Linklaters LLP > Washington, D.C., United States > Firm Profile

Linklaters LLP
601 THIRTEENTH STREET NW, SUITE 400 SOUTH
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20005
United States

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 2

Magic circle firm Linklaters LLP is active on domestic and cross-border matters alike, directing particular attention to deals in the financial services, pharmaceutical, healthcare, energy, automotive and chemicals sectors. The corporate practice is supplemented by considerable tax, antirust, capital markets and employment expertise, and has strengths in public and private M&A, LBOs, tender and exchange offers, asset sales and recapitalizations. Scott Sonnenblick leads the team from New York and demonstrates a particular tenacity for multijurisdictional transaction and joint venture mandates. Peter Cohen-Millstein  left the firm in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Scott Sonnenblick

Testimonials

Extremely thorough, well-versed in all the key issues and attuned to the bespoke nature of each transaction.’

Scott Sonnenblick – outstanding mind and very commercially minded partner who surrounds himself with excellent associates.

Very attentive to detail always get back to you able to run the transaction for us despite time zone issues.’

We work with the firm in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa and find a consistent high quality of both partner and associate talent. They’re smart, they’re savvy, they understand our organization’s sensitivities and must-haves, and they’re very pleasant to spend time with.

Key clients

ENGIE

Ameriprise Financial, Inc.

Union Acquisition Corp. II

ASSA ABLOY

Work highlights

  • A cross border team led Ameriprise Financial, Inc. on a definitive agreement with BMO Financial Group to acquire its EMEA asset management business for £615m (US$845m).

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 3

Linklaters LLP plays a key role in global cartel investigations, leveraging its international platform to represent high-profile clients in areas including pharma, technology and financial services. The team is led by Tom McGrath, and offers experience from former DOJ and FTC officials, most notably former Antitrust Division prosecutor Douglas Tween, who takes the lead on cartel matters, handling regulatory investigations and parallel civil litigation for clients in a broad range of industries, having represented clients in a number of federal trials as well as in internal investigations into cartel activity. All lawyers mentioned are in New York.

Practice head(s):

Tom McGrath

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Tween; Antonia Sherman

Testimonials

‘True transtlantic offerings are very rare in challenging cartel cases, but Linklaters US provides this. I’ve also been really impressed by their commitments to diversity and to colleague development.’

‘Antonia Sherman takes the stress out of many a potentially difficult situation.’

‘They have a global platform and don’t just focus on US enforcers.’

‘Douglas Tween is an outstanding cartel defense attorney – practical and committed. He is also a very strong trial attorney and brings that to the table in his strategic thinking.’

Key clients

Qiagen N.V.

GrandVision

Société Générale ; SG Americas Securities, LLC

Covestro AG

G4S plc

Strides Pharma Inc.

Kelkoo Group

Bayer AG

Qatar Investment Authority

Dialog Semiconductor plc

Novartis

Nestle

Linde

Tate & Lyle

Work highlights

  • Advised GrandVision in its $8.5bn takeover by EssilorLuxottica.
  • Advised Bayer AG on the $7.6bn sale of its worldwide animal health business to Elanco Animal Health.
  • Representing generic pharma manufacturer Strides Pharma, Inc. in connection with a series of actions consolidated under In Re: Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 3

With strength in the pharma, healthcare, and financial services sectors, the team at Linklaters LLP is adept in handling sensitive merger reviews, particularly for pharma clients including Novartis, Takeda, and Bayer, including regulatory investigations of deals through to related litigation. The firm also shows great strength in cross-border merger reviews, working closely with its international teams to secure clearance from European and other key antitrust regulators. This capability was demonstrated by the firm’s successful representation of Grandvision in its takeover by EssilorLuxottica, which was ultimately cleared after investigations by US and EU authorities, as well as several countries in Latin America and Asia. Practice head Tom McGrath led the team on that matter, and remains a strong choice for global merger clearances, especially within the healthcare industry. Douglas Tween is an accomplished litigator and handles enforcement proceedings, while Antonia Sherman continues to bolster her profile within the merger space, handling HSR filings as well as multijurisdictional merger processes, particularly within Latin America. John Eichlin focuses on advising clients on antitrust and foreign investment issues for cross-border mergers. All lawyers mentioned are in New York.

Practice head(s):

Tom McGrath

Testimonials

Linklaters has a fantastic merger control team spanning the globe that is able to provide timely, practical and informed advice across all jurisdictions in a seamless manner. They work extremely effectively as a team to deliver concise and thoughtful global advice and clients benefit from the fact that they are very well informed on market practice across all jurisdictions.’

‘Antonia Sherman is a standout on a fantastic team – she is smart, wonderful to deal with, highly responsive and practical. She has a wealth of knowledge on this subject and is able to leverage her colleagues’ expertise in jurisdictions globally. She is an invaluable advisor to our team.’

‘They are knowledgeable and hard working.’

Key clients

Qiagen N.V.

GrandVision

Société Générale ; SG Americas Securities, LLC

Covestro AG

G4S plc

Strides Pharma Inc.

Kelkoo Group

Bayer AG

Qatar Investment Authority (“QIA”)

Dialog Semiconductor plc

Novartis

Nestle

Linde

Tate & Lyle

Work highlights

  • Advised GrandVision in EssilorLuxottica’s $8.5bn high-profile takeover creating a leading global eyecare and eyewear company.
  • Avised Bayer AG on the $7.6bn sale of its worldwide animal health business to Elanco Animal Health.
  • Representing generic pharma manufacturer Strides Pharma, Inc. in connection with a series of actions consolidated under the In Re Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Linklaters LLP leans on its strong international network to assist with sprawling international investigations launched by various global enforcement authorities. The team is well versed in civil litigation, trials and white-collar defense matters and acts for multinationals, financial institutions, foreign governments and individuals. Adam Lurie heads the team from Washington DC and has considerable experience in crisis management situations, arbitration, regulatory issues and corporate governance. At the start of 2021, Matthew Axelrod left for the DOJ; in May of the same year, Erez Liebermann joined in New York from an in-house role at Prudential; and in August, Richard Smith joined in Washington DC from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

Practice head(s):

Adam Lurie

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Metro Bank plc

State Street Bank and Trust Co

Work highlights

  • Advising a global engine manufacturer as the independent monitor and independent compliance consultant required by the settlement agreement with EPA in the wake of a settlement by a global engine manufacturer with the DOJ and EPA related to Clean Air Act violations.
  • Advising as defense counsel to a major military defense contractor and its parent company in DOJ criminal, DOJ civil, congressional, and Air Force investigations into allegations that the contractor defrauded the US government in connection with its provision of military housing to the US military.
  • Representing a former supervisory assistant United States attorney in relation to allegations that DOJ attorneys may have committed professional misconduct in the manner in which the Jeffrey Epstein criminal matter was resolved.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

Linklaters LLP is highly experienced in the tax aspects of M&A, financings, and fund formations. The team is especially strong in the private equity space, advising a number of industry-leading funds on high-value capital raising transactions, asset acquisitions and dispositions, and financing arrangements. Washington DC-based David Brockway is a seasoned international tax planning lawyer with significant experienced in asset-based finance transactions. In New York, Max Levine’s far-reaching practice makes him a key port of call for some of the largest asset mangers in the market. Former practice co-head Andrew Morris has left the practice.

Practice head(s):

David Brockway

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.

Barings

SoftBank

Ameriprise Financial, Inc.

 

Work highlights

  • Regularly representing KKR with respect to its investment activities.
  • Representing Barings on the structuring and fundraising for the latest generation of its global lending fund and special situations fund (among other funds).
  • Representing SoftBank as a borrower on financing transactions and fund structurings.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 5

Linklaters LLP acts in cross-border disputes in close collaboration with teams from the firm's international network. The US team is particularly sought after by banks, corporates and global institutions. Practice head Adam Lurie in Washington DC is well versed in complex civil litigation and trials as well as in white-collar defense and crisis management matters. In New York, Douglas Tween is noted for his antitrust know-how and Brenda DiLuigi covers investigations-related matters. Richard Smith from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP joined the Washington DC-office in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Adam Lurie

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Tween; James Warnot; Brenda DiLugi; Richard Smith

Key clients

Sibanye Stillwater

Société Générale

Strides Pharma, Inc.

Metro Bank plc

TDK Electronics

Sibanye Gold Ltd.

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Polycarbon Industries, Inc.

State Street

Kelkoo Group

GENFIT

Work highlights

  • Advised Stillwater Mining Company as lead defense counsel in a Delaware shareholder appraisal trial following the acquisition of Stillwater mining.
  • Advising Société Générale and SG Americas Securities, LLC as co-lead defense counsel on federal antitrust and market-manipulation class and related actions in the Southern District of New York.
  • Advised generic pharma manufacturer Strides on the In Re Zantac (Ranitidine) Products Liability Litigation in the Southern District of Florida.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 5

The team at Linklaters LLP has a breadth of expertise, representing clients on both the lender and debtor side of restructuring matters. A notable mandate for the team is the representation of Sound Point Capital Management as initial lender in relation to the revolving trade receivables facility, amounting to $425m and provided to Centric Brands, Inc. following its exit from Chapter 11 proceedings. Robert Trust led the matter, overseeing the facility and its amendments. Margot Schonholtz heads the practice, offering key expertise within bankruptcy and creditor litigation. All lawyers mentioned are in New York.

Practice head(s):

Margot Schonholtz

Other key lawyers:

Robert Trust; Penelope Jensen; Christopher Hunker

Testimonials

‘Tight knit group of very experienced partners.’

‘All NY partners are outstanding. Mark L is highly skilled at aggressively fighting for your position in a very professional manner. Not afraid to litigate but happy to negotiate a settlement.’

‘The team works smoothly and effectively on a cross-border, cross-disciplinary basis, which is not true of all large law firms. Partners are attentive and counsel and associates are strong as well.’

‘In the U.S., Margo Schonholtz, Penelope Jensen and Robert Trust are all extremely effective bankruptcy and restructuring counsel.’

Key clients

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Sound Point Capital Management, LP

The First Lien Secured Lenders to GBG USA, Inc.

Grant Thornton, as foreign representative of Comsale

Barclays Capital Inc.

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Citibank, N.A.

Citibank, N.A.

Sound Point Capital Management, LP [Centric Brands]

The First Lien Secured Lenders to GBG USA, Inc.

Grant Thornton, as foreign representative of Comsale

Barclays Capital Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, as Revolving and LC Agent and Collateral Agent under the DIP Credit Agreement and Prepetition Credit Facilities in its chapter 11 restructuring of McDermott International, Inc.
  • Advised Wells Fargo, as agent to the senior secured lender group, in the wind-down of Titan Energy LLC, formerly known as Atlas Resource Partners L.P..
  • Advised Citibank, N.A., as administrative agent to the senior secured lenders that provided a $263m reserve-based lending facility to Chisholm Oil and Gas Operating, LLC and certain of its subsidiaries.

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 5

The balanced practice at Linklaters LLP advises sponsors and investors alike on structuring, formation, taxation and regulation issues. The group also assists a core of alternative fund clients with portfolio investment acquisitions and dispositions, co-investments, joint ventures, seed arrangements and fund restructurings. Jason Behrens has extensive experience with an array of alternative asset classes, including private equity, real estate, credit, venture capital and secondaries funds; David Miller is particularly well versed in managed accounts, funds of one and comingled private investment funds; and Brad Caswell is the name to note for compliance work. These senior practitioners are all based in New York, but regularly collaborate with teams in London, Luxembourg, New York, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Tokyo.  

Practice head(s):

Jason Behrens; David Miller; Brad Caswell

Other key lawyers:

Mike Dankis

Key clients

Ameriprise Financial, Inc.

Oasis Management Company Ltd.

Morgens, Waterfall, Vintiadis & Co.

Work highlights

  • Advising Ameriprise Financial on the proposed acquisition of Bank of Montreal’s EMEA asset management business and related sponsored client transfer in the US, including global regulatory matters and filings in connection with the transaction.
  • Serving as fund and regulatory counsel to Oasis Management Company.
  • Serving as fund and regulatory counsel to Morgens, Waterfall, Vintiadis & Co.

Tax > International tax Tier 5

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

In New York, Linklaters LLP is highlighted by peers for having formed a solid cyber and privacy team, with Ieuan Jolly and ‘outstanding’ Erez Liebermann as joint co-heads.

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power

Led from New York by Andrew Compton, Linklaters LLP is experienced in representing lenders, export credit agencies and borrowers across the renewables sector, and stands out for its track record in sector-related transactions and projects involving Latin America.
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