Consistently ranked as a top money-maker, both
in terms of firm profits and PPP, Magic Circle-firm Linklaters has
achieved legal industry royalty by following the BigLaw formula
well: build the finance and M&A practices, and grow
internationally. The firm is one of the top brands among U.K.-based
law firms, and if you want to work in the United States, there are
two offices to choose from: New York and Washington, DC.
At the beginning of
the 1990s, Linklaters was predominantly a U.K. firm with local
operations in just a handful of cities across Europe and Asia. But
in 1996, the firm embarked on an expansion strategy and hasn't
looked back since. Through a string of global mergers, joint
ventures and organic growth, the firm built up a hefty
international practice. In 2005, following new legislation
permitting multinational partnerships, Linklaters was among the few
global firms in Japan to provide both international and domestic
services. And in 2006, Linklaters opened shop in Dubai, building on
its 30 years of Middle East experience. 2012 saw the opening of the
firm's office in Washington, D.C. With 28 offices in 19 countries,
Linklaters is no longer an exclusively fish-and-chips firm.
Linklaters' New York team of U.S.-trained
lawyers has grown tremendously over the past few years. It provides
a full range of legal services to financial institutions and
corporations on their most high-profile domestic and cross-border
transactions, complex litigation and regulatory matters. The team
has the capacity and knowledge on the ground to handle assignments
of virtually any size or complexity in any of its practice areas:
antitrust, banking, capital markets, corporate/M&A, environment
& climate change, executive compensation, financial regulation,
investment management, litigation & arbitration, restructuring
& insolvency and tax.
Regulatory matters and complex litigation get
special attention in the New York office, as well. The firm
recently represented Air France in a Department of Justice
investigation into price-fixing in the multibillion-dollar market
for the air transport of cargo and related follow-on class action
Mainly known in the United States for its
M&A and banking practices, Linklaters' New York team has
represented clients in a number of significant transactions
including the cross-border representation of the Joint
Administrators of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy and insolvency
proceedings and the Brazilian development bank, BNDES, on the
issuance of new SPV bonds to facilitate the refinancing of $1
billion outstanding bonds.
It takes a multinational to represent a
multinational: Linklaters' clients are some of the biggest, too.
Its M&A practice has represented DISH Network on its
acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Blockbuster,
Inc.; AIG on the sale of its consumer finance businesses in Hong
Kong, Taiwan, Philippines and Thailand; Citi on the sale of its
German retail banking operation to Credit Mutuel Group for $7.7
billion; and Sanofi-Aventis on its $8 billion acquisition of Merck
& Co.'s half of joint venture Merial Limited, an animal-health
company, and the option to acquire Schering-Plough's Intervet.
Falabella's Debut International Bond
Linklaters advised S.A.C.I. Falabella, a multi-format
retailer with operations in Chile, Peru, Argentina and Colombia, on
its debut international bond offering. Falabella is the largest
public company in Chile and the largest retailer in South America
by market capitalization (US$29bn).
Tax Practice Expansion in the District
Linklaters expanded its U.S. tax practice with the
addition of partners David Brockway and Jasper Howard in its
Washington, DC. office. Both David and Jasper are recognized as top
U.S. tax advisors having worked on a significant number of high
profile transactions over the years.
Olá, São Paulo!
Linklaters partner Alberto Luzarraga relocated from New
York to São Paulo to lead a strengthened New York and International
Law practice in Brazil and the broader Latin America region.
Counsel Jonathan Kellner also joined the São Paulo team.
Planting Roots in DC
Linklaters expanded its U.S. presence with the formal
opening of a Washington, DC office. An on-the-ground presence in
Washington, DC strengthened its U.S. and global offering for
clients on cross-border M&A, financing and projects
transactions and in regulatory investigations.
Linklaters achieved a significant victory for Air France
in the air cargo investigation and follow-on litigation involving
air cargo and passenger transportation.
Brazilian Health Care Deals
Linklaters advised JPL Participações (controlling
shareholder of the largest Brazilian health care provider Amil) in
the sale of 85.5% of JPL Participações to UnitedHealth Group,
representing the purchase of 58.9% of the stake in Amil for $4.9