachs International and Morgan Stanley, as joint bookrunners, on FEMSA’s offering of €500 million 2.625% Senior Unsecured Exchangeable Bonds due 2026 exchangeable initially into ordinary shares of Heineken Holding N.V. by Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexican multinational beverage and retail company. This is one of the largest equity-linked transactions so far in 2023.

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 1

The derivatives and structured products group at Linklaters LLP has ‘deep technical knowledge allied to commercial understanding and acumen‘. The firm has deep experience across the board, but is a market-leader in key aspects of the market, among them synthetic securitisations and strategic equity derivatives. The firm is also a primary adviser to key industry body ISDA. ‘Whenever you speak with them, they give you their full attention and never give the impression that they’re pushed for time‘, say clients of the group led by Deepak Sitlani. That group contains some of the leading names in the market, among them Matthew Monahan, Toby Gray and David Phillips, who handle OTC and securitised derivatives, and provide ‘ensure timely and high-quality service‘; Doug Shaw focuses on OTC derivatives and regulatory change; derivatives specialists Simon Firth and Pauline Ashall, who are key advisers to ISDA; Mark Drury, who frequently advises on complex structured financial products and arrangements and fintech initiatives; and Mark Brown, who previously worked in the Tokyo office and led the Asian structured finance practice, now leads the Firm’s Islamic derivatives practice from London, advising on murabaha, mudaraba and wakala structures. The firm has some of the most experienced partners in their respective fields, including Vinay Samani, who has ‘supreme experience of repack capability‘, and Michael Voisin, who is is widely acknowledged to be an authority on financial markets law and practice.

Practice head(s):

Deepak Sitlani

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Monahan; David Phillips; Doug Shaw; Simon Firth; Mark Drury; Pauline Ashall; Mark Brown; Vinay Samani; Toby Gray; Michael Voisin; Leanne Banfield; Richard Hay; James Joseph; Michael Solaimani; Ruhi Patil; Phoebe Coutts; Suzanna Brunton

Testimonials

‘The team led by Vinay Samani has deep technical knowledge allied to commercial understanding and acumen.’

‘Vinay Samani – supreme experience of repack capability.’

‘They have a huge depth of knowledge and experience and provide sensible, commercial advice. The team are incredibly responsive and always make themselves available at short notice.’

‘Individual members of the team are empathetic and friendly. They must have a large number of active matters going on any given day, but whenever you speak with them, they give you their full attention and never give the impression that they’re pushed for time.’

‘Linklaters has a very broad and deep understanding of both technical and practical issues that face the market, and their role as counsel to ISDA on many derivatives matters gives them invaluable insight.’

‘Deepak Sitlani is an excellent leader of the Linklaters team, not only being an excellent technical lawyer and practical adviser, but also in the way he runs his team and treats his associates.’

‘Extremely strong practice with A1 industry knowledge and experience. The team has worked on many innovative “first to market” products and have a proactive, best foot forward attitude. In particular I am impressed with the calibre of the junior associates in comparison to peer firms.’

‘I regularly work with David Philips, Leanne Banfield and James Joseph. They are a key partner to our business, having a deep understanding of the products and commercial challenges. The team really goes the extra mile to deliver best in class service and legal product.’

Key clients

International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc. (ISDA)

The International Securities Lending Association (ISLA)

Work highlights

  • Drafting and finalising the new 2022 Verified Carbon Credit Transactions Definitions and related template confirmations for physically settled spot, forward and options contracts for ISDA.
  • Advised the International Securities Lending Association (ISLA) on the drafting of their The Future of the Securities Lending Market: On the Cusp of Transformation White Paper, the third in the series. This paper considered how technological change, in the form of digitalisation and common data representations, may provide an opportunity and framework to standardise and streamline inefficiencies in legacy pro-cesses and practices.

Finance > Securitisation Tier 1

Linklaters LLP has one of the deepest benches in London for securitisation, and one of the broadest practices in terms of deal types and asset classes. It handles deals backed by novel assets, as well as  NPL, RMBS, CMBS, CLO, credit card and auto loan transactions. The firm has ‘top team with strength through the experience levels, is always well organised, and runs deals smoothly, being ahead of their peers in terms of planning a transaction and delivering on time‘. Mark Nuttall and standout securitisation partner Julian Davies lead the practice. Davies led a team that acted for Sixth Street Partners on its agreement with Real Madrid C.F. and sports company Legends on a deal backed by stadium operations at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Adam Fogarty focuses on the acquisition, disposal and financing through the public and provide securitisation markets of financial assets including residential and commercial mortgages. He worked with newly promoted partner Lucy Sidey to assist Pacific Investment Management Company LLC on the acquisition of a portfolio of €1.32bn of non-performing loans secured over real estate in Cyprus from Hellenic Bank. Andrew Vickery played a key role in advising advised TwentyFour Asset Management on a £300m UK buy-to-let RMBS. Also recommended are the ‘super-focussedAlexander Shopov; RMBS, ABS, covered bonds, and utility securitisation partner Reza Taylor; Thomas Quoroll, who is ‘unflappable and great at managing deals‘; and newly promoted partner Aditi Srivastava.

Practice head(s):

Mark Nuttall; Julian Davies

Testimonials

‘Response times. Breadth of coverage. They go far to make sure you are covered where you need it.’

‘Alex Shopov – super-focused, drives himself and team to deliver the right result for the client.’

Tom Quoroll – unflappable, great at managing deals.’

‘Top team with strength through the experience levels. Always well organised and run the deals smoothly, being ahead of their peers in terms of planning/managing a transaction and delivering on time. The senior lawyers are on top of legal issues at market leaders in terms of technical skills.’

‘Tom Quoroll – calm under pressure, excellent judgement and draftsman. Liked by everyone on every deal. Excellent choice for brokering a challenging deal with difficult parties. He leads a team from the front. Alex Shopov – top brain and technical lawyer, able to come up with a solution to any problem. Totally committed to delivering a quality product for his clients. Limitless enthusiasm.’

‘Fiona Cotter – always excellent on every matter. Hardworking and smart. No ego. Aditi Srivastava – can turn her hand to anything. Always willing to take on a challenge and a delight to work with.’

‘Although Linklaters is a very large London firm, the team maintains a small company feel, with an engaging and personal approach to their clients.’

Key clients

Morgan Stanley & Co. Limited

TwentyFour Asset Management (24AM)

Goldman Sachs International

Pacific Investment Management Company LLC (PIMCO)

Sixth Street Partners

Amitra Capital Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of CPPIB Credit Investments Inc.)

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 1

The London office of Linklaters LLP frequently coordinates high-value matters alongside strong local teams in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, CIS, andTurkey. Particularly adept in project finance and development, energy and infrastructure matters, and a broad range of financing structures, the firm is widely regarded as one of the strongest global players in emerging markets transactions. Head of the Africa group Andrew Jones is a key figure in the London office. He acted for BHP Group Limited in its multi-phased investment in the Kabanga Nickel Project, one of the largest development-ready nickel sulphide deposits in the world, located in the north-west of Tanzania. Finance partner Narayan Iyer is head of the firm's busy India group. His recent work includes assisting Standard Chartered Bank Limited with the $700m financing for Adani Transmission Ltd subsidiaries to fund transmission projects in Gujarat and Maharashtra. Global energy sector leader James McLaren returned to London from Hong Kong in 2023 but remains active in projects in China. He was part of a team that acted for lenders on BlackRock Real Assets’ NT$9.406bn ($328m) refinancing of a portfolio of 186MW of solar assets in Taiwan with an 18-year green loan facility. Global head of Islamic finance Neil Miller, who works in both Dubai and London, is a key adviser on sharia-compliant instruments. Head of the global energy and infrastructure group Daniel Tyrer is also recommended.

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 1

The investment funds practice at Linklaters LLP is led by Matthew Keogh, and acts for top sponsor and investor clients on cross-jurisdictional funds, with particular experience of pan-European real estate funds. It continues to see an uptick in the ESG funds space and sustainability issues pertaining to real estate funds, as well as advising on the structuring, formation, taxation and regulation of all types of alternative investment funds. Keogh is experienced in open-ended real estate, private equity, credit and impact funds and is supported by Rahul Manvatkar, who handles transactional and advisory work relating to open- and closed-ended investment funds, both onshore and offshore. Clare Baker is another key practitioner, who is recommended for structuring, marketing and establishment of funds. At the more junior end of the team, Ben Jennings, Julia Vergauwen and Gareth Crimp are especially recommended. Jennings advises on real estate and private equity funds and venture capital, Vergauwen is a key contact for ESG work, and Crimp handles transactional and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Keogh

Testimonials

‘Matt Keogh is very commercial and understand practicalities of legal positions. Very responsive and hands-on’

‘Ben Jennings has excellent knowledge on market terms. Very responsive and hands-on.’

‘Broad team with deep knowledge of the market across strategies.’

Key clients

Aermont Capital

Ardian

Barings

CBRE Investment Management

Cerberus

Hines

LaSalle Investment Management

NZ Super Fund (Investor practice)

Prologis

Work highlights

  • Advised Aermont on the establishment and fundraise of their fifth-generation opportunistic real estate fund, Aermont Capital Real Estate Fund V, targeting investments within Europe.
  • Advised Aermont Capital on the establishment of PGV SCSp, a long-term vehicle created to acquire and grow Pinewood Group.
  • Acted as fund counsel with respect to Barings Real Estate European Value Add Fund II.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure: M&A and acquisition financing Tier 1

A firm fielding ‘very strong partners across the board’, Linklaters LLP‘ infrastructure practice is well positioned to act on a significant volume of high-profile deals, possessing wide-ranging expertise pertaining to all asset classes, with notable specialisms in renewables and emerging infrastructure. The group demonstrate an even spread of big ticket mandates both domestically and internationally.  Michael Honan leads the practice and is highlighted for his experience in wind assets and strong track record in energy-to-waste and water matters, whereas co-head David Martin is at the forefront of the group’s digital infrastructure offering, particularly in relation to towers, fibre and data centres. Ross Schloeffel focuses on advising funds and strategics on the financing and disposal of a variety of assets, while the arrival of John Guccione, previously of Latham & Watkins, bolsters the M&A capabilities of the group and helps bridge the gap left by the departures of M&A partner Jessamy Gallagher  and finance specialist Stuart Rowson to Paul Hastings LLP

Practice head(s):

Michael Honan; David Martin

Other key lawyers:

Ross Schloeffel; John Guccione; Richard Ginks; Chris Boycott (M&A)

Testimonials

‘The service is tailor-made. We have had access to multiple specialists with wide ranging expertise.’

‘Richard Ginks was very present in the project, great expertise in the market showing broad knowledge in infra, projects, finance.’ 

‘The Infra M&A team at Linklaters is very strong and consistently delivers excellent client service to us on our renewable projects. There is a good depth of knowledge across all levels of associates and strong partner involvement throughout a deal. Good ability to take both a sponsor and lender perspective.‘

‘Very experienced in infrastructure transactions and in particular working for financial sponsors.’

‘Michael Honan has been an excellent relationship partner and assisted us with a number of transactions. He is extremely approachable, available and easy to work with. He has worked hard to get to know our institution and what is important to us.’

‘ Chris Boycott is extremely knowledgeable and able to distill that knowledge in a way that is easy for his clients to comprehend.’

‘Great team – huge experience across sectors. We always know we get a great service when using Linklaters. By having both breadth across multiple sectors, and also depth within a particular market, the team has the unique ability to act on large infrastructure transactions to provide a great full service.’

‘Very strong partners across the board. Julian Davies must be the most knowledgeable structure finance lawyer in the city. 

Key clients

Ardian

Australian Super

Axium

BlackRock

British Government

Brookfield

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

CK Infrastructure

Cory Riverside Energy

DigitalBridge

Equitix

Eurostar

First Sentier Investors

Global Infrastructure Fund

Global Renewables Fund

Globalvía

Green Investment Group

IFM Investors

InfraVia Capital Partners

I Squared Capital

JP Morgan

Macquarie Group

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure

National Grid

Oaktree

Olympia Odos Concession Company

Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS)

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (OTPP)

Ørsted Wind Power

Partners Group

PSP

SIRO

USS

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advised Ørsted on the £3bn divestment of a 50% stake in its 1.3 GW Hornsea 2 Offshore Wind Farm to a consortium comprising AXA IM Alts and Crédit Agricole Assurances.
  • Advised OTPP on its acquisition of a 25% minority stake in electricity transmission network business, SSEN Transmission from SSE plc for cash consideration of £1.465bn and on related arrangements.
  • Advised National Grid in respect of its £4.2bn sale of a 60% stake in its gas transmission and metering business to a consortium of long-term infrastructure investors.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure: Project finance and development Tier 1

Linklaters LLP remains one of the pre-eminent forces in the infrastructure market, possessing a deep bench of partners to advise on the whole financing and development piece of large-scale, cross border deals. Large multinationals regularly rely on the firm’s project finance team on significant fibre rollouts, while bodies such as the UK government turn to the team for advice on drafting critical funding frameworks such as a novel Regulated Asset Base (RAB) funding model for new nuclear projects. Richard Ginks and Daniel Tyrer co-lead the team, with the former singled out for his work with sponsors and lenders engaged with large fossil fuel developments, and the latter a revered specialist across oil and gas fianncing and regulatory work. Richard Coar uses his experience and expertise at the helm of the firm’s energy department to advise on the financing and development of a range of asset types, including digital infrastructure and alternative energy builds, while newly promoted partner Maryam Adamji is well-reputed for her energy transition and energy regulation acumen. Both John Pickett  and Ian Andrews retired from the practice in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Tyrer; Richard Ginks

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Mirfa International Power Company PJSC

VINCI Concessions SAS

The Ministry of Defence

Teneo Restructuring Limited

Macquarie Bank Limited

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

Cory Riverside Energy Finance Limited

Partners Group

Greenlink Interconnector Limited

Meridiam

Vodafone

SIRO

Olympia Odos Concession Company

Work highlights

  • Advising the developer and sponsors in relation to the cap and floor regulatory regime and project financing for the Greenlink Interconnector project between Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland and subsequently advising the Sponsor team comprising of Meridiam, Allianz Capital Partners and Kansai Electric Power on the £2.4bn financing of the NeuConnect interconnector project.
  • Advising BEIS in relation to four UK based nuclear projects (Wylfa, Moorside, Sizewell and Bradwell) and the wider nuclear policy for delivery of nuclear new build since November 2017.
  • Advising OXG Glasfaser and its shareholders, Vodafone and Altice, on the up to EUR 4.6bn financing of an optical fibre network roll-out in Germany.

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

Linklaters LLP‘s mining and minerals practice is praised as a ‘deeply experienced team with broad experience across key jurisdictions’ and acts on critical mandates encompassing corporate M&A, financing, regulatory and compliance issues, alongside leveraging the firm’s wider specialist expertise in antitrust, regulatory, tax, IP and environmental law to provide a full-service mining offering. Advising on clients’ ESG strategies remains a core focus for the group, including decarbonisation-related M&A, sustainability-linked financings and strategic investments in ‘green metals’ required for the energy transition. Toby Grimstone co-heads the department alongside James Inglis  and Robert Cleaver. Corporate partner and fellow co-head Aisling Zarraga specialises in public and private M&A, joint ventures and equity issues. Ian Hunter advises mining companies on major M&A transactions and equity offerings, whilst Andrew Jones has over 20 years of experience of developments, acquisitions and financings of mining-sector projects in Africa.

Practice head(s):

Toby Grimstone; James Inglis; Rob Cleaver; Aisling Zarraga

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Deeply experienced team with broad experience across key jurisdictions. The individual lawyers are smart and solutions-focused.’

‘Andrew Jones and Dominic De Gama Campos. Both are imaginative and adept at finding commercial solutions to hard problems.’

‘The team has great in depth experience across all the key issues, but in natural resources it’s important to bring this together with experience of how these issues come together in a sector context as well as a wide range of jurisdictions. Linklaters has this depth and breadth of experience which adds to the quality of advice.’

‘I would highlight Aisling Zarraga at partner level who is not only responsive but thoughtful in bringing together many aspects involved in decision making in which she makes sure she seeks commercial input as well as the legal aspects. She therefore has a really strong following of those that trust her judgement. Emma Simpson at associate level is also a great talent – showing great judgement on all the issues she handles alongside clear diligence, commitment and integrity.’

‘High level of expertise and quality of advice differentiates this team from others out there. Highly professional and collaborative. Have been involved in highly complex transactions, and thanks to the team, we delivered great outcomes for clients. Pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Glencore

Anglo American plc

BHP Group Limited

Metinvest B. V

De Beers UK Limited

Silfin NV

Hochschild Mining plc

Nordea Bank Abp

Gold Fields Limited

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Anglo American Capital plc (a wholly owned subsidiary of Anglo American plc) in connection with its issue of €745m 4.750% Guaranteed Sustainability-Linked Notes due 21 September 2032 under its US$15bn Euro Medium Term Note Programme, guaranteed by Anglo American plc.
  • Linklaters advised Glencore on the sale of one of its mining operations in Peru to Alpayana S.A. The sale is an important strategic milestone for Glencore, as part of its exit from mine and project investments along the ‘Silver Belt’ in South America. In October 2021, Glencore agreed to sell the Sinchi Wayra and Illapa silver-zinc-lead mines in Bolivia.
  • Linklaters advised BHP on its multiphased investment in the Kabanga Nickel Project, one of the largest development-ready nickel sulphide deposits in the world, located in the north-west of Tanzania.

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

Global head of energy and infrastructure Daniel Tyrer heads up the team at Linklaters LLP alongside energy and utilities specialists Chris Staples and Richard Coar. The team is vastly experienced advising its noteworthy client portfolio on the gamut of matters across the sector. Its expertise encompasses waste-to-energy and energy transition projects of significant scale. Further, it advises on mandates involving green hydrogen, battery storage, offshore wind and CCUS, which is a particular focus of Charlotte Morgan‘s. Battery projects have been a particular focus of Francesca Matthews. The team’s projects are frequently multijurisdictional in nature and of value in the billions; Jeremy Gewirtz often handles high-profile work. Maryam Adamji was promoted to partner in May 2022 and has experience advising on complex matters ranging from the development of interconnectors to the development of nuclear plants. Former co-head of the offering John Pickett retired in the same month. Katie Williams left to Ashurst in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Tyrer; Chris Staples; Richard Coar

Key clients

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Ørsted Wind Power A/S

Green Investment Group

Cory Riverside Energy Finance Limited

SSE Thermal Generation Holdings Limited and Equinor New Energy Limited

Meridiam

Greenlink Interconnector Financing Limited and Partners Group AG

Private equity arm of Goldman Sachs

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

Matthew Cowlishaw, Matthew Smith and Daniel Butters of Teneo Restructuring Limited (“Teneo”)

Work highlights

  • Advised the sponsor team comprising of Meridiam, Allianz Capital Partners and Kansai Electric Power on the financing of the NeuConnect interconnector project.
  • Advised Ørsted on the £3bn divestment of a 50% stake in its 1.3 GW Hornsea 2 Offshore Wind Farm to a consortium comprising AXA IM Alts and Crédit Agricole Assurances.
  • Advised Cory in relation to the financing and development of the Riverside 2 energy-from-waste facility which will be located adjacent to Cory’s existing EfW facility in South London.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Water Tier 1

The full-service water offering at Linklaters LLP is ‘always current on regulatory and financing developments’, handling matters of financing, project development and M&A on the transactional front, including advising on DPC projects. The team also provides regulatory and competition advice and represents clients facing investigations by Ofwat and the Environment Agency in addition to commercial disputes. Leading the team are Julian Davies, a highly experienced finance specialist; head of structured finance and regulatory expert Mark Nuttall; and Natura Gracia, who handles competition matters and regulatory investigations. Elisabeth Johnson supports water companies in the lead-up to price reviews, while managing associate Emma Crawford advises on infrastructure and utilities financing. James McGivern departed the firm in February 2023, taking up a partner position at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

Practice head(s):

Julian Davies; Mark Nuttall; Natura Gracia

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has broad strength from its extensive work in the water sector over a long period, and more widely in utilities, which means it is always current on regulatory and financing developments.’

‘This is hugely beneficial when considering potential scenarios, identifying options and formulating plans that are feasible for execution.’

‘As always, Mark Nuttall was an invaluable sounding board as well as heading a team that gets execution done without fuss.’

‘In Emma Crawford, we are very lucky to have someone who supports us in all financing aspects, with an approach of helping to find solutions, and ensuring that execution is delivered as expected, usually within tight timeframes.’

‘Good experience in the sector and of the company’s debt documentation mean that we have received very good advice on a whole range of different topics.’

‘They always pursue possibilities to the limit and provide good ideas and solutions that have helped us to challenge and innovate.’

‘They really understand our business and legal framework and use this well to help us improve and develop.’

Key clients

Southern Water Services Limited

Thames Water Utilities Limited

Yorkshire Water Services Limited

Welsh Water

ING Bank NV

CK Infrastructure Holdings

Portsmouth

Assured Guaranty

Pennon

Northumbrian

SES Water

South East Water

Work highlights

  • Advised Thames Water Utilities Limited on the commitment by the ultimate shareholders of Thames Water to provide an equity injection of £500m in March 2023, with a further commitment in respect of a path to funding an additional £1bn and on financial resilience planning and strategy.
  • Advised CK Asset Group, CK Infrastructure Group and CK Hutchinson Group on a sale of a 25% stake in Northumbrian Water Group to KKR.
  • Advised two water and sewage undertakings in relation to the 2024 price review, which will cover the regulatory period 2025 to 2030.

Real estate > Environment Tier 1

Linklaters LLP‘s environment team, noted as being ‘one of the firms with the most experience in the climate change sector’, is led by Vanessa Havard-Williams. It has a strong reputation for its capabilities advising international and national corporates, financial institutions, credit agencies, governments and social enterprises on complex and high-value transactional matters, as well as advisory and litigation work across the sector. Managing associate Iyesogie Igiehon stands out for her work advising on environmental and climate-related aspects of significant M&A. Rachel Barrett stands out in the team for her expertise advising on complex ESG matters; she co-leads the firm’s global, focused practice in this area. Chris Staples is noted for his wealth of experience on the voluntary carbon market’ and has a focus on climate change and emissions trading matters in particular. Carbon transaction work is also an area of expertise for ‘excellent’ counsel Kerry Liebenberg.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Havard-Williams

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘One of the firms with the most experience in the climate change sector, unique in their ability to advise across a range of issues including project development, regulatory compliance, derivatives and funds.’

‘Chris Staples has a wealth of experience on the voluntary carbon market and an ability to think laterally around issues which inevitably arise in a nascent market.’

‘Kerry Liebenberg is excellent at managing transactional work.’

Key clients

IETA and ISDA

INEOS

Nestle

Europe Realty

Barclays

Unilever

NatWest

Various Mining Companies

Carrier Global

Cerberus

CK Infrastructure Holdings

Nestle Nespresso

Work highlights

  • Advising IETA in relation to the development of global market standard trading documentation for both the primary and the secondary voluntary carbon markets.
  • Advising Nestle on a broad range of ESG matters including carbon capture projects, disclosures and reporting, litigation and greenwash risk, and the channelling of financings into sustainable agriculture projects.
  • Advising Ineos on its planned €3bn “Project One” investment to expand its chemical production facilities in Antwerp, which will fund the construction of a new ethane cracker unit in Antwerp.

Risk advisory > Corporate governance Tier 1

Linklaters LLP acts for top-tier multinational clients on a range of governance and ESG matters and has recently been handling a large number of ESG and sustainability-linked loans and financings for high-profile banks. It draws on a range of practice areas to handle regulatory, human rights, governance and risk management issues. Vanessa Havard-Williams heads the practice and is a key contact for environmental and climate change matters, while Alexandra Beidas is recommended for remuneration matters, ESG and diversity issues. Other key contacts include Rachel Barrett, who also deals with ESG, Tom Cassels, who handles crisis and reputation management, Raza Naeem, who advises on regulatory and governance matters in the finance sector, and managing associate Aileen Buchanan, who is experienced in matters of disclosure.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Havard-Williams

Testimonials

‘The Linklaters team has a practical approach and depth of experience, supporting corporate governance from the boardroom through to operational level across organisations. In my experience, they work closely with their clients, bringing in expertise where it’s needed. They are responsive and sensitive in dealing with delicate issues.’

‘Vanessa Havard-Williams is a highly experienced lawyer with experience in corporate governance, particularly as this relates to ESG.’

‘Extremely well organised and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

IETA and ISDA

Nestle

Barclays

Various mining industry companies

Syngenta Group (HK) Holdings Company Limited

Various asset managers (names are confidential)

Republic of Chile

Banco do Brasil

KKR

Ageas

Tauron

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Unilever

Work highlights

  • Advising IETA in relation to the development of global market standard trading documentation for both the primary and the secondary carbon markets, together with a market guidance document for use with the draft forms of trading documentation.
  • Undertook a detailed review of Unilever’s ESG-related disclosures and advised on incoming EU, UK and US ESG regulations, climate litigation and other ESG matters.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 1

Equally adept at handling contentious and non-contentious mandates, the ‘exceptional’ data privacy team at Linklaters LLP routinely handles significant global compliance projects, regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, and high-profile data breaches for an impressive roster of clients. ‘Senior statesmanRichard Cumbley oversees the practice and has a strong contentious practice, handling large-scale privacy litigations and appeals before regulatory authorities. Fielding a deep and accomplished bench of specialists, the team also includes Georgina Kon, who takes point on cybersecurity matters and handles international cyber and privacy-related regulatory investigations, Harriet Ellis, an experienced litigator with a particular focus on collective actions, as well as Greg Palmer, who was elevated to the partnership in May 2023. At the associate level, the ‘excellent and extremely knowledgeablePatrick O’Connell acts for public bodies and private companies on data management, and has particular expertise in gambling-related privacy issues. Counsel Alaister Johnson is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Richard Cumbley

Other key lawyers:

Georgina Kon; Alaister Johnson; Patrick O’Connell; Ben Packer; Peter Church; Harriet Ellis; Greg Palmer

Testimonials

‘Linklaters have great global reach and are pushing outwards in terms of the services they are offering. They seem to be adding a lot of strength in depth in this field at the moment. Senior statesmen like Richard Cumbley are backed up by a great generation of new and emerging talent.’

‘The people are great – very accessible, excellent client management and pragmatic advice.’

‘Patrick O’Connell is excellent and extremely knowledgeable. His advice is always on-point and commercially minded. Patrick is approachable, friendly and very professional. Cannot recommend Patrick enough.’

‘Heavyweight firm with an exceptional data privacy team – suitable for the heaviest data and privacy litigation.’

‘Harriet Ellis – seasoned partner, with strong litigation experience, good at running a team and a delight to work with. Ben Packer – commercial disputes partner with data protection expertise. Peter Church and Richard Cumbley – well-respected data protection specialist partners.’

‘What sets Linklaters LLP apart is its comprehensive understanding of the ever-evolving data protection landscape and its ability to provide tailored solutions to clients’ specific needs.’

‘The standout quality that sets them apart from competitors is their unwavering commitment to excellence in data protection and privacy practices. Their deep knowledge and understanding of data protection laws, coupled with their meticulous attention to detail, ensure that clients receive exceptional legal advice and representation.’

‘Patrick O’Connell is an exceptional data protection lawyer. He has encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, guidance and cases, but also understands businesses extremely well. This allows Patrick to provide first-rate advice to clients with a true commercial understanding. He is also a lovely chap.’

Key clients

Experian

Work highlights

  • Advised Experian, a leading global information service company and credit ratings agency, on one of the most significant UK data protection appeals to date.
  • Advising a major social media platform on regulatory engagement with the UK Information Commissioner and related privacy civil litigation.
  • Advising one of the world’s largest temporary staffing providers: on a ransomware attack affecting its business in more than 15 countries.

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

A diverse mix of financial institutions, payment servicers providers and disruptive start-ups turn to Linklaters LLP for its ‘excellent guidance through the relatively uncharted waters of fintech’. The team is especially well regarded for its expertise across blockchain, the digitialisation of financial markets and products, payment systems, investment in fintech, and data and tech investigations, enforcement and litigation proceedings. Global practice co-head Julian Cunningham-Day is equipped to advise on the commercial and regulatory aspects of complex collaborations, while fellow global co-head Harry Eddis is an authority on novel ways to deliver payments services. Fionnghuala Griggs, also a global co-head, frequently advises on M&A deals in the fintech arena. UK head of fintech Richard Hay’s workload includes international projects involving digital securities, while Michael Voisin is noted for his wide-reaching work on derivatives-related activities. Ben Packer, Lisa Chang and Sam Quicke are further key contacts at the firm.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Michael Voisin; Lisa Chang; Ben Packer; Sam Quicke; Katharine Collard; Olivia Murphy; So Yeon Um; Arjun Lakhani

Testimonials

‘The team has lawyers with strong payments experience and provides timely client updates on relevant issues.’

‘Jean Price provides great practical advice.’

The team is excellent at guiding a client through the relatively uncharted waters of fintech. They gave first class advice that presciently anticipated many of the risks that materialized with the turbulence of the crypto market.’

Richard Hay is a stand out lawyer. He is able to explain complex concepts and risks in simple language. He is also able to accompany clients well during the development phase of a fintech project when the client is moving fast, breaking things and experimenting.’

‘Exceptional service levels and engagement from day one. They are always on hand and provide the best service possible. Synced and operating at the highest levels, at all times.’

Key clients

Fnality International Ltd, Fnality UK Ltd

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR –The UN Refugee Agency)

International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc.

Wise

Work highlights

  • Continuing to act on a project for Fnality International Ltd to develop a new global wholesale payment system based on blockchain technology.
  • Advised Revolut on a number of matters, including advising on its series E funding round led by SoftBank.

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

Linklaters LLP has experience advising on a broad range of IT matters, from outsourcing and cloud to developing fields, such as AI, digital regulation and med-tech. In the telecoms arena, the team is well-versed in communications and digital infrastructure issues relating to towers, fibre, subsea cables, data centres and digital advertising. Julian Cunningham-Day spearheads the global technology, fintech and telecoms sector groups and has considerable experience advising on commercial and regulatory telecoms and IT projects, while David Martin focuses on digital infrastructure transactions spanning all key asset classes. Georgina Kon handles software licensing issues and contentious mandates, while Richard Cumbley acts for multinationals on regulatory and sourcing work, with support from Iain Fenn.

Practice head(s):

Julian Cunningham-Day; David Martin; Georgina Kon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Best in class, leading industry knowledge and experience. Linklaters has delivered the most consistent level of service in our industry over the years. They always prove themselves to be first rate and commercial in every aspect of our interactions.’

‘They go above and beyond, exceeding client expectations.’

‘David Martin has been a trusted advisor for years and continues to provide best in class service to our organization. David remains our go-to counsel for high value complex industry specific transactions.’

Key clients

Vodafone Group Services Limited

Ardian Investment UK Limited

InfraVia Capital Partners

Fnality International Ltd

Mobile Telecommunications Company Saudi Arabia KSC (Zain)

DigitalBridge Investments LLC

Teneo

Vodafone Group Services Limited

CK Hutchison Holdings Limited

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Viasat Inc

Work highlights

  • Advising InfraVia on the commercial arrangements for a joint venture with Virgin Media 02 to build out a new fibre network to deliver broadband to 7m homes
  • Advising several major online platforms on new content regulation, including support with compliance programmes and regulatory engagement.
  • Advising on the high-profile IT arrangements around the first ever Energy Transfer Scheme by which Bulb Energy was transferred in administration to Octopus.

Transport > Rail Tier 1

Under the joint leadership of Fiona Hobbs and Charlotte Morgan, the team at Linklaters LLP is well-equipped to handle the full range of transactional work in the rail sector. Areas of expertise span heavy rail (including high speed rail) and light rail. It is also adept at advising on rolling stock, train systems and station real estate. The group continues to assist a wide range of sponsors, lenders, rolling stock companies and governments on various major rail deals. Hobbs has worked closely with government and private sector companies throughout the years, on various large and complex rail projects both in the UK and internationally. Morgan has a vast array of experience in the regulated infrastructure sector. Rasha Sami is another recognised name in this space.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Hobbs; Charlotte Morgan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Department for Transport

Rio Tinto

Globalvía Inversiones S.A.

HS1 Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the High Speed Rail Group of the Department for Transport (DfT) in relation to legal matters arising from the design, planning and implementation of the nationally important project to develop a high-speed rail link from London to Birmingham and the North (HS2 Project).
  • Advised on the procurement of rolling stock by the Department for Transport, to replace rolling stock on the East Coast Main Line and Great Western Main Line, respectively.
  • Advised a consortium of Australian bus operator Kinetic and Spanish transport infrastructure group Globalvia on its c. £669m recommended cash offer for London-listed transport provider The Go-Ahead Group plc (“Go-Ahead”)

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 2

Linklaters LLP leverages its substantial global footprint to advise on a broad range of multi-jurisdictional commercial issues, including negotiating collaboration agreements between BHP Billiton Group, a leading mineral resource company, and I-Pulse, as well as the cross-supply agreements for one of the largest consumer section transactions over 2022 involving Perfetti Van Melle. The firm demonstrates notable strength counselling on transformational commercial partnerships and procurements. Supply chain specialist Marly Didizian heads the team, and utilises her healthcare credentials to act on complex practice mandates such as implementing Gavi’s global COVAX Facility, alongside constructing Advance Purchase Agreements with the world’s biggest vaccine manufacturers. Richard Cumbley has been active in the retail and transport sectors, acting on a number of regulatory issues and internal restructurings, while Greg Palmer continues to advise on outsourcing and supply arrangements. Energy and technology-related issues have formed the crux of Georgina Kon‘s practice, with technical know-how regarding IT contracts, cyber and data privacy concerns. Rich Jones has a broad commercial offering. Paul Joseph joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Marly Didizian

Testimonials

‘The team works extremely well as an integrated team. They have substantive knowledge that they are able to apply practically to help support a complicated transaction.’

‘Richard Cumbley and Greg Palmer were our core team. While each serving different roles, they were also able to cover for one another seamlessly. Richard brings significant practical experience as someone who has “been there before”, wherever there may be. Solid team, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Strong understanding of business needs when looking at contracting challenges and pragmatic approach to guiding clients through the risks.’

‘Marly Didizian has the ability to remain on top of issues in the same contractual relationships over a couple of years and to adjust advice as the business context has evolved.’

‘This practice is excellent as it provides a multidisciplinary team of lawyers who are able to deal with all relevant fields of law.’

‘The individuals in the team allocated to us are all of exceptional quality. They are experts in their field and most knowledgeable on the subject matter, but also practical, firm and solution orientated. The turnaround time was excellent, and they are prepared to meet and exceed all deadlines.

Key clients

Audi AG

Teneo

Perfetti Van Melle

BHP Billiton Group

Gavi

Ola UK Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising AUDI AG on the arrangements it needs to enter Formula 1 in 2026, in context of rapidly increasing sustainability for the series.
  • Supporting Teneo, administrators of Bulb Energy Ltd, on the first every Energy Transfer Scheme, under which Bulb was acquired by Octopus energy.
  • Advising Gavi on its arrangements with the world’s biggest vaccine manufacturers in relation to the development of COVID vaccines.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 2

Linklaters LLP is active for prominent private and public clients across a diverse range of sectors, with expertise in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Team lead Lynne Walkington specialises in tax elements of public and private M&A transactions, reorganisations and reconstructions, and corporate finance. James Morgan, who is described by clients as ‘very proactive and responsive’, focuses on financial institutions and funds, while Chris Smale has expertise in private equity transactions. Jamie Coomber has a practice which includes advising on funds, M&A, and securitisation transactions.

Practice head(s):

Lynne Walkington

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Proactive and keen to help find a technically correct but also practical solution to issues.’

‘James Morgan – very proactive and responsive. Likes to really understand the commercial drivers and find creative and practical solutions to seemingly insurmountable issues. Balances good technical skills with commerciality and pragmatism.’

‘The team members are 100% available at all times, with creative yet not aggressive tax planning capabilities. They find it easy to collaborate with other firms and take a very proactive approach.’

Key clients

Aermont Capital LLP

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

National Grid

Go-Ahead Group plc

AustralianSuper

Moolec Science Limited

Ho Bee Land Limited

Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board

Crédit Agricole

UK Government – Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Biffa plc

The energy administrators of Bulb Energy Limited

Cerberus Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Aermont on the establishment of their fifth-generation opportunistic real estate fund.
  • Advised National Grid on all aspects of its private M&A auction sale of a 60% stake in its gas transmission and metering businesses to a Macquarie-led consortium.
  • Advised OTPPB on a $1bn strategic tie-up with Macquarie in offshore wind, with separate joint ventures for 15 key offshore wind assets and a platform future growth.

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

A fantastic one-stop shop for high-quality legal services‘, Linklaters LLP‘s client roster comprises a host of large-cap sponsors, who engage the firm for representation in big-ticket, multijurisdictional transactions – from acquisitions to bilateral carve-outs. The practice is co-chaired by Alex Woodward and Ben Rodham, who jointly head up the firm’s wider global financial sponsors group. Woodward, praised for his ‘super sharp legal mind‘, regularly works on acquisitions, divestitures, and investment transactions for various major PE firms, while Rodham – ‘an exceptional transactional partner‘ – has most recently advised on high-value disposals for clients with interests in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, among others. Tracey Lochhead‘s focus is notably concentrated in financial services and mining, while Chris Boycott‘s sector coverage spans tech, healthcare, and consumer goods. Alex Lehtinen – who was promoted to partner in May 2023 – boasts recent experience in manufacturing and real estate-oriented deals. Ben Suen is also recommended. Genna Marten joined the firm from Travers Smith LLP in June 2023, while the firm strengthened its offering on the infrastructure side with the hire of John Guccione from Latham & Watkins in May 2023. Will Aitken-Davies left the team to join Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Alex Woodward; Ben Rodham

Testimonials

‘Outstanding quality of people from associates to senior partners, who are super committed and in the detail.’

‘Ben Rodham is very commercial and articulates risks very clearly, allowing us to make well informed decisions. Much more than a lawyer, he is an outstanding business partner.’

‘Hugely relevant deal experience and highest quality junior talent pool makes Links a go-to firm for us. They have deep expertise in PE deals and the structuring complexity surrounding them.’

‘Deep knowledge, great negotiating skills, collaborative problem-solving approach.’

‘Ben Rodham is an exceptional transactional partner.’

‘A fantastic one-stop shop for high-quality legal services. High quality practitioners across practice areas and geographies. Flexible and responsive.’

‘Alex Woodward has a super sharp legal mind and is a great problem solver. He is also down to earth and highly effective at brokering appropriate solutions to difficult commercial issues.’

‘Strong across the board and really good fun to work with.’

Key clients

Apax Partners

Apollo

BC Partners

Blackstone

Brookfield

Cerberus

CPPIB

GIC

Hellman & Friedman

Hg

I Squared Capital

Montagu Private Equity

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

PAI Partners

Permira

TDR Capital

Telemos Capital

The Carlyle Group

TPG

Work highlights

  • Advised funds managed by Apax Partners LLP on the sale of Unilabs to A.P. Moller Holding. Reported Unilabs valuation of over €5 billion.
  • Advised Brookfield on its £4 billion recommended offer for HomeServe plc.
  • Advised The Carlyle Group and PAI Partners on their acquisition of Theramex from CVC Capital Partners.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 2

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 2

Linklaters LLP has ‘expertise across a broad range of specialisms’ with a team of almost 300 litigators internationally allowing the department to handle complex multijurisdictional disputes. Large corporates, leading banks, and government bodies instruct the department on a wide range of cases, with clients ‘in safe hands for the highest profile and most challenging commercial cases’. Alison Wilson leads the ‘outstanding partner team with real insight and commercial approach’. Tom Cassels is a key figure in the team, and ‘provides a calm but decisive hand on the tiller’. Marc Harvey is, for one client, ‘one of the best litigators in London’. 

Practice head(s):

Alison Wilson; Tom Cassels; Marc Harvey

Other key lawyers:

Christa Band; Harriet Ellis; James Hennah; Daniel Nutley; Christopher Stevenson; Madeline Chan

Testimonials

‘Expertise across a broad range of specialisms. They always have the right person to consult internally if a niche and sensitive issue comes up.’

‘Tom Cassells, Chris Stevenson and Madeline Chan are an exceptionally responsive team and dovetail with our in-house team seamlessly, helping us with our stakeholder management’

‘Without question the best team of litigators with whom I have worked. Across all the details of the case, whilst at the same time overseeing the strategy and managing the many moving parts. Clients are in safe hands for the highest profile and most challenging commercial cases.’

‘Marc Harvey is one of the best litigators in London. A master tactician, great manager of a large legal team and, above all, a lawyer with impeccable judgement. Daniel Nutley is a star in the making. Calm, collected and across all of the details. A great manner with clients and the wider legal team.’

‘Tom Cassels provides a calm but decisive hand on the tiller.’

‘Outstanding partner team with real insight and commercial approach, backed by a great team of extremely consistent and great quality associates.’

‘Tom Cassels is an outstanding partner with real depth of experience and commercial nous. He consistently helps to simplify the very complex and clarify the mysterious.’

‘James Hennah is an excellent up and coming partner, providing measured, thoughtful advice and guiding us with great assurance through our claim.’

Key clients

Jardine Matheson Holdings Limited

Telefónica S.A. and Telefonica O2 Holdings Limited

Equiti Capital UK Limited.

Independent Petroleum Group Limited (“IPG”)

Bulb Energy Limited

Kelkoo

Work highlights

  • Ddefending against a claim brought by the administrators of Phones 4U alleging that three UK-based Mobile Network Operators and their parent companies colluded with each other to procure a coordinated exit from contractual relationships with Phones 4U, leading to Phones 4U’s administration.
  • Defending against High Court proceedings concerning knowing receipt of fees and commissions from a client of the brokerage which is alleged to have defrauded investors.
  • Acted on a highly expedited judicial review against BEIS brought by several major UK energy companies, in what is the first case involving an energy supply company being put into litigation, and one of the few cases concerning the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 2

Linklaters LLP houses a ‘first-class‘ team with a ‘tradition of excellence‘, which often advises on merger appeals and funded group litigation issues. ‘Excellent‘ practice head Tom Cassels regularly handles large disputes and investigations, including collective actions. ‘Absolute superstarSarina Williams has extensive expertise in conducting group litigation and class actions, and the defence of standalone damages claims. The ‘strategically-minded’ Harriet Ellis has deep knowledge spanning allegations of collusion and CMA decision challenges.

Practice head(s):

Tom Cassels

Other key lawyers:

Sarina Williams; Harriet Ellis; Jonathan Ford; James Hennah

Testimonials

‘A team with a tradition of excellence in this field that continues to impress. They appear in many of the leading cases, and always produce a very high-quality product.’

‘Tom Cassels has a huge following and is a veritable repository of strategic litigation wisdom.’

‘Sarina Williams is an absolute superstar, always bang on the money and already in great demand. She is bound for greatness in this field.’

‘James Hennah is tipped for the top.’

‘Harriet Ellis is a complete class act, really clever, brilliant judgment, great to work with, a real team player. I would recommend her in any case.’

‘The Linklaters team is first-class. Huge experience, great attention-to-detail, and fantastic team players.’

‘Harriet Ellis is a commensurate disputes partner – very pragmatic and strategically-minded in her approach to the litigation, seeking to achieve the client’s cool as quickly and effectively as possible, and always calm and collected.’

‘An incredibly deep and strong team with experienced partners; a Rolls Royce service. Tom Cassells is excellent, Sarina Williams is fantastic.’

Key clients

UK Department for Transport

Visa

Sony Interactive Entertainment Limited

Visa

Telefónica S.A. and Telefonica O2 Holdings Limited

Visa

Sucocitrico Cutrale LTDA

DENSO

Société Générale

Kelkoo

BGL Group Limited/Comparethemarket.com

HG Capital

Intas/Accord

Anglian Water

Porsche

Work highlights

  • Advising the UK Department for Transport in its role as intervener in four opt-out collective actions in the CAT.
  • Advising Visa in relation on a stand-alone claim brought by Euronet against both Visa and Mastercard, alleging that some of Visa’s and Mastercard’s scheme rules relating to ATM transactions breach Article 101 TFEU and equivalent domestic legislation in Greece, Poland and Czechia.
  • Advising Sony Interactive Entertainment on a proposed opt-out collective action before the CAT spearheaded by Milberg London LLP and the proposed class representative in relation to the operation of the PlayStation Store which alleges that Sony occupies a position of dominance with respect to PlayStation and has, contrary to EU and UK competition law, abused that position.

Finance > High yield Tier 2

Linklaters LLP has ‘great expertise across the board and is very much on top of market developments, while being accessible‘. Clients praise the ‘availability, competence, willingness to go the extra mile, and deep knowledge of market players and trends‘. The firm is particularly active in private equity-sponsored M&A transactions. ‘They have outstanding technical skills but also are deeply commercial‘, say clients of practice head Alexander Naidenov, who advised Triton portfolio company Crayfish on debt financing for its €1.2bn offer for Finnish company Caverion. Giacomo Reali – who provides ‘outstanding service‘ – assisted initial purchasers of LimaCorporate’s €295m bond issuance. US partner Colin Chang also plays a key role in the practice, representing underwriters, issuers and private equity sponsors in high yield offerings. Former co-practice head Noel Hughes left the firm in December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Naidenov

Other key lawyers:

Colin Chang; Christianne Williams; Giacomo Reali

Testimonials

‘Availability, competence, willingness to go the extra mile, deep knowledge of market players and trends, allowing to find the right commercial pressure points. Giacomo Reali conducted an outstanding service and led the team impeccably.’

‘The individuals in this team of Linklaters are one of a kind and unique as advisors in this field. Not only they have outstanding technical skills but also are deeply commercial and understand the situation and needs of the client. Their responses are quick and precise and always flexible on fees and billing.’

‘Great expertise across the board. All very much on top of market developments, while being accessible.’

‘Christianne Williams and Giacomo Reali are excellent – we primarily work with Christianne on liability management transactions.’

‘Very competent team, very proactive and excellent technical capabilities on the High Yield market. They provided interesting insights that helped to improve the outcome of the project. The team is always available and responsive. They were able to adapt themselves to our preferences, for instance regarding information sharing platforms, and other.’

‘The partner was deeply involved in all the key discussions with banks and their lawyers and he was always available promptly when I needed. This aspect was really a differential compared to competition – the availability and involvement of the partner were much better than competition in my point of view. Associates were very skilled and always very available and responsive.’

Key clients

LimaCorporate

Tereos

Cirsa

Tendam

Lottomatica

Haya Real Estate

Worldwide Flight Services

ZMI

Speira

Caverion

Sotheby’s

Europcar

Work highlights

  • Advised Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) – a portfolio company of Cerberus, on the refinancing of its €950 million debt and financing of tack-on acquisitions.
  • Advised Tereos on its high yield offering of €350m 7.25% senior notes due 2028, marking the first high yield transaction in the European market in 2023.
  • Advised the underwriters on Lottomatica’s (an Apollo portfolio company) €350 million high yield financing for future acquisitions.

Finance > Trade finance Tier 2

Linklaters LLP climbs the ranking this year having continued to build out its practice with key hires. Counsel Ildar Bagautdinov joined from Reed Smith LLP in 2022 to add specialist expertise in structured trade and commodities finance. He worked with key partner Toby Grimstone to advise key client Glencore on its principal RCFs, which have a total value in excess of $6.5bn. Jeremy Gewirtz and Chris Staples  are co-heads of the firm’s global commodities group, and they each have extensive expertise in advising corporates, banks, funds and governments on commodities, trade and receivables financings. Gewirtz recently assisted Macquarie Bank Limited with  an SEK1,191,930,824 (approx. £97.6m) inventory monetisation for the Nynäshamn refinery in Sweden, which is owned by Nynas AB. A recent highlight for Staples was his work for Base Carbon Inc. on a structured tri- party carbon finance transaction.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Gewirtz; Chris Staples

Other key lawyers:

Toby Grimstone; Ildar Bagautdinov

Key clients

Macquarie Bank Limited

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Glencore

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc

Base Carbon

Goldman Sachs

Work highlights

  • Advising Base Carbon Inc on a structured and complex tri- party carbon finance transaction in connection with the development of cookstove and water purifier carbon reduction projects in Vietnam.
  • Advising Glencore on numerous trade commodities and receivable transactions and limited recourse prepayment financings.
  • Advising ING Bank N.V. on a US$2.91bn borrowing base and ancillary guarantee facilities for Varo Energy.

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 2

The team at Linklaters LLP has broad expertise spanning trade mark infringement disputes, joint R&D agreements, and supply and logistics arrangements, often assisting financial sponsors, insurers and medical device companies. The group is also noted for its expertise in data protection, regulatory investigation, and product liability matters. Aisling Zarraga co-heads the practice, and has a great deal of expertise in handling both public and private M&A issues and joint ventures for international pharmaceutical companies, healthcare service providers and biotech corporates. Co-head Marly Didizian has broad knowledge surrounding carve outs, pharmaceutical supply chains, and advance purchase agreements involving vaccine manufacturers. Since publication, Katie Coltart has joined from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

Practice head(s):

Aisling Zarraga; Marly Didizian

Key clients

Gavi

Apax Partners

The Carlyle Group

Fresenius

PAI Partners

Hg Capital

Bayer

Nestlé

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

McKesson Corporation

Merck & Co., Inc.

Sanofi

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

ViiV

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised ThermoFisher on its acquisition of The Binding Site Group, and related IP issues.
  • Represented ViiV Healthcare (a joint venture involving GSK) in UK patent infringement proceedings against Gilead in relation to Gilead’s HIV treatment bictegravir.
  • Advised Gavi on purchase agreements for Covid-19 vaccines with vaccine manufacturers.

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 2

Linklaters LLP has insurance capabilities across a wide range of corporate transactions, namely M&A and reinsurance, but also advises insurance clients in relation to their capital market and pension de-risking matters. Duncan Barber lends his significant experience and eminent market reputation practice, with a recent track record in complex reinsurance and reorganisation matters, while Kanyaka Ramamurthi brings her experience on secondment to a leading insurer and broad expertise across corporate work for insurance clients. The wider firm’s pensions and capital market teams are also of note in this area. Former practice head Dan Schuster-Woldan  left the firm to join Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in February 2024.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Lots of rich experience from a variety of scenarios.’

More pragmatic and real world rather than theoretical.

Top quality regulatory capital markets practice that has been at the forefront of this market over the course of its continued evolution for a significant number of years.’

Accessible, quality advice. Problem management.

Their level of specialist expertise in insurance debt capital markets is excellent. Insurance is not a well-understood sector and their ability to navigate the complexities of the sector (including unusual names in the sector such as a mutual) is impressive.

Their experience of complex trades in the insurance sector is second to none. They are also extremely responsive and a pleasure to work with. The quality and clarity of their communication is excellent. 

Key clients

Phoenix Group

Ageas

Zurich

AXA

Lloyds Banking Group

QBE

Rothesay

Athora

Generali

Lombard International

Utmost

MS Amlin

Several private equity funds including; BC Partners, Carlyle, Oaktree, CDPQ, Warburg Pincus and Hg Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Phoenix Group on its £248m acquisition of Sun Life of Canada UK.
  • Advising Phoenix Group in transferring a  long-term insurance business to Phoenix Life Assurance Europe dac by a Part VII transfer and parallel Irish law Scheme.
  • Advised on the sale and purchase of 100% of the Innovation Group to Allianz X.

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 2

Linklaters LLP assists a broad client base of cornerstone investors with mandates involving private equity, real estate, infrastructure and credit strategies, and houses a thriving ESG practice. The team is led by Matt Keogh  has a great deal of experience in advising on the structuring and management of funds as well as private equity style joint ventures, fund financings. Rahul Manvatkar regularly acts for both sponsors and investors, and Clare Baker is noted for her expertise in sovereign wealth funds. Managing associate and venture capital specialist Ben Jennings, and counsel Amin Ebrahim are key names within the practice.

Practice head(s):

Matt Keogh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are extremely dedicated and professional. They have supported us since the outset of our business and have gone above and beyond in this support and collaboration.’

‘Matt Keogh in particular has been a key support for us. He took time to understand our business and was instrumental in its development.’

‘Strong LP-side practice with an in-depth understanding of market trends and terms. Provide practical, commercial and solutions-driven advice and very user-friendly in their approach.’

‘Clare Baker is fantastic! One of the strongest lawyers I have ever come across. She is technically strong while being commercially aware at the same time.’.

‘High quality of support of associates who are part of what is clearly a very happy team. Very client-friendly style of working and able to adapt this to suit client needs. Costs-conscious and run transactions efficiently.’

‘Clare Baker: Deep knowledge of the market. Very commercial in guiding clients. Always available. Very accommodating and willing to go the extra mile on non-chargeable matters. Our go-to lawyer in this space’

‘My experience working with the fund formation team is extremely positive. They are responsive, thoughtful and have great commercial awareness.’

‘Amin Ebrahim is an excellent external counsel. He provides outstanding quality input in a timely and pragmatic way. He asks the right questions and manages the relationship and deliverables effortless.’

Key clients

Ardian

Barings

British Business Bank (Investor practice)

CBRE Investment Management

Morgan Stanley

Nestle (Investor practice)

NZ Super Fund (Investor practice)

PSP, OTPP, AIMCo, OMERS and CPPIB (Investor practice)

Softbank

USS (Investor practice)

Work highlights

  • Acted as fund counsel to Barings Global Private Loan Fund 4 and Barings Global Private Loan Fund 4(S), together with GPLF4, the GPLF4 Funds, which are together Barings’ fourth private credit fund products in relation to its flagship global private loan platform.
  • Provides UK law guidance and assistance in connection with Ardian’s fundraises. In 2022, these have included multi-billion Euro fundraises for ASF IX, ASF VIII Infrastructure and Ardian Private Debt V.
  • Advised an investor on its investment into Octopus Energy’s European renewable energy platform, which included the seeding of a new fund set up to acquire renewable energy development projects, focused in particular on solar and wind.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 2

Linklaters LLP’ integrated cross-practice group fields a deep bench primed with industry expertise and the capability to handle M&A, joint ventures, commercial contracts and financings across the breadth of the entire oil & gas sector. Mark Russell  heads the infrastructure practice and specialises in project development, M&A and joint ventures, and trading. Head of oil & gas sub-sector Daniel Tyrer is vastly experienced in upstream oil and gas, LNG, pipeline, refinery and petrochemical plant related project development, and global financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Tyrer; Mark Russell

Other key lawyers:

Ben Carroll; Elisabeth Johnson

Key clients

National Grid plc

Mirfa International Power Company PJSC

Work highlights

  • Advised National Grid on its private M&A auction sale of a 60% stake in its gas transmission business (“NGG”) and gas metering business to a Macquarie-led consortium for £4.2bn.
  • Advised Bapco, the flagship refining company wholly owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain (KoB), on the US$4.2bn multi-source conventional (including ECA-backed) and Islamic financing of its circa US$6.5bn expansion and upgrading project.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 2

Offering ‘a one-stop shop in getting large-scale transactions over the line with exceptional results’, Linklaters LLP acts for domestic and international developers, investors and occupiers on distressed real estate and regeneration, as well as real estate M&A transactions. Global head of real estate Andy Bruce is geared to handle disposals, development, financing and letting mandates, while Patrick Plant acts for clients on an array of international real estate projects. Siobhan Burton’s practice encompasses acquisition, financing, development, letting and disposal of offices, retail, student accommodation, logistics and mixed-use schemes. Martin Elliott excels in transactions pertaining to mixed-use development, offices, shopping centres and retail, while Matthew Plaskow and Tom Watkins are primarily engaged in real estate M&A. Kathryn Griffiths is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bruce

Testimonials

‘Jack Shand is able to cut through complexity quickly and effectively. Excellent client service and top quality advice. Recognised by all parties on transaction as top quality.’

‘Linklaters brings all the disciplines together to offer a one-stop shop in getting complex transactions over the line with exceptional results.’

‘Kathryn Griffiths hit the ground running.’

‘Matthew Plaskow is very reachable, provides great advice and has undoubted mastery of the industry.’

‘Efficient coordination.’

‘Martin Elliott is extremely knowledgeable.’

‘They are all extremely bright, personable and hard working. They are always going the extra mile.’

‘Andy Bruce is a consummate professional. He is practical, knowledgeable, insightful and thoughtful.’

Key clients

BDW Limited

Cale Street

Cory Group

Home Builders Federation

Lendlease Europe

RCL Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Lendlease as a shareholder under the joint venture with Starwood for the regeneration of Silvertown Quays.
  • Advising the Home Builders Federation on its negotiations with the UK Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) regarding building safety matters in light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
  • Advising Cory Group in relation to the development and financing of the Riverside 2 energy-from-waste (EfW) facility.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Offering ‘a one-stop shop in getting large-scale transactions over the line with exceptional results’, Linklaters LLP acts for domestic and international developers, investors and occupiers on distressed real estate and regeneration, as well as real estate M&A transactions. Global head of real estate Andy Bruce is geared to handle disposals, development, financing and letting mandates, while Patrick Plant acts for clients on an array of international real estate projects. Siobhan Burton’s practice encompasses acquisition, financing, development, letting and disposal of offices, retail, student accommodation, logistics and mixed-use schemes. Martin Elliott excels in transactions pertaining to mixed-use development, offices, shopping centres and retail, while Matthew Plaskow and Tom Watkins are primarily engaged in real estate M&A. Kathryn Griffiths is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bruce

Testimonials

‘The Linklaters team is very knowledgeable and professional.’

‘Andy Bruce leads a competent and committed investment team.’

‘Matt Plaskow is incredibly bright, calm, knowledgable and hard working. A fantastic asset.’

‘Fast and organised, the team is able to mobilise on any real estate investment opportunity.’

‘Andy Bruce is an anchor for real estate investors. He is the one to rely on in order to drive the deal alongside investors business team and land it safely to closing while uncompromising on protection of clients’ interest.’

‘No-fuss engagement. Down-to-earth and easy to communicate with. They provide timely advice, are very accommodating and are extremely well-versed with commercial aspects. A joy to work with.’

‘Very collegial and investor friendly practice.’

Key clients

Boreal Investment Management

Cale Street Partners

CBRE Investment Management

City Developments Limited

GIC & Greystar

Ho Bee Land Ltd

Obayashi Corporation

UBS

Work highlights

  • Advised City Developments Limited (CDL) on the purchase of the landmark 23-acre St Katharine Docks.
  • Acted for Ho Bee Land Limited on their share purchase of the Jersey company which owns the freehold of The Scalpel landmark HQ building in the City of London.
  • Advised a consortium comprised of GIC and Greystar on its acquisition of the Student Roost student accommodation business from Brookfield.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 2

Linklaters LLP fields a team praised for its ‘excellent knowledge of the sector that they operate in.’ Banking partner Philip Gore is the lead partner on high-profile REF transactions, development financing and mezzanine-level portfolio transactions, and co-heads the department alongside ‘unparalleled professional’ Scott Simpson, a top specialist in senior/mezzanine, distressed and special situations, and Jessica Jenner, who joined the group from Ashurst in September 2022. Newly appointed partner James Godfrey is involved in all facets of investment and development lending.

Practice head(s):

Scott Simpson; Jessica Jenner; Philip Gore

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent team led by Scott Simpson. They have done a multitude of large, complicated deals for us in the last year. Scott is technically very strong and very commercial minded. He and his team get things done in the UK and across the continent. The team is expanding and emerging as one of the best in the market.’

‘The Linklaters real estate finance team have excellent knowledge of the sector that they operate in. Particularly worth noting is their expertise in senior/mezzanine financing transactions, where they have impressive knowledge of market norms. They are highly responsive and offer quality client service.’

‘Phil Gore is an excellent real estate finance lawyer. He offers clear and pragmatic advice, paired with strong technical knowledge. He is responsive, commercial and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Knowledgeable, pragmatic and able to stand their ground just based on reputation.’

‘Linklaters has tremendous depth of experience in the EU market. That experience informs practical approaches to solving problems, which clients appreciate. They are a team that gets things done, hits deadlines and does not complain. They are all about client service.’

‘Scott Simpson is an unparalleled professional. He’s a trusted advisor who knows how to manage difficult situations and counterparties. He never loses his cool and pushes to the finish line. Scott does the hard work and makes it look easy. He is generous with his resources, being willing to invest in his client’s long term success.’

‘Phil Gore – extremely responsive and hands-on, always available to discuss transactions and provide advice.’

‘The team recently added Jess Jenner to the ranks, who brings a wealth of experience from her long career at Ashurst. Jess Jenner is incredibly committed to ensuring that clients are well serviced.’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

M&G Investments

Goldman Sachs

Bank of America

King Street Capital Management

Royal Bank of Canada

Citigroup

LaSalle Investment Management

Wells Fargo

Allianz

OakNorth Bank

Sculptor Capital Management

Cale Street Partners

Nuveen

AustralianSuper

Macquarie

Prologis

Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies

Work highlights

  • Acted for funds advised by Cale Street Partners LLP as lenders in respect of the financing for the acquisition of the property known as the Fenwick Department Store on Bond Street, London.
  • Advised Apollo (as senior lenders) and Carlyle, Crosstree and Precis (as mezzanine lenders) on a £770 million-plus financing package that will provide the expected funding necessary for full completion of One Nine Elms development.
  • Acted for the borrowers on completion of a £1bn facility to refinance and consolidate a number of existing facilities secured against certain investment assets at the King’s Cross Estate.

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

Acting on behalf of clients in sectors including technology, energy, banking, and extractives, Linklaters LLP’s business crime team provides ‘high quality advice’ on the whole spectrum of financial crime, with a particular focus on cross-border criminal and regulatory investigations. The practice has notable expertise in sanctions work, routinely representing corporations in investigations by OFSI, along with challenging fines imposed by the authority. The department has vast experience of dealing with domestic agencies, such as the SFO and FCA, with the global head of dispute resolution, Alison Wilson, consistently advising financial institutions during major enforcement investigations into AML and financial crises. Satindar Dogra focuses on compliance relating to bribery and corruption, and Alison Saunders concentrates on prosecutions by criminal agencies. Ben Packer handles financial crime investigations, and senior criminal defence lawyer Elly Proudlock is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Alison Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A commercially focused team’.

‘Ellie Proudlock is an excellent adviser’.

‘The team is able to advise on complex issues in time-sensitive situations covering an array of jurisdictions (EU, UK and US) that pertain to the issue. The team have taken their time to understand our needs and advise accordingly.’

‘Alison Saunders is our go to partner on financial crime related matters and is always able to make herself available at short notice. Sean Solomon similarly is always able to advise when required on the US aspects of an issue. This has been important with the recent glut of Sanctions that have been applied across multiple jurisdictions. The advice is timely, concise and to the point.’

‘Excellent team, builds long-term relationships and always available with high-quality advice.’

‘Satindar Dogra, Elly Proudlock and Sean Solomon are exceptional – very pragmatic, highly commercial and implicitly trusted to deliver critical advice when it really matters.’

 

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

Routinely instructed by corporations and states for heavyweight investment and commercial arbitrations, Linklaters LLP‘s ‘international arbitration team has great depth and truly global reach‘. The global international arbitration practice is co-chaired by investment arbitration specialist Matthew Weiniger KC and energy disputes leader Ben Carroll. The team also comprises Teresa Laboucarie-Polak, who is experienced in arbitrations under all major institutional rules, and is ‘exceptional at what she does‘; and Tom Lidstrom, who focuses on Eastern Europe and Africa-related disputes. Jacqueline Chaplin is an experienced counsel, while managing associates Alex Fawke, Joanne Denton and William Chan are also key department members.

Practice head(s):

Ben Carroll; Matthew Weiniger KC

Testimonials

The Linklaters international arbitration team has great depth and truly global reach. Very strong in complex commercial disputes in the energy and resources sector – very innovative, using the inherent flexibility of arbitration to a maximum advantage.

‘Very hands on and diverse team. Always thinking outside the box and very committed to delivering the best result for clients.’

‘Despite complex and sometimes challenging subject matters, the team has a very friendly culture and team spirit.’

‘Goes the extra mile to maximise outcomes for clients.’

‘Without any danger of exaggeration, Teresa Laboucarie-Polak and her team are among the best lawyers around. Professional, highly skilled, and a pleasure to deal with. In the nicest possible way, they wipe the floor with the opposition.’

‘Teresa Laboucarie-Polak is outstanding, in that she is exceptional at what she does.’

‘A special mention must go to Ben Carroll – great understanding of disputes, good availability, ability to grasp market concepts quickly, and good preparation for hearings.’

Alex Fawke – very strong ability.

Key clients

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

HSBC Alternative Investments

Enagas Internacional

Work highlights

  • Represented (as co-counsel) the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, in seeking the annulment of an award rendered in favour of Tethyan Copper Company.
  • Representing HSBC in a potential investment treaty claim against the Republic of El Salvador under the UK-El Salvador bilateral investment Treaty, the claim relating to an El Salvadorian subsidiary of HSBC, which sought to enforce a loan agreement against a defaulting borrower in El Salvador.
  • Representing Enagas in a $350m ICSID arbitration against Peru, in relation to certain measures adopted by Peru that limit Enagas’ right to transfer dividends abroad.

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 3

Linklaters LLP's London team is routinely instructed by both investors and states on PIL disputes. The group also advises on international trade, international human rights, state sovereignty, and sanctions. The global international arbitration practice is chaired by Matthew Weiniger KC, whose broad practice includes inter-state disputes, while Charlotte Morgan advises on international trade. Also highly regarded, Vanessa Havard-Williams and Rachel Barrett co-head the business and human rights group, and Ben Carroll is energy disputes head. At managing associate level, Rebecca James specialises in international arbitration and international law, and William Chan advises international and supranational organisations on PIL issues.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Weiniger KC; Charlotte Morgan

Other key lawyers:

Vanessa Havard-Williams; Rachel Barrett; Ben Carroll; Teresa Laboucarié-Polak; Rebecca James; Alex Fawke; James Marlow

Key clients

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

HSBC

Enagas Internacional

Legal Response Initiative

Work highlights

  • Represented (as co-counsel) the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, in seeking the annulment of (reportedly) the second-largest award in ICSID’s history.
  • Representing HSBC in a potential investment treaty claim against the Republic of El Salvador under the UK-El Salvador bilateral investment treaty, which relates to an El Salvadorian subsidiary of HSBC that sought to enforce a loan agreement against a defaulting borrower in El Salvador.
  • Representing Enagas in a $350m ICSID arbitration against Peru, in relation to measures adopted by Peru that limit Enagas’ right to transfer dividends abroad.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 3

Drawing upon the firm’s strength in corporate and commercial work, the retail and consumer sector team at Linklaters LLP is adept at handling issues through the entire consumer value chain, with noted strength in cross-border M&A, corporate restructurings, and private equity investment advice. The team is jointly led by Paul McNicholl and Michael Honan; the former advises on corporate governance, joint ventures, and ESG-related issues, while the latter’s practice concentrates on strategic acquisitions and high-profile transactions for clients across the retail and consumer sectors, including e-commerce businesses, luxury goods retailers, and food and beverage suppliers.

Practice head(s):

Michael Honan; Paul McNicholl

Key clients

Unilever plc

Nestlé S.A.

Yum! Brands

JD Sports

Dr. Martens plc

Steinhoff International N.V

Westfalia Fruit International

JDE Peet’s

Ocado

ASOS

Caffe Nero

Charoen Pokphand Group Co., Ltd

Sainsbury’s

John Lewis

Work highlights

  • Advised Perfetti Van Melle, the owner of confectionary brands such as Chupa Chups and Mentos, on its $1.35bn acquisition of Mondelez’s developed-market gum business in the United States, Canada and Europe.
  • Advised the sellers, including founder Stephen Carroll, on the sale of Don Papa Rum to Diageo.
  • Advised Merrill Lynch International – as sponsor to JustEatTakeaway.com – on the class 1 disposal of its interest in Brazilian food delivery service iFood.

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 3

The public law practice at Linklaters LLP is particularly adept at acting for businesses and public bodies on business critical and complex judicial review matters, with specialist expertise across the media, technology, transport, financial services and energy sectors. Practice head Tom Cassels is a prominent public law figure, representing the UK Government, international companies, and major charities in high-stakes public law disputes. The practice also handles a steady stream of advisory work, guiding clients through complex and novel principles of administrative and public law.

Practice head(s):

Tom Cassels

Other key lawyers:

Jacqueline Chaplin; James Phoenix

Testimonials

‘Experience in advising on extremely high-profile matters.’

‘Tom Cassels is excellent at distilling technical points into easily understandable advice.’

‘Legal and professional excellence. Very approachable, easy to work with, and a collaborative approach. Nothing is too much trouble.’

‘Very responsive and the work is well planned with future issues anticipated which helps ensure you are on the “front foot” and not merely reacting. The firm works as a team and is able to bring in experts from different disciplines to assist where they add value.’

‘They have a broad and deep knowledge of what is happening in the sector and wider world which brings valuable insight. For high-profile work, they also have the necessary professional gravitas both with my board and with third parties up to and including Government.’

‘The collaborative approach, the ability to really understand what matters to the client and what constitutes the right result beyond just the legal issues.’

Key clients

The Energy Administrators (Teneo Financial Advisory Limited) and Bulb

The Department for Transport

Medical Protection Society

Ola UK Private Limited

Experian Limited

LGBT Foundation and Stonewall

Privacy International

Hg Capital LLP and Intas Pharmaceuticals Limited, Accord Healthcare Limited and Accord-UK Limited

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Annington Property Limited, Annington Holdings Limited

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited

Home Builders Federation

Work highlights

  • Acting for Annington Property in its judicial review of the Ministry of Defence’s attempt to regain property rights over 38,000 properties.
  • Acting for Camelot in relation to the competition for the Fourth National Lottery Licence, valued at over £3.6bn.
  • Advising The Energy Administrators and Bulb on the £1.2bn administration of Bulb and the sale of Bulb to the Octopus Energy Group.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

Linklaters LLP displays a robust capability in structuring various agreements for a multitude of projects, including public infrastructure, renewable energy, conventional power, and petrochemicals, both domestically and internationally. Co-head Andrew Penfold offers expertise in managing complex, high-value energy and infrastructure projects, serving sponsors, lenders, investors, governments, and contractors. Richard Coar, also leading the practice, is a specialist in advising clients on construction documents, with a particular focus on thermal power stations and various infrastructure assets. Managing associate Harith Canna brings acumen in procurement strategies and the negotiation of design, engineering, supply, and construction contracts.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Penfold; Richard Coar

Other key lawyers:

Harith Canna; Jonathan Inman

Key clients

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

The Ministry of Defence

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy in relation to four UK-based nuclear projects and the wider nuclear policy for delivery of nuclear new build since November 2017. The value of the projects range from £20 billion to £80 billion.
  • Advised the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom on its £4.2bn acquisition of a further five Type 26 Frigates from BAE Systems Surface Ships Ltd.

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

Particularly active in the healthcare, tech, consumer and industrial sectors, Linklaters LLP’s capabilities include cross-border patent disputes, alongside a strong non-contentious practice where the team advises on a variety of matters, including licensing and R&D agreements. Practice head Ian Karet is known for his litigation experience, especially within the pharma and tech sectors. Yohan Liyanage is well-versed in both patent litigation disputes and complex non-contentious mandates. Managing associate Stephanie Farrington’s expertise in the healthcare and life sciences arena means she routinely operates on complex, cross-border patent litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ian Karet

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ViiV

GSK

Sanofi

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Inc.

De Beers

ThermoFisher Scientific Inc.

Carlyle

AUDI AG

Storm Energia Inc

Unilever

Perfetti Van Melle

Nestlé

Aristocrat Leisure Limited

Reliance Industries Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised GSK on a high-profile and high value patent dispute in relation to an HIV drug, bictegravir.
  • Advising GSK on a high-value patent licence dispute relating to a cancer treatment.
  • Advising ThermoFisher on its £2.25 billion acquisition of The Binding Site Group, a UK-based specialty diagnostics business.

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 4

Led by Olga Petrovic , Linklaters LLP‘s ‘technically brilliant and commercially minded’ team excels in advising aviation and shipping clients on complex cross-product, multi-jurisdictional mandates, where it is able to effectively collaborate with lawyers in key international offices (including in Luxembourg and Frankfurt), as well as associated practice areas, including restructuring, litigation, capital markets, and funds. Corporate and structured lending partner Caroline Courtney  leverages her broad and deep loan products expertise to good effect to provide a ‘very client-focused’ service to creditors and debtors engaged in maritime and aviation-related financings.

Practice head(s):

Olga Petrovic

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Courtney; Rebecca Jarvis; Chiara Larghi; Alliance Mukengeshayi; Stephen Adrian

Testimonials

‘The team is a pleasure to work with and is very conscious of delivering expertise and value to its clients.’

‘The superb team is technically brilliant and commercially minded – a safe pair of hands.’

‘Excellent lawyers with high degree of sector specific understanding.’

‘Caroline Courtney and Olga Petrovic are excellent and very client focused.’

 

Key clients

Bank of America

Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat, Luxembourg

Barclays

Cargolux Airlines International S.A.

Cathay Pacific Airways Limited

China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited

Citibank N.A.

Credit Agricole Commercial and Investment Bank

Cross Ocean Partners

Deutsche Bank AG

Goldman Sachs

Hapag-Lloyd AG

hsh portfoliomanagement AöR

IAG

Joint Provisional Liquidators of Genting Hong Kong Limited and Dream Cruises Holding Limited

JP Morgan

Lufthansa

MUFG

NatWest Bank

SeaCube Containers

SMBC Bank International Plc

Strategic Value Partners

UBS AG

Work highlights

  • Advise MUFG on the tail end of their $6.3bn acquisition of the aviation finance business of DVB Bank SE.
  • Advised the lenders in relation to the restructuring of Nordic Aviation Capital.
  • Advised Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat, Luxembourg and Cargolux Airlines International S.A. on the financing of the jack-up installation vessel ‘Voltaire’, the world’s tallest jack-up installation vessels.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

With demonstrable experience in IP disputes, Linklaters LLP has also developed a strong non-contentious offering, routinely advising clients in the consumer, telecoms, healthcare, industrial and financial services sectors. Its work consists of strategic advice and trade mark licence agreements, in addition to advising on the IP aspects of joint ventures. Practice head Ian Karet’s experience extends from handling trade mark disputes to IP licensing, while managing associate Jennifer Heley is regularly involved in IP litigation, as well as undertaking a spectrum of transactional IP matters. Paul Joseph is another name to note in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ian Karet

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Merck & Co., Inc

Marshmallow Financial Services Limited and Marshmallow Insurance Limited

Citibank, N.A.

AUDI AG

Unilever

Stephen Carroll

Capita plc

Montagu Private Equity

HSBC

Caesars Entertainment, Inc.

Aristocrat Leisure Limited

NetEase

Bayer AG

National Grid

McKesson Corporation

GIC and Greystar

Work highlights

  • Advising Merck & Co. Inc. on its long-running trade mark dispute with Merck KGaA regarding the use of the Merck name, in particular on websites.
  • Advising Marshmallow Insurance on its successful defence of a £40 million claim brought by Mulsanne Insurance Limited, the underwriter of Marshmallow’s insurance book, alleging breach of confidence, trade secrets infringement and passing off.
  • Advising Audi on its landmark entry into Formula 1 in 2026, including on high-value marketing and sponsorship arrangements.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 5

Linklaters LLP‘s sports sector group, co-headed by Julian Davies and Tom Cassels, notably advises on structured investments into football clubs as well as disciplinary, regulatory and competition law issues in both football and F1. David Martin provides support on matters concerning investments in rugby teams and competitions. Shamin Choudhury is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Julian Davies; Tom Cassels

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Sixth Street Partners, LLC

MLA Sports, LLC

AUDI AG

The Welsh Rugby Union Limited

JD Sports Fashion plc

Football Finance Group

Sir Ben Ainslie and Land Rover Team

MetLife

Citigroup Global Markets

Barclays Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Sixth Street Partners on its multi-million-Euro investment and agreement with Real Madrid C.F. and Legends, with the objective of elevating the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium as a unique venue and a worldwide benchmark for leisure and entertainment.
  • Assisted MLA Sports, LLC and Mark Attanasio as English counsel with the acquisition of a minority stake in championship club Norwich City Football Club.
  • Supporting Audi on transactional and certain other related matters to facilitate its entry into F1.

Ghana > Foreign firms Tier 1

At Linklaters LLP, Andrew Jones heads the Africa Group and managing associate Kwaku Osei leads the Ghana desk, dividing his time between Ghana and London. The group has a broad range of sector expertise, covering oil and gas as well as mining and power. It is also adept at handling consumer goods and telecoms issues as well as having considerable expertise in the sports sector. Jones has a wealth of experience in advising clients on their Ghana-related business and has worked on some of the country’s most significant energy and infrastructure projects. Osei is experienced in advising sponsors, investors and lenders on energy and infrastructure projects and political risk insurance products in Africa and beyond.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Jones; Kwaku Osei

Key clients

Eiffel Investment Group

BUTEC Group

Unilever plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Eiffel Investment Group as lender in the financing of the construction, installation and operation of photovoltaic panels on commercial locations in Ghana and Sierra Leone by a subsidiary of Manocap.
  • Advised BUTEC Group, a group based in Dubai active in construction services, on the proposed acquisition of the Engie Services businesses.
  • Advised Unilever on the sale of its global tea business (known as ekaterra) to CVC Capital Partners for €4.5bn.

India > Foreign firms Tier 1

Primarily based in Singapore and London, Linklaters LLP’s India group has an active presence in the country and acts for both domestic businesses and international corporates seeking to operate in India. Narayan Iyer, based in London, is a seasoned projects and energy specialist, focusing on acquisitions, leveraged finance and other transactions in these sectors. On the corporate side, Savi Hebbur, also in London, is the key contact, while Amit Singh heads the firm’s India group, a notable area of strength, from his base in Singapore. Ben Carroll, in London, takes point on disputes, including international arbitration, and Philip Badge, in Singapore, has extensive experience of handling complex Indian cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Amit Singh

Key clients

ACME Solar Holdings

Adani Electricity Mumbai

Axis Bank

Bharti Airtel Limited Bhartiartl

Continuum Energy Aura Pte Ltd

Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte SA

Compagnie Plastic Omnium SA

Credit Suisse

DBS Bank Ltd

Goldman Sachs

Inox Green Energy Services

John Cockerill

JSW Steel Limited

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

Morgan Stanley Asia Limited

Morgan Stanley India Company Private Limited

MUFG Securities EMEA plc.

National Highways Infra Trust

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited

Vulcan Resources

Morocco > Foreign firms Tier 1

Based out of Paris, the Francophone Africa practice of Linklaters utilises a strong relationship with local governments and regulators in Morocco to support clients on major deals within the region. In particular, the firm is active on a number of major energy projects in regard to both development and financing. Managing partner Bertrand Andriani leads the group with a focus on project development, for both borrowers and financiers.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Jones; Bertrand Andriani

Other key lawyers:

Roland Ziadé; Mehdi Boumedine

Key clients

TAQA

Société Générale S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising TAQA on an ongoing potential joint venture for a 140-megawatt (MW) facility near the city of Tanger.
  • Advising the lenders to SAFIEC, the operator of the Safi coal-fired power project (2×693 MW) located in Southwest Morocco.

Tunisia > Foreign firms Tier 1

Leveraging its global corporate finance prowess, Linklaters LLP has established an impressive track record of involvement in Tunisia-related deals, with a historical focus on banking and finance, private equity and energy-related matters. Energy and infrastructure specialist Andrew Jones, based in London, co-heads the firm’s Africa group and brings to bear over two decades of experience in working in emerging markets across the continent. From Paris, Bertrand Andriani heads the Francophone Africa desk and is noted for his expertise in banking, energy and infrastructure transactions.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Jones; Bertrand Andriani

Algeria > Foreign firms Tier 2

Linklaters has vast experience acting for clients in the energy and oil and gas sectors, with recent work including advising on disputes, acquisitions and sales of assets. The team is led by London-based head of the Africa group Andrew Jones and project development and financing expert Bertrand Andriani, who works in Paris and is also the head of the firm's Francophone Africa practice. Senior managing associate Aymeric Voisin has experience in project work and development across the mining and infrastructure sectors, among others.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Jones; Bertrand Andriani

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BHP Billiton

Work highlights

  • Advising BHP Billiton on the sale of its upstream Algerian oil and gas assets located in the Ghadones Basin (Rhourde El Louh and Sif Fatima) to ENI for approximately $210m.

Angola > Foreign firms Tier 3

The Angola group at Linklaters stands out for its ability to leverage the firm’s full-service capabilities in Lisbon, Paris and London to assist clients with their operations in the country. The practice is noted for its strength in corporate, finance and dispute resolution. Francisco Ferraz De Carvalho is a key name in the banking and finance team and is particularly sought after to advise on projects in Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde. From Lisbon, he oversees the practice alongside London-based partner Andrew Jones, who is especially active in the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Jones; Francisco Ferraz de Carvalho

Other key lawyers:

Diogo Plantier Santos

Testimonials

‘The Linklaters team has built a very solid offering. Clients are assisted by partners with the right balance of legal skills and experience.’

‘We have been working with partner Diogo Plantier Santos. It has been a remarkable experience. Diogo has the legal skills required for the job, including a strong connection with Africa. He is always available and very hands-on even regarding matters that he could defer to others.’

Key clients

Banco de Fomento Angola, SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Banco de Fomento Angola (BFA) acting as a financial intermediary on the initial public offering (IPO) of Sonangalp – Sociedade de Distribuição de Combustíveis.

United Arab Emirates > Infrastructure and projects (including project finance)

Linklaters has an impressive energy and infrastructure practice which covers a broad range of sectors, with the team acting on power, water, hydrogen, petrochemicals, and infrastructure projects. Practice head Matt Keats has extensive experience advising sponsors, lenders, ECAs and governments on the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects across the Middle East region. Jonathan Vick specialises in the energy, commodities and infrastructure sectors, assisting with conventional and Shariah-compliant financing transactions. Also notable is ESG specialist Leila Amos, and Jack Allen-Fitt, who focuses on energy transition projects, including green and blue hydrogen, ammonia, and petrochemicals projects.

Practice head(s):

Matt Keats

Key clients

NEOM

International Finance Corporattion

Nogaholding

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company

INEOS

Royal Commission of Jubail and Yanbu

Saudi British Bank

Saudi Power Procurement Company

SAVC

Bahrain National Gas Expansion Company

Mirfa International Power and Water Company PJSC

Saudi Electricity Company

FCC Aqualia S.A.

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC

First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC

KFW IPEX-BANK GMBH

The Saudi National Bank

Bank of China

The Norinchukin Bank

Shinsei Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the refinancing of the existing project finance debt facilities of Mirfa International Power and Water Company PJSC.
  • Advising NEOM on its first selective desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.
  • Advising Saudi Power Procurement Company on the procurement of two greenfield 3.6 GW combined cycle gas fired IPPs located in the Taiba and Qassim regions of Saudi Arabia.

Hong Kong > Projects and energy

Linklaters is at the forefront of renewable power projects, such as onshore and offshore wind, and low-carbon energies like hydrogen and solar. Working on its own, as well as ‘supplemented by access to one of the top global projects practices’, the group fields a multi-disciplinary projects team that collaborates frequently with its London office, providing expertise across various practice areas, including corporate M&A, finance, projects, capital markets, regulatory matters, and dispute resolution. In addition to supporting the development of major renewable energy projects in South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam, the firm continues to focus its expertise on Taiwan, advising lenders on solar and onshore wind portfolios, as well as other high-value M&A deals in the region. James McLaren co-heads the energy and infrastructure group and advises on transactions in emerging markets, with a particular focus on the financing of large-scale renewable energy projects in North Asia, while the ‘conscientious and dedicated’ Ying Fu specialises in advising on energy and natural resources M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

James McLaren; Ying Fu

Testimonials

‘Responsive and commercial with an excellent bench of quality partners and associates. Their deliverables are always on point, they always understand what we are looking for, and they are flexible on billing and fee structures.’

‘Great expertise, supplemented by access to one of the top global projects practices. Always willing to go above and beyond in helping us get the result we need.’

‘Ying Fu is strong technically and helpful, always looking to ensure the client is happy, and a lot of fun to work with. Conscientious and dedicated.’

Key clients

Actis

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

China Light and Power

China Southern Grid

Goldwinds

Hong Kong| Electric

Northland Power

Ørsted

wpd

Northland

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

BP

PETRONAS

Noble Group

BAML

BNP Paribas

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

HSBC

ING Bank

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Royal Bank Scotland

Societe Generale

Standard Chartered

UBS

DP World

Hutchison

International Container Terminal Services Inc.

Jardine Matheson

ORIX

Atradius

Bpifrance

EDC

EKF

IFC

KEXIM

K-SURE

Hermes

JBIC

NEXI

UKEF

Work highlights

  • Advised the lenders on the second financing of the solar assets of BlackRock Alternatives’ Climate Infrastructure business in Taiwan, comprising an initial NT$3.913bn long-term, multi-tranche green loan facility which has the capacity to be significantly upsized.
  • Advised on the acquisition of a majority stake in Levanta Renewables, a Southeast Asia-focused renewables platform with 300MW of onshore wind power projects in advanced development in Vietnam.
  • Advised Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition of a 26.67% stake in CWP H1 Energy Pte. Ltd., the green hydrogen and green ammonia venture of CWP Global, and related strategic joint venture arrangements.

South Korea > Projects and energy: foreign firms

With a dedicated practice on the ground in Seoul, Linklaters LLP handles the full range of advisory matters, supporting international investors and corporations in major inbound transactions, particularly investments into renewable energy, local commercial banks and Korean ECAs. Practice leader and managing partner Joo Hee Lee specialises in multi-source project finance and project development, while energy and infrastructure expert James McLaren advises on offshore windfarm projects. Associate Jenny Jo is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Joo Hee Lee

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Joo Hee Lee is an excellent partner who provides helpful advice.’

‘The Linklaters Seoul office stands out due to its exceptional team of lawyers who bring unique strengths and capabilities to the table. They consistently provide excellent solutions and demonstrate a high level of proficiency, ensuring efficiency and effectiveness throughout.’

‘Joo Hee Lee’s ability to see the bigger picture and navigate complex financial negotiations with finesse is truly commendable.’ 

‘The Linklaters Seoul office excels in its ability to provide top-notch solutions during financial contract negotiations and conduct efficient and effective contract documentation. With a collaborative team, a strong emphasis on leveraging technology, and innovative billing practices, they continue to set a high standard for legal services in the industry.’

‘Joo Hee Le, truly stands out for several remarkable qualities that set her apart from others. She demonstrates exceptional abilities and has a uniquely effective approach to her work.’

Key clients

KEXIM

K-SURE

KDB

NH Investment & Securities Co., Ltd.

Samsung C&T

KEPCO

KOMIPO

KOSPO

KNOC

KIND

Lotte Chemical

Ontario Teachers Pension Plan

Standard Chartered Bank

ING Bank

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

BNP Paribas

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation

Mizuho Bank Ltd.

CACIB

MUFG

Bank of America

Work highlights

  • Advised the lenders on the financing of the Jeonnam 1 offshore wind farm project located in South Jeolla Province, South Korea.
  • Advising the lenders including KEXIM, K-SURE and banks on the corporate financing of the Lotte Chemical sponsored Naphtha Cracker Project in the Banten province of Indonesia.
  • Advising OTPP on its investment of up to US$1bn in a global offshore wind development joint venture with Corio Generation to support the development of 14 fixed bottom and floating wind projects including in South Korea.

Philippines > Foreign firms

Under the collective leadership of James McLaren, Philip Badge and Amit Singh, Linklaters has a dedicated Philippines desk which comprises eminent practitioners practising out of Singapore and Hong Kong. The team receives a regular flow of instructions on a broad range of high-profile mandates involving governments and international entities. It also enjoys an excellent relationship with major investment banks, international private equity houses and multinational corporates. Philip Badge is recognised for his expertise on complex cross-border structured finance transactions, and leads the team jointly with Amit Singh, who has considerable experience in the international capital markets, as well as head of energy and natural resources James McLaren. Sophie Mathur is another key figure and acts as Asia Head of corporate.

Practice head(s):

James McLaren; Philip Badge; Amit Singh

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Citi

Stonepeak

HSBC

Work highlights

  • Advised Citibank on the sale of its six consumer banking franchises in Southeast Asia and EMEA.
  • Advised Stonepeak on its $472m landmark acquisition of over 2000 towers from Globe Telcom in the Philippines.
  • Acted as special United States counsel to the Republic of the Philippines (“ROP”) in the preparation and filing of the Republic’s annual report on form 18-K followed by a new $7bn shelf registration statement with the US SEC.

Singapore > International arbitration

The international arbitration practice at Linklaters is noted for its capability in domestic and multi-jurisdictional commercial arbitration and investment arbitration. The team enjoys a strong reputation in multiple fields, acting across a wide range of sectors including private equity, energy, infrastructure, and technology. Jelita Pandjaitan is the head of the team, with particular knowledge of financial and energy-related arbitrations. The group continues to expand, with the arrival of Rebecca James from the firm's London office in November 2022, and Andrew Battisson from Norton Rose Fulbright in June 2023. At counsel level, Hansel Ng is ‘outstanding’.

Practice head(s):

Jelita Pandjaitan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great small team’

‘Hansel Ng is outstanding.’

 

United States > Tax > US taxes: non-contentious

Noted for its representation of leading private equity funds, Linklaters LLP‘s broad tax expertise covers funds, capital raising transactions, asset acquisition and disposition deals, and financing arrangements. M&A, capital markets, and internal restructurings are also core workflows for the group. Washington DC-based David Brockway is at the forefront of the firm’s tax planning offering, placing particular emphasis on matters with a cross-border element, while Max Levine in New York has experience in the taxation of partnerships, REITs, domestic and offshore companies, sovereign wealth funds, and tax-exempt investors. Notable arrivals include New York-based tech expert Gabriel Grossman from Goodwin, and Omer Harel from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in August 2022, who focuses on the European and Asian markets from the London office.

Practice head(s):

David Brockway; Max Levine

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.

Barings

SMBC

Ameriprise Financial, Inc.

Aermont Capital LLP

DRA Advisors LLC

Work highlights

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 Claire Petheram
Projects Stuart Salt
Real estate Yves Moreau
Restructuring and insolvency Rebecca Jarvis
Restructuring and insolvency Richard Bussell
Techology, media and telecommunications Richard Cumbley
Tax Lynne Walkington
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