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Linklaters LLP
ONE SILK STREET
LONDON
EC2Y 8HQ
London

Acquisition finance Tier 1

With 31 banking partners based in London – many of whom have a significant focus on acquisition finance matters – as well as being able to leverage the firm’s broad-ranging international footprint, Linklaters LLP has the critical mass and geographical diversity to handle a significant volume of mandates for a balanced array of banks, private equity sponsors, credit funds and corporates. ‘At the vanguard of market evolution’, the team is trusted by market participants to advise on the largest leveraged loans in Europe implementing covenant-lite terms, and has also been active on a spate of deals which have tapped into the European Term Loan B market. As well as work for private equity sponsors, the team regularly advises corporates on the financings to facilitate M&A transactions, including for Takeda Pharmaceutical Company on its acquisition bridge facility in connection with the acquisition of Shire Plc. The 'very strongAdam Freeman heads up the leveraged finance sub-group and is a key member of the team that also includes Nick Syson and Annette Kurdian, who both regularly advise large investment banks on big-ticket cross-border leveraged deals, and in the case of Kurdian has successfully built up a significant roster of alternative credit providers.

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 1

'Diligent, accessible and commercial – from associate all the way up to senior partner', Linklaters LLP provides a 'uniformly high quality of work' to a balanced spread of banks and borrowers on deals throughout the capital structure, including as it relates to general corporate lending, investment grade acquisition financing, margin lending and refinancings. Philip Spittal heads up the global loans team and handles a range of syndicated deals relating to general corporate lending and M&A financing. He recently advised the lenders and the security agent on a secured term loan facility to Sociedad Portuaria Terminal De Contenedores De Buenaventura, for the operation of a commercial container port terminal in Buenaventura, Colombia and for the refinancing of the borrower's existing debt from the project’s construction phase. Toby Grimstone regularly acts for banks and borrowers on syndicated and secured bank financings, with notable niche expertise in acquisition financing and commodities-related finance work (he is Glencore's go-to-adviser on its most complex financings). In addition to his margin lending expertise, Oliver Edwards also handles broader financing work for banks and corporates in the context of working capital facilities, as well as it pertains to event-driven transactions. Ian Callaghan continues to garner a strong reputation among corporates, banks and alternative credit providers on public and private acquisition financings and cross-border syndicated lending. Managing associate Caroline Courtney is 'one to watch' and has developed a strong practice among lenders, corporates and sponsors in event-driven acquisitions, investment grade facilities and direct lending.

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 1

Linklaters LLP  is widely recognised for its expertise in banking litigation involving insolvencies, derivatives and structured financial products, misrepresentation, fraud issues, mis-selling claims and contractual disputes, lender enforcement action, and consumer credit issues. The practice acted for PricewaterhouseCoopers as the joint administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (LBIE), in claims filed in the LBIE administration by a major bank following its purchase of Lehman Brothers' exchange-traded derivatives business in 2008. It has a deep bench of partners including Christa Band, who is known for crisis management, fraud, regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, and Patrick Robinson, who is highly rated for matters involving derivatives and structured products disputes, fund and private equity disputes, and contentious regulatory issues. Satindar Dogra  is head of the disputes team in London. Other experienced practitioners are Rory Conway, Susana Cao MirandaAlison Wilson and Andrew Hughes . Gavin Lewis transferred to London from the Hong Kong office in 2019.

Brexit Tier 1

Linklaters LLP fields a global team of experts, led by global competition chair  Christopher Bellamy QC and corporate partner  Lucy Fergusson  to advise clients on the full range of Brexit-related risks and strategies. The cross-practice group is particularly active with financial services clients, handling a variety of issues including contingency planning and cross-border reorganisations .Other  key names in this group include global head of finance and projects Michael Kent, Peter Bevan, who leads the financial regulation group, and global co-head of fintech Harry Eddis. Deepak Sitlani and Mark Brown are the primary contacts for capitals markets-related issues, Nicole Kar heads up the UK competition group, and Charlotte Morgan leads the global energy and infrastructure practice.

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 1

Linklaters LLP's ‘excellent' real estate team represents domestic and international investors, developers and occupiers on premium investments, high-value regeneration and developments and lettings. Practice head Andy Bruce is highly recommended and experienced in financing, development, acquisition, letting and disposal matters across the UK and Europe. In a recent highlight for the practice, a team led by Patrick Plant advised Malaysian investors on the £1.6bn purchase of a stake in the Battersea power station redevelopment project. Simon Price has notable experience with structured investments and is also possesses expert knowledge of the hotels sector, while the 'exceptional' Martin Elliott leads the development team.

Commercial property: development Tier 1

Linklaters LLP's ‘excellent' real estate team represents domestic and international investors, developers and occupiers on premium investments, high-value regeneration and developments and lettings. Practice head Andy Bruce is highly recommended and experienced in financing, development, acquisition, letting and disposal matters across the UK and Europe. In a recent highlight for the practice, a team led by Patrick Plant advised Malaysian investors on the £1.6bn purchase of a stake in the Battersea power station redevelopment project. Simon Price has notable experience with structured investments and is also possesses expert knowledge of the hotels sector, while the 'exceptional' Martin Elliott leads the development team.

Commercial property: investment Tier 1

Linklaters LLP's ‘excellent' real estate team represents domestic and international investors, developers and occupiers on premium investments, high-value regeneration and developments and lettings. Practice head Andy Bruce is highly recommended and experienced in financing, development, acquisition, letting and disposal matters across the UK and Europe. In a recent highlight for the practice, a team led by Patrick Plant advised Malaysian investors on the £1.6bn purchase of a stake in the Battersea power station redevelopment project. Simon Price has notable experience with structured investments and is also possesses expert knowledge of the hotels sector, while the 'exceptional' Martin Elliott leads the development team.

Corporate governance Tier 1

Linklaters LLP's risk and resilience team provides global risk management, regulatory and governance advice to clients. The group primarily focuses on governance and compliance models, board advice, risk assessments, investigations, reporting and disclosure, and crisis management. Key practitioners  include co-head Vanessa Havard-Williams, who also leads the firm's sustainability practice and has expertise in human rights issues; co-head and corporate partner Tom Shropshire, who splits his time between London and the US; and Michael Bennett, who is global head of the dispute resolution group. Tom Cassels is also a key name for contentious work, Rachel Barrett is an expert in compliance and risk management issues, Richard Cumbley focuses on data and privacy matters, and Satindra Dogra handles fraud investigations and bribery work. Managing associate Lucy Blake is also noted for her financial crime and fraud knowledge.

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 1

With a substantial core group of restructuring practitioners based in London, as well as the ability to leverage the vast global reach of the firm and its excellence in complementary practice areas, Linklaters LLP is able to' produce restructuring, and workout advice of the highest quality', irrespective of the geographical location or client type. Spearheaded in London by the 'level headedRichard Bussell and 'technically excellentRebecca Jarvis , the team is equally adept at handling restructuring and transactional-related distressed debt mandates as it is in relation to matters involving recourse to formal insolvency procedures. The 'super commercialBruce Bell is well-regarded for his debtor-side work, as well as on the creditor front for distressed funds. The 'remarkably brightJames Douglas  excels in contentious creditor work and is a key member of the team that also includes the 'highly technicalNick Le Masurier, who, in addition to core creditor and debtor work, has also developed a niche in relation to bank recovery and resolution.

Corporate tax Tier 1

Linklaters LLP's tax group excels in a number of areas, notably: corporate demergers and group unifications; M&A transactions; securitisations and structured finance; funds and private equity work. The group also has significant Fintech expertise, with experience advising major financial institutions on the tax implications of interbank blockchain technology. The team is led by Yash Rupal, who clients rate for his ability to handle commercial transactions in addition to managing tax controversies. Other key team members include financial institutions taxation expert James Morgan and Mavnick Nerwal who is an expert in the global financial sponsors sector.

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 1

Under the leadership of Richard CumbleyLinklaters LLP excels at international work alongside its experience in complex UK-focused matters. The group is also recognised for its knowledge of the fintech, digital health and technology sectors; it counts Bupa, HSBC and Experian as clients. Areas of focus for Cumbley include data security incidents, privacy litigation, regulatory matters and subject access issues. Other key individuals include Julian Cunningham-Day, who has recently been active advising on GDPR projects for global clients; senior privacy counsel Peter Church, who is a noteworthy name for technology issues; and Georgina Kon, whose recent work includes advising on GDPR implications, international data flows and the privacy aspects of big data projects and digitalisation. Managing associate Alaister Johnson is also recommended.

Debt capital markets Tier 1

Linklaters LLP's debt capital markets practice has a 40-year history in London, during which time it has become one of the leading firms for all kinds of debt product, including complex and innovative bond structures. It has one of the largest practices in the City, led by Elaine Keats, who handles standalone debt offerings, retail bonds and EMTN programmes. The firm is a recognised leader in liability management, equity-linked bonds and regulatory capital transactions. It is also a key player in emerging market debt, green bonds and the nascent area of sustainability and social bonds. Its team comprises seven UK DCM partners, two US-qualified partners and two counsels in London. Richard Levy is 'the best in town - very technical and commercial, he delivers on client needs'. Ben Dulieu is a standout practitioner for equity-linked transactions. Cecil Quillen and Carson Welsh excel in US securities and regulatory capital trades, respectively. The 'highly skilled and responsive' Richard O’Callaghan has significant MENA and emerging markets expertise. 'The team is the most knowledgeable and skilled in this area, bar none', remarks one client.

Derivatives (including commodities) Tier 1

'At the very top of the market', remarks a client of Linklaters LLP who adds that 'on our most complicated trades we find their cross-border ability very useful and they are excellent at keeping on top of new regulations'. The firm is regarded as one of the leaders in derivatives clearing and related regulatory advice, margin requirements for non-centrally cleared OTC derivatives, complex CLOs, synthetic securitisations, ESMA-compliant balance sheet securitised derivatives, bespoke repackagings, longevity derivatives, fund-linked derivatives, complex equity derivatives and commodity title transfer financings. ' Industry leaderDeepak Sitlani, who is a key adviser to ISDA, leads the derivatives and structured products practice, in which standout partners include leading securitised and OTC derivatives expert Vinay Samani; Simon Firth who 'literally wrote the book on derivatives'; Paul Lewis , who has a particular focus on margin implementation for non-cleared derivatives; global head of capital markets Michael Voisin; and up-and-coming partner Mark Drury , whose broad practice covers exchange-traded and OTC derivatives, repackaged notes, hedge and mutual fund-linked products, cash and synthetic CLOs/CDOs and fund derivatives.

Emerging markets Tier 1

Linklaters LLP has one of London's most prestigious banking and finance practices and acts for a stellar roster of banks, corporates, funds and governments in their financing, hedging and investment activities. The London practice handles work in Africa, the CEE, China, India, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia, Southeast Asia and Turkey. Banking and debt capital markets are key practice areas, and the firm counts development finance institutions such as African Development Bank and International Finance Corporation among its clients. Among the firm's many standout partners are Ian Andrews who advises sponsors, funders and public bodies on infrastructure financings; projects partner Andrew Jones, who leads the firm's Africa Group; Mirthe Van Kesteren, who leads the emerging markets banking and structured trade finance practice in London and co-heads the firm's CIS desk; and head of the head of the global energy and infrastructure practice Daniel Tyrer. The firm also has strong US securities law capability in Cecil Quillen. Debt specialists Richard Levy and Elaine Keats are also recommended.

Employee share schemes Tier 1

Linklaters LLP's 12-strong specialist incentives team provides standalone advice and transactional support to a large number of FTSE top 20 and FTSE 100 companies, top 20 global investment banks and global asset managers. The group, which is led by Alexandra Beidas, has a wealth of expertise in directors' pay, where advice is centred on issues such as the design and disclosure of directors’ remuneration, and the conduct of remuneration committees. It also provides support to global companies on the operation of their global share plans. Managing associate Cara Hegarty has over ten years’ experience of advising on the design and implementation of executive and all-employee incentive arrangements, and pay reporting requirements. In a recent development, Bradley Richardson joined as counsel from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Employment: employers Tier 1

Linklaters LLP’s employment and incentives practice handles the full range of top-level employment law matters, including big-ticket litigation, strategic employment advisory work, remuneration and investigations in the financial services sector, equality and discrimination issues and Brexit-related matters. The team has been developing specialist expertise in advising start-ups and tech businesses. Nicola Rabson, who has 'incredible instincts for the right course of action', heads the practice, while counsel Simon Kerr-Davis is another name to note.

Environment Tier 1

Linklaters LLP provides regulatory advice on health and safety regulations and compliance with EU regulations. The firm also assists with the construction of green buildings and the installation of energy efficient low carbon energy technologies, and advises on trading schemes for environmental commodities. Practice head Vanessa Havard-Williams specialises in international soft law sustainability standards, and the drafting and negotiation of environmental and social contracts. Rachel Barrett was promoted to partner in May 2018 and regularly assists with project development and the financing aspects of energy projects.

Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 1

The London ECM group at Linklaters LLP quarterbacks many of the firm's high-profile cross-border equity highlights, working in conjunction with colleagues across its extensive North and South American, European and East Asian office network. Clients have noted in particular the team's deep bench and strong pedigree of ECM specialists. At the senior end sits John Lane ('a doyen of UK corporate finance') and Jason Manketo ('one of the best US securities lawyers in London'), while on the more junior end of the partnership James Wootton 'has already developed a strong name for himself', and newly promoted partner Tom Thorne is 'continuing the line of top-class capital markets partners'. In addition to the team's work on foreign exchanges, the firm's peers have also noted its strong reputation in significant London Stock Exchange listings.

EU and competition Tier 1

Linklaters LLP’s ‘impressive’ competition group handles significant high-value mergers and advises clients on complex investigations conducted both by the competition market authorities as well as by regulated sector authorities. Particular sectors of focus for the team include mining, energy and infrastructure, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, retail, financial services, energy, utilities, fintech, and private equity. In the pharmaceutical space, the team worked closely with the firm’s offices in Belgium and the US in obtaining unconditional clearance across multiple jurisdictions for client Takeda in relation to its recommended £46bn offer for Shire; with recently promoted counsel Anna Mitchell leading a London-based team on this matter. On the retail side, UK practice head Nicole Kar and Simon Pritchard acted for Sainsbury’s on its proposed merger with Asda. Christian Ahlborn is dual qualified in the UK and Germany and led a team advising E.ON on all competition law aspects of  its planned asset exchange with RWE. Bringing years of competition law experience handling complex cross-border issues, Sir Christopher Bellamy QC chairs the practice globally and advises high-profile clients, such as Novartis and Visa Europe. Natura Gracia specialises in state aid, utility regulation and public procurement matters.  Former partner Michael Cutting departed to accept a position at the Competition Appeals Tribunal.

Financial services: contentious Tier 1

Linklaters LLP has a well-established reputation for advising multinational banks and asset managers on complex multijuristictional issues, handling the full range of both contentious and non-contentious matters. On the non-contentious side, areas of specialism include Brexit advice, ring-fencing and the growing fintech industry. Martyn Hopper leads the contentious and non-contentious financial regulatory teams respectively, which work closely together - an example being the 'insightful and influentialNikunj Kiri, who acts in both areas. Also notable is 'bright, excellent communicatorAlison Wilson, who has extensive bank sector and contentious regulatory expertise. Focusing on non-contentious matters, Michael Kent is well regarded for handling projects involving consortia of banks or asset managers; while Peter Bevan has particular expertise in new product development, trading issues such as market abuse and regulatory structuring advice. Also notable are fintech specialist Harry Eddis; newly promoted Sebastian Barling; and Julia Dixon, who co-led the firm's team advising PwC on the administration of stockbroker Beaufort Securities, which was placed into insolvency following an application by the FCA. On the contentious side the department has particular expertise in relation to enforcement investigations, as well as solo-PRA and joint PRA/FCA investigations in the wholesale banking and insurance sectors. Also recommended are counsels Alastair Holt and Elizabeth Dowd and managing associate Raza Naeem.

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 1

Linklaters LLP has a well-established reputation for advising multinational banks and asset managers on complex multijuristictional issues, handling the full range of both contentious and non-contentious matters. On the non-contentious side, areas of specialism include Brexit advice, ring-fencing and the growing fintech industry. Martyn Hopper leads the contentious and non-contentious regulatory teams respectively, which work closely together - an example being the 'insightful and influentialNikunj Kiri, who acts in both areas. Also notable is 'bright, excellent communicatorAlison Wilson, who has extensive bank sector and contentious regulatory expertise. Focusing on non-contentious matters, Michael Kent is well regarded for handling projects involving consortia of banks or asset managers; while Peter Bevan has particular expertise in new product development, trading issues such as market abuse and regulatory structuring advice. Also notable are fintech specialist Harry Eddis; newly promoted Sebastian Barling; and Julia Dixon, who co-led the firm's team advising PwC on the administration of stockbroker Beaufort Securities, which was placed into insolvency following an application by the FCA. On the contentious side the department has particular expertise in relation to enforcement investigations, as well as solo-PRA and joint PRA/FCA investigations in the wholesale banking and insurance sectors. Also recommended are counsels Alastair Holt and Elizabeth Dowd and managing associate Raza Naeem.

Fintech Tier 1

Linklaters LLP's fintech group acts for financial institutions and major banks, disruptive technology companies, many of which operate in the payments space, and crowdfunding platforms. The team frequently advises start-ups on the regulatory considerations of developing new digital tokens or payment systems, often based around utilising distributed ledger technology, and also advises large-scale fintech companies on setting up global banking structures that comply with regulatory standards. More broadly the practice is involved in fundraising work (ICOs/IPOs), corporate investments such as M&A and joint ventures, data governance, AI and cloud computing, and in advising on the use of blockchain platforms and smart contracts across a range of industries. Joint practice heads Julian Cunningham-Day and Richard Hay advise leading financial institutions on major technology projects, whereas Fionnghuala Griggs acts on corporate matters such as M&A and bank consortium projects. In a recent mandate, financial services regulatory partner Harry Eddis advised a Singapore-based start-up on the creation, transfer and issuance of digital tokens on a private blockchain.

Fraud: civil Tier 1

The Linklaters LLP team takes a multidisciplinary approach, combining the expertise of lawyers across its global network of offices, including specialists in derivatives, insolvency, financial regulation, capital markets, energy and infrastructure and competition. Clients include banks and FTSE 100 companies, which it advises on high-value multijurisdictional disputes. Satindra Dogra heads the London team - which was recently boosted by the arrival of former Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders  - while Michael Bennett is global head. Other new additions to the London team include Gavin Lewis, who relocated from Hong Kong, while Teresa Laboucarie-Polak and Chris Stevenson were both recently made up to partner.

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 1

Linklaters LLP enjoys a stellar reputation in the infrastructure area. It is a go-to firm for a variety of clients, such as infrastructure funds and private equity houses but also public entities, on matters including project finance and construction, acquisitions, refinancings and disposals. The team is jointly led by Ian Andrews, who is well versed in secondary infrastructure deals,  Jessamy Gallagher, who specialises in acquisitions in the infrastructure and energy sector, and Stuart Rowson, who is a key contact in financings.

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

Linklaters LLP advises clients across a broad range of complex cross-border M&A transactions, frequently above the £1bn mark. Clients include a large number of household names, a large proportion of which are FTSE100-listed companies. The firm's sector expertise is exhibited through an array of distinct work highlights, including Takeda's takeover of Shire in the pharmaceuticals sector, which managing associate Sarah Flaherty advised on, and Sainsbury's proposed merger with Asda in the retail sector, in which the highly-regarded Iain Fenn acted for Sainsbury's. Fenn was also the lead name when the firm advised Old Mutual on its £12bn demerger. The 'professional' Aedamar Comiskey heads the global corporate practice, while Matthew Middleditch is chairman. Fionnghuala Griggs, partner since May 2017, is particularly experienced in Fintech and has  advised private companies in this sector on complex schemes of arrangement, in addition to advising financial service groups on Brexit. Derek Tong, who was recently promoted to partner,  heads the UK technology transactions team. Senior partner Charlie Jacobs maintains an active role as boardroom adviser to many of the firm's high-profile clients. Departures include that of experienced M&A partner Roger Barron.

Mining and minerals Tier 1

A wide range of big-name clients turn to the dedicated mining team at Linklaters LLP for support on complex, high-profile and novel legal issues. The team, jointly led by senior partner Charlie Jacobs , Toby Grimstone , David Avery-Gee and Andrew Jones, boasts particularly strong capabilities across corporate, finance and contentious work, and recently provided English law advice to US mining tools maker ESCO on its $1.3bn takeover by London-listed engineering giant Weir Group.

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 1

Pensions liability management is a core aspect of Linklaters LLP’s practice, with the team led by Claire Petheram (succeeding the recently retired Ruth Goldman) having advised household-name scheme sponsors, insurers and trustees on longevity swap transactions, buy-ins, buy-outs and scheme mergers. The practice also advises on ring-fencing mandates, post-Lloyds equalisation issues, pension wind-ups and funding solutions. Mark Blyth leads the contentious offering with significant expertise in high-profile regulatory disputes, disputes involving the exercise of trustee powers, Pensions Ombudsman applications and contentious issues surrounding pension liabilities.

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 1

Pensions liability management is a core aspect of Linklaters LLP’s practice, with the team led by Claire Petheram (succeeding the recently retired Ruth Goldman) having advised household-name scheme sponsors, insurers and trustees on longevity swap transactions, buy-ins, buy-outs and scheme mergers. The practice also advises on ring-fencing mandates, post-Lloyds equalisation issues, pension wind-ups and funding solutions. Mark Blyth leads the contentious offering with significant expertise in high-profile regulatory disputes, disputes involving the exercise of trustee powers, Pensions Ombudsman applications and contentious issues surrounding pension liabilities.

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 1

Linklaters LLP has the ability to support clients on every aspect of wind power projects and regularly advises on the planning and development of UK offshore assets. The magic circle firm's full-service offering handles OFTO sales, equity sell-downs, refinancings and decommissioning, among other matters, both at home and abroad. In recent highlights, the group oversaw the development of Moray and Triton Knoll, two of the three UK offshore wind projects to receive Contracts for Difference (CFDs) in the latest government round, and has been acting for the sponsors on the financing of a new lignite fired power station in Kosovo. Key partners include the 'super smart' Jeremy Gerwirtz, 'Mr Renewables' John Pickett, the 'commercial and knowledgeable' Richard Coar and Charlotte Morgan , who also leads the firm's UK Government offering. Long-serving global projects head Bruce White recently retired from the partnership and now serves as a consultant.

Rail Tier 1

The broad rail offering at Linklaters LLP draws strengths from its leading corporate, finance, real estate and regulatory expertise to advise on a range of rail mandates, such as M&A, financing, construction, real estate, franchising, rolling stock and policy issues; it has the 'capacity to deploy teams from other areas to enhance the level of service delivered'. Its clients range from government bodies, rolling stock companies, regulators, sponsors and lenders, to financiers. The team is commended for its 'commercial focus, problem solving abilities; its very strong work ethic, and its highly professional and knowledgeable approach'. Its international expertise is evidenced by its lead role in advising the lenders on the $2.73bn project financing for the $4bn construction, refurbishment and operation of a 912km railway line through Mozambique and Malawi. Fiona Hobbs has a 'wealth of experience in the rail sector' and Charlotte Morgan is noted for her infrastructure expertise, while Stuart Rowson handles finance mandates in the sector.

Real estate funds Tier 1

Highlighted by one client for its 'practical approach', Linklaters LLP's real estate funds activity is conducted by the firm's broader investment funds practice . Besides a core roster of real estate asset management clients, certain sovereign wealth funds also instruct the team, which additionally boasts a growing Limited Partners (LP) offering. Mandates for private real estate funds constituted the majority of the firm's recent work, diversified by some listed real estate fund mandates. The London office has access to Luxembourg vehicle-specific expertise, thanks to the firm's robust Luxembourg office. Open-ended fund and illiquid asset specialist Matthew Keogh is team head; recently made-up partner (May 2019) Rahul Manvatkar works across the full range of open-ended and closed-ended vehicles and is noted for his funds regulatory expertise.

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 1

Linklaters LLP has a strong corporate crime offering in London, with the firm's international network and broad practice coverage meaning it is able to handle multi-jurisdictional criminal and regulatory investigations, and advise on the employment and remuneration consequences arising from investigations. Its lawyers regularly work on cross-border cases brought by regulators including the  SFO, FCA and PRA in the UK and the DOJ and SEC in the US. Clients include financial institutions, corporates and individuals. Co-head of team and global head of disputes Michael Bennett deals with financial crime investigations and regulatory risk. His highly regarded co-head Satindar Dogra, who also heads the London disputes practice, handles fraud investigations and corporate crime, including bribery, corruption, sanctions and money-laundering cases. Martyn Hopper is also highly recommended for financial regulation matters. Adding further strength to its bench, the magic circle firm added Alison Saunders as a partner from the Crown Prosecution Service, where she was  director of public prosecutions.

Structured products and securitisation Tier 1

Linklaters LLP has 'quality right through the ranks, from the partners through their senior and junior associates, which arguably differentiates this practice from its peers', according to one client. The firm has one of the largest dedicated structured finance and securitisation practices globally, and it operates an integrated practice across the UK, continental Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. In 2018, it was involved in some of the largest securitisations in Europe, including some of the highest-profile RMBS transactions. It also acted in newly developing segments of the UK mortgage market, notably RMBS deals by non-bank UK mortgage originators, and is a prominent player in the non-performing loan (NPL) securitisationarea. Other key areas include auto-loans, led by up-and-coming partner Reza Taylor, and whole business securitisation. Andrew Vickery leads the structured finance practice, which includes leading lights such as Julian Davies, James Harbach and Adam Fogarty, as well as up-and-coming partner Alexander Shopov. The firm handles securitised derivatives, as well as SPV-based complex structured finance transactions, and among many partners specialising in derivatives and structured products are Matthew Monahan, Toby Gray, Michael Voisin, Paul Lewis and Simon Firth.

Trade finance Tier 1

The global banking practice at Linklaters LLP comprises banking, finance and restructuring lawyers for whom trade finance is a key focus. The team in London, led by 'practical and diplomatic' partner Mirthe Van Kesteren, handles the full spectrum of work including borrowing base facilities, prepayment facilities, PXF facilities, receivables-backed and other commodities-based financings. The firm's trade finance specialists are part of a dedicated global commodities practice with in-depth industry knowledge and direct involvement in cutting-edge financing techniques and ground-breaking commodities transactions, disputes and regulatory issues. Clients remark that the firm is 'very responsive, able to provide specialist advice within short time periods and highly knowledgeable in the field'. Toby Grimstone, who has a strong track record in pre-export and prepayment financings, ECA-backed financings, borrowing base facilities and other secured and structured financings, is highly recommended. The practice counts Lloyds Bank, ING Bank and Glencore among its clients.

Water Tier 1

At Linklaters LLP, the dedicated water team covers all facets of the sector including M&A, financing, competition and regulations. Michael Cutting recently retired from the profession and was replaced as head of water regulation by Natura Gracia, who now jointly leads the practice with structured finance partner Julian Davies. Finance specialist Reza Taylor  is relationship partner for a number of major water companies.

Commercial litigation Tier 2

Linklaters LLP 'has a very strong commercial litigation team that stands out due to the quality of its associates and partners'. The practice is highly rated for its handling of large, complex, multi-jurisdictional cases from London, including contractual interpretation cases and big-ticket corporate and financial disputes that involve top-tier UK and international companies. Co-energy disputes team head Ben Carroll and Susana Cao Miranda acted for mining giant Glencore International (GI), in its defence of a breach of contract claim brought by Minera las Bambas and MMG Swiss Finance, which arose out of the sale by GI of a large copper mine in South America.  The dispute came about when alleged tax liabilities were pursued by the local tax authority and turns on the interpretation of several indemnities and complex issues of Peruvian law. Michael Bennett is global head of dispute resolution and Satindar Dogra is London dispute resolution head; other names to note in the practice include  Tom Cassels , who is known for his strength in public law and competition litigation, and Patrick Robinson who focuses on banking and financial markets disputes.

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 2

Linklaters LLP's ‘excellent' real estate team represents domestic and international investors, developers and occupiers on premium investments, high-value regeneration and developments and lettings. Practice head Andy Bruce is highly recommended and experienced in financing, development, acquisition, letting and disposal matters across the UK and Europe. In a recent highlight for the practice, a team led by Patrick Plant advised Malaysian investors on the £1.6bn purchase of a stake in the Battersea power station redevelopment project. Simon Price has notable experience with structured investments and is also possesses expert knowledge of the hotels sector, while the 'exceptional' Martin Elliott leads the development team.

Commodities disputes Tier 2

At Linklaters LLP, the commodities practice spans the firm's global network and handles regulatory, transactional and contentious matters. The firm's standing in the energy market stems from its highly regarded energy, natural resource and mining practices, which bring together expertise in London, New York and Singapore, as well as in other key financial centres such as Beijing, Dubai, Germany, Madrid, Moscow, Paris, Tokyo and Sao Paulo. From London, the focus is on commodity trading and related disputes in energy, precious and base metals. Practice co-heads Jeremy Gewirtz, who counts Essar Oil and Mercuria among his clients, and Chris Staples, who advises corporates, banks, funds and governments on strategic commodity matters, are the main contacts.

Competition litigation Tier 2

Acting on the defence side, Linklaters LLP excels in handling complex multi-party litigation and represents clients in high-profile proceedings with implications for sectors such as financial services, technology, transport, and the utilities. The team has been defending Visa Europe against multiple damages actions relating to interchange fees brought by various retailers. Also notable is the group’s continued involvement in the longstanding air cargo cartel litigation, in which its acts for Air France-KLM. Tom Cassels heads the competition litigation department, where counsel Elizabeth Jordan is also highly recommended. Another key contact is Sir Christopher Bellamy, who leads the firm’s global competition group.

High yield Tier 2

'The firm has a small, but very strong team, led by two experienced, creative and "hands-on" partners', says a client of Linklaters LLP. The high yield practice is integrated with the firm's market-leading banking group and it acts for underwriters, financial sponsors and corporate issuers on new money high yield bond offerings and high yield bridge commitments and loans. In 2018, it handled a number of leveraged buyout (LBO) transactions including the Cerberus LBO of WFS, the Jacobs LBO of Cognita, and the Blackstone LBO of Cirsa Gaming. Practice heads Alexander Naidenov and Mark Hageman focus on high yield and acquisition finance, and both are involved in the firm's high yield restructuring practice. They also handled key bank/bond refinancings in 2018, including Naidenov's work for initial purchasers in the refinancing of El Corte Ingles.

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 2

Linklaters LLP's corporate insurance practice acts for an impressive roster of prestigious clients, with insurance experts operating as part of the magic circle firm's market-leading corporate practice. For the past two years, the firm has led the Mergermarket rankings for insurance sector deals for both volume and value. Major recent work has included assisting on Old Mutual on its £12bn demerger. while it has also been serving as sole legal adviser to the Association of British Insurers in relation to Brexit, analysing matters of particular importance to the UK insurance industry. While long-serving partner Victoria Sander left to join Latham & WatkinsDuncan Barber remains the firm's point person for the sector, working alongside corporate duo Dan Schuster-Woldan and Kanyaka Ramamurthi.

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Linklaters LLP's practice has particular expertise assisting clients with  corporate and M&A, commercial, contentious and regulatory matters in the IT and telecoms sectors; it also advises on infrastructure projects and digitisation matters in the healthcare, insurance and financial services industries. The team is jointly led by Julian Cunningham-Day, who advises on a range of transactional and regulatory matters in the telecoms space; IT procurement and outsourcing partner Richard Cumbley, and telecoms expert Iain FennGeorgina Kon is also noted; she handles a range of issues relating to disruptive technologies, IT licence audits, the use of big data and disputes.

Oil and gas Tier 2

Linklaters LLP is well known for acting for numerous international oil and gas companies and leading lenders and sponsors, including financial institutions, wealth funds and private equity houses, on their M&A, development and financings of oil and gas assets, from exploration blocks to oil storage facilities and refineries. A varied client roster including majors such as Eni, BP, Total, Gazprom, Essar and Rosneft continues to appoint the full-service team, led by Fiona Hobbs and Daniel Tyrer, to advise across the full spectrum of the oil and gas sector. In recent highlights, the group assisted LetterOne Holdings with the $21bn merger of its oil and gas subsidiary DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG with Wintershall Holding GmbH. Ilia Ditiatev has extensive experience in projects in Russia and the CIS.

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

Linklaters LLP's private equity practice group 'knows the law, is exceptionally commercial without cutting corners and is also fun and pleasant to work with'. Blue-chip PE firm clients such as The Carlyle Group and Permira regularly instruct the firm. With the expertise of the firm's strong M&A, carve-out, IPO and finance practices, the team is able to advise sponsors on an incredibly broad range of entry and exit strategies. The practice also boasts strong regulatory experience, which gives clients a competitive edge during auction processes. For instance, Ben Rodham and Chris Boycott successfully represented Cerberus in the competitive auction for Worldwide Flight Services. Another major success saw Rodham and Christopher Kellett advise Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and TCV on the acquisition of a majority stake in Sportradar AG in the largest Switzerland-based buyout deal of 2018. Highly regarded by clients and rivals alike, Alex Woodward is practice head; partner Will Aitken-Davies  and managing associate Emily Cuzner, who boasts prior in-house experience at Dhabi Holdings PJSC, are also recommended.

Property finance Tier 2

Linklaters LLP has a strong international client base, particularly on the lender side, including commercial and investment banks and debt funds; on the borrower side, the firm advises a number of developers. The team has been particularly active in complex, pan-European transactions; senior and mezzanine lending; acquisition and development finance, involving assets ranging from offices to hotels and student accommodation; and refinancings. The team also advises on matters involving CMBS issuances and NPL portfolios. Steve Smith leads the practice and has a particular focus on structured and distressed transactions; Mark O’Neill and Scott Simpson are also key contacts.

Administrative and public law Tier 3

Linklaters LLP’s public law strength lies in handling judicial review claims for the firm’s high-profile commercial clients. Unique recent mandates in this field involved proceedings in the Competition Appeal Tribunal concerning significant corporate mergers, challenges to competition decisions imposed by Ofcom and challenges to new gambling regulations implemented by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The team has a strong presence in the fields of infrastructure and utilities, often advising on issues such as pricing reviews, public procurement and judicial review defence. Further clients are drawn from a diverse range of sectors, including financial services, technology, charities and advertising, to which the team led by Tom Cassels regularly provides advisory support on firm-wide transactions.

Commercial contracts Tier 3

Linklaters LLP has expertise in the advisory and contentious aspects of large sourcing contracts. The firm is also experienced in helping clients transform their business through digitisation, advising on the application of new technologies in different ways and the use of data. Richard Cumbley leads the practice and is known for handling complex commercial outsourcing projects. He can call on the expertise of Marly Didizian, who advises on complex service procurement contracts, multi-jurisdictional outsourcings and large-scale commercial agreements, with particular specialisms in business process outsourcing and supply chain management. Also notable is TMT and IP expert Georgina Kon, who has experience in outsourcing and advises customers and suppliers in the public and private sectors on innovative and critical matters.

Hedge funds Tier 3

Linklaters LLP has a strong capability in the hedge funds sphere, with clients valuing its ability to deliver a mix of fund structuring, regulatory and tax support. Under the leadership of global investment funds head Matthew Keogh, the firm attracts a significant flow of work from clients such as Alcentra, Brevan Howard, Squarepoint and Och-Ziff. Keogh and others advise Deutsche Bank on hedge fund products it manages, and provide ongoing support on AIFMD and business-critical Brexit-related issues. The firm also has a growing investor practice, and generates work from more than 20 pension funds and other institutional investors. Rahul Manvatkar made partner in May 2019. Senior partner Jonathan de Lance-Holmes is another key figure.

International arbitration Tier 3

Linklaters LLP's lawyers 'demonstrate an impressive hands-on approach that is very useful during proceedings'. The practice acts for multinational companies and sovereign states in complex, high-value international arbitrations and is particularly focused on the oil and gas, natural resources and telecoms sectors. Matthew Weiniger QC is co-head of the global international arbitration practice; Tom Lidstrom is an energy sector arbitration expert, who is also recommended for post-M&A arbitration; and Ben Carroll specialises in the energy and mining sectors. In 2018, Teresa Laboucarié-Polak and Jacqueline Chaplin were appointed partner and counsel, respectively.

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Tier 3

Linklaters LLP's healthcare practice is led by TMT/IP partner Marly Didizian and corporate partner Aisling Zarraga. It  offers a full service to its clients from corporate/M&A, commercial and funding to technology and IP in combination with a global network. It also handles investigations and data-protection issues in the pharmaceutical industry. Working with US and European colleagues, Yohan Liyanage focuses on IP and is handling a number of patent disputes. Georgina Kon assists clients from a technology perspective, including with data-protection issues.

Private funds Tier 3

'Great support from other groups within the firm such as tax, financial and regulatory' reinforces the four partner-strong investment funds team at Linklaters LLP, which is led by key partner Matthew Keogh. In addition to a robust Luxembourg presence, the firm also boasts a significant LP offering, with investor-side mandates constituting at least 30% of the London team's total workload. In a major ongoing mandate, Jonathan de Lance Holmes and newly made-up partner Rahul Manvatkar are advising SoftBank Investment Advisers on the operations and subsequent closings of the world's largest technology fund valued at $98bn. The 'creative, flexible, hands-on and commercial' Tom Alabaster is recommended given the insight he can offer from his previous in-house experience at The Carlyle Group. 'Highly capable associates' are also part and parcel of the practice;  among them managing associates Clare Baker and Charmaine Yeoh. Baker specialises in representing institutional investors, while Yeoh has prior experience at the firm's Hong Kong office.

Property litigation Tier 3

Working in close conjunction with various other departments within the firm, Linklaters LLP's property litigation expertise is brought to bear in distressed real estate disputes arising out of CVAs, administrations and liquidations but the team is equally well placed to handle rent review disputes, where it frequently acts for major office and hotel occupiers, dilapidation and rights of light claims. 'Excellent' counsel Frances Richardson is the main contact following partner consultant Katie Bradford's retirement. The 'exceptionally strong, very practical and commercially astuteChris Stevenson was elevated to the partnership in May 2019.

Public international law Tier 3

At Linklaters LLPMatthew Weiniger QC leads 'a very talented team with vast amounts of experience' in advising clients on their substantive and procedural rights under investment treaties, as well as expertise in serving as lead counsel in bilateral investment treaties and other investment disputes across a variety of industry sectors, including telecoms, energy and utilities. The group is also able to draw on experts in trade law, WTO policy and regulations; state and diplomatic immunity; human rights law and corporate responsibility; and its sanctions team advises clients on contentious multi-jurisdictional issues, most recently in relation to sanctions frameworks aimed at Russia/Ukraine, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Libya. Lorand Bartels has extensive practical experience in trade law, especially free trade agreements.

Intellectual property Tier 4

Linklaters LLP has a breadth of experience across contentious and non-contentious matters encompassing a range of sectors including the healthcare, telecoms and technology, consumer goods, financial and insurance, and industrials arenas. Practice head Ian Karet, who attracts praise for his 'unique intellectual focus', has expertise spanning patent and trade mark disputes and commercial transactions, while Nemone Franks focuses on transactional and advisory work. Recently promoted counsel Natalie Ellerby is a name to note for trade mark disputes and licensing issues. Nigel Jones retired.

Mediators Tier 4

Linklaters LLP's property and finance litigation head Katie Bradford is highly rated for mediating high-value property-related cases; she is also experienced in mediating claims involving trusts and probate, employment law and pensions.

Transport finance & leasing Tier 6

Although asset finance is no longer a core focus for Linklaters LLP's London team, it does continue to handle a significant amount of work for existing banking and funds clients, in particular. 'Excellent' banking partner Olga Petrovic has considerable experience within the aviation and maritime sectors, including on loan and lease financings, ECA-backed debt and restructurings.

The firm: Linklaters LLP is a leading global law firm, supporting clients in achieving their strategies wherever they do business. The firm uses its expertise and resources to help clients pursue opportunities and manage risk across emerging and developed markets around the world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Financial regulation: advice on financial regulation, compliance risk management and regulatory investigations and enforcement for investment, commercial and retail banks, asset managers, private equity houses, insurers, exchanges, trading platforms, clearing houses and other financial institutions in the UK and globally.

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

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

Investment management: the firm advises sponsors and investors on the structuring, formation, taxation and regulation of all types of funds, clubs and joint ventures investing in all asset classes, and advises on the spin out, establishment and operation of asset managers as well as the latest regulatory, tax and market developments relevant to the asset management industry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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